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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: June 16, 2015, 01:52:03 PM
Agreed, no clue where material for a sequel will even come from.

wasn't the entirety of Nier is "the end"..so uh...what comes after the end?
A way to return to the beginning...

NieR 2 ends with a time portal back to Drakengard 3. Eternal recurrence. :P

But seriously. This is the best news yet for me. This was the E3 I should've gone to but didn't. Gah.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 on: June 16, 2015, 11:48:22 AM
A few people should be dead but aren't (looking at you Rufus), Cloud's characterization osmosed Vincent's Hot Topic style brooding rather than keeping his more cocky and standoffish attitude before his cosmosphere fix or his more mature/level-headed acceptance of reality afterwards, and various Gackts somehow managing to become both the Alpha and Omega Sephiroths respectfully (among other things).

I think the characterization of Cloud is my primary concern. Ever since AC, he has been presented as a brooding emo kid, but that isn't how is portrayed in the original. Yes, he still broods, and gets depressed, but he's also a loveable, roguish jerk at the same time. I don't think that Square Enix has shown they're interested in portraying Cloud that way any longer. I also worry that a lot of the humor from the original just won't translate well into an HD remake. I mean, can you really imagine Barrett and Cloud going on a date at the Gold Saucer in HD? I'm excited still, and the environments in the trailer look excellent, but I'd like to see some more detail of the characters and their personalities before I get too carried away.

I'm playing thru FFVII on PC now. How "confirmed" was Rufus' death in FFVII and where did it happen? At least in AC they didn't try to bring back Hojo or some nonsense.

But ... given the statements here and thinking hard about it ... Cloud's personality is a big issue. Perhaps THE issue. In the original game he's cool and confident, until he realizes he thinks he's Zack. Then he's all f*cked up, but even then he's not "emo" per se. He's just ... broken. And when he comes out the other side, he has a sense of resolve and purpose (I'd argue, similar to his personality at the end of AC when he can make statements like "remain in my memories").

Personally, I don't think HD remake graphics and all the seriousness of that trailer preclude humor. AAA Western games like Assassin's Creed and Skyrim are plenty dark, but there's always room for quirky humor. I'm not saying SE *will* pull it off, only that I can imagine a universe where they *can* pull it off. Potential -> Actual, we'll see how they do.

I hope they don't tweak the soundtrack too much. Like FFX, I prefer the original.

I won't mind them doing a full-scale audio upgrade with live instruments and whatnot. But they had best do a better job with it than they did with FFX. An option for original audio, just for kicks, should also be in the game in case people aren't diggin' what will inevitably be a 100-person orchestra+choir+rock band doing OWA.
18  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Link to the Celts ... wow! on: June 16, 2015, 11:39:03 AM
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/3342.html -- Marcos tells it like it is.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/songsofzelda/eimear-noone-presents-songs-of-zelda-a-link-to-the

That video sold the project for me. If you like Xenogears CREID, there's no way you won't love this.

And Zelda's Lullaby ... WOW WOW WOW.

I laid down serious cash for this project. Probably the most I've ever put down for a music project on Kickstarter. Just sayin'. You might wanna do the same. :P
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 (updates in the 1st post) on: June 16, 2015, 12:03:37 AM
Best thing about this news is that Nomura is directing, probably the best choice at this point and only that could do a good job at this

With him as director, I'd say is fair to expect a lot of Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts going on in this remake.

I'd say it is a pretty much 100% certain deal. This is the chance to "fix" FF VII so it ties properly into Crisis Core, Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus. Nomura is not going to let that chance slip.

Not to be a dick here, but what exactly in the original FFVII is actually contradicted by the content in AC CC DC? I can acknowledge that CC places a bunch of new actors in the ring that one would expect to appear in FFVII proper, but don't. That kind of retconning doesn't really require "fixes" though. So what am I missing?
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 on: June 15, 2015, 11:35:58 PM
I assume it was supposed to be a kind abstract voice speaking for humanity and referring to Jenova's arrival in the past and then the reunion during the time of the game. They kinda worded it to give it a double entendre so it could mean the game characters coming back as well.

This. We're hearing the long-form history of FFVII's world, the era of the Cetra (Aerith's people), and then how everyone forgot Jenova ever landed ... until one day... DUN DUN DAAAA

And yes, that waiting period where everyone forgot about Jenova is similar to how everyone gave up hope that S-E would ever give the fans what they want in the form of a full-scale FF7 remake.

You nailed it timmy
21  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Xenoblade X OST on: June 15, 2015, 11:10:54 PM
As for comparisons, it absolutely makes sense. Same developers, same bloody game name.

I tend to agree here. Takahashi and crew may have made an intentional choice to switch composers, but we can see the visual style from Xenoblade to XenobladeX wasn't a drastic shift (compared to, say, the CG character art change from Xenosaga 1 to Xenosaga 2). The musical shift was drastic, and I think fans who complain and/or are frustrated by it have a valid point. Even if I like Sawano's music, which I do, I still won't know what I think of it in context of the game until I play the game myself. :)
22  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Recommend Me a PS1 RPG on PSN on: June 14, 2015, 08:34:34 PM
Have you played Alundra? Based on your avatar, I'm guessing you're a Zelda fan. Alundra can be a bit confusing to navigate through, but it's still a pretty fun Zelda clone.

ugh, "Zelda clone."

Clone suggests inferiority. Nonsense.

Buy Alundra. Play Alundra. Love Alundra.

Also worth picking up IMO (assuming you haven't already beaten them...)

Front Mission 3
Legend of Mana
Vagrant Story
Wild Arms 1&2
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New-ish Earthbound! EDIT: First game on VC on: June 14, 2015, 08:19:18 PM
I'm going to guess anybody who cared about Mother 1 already played it (and hated it as per Monsoon's analysis).

I'd intentionally chosen not to play emulated Mother / "Earthbound Zero" this whole time because I wanted to properly support Nintendo for releasing it.

Then they went and put it exclusively on a console I don't own. So, they suck, and the only thing keeping me from playing it on an emulator now is that Steam keeps throwing way better games at me for prices lower than that of a $5 VC NES game.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New-ish Earthbound! EDIT: First game on VC on: June 14, 2015, 06:35:51 PM
Yup. And it isn't working on me. :P
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Earthbound! EDIT: First game on VC on: June 14, 2015, 06:14:11 PM
why the heck is it exclusive to Wii U? Gaaaahhh, it's an NES game, it's easy to put on all platforms.

/sigh
26  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: When a game ruins good music on: June 11, 2015, 01:36:34 PM
Hirota's soundtrack for Glory of Heracles DS seems doomed to never get any kind of proper release, physical or digital.

http://www.vgmonline.net/supersweep-release-glory-heracles-box-set/

This story ran at the end of '14 saying that the whole Glory of Heracles series would have a soundtrack box set release.

There's been no mention of it in awhile, no catalog number or release date set. But I heard through credible sources that the hold-up is whether or not Paon (now owned by Nintendo) would allow the Glory of Heracles DS soundtrack to be a part of the set. The rest is all from the old Data East days, and they're happy to see the music released (as am I).

Nintendo's "we don't like soundtracks" stance is truly frustrating. Yeah, they'll throw you a bone for Pokemon and give you a half-complete Zelda soundtrack now and then. But otherwise, they're just awful.
27  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: When a game ruins good music on: June 09, 2015, 02:48:52 PM
I find that sometimes with battle music. The music can be great but it just can't stay fresh for hundreds of battles.

This, pretty much. Very few battle themes, no matter how good, can live up to the usual "grind" of RPGs. That's why I find that a game with LOTS of battle themes makes for a good in-game experience. A great example would be the Etrian Odyssey series, which has a separate standard battle theme for each "layer" of the labyrinth, and usually has a variety of boss battle themes along the way as well. That makes such an enormous difference. And you realize it if you go back two or three layers (to, say, clear an old side quest) and then you hear that old battle music and you're like "oh, hey, that WAS different!"

SaGa Frontier (1) had five separate battle themes used in different zones and/or contexts. And then it had seven final battle themes (one per main character). That was great as well.
SaGa Frontier 2 also had five battle themes, but some of them were specifically for those weird Strategy-RPG mega-battles. Those were awful (especially the last one).
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Front Mission: Five Years Later on: June 08, 2015, 04:25:46 PM
Word on the street is that FM5 is as solid as FM3 in terms of gameplay (which, IMO, was some solid SRPG action up in here), but with stronger plot, characters, etc.

Kind of frustrating that we did get FM4 (which was kinda weak) but didn't get FM5.

Frankly, a true FM6 would be exciting. And having guys from Armored Core working on a game could be cool ... though that also makes me think it won't be a traditional entry in the series.
29  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Danganronpa on: June 04, 2015, 04:48:21 PM
One of my favorite songs is the "Closing Argument" music. Great, chill music for the lengthiest of all the "trial mini-games" (filling artwork into the comic panels).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0dZnWkzv2U

There's another song that plays *after* you complete the closing argument puzzle that has these sweet (non-lyrical) vocals.

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

Man. I think I might end having to purchase and review this thing. It's growing on me quicklike.
30  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Danganronpa on: June 04, 2015, 01:11:35 AM
I actually just started playing Danganronpa (1) earlier this week. Some of it are so blatantly copying mechanics from games before it ... but because the total product in the end really is a new and unique experience, I'm okay with that.

And yeah, the music is ... weird and new and I like it.

AAAANND yeah, I had a feeling we'd not yet gotten reviews of the soundtracks for these games yet. It'll come. :)
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