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61  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Best Non-RPG Music of 2015 (so far) on: May 06, 2015, 01:30:01 AM
I love me some Jasper Byrne. His music is as good as his game-making (Lone Survivor <3 <3 <3).

Hmmm ... new non-RPG music I'm enjoying? I don't know that I've played anything new enough to say.

I recently posted a review of the LBP3 soundtrack on OSV. I liked that mucho. The game came out in 2014, but the iTunes soundtrack release was in 2015. So that sorta counts.

OH! And the soundtrack for Oblitus is great. Short, but great!

62  The Rest / The Bazaar / A pile of rare Secret of Evermore soundtracks show up: seller goin cheap?! on: May 05, 2015, 04:39:49 PM

Someone on vgmdb pointed out that there's a seller who is selling 30+ copies of the Secret of Evermore soundtrack.

Some facts:
- prior to this listing on eBay, I've never seen SoE go below $60. I've seen it go as high as $150. It's usually $80-$100 in USED sales on vgmdb.
- this is Jeremy Soule's first published work, and it was on a project with Square's USA division.
- the seller is claiming the albums are new/sealed.

I was very very skeptical at first, and believed the seller was selling bootlegs. I contacted one of the individuals on vgmdb and asked them to do some thorough inspections of the packaging and especially the disc. The big tell for me was that the inner rim of the disc has all of the right numbering properly printed; and, none of the packaging looks low-res or gross.

My current belief is that the seller must've found an old pile of un-sold goods from an old Babbage's or EB or something. Chances are a larger store ordered all of the Squaresoft merch from the Chrono Trigger / FFVI era, and the SoE soundtracks didn't sell at the time (the game wasn't wildly popular, after all).

And, either because they want to liquidate quickly, or because they have no idea what the street value is on the SoE soundtrack, this seller has the album on sale for $25.

Needless to say, I ordered one. As soon as it arrives I am going to do the most rigorous test I know of to make sure it isn't bootleg: the red laser in-the-dark test. A pressed CD will have the light sit squarely on the disc. A burnt CD will refract the light tangentially (along the plane of the disc) left and right. I'll let y'all know the results.

In the meantime, collectors might wanna get in on this before it's gone. I wonder if anybody ordered like 10 or more from this seller in hopes of selling them off individually for a higher price in the coming months.

63  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Fact Mag: Top 100 Game OSTs + JPN Top50 on: April 30, 2015, 08:59:33 AM
I agree the following belong on a top VGM list... ones in bold I super-agree with having on the list.

100 Shovel Knight
98 Metal Gear Solid 3 – Snake Eater
97 Secret of Evermore
95 Ecco : The Tides Of Time
94 Twinworld
93 System Shock 2
92 Machinarium
91 Ikaruga
90 Super Mario 64
89 Dragon Quest VIII
87 Psychonauts
86 Megaman X
85 Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
84 The Binding of Isaac

83 Police Quest 3
82 Skies of Arcadia
81 Altered Beast
80 Bomberman Hero
79 Kentucky Route Zero
78 Panzer Dragoon
77 Duck Tales
76 Super Mario RPG
75 The Curse of Monkey Island
74 Time Crisis
73 Oddworld: Abe's Odyssee
72 Bastion
71 Gitaroo Man
70 Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
68 The Neverhood
67 Halo: Combat Evolved
66 Out Run
65 Ys I & II
64 Battletoads
63 Bubble Bobble
59 Star Fox
58 Fez
57 It Came From the Desert
56 Legend of the Mystical Ninja
55 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
54 Doom
53 Parasite Eve
52 Kirby's Dream Land
51 Parappa the Rapper
50 Shadow Of The Colossus
44 Silent Hill 2

43 Grim Fandango
42 Revenge of Shinobi
41 Shadow of the Beast
40 Mass Effect 2
39 Chrono Cross
38 F-Zero
37 Star Control II
36 Pokemon Red/Blue
35 Ristar
34 Street Fighter II
33 NiGHTS into Dreams…
32 Half-Life 2
31 Final Fantasy VII
30 Tetris
29 Goldeneye 007
28 Rez
24 Actraiser
24 Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
24 Metroid
24 Shenmue
23 BioShock Infinite
22 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
21 Clock Tower
20 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
18 Journey
17 Jet Set Radio
16 Final Fantasy VI
15 Earthbound
14 Secret of Mana
13 Resident Evil 4
12 Donkey Kong Country 2 : Diddy Kong's Quest
11 The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time
10 Red Dead Redemption
8 Streets Of Rage 2
7 Katamari Damacy
6 Silent Hill -- IMO Silent Hill 2 is better than 1, but ok, that's fine.
5 Super Metroid
4 Megaman 2

3 The Last Of Us
2 Chrono Trigger
1 Ico -- this shouldn't be #1 but it belongs on a list, sure.

And here are the ones I pulled out and taking massive exception to, and why:

99 Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards -- no. LSL may be creepy and campy and I don't have a problem with people liking the game, but there's nothing memorable or impressive about this.
96 McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure -- obscurity for obscurity's sake. I find it irritating, and I like the retro stuff.
69 Crash Bandicoot -- really? Is there anyone among us who actually like to kick back to some Crash jams? So many other titular character-driven games didn't make it on here. I think they meant to put Banjo Kazooie here and screwed up.
62 Gone Home -- this list was HEAVY on indie, and I can get with that. But Gone Home's sound design has everything to do with the production: we find stuff on random cassette tapes, we get the voice-overs from the sister ... that stuff is all cool. But the music itself? Completely forgettable.
61 Golden Axe -- meh ... it's pretty good. But not good enough.
60 Dune II -- See 96
49 Ridge Racer 4 -- Only because I think they should've picked a different RR from the series than 4.
48 FTL: Faster Than Light -- Another indie that really doesn't belong here, or so high up. I can name 10 indie games with superior soundtracks to FTL. I'll start with DUST: An Elysian Tail, Lone Survivor, Offspring Fling!, Jamestown, To The Moon, and Tower of Heaven. Feel free to add your own.
47 Alien Soldier -- no
46 Quake -- double no
45 Fallout 3 -- the memorable parts of this OST IMO are the licensed tracks, which the list-makers said they were removing. The remainder, by Inon Zur ... I can dig Inon Zur sometimes. But this is FAR from his best work. Very very far.
19 Super Mario Bros. -- Okay, yes, these themes are super-memorable. Here's the problem. The list-makers said they wouldn't double-dip on a franchise unless there was really good reason to do so. Higher up on the list they had Mario 64, which ... yes. Great choice. But then they choice NES Bros over SNES World? Just in terms of quantity, World wins. And every single song in World is as memorable and enjoyable as the 4 songs in Bros.
9 Portal -- No no no no no. This is only here because we all love the campy "Still Alive" Glados vocals. The rest of us couldn't even recall or sing any other melody from this game. Portal 2 made vast improvements. But the first Portal? No. And certainly not this high up. This was a stupid choice.
64  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 29, 2015, 05:39:45 PM
mewithoutYou's sixth album, "Pale Horses," comes soon. Be ready for a post-hardcore East Coast apocalypse.

They released the first single today, "Red Cow."


It's amazing and a half.
65  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Persona 2: Eternal Punishment OST (PSP 5-disc release) on: April 23, 2015, 02:04:18 PM
agreed with Stephen. If they had placed old ver. track and new ver. track paired up one after another that would've been awful. But they did the sensible thing by putting all the new music on some discs and all the old music on the other discs. So ... if you own the old thing, okay, you have it twice. But you got the new thing too. :)

This sort of thing happens to me a lot, and I will often sell off the "old" subset. The only exception I made was when I got the Seiken Densetsu Box Set, I kept my Seiken Densetsu 2 OST that I'd owned separately because it is signed by Hiroki Kikuta. On the other hand, when I got the FFXI Premium OST Box (the 7 disc one), I sold my Rise of the Zilart OST (the only FFXI CD I had on-hand at the time) because it was completely contained in that box.
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: April 07, 2015, 10:02:14 PM
FF8 and FF13 have similar problems but I love them both because I love the characters. Vanille is like Sophie 2.0 in my eyes so of course I love her. Thinking about it, what stands out for me in both games are the music and the characters. What can I say, I liked voiced FF songs. As you can imagine, FF13-2 is my favorite OST of any FF game.

I don't know you, but I'm so glad you see the value of FFXIII-2's OST. It's not my all-time favorite among the series, but it is wildly good, probably the best of the XIII trilogy. Noel's Theme alone (sung by KOKIA) puts it head and shoulders above vocal tracks from other FFs.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: April 04, 2015, 02:37:05 PM
What is a good game to start with the Atelier series?

I always avoided them so far because I didn't like the time management, but I didn't find it that bad in Type-0, so I might give this series a try! Are the time mechanics similar to those in Type-0?

Should I just get the released game for PS3 and go from there? I believe there are some games that are sequels to another but not all of them, right?

If you want to go pre-time management, PS2 Atelier Iris games (1 and 2, not so much Grand Phantasm) are great.

If you're okay with Time Management ... yeah, start with Rorona and go forward.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Music of the Year 2014! on: April 03, 2015, 01:08:28 PM
the opening track to Anata o Yurusanai was really good.

I remember, there was a localizer who had planned to release it in the US. Aksys or XSEED or NISA ... one of them. But Gamestop said they wouldn't stock it on their shelves because it was niche and had controversial content, so it didn't happen. I'm still angry about it to this day. :P
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SMTxFE (it lives!!!) (aka 'Persona Emblem') on: April 02, 2015, 11:36:35 PM
I'll be sick of the Persona spam when the games stop being so damn good. :P

70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SMTxFE (it lives!!!) (aka 'Persona Emblem') on: April 02, 2015, 06:14:36 PM
It's not being called SMTxFE in Japan anymore. The SMT prefix was *replaced* with "Genei Ibunroku" (Hidden Revelation).

THAT'S SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE ... the first game in the Persona series, in Japan, didn't have the SMT prefix at all (in fact, none of the Persona games have the SMT prefix in Japan). The first game instead was called "Megami Ibunroku Persona" (Goddess Revelation Persona).

The Ibunroku prefix squarely aligns this new game with Persona's world and style as opposed to traditional SMT (what someone above referred to as "Nocturne," though all SMTs I - IV would fit the bill).

Personally, I think it's a great mixture. The trailer got me all kinds of excited. FE characters summoning Persona and being all flashy in their dueling fight sequences? Yes plz!
71  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Unraveled -- looks awesome, needs money (KS) on: April 01, 2015, 03:30:23 PM
They sent a letter to backers a few days after campaign ended, essentially saying "we're going to develop more assets, give it a few months, we'll be back."

So, it'll happen. Just a bump in the road. The same thing happened to Auro and Dropsy (both of which I backed in their failed and successful campaigns). Auro is awesome, and Dropsy (which should be out soon) is almost definitely going to be awesome.
72  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: A Bird Story OST on: March 31, 2015, 01:04:48 PM
I love the reverse version of Yesterday. Just sayin'.
73  Media / The Soundroom / I wrote music for a high school percussion ensemble (performance video inside) on: March 19, 2015, 09:25:22 AM
I wrote about 5 minutes of music for an indoor percussion ensemble. Instruments include xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, bells, chimes, keyboard, timpani, snare, tenor drum, bass drum, and a boatload of auxiliary percussion.

I'm the one in the green lantern shirt talking at the beginning. High-five to my mom for recording it.

Thought some of you might enjoy hearing this personal project I invested my time and energy into this past year... I like local, I like high school stuff.

74  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Unraveled -- looks awesome, needs money (KS) on: March 19, 2015, 09:14:30 AM

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
75  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.
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