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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Forum » General Discussion » How important is music in a game?

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  c0exist

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OP  4/30/13 10:34:55 PM#1
Might be a dumb question to some, but this element to me can differentiate a good game from a great game.  Final Fantasy games have always had a great score.  The music in the different zones in ffxi and ffxiv really set it apart for me.  I know it seems minor but take the music out of the zone or the combat engage music and its a diiferent feel.  Same goes for the elder scrolls games, incredible music.
  drivendawn

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4/30/13 10:37:43 PM#2
I know what you mean and you won't be disapointed.
  c0exist

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OP  4/30/13 10:40:29 PM#3
Thats great to hear
  Jacxolope

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4/30/13 10:41:40 PM#4

To me , music is of little to no importance but 'sound FX' and 'ambient sound' are crucial. I prefer to listen to audio-books or the news/talk radio while playing pretty much any game. 

-But yeah, Skyrim had fantastic music (as did Morrowind) but even then I turned the music off most of the time.

I also realize that I am the extreme minority here. =(

  c0exist

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OP  4/30/13 10:44:45 PM#5
I understand that, sometimes I will turn it down to play some music if Im doing repetitve stuff.  Yeah that morrowind song I would whistle at work couldnt get that out of my head.
  DamonVile

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4/30/13 11:00:20 PM#6
games have music ?
  Elegance92

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4/30/13 11:05:28 PM#7
Personally music plays a reallly big factor in games for me, I've stuck with sinking ships for the longest time just because they had good music(mostly dying f2p ones). And this is honestly one reason I'm seriously considering getting this when it comes out, despite the negativeness of the first launch.
  austriacus

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4/30/13 11:15:31 PM#8
Originally posted by DamonVile
games have music ?

I hope you are kidding, gaming music nowdays is really good. Half my cellphone is full of music from games or remixes of them.

  psychobgr

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5/01/13 12:35:50 AM#9
Music to me is important in a game as it is part of the immersion. I know people that turn the music off in games which I cannot understand. Ambient music can also set the mood of the game to me its a big part of a game.
  Ralstlin

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5/01/13 9:38:24 AM#10

I dont know other games, but Final Fantasy music is for me one of the best of this genre:

 

http://www.ie10.ffxiv.com/ an example form Internet Explorer 10 website

 

Is just like a Fantasy movie OST

  aldenceise

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5/01/13 9:51:22 AM#11

I'm probably of the extreme minority that believes music is extremely important even from a quality production perspective.

Animations are the second thing to me similar to music in that I believe are extraordinarily important but most don't seem to even think about.

I liken stuff like this to the production of a movie. Is it done cheaply or ineffectively? Or did someone actually take the time, with excellence in their field, to craft music to cater the mood.

It's the immersion to me as someone else mentioned prior. Probably helps that I'm an AV enthusiast also. Regardless, figured I'd chime in to represent the demographic.

  BadSpock

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5/01/13 10:09:03 AM#12
Originally posted by Ralstlin

I dont know other games, but Final Fantasy music is for me one of the best of this genre:

 

http://www.ie10.ffxiv.com/ an example form Internet Explorer 10 website

 

Is just like a Fantasy movie OST

That music is so, so FF thanks for the link.

Now Playing: Destiny, WoW

  Ralstlin

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5/01/13 10:23:32 AM#13
NP ^^ i like it so much too.. Final Fantasy have Great Music, Great Graphics, Great History... i hope they achieve too Great gameplay on this title.. and probably i will play it for years.
  ShakyMo

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5/01/13 10:29:22 AM#14
Very more important than graphics

You can get away with old fashioned looking or highly stylized graphics if the audio is right.

Examples
Hotline miami
Terraria
Both torchlights
Monaco
and of course - Wow (the main reason people think wow combat is "weightier" is purely down to the excellent audio, play it with the sound off its no different to say warhammer or rift)

Note, I mean graphics, not artwork. Good artwork is important.
  striderbob

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5/01/13 1:49:20 PM#15
in an MMO it isn't important to me at all, usually have my own music playing. music in an MMO gets repeatitive after a while
  Tekkaman

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5/01/13 1:51:52 PM#16
Originally posted by c0exist
Thats great to hear

I see what you did there.

  Wakygreek

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5/01/13 1:55:13 PM#17

I used to think music was not that important, until I played Ni No Kuni on the PS3. The music was soooo good in that game that it actually got me to enjoy the game more than I already was.

I think music can make or break certain games, its true that you can mute them and just play something in the background. I often do this when I PVP etc, but when your just sitting there doing some PVE or going through at your own pace ... its nice to hear music that magnifies the world and its ambiance.

  ElRenmazuo

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5/01/13 3:44:30 PM#18
final fantasy stopped having good music after 9 best were from 6 and 7. Chrono Trigger and Xenogears were squaresofts best musical scores. But squaresoft doesnt exist anymore. Now they are a just a shadow of their former selves.

https://33.media.tumblr.com/262c40940b3181ade1001120dd379aaa/tumblr_nfrzn853rR1rz64nto6_r1_400.gif

  ZizouX

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5/01/13 3:47:41 PM#19

Respectfully disagree.

 

FFXIV 2.0 has amazing music and i've only experienced a fraction of it.

FFX had really good tracks like Road to Zanarkind (piano solo).

FFXI has amazing music in certain zones, like Zanctuary of Zitah.

 

Music is very subjective.  It never really makes or breaks a game, but it sure can add that special agreement to make it "special" and/or "memorable" in your heart.

  Sovrath

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5/01/13 3:51:18 PM#20
Originally posted by c0exist
Might be a dumb question to some, but this element to me can differentiate a good game from a great game.  Final Fantasy games have always had a great score.  The music in the different zones in ffxi and ffxiv really set it apart for me.  I know it seems minor but take the music out of the zone or the combat engage music and its a diiferent feel.  Same goes for the elder scrolls games, incredible music.

hmmm.

great music can help but as in movies, "overscoring" anything can detract from the experience.

And not to hate on you as I support you in love of final fantasy scores, but I haven't heard many pieces/bits in final fantasy scores that I would deem good.

Maybe you can point me to some you like and I can see if they are any different from the music I have heard?

(though I agree, the elder scrolls games have great music to my taste)

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