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#1 Nov 08 2010 at 10:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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I've played since CE release and so far it has been "meh" everywhere I go. Their are a few places where the music is soothing but I have not heard anything that makes me want to literally stay in an area just to hear the music.

I really don't like comparing it to FFXI but technically it does pull from the same family. FFXI had incredible musical themes that gave life. Like when I heard a certain theme I would imagine in my head for example, Sandy would be grandiose, Bastok was hustle and bustle and Windurst was magical.

And the battle themes *sigh*. A battle theme is suppose to make you feel invigorated and ready to go. All I hear is mediocre techno/rock.

What is everyone else thoughts/opinions?
#2 Nov 08 2010 at 10:43 PM Rating: Decent
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There have been two or three recent threads about the music in XIV, and generally most people are as unimpressed as you are.
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#3 Nov 08 2010 at 10:45 PM Rating: Good
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I turned off all the sound because the music is "ok" but all the other sounds are annoying. Now with the sound off I can just turn on a play list of my favorite music instead of listening to video game music.
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You could just turn off all the sound.. and turn on pandora.. and tune in to Clubbed to Death channel :D... Lots of good tunes in that channel.. just remember to thumb down songs you hate or else it'll play again..
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#5 Nov 09 2010 at 4:10 AM Rating: Good
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I went to Coerthas for the first time this weekend... music there was beautiful, short loop, but still very pretty. I wanted to hang out there for a while simple because the music plus sound effects of the wind and wolves howling were awesome. Haven't been anywhere else but there and Gridania... Gridania is certainly not as pleasing, and I would like a little bit more variety in my battle music... But, I can't say I'm entirely disappointed, I'm enjoying it more than what I remember from FFXI.
#6 Nov 09 2010 at 5:24 AM Rating: Decent
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I loved the music in FFXI and WoW, bought the OST for both games. Although there were a few nice tracks in FFXIV the majority were very lackluster, enjoyed a couple but they didn't really seem to add to the game or match very well to the areas/situations.
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#7 Nov 09 2010 at 5:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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Very repetitive for sure. I wouldn't say I dislike the music, but I'm never thinking "Wow, that's awesome!" A couple exceptions may be Coerthas & Mor Dhona. I love those 2, but even those are short loops like was mentioned. If I spent more time there it may get old like the others. I also love the "happy music" that plays when you're on a fieldcraft leve lol. Totally fits the "Yay, I'm on a mission to go fish!" theme ya got goin' on.
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#8 Nov 09 2010 at 6:26 AM Rating: Good
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The music outside uldah is spectacular...


but after a while I just mute it and pull itunes out. I did the same on xi. MMORPG music gets really old really fast. It'll always be loopy.

Have you tried the battle music on faction leves? Its pretty cool.
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#9 Nov 09 2010 at 9:01 AM Rating: Good
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I think the problem is a lot of the tracks are rehashed from older previous ff releases. It seems like a half ***** effort. I would have loved new more intense combat music not a FFVII remix which is also coincidently just re-hashed and thrown in there for what feels lack of a better option.

These certain little things do detract from the over all gameplay and immersion, my favorite thing about Xi was most of the music was fresh and original. I still hum the music from San D'oria, those were the little things that made playing so much fun.

#10 Nov 09 2010 at 9:12 AM Rating: Good
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I just hate that I can't control the volume of the ambient sound effects, like: footsteps, aetheryte warping, insect/bird noises, etc.

Though I usually end up watching anime on the big screen with friends, while I play on the PC monitor anyway.

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#11 Nov 09 2010 at 3:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Someone needs to come out with a .dat converter for music files for this already.

Falling asleep so much from the constant repeats of these short tracks I no longer play with the music on.

Now the **** pet pats of walking is putting me to sleep...
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#12 Nov 09 2010 at 4:11 PM Rating: Good
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I love the music. It's one of the things they nailed. All of it except the market wards. I have spent way too much frustrating time in there and mute it every time I enter.
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#13 Nov 09 2010 at 4:35 PM Rating: Good
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Kachi is right. There are tons of threads on this...but I'm bored at work so here we go...

I don't care for the music that much but I'm far from offended by it. However I don't enjoy the game at this point so I think that has a lot to do with it as well.

The other reasons why the music may not be as good are in those other threads. Coerthas's theme is good though.
#14 Nov 09 2010 at 6:14 PM Rating: Good
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Gonna verge on blasphemy here, but I'll say it... Uematsu might not have "it" any more. The last truly great work I've heard from him was FFIX, a decade ago. At this point I think he's living off of reputation more than recent quality composition.

XIV's music isn't awful, but it's also not very inspiring and the songs loop really quickly. I'd give it a C.

On the other hand, Naoshi Mizuta's work on FFXI and the expansions was stellar. To this day, even though I've heard all the tracks so much I should be sick of them, I prefer to play XI with sound on.
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#15 Nov 09 2010 at 10:23 PM Rating: Decent
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I figured as much the general consensus was "meh".

I just realized something that saddens me. We're going to be STUCK with this indefinitely. I mean they will push out patches for fixes, contents, updates but I've never seen a patch to fix boring music ;-p

#16 Nov 09 2010 at 11:26 PM Rating: Decent
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I figured as much the general consensus was "meh".

I just realized something that saddens me. We're going to be STUCK with this indefinitely. I mean they will push out patches for fixes, contents, updates but I've never seen a patch to fix boring music ;-p
You could always just replace the dat files down the road. I did that for FFXI once, and I downloaded the full soundtrack that was ripped from the alpha client (though I was just as disappointed with it then too).
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#17 Nov 10 2010 at 1:47 AM Rating: Good
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My favourite track must be Leve-music near Uldah. It's so **** good!

I do sometimes turn off the music and put Naoshi Mizuta's stuff on to get some variety as you're in one "zone" usually for a lot longer than in XI.

I did like the silent areas of XI too but not too sure that they would fit in XIV as the music usually fits the fast pace of the game.

The hollow silence in XI generated this sad hopeless feeling of loneliness that was really beautiful. That might sound awful to some but I think the melancholic emotions of XI that was part of it's magic. VI had the same feeling.

I think it's really pointless to compare the music of XI and XIV as XIV is a lot more of an action game so the happier 80s hair-rock is surprisingly fitting at least to me.

Having listened to all the Black Mages albums I have to say that this is the first time Uematsu has really nailed the rock-style with his simple melodies.

(O.T. Lost Odyssey's ost was really good too! <-Great great game,spectacular writing.)
#18 Nov 10 2010 at 2:14 AM Rating: Decent
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Gonna verge on blasphemy here, but I'll say it... Uematsu might not have "it" any more. The last truly great work I've heard from him was FFIX, a decade ago. At this point I think he's living off of reputation more than recent quality composition.


Feeling a bit like a broken record at this point, but here goes...

Uematsu has always been a melody writer. A gifted melody writer, but 99% of his compositions are musically simple. He isn't strong at composing ambient or complex music with any actual length to it... the kind of stuff you want when you're going to be listening to it over and over. But this is just kind of what you can expect from someone who clearly has some talent but no education.

I think he was a poor choice for scoring an MMO, especially all on his own.
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#19 Nov 10 2010 at 1:05 PM Rating: Good
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Speeral wrote:

I still hum the music from San D'oria, those were the little things that made playing so much fun.


Really? I find that interesting - the bagpipes kind of grated on my nerves. I just can't stay in Sandy for too long.

Without rehashing the whole argument again about whether or no Nobuo was qualified - I really believe that he just was not given proper direction on it. Short themes, meant for casual encounters is what it feels like, but with the grindy nature of the game folks are left wondering "anything else?"

Content in general in this game is bones-bare. SE just hasn't struck that balance between real long-term engaging content and casual play. They make jabs at one and the other, and in this game it feels more like the two are sparring partners and it's reflected in every aspect, including the music.

I do still, however, think Nobuo has some fight left in him.
#20 Nov 10 2010 at 1:22 PM Rating: Good
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The music for the main areas is decent, but not on par with what I expect from Uematsu. The battle music and leve music is horrendous. The one thing the bugs the crap out of me, is the sound the game makes to acknowledge that it accepted an entered command. It sounds more like an error tone, than an accepted tone. It should be a quick, soft, chiming sound, not the annoying and intrusive "BAAAHHNNNK!" sound it makes now.
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#21 Nov 10 2010 at 1:28 PM Rating: Good
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I havent been too impressed with the music in ffxiv, but coerthas and mor dhona were nice. However, I thought this rendition of the prelude was the best yet.
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#22 Nov 10 2010 at 1:58 PM Rating: Decent
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The music's not bad but definitely nothing special. I seem to prefer Ul'dah to anywhere else (and Grid least of all). My problem is I normally put on my own music but I find the older I get and now having over 1000 albums I can never pick anything so I just end up letting the FFXIV music play.

Meh.

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#23 Nov 10 2010 at 3:33 PM Rating: Good
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Really? I find that interesting - the bagpipes kind of grated on my nerves. I just can't stay in Sandy for too long.

Without rehashing the whole argument again about whether or no Nobuo was qualified - I really believe that he just was not given proper direction on it. Short themes, meant for casual encounters is what it feels like, but with the grindy nature of the game folks are left wondering "anything else?"

Content in general in this game is bones-bare. SE just hasn't struck that balance between real long-term engaging content and casual play. They make jabs at one and the other, and in this game it feels more like the two are sparring partners and it's reflected in every aspect, including the music.

I do still, however, think Nobuo has some fight left in him.



Agreed.

I thought that the lack of direction and overreaching of his talent had more to do with it than anything else.

To expand on your point of casual/hardcore, the expansive zones and frequency of the guildleves are diametrically opposed. Did Uemastu fully understand this; did the devs fully understand how large their zones were going to be; how often their leves would be played? I'm sure if there were more zones, with different music AND silence (which is vital in MMOs to break up and provide a sense of space) things might have been different, at the very least more varied.

In any case we've heard how many songs so far? Around 20? If the game gets better I'd like to play more and wait and see how many more "Coearthas" songs are out there.






#24 Nov 10 2010 at 6:11 PM Rating: Decent
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I think the music is good, but in a game that usually requires staying in an area for extended amounts of time, any looping music will get old.
#25 Nov 14 2010 at 4:20 AM Rating: Good
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I really *really* hate to beat a dead horse, BUT if you haven't already, listen to most of the songs on YouTube.

I didn't at first and just relied on and based my opinion on the first tracks/areas of the game. I'm at Track 26 and although many of the songs are "good/ok" there are so far about 4 or 5 very memorable tracks.

There are some really great songs buried in here or at the very least those that are very very catchy/nostalgic.

I would love to see these songs in context though...

Like this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxvbER2PAGA&feature=related

Heck the song I'm listening to now seems like its borrowing parts from the bands Arcade Fire, Thursday and The Microphones as if it were from a song from FF6. I'll just link it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx_z1wI0RuM&feature=related

It's too bad FFXIV is a granite quarry holding all this music in and all I'm working with is a dentist's pick.
#26 Nov 14 2010 at 6:18 AM Rating: Decent
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My favorite zone so far is easily La Noseca. I love the music in this zone, especially the Leve battle music. The zone itself is attractive to me.

I like all the zones, but this one zones stands out the most.
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