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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: September 05, 2013, 04:00:21 PM
Just wanted to echo Stephen and Rob's sentiments-- thank you guys for listening and having kind words for us. It's the best "reward" we could ask for. :)

...aside from reviews on iTunes. <3
32  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: September 04, 2013, 01:58:19 PM

Wow. So many detailed comments... I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see them. My replies will be far less descriptive, but:

5 - Yes, Casey is both smart and sexy. Err, what? Seriously, though, Ivalice has so much richness in its musical score and history. I can't get enough of that world. I'm surprised you feel so favorably after your experiences with ass-kicking chocobos... ;D

6 - Yay for Chrono Cross, and I'm super glad you liked the track from Nayuta no Kiseki. We're actually playing another track from it on the next episode, too!

7 - This episode was a blast. Vacant Interference is, in fact, the bee's knees (almost as much as Mint Chocolate Chip). I got so include so many Falcom tracks, haha. But not as many as the upcoming episode...!

8 - Aivi's humility really is endearing, isn't it? Speaking with her was such a joy.

9 - I, too, was a bit apprehensive going into this episode, but there really are many great examples of WRPG music-- you just have to dig a little for them.

Thank you so much for listening! 次のエピソド、お楽しみに!
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Foliage Ocean of Celceta on: August 26, 2013, 04:33:36 PM
There's a giant headline on our front page with this information. :)

If you care about Falcom/Ys music and history, please check out the next episode of Rhythm Encounter when it debuts later this week! Tom is so knowledgeable it's almost ridiculous.
34  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 13, 2013, 11:36:36 PM
Our new MMORPG editor Brian wrote up a nice little preview for the game ahead of this weekend's open Beta.

35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: August 12, 2013, 08:23:02 PM
So would Etrian Odyssey be the Dark Souls of the 1st person dungeon crawl RPG?  (You don't have to answer that)

Yo Derek, I created a new post under Miscellaneous Games for a fan-made Megaman game I found this weekend.  It's really solid if you're looking for a good ole Megaman experience that challenges the crap out of you.

This post is the Dark Souls of the RPGFan boards.

Actually, speaking of the "Dark Souls of..." idea, Mega Man Unlimited is pretty evil! I managed to beat Jet Man and Yo-yo Man in version 1.0, and I got to a couple of other bosses but couldn't take 'em out. I should probably download the patched version with extra checkpoints and save myself the headache, haha. Even though I already knew about it, I really appreciate you taking the time to make the recommendation to me! :)
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: August 12, 2013, 11:59:39 AM
If Derek, Rob, and I were a Tales cast, we'd have awesome skits.

You're damn right about that. We need an original mascot character, too. Can it be a Teepo-sized green shield with eyes and a mouth that hovers over my shoulder? We'll call him "Emeralde."
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: July 31, 2013, 03:45:41 PM
There's no voice chat option in the game. I'm not sure if there's a workaround using system-level voice chat, because I've never tried it. Rob and I just used Skype when we played together.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV on: July 24, 2013, 01:19:38 PM
After a certain point, this free guide becomes obsolete and doesn't tell you everything you can do. Damn you, Prima Guides!

But no matter, I have Tetrakarn and its sibling spell to pull me through.

Yeah, I told this to Rob, but Tetrakarn + Makarakarn basically win the game for you. A single reflected attack completely negates the enemy's turn. It almost feels broken, haha.
39  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: July 13, 2013, 05:15:47 PM
KOF: I looooooove The Battle For Everyone's Souls. It's one of the greatest final boss themes ever made, in my opinion. Good choice!

Darilon: We really appreciate that! Getting people to listen to new/awesome music is one of our primary goals, and Aivi is definitely someone to follow. I first heard about her via the Kickstarter for Cryamore, and I like her music so much at this point that I'm willing to throw money at any project she contributes to. Haha!
40  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: July 12, 2013, 04:39:19 PM
I'm glad to hear that! We were also really elated to speak with Aivi, because she's both talented and a lovely person in general. In case you were wondering, we do plan on posting the interview on the main page later today or tomorrow, but the RSS feed picked it up a bit early. :)

Thank you for listening! (And re: Ivalice stuff... is a whole episode dedicated to Sakimoto not enough for you!? Haha!)
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 06, 2013, 02:12:30 PM
Hey, if it was an innocent mistake, then no harm done. Well, I mean... I'm kinda bummed, but I certainly can't hold it against you. Haha. :)
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 06, 2013, 02:02:32 PM
It was an ending spoiler for ToX2. The first game isn't even out here and it was labeled as "RPGFan spoilerz for newz," so I thought it was a joke. I'm at fault for reading it, but I wanted to spare others from accidentally looking at it too.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 06, 2013, 01:53:41 PM
Wow. I can't believe I just read that spoiler. I misinterpreted it as you making some kind of joke based on my headline.

Even under a spoiler tag, why would you post that? :(
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: July 02, 2013, 10:09:18 PM
I'm glad to see all of the Atelier love in this thread. It seems like you guys feel similarly to the way I do-- I scored them accordingly in my reviews. :) I haven't been able to play Totori Plus, but I hear it's so similar to the original that I'm not terribly interested in playing through it again from scratch. (Especially with that lower frame rate...)
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: June 27, 2013, 11:51:37 AM
Ambition without the basic skills to back it up is just empty boasting.

Indeed. I think most people found the art and the concept of the game to be at least interesting, but considering how marvellously bad the whole thing seems to have come together, I don't see the point in supporting it solely for the sake of novelty. Maybe someone else will make a more successful attempt at a later date, or perhaps the 2D animation aspect is just not something that realistically can be well utilized in a game of this type of scale.

And while people enjoy bickering over the exact numerical scores of various games, the content of the giant wall of text accompanying them is more important at the end of the day. People mentioned some of the negative mainstream reviews of games like atelier meruru, but I still think you could discern even from those whether it was a game you could enjoy, even if the reviewer obviously did not. Similarly, I have picked up and enjoyed games on the basis of fairly "negative" reviews on this site (such as popolocrois, fragile dreams and alpha protocol). The reviews here tend to go into such detail that it is quite easy to follow the line of reasoning and evaluate whether you would agree with the conclusions based on what you personally value in a game.

I definitely do appreciate the effort put into the reviews. I can't imagine it being particularly fun to be forced to slog through some the worst stuff that comes out here (time and eternity being a prime example). RPGs tend to be quite lengthy, so I appreciate you guys suffering through it so we don't have to. I imagine it must be quite tempting to simply stop playing the games.

I loved Atelier Meruru (gave it a 92%!) but hated Time & Eternity, if that's any indication of how bad it is. Also, Fragile Dreams is awesome. Represent!
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