I like that you can now pick whatever musical theme we want, no matter what stage we are playing on. However, I’m concerned that I basically won’t ever hear some of the character themes because the current music select menu is a little frustrating to use and lacking some options. I have some suggestions for these issues that I think are (hopefully) relatively easy to fix.
Problem 1: Missing some important options
Right now, we have access to Default theme (which plays the regular stage theme) and each character’s theme individually in a large list. Most of us will probably be leaving the theme on Default, just because it’s easy; this means, unless we go into the menu music and pick Rash’s theme deliberately (and then un-pick it later), we can never hear Rash’s theme in the game. I imagine there will be a fairly decent-sized percentage of KI players that will literally never hear Rash’s theme ever, and not even know it exists. And this will be true of the remaining 4 character themes as well.
I suggest you add the following options to the list:
- Player 1 Theme (matches P1’s character)
- Player 2 Theme (matches P2’s character)
- P1 or P2 Theme (picks one at random when the stage loads the first time, stays this way until character select is picked)
- Random (picks a theme at random from the entire list)
These options are great for a number of reasons. Random theme should give us some variation to hear music that isn’t typically heard, especially if me or my friends tend to only play a few characters. I think the most valuable one in the list is the “P1 or P2 theme”, though. It lets us get in the mood of one of the charcters in the fight (but not always the same one), and will let us experience a lot of musical variation when we play online. Lots of other fighting games have this problem of always forcing the P1 or P2 music. If you’re playing local games, if your friend only plays one character while you’re switching often, you’ll have to literally trade controllers to not hear the same song for 3 straight hours. Giving us the P1 or P2 random option removes this problem entirely.
Problem 2: The list is too long
Especially if you add in those 4 extra options above, and with 4 new themes being added by July, the list will just be way too long to constantly scroll through. This is also why I think I will never manually select Rash’s theme (e.g.) from the list right now, because switching to Rash’s theme and switching BACK to Default is such a pain in the butt.
I suggest you split the theme select into two columns. Put the 4 new options + “Default theme” in the left-most column; this list will never scroll and always be easily accessible because there are only 5 options in the list. In the right-most column, put all the character themes in a big list like you do now. This way, if we want to hear Rash’s theme specifically, we can find it in the list once, but switching back to “Default” is very easy (just tap left and pick it). It also makes sure that the most important options, like Default, Random, and P1/P2 theme, are extremely visible and clear. Right now “Default” is hiding in a 22-option cyclical list, despite it being clearly the most searched-for option in there.
I’m hoping that the team can agree with my reasoning here, and I’m also hoping that the implementation cost is pretty small (it’s basically keeping the list they currently have and placing it next to another list, then picking which list you want with left/right, then adding a few extra selections). It would definitely mean I would be way more willing to explore KI’s awesome music, and I imagine others would feel the same!