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61  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Unraveled -- looks awesome, needs money (KS) on: March 19, 2015, 09:14:30 AM
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/696564/unraveled-a-nostalgic-80s-adventure-rpg-and-platfo

Campaign has 48 hrs left. Needs another $8k

Reasons I'm personally backing it and taking time to post about it elsewhere (something I very rarely do...)

- Music by Hiroki Kikuta. Yeah, he of Secret of Mana fame. In recent years, his best work has been on smaller projects where he can dictate the timing and the scope of the music.
- Additional music from Dale North, he of Destructoid fame. His music, both OST and arranged, have always been a delight.
- A story based on actual events. I love fantasy that melds with personal narrative. They even reveal the source material, a documentary called "The Wire Nest."
- You play as a young girl, and you meet some giant critter that's a cross between Where The Wild Things Are and Totoro. That's adorable.
- The game is claiming to be equal parts platformer and RPG. The exploration mode looks a heck of a lot like Suikoden (character height vs map and the fixed camera perspective of 2D on a 3D-ish environment).

I think it's like $10 to reserve a copy of the game. More money gets you more bonuses. I think at $100 you get an LE physical copy that's mocked up to look like a PS1 game (they have demo art for this on their page).

Please consider backing. I don't want this game to not happen. :P
62  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Okami Jazz Discussion on: March 09, 2015, 09:06:08 PM
I had a quick chat w/ Zac over FB, and since it hit me that this is a Capcom thing with him right now (Capcom is funding these publications, hence Monster Hunter and Okami) ... I think it's fair to say that us RPG Fans should be *demanding* a Breath of Fire jazz album! :)

I'd also argue for Phoenix Wright, though it's already *had* a jazz album. :)

Fingers crossed for BoF. BoF III has some incredible source material that would be GREAT jazz, but sounds kinda yucky in its 32-bit sequencing. Zac Zinger could do wonders with that series.
63  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Okami Jazz Discussion on: March 04, 2015, 06:01:04 PM
Young prodigies like Zac Zinger make me jealous. Capcom was smart to commission him for this kind of work. The professionalism in the arrangements, performance, and recording/mixing are all there. Y'know what would be nuts though?

When I think of Okami, I always ALSO think of Wind Waker.

I wonder if good Zelda jazz could exist? I mean, I wouldn't have thought Okami's source material could work with jazz. But really, jazz is one of those realms where ANY source material can be nicely adapted. So why not?
64  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Final Symphony Discussion on: March 04, 2015, 05:58:36 PM
I am a little worried about listener fatigue - 18 minute long song???

These are suites ... not mere medleys switching from one song to the next, but different themes that can layer over one another. If you're ready to commit the time, you'll love the experience.

Compare it to their other work, especially the Secret of Mana or Chrono Trigger medleys in "Symphonic Fantasies" -- it works so well it's almost stupid. Dag dag dag. Valtonen and Wanamo own my face.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: March 04, 2015, 05:33:38 PM
ok, the DBZ comparison helped me immensely. I think I get it now. Thank you!
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: March 04, 2015, 08:59:50 AM
So the alternate-dimension canon ... they ARE or ARE NOT remakes? That's what I'm trying to figure out...
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: February 26, 2015, 03:33:36 PM
Does anyone know of a Neptunia flowchart?

With the naming conventions of stupidity, I have no idea what anything is anymore. Some are ports and remakes, but then others (with the same number) are new games entirely? I'm lost.

I've only played the first few hours of the first Neptunia on PS3. But I heard the series has gotten better over time.

Anyone able to help a brother out?

Ramza
68  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Persona 2: Eternal Punishment OST (PSP 5-disc release) on: February 13, 2015, 02:10:45 PM
For anyone who didn't read the reivew, it's worth noting/remembering that the PSP remake of Eternal Punishment did *not* get localized. All we've ever had access to in "Eternal Punishment-land" is the old OST. So this new music truly will be new to you.

Of course, it's the same team that worked on the Innocent Sin remake music. So if you didn't like that... you might not like this.
69  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: February 11, 2015, 09:38:28 PM
For Valentine's Day

http://youtu.be/LjZpaFrBbtk

(The same guy who wrote "Baba Yetu" for Civ IV worked on this song. He didn't sing it, and he adapted the lyrics from an old English Sonnet. But, yeah. I love this song.)
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: February 08, 2015, 01:02:22 PM
1) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
2) Bastion
3) KOTOR
4) KOTOR2
5) Jade Empire
6) Enola
7) Final Fantasy Dimensions -- derivative, yes... in some ways... but I really thought this game was a boatload of fun! (I love the Matrix Software additions to the old FF games, so this really worked for me)

I think that's been it for the calendar year thus far. Might have been a point and click adventure in there I forgot about.

I actually really loved everything I played so far. I think I'm intentionally gravitating towards the games in my backlog that I knew I'd love.
71  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Game Music Bundle 8 - 168 tracks for $1 on: January 04, 2015, 09:57:51 AM
I still haven't listened through all of it. Enjoyed most of what I've heard so far.

"Gods Will Be Watching" has me really intrigued. I really want to play the game after listening.
72  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: TERA: Fate of Arun Expansion on: December 29, 2014, 10:31:31 PM
I've been meaning to get back to this game. I got to endgame of base before any expansion content was released. The only thing I hadn't done was Shandra at hardest difficulty.

And yeah, I play Mystic. <3
73  Media / Game Journals / Re: Breath of Death VII (Livestream on twitch) on: December 22, 2014, 06:36:14 PM
gah, bummed I missed pt 2. hopefully I'll be able to see the end of this one. This game is rad, and you make it even more interesting. :)
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: December 18, 2014, 01:30:19 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpWGhCTw_l8

I might be reading into it too much, but this song is super smart and subversive.

Also the music video is super cool. You got Bollywood and Henry Winkler in the same vid. That's pretty baller.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 12:30:54 PM
I liked SaGa 2 for being the most 'focused' I think.  That and it had stellar graphics and OST.

SaGa 2 (FF Legends 2 for many of us) is definitely the most focused. It's linear, it has a great story that one can easily follow from moment to moment, and even in putting the game down for a month and then turning it back on. The leveling system was well superior to its predecessor (and to FF2, which was doing the same thing at the time). The fifth-character guest slot kept the game interesting from world to world, and your final guest is so wonderfully OP, and then you're deprived for the final battle since essentially there are two final bosses, and OP-friend solos one and your whole party takes on the other. I don't have enough praise for that game.

And yes, dat OST. MMMM

Now, I've been ACHING for a new SaGa game. If you exclude the Romancing SaGa remake (which might be unfair considering just how much new content was poured into that excellent game), the last SaGa game was UNLIMITED:SaGa, widely believed to be the worst in the series (it's the only localized one I've yet to see the end credits for) ... and that game came out over a decade ago. I figured they'd just keep doing remakes with this series to their hearts' content and then forget about it.

So whatever SaGa 2015, all I can do is hope and pray that it won't suck. Because one way or another, I'll be playing the everloving crap out of it. :)
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