Five Great Games That Sound Better With Headphones

These titles will reward you with rich sonic detail

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Hellblade Screenshot, taken by Alex Rowe on Nintendo Switch.
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Path of Exile Screenshot, taken by Alex Rowe on Xbox One X.

PATH OF EXILE

Path of Exile might have the best sound design of any isometric action RPG I’ve ever experienced.

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GreedFall Screenshot, taken by Alex Rowe on Xbox One X.

GREEDFALL

Spiders’ small-budget-big-ambition RPG is a great take on classic genre tropes, and it’s backed up with an expansive voice cast, solid combat audio, and a rich soundtrack by legendary composer Olivier Deriviere.

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Rage 2 Screenshot, taken by Alex Rowe on Xbox One S.

RAGE 2

Avalanche and iD Software’s open world first person shooter was a totally awesome game, and if I had done a “Best Games of 2019” list it would most definitely have made the cut.

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Official Warframe Promo Screenshot, https://www.warframe.com/media#screenshots

WARFRAME

Warframe is one of the most popular free-to-play games on the planet, thanks to its fast-paced combat, vibrant graphics, and constant flow of new content to enjoy.

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Hellblade Screenshot, taken by Alex Rowe on Nintendo Switch.

HELLBLADE

It’s almost cheating to put this game on a list about headphone listening, since the game was explicitly designed to be heard with headphones.

Official Ninja Theory-produced video about the binaural sound design of Hellblade

I do radio voice work by day, and write by day and night. I studied film and production. I love audio, design, and music. Also video games.

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