Thursday, March 3, 2016

OverAnalyzed: Muffled Voices in Dark Souls

The Souls series does a lot of things right, including sound design. Someday I'll write a longer piece breaking down sound design in detail, but for now I want to focus on one element in particular. Voices. The voices of those who wear helmets. See, the thing about helms which cover the face is that they muffle the voice. It's easy to forget that. But FromSoft didn't. If a character, say Siegmeyer of Catarina, wears a helmet, their voice has a muffled and echoing quality to it. It's a small thing but it's so incredibly indicative of the work FromSoft put in.