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46  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
47  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
48  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.
49  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).
50  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.
51  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.
52  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. :)
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 25, 2015, 01:36:50 AM
DAMNIT RAMZA YOU TOO?! WHERE'S FF TACTICS!?

I know it's all my schtick here, but I am actually saddened by this in your case Ramza, mostly cuz I love tactics. I just needed to capslock shout beforehand cuz, you know, lulz.

given my avatar ... yeah. Like I said, nothing concrete. I could easily swap Vagrant Story for FFT. I love the Ivalice world and wish there were more (Matsuno SE reunion, on Matsuno's terms so he doesn't burnout like he did on XII, PLZ!).

Also, I'm surprised I didn't put Suiko2 in my list. That's another great one.

Re: Lunar differences discussion. There's a lot to love about TSS. *BUT* TSS is grindy and unforgiving. It can be argued that many SSSC dungeons are *too short* (like ... 3-room dungeons and stuff). But TSS dungeons were enormous. Like, apparently kinda overwhelming. At least for when we were all 13.
54  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Xenoblade X OST on: May 25, 2015, 01:09:08 AM
I think in the end my view is in line with yours Lard, with one key difference: I'm not disappointed.

I think all of these critiques are on point:
- latter discs are better than former
- general lack of variety in musical style and instrumentation
- NLA Shigai is *awesome*

I can get with all that.

But I can't call it a disappointment. Maybe over time I'll rank it lower than prior Xeno-soundtracks. But right now, for me, it's on par w/ Xenosaga I and it beats Xenosaga II. Compared to the original Xenoblade ... I don't know what to say yet. TBH I wasn't an enormous fan of the first Xenoblade soundtrack. Which ... I know, what's wrong with me ... haha. :)
55  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Xenoblade X OST on: May 23, 2015, 05:58:33 PM
For those unaware, the composer to XenobladeX is the same fella who did the soundtrack for ATTACK ON TITAN. So if you've seen that anime and enjoyed what you heard ... you'll probably dig this as well.

My feeling is that Tetsuya Takahashi is intentional about seeking out different talent for different projects to suit their world/environment. Mitsuda was great, and so was Kajiura, and so was the ACE team and Shimomura. So I'm not surprised that Sawano is rockin' it as well. :)
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 21, 2015, 01:10:03 AM
I just realized I never gave a list.

This is not concrete -- my memories and tastes change a lil bit every day, and that effect is cumulative across time. ie -- I'll think this list is wrong in 2-3 years.

I'm picking 10 games that fall under RPGFan's scope of coverage. The numbering is NOT a ranking. Consider them all in a bucket of "10-best," no clear winner. I'll list them in alphabetical order.

999 (VLR is basically tied, but 999 is what started my love of the whole genre)
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy IX
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (Complete)
Persona 3 (preferably P3P ver)
Star Ocean: The Second Story
Vagrant Story
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (Felghana and Origin are basically tied with this game, as they all run the same engine and have great exploration, music, etc)
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 18, 2015, 10:08:52 PM
1- Final Fantasy 9

I got mad respect for people who can see the genius that is FF9.
58  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II on: May 14, 2015, 06:35:45 PM
The Whiterun track remains my favorite, popular as it may have already been in the gaming scene. The fact is, quiet as that song has always been, it has also always relied on a ton of layering and effects. This version strips it back to two instruments and still manages to make it work. Heck ... in some ways, it really is better.

Also ... Snake Eater was great, but that doesn't surprise me considering it's Hibino's own work. His most famous work, at that.

59  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: May 11, 2015, 07:20:17 PM
If the podcasts are referencing back to feature content on the site that you are interested in and THEN you go find it ... then that's what works for you, right? :) But, if you aren't aware of what's coming out, maybe worth hitting up the front page every week or so.

I myself read every single post. But I've been doing that since like ... 1999. Which means, by now, I've probably read more RPGFan than my primary religious text (OT+NT Bible). Woo!

Perhaps your lack of interest in the feature stuff put on the front page has more to do with the new games coming out these days and less to do with the staff's ability to cover the games? I can understand that ... but then, it's worth digging and finding out about new IPs, or even fun old/new stuff, like how the Fire Emblem series creator is building a game in the SRPG equivalent of RPGMaker for free.
60  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: A pile of rare Secret of Evermore soundtracks show up: seller goin cheap?! on: May 10, 2015, 05:55:33 PM
mine arrived today. I did red laser test. It's an officially pressed CD, not a burnt CD-R.

Furthermore, its plastic "new/seal" status seems legit based on ... stuff. Its adhesives on the corners were beginning to go, so it was easy to unwrap. That's a pretty good sign that this is the real deal from 1995.

ANY collector of vgm should hop on this now. Once this sellers' stock is gone. Prices will slowly rise back up to what they've been for over a decade (around $100)
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