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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 24, 2016, 06:22:16 PM
New episode of Retro Encounter is four panelists (Josh, Marcos, Peter, and myself) each submitting a top ten list of his favorite RPGs, then arguing those lists down to a final ten:

RPGFan Essential Ten

(this is something that Josh has wanted to do for at least a year)
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: August 16, 2016, 12:06:14 AM
Alphabetical order, so as not to rank them officially. 

The Blues Brothers
Inglourious Basterds
The Incredibles
Kung Fu Hustle
Seven Samurai

I love superhero movies (and superhero stuff in general), but I still find it a little strange that the best superhero movie is a 2004 animated joint about family and uniqueness. 
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: July 14, 2016, 11:58:23 AM
Somehow I prefer these pirate costumes to the ones that Tales of Beseria are getting (even if they do make Dogi look like an old man).
I don't see Dogi in that gallery. The big guy with green/blue hair is Shahad, who wields axes and anchors (I think?). Did I miss a page?
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: July 13, 2016, 01:49:10 AM
Vita version of Ys VIII comes out next week.  Here's a translated interview from Dengeki Playstation: SOUND OF A WALL SHATTERING

Some details:
- Gonna be a 40-60 hour RPG, the longest and "most substantial" game in the series
- Dogi isn't playable, but he's in charge of the village that you help build over the course of the game. 
- Boss Rush mode added in day 1 patch and pirate costumes available as launch DLC
- Dengeki PlayStation gave it 90/95/90/90 (four reviewers scoring out of 100)
- Famitsu gave it 9/8/8/9 (four reviewers scoring out of 10)
20  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 10, 2016, 10:26:44 PM
We've posted the panel's final thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask here: Boom

Next week is the first Xenogears episode.  We're sticking to this weekly schedule, so keep an eye on your podcast feeds for more Retro Encounter! 

21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Asian Drama Thread on: July 09, 2016, 10:03:27 PM
The only Ultraman I've seen is the 1966 show and a little bit of Ultra Seven (which I think is 67 or 68).  It's... weird.  Doesn't hold up as well as the 1970s Kamen Rider episodes I've seen. 

I watch a lot of tokusatsu - I've seen about a dozen Super Sentai series and a couple of Heisei-era Kamen Rider series to completion.  Currently watching new episodes of Zyuohger and Ghost as they air, plus some Kamen Rider OOO on the side.  OOO is a really strong Kamen Rider series - I really like the villains' greed gimmick and the color-coded transformations for the main character.  If you are interested in trying a Heisei Rider, I'd definitely recommend Double, Gaim, or OOO (i.e. the three that I've seen more than 5 episodes of, lol). 
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 03, 2016, 11:13:01 PM
I adored 999, and I'm far enough away from playing it that I might want a replay, I dunno.  I'm a little surprised that they didn't announce specific systems, yet.  I'd like it on Vita, but I'll take a PC release if that's my only option. 
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokyo Xanadu Headed West Via XSEED for PS Vita & PC on: July 03, 2016, 07:59:51 PM
So, another Falcom A-RPG is apparently headed west, via XSEED. Unfortunately, they announced this in the wake of the enhanced PS4 version, which they're currently playing "wait 'n' see" about, but at least there's a physical copy for the PS Vita version.


Aksys, not XSEED, is handling localization for this one. Which is a surprise to me.  I'm definitely glad we're getting it; I really liked everything I saw from trailers, gameplay videos, and music from Tokyo Xanadu. I even imported the soundtrack last year.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: June 30, 2016, 02:59:37 AM
We took almost a whole month off due to scheduling conflicts, E3, and multiple illnesses, but Retro Encounter is going to try and do weekly episodes like we promised.  A special Persona 4 episode went up earlier today, and next week you get the second half of our Majora's Mask discussion. 
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 28, 2016, 06:56:18 AM
No I haven't.  I haven't watched anime in a long time.  I don't get much time to watch TV and its variants.  5pb is behind the game, right?  They've become a super strong player in the VN game.  And isn't NISA localizing it?  The quality of that company's localizations has been up and down throughout its existence. 

I think it's 5PB and Nitro+ together, just like Steins;Gate. I may be wrong though. NISA do have their ups and downs, but they did a masterful job on the DanganRonpa games. I'm hopeful!
I used to adore NIS  but I think their catalog has been very weak recently. Disgaea 4 was great, but Disgaea D2 was pretty bad  and there PS3 output is it quite weak compared to their PS2 output. Their localization group, NISA, does a lot of good work, but Danganronpa isn't developed by NIS. It's a Spike Chunsoft game (Spike on PSP, Spike Chunsoft after the merger). That makes Danganronpa and the Zero Escape trilogy... cousins? That's kinda neat.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 08:36:32 PM
My favorite game companies.  A timeline. 

20 years ago: Square, Capcom, Nintendo

15 years ago: Square, Capcom, Blizzard

10 years ago: Square Enix, Capcom, Namco

5 years ago: Capcom, Nintendo, Atlus

Today: Atlus, Blizzard, Falcom

...I put a surprising amount of thought into this.  It's weird how much I loved Blizzard during my Diablo II / WC3 days, then became indifferent for many years, then resurgent in my Blizzard love with Diablo III and HotS.  And Capcom, my former favorite game company, woof. 
27  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 15, 2016, 09:49:09 AM
All I want are release dates for DQ 7 and Etrian Odyssey 5
I think it's extremely likely we get that DQ VII release date announcement this week. There was a rumor that retailers are already clearing shelf space for it over the weekend, and I think they're still claiming a Q3 date for it. I was kinda expecting / hoping we'd get a date at their press conference yesterday, but alas no.

Etrian V I have no idea.  Altus has a pretty big E3 booth and I didn't see Etrian V stuff anywhere. Maybe they'll show it today or tomorrow?
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 26, 2016, 10:17:00 PM
Two things! Our second majora's mask recording is this weekend, so if you want to ask a question or have something specific brought up, now is the time to mention it.

Also, we published an episode all about our favorite SNES RPGs.  Somehow we spent the most time on Lufia II.  I'm a little salty that we didn't talk about Secret of Mana enough. Whatever, them's the breaks.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: May 22, 2016, 01:35:34 PM
Necronomicon appears to have battle stats. That looks like she may have a slightly more active role in combat? Even if she's viewing remotely.
Lucia/Juno and Himiko/Kanzeon also had battle stats.  I think Futaba is the navigator and not a typical party member, but will have a more active role than Fuuka or Rise.  That's what I'm assuming at least. 
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 13, 2016, 03:33:11 PM
The Retro Encounter panel is playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask this month, and the first recording is this weekend. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for that discussion, post them here! Or alternatively, send an email to retro@rpgfan.com.
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