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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #720 on: September 22, 2017, 09:19:14 AM »
Well... yet another game to cram into the middle of my sparse playing schedule.  SWEET!
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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #721 on: November 18, 2017, 11:22:12 AM »
Is it me, or is the recording of the Final Fantasy IX podcast corrupted? When I play the mp3, it skips to 1:04:00 the moment the podcast reaches the 06:52 time point 

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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #722 on: November 18, 2017, 12:51:42 PM »
Iím out of the house right now, but Iíll check when I get back. Will be a few hours. I still have the master MP3, so I may just need to re-upload it.

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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #723 on: November 18, 2017, 12:57:18 PM »
I checked, it's not just you. Please check back a little later today and we'll have this sorted. :)

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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #724 on: November 18, 2017, 01:59:38 PM »
Is it me, or is the recording of the Final Fantasy IX podcast corrupted? When I play the mp3, it skips to 1:04:00 the moment the podcast reaches the 06:52 time point 

We identified the cause as an issue uploading to our server. Weíve re-uploaded the file and it should be fine now, but let us know if you have any issues.

(If youíre listening via a podcast app, you may have to delete any cached versions)
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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #725 on: November 19, 2017, 02:43:03 PM »
Thanks for the quick fix, I did not run into any further issues after re-downloading it. It was fun to hear FF9 being praised into the heavens :)

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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #726 on: December 13, 2017, 03:47:27 PM »
Really loving the Memoria podcasts, guys!

But have to say: Final Fantasy X-2 is one of my Top 5 FFs.  It sounds like some of the hosts need to go back to that one.  Amazing combat, superlative job system, great soundtrack and visuals, and a plot that actually does get pretty good toward the back half.

You guys were also pretty unfair toward The After Years which, from an objective standpoint, was easily superior to IV as an RPG.  Come at me.
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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #727 on: December 13, 2017, 05:04:49 PM »
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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #728 on: December 13, 2017, 05:16:59 PM »
Way.

FFIV: good characters and GREAT music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a "just ok" plot, all stuffed into an on-rails experience with little exploration, even less difficulty/strategy/planning, and no customization or party-building at all.  Everything is decided for the player and every playthrough is identical.

FFIV The After Years: good characters and great music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a MUCH more intelligent plot and handling of characters, tons of party building and potential for customization, as well as just the right amount difficulty to keep you playing with the myriad of cool characters you can use.  Tons of replay potential.

Those are just the facts.  I know which one I'd sooner go back to.
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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #729 on: December 13, 2017, 06:19:28 PM »
I think I like X-2 for the most part. I've played it twice, so I'm fairly happy with saying it has the best combat in the series and a really cool and unique job mechanic.

The After Years is...unnecessary, but I'm glad you liked it! FFIV falls just outside of my top 5, so maybe that's why I'm not so keen on The After Years. I totally get your criticisms of IV though, which is why, after playing nearly every other title, it slipped out of that ranking but I think it has its memorable bits. It's not aged particularly well either, compared to the other SNES contemporaries. Each to their own, and that's why listener comments are always welcome :D Thanks as always Arvis!

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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #730 on: December 14, 2017, 10:33:38 AM »
The After Years is...unnecessary

Ya got me there.  IV felt pretty well complete.  A sequel to... well, ANY other FF that came after IV would have made a lot more sense.

That said, I stand by the assertion that, from a gameplay standpoint, TAY easily trumps IV.
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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #731 on: December 14, 2017, 01:26:12 PM »
FFIV: good characters and GREAT music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a "just ok" plot, all stuffed into an on-rails experience with little exploration, even less difficulty/strategy/planning, and no customization or party-building at all.  Everything is decided for the player and every playthrough is identical.

As much as I love IV (my favorite of the series), and want to defend it against your criticisms... I can't. You're not wrong.  ...Except that the plot is better than "just ok." It's "decent".

Well said, sir.

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Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Reply #732 on: December 14, 2017, 02:11:04 PM »
FFIV: good characters and GREAT music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a "just ok" plot, all stuffed into an on-rails experience with little exploration, even less difficulty/strategy/planning, and no customization or party-building at all.  Everything is decided for the player and every playthrough is identical.

As much as I love IV (my favorite of the series), and want to defend it against your criticisms... I can't. You're not wrong.  ...Except that the plot is better than "just ok." It's "decent".

Well said, sir.

Heh, thanks! :)
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