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When That Tiny Controller Speaker Makes All The Difference

One of the most overlooked aspects of modern game controllers is the speaker. Although many games do little with it, there are a handful that extend the play experience substantially with the experience of sounds happening in your hands as well as on the TV.

The PlayStation 4 DualShock and PlayStation 5 DualSense both offer a speaker on the controller. This is used by games like Grand Theft Auto to double as a speaker in the game world, like the police radio in your car so you can scan frequencies in your hands to locate crimes going down. On the F1 games the speaker is used for the voice of the pit crew, as well as the race announcer. Tearaway uses the speaker in conjunction with Touchpad to interact with a creature. Transistor used the speaker so your sword could speak to you in a more direct way.

On the Wii U the GamePad speaker was used in a range of ways, most successfully to offer musical harmonies with the sound from the main TV. It's surprisingly effective at creating this choral effect for a range of games like Nintendo Land and Kirby.

The Wii has one of the most innovative uses of the speaker on the controller. In No More Heroes it's used as a phone, in pre-boss fights, Sylvia would call you so you would need to hold the speaker to your ear to answer. In Red Steel multiplayer mode, each player holds the Wii Remote to their ear and it would whisper "You're the secret killer" to one person, along with individual instructions to each of the other players.

There are then other peripherals that make sound to extend the experience of playing. The Skylanders Trap Team Portal, for instance, played audio that went back and forth to the big screen to make it sound like trapped enemies were being sent into the TV.

This list includes 26 games from the last 25 years, with 784 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to listen to the controller in your hands. We break them down into the following areas:

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 784
 

 

Harmonising With TV Music

Nintendo Land

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Kirby's Epic Yarn

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Super Mario Maker (Series)

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Horizon Forbidden West

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series)

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Toadette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

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Sounds In Your Hands

The Last Of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...

Wii Sports (Series)

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Horizon Zero Dawn

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The Last Of Us

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...

The Last Of Us Left Behind

The Last of Us is a survival adventure game where you play Joel, a father figure, looking to protect a girl in his care, Ellie. The game creates a fimlic and emotional experience that extends beyond the usual zombie shooting to offer an interactive...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an adventure game in the Zelda series. You play Link and navigate the floating island of Skyloft before diving down to the land below it. While the island locations and flight drew from Wind Waker, the combat and...

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation is an adventure horror game set in space, remastered in 2019 from the 2014 game due to its popularity. You play Amanda who is trying to find out the truth behind her mother's disappearance. You explore Sevastopol, a decommissioned...

Tomb Raider (Series)

Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...

Knack 2 (Series)

Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an adventure game in the Zelda series. As with the other games, you play Link, who must prevent Hyrule from being engulfed by corruption from a parallel dimension. Unlike other Zelda games, you can take the form...

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an adventure series set in Tolkein's fictional work, between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You play Talion, a Ranger who sets out to avenge the deaths of his loved one. The...

Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds

Horizon Frozen Wilds extends the Horizon Zero Dawn post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating...

Until Dawn (Series)

Until Dawn is a narrative horror game about eight friends staying in a mountainside lodge. As they settle in they are attacked by a foreboding figure that seems to have been following them. You choose how characters interact, where they go and how they...

Spelunky 2 (Series)

Spelunky 2 is, like the classic Spelunky, a running and jumping game where you exploring mysterious caves on the moon looking for your missing parents. On your journey, you will find unique environments, treasure, and people to join you as you delve...

Dead Space: Extraction

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Voices In Your Hands

Astro's Playroom

Astro's Playroom is a running and jumping game that launched with the PlayStation 5. It not only showcases the PS5's new DualSense controller but offers a loveable adventure with novel interactions and considerable substance.

Stray

Stray is a game about a cat lost in a futuristic city where robots live. You guide your feline friend in and out of buildings, across roads and generally poke your nose in to see what is going on.

Grand Theft Auto V (Series)

Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.

Skylanders (Series)

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.

Transistor

Transistor is an action role-playing game where you explore a futuristic fantasy world. It mixes real-time fighting with an unusual turn-based system that allows you to pause time, plan out your combat in advance, before unleashing your powers on to...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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