The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best sound design?

    
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The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best sound design?

We pay a lot of attention to what we’re seeing in MMOs, but have you ever stopped to really process what you’re hearing? Sound design is a crucial but often overlooked aspect of games, and I thought it was high time to give proper respect to those MMOs that do it well.

Two of my favorite titles, Lord of the Rings Online and The Secret World, both nail great sound design, in my opinion. LOTRO’s non-musical sound effects in the Shire were a huge part of what drew me into that game world, and I can’t tell you how many times that TSW has freaked me out by inserting weird noises into my eardrums.

What do you think? Which MMO has the best sound design?

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Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

TSW and Age of Wushu

Zariarn
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Zariarn

Hands down….The Lord of the Rings Online

djnesh
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djnesh

FFXIV and GW2 are first on my list with simply amazing sound production, followed with TSW and LOTRO.

“Answers” and “Fear Not This Night” are one of my all time favorite scores.

Tithian
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Tithian

TSW has the best sound design, but Age of Conan has the best music hands down. Both are Funcom games, so they obviously know their stuff…

Nuzan
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Nuzan

Ryzom is an aged sandbox mmorpg but I still enjoy the style, how it gives you the feeling of being part of a living world. Often I stop in the jungle or forest lands and listen to the surrounding sounds: croaking, chirring and chirping. BUT you better learn to listen to the stranger sounds of the carnivores too, which direction they come from, wether far or near. It helps a lot in your survival.
 
… What I want to say: Sounds have a meaning in Ryzom, and that’s how sound design in a mmorpg should be, in my opinion.   http://www.ryzom.com

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

The login music is my ring tone – had me hooked the first time i heard it in closed beta.
Also, the music in the launch trailer (Dinah Washington, This bitter earth) and the Everything is true trailer is so on point with the feel/theme of the game.
TSW just nails atmosphere. In sure most games don’t think of sound as an afterthought but in TSW it feels like they put heaps of effort into picking exactly the right sounds and music.
Combat being my only exception. For something so repetitive the combat sounds get quite grating at times.

captainzor
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captainzor

SWTOR still surprises me in it’s attention to multi-channel mixing.  It’s kind of unfair to give it points for using the beloved Star Wars sound effects since they pretty much have to… cause…. Star Wars.  But their original foley and mixing and music are top notch.  Except the cantina music.  That stuff makes me hit CTRL+S quicker than anything.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

World of Warcraft.  Some of the sounds and music always makes me want to resub to the game.

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

I love the sound design in Elite: Dangerous. FFXIV’s is also pretty wonderful.

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

Fallout. Yes, I know it’s not an MMO… yet.