I am stuck on Dustforce's soundtrack.
Gonna have to betray my portrait and throw in for Demon's Souls. If only because these drums are the single best thing in the world:
It's funny. Lordran is a much more organically connected region, with a better sense of place, but Boletaria takes the cake for consistency and quality of its music. Everything is Baroque, depressing, haunting, and, in a way, beautiful. Dark Souls was a bit too all over the place.
Halo 3: ODST. Once I heard the soundtrack, it kicked out my previous favorite of Final Fantasy VIII.
Honerable Mentions: Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear Solid 4, Half Life 2, Halo:CE, Final Fantasy VIII, Mass Effect, Super Metroid, Metroid Prime, Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
I don't pick bests but I do love the hell out of Nier's soundtrack.
the bestest, really
Yep, Nier really knows how to do music. It's the only game soundtrack where the mere listening of a few specific songs makes me sad for the rest of the day.
Tommy Tallarico did a good job with Maximo Ghosts to Glory. Is Tommy still working in the industry? He use to come by the IGN boards and post now and then. It was fun having someone in the gaming industry starting threads!
Well not really, but sorta? He tours the world heading the Video Games Live concert. I doubt he's done any new game music since that took off back in '07 or so.
If you haven't heard of the show, it's pretty incredible. Here's some videos from the bluray they released:
As for picking a best score, I don't think it's possible. One of the great things about game music is so many other styles fit under it. There are orchestral pieces ranging from epic, to tragic as well as j-pop, rock, chiptunes from the early consoles, jazz, and a number of others. I just don't think one "album" can be singled as the best. It's too varied a genre.