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PUGS: Saints Row IV


Game Title: Saints Row IV
Your name: Dion
Pretty or ugly: ugly
Description:
The voice actor KEITH DAVID has some kind of bass boost which is over the top. It's extremely annoying and pushes all other sounds away

Written by sander on April 7, 2014
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PUGS: Killzone 2


Game Title: Killzone 2
Your name: Mick
Pretty or ugly: pretty
Description:
The use of audio is just perfect in the Killzone franchise. Filtering and panning to create depth, direction and space in the sound depending on the players position and direction the player is looking at.
Not only the weapon sounds are amazing but also the Helghast (enemies) reactions on your actions, making it in combination with the visions all the more satisfying to dispose of them.

Written by sander on April 6, 2014
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PUGS: Rayman Legends


Game Title: Rayman Legends
Your name: Killian
Pretty or ugly: pretty
Description:
From the first moment I played the new rayman (Origins and Legends) it immediately put a smile on my face. All the sounds, animations, and gameplay is just incredibly fun.
The creators have put so much effort in creating a wonderful atmosphere in the game and have really succeeded partially because the music is so darn good ! :)

This video shows all the bonus levels at the end of each world where all the movements you make are synchronised with the music. It is AMAZING ! :D
It totally caught me by surprise when I played it for the first time.

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PUGS: Jewel Master Cradle of Rome 1


Game Title: Jewel Master Cradle of Rome 1
Your name: Killian
Pretty or ugly: ugly
Description:
Okay, this is a short video. But it's enough. The game itself is pretty cool.
The puzzle elements are there and work well and even some sort of RPG-like
stuff. What the ugly thing about this game is, is the music.
But even the music itself isn't that ugly.
Here's the thing. This is a puzzle game with a 100 levels.
The time to complete a level, depending on the difficulty, takes about 4 to 10 minutes and then take into account
that sometimes you have to retry a level because you failed.
The levels are filled with musical loops which are between 0:55 and 1:35 minutes long. And there are THREE different loops!!!!! Three!
And you only hear 1 loop (over and over and over again) each level.
You can't make a game for a console like the Wii (which this one did) and pay that little attention into the music of the game.

In this video the song already played twice in this level.

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PUGS: Brutal Legend


Game Title: Brutal Legend
Your name: Mick
Pretty or ugly: ugly
Description:
Although non of the sounds are actually ugly on their own it can turn into a huge cacophony when it's all there at once.
Metal (music) on itself already holds plenty auditory information. On top of that you have almost every character on screen constantly talking + all other soundeffects.
Everything seems to be on the foreground leaving almost no depth between audio layers.
Since this is a strategic (RTS) part of the game it would've been nice to think straight without having your brain overloaded with auditory processing.

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PUGS: Ratatouille DS


Game Title: Ratatouille DS
Your name: Marijn
Pretty or ugly: ugly
Description:
Rataouille for the DS. I think they didn't use enough different sounds. It seems they used for every object one sound and pitch it sometimes. At the beginning of the gameplay you can here a very short loop for the stirring of the soup.
The second thing to mention is the time ticking. It's there continue and i think it's a little bit irritating.

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PUGS: Lost Magic


Game Title: Lost Magic
Your name: Marijn
Pretty or ugly: pretty
Description:
Lost Magic is a DS game where you have to draw spells correctly to cast them. The use of sound is simple but very effectively. You know directly the outcome of a drawing. Did you do it right, wrong or didn't you have enough mana?

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PUGS: Red alert 2


Game Title: Red alert 2
Your name: Mathijs Wiermans
Pretty or ugly: ugly
Description:
The game features a voice which says EVERYTHING you do and EVERYTHING that happens, making it very annoying. It doesn't really enhance the gameplay (it's fun for some hours, but after that you'll get totally annoyed by it).

I do love the music and voice acting of this game though. But as you hear in this clip, most people will turn the voice volume down, making it totally ineffective. I'd suggest that the voice would say the important things only.

Written by sander on April 2, 2014
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PUGS: Botanicula


Game Title: Botanicula
Your name: Mathijs Wiermans
Pretty or ugly: pretty
Description:
The music and sound design of this game really stands out because every detail in the game has its own unique sound, every screen has different music/atmospheres and there even is a lot of interaction between the player and the music. The funny thing is that most sounds were made with the mouth but it works very well. Especially because of the odd feeling the game gives you.

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PUGS: Super Mario Galaxy


Game Title: Super Mario Galaxy
Your name: Nola Foxglove
Pretty or ugly: pretty
Description:
Super Mario Galaxy is one of the best, if not THE best game I have ever played.
It was released in 2007 and it's one of those games that never bores you, or me at least, I'll speak for myself…

What I noticed back then when I first started playing it and what I definitely notice now is how well crafted this game is. In this particular case I'm talking about the audio in the game.
You can really tell that Nintendo has the budget and the time to give a lot of attention to all the music, sound design and voice acting in a game like this.
No sound is unnecessary and the sounds you hear are all very clear and well created.
The soundtrack has a very unique character and of course it helps that it's recorded by a real orchestra, but the music pieces that are more electronic are just as special and fun.
The voice acting never becomes irritating or too repetitive and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that this game wouldn't be the same without all of Mario's 'wahoooo's, wahaaa's and whooo's'.

The sound design, the soundtrack and the voice acting all really contributes to the gaming experience, it really sucks you into this imaginary world that you don't really want to leave.
So this is definitely a 'pretty' for me!

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