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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei 4 FINAL on: September 22, 2016, 02:37:02 AM
The localization oversight is anno
ying, but frankly I prefer one lin
e of untranslated battle dialog
ue over text formatted like Ste

I don't seem to recall that happening more than once in a blue moon. That, or I stopped caring because the game was so text message heavy, and on my phone (an old flip-phone), that's how text gets parsed anyway. :P
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei 4 FINAL on: September 22, 2016, 12:02:35 AM
re: the news story that just went up about some unlocalized content...


I mean, I've seen worse (Ar tonelico 2...). But this news alone helped me prioritize my game purchases for the latter half of the year. Steins;Gate 0 just won out over this, at least for now. I can hope to get a used copy for $25 someday.

Y'see, while they claim they'll "fix it," with 3DS, they'll be fixing it ONLY if you purchased it digitally. Nintendo developed absolutely no way to add "patch" content to a game you're playing from the physical 3DS cart. If you don't believe me, do some google searches regarding the game-breaking "PEC Room" save glitch in Virtue's Last Reward.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 13, 2016, 11:27:27 PM
has there been confirmation on composer(s) for this yet?

I'm assuming it'll be a makeup similar to RS Minstrel Song and Imperial SaGa ... Ito at the helm, a bunch of other cool people making things awesome along the way (Kamikura I LUV U!).

That's just based on what I've heard in 'dem trailers. I've not read any confirmations beyond mentions of Ito.

And here I was hoping for a messy (but interesting) Ito+Hamauzu collaboration!
4  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: I Am Setsuna OST on: September 11, 2016, 12:32:51 AM
Well since the bandcamp page seems to belong to Creative Intelligence Arts, I'm not certain whether he retains the right. Little guys might still be as small as they ever were. I don't know what CIA is though: if they're just a talent agency or something then maybe he does?

That's an interesting point about Uematsu and S-E. A reader emailed me to point out that one of the pieces from IAS sounds quite similar to a song from FF9. I suggested that if it were the case that S-E owned the rights to FF's music, then there would be no need to worry about the melodic/harmonic similarities between the two. Still, that does suck a little for Uematsu though. Is that part of why he ended up going freelance?

CIA is a loose collective ... Eminence Orchestra is a part of them ... it's like a large and loosely-built team of Australian and Japanese musicians. CIA is officially the team behind the development-hell KS game "Project Phoenix."
5  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: I Am Setsuna OST on: September 08, 2016, 04:42:10 PM
Glad that Tomoki Miyoshi (I assume, based on this digital album's existence) retained the rights to his work so he could publish it on Bandcamp. Score one for the little guys.

(I mean, I still have reasons to love S-E, but the way they strong-armed Uematsu legally, where Uematsu would have to pay licensing/royalties on *his own work* when he played FF stuff with Earthbound Papas ... I get WHY, but it leaves me feeling rather unhappy. The same can be said of the forever-unreleased Xenosaga II in-game music by Shinji Hosoe).
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: August 25, 2016, 01:49:00 PM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)
6.) Trails in the Sky SC
7.) Stella Glow
8.) Adventures of Mana (Platinum)
9.) Trails of Cold Steel (Platinum)
10.) Ys: Memories of Celceta (ongoing Platinum run)

Wrapped up Memores of Celceta last night. By the time I picked up the last chest, I was sweating bullets when the trophy for all chests collected didn't pop. Ran around frantically for an hour or so until I found the one I'd missed in the final dungeon. I ended up enjoying the game a lot more than I thought I would, considering I wasn't Ys Seven's biggest fan. Still on the fence about how I feel about multiple characters in a Ys game, since I just prefer to run around as Adol.

Anyways, going for the Platinum trophy for this game seems doable, though Nightmare mode so far matches up to what it claims to be. Very solid game with good pacing, and frantic combat which is fun, though I wish it didn't force you to spend 'time' play as other characters for trophies, but whatever.

I also got platinum in Danganronpa 2, Adventures of Mana, and Ys Celceta. FWIW, I think that the grind to level 99 and the handful of missables in Adventures of Mana was more nerve-wracking than any of the trophies for Celceta. But yeah, that "time spent as a character" thing was dumb.

If you haven't played it and want a challenging-but-fun platinum for Vita, I stand by Gravity Rush for just being ... different. And interesting.

I need to get my "Trails" games on one of these days.

ALSO -- Ultra Despair Girls platinum is surprisingly challenging! Fortunately, you can revisit by chapter, so that cuts out a lot of potential back-tracking. I liked Ultra Despair girls quite a bit -- at first for its villains, then I got over the villains and I was just happy to be meeting the siblings of the Dangan1 cast. :)
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: August 20, 2016, 12:55:14 PM
Donnie Darko (original, NOT director's cut!)
The Village (most people argue M. Night peaked at Unbreakable or Sixth Sense. I think this was his peak before his disastrous descent into crap film-making)
Castle in the Sky (Laputa)
The Neverending Story
Interstella 5555
Can't Hardly Wait (don't ask ... it's completely illogical why I like this so much)
Let the Right One In

Honorable mentions:
Le hÚrisson (The Hedgehog)
The Ring (American version. Seriously.)
something from Star Wars. Probably Empire.
Spirited Away (and a bunch of other Miyazaki films)
A bunch of documentaries (Botany of Desire, Jesus Camp, Gasland)
8  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Songs from Final Fantasy XV on: August 15, 2016, 10:44:13 PM

1) What's cooler? That this is the first FFXV music release, or that it's Florence and the Machine doing it?
2) What do you think is the best of the 3 tracks here?
3) Do you think the Florence soundscape will mesh with the Shimomura BGM/OST, or is it too jarring a change?
4) Outside of this release (since we haven't heard the context of these songs in-game yet), what is the best FF vocal theme?

The only thing I'll answer is #4 -- if I can include all FF games, it's Noel's Theme "The Last Hunter" sung by KOKIA in XIII-2. Sticking to main-numbered, I think the first one is still the best one: Faye Wong's "Eyes On Me." With "Distant Worlds" (FFXI Chains of Promathia) in a close second.
9  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D OST on: August 10, 2016, 09:01:12 PM
I *really* need to play Majora's Mask to completion. When I do, it will be on 3DS.

Then I will be able to appreciate this music more. It is so ... "other" ... compared to the rest of all the Zelda soundtracks. I need to learn to appreciate it better.
10  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Bravely Second End Layer OST on: August 10, 2016, 01:50:00 PM
1) Samer called ryo's soundtrack a "first effort," but in fact, ryo's been composing for 9 years for games and anime, and his discography on vgmdb runs longer than Revo's. ryo's had plenty of time to establish a sound style, and I'd say he has ... it's just not what most of us wanted for the sequel to Bravely Default.

2) I think Square Enix chose (anyone but Revo) for budget reasons. Revo's sound was synonymous with Bravely Default, and Revo probably knew this and also probably made some contractual demands that S-E wasn't willing to satisfy. This is the same Revo who did Attack on Titan with its stupidly-catchy "Wir sind die Jaeger!" -- Revo's cult following has been around a long time now, but it's growing steadily as he gains more exposure in mainstream products. I don't know who to blame more between S-E and Revo because I wasn't there to witness the conversation. But honestly, IMO, Revo should've been the one to do this soundtrack.

3) The tracklist has cool song titles.

4) There's still some sweet rock here. "Battle of Annie 2" is probably a personal favorite.
11  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Undertale OST on: August 10, 2016, 01:41:42 PM
1) the OST is brilliant.
2) Toby Fox is a one-man army. It's not like "oh, he wrote music." No, he made the whole game. Much the same as Kan "Reives" Gao (To the Moon), but even moreso.
3) there are a whole bunch of properly-licensed arrange albums out there that I hope Adam and some of the rest of us get the chance to gush over too, because they're pretty cool too! (some more than others)
12  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Tomohiko Kira passed away on: August 03, 2016, 10:24:25 PM

as part of the "ZABADAK" group, he performed on track 1 of the new arranged album "To Far Away Times." http://vgmdb.net/album/54006

It was probably his last commercial recording.


13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix New "Dramatic RPG" on: August 01, 2016, 07:01:55 AM
Aeolus, quick, make another post so we can all shout "HE'S OVER 9000!!!!"
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: July 17, 2016, 08:30:04 PM
Falcom for development, and XSEED for the Falcom localizations. XSEED also for quirky localizations, *especially* Corpse Party. I'm still shocked by how much I like those games.

I love me some Gust ... but I personally didn't like seeing the switch from NISA to Tecmo Koei for Gust game localizations, and the hand that T-K has had with Gust in general. I think the games are also coming out at too fast a pace, kinda like ... oh, I don't know, Dynasty Warriors? ;_;

And screw it ... y'know what? I like the current Square Enix. There are things I DON'T like about them, sure. And if I were the guy on top, I'd be directing the company in a variety of different directions that I would perceive as better. But y'know what? When Cavia first tanked after Drakengard 2 (which was, IMO, the worst thing they've ever released), Square Enix had the faith (and money) to sink into Yoko Taro and Yosuke Saito to make NieR. So guess what? I wouldn't have NieR, or its soundtrack, without Square Enix. How can I complain? And now we're getting a sequel with Platinum Games upping the combat system. Hellz to the yes.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 16, 2016, 12:14:04 AM
Something from VLR's epilogue that I wanted answers on but didn't get:

Clover and Alice said they had a way to go back to their own past / timeline. Their answer? "Schr÷dinger's. / Cat!" That could mean any of a number of things. But whatever it meant, we didn't get to find out what it was.

Maybe this franchise needs like a 13-ep OVA anime to tie up all the various loose ends. I'd watch.
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