I recently purchased the game ( USA release - PC disk - not direct play/steam) and noticed right from the start that I was having issues with the audio during cutscenes, gameplay audio, and battle sequences. The issues range from stuttering to cycling of sounds. During fight sequences the talking and music hiccupping sometime interferes with the timing of the 'button mashing'...occasionally having NO indications or sparkles or whatnot come up because of the issues of audio 'hiccupping'
I have read online that many people reported this same issue. I did try the recommended options, such as checking to make sure my control panel/sounds was using STERO and not 5.1, updating the drivers for directx and framework, and I even tried installing Realtek drivers just to test Microsoft's default drivers as the cause.
So far it appears that it is the game itself that is causing the issue. I watch vids online...run DVD's and play many many PC games with NO issues whatsoever....this is the first time I have ever had this sort of issue. I even tried running my speakers thru my SoundBlaster Card instead of the onboard audio plug...but again...the same issue occurs constantly. I love the game and have learned to live with these glitches...but during fight sequences it really can be challenging.
I know you have released a patch on steam, but no mention of audio fixes was in the changelog...when you do a PC patch for us disk-owners, can you please look into and fix...or at least ACKNOWLEDGE the fact that there are issues present in the release? Its frustrating when a good company will not even give us purchasers the curtesy of telling us "yes, there are a few glitches but we are dedicated to addressing them and resolving them as quickly as we can"
...we paid good money for the product...and yes...gremlins happen...we get that...but please don't be like some companies and pretend nothing is wrong.