I just got the HD collection today and started playing through MGS2. I've played MGS2 and MGS3 to death before so maybe a newcomer wouldn't notice these issues, but two things related to sound design bug me. First is the rerecorded dialouge. Now only a few lines have been rerecorded to mention the new controller layouts during Codec conversations, but they stand out. The actors were either directed poorly or just didn't care about recording 10 or so long from a game they worked on a decade ago, but the quality from one line to the next in these instances is very distracting to me. Secondly, it seems to me that music drowns out the dialouge sometimes. If you try to have a Codec conversation while the music is going, it's really hard to hear the characters and without any way to adjust sound levels in the options screen, its an issue that can't ever be fixed. I don't recall this being an issue in the original release. Minor complaints overall as MGS2 still holds up rather well, but I'm curious if either of these things bug someone else.
Sound Mixing A Bit Off in HD Collection?
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