I had really quiet sound effects, but was able to twiddle the sliders to make things sane again. No problems since then. (Although I haven’t had much chance to play, what with my current week-o-meetings at work and assorted other things eating away at personal time.)
Finally got to play it at a friend’s house(damn I have to pick this game up soon) and I also noticed that the sound effects seemed to cut out completely sometimes for some units. The first one to come to mind are the musket toting soldiers. They’d be firing off some volleys and all was well and then nothing even though you could plainly see they were still attacking.
I had the same issue last night. I was playing along and noticed that none of the units appeared to be making any noise. If I turned the music all the way down, I could hear that they were just really, really quiet. Sounds like a bug to me. I was able to get the sounds back by quitting out and restarting the game.
If i update my sound card drivers (which are only about a year old) i lose Teamspeak.
Rise of Legends is the only game that has any kind of problem with my sound card drivers. It’s as if, instead of ensure the game is compatible, they just created a disable script if it failed to detect the “latest” drivers - whatever the headaches and problems associated with those drivers may be.
Please add an INI command line where we can enable hardware sound “at our own risk”.