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16  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.
17  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:

1. STEINS;GATE (Vita)
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.
18  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).

TOPIC CHANGE!

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").
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. :)
19  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
20  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.
21  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/
22  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. :)
23  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.
24  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.
25  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)
26  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.
27  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.
28  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.
29  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!
30  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.
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