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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tri-Ace's latest is not-Valkyrie Profile (Exist Archive) on: August 01, 2015, 08:10:39 PM
That is a solid piece of music.  The character models' proportions don't bother me much, but I would want to see the game in motion because in a still pic, the white-haired girl's white dress looks bulbous like a diaper.  Reminds me of the old Phantasy Star Online FOnewm's stiff coattails looking like a tank-tush.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 01, 2015, 07:40:12 PM
Tail Concerto is a fantastic game.  My favorite part is near the end of the game where
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depending on if you rescue Flare or Stare first, one of them stays behind in Waffle's apartment when you rescue the other.  If you rescue Flare first, her event is nothing, but Stare's is hilarious.  She's all flustered because she's never been "in a boy's room" before, doesn't know how to act, and starts offering to do his laundry and stuff. 

That game had some really creative bosses.  I like the one where Alicia keeps calling Waffle "You mangy flea-bitten dork!"
3  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: August 01, 2015, 04:35:20 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YksU-QFkRMs

Joe Satriani "Cryin."  It's one of my favorite songs of all time.  Satch plays with such raw emotion, it's unreal.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2015, 10:27:05 PM
I'm currently working on a cookbook narration.  Though there is some demand for narrating instruction manuals for apps.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 31, 2015, 10:23:45 PM
Oh well.  I still like his character design, though.  I'm not the biggest Dragon Quest fan (my favorite DQ game was Rocket Slime), but something about this one seems to compel me a bit.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 06:31:30 PM
There are some games that are so good that lackluster music takes nothing away from them.  Tales of Symphonia comes to mind here.  That game was one of that generation's finest, even with a lackluster, phoned-in soundtrack.  But I find those to be exceptions.  Music and sound design is important to me, especially nowadays where even indie games feature voice acting and such. 
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 12:33:11 PM
That's why I added "Rule 6" to my picks.  Music and sound design is such an integral part of a game's appeal and enjoyment to me.  It can often elevate a game that maybe isn't so great, make a great game a classic, and poor music/sound design can have the opposite effect. 

Which brings me to Breath of Fire 3.  Most people argue that Breath of Fire 4 had the superior soundtrack, but to me BoF4's music sounded more like "typical" RPG fare, whereas BoF3 had a more unique soundtrack with some cool, funky jazz-fusion type material. 
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2015, 12:23:17 PM
So far, I've only done short non-fiction books (5000 words or less), so the recording process generally didn't take super long.  It's the editing process that's time consuming.  And when I audition for projects projects, I go for ones ones that I feel I can give an engaging read to and thus get the bid for.  I've seen several audiobooks with cool stories narrated by people who seem totally out to lunch.  I figure once I build my own little home studio, I'll have the time to dedicate to novels.  But for now, I'm just building my acumen. 

I'm still building my profile for voice123, but for now, some of my demo reels are there: http://voice123.com/nealchandran

And go figure, to showcase English accents, I did a riff on a conversation between Balthier and Basch in one of my reels.  Another FYI: in the Honda Fit thing I do in my commercial reel, the engine sound really is a Honda Fit engine revving.  
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2015, 08:03:06 AM
A pokemon, maybe?
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 07:55:40 AM
Phantasy Star 4 ticks all those checkboxes, and the hidden checkbox of good music.  

I would add Suikoden as well.  It may not hit all the checkboxes as handily as Phantasy Star 4, but its incredible soundtrack more than makes up for it.  I say this all the time- Gregminster is my all time favorite town music.  

Oh, oh, Anachronox!  That game smashes all the checkboxes.  Go figure, it's my favorite JRPG and it's not even Japanese.  I wrote an editorial about that too.  

And how about Pokemon XY?  It's traditional, has its humor, is quite the adventure, and when you see and catch that Pokemon that makes you go "wow cool!" or you find a favorite 'mon who becomes your MVP in battles- that makes you want to draw it all over the margins in your notebook during math class.  And since people of all ages play it, it's universal.  

EDIT: And though I'd love to put Chrono Trigger in the #5 slot because it's Chrono Trigger and deserves it, I'll offer up something else for variety.  Grandia II.  Easily the best game in that series and I love the Grandia battle engine.  It certainly ticks all those checkboxes with flair.  Some of Ryudo's one-liners are just classic.  My favorites were "Princess, the powers of darkness aren't coming this way to tell us about the neighborhood bake sale.  We have to get out of here NOW!" and "What's up with you and this 'cleansing' thing?  Somehow I doubt your soldiers are carrying soap and bubble bath under their armor." 
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2015, 07:00:51 AM
My two most recent audiobook narrations just went to retail on Audible and Amazon.  Yay! 

You should be prouder and LINK US TO THEM. >:(



Since you asked, Dice, here they are on Audible: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_mn_mt_ano_tseft__galileo/184-8497444-9057653?advsearchKeywords=Neal+Chandran&x=0&y=0

I feel particularly good about the Plastic one.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 30, 2015, 07:41:16 PM
Android 18 was kinda hot.  How the hell Krillin scored her... that's big pimpin' right there!

...and I still wonder if the androgyny of the protagonist was a publicity stunt to get dorks like us talking.  I think it's a 99% chance it's a guy, but if it turns out to be a girl (perhaps masquerading as a boy, like Mulan) then that's pretty damn cool.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 30, 2015, 05:56:59 PM
Hair length seems comparable to Android 18 from the Cell saga. 
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 30, 2015, 05:41:22 PM
My two most recent audiobook narrations just went to retail on Audible and Amazon.  Yay! 
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 30, 2015, 01:23:55 PM
So, the simultaneous 3D/2D feature on the 3DS version is apparently only limited to the introductory portion of the game. After that, you choose between which style you want, though you can switch between them on the fly.


I am totally cool with that. 
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