lopez wrote:Why is RPG music set at a higher standard than the other game genres? Wouldn't an action game like Uncharted demand high quality music?
Because a some point there were many RPG games that all featured awesome music for practically the entire thing and that trend pretty much stuck for all the following good RPG games. On the other hand there are still many action games that don't bother to be all that awesome with music, often there may be one or two awesome tunes and the rest are just "good".
So yeah, it's a matter of expectations based on what came before, nothing else. If action games went through such a situation then they would also all be required to feature awesome music for it to not be considered trash.
I couldn't agree more. I think that's why soundtracks are so prevalent in RPG limited editions- if you've got the goods, why not flaunt em?
For turn-based games, good music is important because they don't contain the kind of frenzied action to occupy your attention that other games do. Most games (excluding horror?) rely on a certain level of background noise, and if shouts, explosions, etc. aren't present, then good bgm is necessary to fill in the gap. RPGs also tend to have shifts in mood, which requires a greater variety of music to pull off.
Hoping HDN 2's soundtrack is at least okay- I'm not sure which of the comments in this thread refer to the original and which to the sequel. I was listening to some Chrono Cross tracks recently- can't expect that level of excellence but...