07-07-2008 12:23 PM
Game Soundtrack or Your Custom Mix?
Now, I'm not saying that all game soundtracks are horrible or great, many games have their ups and downs, developers put a lot of time and money into creating soundtracks, licenses from artists and royalty fee's, the list goes on. Most of the time a game will come with a collection of songs from varying artist's who's songs match the game's mood. Some games feature custom soundtracks which the developers hired someone to mix, games where there is music without lyrics and that matches the gameplay and heightens the overall experience.
There are also "those other" games which the first thing you do is disable the soundtrack/in game music. That's when you either use the "In Game XMB" feature or your pop in a CD into your stereo and play your own custom mix to your liking.
So, do you disable the in game music and put on your own custom mix, or do you leave the in game music turned on?
Yes there are exceptions for games that have their own kind of music (studio produced specifically for the game) and sometimes you would leave this on since it matches the gameplay.
For me, disabling soundtracks usually falls into the racing genre; now, games like NFS and Burnout have some pretty great soundtracks, but sometimes it's when you wish that certain songs where in the game that aren't, that's when I disable the in game music and turn on the stereo with one of my custom mixes. Others genres such as shooting, I usually keep the in game music turned on, and when I get tired of it/have listened to way to many times; I then disable it and turn on my own custom mix. On a side not for shooters and custom mixes, have you ever had those times when your custom mix just happens to match the right gameplay moments?
Note- I'm not talking about the noises such as feet walking, gun fire, and ambient noise, I'm talking about the in game music.
Note2- I figured this was appropriate since the PS3 2.40 update which allows to you play your music stored on your hard drive.
07-07-2008 12:39 PM
I actually prefer to leave the In-Game music turned on. Now, there are a few exceptions to that though. With Saints Row, I was always playing Crossfade instead of listening to the in-game music and I'd personally only use in-game music for racing and sports games. Another is Super Stardust HD which I have set to use Custom Soundtracks because then, I can zone out with the music and get lost in the exploding colors
Other than those titles/genres, I stick to the in-game music that comes with the game. For Action/Adventure, RPGs, Fighters, etc. that have more of a story focus, I'd rather not have the mood ruined/killed by what I'm playing. They have music specifically designed to go with those moments and I feel better off having that music play as it was intended to. Shooters, meh. I know some would love to go on their little shooting sprees with some heavy metal in the background but I'd rather have the game's music set to where I can hear footsteps and nearby gunfire so I know where my opponents are coming from (if you've played CoD4, you know there are always people who have the ironic habit of turning on their mics, turning on some music and have intention of using their mics for anything else ).
That's honestly why In-Game music wasn't high on my list like everyone else because of the genres I play. I feel like it's not really needed most titles outside of a few select ones.
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07-07-2008 05:32 PM
Im usually a Game Soundtrack person.. Im a big fan of Soundtracks.. but theres one game that always urges me to use my own music: Toca Race Driver 3.. for the ps2 and psp.. they have no in game music at all, except for the menu. and its not even desirable.. so i just turn the music off completely. My favorite game soundtrack so far has got to be Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition.. wide range of music and i never skip anything.. unless i heard it a million times.. im glad that game was made a few years ago because the music these days (mainly the rap and Lil wayne's shine of isht music) is unbearable to me.. rockstar always makes a great song selection IMO.. (idk about the psp gta games though)..
also a notable good game soundtrack has got to be NFSU2.. lot of artists that i havent heard of on that game.. and i still listen to those that grasped me - Queens of the Stone Age, Skindred.
07-07-2008 07:31 PM
When I first get a game I will listen to the game soundtrack until I get bored of it.
As an example for now whenever I play Warhawk I simply tune my receiver to my favorite radio station (104.1) and enjoy. The only time I leave the game soundtrack on is if I'm playing a clan battle and need to concentrate.
Edit: Good thread by the way.
07-07-2008 07:50 PM
I doubt I would ever use a custom soundtrack for a game, even if the music wasn't my type. I really don't play a whole lot of racing games (which would be the main type of game I'd use a custom soundtrack on) so going with the original game soundtrack is win for me .
any racing game instantly gets METAL!! SYL! = driving over 100 MPH with your head out of the car window
07-07-2008 09:03 PM
It really depends on what game I am playing exactly. On most games such as Resistance: Fall of Man or Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare I wouldn't like my own music. Mostly on racing games I would prefer it though because most racing games have no good soundtracks . Other than that I probably woulnd't like my own mix of music. Another genre would be arcade/classic games like Uno or Blast Factor, I would enjoy it on those games also.
07-07-2008 11:10 PM
With any game, no matter what genre it comes from, I'll always listen to the music it has to offer on the first play-through. After all, you can't obviously make another first impression, so I like to experience what the developer wants to offer the gamer, me, without any other distractions. However, if I've played the game through at least once, I might listen to my iPod or put on my music via the in-game XMB, but that is still rare. I really don't get tired of what the game has to offer no matter how many times I've played it, so my own music really isn't a must.
On the other hand, with less-cinematic games, such as SSHD or Burnout, I'll most likely put on my onw music after only one play-through. Sometimes the music just fits the mood of doing more simple tasks such as shooting rocks or racing down the street. Story elements are extremely simplistic, or not even present, so I don't really have to worry about anything. I can relax and listen to my own stuff. Also, when I want to jump online and do a game mode that requires little-to-no teamwork, such as Team Deathmatch, I'll usually listen to my own music. Of course, I also sacrifice hints that might help me, such as the *tink of a grenade falling or enemy footsteps, so it depends on if I want to be more hardcore or not.
In short, I'll listen to the game on my first play-through. With less-cinematic games, I'll usually listen to my music the second time around, with cinematic games, I'll maybe start to listen to music after the third or fourth time around. When it comes to online play, I'll usually listen to my own music after I've experienced everything the game has to offer for a good amount of time.