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46  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.
47  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.
48  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?
49  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.
50  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.

51  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.
52  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 :)
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: Majora's Mask 3DS released!) on: February 18, 2015, 02:37:28 PM
I've never played this one and I'm really looking forward to the 3DS version.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 18, 2015, 01:15:34 AM
Dankest Dungeon is actually a thing, and it's a demake of Darkest Dungeon.
edit: 3DS is considered mobile?

You're blowing my mind right now.

And personally, I don't think 3DS is considered mobile, I think it's considered 'handheld,' but maybe those are arbitrary distinctions in 2015. Mobile makes me thing smart-devices, handheld makes me think "dedicated handheld gaming console."
55  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Persona 2: Eternal Punishment OST (PSP 5-disc release) on: February 16, 2015, 09:13:57 PM
Yeah, I've always been a big fan of the new Persona 2 tunes. I know they clash a bit with the style of P1/P2 original, but I like that they connect it a little better aurally to P3/4, and find the reworked music to still keep the crunchiness I loved about the classic P2 stuff.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: February 13, 2015, 02:00:45 PM
So, about the camping news.

I have a huge weakness towards games where you and your party camp and you're not just watching scenes with them talking, but can actually move around and interact.  I know it may be a bit much to ask, but I'd prefer if they went BoF-esque and you can walk around camp and talk to your friends about their opinions on current events.

But really, I just love camping.  It adds so much to a game for me.  Color me excited about this seemingly mundane addition.

I agree. I love it when Tales games do skits, and I love Darkest Dungeon's camping scenes (though they're a little more canned). These are moments when the world isn't ending or breaking around you and you can get actual character displays. <3
57  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Persona 2: Eternal Punishment OST (PSP 5-disc release) on: February 11, 2015, 11:00:53 PM
Hey everyone! We're trying something new! Feel free to chat about this album here, and do be sure to check out Pat's review of said album:


Did you like the new PSP music? Feel it clashed with the old style? I actually enjoyed it, but I also don't have much nostalgia associated with P2 and adore the more modern stuff from the series.
58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Marvel Super-Thread on: February 10, 2015, 01:15:16 AM
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 09, 2015, 09:02:49 PM
A great discussion. I've seen evidence of both!

Heck, I might even have been guilty of one of them in the past, though hopefully not too much. Thanks for the question-- I'll bug Rob to bring it up in the next show!
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: February 08, 2015, 12:08:15 AM
Kudos to RPGfan for once again making my gaming world a better place to be :)

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