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#1 Sep 16 2013 at 7:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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To people who have completed the story, were you satisfied with the amount of voice acting?

I still enjoyed it, but I kinda feel like I can count the amount of voiced cutscenes on my hands, so I really hope that the expansion story is fully voiced or close to it.

It seems like pretty much every voiced cutscene was in the advertisement for the game, giving off the impression that more would be voiced.

You get a few more voice acted scenes as you inch towards the climax, but I still felt that it was lacking.

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#2 Sep 16 2013 at 7:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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I haven't finished the main story yet, but I like what I've heard so far. I'm wondering if it's the same people they used for 1.0, because Y'shtola sounds the same from what I remember from the 1.0 beta.
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#3 Sep 16 2013 at 8:02 AM Rating: Good
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I'm using Japanese tracks and I really like the quality of it, I just wish there was a lot more of it.
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#4 Sep 16 2013 at 8:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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Quantity stands to be improved, especially in scenes where voiced in one section, but not the next.

Quality will forever be speculative and I honestly don't want to see this thread devolve into yet another "JP voices are superior!" grumble fest where 9/10 the people who say that can't even speak Japanese. If I had one gripe, it'd be the voice of the lalafell that runs around with Yda. The voice just doesn't fit.

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#5 Sep 16 2013 at 8:13 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah, not trying to start an English vs. Japanese debate - just talking purely about quantity.
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#6 Sep 16 2013 at 8:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm getting pretty close to the end of the story (lvl 44), and the voice acting so far has been sparsely distributed, at best. I just watched a long cutscene with Cid and his airship right before Garuda and it really could have used some voice acting.

I think I'm going to fall off my chair when someone speaks again, it's been that long.

I guess a recent comparison is SWTOR, where a good portion of the quest lines are voiced (particularly the class quests). In comparison the voice overs so far in FFXIV feel like an afterthought. Not that this game lacks in other areas for it to be an issue, but it could have done the storyline some big favours. At the very least, we know they can do it with the engine. So there is some hope for future expansions.
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#7 Sep 16 2013 at 8:25 AM Rating: Good
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I'm getting pretty close to the end of the story (lvl 44), and the voice acting so far has been sparsely distributed, at best. I just watched a long cutscene with Cid and his airship right before Garuda and it really could have used some voice acting.

I think I'm going to fall off my chair when someone speaks again, it's been that long.

I guess a recent comparison is SWTOR, where a good portion of the quest lines are voiced (particularly the class quests). In comparison the voice overs so far in FFXIV feel like an afterthought. Not that this game lacks in other areas for it to be an issue, but it could have done the storyline some big favours. At the very least, we know they can do it with the engine. So there is some hope for future expansions.


There is a few more clustered together around the Lv. 46 quests.
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Seriha wrote:
Quantity stands to be improved, especially in scenes where voiced in one section, but not the next.

Quality will forever be speculative and I honestly don't want to see this thread devolve into yet another "JP voices are superior!" grumble fest where 9/10 the people who say that can't even speak Japanese. If I had one gripe, it'd be the voice of the lalafell that runs around with Yda. The voice just doesn't fit.

Edited, Sep 16th 2013 10:04am by Seriha


I speak and understand Japanese. His voice fits perfectly fine in Japanese, a lot of people used to some of the 1.0 voices were probably jarred by the changes in ARR but I gave the other VA a chance and none of them fit the characters, as much as people want to debate against the "JP voices are superior!" (which has never been said in the content you're putting it) the reason people say that is because VERY RARELY is western voice acting fitting or even good as much as people tried to argue against this.

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I turned the vocals off because I think the voice acting, particularly those English accents, is just terrible.
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I turned the vocals off because I think the voice acting, particularly those English accents, is just terrible.


Rather, they..just..all..articulate..so..@#%^ing..slowly..and..sound..like..they..have..marbles..in..their..mouths..dahling.


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#11 Sep 16 2013 at 8:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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I like hearing Minfilia talk.
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, it'd be the voice of the lalafell that runs around with Yda.

Yep. I was totally mind blown the minute he talked.
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#12 Sep 16 2013 at 9:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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Quality wise there's only a couple bad voices; most of the voices are fine. The dialog is fine and the story (I'm only 37) is starting to get good.

Quantity wise I'd like there to be more. Its just too inconsistent when there is voice and when there's not.

Its far from a big deal and honestly I read faster than they say the words so I end up skipping some of it anyway.

The way SE is doing it you would think the scenes with VO would all be prerendered CGI.
#13 Sep 16 2013 at 9:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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If you ask me. Voice acting is a major waste of money and resources that I would much rather see devoted to more content and more stuff.

Voice acting is nice...but I really feel it adds nothing to the game. Im not lazy enough where I find reading to be difficult...and to be honest I read the text while the voice actors are speaking anyway...

I will agree that is is akward to have a scene that is voice acted and then it stops mid scene. I would almost agree to have them do it all if they were going to attempt it.

Also if its not don't really well, voice acting can cheapen the game experience...not saying it does in this game, but a few characters I hate hearing their voice.
#14 Sep 16 2013 at 9:17 AM Rating: Default
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The main story cutscenes that have voice acting I think are fantastic. They are the best and most engrossing storylines I have ever scene in an MMO. The lack of voice in most of them unfortunately starts to make many of them forgetable.
#15 Sep 16 2013 at 11:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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I think it's awful. It usually sounds very disconnected from what's actually happening in the scene. Which just seems wrong. Done well it could've been nice, but this is just half-assed adding of VA to say they have VA.
#16 Sep 16 2013 at 11:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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It really does seem like the VA effort was only followed through part way.

Like, "Eh, some of the characters talk, good enough."
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I agree, having them stop midway is just akward. Take up the extra meg a minute for the MP3 to have them give me the whole speech, dammit.
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#18 Sep 16 2013 at 12:01 PM Rating: Good
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I'm generally feeling very lukewarm about the voice acting game with the sole exception of Gaius. With a voice like his, Gaius van Baelsar can conquer my savage territories any day he wants.
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I grew up with a 10,000 + album collection from the 40's-60's in the house.

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men... The Shadow knows"

The show would have died with the milquetoast readings the English actors are giving the VO today. The dialog is fine, you just don't "feel it" when they're talking most of the time. It sounds like they're reading, not acting.

I've been told that I have a great voice for radio (which matches my perfect Face for radio Smiley: wink) and eventually I'll get my Mic replaced and prove it.

Square Enix is welcome to retain my services for VO, for the bargain price of Airfare for my family to Japan, and a selection of fruit-juice based gummy candies. Preferably Citrus ones.

Ok, I admit it, I'd do it just for a giant case of citrus gummies alone, But have you had some of the candies they sell in Japan?
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#20 Sep 16 2013 at 1:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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The scenes with voice acting are so sparing and...forgettable. I honestly couldn't tell you how many cutscenes I've seen since starting that had voice acting. I remember bits and pieces, like being amused at finally knowing how to pronounce Merlwyb and being invariably annoyed by every lalafell that opens their mouth, but by and large I don't remember enough to be able to point to a main quest and say "there was a voiced cutscene here".
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I feel they spent more on jp va than eng va. As for quantity yea its lacking. I was hoping that main story and job quests had voice acting through out. I dont think any of the small quests require va. Idk I feel that if they didnt do any voice acting it wouldnt bother me too much.
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I would like a lot of voice acting. I like bad voice acting better than none. If it's so ooo bad, I can turn it off.
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I feel they spent more on jp va than eng va. As for quantity yea its lacking. I was hoping that main story and job quests had voice acting through out. I dont think any of the small quests require va. Idk I feel that if they didnt do any voice acting it wouldnt bother me too much.

I think because english VAs ask for a lot of money..
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I'm using Japanese tracks and I really like the quality of it, I just wish there was a lot more of it.


How? :o
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I'm fine with the voice acting as is, except one thing that bothered me.

I couldn't stand Kan-E's completely wooden performance. At first, I just thought she was speaking that way because you first hear her when she's giving a speech to all Gridanians. It's conceivable you don't use the same voice in public speaking than you would in other situations. But then to my dismay I discovered that she speaks like that... all... the time.

I mean, unless she's secretly an android, I've never been more disappointed in someone who's supposed to be the leader of those in tune with nature when it doesn't even sound like she has a soul of her own. Rahbaun looks and sounds like a man who's defended Ul'Dah with his very life on the line as a man would his own family. Merlwyb is like a female Captain Picard, though one that's principled in the pirate's code. But Kan-E? I've got nothing.
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I switched to Japanese as soon as i could. The english voices were really bugging the **** out of me. They werent as bad as FFXIII's Vanille (seriously, i wanted to rip my ears off everytime she opened her mouth...), but they were pretty horrific, didnt feel like any of them matched the characters at all in my eyes. I watched the new trailer earlier where you hear all the key characters speak in english, and i dont think i would have enjoyed the game quite as much as i did with japanese voice-acting.

That said. Japanese voices were pretty fitting and well chosen. The badguys actually sounded evil. Opposed to what i could hear from the english trailer that featured some of the final parts of the game as well (elevator fight), it felt like he was simply reading up lines without putting any feeling into it at all.

But to be honest, i had lost my faith in english voice acting ever since FFX (which was still decent, just went downhill from there) already, so it's not like i had high expectations this round.
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Seriha wrote:
Quantity stands to be improved, especially in scenes where voiced in one section, but not the next.

Quality will forever be speculative and I honestly don't want to see this thread devolve into yet another "JP voices are superior!" grumble fest where 9/10 the people who say that can't even speak Japanese. If I had one gripe, it'd be the voice of the lalafell that runs around with Yda. The voice just doesn't fit.
I'm on the same boat, my Japanese isn't that great but at least in my opinion the VA quality is lacking on both languages, perhaps someone can offer some insight for German and French?.

So far the weakest point in the game (quality wise), however it gives us something to look forward in the future.

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But to be honest, i had lost my faith in english voice acting ever since FFX (which was still decent, just went downhill from there) already, so it's not like i had high expectations this round.


I thought FFX had good acting. Except for Yuna and Lulu. Both of them sounded like they had socks stuck in their throats.



I do realize what word sock rhymes with, and the pun I unintentionally made. Feel free to run with it for humor's sake. :p



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It was a bit weird. There wasn't enough of Urianger either, and he had the best voice.
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It was a bit weird. There wasn't enough of Urianger either, and he had the best voice.


Urianger sounds like the VA who did Balthier in FF12, and I really liked his performance in that.
Raubahn is the one voice that actually annoys me. Just...no. The others I can deal with.
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I feel that the quality of the voice acting is great and that it really adds to the emotional feel of the story. For example, I actually felt moved by Kan-E-Senna's Grand Company speech in Gridania. I do wish that they utilized voice acting for at least all story line quests, that would seem to be most fitting.
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The way some have VA and some don't is annoying at times. Haven't had a problem with the VA that I have encountered.

I always enjoy hearing how things are supposed to be pronounced. Ifrit is more of an Ifreet pronunciation. Was just waiting for them to say Titan like Tayitoon or something.

So is there a way to hear the JP VA with English subtitles?
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I'm not a huge fan for two reasons. The whole aspect of the voice acting feels like it was a complete and utter rushed in at the last second kinda project. A. A lot of the voices do not fit the character they are potraying at all. (Some do but not that many.) Some of the performances are so incredibly wooden or done in a voice inflection so inappropriate for the context of the conversation you have to wonder if they had any editing process in the studio at all. Like you would think Minfilia would be excited she was rescued and all they had accomplished all she sounds like is she just had another day at the office. Not one of joy or relief that her friends were still alive or that she was spared from more torture, like it shoulda been. While it's nice they did the voice acting and some of the game would I think be less for not having things like Garudas scream. My other big pet peeve is just the sheer spottiness of it. Like others said.. they shoulda committed to it one way or the other. Specially in the parts that had voice acting for it to switch constantly to having voices or not having voices.
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#34 Sep 19 2013 at 6:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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I found the English VA to be a mixed bag, unfortunately. Some voices were great, such as Nero's and Y'shtola's, while some were just terrible like the leaders of the city states and Papalymo. From hearing all 4 languages, the English voices were definitely the weakest of the bunch. I'm more partial to the French and German voices, which is a shame since I absolutely love some of the English VAs.
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The way some have VA and some don't is annoying at times. Haven't had a problem with the VA that I have encountered.

I always enjoy hearing how things are supposed to be pronounced. Ifrit is more of an Ifreet pronunciation. Was just waiting for them to say Titan like Tayitoon or something.

So is there a way to hear the JP VA with English subtitles?


You can change the voices to any other language in the System Configuration. Pick "Other Settings," go to Cutscene Audio and pick the language you want. You get EN, JP, DE and FR. (Adjust to client just picks whatever language your OS is.)

However, you HAVE to keep in mind that the subtitles will NOT match what is being said. At all.
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I personally didn't care for the english voice acting, but that being said I like ractalfece so I vote my opinons be voided on that alone. xD
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