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31  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Shadow Hearts question on: August 01, 2015, 03:35:07 PM
I played the third one first and actually REALLY liked it. That was in 2006.

I beat the first game last year, and I'm going through the second one presently.

My feeling is, if you're not enjoying the games, just don't play any of them.

And if you're not a completionist, then ... yeah, just play Covenant. It has, as a mere *subplot,* the entirety of the Princess Anastasia (Romanov family / Rasputin) deal. It's awesome.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 07:35:26 PM
I've "converted" many people with the power of Chrono Trigger. It helps that it's on so many platforms.

The truth is, though, Square built their audience themselves with FFVII. Like it or not, that game sold like hotcakes, and they marketed it to do so. I can't tell you how many people I talk to that say "FFVII was my first RPG."

But for people who have totally missed the boat, I put 'em on CT. Works like a charm.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics? on: July 28, 2015, 09:29:41 PM
Pardon the but I should clarify a few things.

First is that Awakening is not a remake of anything (you're thinking of New Mystery which never left Japan for a bunch of unknowable reasons).

Second is that the FE games in general are only loosely connected beyond what I outlined in my previous post.

Third is that while FFT and TO are incredibly similar to each other (especially given their genealogy), they are fundamentally different games (the short of it is that FFT has a greater focus on grinding and maintaining degrees of versatility through Jobs compared to TO where you're better off building specialists).

Fourth is the question of which version of Tactics Ogre do you refer to? The Super Famicom/PSX one, its PSP remake, or that GBA game. I ask because the PSP remake really overhauled the gameplay mechanics which has essentially changed a number of mechanics at play (especially in regards to Class Changing and how you grind), and the GBA one is kinda weaksauce in comparison to the others.

Fifth is that Langrisser is for almost all intents and purposes a Japan only series (outside of the localization for Warsong and the fanslation of Der Langrisser; not sure if any of the others got fanslations/too lazy to check).

Sixth is to probably avoid the most recent Langrisser. From what I could tell, the game is mostly just a pale imitation of Der and doesn't really do a good job of either standing on its own or bringing anything worthwhile to the table (and the artwork is lame/creepy).

1) yes, I was thinking of New Mystery, and it bums me out that that didn't make it here.
2) Really? I thought they were all definitely in one universe, even one planet. http://www.fireemblemwiki.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Archanea,_Valentia_and_Jugdral -- acknowledging that some of the games had a different timeline, but they could still potentially be in the same place, just aeons apart.
3) Which is why I'd say to play them back-to-back. They are not the same game, even though stylistically, prima facie, one might think so.
4) PSP TO. and PSP FFT for that matter.
5) the first half of Fire Emblem is also a Japan-only series, which corresponds nicely (tech-wise, graphic-wise) with Langrisser (I know, 3-5 were CD consoles, but early ones that still used sprites. Except for that ugly 3D battle arena in 3). I think that whatever localizations official or otherwise are available, the Langrisser games are absolutely worth playing in a study of this kind of SRPG (FE & Shining Force)
6) Has Famitsu released scores on the new game yet? Is it out? I desperately want to believe it can be good. I know a lot of people are disappointed with / grossed out by the artwork, but it's not like the prior artist was tasteful in the lady-art department either. He had young ladies with enormous breasts, the new art has younger ladies with less-developed breasts and who still dress in next-to-nothing attire.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 28, 2015, 09:22:16 PM
I can't believe Sugiyama is still composing music at 84 years old.

Given that the guy is a professional orchestra conductor of at least National, if not of World class, I'm not surprised. Its the kind of role a person would continue doing well into their hundreds if their body holds out.

But seriously, check out some of the performances he's done over the years. Its impressive.

Yes. He is in good health. Too many great people in Japan's gaming industry die young. We're all thinking Satoru Iwata who was in his 50s. There was composer Ryo Umemoto who died a few years ago, only in his 30s, from some chronic lung conditions. And then I believe one of Sugiyama's competitors / peers, Kentarou Haneda (Japanese Wizardry series), died a few years back and he was also in his 50s. Liver disease, possibly alcohol-related.

I'm very happy that Sugiyama-san is still going strong. But no one lives forever, and I *still* wonder how they'll cope w/ the DQ series when he's gone. I've heard different claims about who might take his place (many people lean towards Hayato Matsuo). Were I in S-E's shoes I'd already be having Sugiyama-san co-composing for DQXI to start breaking in someone new. But considering Sugiyama is a smart, smart man who owns the rights to all his music and even has a company / brand name for all his DQ works, I suspect he can use that power and clout to hold center stage as long as he likes. Which is his prerogative.

I just feel like, were I 84, I'd have asked someone to co-compose by now. Uematsu-san, for example, hasn't done a lot of full original scores in the last decade. Most of his soundtracks are like, 20% him, 80% a group of other people (esp. Tsutomu Narita, who is quite good!). And Uematsu-san is much younger than Sugiyama-san. But they are different people, for sure.
35  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: The ETHEReal String Project on: July 28, 2015, 09:12:23 PM
Barron's original song, The Forest of Awakening, is also really excellent, and showcases that he's not only a skilled arranger.


The arrangements were all cool, and I appreciated his song selections a lot too (lots of stuff that hasn't been arranged *as much*). But that original track is brilliant. Brosef needs to land a gig doing a game soundtrack that is intentionally strings-centric (like, for example, Echochrome).
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics? on: July 27, 2015, 03:50:41 PM
They're different styles of strategy/tactical RPG. Were I to pair things off, I'd ask:

Final Fantasy Tactics, or Tactics Ogre?


Fire Emblem, or Shining Force, (or Langrisser?!)

To these questions, I would say play FFT and TO in succession and make your life better.

And then, play *some* Fire Emblem ... depending on your own compulsions or desires, where you start matters. Shadow Dragon is a DS remake of the first game, and Awakening is a very loose remake of Fire Emblem 3. Console releases (Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn) were like ... FE9 and 10 or something crazy like that. So if you start there, you're actually welllll into the series. And there is a chronology to it all.

Shining Force ... is really quite good, though it technically came after FE in terms of development. Quite a great experience, the first two games, as well as the "Gaiden" games (found on Shining Force CD). Shining Force III and its added scenarios, I've never played, but some people worship them.

And then ... Langrisser. Oh man, I love Langrisser so much. You have your "hero" troops like in FE or SF, but each hero can have up to six "unit" troops that are totally expendable. This adds so much complexity and awesomeness. Just ... oh. Man. One of my favorite gaming experiences in my life was Langrisser II for Genesis (which I played in full-on Japanese, not even knowing what the heck was going on). There have since been patches for both the Genesis II and the Super Famicom "Der Langrisser" (which is like Langrisser II+, it adds a bunch of branching paths and 4 total endings).

So to me, those are like, the top tier strategy/tactical JRPGs. My advice is to pick one and then play its competition to see which you like more, then invest in that series to your heart's desire. Without question, of all the franchises named here, Fire Emblem has the most games ... though a bunch of them don't have official English releases, and I think there may remain at least 2 that don't have complete translation patches either.
37  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: random ol' crap on eBay (updated!) on: July 18, 2015, 04:42:21 PM
as promised, here's that P4 listing:


If you haven't played this game AND you don't ever plan to own a PSVita, you should buy this. Assuming you have a device that plays PS2 games (like ... a PS2. Or a 1st-gen PS3).

Comes with half of the full OST (the "Soundtrack Side A" disc).
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: July 14, 2015, 11:46:32 AM
1. Ys: Memories of Celceta: 3rd favorite Ys so far.  Behind Oath in Felghana and Seven.  Music wasn't near as good as Origin.  Still a Ys title so that means it was pretty great all the way around.

2. Dragon Quest VIII - Loved this.  It got exhausting by the end though. Really beginning to doubt I'll ever get to playing VII all the way through.

3. Terranigma - thanks Pro Action Replay!  (note: I imported this over 10 years ago before I understood anything about region locks)

4. Muramasa Rebirth

5. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together - I forgot to add this when I beat it earlier this month.

I love your list. I haven't played Muramasa Rebirth yet. And I own DQ8 on PS2, but I'm debating whether to start it or just wait for the 3DS localization. I've beaten the other games on your list. Isn't Terranigma GREAT?! I love that game. I haven't played the other games in the Quintet trilogy (Illusion of Gaia, Soul Blazer). I desperately wish those games would just be repackaged as a singular port on 3DS or Vita or something.
39  Media / The Soundroom / Re: The Music Video Topic on: July 11, 2015, 12:14:52 AM

So this is a "live video" -- the music isn't from the studio album. But you can tell the audio got mixed afterwards.

The quality of the three musicians performing (all three sing and play TONS of instruments ...one girl has 4 keyboards, another has like a 20+ auxiliary percussion setup) ... just insane. WATCH THIS:

Stealing Sheep - Not Real (Live-ish ver)

(this band is a trio from Liverpool. They're like ... awesome lady-Beatles. In their new-age phase)
40  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: July 08, 2015, 03:24:18 PM
Yeah, I don't know what site you're looking at but RPGFan is one of the few outlets I visit that DON'T go for the inflammatory or leading headlines.


I think you just got your inspiration for April Fools 2016. Buzzfeed-style headlines for every article. And every article is a list article. And every "list article" is 15 pages w/ 15 images so as to maximize ad revenue.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 04, 2015, 09:50:15 PM
Your speculation at the end gets me super psyched. WOOOOOT
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 04, 2015, 07:28:04 PM

The Uchikoshi localization panel is running now.


Fans asking questions about the Zero Escape games. The video is lagged as crap but the audio is what you want and that has been fairly good.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: TV shows axed too soon on: July 04, 2015, 06:48:28 PM
Firefly is an obvious one that was taken off the air way too soon, after, what, 14 episodes only?  "I aim to misbehave."

Another obvious one for folks around my age was Freaks and Geeks when it first came out- it was canceled after 12 episodes but fan-campaigning led to the network eventually airing the remaining 3.

When I saw the topic those were the first two that came to my mind.

There was a spin-off to Battlestar Galactica called "Caprica" that I wish would've at least had a second season to resolve the plot it was building. 19 eps, didn't fare as well as syfy wanted, BOOM cancelled.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 04, 2015, 06:44:08 PM
Hmm was just going through the wiki. I now want to replay both of the games before the third game comes out. Also in reviewing the wiki, I am reminded that we basically know half the cast for game three already. Klutz do not read as I am going to be going into some major VLR spoilers here.

We know that Sigma and Phi are both going to be participating in the events of the game. Further we know that Diana (aka person Luna is apparently based on) is there as well. K also apparently travelled back in time to join the mission. So that's four right there, plus someone from Free the Soul who will probably be either Brother or another clone of Left. Junpei is involved in the events as well, although he isn't at the Mars Test Site. The ending implied that Alice and Clover somehow make it back, so they'll probably make appearances. It is now occurring to me that game 3 was probably originally intended to reuse a large number of character assets, to save costs, from VLR based on this set up.

I do have to wonder about some parts of the set up. We know that there are 9 people at the Test Site, but I have to wonder about whether or not Sigma and Phi are among the 9 originally sent there. If they are not, does that mean two are killed so the numbers work out? Either way, reviewing the plot details has made me hyped!

What we really know about the events are the events that happened in the timeline that leads up to VLR.

In other words, the scenario in Zero Escape 3 may swap expected players with people we wouldn't expect. In other words:

this allows for Alice and/or Clover to enter the game. But it might also allow them to pull out Junpei/Tenmyouji etc
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 03, 2015, 08:22:15 PM
"Not just these six; all of them, all six billion. Soon, I will have killed six billion people."

IIRC that whole audio clip is in VLR. But it still felt so freaking amazing. When the crowd went nuts at the beginning of Morphogenetic Sorrow, I started bawling like a baby.

And I desperately wish I could meet Uchikoshi-san.
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