Marco Lienhard

Red steel wins best Score includes Taikoza Best Original Score Red Steel Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Paris (France) Why It Rocked: Red Steel's ambitious soundtrack comes from famed composer Tom Salta, who has contributed works, in part or whole, to everything from the 2006 Olympics to Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and Project Gotham Racing 3. His discography spans hit videogames, music, television and movies. That noted, his Red Steel soundtrack could be his best to date. The game's music was recorded using live Japanese instruments, from the Koto to the Shakuhachi, and performed by the percussion group Taikoza. Meanwhile, as players explore traditional and modern overseas environments, they will hear everything from thundering choir singers to violin solos, just as they'll encounter bits of electronica, jazz, hip hop, lounge, Japanese pop and yes, even (literally, as it happens) elevator music. The selection not only has a richness and definition often lacking in videogames, but the compositions are catchy and memorable, too. Zelda's tracks earn the game a runner-up spot, but Ubisoft's genuine recordings obliterate Nintendo's MIDI renditions. Runners-Up: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess