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 11 
 on: April 22, 2014, 11:51:51 PM 
Started by ULTROS! - Last post by Arklight
Tales is the ultimate generic series. Unremarkable, generic characters with average music and an okay but sometimes frustrating battle system (same can be said about Star Ocean) tied to inconsequential plots and terrible dialogue. It's only notable cause there's barely any other JRPGs coming to consoles anymore.

Honestly, I somewhat see where you're coming from, and I can even give you some of these, but honestly, Tales only became this fairly recently. I'd say that the characters didn't start becoming silly animu archetypes until Graces, and the drop in music quality happened around the same time (although I already said a bit about that in the Random VGM thread). I have to disagree with any knocks toward the battle mechanics though, to be honest. Graces had one of the most fun combat systems I have ever experienced. One you get a feel for the ins and outs, it only gets better, too. Tales has always been good with expanding their combat mechanics in any one game as it goes on, too.

 12 
 on: April 22, 2014, 11:38:48 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Bytor
Sometimes people are simply unreal. Suspended an employee today for tardiness and a no call/no show...her excuse was she didn't feel good anyway and another employee told her it was OK to take off work. WTF, who is the supervisor here, jesus.

 13 
 on: April 22, 2014, 11:36:07 PM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by Bytor
Finished Sword Art Online...and perhaps I am in the minority, but I LOVED the first part and liked the second part...a lot....

 14 
 on: April 22, 2014, 11:26:46 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Wild Armor
Suikoden 3 - Finished Geddoe's chapter 2. Started on Thomas Ch. 1. I WANT TO SNUGGLE MUTO :<<<<<

Also Cecile is a girl?

Ah, didn't see you are playing this. Have fun with Suikoden III! I played this game to 100% completion and loved every second of it. I enjoyed three a bit more than Suikoden IV, but not by too much.

Playing through Wild Arms IV, and boy, whenever they bring in those moving cutscenes (opposed to still image dialog boxes), they really know how to put tears in my eyes...that is, make me laugh uncontrollably. For those who played the game: take in Jude's riding a biking stupid fast and making ridiculous faces while he tries to catch up to a train. It's a beautiful thing.

 15 
 on: April 22, 2014, 11:18:28 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Klutz64
Woo! Finally made it to 1,000,000pg in Bravely Default. Now I finally feel comfortable with buying and using a Growth Egg to help with the grinding.

 16 
 on: April 22, 2014, 11:17:38 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Wild Armor

I love this one.  The start of it really gets me pumped.  Even though.....  Ah, whatever, excellent homage to the grate Morricone! 
Shit, that reminds me, the album quality of the Wild Arms OST (the first game) was out of this world.  FF7 sounded like dogshit midi half the time, but the Wild Arms OST was a real cut above the rest.


http://youtu.be/Qs8CpvKLRvA
Twilight Princess Boss Music --- Link's "Winning" Theme. 
Short, but I loved this as "Zelda's version of Shadow of the Colossus' winning theme.  It's not as impressive, but I find it's catchy and really worked in the heat of the moment.

With respect to OCRemix....argh, I'm torn.  Too much stuff goes to OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ, it drives me crazy.  Naturally, the bits I do like I *love* and have served as awesome alternates to more "old school" sounding game tracks.

Yep, Naruke did a great job synthesizing that Morricone Flavor into her WA soundtracks. It's funny you bring up that video, because it's the same video I start off people wanting to know more about WA music or Naruke's influences. What's even better is when a composer borrows from themselves and haves fun with their themes and make new ones. I refer specifically to these two tracks:

Wild ARMs 3 - Only The Night Sky Knows
Wild ARMS 4 - Starlight and the Passing Breeze

Beautiful melodies.

I'm still waiting for my Wild Arms 4 soundtrack to come in the mail...anticipating it greatly. I've been playing the game since last week and enjoying every moment. It's odd, because originally I wasn't impressed too much with the soundtrack, but now I can't put it down. I'm very pleased with it as a whole, especially the battle themes (very typical of me ;)). One particular track I adore is "The Shining Spear Pierces the Darkness"

The overall track is incredibly pleasing to me on a passive and attentive listening basis. Passively, this track kicks all kinds of butt. Literally riddled with 'orchestral hit' samples, timpani, percussion, great wonderful cymbal crescendos, electric guitar, rock organ--and those infectious rhythms! Attentively, I love that intro (0:00-0:04). It's a F# Hexatonic Blues scale (F#, A, B, B#/C, C# [no e in this intro however]), no? Another special treat about this track I love is that they use the music box instrument (starts at 0:33) that is heard whenever Kresnik opens the music box he carries with him. That's it for me for now about that track...

It's funny, but that Link 'winning theme' is very goofy sounding to me, like it doesn't belong in Twilight Princess (perhaps wind waker?). I think it is that the boss music that plays is very menacing and when this pop up, it just breaks that suspense/ambiance.

 17 
 on: April 22, 2014, 10:40:59 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by MeshGearFox
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Thomas is a hobbit.

I noticed he started having a seizure and shooting out electricity during a combo attack so my current headcanon is that he's also a robot until proven otherwise.

idk Thomas' chapter so far feels like it's pretty heavy in the /coziness/ I've been getting from the game. And I like that.

 18 
 on: April 22, 2014, 10:30:38 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Aeolus
Oh, I realized I FINALLY have something to add to the whole "Samus fiasco" about her appearance.

Running (and by extension) action-ing it up in high heels fucking hurts like hell in real life.  So good luck with that, guuuurl.

Well they had to retcon the retcon in regards to her hight/build and athletic abilities somehow. Thanks Other M.

At this point, I just want to see Anthony get in just to see what Sakaurai does with him (either reduce the ridiculous hight disparity between him and Samus or go hog wild and have his trophy state the dude is like a 9 foot tall, 54 inch wide, Gorilla, or something), since there's really not all that much one can do for Samus given how much of a trainwreck character design-wise she's become.

 19 
 on: April 22, 2014, 10:23:49 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Kevadu
KanColle server maintenance has begun.

Once it's finished, it's new event time!  There hasn't been an event in a while.  Let's see if I'm high enough level now to kick this thing's butt.

 20 
 on: April 22, 2014, 10:10:11 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Dice
Suikoden 3 - Finished Geddoe's chapter 2. Started on Thomas Ch. 1. I WANT TO SNUGGLE MUTO :<<<<<

Also Cecile is a girl?

Poor pooch... The scar makes my heart sink just a bit... :(

And yes she is....after questioning it myself a while.

Thomas is a hobbit.

And I love the Butler the most.  Both of them.

The motley crew in general make Thomas' chapter pretty amusing enough as far as 'side content' goes.

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