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376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 22, 2013, 05:04:58 PM
I can't wait to hear Shimomuras' soundtrack.  I'm still waiting on her to best her Legend of Mana soundtrack; it's perfection.

^ Agreed, except that while LoM is fantastic, she's already outdone it ;) trololol
377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV The After Years gets a 3D iOS remake!? on: September 22, 2013, 01:22:33 AM
This 'rebalance-at-all-costs' mentality is why so many modern games are losing some of the charm of older games. I welcome a little chaos.

I LIKED breaking most of these games. It was fun :)
378  Media / The Soundroom / Re: PROJECT DESTATI on: September 17, 2013, 10:30:26 PM
I agree with everything you just said.

Another Side is one of my absolute favorite KH tracks, and they way they've woven in other tunes (and my god the piano at 3:58) is absolutely masterful.
379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 17, 2013, 01:22:03 PM
As long as he's developed well, I don't care what his personality is-- not this far out.
380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 17, 2013, 03:59:47 AM
*cough*

http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1743.html

Let's all go buy this now, kay?
381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 14, 2013, 04:11:27 PM
I think you'll enjoy KH2 even more, then. His shoes become normal-er!
382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 12, 2013, 04:23:30 PM
The choices in the beginning impact the order in which you receive abilities.

Abilities are things like additional combo hits, different combo strings, special moves, etc.

But if I'm being honest, if you LOATHE the gameplay, it's never going to really change much (other than you getting cooler moves), and if you don't like Disney, you're probably not the right audience for it.

On the other hand, you might like KH2 more, the combat is much better. Or Birth by Sleep.

All that said, the later-game environments are pretty fantastic, so it might be worth playing through just to see them :)
383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 12, 2013, 03:46:49 AM
You won't be disappointed :) And yeah, I did always love Wonderland's battle theme and regular theme, but the song absolutely shines on 1.5.

Also another track they did AWESOMELY:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAf44FHyI8c Critical Drive from 358. Sweet jesus, the piano.

In all honesty, much as I like HD remakes (good ones), I'd actually see 're-orchestrated soundtrack' as a bigger selling point than sharper graphics. I love that Square is doing this for KH and FFX.
384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 12, 2013, 02:52:39 AM
While we're on the subject,

http://destati.jp/

the door opens in 4 days.

Based on some poking around, I think it's an orchestral arrangement in the vein of Pokemon Reorchestrated. If you go to destati.jp/door, you get a neat little message that says 'GO THE FUCK AWAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE.'

I've heard it's got something to do with Sebastian Wolff which would be fucking awesome because Wolff is awesome. That could be completely wrong, though.

Also I like the sample a lot. I'll be keeping an eye on that.
385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts HD -1.5 ReMIX- (PS3) and Kingdom Hearts for PC browsers announced on: September 12, 2013, 01:12:58 AM
I was mildly interested in buying this, but the new soundtrack is madness and convinced me to. Vector to the Heavens is done gloriously, as are:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyaWwq4CfTk Lord of the Castle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7NU9jBNbjw&list=PLhcSrKyqhfh62PULzXnybRJVhBZSbEYVe Traverse Town

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2gjL_jkl0s SWEET JESUS HOLLOW BASTION

Unfortunately, the only track redone for Chain of Memories was Lord of the Castle. All the rest are the original versions. I hope Birth by Sleep in KH2.5 gets the full treatment.
386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 11, 2013, 08:28:53 PM
I think some of KH2's worlds were the best in the series, because they took the concept from KH1 and just tried to make them more interesting-- back when the series was still about "hey, crazy Disney worlds!" rather than "ORGANIZATION NOBODYDREAMEATERXBURADO" insanity. Not all of them were great, but I think in more recent entries (ESPECIALLY 3DS) it's clear that they're focusing less on exploration or meaningful interactions with the Disney worlds and more on "how insane can we make this combat?" which I think removes much of the impact and enjoyment of discovering new worlds and seeing new characters.

When things have become so over-the-top, there's no grounding anywhere to make anything meaningful. In KH2, it felt meaningful when you unlocked double jumps, superglides, and all the air dashes because the system didn't go from 0 to 60 like DDD.

That said, I think there are good bits and pieces in many of the games (heck, even some of the weird minigames in re:coded were entertaining) that, if they can manage to combine them all meaningfully, will make for the best game in the series.

Get the grounding and emotional weight behind some of the earlier games (and BbS), the satsifying ability progression from BbS, the crazy changeups from re:coded (shooters, turn-based stuff!), the world visual design from DDD, and some of the level design from KH2, and I think we'll be good to go.

And as I said before, make Donald and Goofy a meaningful part of the story again. I like their friendship with Sora far more than Riku's.

EDIT:

Also Star Wars and Avengers worlds plz

EDIT 2

ALso, again, I'd really like to see more immersive DIsney worlds. I don't even care if there are FEWER Disney worlds if the four or five that there are are more meaningful. The nature of the 'explore the worlds in whatever order' thing they've had going on, along with the "okay here's a DIsney interlude with OXIII members plotting somewhere else for the real scene at Hollow Bastion after you finish three of these" needs to end. Cohesive narrative!

Okay so yeah I just have a million suggestions for how to improve thins.
387  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: September 11, 2013, 08:06:56 PM
We don't speak of the Chaos Dunk here.
388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star Nova (developed by Tri-Ace) on: September 11, 2013, 05:34:00 PM
You can't look at that picture without this song. You just  can't.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krAtlzo3ZTo
389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 11, 2013, 04:15:30 PM
I wrote this in my review, but I think KH3DS' worlds were the worst in the series. Visually, they looked great, but they were basically big empty boxes for you to use flowmotion. I sincerely hope that system does not return again. It was just TOO much. Bring back command fusion from BbS!

I think, more than anything else, what KH3 needs is some elaborate and more interesting worlds-- and MORE EMPHASIS ON DONALD AND GOOFY AGAIN
390  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: September 11, 2013, 04:02:24 AM
Beat Titan tonight with the rest of the guys. Went swimmingly. Woohoo!
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