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7-17-2009 @ 8:23PM
OK, don't get me wrong - I love WoW, but I hate its music content. Music is the one aspect blizzard completely failed in WoW, it is most certainly not worth a concert. FFXI completely and utterly kicks its arse. I haven't even played FFXI, but I downloaded the full soundtrack anyway because I knew it would be worth a listen (and it was), but even then its music isn't amazing. WoW just didn't spend the money when it came to music.WoW music = fail.
7-17-2009 @ 10:59PM
Blizzard spends far more money on music than Square. However, money doesn't make good music. All JRPG music sounds the same. Same chord progressions, modes, everything. While Warcraft has a distinct "sound" to them. All their games really. You hear a piece of Blizzard music and automatically go, "Yeah, that's Diablo"It can be subtle at times, or epic at times. Pieces like "A Call to Arms" and even the latest "Arthas, My Son" are excellent pieces. Subtle cues, like the one in Storm Peaks, tend to have a hauntingly beautiful presence and definitely give the game a life of it's own. Not to mention there's more variation than in FFXI. Where you hear the EXACT same piece time and time again and it's "in your face" so you can't escape it.However, I do wish the audio engine was a bit more dynamic. It'd be cool to have music change when encountering a raid boss or have the music change when the boss is at X% of life. Something more than the "zone dynamics" that they currently use.
7-18-2009 @ 1:35AM
FFXI was a bad example, and I was a bit over-hasty in saying that it fails - I should have said WoW music fails as classical music, but then again, all game music fails as classical music. Sure, maybe for a 'non-informed' listener it would be nostalgic, but it is just hell to play - the basis of the harmony is experimentation rather than function, and the part writing just doesn't make sense. WoW's soundtrack is fundamentally 'ambient' music which is fine in context, or for a short amount of time, but NOT a 90 minute concert. The reason that JRPG music concerts have gone so well is because of their short and catchy themes that are easily arranged, but the WoW soundtrack phases in and out and uses a large amount of asian-influence instruments that are incredibly hard (outside of a MIDI/electronically mixed context) to do anything with. So anyways, that's my two cents - sorry to go on a rant :S
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