GamesRadar's seemingly annual Platinum Chalice Awards 2007

Winner: Super Mario Galaxy
Nintendo | Wii

The point of this award is to honor a soundtrack that caught us totally off guard. Some would argue that Mario's always had fantastic music, and it should come as no surprise that the latest game is loaded with a wide range of excellent tunes. Well, we didn't expect it to be this good. Where there were usually circus-like beeps and boops, there's a sweeping orchestral score that elevates Mario music from background fodder to intensely listenable melodies. If you've heard the Purple Coin collection music, you know what we mean.

Let's be honest - Sunshine's music wasn't exactly the most memorable soundtrack of the GameCube era. To see such a musical turnaround in the span of one game is worth applauding. Lucky Japanese fans even got the soundtrack for free. What the eff, Nintendo?

Honorable mention: Crackdown
Microsoft | 360

Crackdown deserves special recognition for daring use of unrecognizable-yet-awesome licensed music; its bangin' electronic cuts were the perfect aural texture to go with kicking cars off of bridges.

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  • JosefMotley - January 7, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    i don't really see the fuss about the mario galaxy soundtrack. the isle delfino theme from sunshine was miles better than anything in galaxy, and both games horrifically maul the main mario theme itself. those "beeps & boops" of the old games are FAR more memorable melodies than the saccharine overscored string sicklyness of galaxy, and have a hell of a lot more character. i miss the days when videogame soundtracks actually sounded like games rather than second rate film scores
  • RebornKusabi - December 19, 2008 11:44 p.m.

    Great Article, some of these games I had played and actually loved... some, not so much >_>

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