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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: Today at 01:36:50 AM
DAMNIT RAMZA YOU TOO?! WHERE'S FF TACTICS!?

I know it's all my schtick here, but I am actually saddened by this in your case Ramza, mostly cuz I love tactics. I just needed to capslock shout beforehand cuz, you know, lulz.

given my avatar ... yeah. Like I said, nothing concrete. I could easily swap Vagrant Story for FFT. I love the Ivalice world and wish there were more (Matsuno SE reunion, on Matsuno's terms so he doesn't burnout like he did on XII, PLZ!).

Also, I'm surprised I didn't put Suiko2 in my list. That's another great one.

Re: Lunar differences discussion. There's a lot to love about TSS. *BUT* TSS is grindy and unforgiving. It can be argued that many SSSC dungeons are *too short* (like ... 3-room dungeons and stuff). But TSS dungeons were enormous. Like, apparently kinda overwhelming. At least for when we were all 13.
2  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Xenoblade X OST on: Today at 01:09:08 AM
I think in the end my view is in line with yours Lard, with one key difference: I'm not disappointed.

I think all of these critiques are on point:
- latter discs are better than former
- general lack of variety in musical style and instrumentation
- NLA Shigai is *awesome*

I can get with all that.

But I can't call it a disappointment. Maybe over time I'll rank it lower than prior Xeno-soundtracks. But right now, for me, it's on par w/ Xenosaga I and it beats Xenosaga II. Compared to the original Xenoblade ... I don't know what to say yet. TBH I wasn't an enormous fan of the first Xenoblade soundtrack. Which ... I know, what's wrong with me ... haha. :)
3  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Xenoblade X OST on: May 23, 2015, 05:58:33 PM
For those unaware, the composer to XenobladeX is the same fella who did the soundtrack for ATTACK ON TITAN. So if you've seen that anime and enjoyed what you heard ... you'll probably dig this as well.

My feeling is that Tetsuya Takahashi is intentional about seeking out different talent for different projects to suit their world/environment. Mitsuda was great, and so was Kajiura, and so was the ACE team and Shimomura. So I'm not surprised that Sawano is rockin' it as well. :)
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 21, 2015, 01:10:03 AM
I just realized I never gave a list.

This is not concrete -- my memories and tastes change a lil bit every day, and that effect is cumulative across time. ie -- I'll think this list is wrong in 2-3 years.

I'm picking 10 games that fall under RPGFan's scope of coverage. The numbering is NOT a ranking. Consider them all in a bucket of "10-best," no clear winner. I'll list them in alphabetical order.

999 (VLR is basically tied, but 999 is what started my love of the whole genre)
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy IX
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (Complete)
Persona 3 (preferably P3P ver)
Star Ocean: The Second Story
Vagrant Story
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (Felghana and Origin are basically tied with this game, as they all run the same engine and have great exploration, music, etc)
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 18, 2015, 10:08:52 PM
1- Final Fantasy 9

I got mad respect for people who can see the genius that is FF9.
6  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II on: May 14, 2015, 06:35:45 PM
The Whiterun track remains my favorite, popular as it may have already been in the gaming scene. The fact is, quiet as that song has always been, it has also always relied on a ton of layering and effects. This version strips it back to two instruments and still manages to make it work. Heck ... in some ways, it really is better.

Also ... Snake Eater was great, but that doesn't surprise me considering it's Hibino's own work. His most famous work, at that.

7  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: May 11, 2015, 07:20:17 PM
If the podcasts are referencing back to feature content on the site that you are interested in and THEN you go find it ... then that's what works for you, right? :) But, if you aren't aware of what's coming out, maybe worth hitting up the front page every week or so.

I myself read every single post. But I've been doing that since like ... 1999. Which means, by now, I've probably read more RPGFan than my primary religious text (OT+NT Bible). Woo!

Perhaps your lack of interest in the feature stuff put on the front page has more to do with the new games coming out these days and less to do with the staff's ability to cover the games? I can understand that ... but then, it's worth digging and finding out about new IPs, or even fun old/new stuff, like how the Fire Emblem series creator is building a game in the SRPG equivalent of RPGMaker for free.
8  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: A pile of rare Secret of Evermore soundtracks show up: seller goin cheap?! on: May 10, 2015, 05:55:33 PM
mine arrived today. I did red laser test. It's an officially pressed CD, not a burnt CD-R.

Furthermore, its plastic "new/seal" status seems legit based on ... stuff. Its adhesives on the corners were beginning to go, so it was easy to unwrap. That's a pretty good sign that this is the real deal from 1995.

ANY collector of vgm should hop on this now. Once this sellers' stock is gone. Prices will slowly rise back up to what they've been for over a decade (around $100)
9  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Best Non-RPG Music of 2015 (so far) on: May 06, 2015, 01:30:01 AM
I love me some Jasper Byrne. His music is as good as his game-making (Lone Survivor <3 <3 <3).

Hmmm ... new non-RPG music I'm enjoying? I don't know that I've played anything new enough to say.

I recently posted a review of the LBP3 soundtrack on OSV. I liked that mucho. The game came out in 2014, but the iTunes soundtrack release was in 2015. So that sorta counts.

OH! And the soundtrack for Oblitus is great. Short, but great!

http://vgmdb.net/album/51314
10  The Rest / The Bazaar / A pile of rare Secret of Evermore soundtracks show up: seller goin cheap?! on: May 05, 2015, 04:39:49 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-The-Complete-Soundtrack-from-the-Secret-of-Evermore-Video-Games-/191521646595?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c97946803

Someone on vgmdb pointed out that there's a seller who is selling 30+ copies of the Secret of Evermore soundtrack.

Some facts:
- prior to this listing on eBay, I've never seen SoE go below $60. I've seen it go as high as $150. It's usually $80-$100 in USED sales on vgmdb.
- this is Jeremy Soule's first published work, and it was on a project with Square's USA division.
- the seller is claiming the albums are new/sealed.

I was very very skeptical at first, and believed the seller was selling bootlegs. I contacted one of the individuals on vgmdb and asked them to do some thorough inspections of the packaging and especially the disc. The big tell for me was that the inner rim of the disc has all of the right numbering properly printed; and, none of the packaging looks low-res or gross.

My current belief is that the seller must've found an old pile of un-sold goods from an old Babbage's or EB or something. Chances are a larger store ordered all of the Squaresoft merch from the Chrono Trigger / FFVI era, and the SoE soundtracks didn't sell at the time (the game wasn't wildly popular, after all).

And, either because they want to liquidate quickly, or because they have no idea what the street value is on the SoE soundtrack, this seller has the album on sale for $25.

Needless to say, I ordered one. As soon as it arrives I am going to do the most rigorous test I know of to make sure it isn't bootleg: the red laser in-the-dark test. A pressed CD will have the light sit squarely on the disc. A burnt CD will refract the light tangentially (along the plane of the disc) left and right. I'll let y'all know the results.

In the meantime, collectors might wanna get in on this before it's gone. I wonder if anybody ordered like 10 or more from this seller in hopes of selling them off individually for a higher price in the coming months.

Ramza
11  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Fact Mag: Top 100 Game OSTs + JPN Top50 on: April 30, 2015, 08:59:33 AM
I agree the following belong on a top VGM list... ones in bold I super-agree with having on the list.

100 Shovel Knight
98 Metal Gear Solid 3 – Snake Eater
97 Secret of Evermore
95 Ecco : The Tides Of Time
94 Twinworld
93 System Shock 2
92 Machinarium
91 Ikaruga
90 Super Mario 64
89 Dragon Quest VIII
88 VVVVVV
87 Psychonauts
86 Megaman X
85 Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
84 The Binding of Isaac

83 Police Quest 3
82 Skies of Arcadia
81 Altered Beast
80 Bomberman Hero
79 Kentucky Route Zero
78 Panzer Dragoon
77 Duck Tales
76 Super Mario RPG
75 The Curse of Monkey Island
74 Time Crisis
73 Oddworld: Abe's Odyssee
72 Bastion
71 Gitaroo Man
70 Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
68 The Neverhood
67 Halo: Combat Evolved
66 Out Run
65 Ys I & II
64 Battletoads
63 Bubble Bobble
59 Star Fox
58 Fez
57 It Came From the Desert
56 Legend of the Mystical Ninja
55 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
54 Doom
53 Parasite Eve
52 Kirby's Dream Land
51 Parappa the Rapper
50 Shadow Of The Colossus
44 Silent Hill 2

43 Grim Fandango
42 Revenge of Shinobi
41 Shadow of the Beast
40 Mass Effect 2
39 Chrono Cross
38 F-Zero
37 Star Control II
36 Pokemon Red/Blue
35 Ristar
34 Street Fighter II
33 NiGHTS into Dreams…
32 Half-Life 2
31 Final Fantasy VII
30 Tetris
29 Goldeneye 007
28 Rez
24 Actraiser
24 Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
24 Metroid
24 Shenmue
23 BioShock Infinite
22 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
21 Clock Tower
20 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
18 Journey
17 Jet Set Radio
16 Final Fantasy VI
15 Earthbound
14 Secret of Mana
13 Resident Evil 4
12 Donkey Kong Country 2 : Diddy Kong's Quest
11 The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time
10 Red Dead Redemption
8 Streets Of Rage 2
7 Katamari Damacy
6 Silent Hill -- IMO Silent Hill 2 is better than 1, but ok, that's fine.
5 Super Metroid
4 Megaman 2

3 The Last Of Us
2 Chrono Trigger
1 Ico -- this shouldn't be #1 but it belongs on a list, sure.

And here are the ones I pulled out and taking massive exception to, and why:

Quote
99 Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards -- no. LSL may be creepy and campy and I don't have a problem with people liking the game, but there's nothing memorable or impressive about this.
96 McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure -- obscurity for obscurity's sake. I find it irritating, and I like the retro stuff.
69 Crash Bandicoot -- really? Is there anyone among us who actually like to kick back to some Crash jams? So many other titular character-driven games didn't make it on here. I think they meant to put Banjo Kazooie here and screwed up.
62 Gone Home -- this list was HEAVY on indie, and I can get with that. But Gone Home's sound design has everything to do with the production: we find stuff on random cassette tapes, we get the voice-overs from the sister ... that stuff is all cool. But the music itself? Completely forgettable.
61 Golden Axe -- meh ... it's pretty good. But not good enough.
60 Dune II -- See 96
49 Ridge Racer 4 -- Only because I think they should've picked a different RR from the series than 4.
48 FTL: Faster Than Light -- Another indie that really doesn't belong here, or so high up. I can name 10 indie games with superior soundtracks to FTL. I'll start with DUST: An Elysian Tail, Lone Survivor, Offspring Fling!, Jamestown, To The Moon, and Tower of Heaven. Feel free to add your own.
47 Alien Soldier -- no
46 Quake -- double no
45 Fallout 3 -- the memorable parts of this OST IMO are the licensed tracks, which the list-makers said they were removing. The remainder, by Inon Zur ... I can dig Inon Zur sometimes. But this is FAR from his best work. Very very far.
19 Super Mario Bros. -- Okay, yes, these themes are super-memorable. Here's the problem. The list-makers said they wouldn't double-dip on a franchise unless there was really good reason to do so. Higher up on the list they had Mario 64, which ... yes. Great choice. But then they choice NES Bros over SNES World? Just in terms of quantity, World wins. And every single song in World is as memorable and enjoyable as the 4 songs in Bros.
9 Portal -- No no no no no. This is only here because we all love the campy "Still Alive" Glados vocals. The rest of us couldn't even recall or sing any other melody from this game. Portal 2 made vast improvements. But the first Portal? No. And certainly not this high up. This was a stupid choice.
12  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 29, 2015, 05:39:45 PM
mewithoutYou's sixth album, "Pale Horses," comes soon. Be ready for a post-hardcore East Coast apocalypse.

They released the first single today, "Red Cow."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcwPDxN8Lng

It's amazing and a half.
13  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Persona 2: Eternal Punishment OST (PSP 5-disc release) on: April 23, 2015, 02:04:18 PM
agreed with Stephen. If they had placed old ver. track and new ver. track paired up one after another that would've been awful. But they did the sensible thing by putting all the new music on some discs and all the old music on the other discs. So ... if you own the old thing, okay, you have it twice. But you got the new thing too. :)

This sort of thing happens to me a lot, and I will often sell off the "old" subset. The only exception I made was when I got the Seiken Densetsu Box Set, I kept my Seiken Densetsu 2 OST that I'd owned separately because it is signed by Hiroki Kikuta. On the other hand, when I got the FFXI Premium OST Box (the 7 disc one), I sold my Rise of the Zilart OST (the only FFXI CD I had on-hand at the time) because it was completely contained in that box.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: April 07, 2015, 10:02:14 PM
FF8 and FF13 have similar problems but I love them both because I love the characters. Vanille is like Sophie 2.0 in my eyes so of course I love her. Thinking about it, what stands out for me in both games are the music and the characters. What can I say, I liked voiced FF songs. As you can imagine, FF13-2 is my favorite OST of any FF game.

I don't know you, but I'm so glad you see the value of FFXIII-2's OST. It's not my all-time favorite among the series, but it is wildly good, probably the best of the XIII trilogy. Noel's Theme alone (sung by KOKIA) puts it head and shoulders above vocal tracks from other FFs.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: April 04, 2015, 02:37:05 PM
What is a good game to start with the Atelier series?

I always avoided them so far because I didn't like the time management, but I didn't find it that bad in Type-0, so I might give this series a try! Are the time mechanics similar to those in Type-0?

Should I just get the released game for PS3 and go from there? I believe there are some games that are sequels to another but not all of them, right?

If you want to go pre-time management, PS2 Atelier Iris games (1 and 2, not so much Grand Phantasm) are great.

If you're okay with Time Management ... yeah, start with Rorona and go forward.
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