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1  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.
2  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.
3  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.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Music of the Year 2014! on: April 03, 2015, 01:08:28 PM
the opening track to Anata o Yurusanai was really good.

I remember, there was a localizer who had planned to release it in the US. Aksys or XSEED or NISA ... one of them. But Gamestop said they wouldn't stock it on their shelves because it was niche and had controversial content, so it didn't happen. I'm still angry about it to this day. :P
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SMTxFE (it lives!!!) (aka 'Persona Emblem') on: April 02, 2015, 11:36:35 PM
I'll be sick of the Persona spam when the games stop being so damn good. :P

preach
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SMTxFE (it lives!!!) (aka 'Persona Emblem') on: April 02, 2015, 06:14:36 PM
It's not being called SMTxFE in Japan anymore. The SMT prefix was *replaced* with "Genei Ibunroku" (Hidden Revelation).

THAT'S SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE ... the first game in the Persona series, in Japan, didn't have the SMT prefix at all (in fact, none of the Persona games have the SMT prefix in Japan). The first game instead was called "Megami Ibunroku Persona" (Goddess Revelation Persona).

The Ibunroku prefix squarely aligns this new game with Persona's world and style as opposed to traditional SMT (what someone above referred to as "Nocturne," though all SMTs I - IV would fit the bill).

Personally, I think it's a great mixture. The trailer got me all kinds of excited. FE characters summoning Persona and being all flashy in their dueling fight sequences? Yes plz!
7  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Unraveled -- looks awesome, needs money (KS) on: April 01, 2015, 03:30:23 PM
They sent a letter to backers a few days after campaign ended, essentially saying "we're going to develop more assets, give it a few months, we'll be back."

So, it'll happen. Just a bump in the road. The same thing happened to Auro and Dropsy (both of which I backed in their failed and successful campaigns). Auro is awesome, and Dropsy (which should be out soon) is almost definitely going to be awesome.
8  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: A Bird Story OST on: March 31, 2015, 01:04:48 PM
I love the reverse version of Yesterday. Just sayin'.
9  Media / The Soundroom / I wrote music for a high school percussion ensemble (performance video inside) on: March 19, 2015, 09:25:22 AM
I wrote about 5 minutes of music for an indoor percussion ensemble. Instruments include xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, bells, chimes, keyboard, timpani, snare, tenor drum, bass drum, and a boatload of auxiliary percussion.

I'm the one in the green lantern shirt talking at the beginning. High-five to my mom for recording it.

Thought some of you might enjoy hearing this personal project I invested my time and energy into this past year... I like local, I like high school stuff.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10206199101596277&pnref=story
10  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Unraveled -- looks awesome, needs money (KS) on: March 19, 2015, 09:14:30 AM
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/696564/unraveled-a-nostalgic-80s-adventure-rpg-and-platfo

Campaign has 48 hrs left. Needs another $8k

Reasons I'm personally backing it and taking time to post about it elsewhere (something I very rarely do...)

- Music by Hiroki Kikuta. Yeah, he of Secret of Mana fame. In recent years, his best work has been on smaller projects where he can dictate the timing and the scope of the music.
- Additional music from Dale North, he of Destructoid fame. His music, both OST and arranged, have always been a delight.
- A story based on actual events. I love fantasy that melds with personal narrative. They even reveal the source material, a documentary called "The Wire Nest."
- You play as a young girl, and you meet some giant critter that's a cross between Where The Wild Things Are and Totoro. That's adorable.
- The game is claiming to be equal parts platformer and RPG. The exploration mode looks a heck of a lot like Suikoden (character height vs map and the fixed camera perspective of 2D on a 3D-ish environment).

I think it's like $10 to reserve a copy of the game. More money gets you more bonuses. I think at $100 you get an LE physical copy that's mocked up to look like a PS1 game (they have demo art for this on their page).

Please consider backing. I don't want this game to not happen. :P
11  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Okami Jazz Discussion on: March 09, 2015, 09:06:08 PM
I had a quick chat w/ Zac over FB, and since it hit me that this is a Capcom thing with him right now (Capcom is funding these publications, hence Monster Hunter and Okami) ... I think it's fair to say that us RPG Fans should be *demanding* a Breath of Fire jazz album! :)

I'd also argue for Phoenix Wright, though it's already *had* a jazz album. :)

Fingers crossed for BoF. BoF III has some incredible source material that would be GREAT jazz, but sounds kinda yucky in its 32-bit sequencing. Zac Zinger could do wonders with that series.
12  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Okami Jazz Discussion on: March 04, 2015, 06:01:04 PM
Young prodigies like Zac Zinger make me jealous. Capcom was smart to commission him for this kind of work. The professionalism in the arrangements, performance, and recording/mixing are all there. Y'know what would be nuts though?

When I think of Okami, I always ALSO think of Wind Waker.

I wonder if good Zelda jazz could exist? I mean, I wouldn't have thought Okami's source material could work with jazz. But really, jazz is one of those realms where ANY source material can be nicely adapted. So why not?
13  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Final Symphony Discussion on: March 04, 2015, 05:58:36 PM
I am a little worried about listener fatigue - 18 minute long song???

These are suites ... not mere medleys switching from one song to the next, but different themes that can layer over one another. If you're ready to commit the time, you'll love the experience.

Compare it to their other work, especially the Secret of Mana or Chrono Trigger medleys in "Symphonic Fantasies" -- it works so well it's almost stupid. Dag dag dag. Valtonen and Wanamo own my face.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: March 04, 2015, 05:33:38 PM
ok, the DBZ comparison helped me immensely. I think I get it now. Thank you!
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: March 04, 2015, 08:59:50 AM
So the alternate-dimension canon ... they ARE or ARE NOT remakes? That's what I'm trying to figure out...
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