Our hearing is our most powerful sense. We respond to auditory stimuli more acutely than we do to things we see or touch or taste.
Sound is crucial, then, to any experience that tries to convey a story or trigger particular emotions and actions. And while musical compositions are a key part of that, there's only so much they can do on their own.
Gamasutra sought the input of some of the top sound designers in the games industry to help highlight seven games with great sound design that every dev should study — whether they be in an audio-related discipline or not.