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    They're worth a watch, tbh, so I hope you get to them soon! Meanwhile, I've finished my 100% story FFX-2 playthrough. Overall, my opinion stands....
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    Fynn replied to a thread The Golden Age in General RPG Discussion
    Iím with wooz in that I donít think thereís a single golden era for RPGs. There are games that I really like in various time periods, and likewise...
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    I feel a lot of music back then gets a bit glossed over outside of a few standout tracks from popular titles. I feel the limitations of the tech...
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    12-06-2019, 10:16 AM
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    Yeah, I haven't watched his retrospective on FFXII yet, but he paid it some heavy lip service for his Vagrant Story one. I'm debating about listing...
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    12-06-2019, 09:45 AM
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    Yeah, though I imagine our backgrounds are a bit different in that regard, considering he often mentions he’s a sound designer by profession, which I...
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    12-06-2019, 09:26 AM
    Wolf Kanno posted a visitor message on Fynn's profile
    I figure you would know this guy, especially since he seems to care a lot about the musical scores of games which reminded me of you.
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    12-06-2019, 09:25 AM
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    Because it is the one bad track in a rather superb soundtrack that also happens to be the one track you'll hear the most. Granted, I don't hate it...
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    12-06-2019, 09:09 AM
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    Resonant Arc is pretty cool. Though I feel he makes some grand sweeping statements at times, overall I think he’s pretty diligent and thorough in his...
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    12-06-2019, 08:38 AM
    Some gamers, myself included, like to talk about the "Golden Age of RPGs" but I am curious to learn where other people feel it happened. Was it just...
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    12-06-2019, 08:14 AM
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    I've been listening to a YouTuber named Resonant Arc who is reviewing a bunch of old Square games, and he brought ot my attention the funniest, if...
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    12-06-2019, 06:02 AM
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    Yeah, that's definitely an improvement over a lot of the hardware at the time.
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    12-05-2019, 06:31 AM
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    It had a pretty snazzy audio come to think of it. I take it you've been playing some classic Ys?
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    12-04-2019, 09:31 PM
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    It looked very pretty in the documentary series, well until the actual war part started and we saw bodies and concentration camps. Hell they had...
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    12-04-2019, 09:25 AM
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    I think they’re doing pretty OK nowadays. It’s Western Europe that’s currently rediscovering fascism and the far right currently :p I know that the...
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    12-04-2019, 06:12 AM
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    In related news to Tactics Ogre, I've been watching a BBC documentary series about the Yugoslav Wars. Been really interesting. I sort of feel like...
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    12-04-2019, 02:00 AM
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    Soon as I finish 4 Heroes of Light.
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    12-03-2019, 07:36 PM
    Fynn posted a visitor message on Wolf Kanno's profile
    Speakling of job systems, when do you plan to dive into Bravely Default?
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    12-02-2019, 06:03 PM
    Fynn commented on blog entry Just beat Final Fantasy V in ham
    Awesome! FFV is a tremendous game. If you liked the job system, check out Bravely Default and itís sequel - itís pretty much FFV remade for a modern...
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    12-01-2019, 09:42 PM
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    That's my feeling about it as well. I mean when I read about the mechanics, it sounds awesome, but playing gives me another feeling. I think part...
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    12-01-2019, 08:08 PM
    For me it all depends on when my kid will decide to go to bed, so 50-50 it is for me.
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    12-01-2019, 06:53 PM
    Well I made a chat room and a voice room in discord. If you're given the "DnD" role you can talk in it. Otherwise, you can only listen. IF roll20's...
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    12-01-2019, 06:31 AM
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    Oh, don’t get me wrong, the context is extremely silly, but I think the 1000 Words scene is just very well directed, showcasing a level of visual...
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    12-01-2019, 02:59 AM
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    I feel my biggest issues with X-2 is that the campiness is too much for me, especially since I didn't care for Yuna or Rikku to begin with, so they...
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    12-01-2019, 12:04 AM
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    I appreciate the fact that it’s not serious at all, and I just love how it unintentionally just ruins everything about X. Then there’s stuff like the...
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    11-30-2019, 11:15 PM
    Wolf Kanno posted a visitor message on Fynn's profile
    I tend dislike stories that start off conventional before a turn. Largely because it's too easy to get turned off from it before you reach the turn....
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    11-30-2019, 10:32 PM
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    So I'm near the end of my 100% FFX-2 playthrough and I've decided this was a weird period in SE's history where they've decided that all side...
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    11-30-2019, 08:51 PM
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    Oh, I'm not exactly upset over this. Just figured this was interesting :D But yeah, I'm now getting tons of ideas for refining the first half of the...
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    11-30-2019, 07:19 PM
    Wolf Kanno posted a visitor message on Fynn's profile
    Eh, that happens too. I've axed subplots and chapters in my work as well. Sorry to hear it is getting axed, but sometimes you have to run with an...
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    I appreciate the fact that it’s not serious at all, and I just love how it unintentionally just ruins everything about X. Then there’s stuff like the 1000 words scene which I think is genuinely moving - far more than anything X did to try and move me. I also like this job system - it’s not my favorite of the series, but it’s fun to play around in. Other than that though? Yeah, it’s just not a very good game overall. I don’t find it offensively bad, I just think that it has a tendency to favor tedium over clever and interesting game design. What good it does by giving you open access to the world from the beginning it takes away by you having to do everything specifically like the game wants you to (without telling you what it is) if you want to see the golden ending. And then there’s the grind in some of those sidequest.

    It’s just frustrating, you know? I love it for its campiness and sheer audacity of its existence what with X trying to make itself out as this piece of high literature, but overall this game just demands too much of my patience.
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    So I'm near the end of my 100% FFX-2 playthrough and I've decided this was a weird period in SE's history where they've decided that all side activities have to be as tedious and un-fun as possible. In X, you had what is most likely the absolute worst set of minigames in the series, while X-2 expects you to spend hours grinding for innocuous trout at the very last leg of the game. I want to be done with this quickly just so I never have to look at that game ever again.
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    Oh, I'm not exactly upset over this. Just figured this was interesting But yeah, I'm now getting tons of ideas for refining the first half of the book and it looks like a whole lot will change, and the premise might actually end up being interesting after all. The problem with me is that I like stories that lure you into thinking this is something much more regular, cliche even, and then bam - everything is thrown on its head later. The issue with that is that you can't exactly sell that without spoiling everything. So now I kinda still wanna do that but make the initial part actually interesting as well.
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    So I’ve finished a longer chapter recently, which I’m proud of, but after finishing it I realized I’m like 99% gonna axe this subplot, and therefore the scene in question will be cut as well.
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    The most tempting thing for me right now is to just... go back and rewrite the whole novel because it's been going on for so long that my vision has changed like five times since the start, so draft zero is now wildly incohesive. But I know that I just need to press on and then unify stuff later instead.
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    I think I'm gonna write another character thing
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    You konw, the main reason I'm interested in Death Stranding is that there is a baby in a prominent role.
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    So I'm reminded how X has all the typical Xeno character expies, but I like the fact that the guy you think is the Uzuki character actually has another role altogether, but it's actually another, optional character (who is nonetheless present throughout the game's plot) that's the actual Uzuki dude. Without the name, though, much like Dunban.
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    Man, that's awesome. I envy you.
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    Man, same. I've actually been not writing at all for the Independence Day long weekend we just had and I alternated between playing Baldur's Gate 2, Final Fantasy X-2, and actually replaying Xenoblade Chronicles X since I didn't feel I played it properly the first time. I just felt pulled to it somehow (don't judge). And see, just now I started and noticed that Mira has 5 moons, all of which are translucent, and that the sun both rises and sets on the west and actually disappears immediately after daybreak/shows up just for sunset, which you could chalk up to technical limitations, but considering the revelations that happen later, I'm inclined to believe it's intentional.
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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Suikoden IV Part 2 ~ Suikoden Tactics

by Wolf Kanno on 06-17-2019 at 07:25 AM

So in my last blog, I talked about the black sheep numbered entry of the Suikoden franchise, Suikoden IV. Today, we're going to look at Rhapsodia, better known as Suikoden Tactics in the West. Tactics is a gaiden title that serves as both prequel/sequel side story to Suikoden IV. What makes it really standout is that the game is no longer a turn-based RPG about collecting 108 heroes, but instead a Tactical Turn Based RPG a la Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire

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My Top 100"s Lost but Not Forgotten: Suikoden IV ~ Part 1

by Wolf Kanno on 04-29-2019 at 07:53 AM
List, blah blah. Didn't make it, blah blah.
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I feel I have a theme going here. Like the BoF1 entry, anyone who took a quick glance of my list will know I'm a pretty big Suikoden fan, you'll also notice I snubbed one of the main entries and most of the spin-off/gaiden games. I'll say right now, that I have to actually play Suikogaiden due to lacking the proper emulator, which is why

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Breath of Fire

by Wolf Kanno on 04-14-2019 at 11:23 PM
Blah blah blah, made a list, blah blah blah, this is for games that didn't make it.

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Anyone who simply glances over my list will notice I have a strong affiliation with Capcom's classic and underrated RPG series Breath of Fire. They will also notice I left one entry out of the list, and while my BoFII entry hints as to some of the reasons, I figured I would lay it out here

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My Top 100's Lost but not Forgotten: Dragon Quest VII

by Wolf Kanno on 10-26-2018 at 06:42 AM

I feel like the year 2001 was an odd year in gaming. One of the first time where you really felt like the end of an era and the beginning of a new one was coming. Sony was gearing up to release the successor to the smash hit PlayStation and if you looked around the gaming scene, it seemed like every company was jumping ship to get on board what the PS2 could do. Square had released their PS1 swan song FFIX even though they would still support the PS1 with

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Arc the Lad II

by Wolf Kanno on 03-27-2018 at 11:53 PM
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One of my all time favorite publishers in the 90s for video games was Working Designs. It was a company that actually tried to get a lot of cool JRPGs released in the West long before the actual JRPG boom in the last years of the decade. I've already spoken about their most high profile title they ever worked on, Lunar: The Silver Star Story,

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