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16  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Langrisser Music on: January 30, 2016, 09:08:35 PM
Figured I'd make a thread considering the review with Langrisser 1-3 is up on the main page: http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/lang123-masaya/

I'll admit I haven't played much of the Langrisser franchise outside of the first two levels of Warsong (Langrisser 1), but I always admired the art and music of the games. The Soundtrack collection the review covers seems to be a great example why, too, since it includes includes the different versions the soundtracks between consoles (i.e. the PCE version of Langrisser 1 as well as the Genesis Warsong), and all of it sounds great. In fact, a lot of times listening to those samples, I couldn't even decide which platform had the better music of each game, since it seems that each played up the strengths of whatever they were working with - more beat-heavy synth for the Genesis versions, but they might add in (or sub in) more realistic sounding instruments in the other versions.* Granted the samples only included one comparable track, and it wasn't the best choice, IMO. It's one of the cases where I could definitely say they were straining to replicate an intrument sound that didn't come out well on the Genesis, to the point where I kept thinking they were trying to make a guitar sound until I listened to the Super Famicom version, where I realized it was supposed to be a saxaphone. And failed. Hard. At least the SFC version of that track was good, though.


Now I kinda hope the next set comes out soon (and gets reviewed. I understand that's not guaranteed), since I kinda had difficulty finding Langrisser V music last time I tried. At the very least a I'd have easier access to a decent tracklist translation.

* I apologize to the more music-inclined, whom most likely make up the majority of the viewers in this sub-forum, if it turns out I'm using the wrong terminology here, or otherwise talking out of my ass. I probably shouldn't have even included that sentence, since I know next to nothing about music outside of "it sounds good" or "it sounds bad", and the occasional term I picked up from Middle School music class and/or my musicially-inclined sibling, but I feel like it would be a half-finished thought if I didn't at least try to explain what I thought the strengths of each console's music was. Not the best way to start a thread, but damnit, I love the music in these games...
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth on: January 30, 2016, 08:18:32 PM
I'm interested because I actually kinda like the Digimon World RPGs, which had been slowly but steadily getting better with each installment (barring the occasional hiccup, like Data Squad...actually, that sentence applies to my feelings on the Digimon Anime as well. Third is still my personal favorite for both, too, though nostalgia may be playing a big role in the game's case), and this seems to continue the trend.

It comes out in February, right? I might pick it up...it's not like I have four other PS4 RPGs to play first- oh wait. Yes I do...um, this might actually require some more thought. =S
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 30, 2016, 07:30:29 PM
http://imgur.com/a/EYpZI

Don't know whether to put this in the random and amazing pictures thread or this one, so I flipped a table and it came up tails, then I asked for a redo because it didn't even rotate fully once, so I flipped another table and it also came up tails. At any rate, totally work safe and yadda yadda.

Humanity has officially hit the pinnacle of existance. It's only downhill from here. Let's roll!
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 28, 2016, 11:16:15 PM
I see Ramza's a really important guy now.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance on: January 28, 2016, 10:58:09 PM
I played it...I think Last year? On my Game Boy Advance. I used to emulate it a lot, too. It's can be a really grindy slog if you play a lot at once, but taken in chunks, it's a decent portable strategy RPG from a time period where portable Strategy RPGs were practically unheard of.

I think. I hadn't heard of them until FFTA came out, at least.


Fun fact: It's one of the 5 GBA games I bought a few years back at least partly because I remembered seeing advertisements for them in Nintendo Power when I was growing up. The other four being:

Robopon 2
Demikids
Sonic Battle
Medabots: Rokusho Version

Only one I was missing was Sigma Star Saga, but thankfully I recovered from whatever blow to the head made me decide buying that lot was a good idea.

Also, technically that was the reason I got Super Robot Taisen OG2, Boktai, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament, and Summon Night Swordcraft Story 1 & 2, but I got them way earlier. And they were actually good.

I guess Sword of Mana would count, too, but it wasn't really an ad so much a full article...which I never actually read - To this day I don't even know what the plot is, since for whatever reason I quit playing 5 minutes in and haven't gone back since. All I remember was staring at the sideboob on the first page...I was a weird kid. >_>;
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 28, 2016, 10:53:38 PM
Oh yeah, I remember hearing about that one! I've always been tempted to check it ou-

What the game can look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vp-D8FfZOk

...thanks, but I think I'll pass. :( That looks a little too chaotic for my tastes.

Okay, tbh, 'All the stiff, jittery animation of an SNES beat 'em up, with a dozen players attacking at once' is my personal definition of Hell. I didn't expect it to be real. Guess it's back to church for me. =T


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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky has a bajillion bugs on Windows 10. While I seriously consider getting Linux, I think I'll redownload the PSN version I forgot I had to my Vita.

While I wait, I've been playing Kirby's Return to Dreamland. This is exactly the boost to my self-esteem I needed right now.

Also, Ninja Dojo. Is it normal to get all 5 bull's eyes on the first try? Or am I just having a really good day?

...because, you know, it's Kirby. A.K.A. the 'No Child Left Behind' of platformers. I'd actually be more surprised if it wasn't rigged...

...but then again, those challenge levels have been pretty tough so far (refreshingly so, actually. It's like a glimpse at what a Kirby game would be like if you were actually required to utilize all of your skills available to you...okay, that sounded harsher than I meant it to be, it'd probably be hell if every level was designed like them. But still, it makes me appreciate how well-designed each of the powers are, especially the really complex ones, like the Sword and the Whip).
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 27, 2016, 11:52:05 PM
Speaking of The Witness, I'm still kind of amazed by how much popularity and exposure it's gotten. It's an entire game with the subtle beauty of Myst...and it squanders all of it by making every puzzle a line-based maze puzzle. I have absolutely no idea where the appeal is supposed to be. It's like I just woke up the alternate reality where the guy who said "hey, let's make Snake an Open World Adventure!" didn't get hit by a bus. And now it is too late to correct that mistake.

Unless they just have the absolute worst advertisers in the entire world, and there's more to the game than just traversing a sprawling, majestic island landscape littered with obstacles that always solved by drawing some variation of non-intersecting lines, like what I've seen make up the entirety of every The Witness trailer I could find.

As someone who loves puzzle, the mystery genre, and brain teasers...to solve "a new language of puzzles" makes me emotionally erect.  Plus I hear it pulls another Braid with its 2deep ending (allegedly).

Considering the guy who made Braid was the director, I probably shouldn't be surprised by that last bit.

I don't really understand the "new language of puzzles" thing, but then again, I don't usually pay attention to flowery taglines when I read stuff. I mean, I guess "Myst with Line puzzles" isn't actually that bad a concept when I think about it. The puzzles weren't entirely what made "Myst" so appealing - the atmosphere, open-ended exploration, the ways everything worked together in ways that felt simultaneously organic and fantastical. If The Witness can match those aspects - and at the very least, I haven't encountered anything pointing directly to the contrary - then I guess I answered my own question regarding where the appeal is.

It's just that personally, all of the above wouldn't have amounted to anything if the puzzles weren't as good as they were. I mean, there have been more than one Myst game, but there's a reason I only have positive feelings for the first one...then again, I guess being a big fan of line puzzles is also part of the appeal, but I also enjoyed Myst's variety. Though, in retrospect, it was mostly logic puzzles, which I guess is math...so...

I dunno. I'm getting bogged down in details now, but overall: Mission Accomplished. Thanks.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

Oh hey, I finally booted this up! I didn't get to play as much as I wanted to, though, since I had to watch the first scene 5 times before I figured out that the opening movie just flat out wasn't going to work with Fullscreen on for some reason, so I had to disable it. Which makes me very sad. The opening song is amazing. :(

But at least I got through the tutorial...or at least, I got my Bracer badge, so now I can go on my Pokemon journey and become a- oh wait, wrong game. Now I get to go back home and deliver my dad's newspaper. But first: I have to learn how to obtain cooking recipes.

Step #1: eat food

Step #2: write down the ingredients of the food you're eating, based solely on what your tastebuds have discerned.

...I feel like they're missing a couple of steps here, but videogames.
23  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 27, 2016, 11:10:05 PM
For $10, I'll bite. I mean, I have the UMD, which I aquired by paying a british friend of mine to buy a copy from his local store (along with Tales of Eternia, best foreign penpal ever!) and mail it to me 3 years ago, but I'll admit, I kinda want to play it on my Vita. Plus, I need the excuse to start over. I really screwed myself the last time I played, and I don't feel like doing 4+ hours of grinding just so I can have more than one shot at trying to figure out how to solve an extremely vague mini-game without resetting each time...

Also, yes, I have terrible luck with Breath of Fire, despite still considering myself a fan of the franchise.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 27, 2016, 08:27:53 PM
Speaking of The Witness, I'm still kind of amazed by how much popularity and exposure it's gotten. It's an entire game with the subtle beauty of Myst...and it squanders all of it by making every puzzle a line-based maze puzzle. I have absolutely no idea where the appeal is supposed to be. It's like I just woke up the alternate reality where the guy who said "hey, let's make Snake an Open World Adventure!" didn't get hit by a bus. And now it is too late to correct that mistake.

Unless they just have the absolute worst advertisers in the entire world, and there's more to the game than just traversing a sprawling, majestic island landscape littered with obstacles that always solved by drawing some variation of non-intersecting lines, like what I've seen make up the entirety of every The Witness trailer I could find.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: January 27, 2016, 06:05:57 PM
Has anybody here played Zack & Wiki for the Wii? It's on the Wii U eShop now. $20 is a bit steep for me right now, but it seems hard to find on disc, so I'm wondering whether or not it'd be worth the price tag, but I doubt I'll ever find it for less. I rented it back in 2008, but only for a short time, and my tastes have changed since then. Any help here would be appreciated.

Yes, I rewrote the whole thing. Even I didn't know what I was trying to say before...
26  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 27, 2016, 05:37:44 PM
...So to summize: It is a solution to a problem that does not actually fix anything, and is, in itself, indicative of several, much larger problems involving the company's output, and perhaps the industry as a whole.

In otherwords: it's Wednesday.
27  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 27, 2016, 05:15:55 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/01/ea-skipping-e3-2016-own-ea-play-event Oh noes! Now who will fill the dead air between Microsoft and Sony now?...is what I would ask if anyone was actually filling that dead air instead of being that dead air.

Wow... so first Nintendo now EA (I'm probably forgetting other names, but these two stand out). I wonder if it's developers feeling increasing perceived irrelevance of E3, cost cutting, or what.

Bit a both, and a bit of neither. It's irrelevant to EA's fanbase, because they have/want a fanbase that will buy anything they put out regardless of whether or not it's any different from the previous iteration. It's mostly cost-cutting for Nintendo. I think they also said something to the effect of "we're tired of getting crowded out by all the Sony and Microsoft stuff", but separating themselves from E3, and yet still still saving a ton of announcements for E3 does not actually solve that, since Ninty's news will still get lost in the clutter outside of dedicated Nintendo blogs and fan-sites, so...
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 26, 2016, 09:35:34 PM
I'm playing Rondo of Swords.

Current progress: I've failed every tutorial up to #8, and I've replayed Battle 2 at least 2 dozen times now.

I suck at this game. :|
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: January 26, 2016, 07:22:46 PM
...I'm starting to think "Intelligent Systems" might want to consider a name change, if you know what I mean. <_<

2 for 2, NOA Localization team...
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 25, 2016, 07:34:34 PM
So apparently someone in the neighborhood named their router network "CIA Van #4". I guess somebody likes messing with people.

...but, Just in case, I think I'll uh...be careful what anime sites I go to tonight...
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