Composed by Halo regulars Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori to reflect the game's distinctive noir atmosphere, ODST's soundtrack chooses moody jazz-in-the-rain over acoustic choral epicness. And it works.
Heavy Rain. Not really what anyone could call a 'blue sky' game. It's glum and grey and wet and a bit miserable. That's the whole point. Composer Norman Corbeil (who also scored PS2 game Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy) did an excellent job of capturing the pervading sense of gloom, wrapping it up in melancholy beauty and making it sound sweet. Sob.
Mass Effect 2
Synthy, brooding, expansive, spaced out - composer Jack Wall gets it absolutely spot on for Mass Effect once again. If I'm ever captain of an intergalactic space vessel, I will insist that 'New Worlds' is played on loop over the bridge's speakers.
An outsider, sure, but Alexey Omelchuk's score for spooky shooter Metro 2033 is more than deserving of its nomination for best soundtrack. Creepy, bleak, haunting, dank - it's everything that a subterranean Russian nightmare should sound like.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
It's no surprise that Greg Edmonson's original score for Nathan Drake's second adventure has already bagged itself some awards, including a fancy BAFTA. Performed by the Skywalker Session Orchestra, the soundtrack is another perfect accompaniment to the adventure, giving it the cinematic quality that the game was given so much critical praise for.
That's all the games that are up for a Golden Joystick. Which one do you think has the best soundtrack? If you haven't already, cast your vote at the Golden Joystick Awards voting page now.
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