Soundscapes are something that is heavily underlooked in games. Most concentrate on soundtracks and voice acting, but sound design can also make or break a game. You need to feel immersed and part of the experience and the right sounds matter. A game with great sound design with bring you into its universe without you even knowing. Think of a game that feels alive or bustling? A major part of that is the sound design.
It’s hard with open world games to make you feel like you are part of it. There is so much sound involved in making you feel like you’re in a large city compared to a hallway in a ship. The sounds of the city are incredibly important in open-world games. You need a lot of ambience and many games don’t get it right. Cyberpunk sounds like a living breathing world and more so than most others have accomplished. More than just honking cars, people chattering, and footsteps. Cyberpunk 2077 feels alive and sounds like it too.
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