The DICE Awards went as expected last night. Overwatch won Game of the Year to the surprise of no one. Inside and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End won multiple awards as well. But my eye was on the Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition. DOOM was a lock in my eyes, but I wanted to see what the folks voting at the DICE Awards thought.
They made the right decision. DOOM only won that single award, but it was the one it deserved. Mick Gordon did the unthinkable. Put his on touch on the iconic music of DOOM and created the best video game soundtrack of 2016.
The first inklings of how badass the DOOM soundtrack was going to be came when Bethesda dropped the game’s campaign trailer three months before DOOM’s release.
This is what convinced me DOOM was going to be epic. It looked, and more importantly, sounded like DOOM. In your face demon slaying action with the music to back it up. Tight gameplay combined with insane music made DOOM one of my favorite games of 2016. Sure, the multiplayer didn’t quite live up to it – but the single player exceeded all expectations. Keep an eye out during the next Steam sale and get ready for 6-8 hours of gunplay bliss.
Here’s Mick Gordon jamming out to Rip and Tear.
And here’s how he crafted the music of DOOM.
Mick is teaming up with Bethesda again for Prey.
The rest of the DICE 2017 Game Awards
Here’s a breakdown of the rest of the awards.
Game of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay
Action Game of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
DICE Sprite Award
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Adventure Game of the Year
Outstanding Technical Achievement
Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Immersive Reality Technical Achievement
Immersive Reality Game of the Year
Mobile Game of the Year
Pokémon Sun and Moon
Handheld Game of the Year
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Sports Game of the Year
Dark Souls III
Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Forza Horizon 3
Racing Game of the Year
Street Fighter V
Fighting Game of the Year
Ratchet & Clank
Family Game of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
The Last Guardian
Outstanding Achievement in Character