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  1. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Yeah, I can agree. I remember reading her blog when all of the Episode 2 shenanigans went down and feeling really bad for her. Not helped that she kind of got out of the industry shortly after. She's only worked on a few things since Episode 2, which is a crying shame cause between her and Takahashi, she's honestly the better writer. Helped by the fact that the U.R.T.V. and Ziggy and MOMO scenarios were all her doing in Xenosaga and are honestly the best parts of the series.
  2. Fynn's Avatar
    Reading through the document about the development of Xenogears and Xenosaga, I can’t help but feel really sorry for Soraya Saga in all this. Takahashi has moved on and is doing wonderfully with his Xenoblade series, but you can tell from her blog posts how utterly devastating the way the project got mangled was for her. I know she’s moved on to other projects as well, but I don’t think she’s contributed to a game’s scenario to such an extent since. I feel like this was her magnum opus that got taken away from her.
  3. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karifean
    Largely had to skim this cause I only just went through Xenosaga Episode I, but curious how it'll read as someone who has absolutely no history with the games at release and just comes to look in from now =P would enjoy talking about it then.
    You'll have to tell me your thoughts on the trilogy after you finish them. Honestly, I'm curious to just know how you felt about the first game.
  4. Karifean's Avatar
    Largely had to skim this cause I only just went through Xenosaga Episode I, but curious how it'll read as someone who has absolutely no history with the games at release and just comes to look in from now =P would enjoy talking about it then.
  5. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christmas
    This series is still alive? Tot it ended in BoF 4.
    T he last game was a mobile only title in Japan. It didn't last that long. Dragon Quarter for the PS2 was the fifth installment and the last one released in the West.
  6. Christmas's Avatar
    This series is still alive? Tot it ended in BoF 4.
  7. Lord Golbez's Avatar
    I actually think Rudra is better than Agni/Infinity because you can easily do more than 999 damage in a turn with a party of 4. You get them at the same time, but I only use Agni for the Goddess, because it's required there to face her true form. Also, I didn't even know how to use Agni the first time I played because it requires that Karn isn't transformed and I pretty much always had Karn transformed, so I got plenty of uss out of that "second best" dragon. Definitely agree that BoF3 has the best dragon system though.
  8. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Golbez
    Hmm. I always liked the first one better than the second. I guess I can see the point of view that the writing improved significantly for the second one. Still I enjoyed the Dragon Questlike side stories of each town. Cerl and Alan probably beats the emotional impact of anything in the sequel for me. At least give it this though: the dragon transformations in the first game are better and more original than in BoFII. In BoFII, they're effectively the same as FF summons that use up all your MP.
    I honestly like the Dragon Transformations better in the sequel, despite not being my ideal one which is BoFIII. Largely because they felt better balanced to the game. Sure they were a one shot hot mess, but in addition to Ryu not really needing his AP, it was nice they were fairly powerful. In BoF1 you're often obligated to use them until the form becomes too weak since they all did fixed damage. Not helped that you basically get his last two forms right on top of each other, leaving one of them completely useless since Agni/Infinity is so overpowered. I honestly just had more fun with Ryu's setup in the sequel than the first game, but I attribute this to really Capcom's inexperience.
  9. Lord Golbez's Avatar
    Hmm. I always liked the first one better than the second. I guess I can see the point of view that the writing improved significantly for the second one. Still I enjoyed the Dragon Questlike side stories of each town. Cerl and Alan probably beats the emotional impact of anything in the sequel for me. At least give it this though: the dragon transformations in the first game are better and more original than in BoFII. In BoFII, they're effectively the same as FF summons that use up all your MP.
  10. Fynn's Avatar
    Sadly, the GBA ports did seem like kind of a lazy cash grab on Capcom’s part. Sure, they redrew the portraits (an improvement in I, but debatable in II) and redid the menus, and that was it. They didn’t polish the gameplay or add any extra features, so I’m not really surprised they didn’t bother with a retranslation. While I still like those ports for being so colorful (IMO that’s how BOF is supposed to look like), they still kinda pale in comparison to SE’s effort to port the SNES FF titles to GBA, as well as Dawn of Souls.
  11. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fynn
    The English script in this game is still at the very least comprehensible. The same canít really be said for IIís localization, which was a nightmare (though Iím pretty sure youíve mentioned that on your list?)
    That's true, it's still a shame that Capcom didn't do much to really upgrade the scripts when they had a chance though.
  12. Fynn's Avatar
    The English script in this game is still at the very least comprehensible. The same canít really be said for IIís localization, which was a nightmare (though Iím pretty sure youíve mentioned that on your list?)
  13. Fynn's Avatar
    I loved DQVII (3DS) but yes, exhausting is definitely a good word to describe it. But itís also not like itís the longest game I ever played - Iíve played open world JRPGs and stuff like Persona that took me longer but felt like less. I think that may be because thereís pnly so much you can do with this particular format to extend gameplay in a meaningful fashion
  14. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Well thank you, I wasn't really sure what to say about this game outside of the article I wrote a few years back, so I figured I would simply lay down my issues with the remake and why the original version made me fall in love with the entry. It's easily my favoirte of the NES/Famicom entries.
  15. Rez09's Avatar
    In a way, Wolf, I secretly hate you, because you somehow managed to say just about everything I have to say about this title, so all I have left is . . .

    I absolutely adore this game. Perhaps as much as the original actually, which is fairly impressive considering FF1 was my first RPG and basically defined the genre for me. There was a sense of awe FF3 instilled in me that no title I've played in the decade plus since has managed to match; the sheer amount of content the developers managed to include in this title, on the Famicom, is staggering -- hidden bosses and classes, three(ish) world maps, unique airships, bosses with unique strategies. Simply finding new things provided an unparalleled drive for me to complete the game.

    It was also one of the two entries in the series that effectively solidified my tastes in the genre, standing opposite FFX and changing my opinion that story and characters are the most important elements -- the true gold standards -- of every RPG. Instead, the enjoyment I got from exploring FF3's world and discovering things for myself made me realize my tastes in the genre stand fairly opposite most other people and my favorite RPGs aren't the ones with the best stories or characters, but rather the ones where interesting customization options and my own personal curiosity are my primary driving factors.

  16. Fynn's Avatar
    Yeah, I have a weird relationship with III
  17. Fynn's Avatar
    Princess Mononoke is definitely one of the finest films I've seen. It's pretty much a Pocahontas-like narrative done right, with all sides of the conflict presented in a comprehensive, complete manner. No sugar-coating and no demonizing - everyone is complex and has their own valid reasons for doing what they do.

    And I'd be lying if I said this movie didn't creatively influence me too, though probably not to such a personal extent as you. But I definitely relate to your desire to create and inspire. Here's hoping that we both get there one day.
  18. Ayen's Avatar
    That's a shame, though I can't really fault anyone for being turned off by the crust, if you would.

    Yes, I just compared Sailor Moon to a sandwich.
  19. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fynn
    Idk about PGSM. To be honest, I don't think I can get over the cringe of these Japanese live action dramas. Heck, even Devil Summoner had one and it looked pretty down to earth, and STILL way too cringey for me.
    Greenwood wasn't so bad...
  20. Fynn's Avatar
    Idk about PGSM. To be honest, I don't think I can get over the cringe of these Japanese live action dramas. Heck, even Devil Summoner had one and it looked pretty down to earth, and STILL way too cringey for me.
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