Gameplay, graphics, controls, longevity and multiplayer tend to be the most common factors people bring up when talking about video games; yet, soundtracks and sound design are often glossed over. It’s understandable; after all, sound is more embedded in the background of the experience, subtly complementing the gameplay, art and visuals. Sound may seem like a small piece of the gaming puzzle, but it’s not: it’s integral. It can be the difference between a good game and a great game. If a soundtrack is too distracting, it can draw the player out of the experience; if it doesn’t fit the tone of the game, it can make an otherwise intense experience seem goofy; if it’s too stripped back, it can make a game seem empty. Just try playing a 3D platformer without the music – it can make even the most vibrant and colourful worlds seem dismal. Luckily, most developers bring their A-game when it comes to sound design, despite getting little credit for it. Well, credit where it’s due: here are five games with great soundtracks.