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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: February 23, 2016, 09:38:49 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/02/ys-viii-has-dual-protagonists

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").

They can probably do switch-up without ruining it. From Origin to SEVEN to Celceta, Falcom has shown that they know how to juggle players in A-RPG setting in a way that makes sense. I've been thoroughly impressed.

And I am very interested in this "Dana" character. When you look over the archetypes of the Ys series ... namely, all the Feena/Reah stand-ins, things have only gotten progressively more interesting (with Ys SEVEN probably being *the* most interesting of all, just in terms of how they deviated from the trope).

There's still a part of me that wanted an Ys V remake before an Ys VIII. But ... as long as an Ys V remake comes *after* Ys VIII and makes use of whatever new goodies came with that engine, I'll be pleased.

Now we just need to play maaaajor catch-up in LoH / Kiseki land. Getting Trails of Cold Steel was awesome, but aren't there like 3 or 4 other Kiseki games that happened in the interim? :P
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: February 21, 2016, 08:23:38 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKuAsndvxvs

It's an ASMR video about when you decide to revisit those happy PBS cartoons you used to watch in college because you were too fucked up to watch anything else but now the happy PBS cartoons are doing acid two years ago.

LOL, Binky trippin'. I liked the fractal patterns in the background.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Real Room Escape in LA -- "Zero Escape" themed scenario on: February 19, 2016, 08:31:19 PM
It's real, it's coming, and if you live anywhere near LA please do this and tell me what it's like! :)

http://realescapegame.com/zero_la/
19  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Langrisser Music on: February 19, 2016, 12:00:12 AM
I've never played a Langrisser game (although I did play a little of a Growlanser game), but I'm curious about the music now. After Fire Emblem Fates, I plan on keeping an eye out for the release of Langrisser Reincarnation on 3DS this year. I just looked up the composer Noriyuki Iwadare on Wikipedia. Apparently he also did the soundtracks to the Lunar games, Ace Attorney and the Grandia series.

Yeah ... he's better known for those franchises. Langrisser is a far lesser-known work of his because only 1 of the games in the whole series made it to the west.

It's a treasure trove of, for most people, previously-unheard Iwadare goodness. :)
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is your favorite RPG in one of the first five you tried? on: February 15, 2016, 06:26:50 PM
Let's see. My first 5 RPGs (completed) were:

FF1
FF4 (II US)
Secret of Mana
FF6 (III US)
Chrono Trigger

The latter 3 are all among "my favorites," and I can safely say that FF6 is my 2nd favorite in the series (FF9 wins the prize). Chrono Trigger is definitely in my top 10 of all RPGs ... FF6 probably fits in there too.
21  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Langrisser Music on: January 31, 2016, 01:24:15 AM
Glad to have another Langrisser fan among us.

I'm interested to see what comes next. It's perfectly possible that "Masaya Game Music Vol. 2" will be a Cho Aniki collection, or a hodge-podge of stuff. But if I could get L4 and L5 in a set, I'd pee my pants.

Thanks for taking the time to read the review and listen to the audio samples. For a guy like me who really cherishes box sets (memories of the past + completionism w/ new unearthed treasures), this was something I really couldn't pass up. I really hope SuperSweep keeps doing these kinds of box sets with other publishers too, lesser-known folks who had great music (whether RPG or no).

For example, imagine if they got the rights from Quintet/Enix (not sure if S-E had the rights passed to them or not in the merger) for the famous Super Famicom trilogy: Soul Blazer / Illusion of Gaia / Terranigma. The middle of those 3 games never had any soundtrack published, and the other two are apparently incomplete in their old (and very rare) form. A box set like that would be all kinds of lovely. Just dreaming over here.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 28, 2016, 12:08:19 PM
Best celebrity couple ever (Dax Shepard + Kristen Bell) went to Africa on their "last fun trip before we have kids," and they decided to do a homemade homage to Toto's "Africa."

It's basically the cutest thing ever. I adore this vid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgL3puDfuRg

(when they air-guitar-with-stick near the end, and Kristen Bell mouths "yes!" while she plays ... that's excellent. The attention to detail suggests these two have listened to this song 100 times)
23  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: random ol' crap on eBay (updated!) on: January 08, 2016, 09:18:16 PM
SUPER UPDATE!!

I'm selling DQVIII on PS2 (the one with the FFXII demo).

The game is new/sealed in the DVD case, but the outer slipcase has some scuffs and damage (mostly from the circular sticker near the top, peeling it caused the glossy art paper to tear a bit.)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/172055899168?

$.01 starting price, US gets free shipping, int'l has shipping billed once we figure out where you live.

7 days to go. Have fun. If you're like me, you may not want to bid. I'm selling this because of DQVIII 3DS coming to the US.
24  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Releases In The Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Fifteen on: December 29, 2015, 11:55:43 PM
non-VGM / "contemporary" only. Not ranked or ordered ... just "five I really like"

1) "Carrie & Lowell" by Sufjan Stevens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsGODTySH0E&list=PL67VKSNJdY_XBvoFECHFKyesxnDhTVM8N

2) "Sun & Moon" by Timbre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rali6b1z50s

3) "Pale Horses" by mewithoutYou https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP87vkD7Tag

4) "Not Real" by Stealing Sheep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-HmtWyAH0Y

*5) "Milk & Eggs" by Mr. J. Medeiros https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McSjxhw80bs

*This album will "technically" release on January 12th, but all his indiegogo backers (self included) got it months ago, and he's put over half the album on YouTube already. It's good.
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / "Confession" (2010) Japanese "horror?" film on: December 18, 2015, 04:34:43 AM
I have never in my life seen a movie like this.

The closest plot I can think of matching this film is actually the Scott Tenorman episode of South Park. Come up with worse-than-death hells for the people you want to get revenge on, and go.

Without the over-the-top voice, without the insanity and the effects and the blood and gore. Just cool, calm, even, revenge story that unfolds at a freaking perfect pace.

I highly recommend it.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Romancing SaGa 2 iOS/Android/Vita Port on: December 16, 2015, 10:57:43 AM
Squeenix, ya killin' me. Please quit releasing endless alternatives of FF4 and localize this instead.

QFE. QFT.

I am so tired of FF4, and I actually love that game.

Give me something I've never played plzzzzz!
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: November 28, 2015, 08:44:54 PM
Per the latest article posted on RPGFan, this statement was made without any further detail/explanation:

"Unfortunately, it looks as though Emi Evans, who provided lyrics and vocals in the original game, will not be returning for NieR: Automata."

Soundtrack hype just went down like 80%. I still think Keiichi Okabe and the MoNACA Sound Team can do fine with any vocalist, or with no vocalist at all. But the soundscape they made for NieR was ... I've never heard anything like it. It was okay they didn't try to do it again on Drakengard 3. But for another NieR game? Her voice should at least have *some* presence IMO.
28  The Rest / The Bazaar / CDJapan sale includes SaGa Battle -Ren- 30% off on: November 27, 2015, 01:50:06 PM
I searched through a bunch of import CD deals today ... nothing particularly impressive. The Square Enix members store (US) has the Bravely Default Christmas album 20% off. That's not too shabby.

But probably the best deal I saw was 30% off one of the best albums of the year, the "Ren" album in the SaGa Battle series (it's the latest album, includes an Imperial SaGa track and more SaGa Frontier goodness).

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/SQEX-10491

If you don't own it but have flirted with the idea of owning it, now might be a good time to pick it up.

Have fun spending your money this weekend! :)
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LR:FFXIII to Steam -- the trilogy is here on: November 24, 2015, 12:15:09 AM
Say what you will about XIII-1, at least it was heavily (and definitely too) engineered to make you use the combat system

Yeah, it had a great combat system ... when using three characters. In two-player mode it was painful and annoying. And, oh, that's what you're stuck with for like, 10 of the 13 chapters.

XIII-2 and LR:XIII ape the above combat system with their own changes (Serah and Noel fill slot 3 with a monster, Lightning is essentially 3 characters in one).

Also, why make a new thread? I didn't see any topics in the first list of pages, and there was a news article on the front page ... it'd been a long time coming for LR to get a Steam release, I thought it was worth posting about.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / LR:FFXIII to Steam -- the trilogy is here on: November 20, 2015, 11:41:33 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/4104.html

For all you PC-only folks. This is cool.

Why?

Because XIII-2 and LR:XIII are both, individually, better than XIII. Combined, XIII-2 and LR:XIII tell an incredible story (IMO). And the music. Oh my, the music.
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