1. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Official Sound Track - I knew this would be good with David Wise and Grant Kirkhope, but the new composers are just as strong. I can't wait to see what Playtonic does next, since this Rare-era throwback is easily my favorite OST of the year.
2. SHADOWBRINGERS: FINAL FANTASY XIV Original Soundtrack - More FFXIV, which is always great. Perhaps a little disappointed in this one not because of the music, but because of how the album plays out? It feels sort of disjointed to have a bunch of stuff from the end of Stormblood before the Shadowbringers stuff starts. I feel like their timing of album releases and what goes on which one could use some improvement.
3. Sayonara Wild Hearts - Watched someone play this over New Years and was totally entranced by the game and the music. Such dreamlike goodness!
4. KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World of Tres- Album - Solid orchestral stuff from KH, including the only released music from KH3 so far (other than the Utada Hikaru single). WHERE IS THE FULL OST, SQUARE??
5. OCTOPATH TRAVELER Arrangements -Break & Boost- - More Octopath is always good - it was one of my favorite OSTs of 2018, and this arranged album is a good listen. It IS A bit too short, and the jump from the OST to this arranged album isn't a super big one, though.
6. Distant Worlds V: More Music from Final Fantasy - If you've heard any Distant Worlds albums before, this is more of what you'd expect. Orchestral Searching for Friends alone gets this onto my list.
7. A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy - Volume II - Another entry for arrangements of things I've always wanted - FFIX's A Place to Call Home is short but lovely, Home Sweet Home has always been a favorite, and SELBINA from FFXI!!! Also very happy that this one seems to be a studio recording without applause after every track like the previous album had.
8. CHRONO ORCHESTRA Arrangement BOX - I had to include the boxed set to get both albums in here, although I must admit I think the orchestral treatment lends itself better to Trigger than to Cross.
9. MUSIC ENGINE UNDERTALE CD Vol.3: Alphys & Mettaton - Doujin CD release of orchestral performances by a group called Music Engine. I heard samples of this and then it was VERY difficult trying to track down the actual discs as they're only sold at their concerts and Comiket. Also this works best when listened to with the prior two albums, as they are all really short. Also while researching what came out in 2019 I discovered there is now a FOURTH one of these that I need to track down. FML again.
10. The Music of Red Dead Redemption II Original Score - Perfect music to accompany the game. I also really enjoy the vocal accompanying album for this.
Some other albums I really liked from this year include:
Celeste Piano - good arrangements of a great soundtrack to a game I'm not skilled enough to play myself
Piano Collections FINAL FANTASY XIV - Nice to have FFXIV piano tracks without half the album being Primals stuff that's a bit too... hard... for my tastes.
Dust: An Elysian Tail Original Soundtrack - The game is really old, but I got this album with a Limited Run Games release of it for Switch. I really really enjoyed both the game and the OST. Glad I gave it a chance, since it didn't feel super appealing to me from the art alone.
Symphonic Tale: The Rune of Beginning (Music from Suikoden II) - This was the kickstarter-funded Suikoden 2 orchestra album that I was super angry I missed the deadline for after they moved around the original dates of it. Was glad to finally get it, and rather enjoyed it even if I didn't think it was the best thing ever.
OCTOPATH TRAVELER 16bit Arrangements - Interesting that we're now at the point where live-performed stuff is IN games and old-school synth is reserved for arrangements. This was neat, but there needed to be more of it. VERY short and also rather difficult to track down the physical album.
OCTOPATH TRAVELER Arrangements Break & Boost -Extend- - More of Break & Boost, and I had a really hard time finding anyone who even knew this existed on the internet. Ended up buying it blind without samples, and it's about what you'd expect from an extension of the first arranged album. Also WAY too short.
Oni no Naku Kuni Original Soundtrack - not at all what I was expecting after the soundtracks to I am Setsuna and Lost Sphear, but once I got over that I rather liked this.
FINAL FANTASY XIV Orchestral Arrangement Album Vol. 2 - Like almost every single other orchestral arrangement album this year, I just wanted more.
ASTRAL CHAIN - One of the cases where I am completely content with the "best of" disc that came with the collector's edition of the game. I think the whole OST would wear out its welcome in my rotation, but I think they did a good job of cutting it down to a really listenable album and I like it a lot.
EDIT: I forgot to include that there are several albums I think I'll love but have not gotten around to listening to them yet, which include Ys IX, Square Enix Acoustic Arrangements, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Shenmue III, and Wattam!