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16  Media / The Soundroom / Re: SEP/30: Favourite VGM Song (Overworld/Hubs/Maps Starts Pg3) on: October 02, 2015, 09:32:12 PM
Persona 2 Eternal punishment world map1
You know.... the music might be the best part of Persona games.  I admit, I haven't really given the games much of a shot (I'm leery of the content), but the music consistently impresses me, and this track is no different.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bass here, especially.  I know different Persona titles have different composers (right?), but they all have a very modern feel, which I think is very refreshing for RPGs (and works, obviously, for the modern settings in Persona games).  The sound font used here is also great.
It's weird, because I WANT to dislike things about Persona, but... I just can't hate on the amazing music.

Did you listen to Persona 2: Innocent Sin's overworld theme as well?  Curious as to which one you prefer and why.

I love Innocent Sin's overworld theme as well.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU_KneL2qac

I love both, but Innocent Sin's more melancholy overworld theme just tugs my emotions more (though EP's theme has a little more "funk" to it.)  Then again, I found IS a more emotionally charged game than EP.
17  Media / The Soundroom / Re: SEP/30: Favourite VGM Song (Overworld/Hubs/Maps Starts Pg3) on: October 01, 2015, 05:33:22 PM
As for Dice's Dishonorable Mentions.... meh.  Nostalgia would significantly improve that Symphonia track,

I respectfully disagree.  I LOVED Symphonia, it was one of my favorite RPGs of the era, I reviewed it very favorably, it did almost everything right, but the music was utterly forgettable.  Not bad, mind, you, but I don't remember any of it.  I couldn't hum any of it to you.  I could recall plot points I liked, overworld skits I found amusing, interesting locations, gameplay elements I liked, but none of the music.  Symphonia is a happy nostalgic game for me, but it won't be music bringing me those feelings. 
18  Media / The Soundroom / Re: SEP/30: Favourite VGM Song (Overworld/Hubs/Maps Starts Pg3) on: October 01, 2015, 04:50:29 PM

These, definitely.  The Chrono Cross one especially.  I would often just stand around on the overworld just to hear the music.  

I did that in Eternal Punishment as well.  I love Innocent Sin's overworld theme as well.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU_KneL2qac

I don't know if it's because we were talking about Star Ocean a lot lately, but Star Ocean 2's overworld theme got stuck in my head.  It's so heroic sounding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB05cDOpndc

And I have to give a nod to Phantasy Star 2 as well.  Dezo's theme was haunting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StCBMaVWgHY \

And no overworld theme thread would be complete without "Searching for Friends" from FF6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-ClGdaICGI
19  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Data Dump 5: Josh Reviews the Reviews (with sexy results!) on: October 01, 2015, 04:33:34 PM
How about total number of games in each of these categories?

In a nutshell that means that:
100 - 90% = 5 stars (276 reviews)
89 - 80% = 4 stars  (425 reviews)
79 - 70% = 3 stars (227 reviews)
69 - 60% = 2 stars (81 reviews)
59 - 0% = 1 or (very rarely) 0 stars (38 reviews)

Extra points for how many of those 0-59% are reviewed by Neal? (3 - he hated the Inuyasha game the most)


I'm amused that I was singled out here.  My lowest reviewed game, period, is probably Higurashi: When They Cry (I scored that pile in the 30s) but I don't think it counts since there are no critic reviews on metacritic (but the user score is 9.1).  That's also the review I've gotten the most hatemail for.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: October 01, 2015, 04:29:36 PM
"There's mister enemy!"

"ten seconds"

As for more of my opinions that go against the norm... I'm having trouble thinking of more.  There are several games that were deemed shit that I thought weren't *that* bad.  They were mediocre (often barely mediocre) but not shitpiles.  As many of you know, I'm vocal about my fascination with bad gaming and have reviewed more than my fair share of bad games.  Biggest surprise for me, though, were the Naruto: Path of the Ninja games.  Games based on popular licenses are pretty much always bad.  I took one for the team and reviewed those games and found myself enjoying them.  Those games were actually very good.  If they weren't Naruto games, I daresay most JRPG fans would have found them very good as well.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 30, 2015, 05:39:45 PM
Star Ocean: MOBA better have Star Ocean 2's bad US voice acting from the Playstation version.  "teeaaaaar inta pieeeecessss!" And for a change of pace, a PvP version of the "Iron Chef" style mini-game from Star Ocean 2. 
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 29, 2015, 09:21:57 PM
I just liked that Fate/Extra recognized that my chosen character was a girl and the Servant (fox-girl caster) actually replied to my saying "Uhh, you know I'm a girl, right?" that she was more comfortable talking to guys since she always had male masters.  

Other games did not change dialogue at all regardless of gender and it made some exchanges stupid.  Like in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology- I made my character a girl and one of the sidequests was Stahn wanting to spar with the protagonist because he couldn't bring himself to go "full force" on Rutee as a sparring partner because he's too gentlemanly to hit a girl.  That was a total cop out.  I'm like, "Stahn, are you really such a dumb blonde?  Can't you see the protagonist is a girl?!?!"  Or in Pokemon XY, when you choose a girl protagonist and the fireworks scene with Shauna felt like an awkward afterthought.

Anyway, when it comes to "idol singer" games, I'm pretty addicted to the Love Live! School Idol Festival rhythm game. 
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 29, 2015, 05:13:30 PM
The only other imageepoch game I've played was Fate/Extra on PSP and the long and short of my review was "good VN, bad RPG." It didn't make me feel filthy-dirty, though.  However, I did laugh when the servant (a female) tried to get flirty with the protagonist (who I selected as female) and just I was thinking "Are you serious?!?! I'm a girl, dammit! What kind of lazy script cop-out is this?!?!?!" I was given some dialogue choices, one of which was "Uhh, you know I'm a girl, right?"
24  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: September 29, 2015, 05:04:28 PM
"Daddy" by KoRn.  The way that song ends is harrowing.  Too bad that band's jumped the shark.  Their first album was so freaking good; still one of the most unique metal albums I've heard.   
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 28, 2015, 05:18:44 PM
Still needed a spot on the 405 benchpress today...so close yet so far. Granted it was a minor spot, only to clear it past my bending elbows, but I wanted a solo press so bad. Ah well, there's always next week.

In other news, I'm apparently going to new york comic con on the 9th-11th of october. Hooray!!!

You gonna be yourself or are you gonna cosplay as someone? 
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 28, 2015, 04:45:25 PM
I guess I need to chime in here. 

Do I have a higher tolerance of cheesecake/fanservicey games than other staff members?  I'm pretty sure I do.  But when I read Tooker's Criminal Girls review, I felt filthy.  I wouldn't play that game, because the thought of its mechanics makes me squick.  And this coming from a guy who's played Crescendo and Let's Meow Meow. 

As for Mugen Souls, I did play the first Mugen Souls, but I did not get super far because the randomness of the gameplay elements wore on me.  Mugen Souls Z fixed most of the gameplay complaints and I obviously got a LOT further into the game.  As for it being a rehash, it is but its plot was no better and no worse than the first Mugen Souls game and I enjoyed it for what it was.  I knew full well what I was getting into.  It's Mugen Souls, not Le Morte d'Arthur.  For the kind of game it was and for the audience it appeals to, it does it's job well while also being smoothly playable and not a completely convoluted mess.  It's puerile anime bullshit, but highly entertaining puerile anime bullshit.  Every episode of Scooby Doo is pretty much the same, but I still watched the hell out of it and loved every minute.

And I do think that Agarest War 2, Fairy Fencer F, and Hakuoki are proof that Idea Factory and Compile Heart have the potential to make good RPGs.  And even games like Battle Princess of Arcadias- I stand by my assertion that they weren't BAD games.  They just weren't good.  I have a morbid fascination with bad gaming and have played plenty of bad games so I know a bad game when I play it.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 28, 2015, 01:08:21 AM
Upon looking again, yeah I'd say he's more Shuyin (FFX-2) on steroids. 
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 27, 2015, 07:53:35 PM
The blonde guy looks like Tidus on steroids. 
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 27, 2015, 07:45:05 PM
moss Sophia

Star Ocean 5's twist is totally going to be that your childhood friend and possible love interest is actually an intelligent aggregation of moss.

And the villain. And the main character. In fact, the main plot twist in SO5 is going to be that the only thing that survived the ending of SO3 is sentient plant life dreaming of the universe before Luther happened.

Except it's not *really* sentient, because... well... SO3.

That'll teach me for posting on my phone at work...what a twist that would be though.

Anthropomorphic cat girls have been all the rage for a while, so why not anthropomorphic plant girls?  And not vapid little flowers, something like vines, moss, stuff not traditionally cute or pretty.  And for a bad pun, moss-girl can be named Kate (after that 1990s waif model Kate Moss.)

Moss-girl: She kinda grows on you.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tri-Ace's latest is not-Valkyrie Profile (Exist Archive) on: September 27, 2015, 07:38:47 PM
In exhibit B, I could potentially envision Domino from Pool of Thorns rocking out a more badass version of that skull dress, albeit with some knife shredding, blood splatter, and maybe some dirt stains to make it look like she actually fought her way through a zombie apocalypse.
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