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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: May 14, 2016, 04:59:56 PM
Among the FFs, best ending is *easily* IX. Like, obviously and easily and so totally.

The worst ending is XII, hands-down. It's absolute non-ending material, and obvious that Matsuno wasn't there for the finishing touches.


Among other multi-entry franchises, I will say that the endings for both Seiken Densetsu 1 (FF Adventure) and 2 (Secret of Mana) are among my favorites, both for the final dungeons, final battles, ending sequences, and music associated with all of those events. I am looking forward to reaching the end of Adventures of Mana to see it play out there (I already own the OST, and that Mana Shrine BGM ... mmm mmm mm TASTY). On the other hand, I feel that the ending(s) to Seiken Densetsu 3 are somewhat disappointing. Everything that leads up to it is cool, especially the three separate semi-final dungeons. But then the end itself is not as eventful or interesting as I'd like ... which I suppose is what happens when you have to build six separate scenarios for your protagonists.

Among PC games, I'm going to just put it out there and say that the endings to the Elder Scrolls games are generally non-endings, and they leave me uninterested. I think Skyrim was probably the best of the lot, because of the setting and the build-up. But if you've played the whole series, the rest is just weird. There is a great (but glitched-as-hell) final dungeon for Daggerfall, but then you have 1 of 7 endings to get, because you can't keep MacGuffin thingy, you have to pick a leader. I picked the orcs, because I'm awesome.


Thinking back, the absolute worst ending I've ever endured in a game (that wasn't a "congraturation a winner is you" non-ending) is probably Metroid OTHER M. Mostly because ... done right ... I truthfully believe that could have been a good game. Or, at least, a game with a good narrative. But they screwed everything up, the ending is such a freaking letdown. So pathetic.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ace Attorney 6! on: May 13, 2016, 05:21:56 PM
"the whole town is on drugs!" ... felt like sort of a cop-out ending? idk...

If that's really what happens in Layton/Wright, spoiler tags plz? :P
3  Media / The Soundroom / Re: I wrote music for a high school percussion ensemble (performance video inside) on: April 30, 2016, 11:31:38 AM
That was lovely! Nice work!

I didn't recognize all the musical pieces, but it was well done!

Was it all original, what you wrote? Or adapted?

It's completely original. Save for about 4 measures halfway in that borrows from the Zelda II dungeon music.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: April 22, 2016, 10:49:10 PM
I am thoroughly disappointed in Sony and third parties for not better supporting the Vita, because it is hands-down the most impressive handheld system I have EVER gotten my hands on. Between the visual novel library (in Japan, as well as the few in the US), the awesome games that make good use of both touch screens (Tearaway, Sound Shapes, Gravity Rush), the solid RPGs of traditional and Action variety (P4 Golden, Ys Celceta), and a battery life that ... somehow ... seems to outlet my 3DS ... this thing was built for gaming perfection.

And yet, it seems Sony is practically abandoning it, at least in the US. I am livid (and simultaneously pleased) about Square Enix's decisions ... I'm happy about the opportunities to play Adventures of Mana and Romancing SaGa 2, but I'd MUCH RATHER play them on my PSVita than on a f*cking smartphone, limited to touch screen controls only. YUCK.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: April 21, 2016, 11:09:08 PM
FBR is something new :)

Maybe FBR was the virus that Free The Soul develops, and Radical-6 is developed to counter it, but then Radical-6 is what escapes (because someone in Free The Soul knew Radical-6 would be stronger airborne than FBR and they WANTED Sigma and Akane's crew to develop a "cure" that is its own killer) ...

Which means, the DILEMMA is ... do we let FBR out of quarantine, or do we let Radical-6 out of quarantine? OR is there some alternate solution (true ending)?

There's my best guess.

PS - anyone know where Santa went? Feel free to put in spoiler box. My theory remains:

Santa has SOMETHING to do with Free The Souls. Remember when Santa talks about the good and bad Santas, with the white and black coats, and the white Santa kills black Santa, but black Santa's blood stains the white coat red? What if there really was a "bad Santa," like ... from another universe, another diverging timeline that LATER converges. And that bad Santa is the brother that the leader of Free The Soul loses and drives him insane. Alternately ... does that mean that Santa, or some form OF Santa, *is* the villain of the trilogy?
6  Media / The Soundroom / Last night's "NieR" / Automata concert was livestreamed... so it's on YT now... on: April 17, 2016, 01:37:21 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSmAByGdanA -- there's "Song of the Ancients / Fate" -- timed nicely near the end with the near-end sequence involving Devola, Popola, and then Emil being heroic.

But from there you should be able to find the rest of the concert. Before it gets pulled down. And if S-E keeps pulling it down, hopefully it's because they plan to sell a bluray, which I will instantly buy.

A post from Emi on facebook suggests that she may, indeed, be doing some additional work on Automata, just not the theme song (the live concert HAS that song, by J'Nique Nicole, and it's veeeeery good!)

Thought y'all would want to know, since NieR is like, one of the best things to happen to VGM. IMO. And I like to think I'm right.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy IX Steam Release -- ACHIEVEMENTS! on: April 16, 2016, 02:24:58 PM
I'm semi confused...if you can disable FMVs and encounters...can't you just reset the clock or set it to 0:00:00?

I mean ... maybe, if there's a save file editor. But S-E shipped the PC version to allow you to do all those things. They did not ship the PC version to let you screw with the clock.

Does it count that I got it 15 years ago?

Anyway when I pick it up this weekend I'll see if I want to ruin the story to beat you. :p

No, it doesn't count. Though I am incredibly impressed that you did it on the PS1 version.

If you want to race, sounds good to me! You're on!! :)

Extra challenge: after you get Excalibur II, leave the final dungeon and go kill Ozma before hitting 15 hours. :P:P
Mega challenge: kill Ozma BEFORE picking up Excalibur II. (is this possible? I've seen the lvl.1 runs where you just use AP skills and items to kill him. Absolute insanity)

I won't attempt those challenges. But yeah, I thought it'd be fun to race to Excalibur II. Wee!!
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IX Steam Release -- ACHIEVEMENTS! on: April 14, 2016, 01:29:29 PM
I'm an achievement hunter, aka achievement whore.

They list an achievement for getting Excalibur II.

The PC version lets you skip FMV cut scenes and disable random encounters.

SO, I propose a race ... first to get Excalibur II on the forums wins a virtual high-five from Marcos. (yes, I just volunteered Marcos to perform a non-real action.)

Who's with me? Or rather, against me? Because I'm-a go for this thing in my first run of the PC version. >:)
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Romancing SaGa 2 in English on: April 13, 2016, 03:14:36 PM
I got a copy of the SNES version back in last summer but I'm not even sure if it works because I think my couch out my SNES AC adapter :<

You can get 3rd party AC Adapters for SNES for like $10 on Amazon. I just got one for a friend recently. Well ... assuming it's the same adapter for a Japanese SNES as American (9 volts is 9 volts, right?)

Do you speak the Nihongo?
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Romancing SaGa 2 in English on: April 11, 2016, 09:02:24 PM
It's happening, people.

It's really, really happening.

YES I'd rather have it on Vita.

But I'll take what I can get. Now, if S-E would just do with RS3 what they did with RS1, but for PS4 ... give me the most ridiculous cel-shaded goodness, full-scale remake. My body and mind are both ready. I want to own the full SaGa collection.

(oh wait ... Imperial SaGa. and SaGa Scarlet Grace.)

But still, this is like, a 25 y/o game that we're finally getting. And I've been listening to its music for forever and a day, and I want to SEE and PLAY the game associated with that music.

Anyone else pumped about this?
11  Media / General Games / Re: Games so good you got sad when it was over on: March 30, 2016, 12:52:45 AM
hmm... games that left me with sadness when I was done.

999 -- moreso than VLR. With VLR, I knew what was coming next. At the end of 999 I had the Alice mystery and one of the most amazing endings ever.
Alundra -- I've never played a final dungeon in an Action RPG more worthwhile than Alundra's. I want a sequel to THAT dungeon (the Lake Shrine). For real.
Chrono Trigger -- Not so much now, but when I was a kid? After I found all the endings, I wanted there to be MORE endings, but there weren't. I'd done it all. When I got the DS version and played out the extra ending (that explains in a retcon way how Magus = Guile), I was both pleased and dissatisfied.
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue -- the epilogue scenario and that satisfying ending. I wanted more. I wanted it to morph into a Sim game to repopulate earth (with ALL kinds of life, not just humans, pervs!). Extremely satisfying.
NieR -- the happiest of all possible endings still basically means humanity is over as we know it. So that's depressing. And then ... yeah. Everything. Kaine with endings B-D, hearing the other voice, learning everything ... oof. So perfect, so sad.
Persona 3 (Portable) -- playing as a female protagonist, and then that ending after all those S.Links, it did something to me.
Shadow Hearts (3): From The New World -- I don't care what ANYBODY ELSE says. This game was great. I loved it. And the end battles with "Lady" -- when you know who she is and what she's done, and what you're "left" with having to face ... it weighs on your heart.
Star Ocean: The Second Story -- I think the ending music "We Form In Crystals" really got to me. I wanted there to be a third planet to travel to or something. I needed more.
Vagrant Story -- I start crying when Sydney gives his final speech. The tears crank up during the tree/hill/family sequence (disc 2 track 24 "Truth" on the OST), and the tears never stop, straight thru the last battle, and into the ending. This game makes me cry, and I want to cry more just thinking about it. Good tears.
Ys (I &) II -- The ending of Ys II, paired in juxtaposition with Ys Origin, is just so painful and depressing. The "living art" of Ys II Chronicles especially nails me. Just ... that image. If you know, you know.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: March 16, 2016, 12:32:48 AM
Interested in your hypothesis, Ramza. Santa and Brother's motivations appear completely at odds--this would also mean he was technically Ace's ally too...

Personally, I think Quark is related closely to Brother. He knows more than he let on. Or he's being used unwittingly.

Remember in 999 when Santa tells the myth of how Santa Claus got the red coat? That there where a "good" (white) Santa and a "bad" (black) Santa, and the good one had to kill the bad one, and when he did it bled all over his white coat and then it turned red, and then there was just one Santa?

Apply that myth to Schrödinger's Cat quantum stuff -- until it's observed, you don't know it's state.

Patch that up with the problem of alternate timelines, and consciousness that's able to move from one to the other.

What would Santa from a timeline where June dies forever and nothing works out do?

My theory -- he'd want to destroy the world. Maybe ALL worlds. Straight-on Nihilism.

Then there's the fact of that name: "Brother." Whose brother? I say: June (Akane).

So I think the "Brother" Santa is not the one we interacted with at all in the 999 setup. If anything, that Santa remained unknown (non-existent? non-accessible?) until the events of 999 took place. The shadowy kid-run organization that brought "Zero" into existence may have accidentally had some nasty side effects in the many-worlds-verse. And so, "Black Santa" it is.

(I also still think that Quark is a love child of Junpei and June from an alternate timeline, but everyone tells me I'm stupid for thinking that. Someone explain to me Tenmyouji's loyalty to the kid, then?)
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: March 15, 2016, 12:53:35 PM
I honestly have some issues with this group of people. 5/9 of them are returning characters (unless K somehow ends up not possessing one of them like was explicitly stated in ending for the last game). That means that there are only 4 people that we could hypothetically suspect, and one of them is freaking Diane who we know worked till her death after this to undo these events. So that leaves us with 3 "suspects"? Also the main page mentions that apparently 6 passwords are needed to escape and someone needs to die to get each one. I guess the fact that we have....5 espers will be used to circumvent the deaths, but I'm curious as to how we ended up in a lose condition on the original timeline if that is the set up, especially since at least 4 of the 5 espers survive these events.

Are they really the ones you know them to be? Is Akane really Akane? Is Junpei really Junpei?

*which* Sigma will we be experiencing? Both? Or just one? Somehow, the work of VLR needs to find its way INTO ZTD, but that itself will be just one meta-puzzle among many, I'm sure.

Furthermore, who's to say that it isn't 9/9 that are Espers? That could get ugly. :)

I also think Carlos might be Santa. "Carlos Santana." I ALSO ALSO think Santa is the overall villain of the entire story, the one behind the organization Dio was in. Call me crazy. I have lots of wacky theories.

IN ANY CASE I can't wait for this game. Holy crap.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: March 01, 2016, 08:37:58 AM
ah crap, I should've started keeping track when this thread went up.

Off the top of my head:

2. Warsong (Genesis)
3. Breath of Fire (SNES)
4. Grim Fandango Remastered (PC)

I'm sure there are other PC games, I just forget what they are, or which I cleared in 2015 and which in 2016, since "winter break" is a blur. Mass Effect 3 might be in there as well.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: February 24, 2016, 05:54:54 AM
The Kiseki series consists of Sky FC, SC, the 3rd; followed by Zero & Blue; and finally Cold Steel which consists of 1 & 2 (with murmurs of 3 being in the pipes). Nayuta is an entirely different thing that's basically Zewi 3 (or Trei !!! if the previous game was anything to go by, though the first one was called Zewi! so whatever) and has nothing to do with Joshua or Estelle or anyone associated with them. There are the Legend of Heroes games that preceded the Trails of games, but A) they also have nothing to do with the above, and B) are all playable in the west in some form or another (with great difficulty I might add, due to a cavalcade of reasons such as bad localizations, bad ports, age, rarity, etc). And then if you go even further back you hit the Dragon Slayer line which is its own ancient clusterfuck (Tokyo Xanadu is also part of the Xanadu line which also got its start in the Dragon Slayer line along with Legend of Heroes and Legacy of the Wizard).

That all said, right now, only Sky the 3rd, Zero, Blue and Cold Steel 2 are the only Kiseki games that haven't made it over yet (and CS2 is on the way).

For what we're missing, the 3rd only really ties FC and SC into the rest of the series while Zero and Blue have had a few major spoilers revealed by CSs 1 & 2.

Oh and there's apparently an MMO in all of that somewhere as well, but nobody knows anything about it other than its still in development. Also if we're counting spinoffs, then Kiseki vs Ys and Falcom Academy are also things, but are entirely irrelevant to anything currently going on.

Believe me when I say I'm more than aware of the pre-Kiseki madness goes down. III-V Gagharv Trilogy, then I and II which are part of Dragon Slayer, and Dragon Slayer is a meta-franchise which covers pretty much everything Falcom made *other than* Ys and ... idk ... Star Trader, and some random crap.

Nayuta no Kiseki having no bearing on the plot doesn't make it a "not Kiseki" game. I'd argue the same about the Ys vs Sora no Kiseki crossover, too. I mean, "Tokyo Xanadu" is going to have shit-all to do with the Xanadu / Legend of Xanadu franchise, save for some gameplay and stylistic similarities. But from my perspective, I'd prefer to see XSEED localize over not localize, as much as is possible. Yeah, cut your losses, I guess I can live w/o Nayuta. But I think Ys vs SnK deserved to make it.

Beyond 3rd Zero and Blue, there are full HD remakes with additional content for these games, as well as for FC/SC ... yes? No? Falcom produced at a rate faster than XSEED could localize and publish. That's why we have Cold Steel and a confirmation of Cold Steel 2 when SnK 3rd is still floating in the aether (granted, I'm told it's not a great entry in the series).



Mysterious Mystery Girl with heavily implied ties to the grand scheme of the plot and setting spotted.

What's actually surprising is that she's playable, and we may even see a M&L:Dream Team style game here (or at least an FFVIII style "Play this doofus + buds for awhile for glorified backstory/character development reasons").
I'm very intrigued by this.  If they make Dana's segments different and fun it could be a positive influence.  Her blue hair and the series' preference for having a cast with differently-hued tresses make me sad for a probable lack of Dogi, though. 

Did you play Ys SEVEN? Female protag also had blue hair. Somewhat darker than Dana's too, closer to Dogi's color. And Dogi was there. I would expect Dogi to be there, personally. :)
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