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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: March 07, 2015, 01:31:14 AM
Oh no way haha, I loved
Shulk and Fiora. Melia is my least favorite character because her insistence on saying BROTHER BROTHER BROTHER constantly

I also wish, however, that ELECTRIC GUTBUSTAH were more of a thing. I will do my best to make it one.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: March 07, 2015, 12:50:25 AM
I actually think Xenoblade has some of the best voice acting I've ever heard in a JRPG. They beat you over the head with battle quotes, but I think the delivery is top-notch.

I also really hope it's not NoA that handles the localization for X, because I really want it to have that European flair again.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: March 07, 2015, 12:20:42 AM
Yeah, I mean, I am still super down with this game, but what I'm worried it isn't going to have are those awesome cutscenes Dice mentioned. I love watching Shulk get angry every few hours and yell as he kills bad guys.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: March 06, 2015, 04:58:10 PM
No more talent arts and chain attacks? Classes?

Looking more and more like The Elder Xenoscrolls 4 Online Ultimate. Which is awesome on its own merits, but holy crap the title Xenoblade is nothing but marketing at this point. Just seems odd that they'd stick to that naming for a game that is clearly going for a completely different flow.
35  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music SoundCloud on: March 05, 2015, 11:55:24 PM
Thanks a ton, Marcos! Quality work.
36  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Okami Jazz Discussion on: March 03, 2015, 08:21:22 PM
So Caitlin reviewed Zac Zinger's Okami Jazz album. It's quite rad. Have any of you checked this out?

37  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / RPGFan Music SoundCloud on: March 03, 2015, 03:56:48 PM
So, one of my favorite hobbies is just lurking on SoundCloud listening to all the crazy stuff that gets posted there. Sketches by some of my favorite artists, alternate versions, chiptune demakes, and all kinds of great music from lesser-known but no less awesome musicians, etc.

So, rather than do all of that basically for myself, I just wanted to share a link to RPGFan Music's SoundCloud, where we also host exclusive songs that we get to debut (like the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns theme coming tomorrow). If you're looknig for a playlist, give us a follow and listen along! I'll be enlisting the aid of my fellow RPGFM editors to curate this thing, so hopefully we should have a great selection!

38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: March 03, 2015, 03:30:53 PM
ermegardaads... YES THAT'S IT. Although for some reason I don't remember Dolan and Pulto being there. The fog of memory I suppose.

A true classic, though.
39  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Final Symphony Discussion on: February 28, 2015, 06:51:35 PM
Yeah, they're lengthy!

I commented on this in the review, but it's helpful to think about it as an active listening experience, at least the first few times. It's not an album designed for a studio or home listening first-- it's a real, honest-to-goodness symphony, designed to be listened to in a concert hall as you sit and focus on nothing but the nuances of the music.

I do think, though, that it stands up plenty well to home listening-- and I haven't personally had any issues with fatigue, mostly since these aren't just straight arrangements or medleys of the tunes. There's a lot of variety and embellishment in each movement, and at least for me it has made it a really fun listening experience that stays fresh.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: February 28, 2015, 06:37:24 PM
Grandia's eating/campfire scenes were great too.  Especially the first game which, despite being a PS1 game, had a pretty solid and sassy script.  And obviously FF9's idea of this as well is great (FF in general is always good with giving the player a break).

Games with some time devoted to 'downtime' are wonderful.

Totally agree. I always remembered Grandia for that. Very hard to explain why I liked that so much, but I just did.

I always argue that the downtime is so important because it establishes a 'normal' dynamic for the characters and makes them feel relatable. If all your party is ever doing is handling political intrigue and being assassinated and fighting Sephirothojesus, you don't get a sense of them as regular people who, like, eat food and joke around and act normal. It's why skits, ATEs in FFIX, Grandia's campfire scenes, etc, are so successful. They make you care about them as regular people, which gets you more invested in the whole "I AM GOING TO GO FIGHT DARK GODS" stuff.

I feel really good about the campfire scenes in this one for the same reason.
41  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Final Symphony Discussion on: February 27, 2015, 02:50:56 AM
Hey! I just reviewed this album.


It's really, really good. Let's talk about it! Did anyone else pick it up? What did you think?
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: February 26, 2015, 09:51:05 PM
I steal almost constantly with Zidane. Since every enemy usually has two items, you can get a huge supply of stuff by stealing from regular enemies.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: February 26, 2015, 04:19:05 PM
Yeah, that's what I'm saying. I don't think the inclusion of blood or more brutal violence in XV is an attempt to pander to what is perceived as western audience' tastes. I think it's just a style that worked for Tabata and co. in Type-0 (and it worked well, IMO, having played it), so they're using it here, too. I like what you said about a international mindset-- that's absolutely the vibe I get from these.

44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: February 26, 2015, 12:39:06 PM
Personally I think it's an attempt to be more like Type-0, which has blood and 'brutality' and is quite good. That game was well-received (and not exactly designed for western audiences), so I'm not sure I see it as an attempt to grab western players.
45  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: A few words about RPGFan's new design! on: February 20, 2015, 09:30:27 PM
I like those words and agree.

Not to steal Mike's thunder, but just wait for... well, what's next :)
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