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Music of the Year 2018
March 15, 2019

Introduction by Hilary Andreff

RPGFan's music coverage was always one of the main draws for me back when I was much younger and reading the site. Not only did it make me feel less alone in my love of VGM during a time when the genre was widely unknown, but the reviews themselves were insightful, musically and otherwise. The very idea that I'd be writing this introduction someday — reintroducing Music of the Year after an absence, nonetheless — is honestly surreal. No doubt many of us have found at least some game music personally meaningful over the past twelve (okay, fourteen) months.

We were, with some amount of humor, using the subtitle "MOTY Revengeance" while drafting this feature. However, after some thought, it may actually be fitting. There had been a lot of emphasis on soundtracks and music/sound design in 2018, with some surprise stellar compositions. More directly, 2018 also marks the return of this feature after its absence in 2017. It's returned strong with two written sections, rather than individual awards and a podcast. First off, we present our customary individual Editors' Favorites! Seven of our music-adoring staff members put together lists — yes, complete with music samples — of their favorite tunes from 2018.

As an accompanying piece, we have a new addition this year: An Overall Best of 2018 list. The RPGFan staff voted on 2018's releases via a two-tiered voting process, the first of which included over 125 album choices, so there was a lot to choose from! In the end, we managed to narrow it down to our top 20 selections for the year, and hope you both enjoy our choices, and hopefully discover some new favorites!

Here's hoping for an abundance of music coverage going forward — wasn't our Managing Editor talking about a music podcast last fall? — especially after reflecting on all of 2018's great music worth spotlighting.



Twitch Schedule & Status

Sundays
March 17: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim w/Kyle • 10am PDT/1pm EDT
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past w/ Mark • 1pm PDT/4pm EDT

Mondays
Suikoden II w/Maxx • 12pm PDT/3pm EDT
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory w/Kat • 4pm PDT/7pm EDT

Tuesdays
Kingdom Hearts III w/Kyle • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years w/Scott • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Wednesdays
Mass Effect 2 w/Nathan • 10am PDT/1pm EDT
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years w/Scott • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Thursdays
Tales of Vesperia - Definitive Edition w/Kat • 4pm PDT/7pm EDT
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years w/Scott • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Fridays
Super Robot Wars X w/Kyle • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT
Final Fantasy XIV Online w/Scott • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Saturdays
Final Fantasy XIV Online w/Scott • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT

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The Stillness of the Wind

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Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX

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God Eater 3 Review

God Eater 3

Review
Retro Encounter 179: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals Part I

Retro Encounter 179: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals Part I

Podcast
RPGFan Music of the Year 2018

RPGFan Music of the Year 2018

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