Here are my pseudo-critical thoughts... Might be better not to think too much of them
Tyler Cunningham - Battle at the Gates
Alot of tension, the melody that kicks in does raise the hopes up though. I guess "strong resolve" would describe this even better?
Lostbeat Audio - Hope
Has a really nice vibe of good things happening and forward momentum. A bit erratic towards the end I feel (maybe just because of the utilized sound).
Florian - Hope Never Dies
Builds up into a fanfare, "we've won" feeling!
Darrell Wulff - The Final Push
A bit more subtle until the last third, the good feels are nicely brought forth towards the end. But not without a hint of 'things yet to come', which I like.
Basisti - Breathe In
Very homely, even romantic until the half-way. Then I get a bit confused, but it still holds out quite strong.
Mairiba - With Purpose: An Overworld Theme
Strong melody, with a strong sense of confidence. I think confidence goes quite well with hope theme.
Danilo Ciaffi - Hope
Mellow, definitely rising spirits feel. Goes into the rejoice territory a bit like Florian.
Alek Fleischer - Aliased Road
I love this type of entries... The composition itself doesn't make me think of hope though, more like a 'stage' music we have in platformers?
Avaruussaha - Hope
Jason Kelliher - Hope
Smooth as silk, almost feels subtle, but grand at the same time. The percussions fall a bit flat (I think), but the build-up to resolve the tension really fits the theme.
Hslesperance - Persevere
A steady positive feeling from start to end, the theme is quite peaceful all around. Maybe some contrast or pacing left me wanting.
5th: Hslesperance - Persevere
4th: Basisti94 - Breathe In
3rd: Lostbeat - Hope
2nd: Mairiba - With Purpose: An Overworld Theme
1st: Jason Kelliher - Hope