10 Underappreciated Soundtracks That Defined Your Favourite Video Games

Music to your ears.

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Music is perhaps the single most overlooked aspect of video games, something which is generally expected to be there, but which hardly receives much praise or criticism. That said, music is equally one of the most important components in the construction of a given experience, setting tone or maintaining atmosphere, as well as manipulating emotional responses, and even regulating pace.

Music is everything, and gaming contains a complex relationship between image and sound, despite most critics ignoring the former in favour of the latter. In fairness, music is a challenging component to discuss, especially considering its subjective qualities. I mean, what exactly makes for a great soundtrack? It’s a difficult question – one which most critics have a tendency of disregarding completely – choosing instead to comment on gameplay or storytelling because those particular aspects are easier to critique, as well as comprehend.

It can be a tough balancing act, and gaming is perhaps the one medium in which composers deserve the most credit, yet they usually receive the least.

That said, here are 10 soundtracks which completely defined your favourite games...

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A postgraduate student at Durham University, Richard's passions include detective fiction and PC gaming, and he is currently writing a novel about neither.