Ghost Recon Future Soldier in action

Ghost Recon Future Soldier audio bug leaves players speechless

Ghost Recon Future Soldier for Xbox 360Being a huge fan of the Tom Clancy games ever since the original Rainbow Six broke onto PC way back in 1998, I picked up Ghost Recon: Future Soldier for the Xbox 360 at the weekend.  True to form for the series, the game’s mix of 3rd-person shooting, high-tech equipment and squad mechanics is as entertaining as ever.  However, on the back on numerous complaints about audio issues with the game, I’ve encountered this one which has left me, quite literally, speechless.

During the Peshawar mission, I was happily gunning my way through the streets when I happened to stand a little too close to an exploding car.  Silly me.  Cue insta-death.  A quick reload and I was back in action, only to find that the generic “hoo-rah” chatter of my squadmates had disappeared, with only the subtitles to share their meaningful insight.  I promptly quit to the Xbox dashboard and rebooted the game to get back into the action.  Same issue.  Nevertheless, I decided to keep playing for a while and eventually shut down the Xbox a mission or two later on, after finding out that the problem extended to both the briefings and cut scenes as well as gameplay.

Ghost Recon Future Soldier in action

“Sorry, even with all this cutting edge gear, I still can’t hear you!”

On going back to the game the next day, I expected the speech audio to have returned but found it still absent, despite the Xbox being switched off all night.  A quick Google hasn’t turned up much, save a generic bug report form, but I’d be interested to hear of anyone else who’s encountered this issue or can suggest a fix.

Interestingly, the first thing the game did upon first boot was to install an additional audio content pack, so perhaps it’s something to do with the game being unable to access this?  Who knows.  My next step is to attempt to install the game to the HDD in case it’s an issue with retrieving files from the DVD, so I’ll give that a try and update if that solves the issue.

 

In the meantime though, has anyone else encountered this problem?  If so, how have you fixed it (If you’ve been able to)?  And remember to make sure and feedback details to Ubisoft via their bug report form so this problem can be identified and fixed in the next patch.  Hopefully this one doesn’t drag on like the last serious bug I encountered in Battlefield 3.

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  1. Paul

    Was playing a quick game of Conflict earlier and almost all the audio went dead, bar the occasional bit of ambience. Even my xbox live dashboard sound was not playing… Im pretty sure it wasen’t my xbox as i have never had this problem with any other game so far… Restarted the xbox and im pretty sure it has fixed itself, oh well….

    • Bob

      Yeah I’ve had that happen to me twice in the past two days since I bought the game. All the sound gets cut off mid game even the sound as I pull up the dashboard. All I can hear is the game music on occasion. It doesn’t come back on untill I restart my Xbox. Very annoying.

  2. Alexander

    I’m having problems in game as well in relation to the campaign as trying to install GRFS to my Xbox. When I get to the mission ‘Firefly Rain’ there is a point in which my game will forever be stuck on a in game loading screen. When it comes to installing the game to try and counteract this problem It stops at around 47% – 59% and then displays an error saying that my disc is dirty or otherwise unreadable when its clean as can be. No audio issues like the ones you guys are getting tho :S. Cleared my cache though its still doing the same stuff…

    any solutions?

    • Graham

      That sounds to me like there’s an issue with the DVD, maybe corrupt? I get the “disc dirty” error in quite a few games (Mass Effect 3 most recently) but usually only when they’re installed to my HDD. It might be worth taking it back to the shop and getting them to replace it with another copy just in case it is the disc.

      • Alexander

        Yeah… Wish I could … I got the collectors edition from EB and they have a no refund policy 🙁 so yeah… The game stil works great don’t get me wrong… But yeah it’s a little annoying having to stop my game half way through a mission because of an infinite loading screen T.T

        • amanda

          EB Games refunds. 7 days change of mind. 1 month faulty. You can take it back. Legislation dictates oyu ahve a right to a refund on faulty products.

  3. Mark Sutton

    I have this same issue with my PS3 copy, extremely frustrating, can hear all background audio, gunshots, music etc but no talking by any characters, only subtitles?? Any known fix besides returning the disc as of course I can’t find my receipt!!!!!

    • Graham

      Not sure about any known fix, although mine seems to have come back now after leaving my Xbox off for a couple of days. Just make sure you file a bug report with Ubisoft using the link in the article and hopefully they’ll get it addressed in a patch sometime soon!

  4. Davif

    Same thing with my ps3 version and I bought it at best buy

  5. Bryan

    the audio is there its just playing through sub if you use tritton headphones you can turn up the sub and hear it barely but shouldn’t have to period it sucks >.<

  6. Benjamin

    when i first got ghost recon the first missions audio went all funny and the timing of the noises were all wrong it would go off then say the things they were going to say which was already shown as subtitles earlier on the go off again if any knows how to fix this bug pleeeaaase tell me

  7. Tyler

    Ya it happened to me 5 times kept going in and out first it started to sound like an alien was talking the it went silent

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