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    It honestly sounds a bit too ornamental for my taste. I don't care for the choice of instruments for it, despite knowing they are pretty close to the...
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
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    Did you listen to Creid, the Celtic album? That one has an arrangement of Bonds of Sea and Fire that I really like
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    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
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    I still feel part of the issues is that Xenogears was one of his more overlooked OSTs at the time due to the game not being that popular. I've...
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
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    I feel a lot of it has to do with what I feel is Mitsuda’s vision being kinda too big for the hardware. I feel a lot of his music for Xenogears is...
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
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    I've been avoiding that video for awhile simply because that man is literally a human trashcan, but it was hilariously accurate nonetheless. I've...
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    12-10-2019, 11:13 AM
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    Mmm yes. Xenogears has some very memeable lines. Also zeBqNYLD4eI
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    12-10-2019, 07:41 AM
    Oops, forgot to do this on the first, I've been kind of super busy, but I still like to keep some old traditions alive. Premise is the same....
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    12-10-2019, 07:37 AM
    Tould you be snowboarding by the Icicle Inn? Maybe partying with some moogles and a Yeti in Narshe? Trying not to think of End of Evangelion as you...
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    12-10-2019, 07:28 AM
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    12-09-2019, 11:04 AM
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    Also... FqtOxZKx-Yc
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    12-09-2019, 08:29 AM
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    I may start it up after I finish Death Stranding, assuming I don't use Romancing SaGa 3 as a palette cleanser first. I feel it will be really...
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    12-09-2019, 07:50 AM
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    Oh man, do it. I loved my Xenogears replay two years ago.
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    12-09-2019, 07:25 AM
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    Well I'm glad you're getting reacquainted with Bravely Default and having a lovely time. Once I finish Tactics Ogre, I may try to bum rushing my way...
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    12-09-2019, 07:22 AM
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    I tend to fall more in line with the usual popular classics like the NES Mega Man or Castlevania titles. Breath of Fire has always had pretty strong...
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    12-07-2019, 08:00 PM
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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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    12-07-2019, 04:20 PM
    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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    12-07-2019, 09:45 AM
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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
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    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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    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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  1. It honestly sounds a bit too ornamental for my taste. I don't care for the choice of instruments for it, despite knowing they are pretty close to the intended ones for the piece. The fact they try to Irish jig it up towards the end didn't work for me either. I prefer the instrument choices for the Myth album, but I also feel like the piece has been arranged to feel like an opening credit sequence for a film, which is not bad at all, but I can't see the track working during the other times it appears in the game, like when Citan explains his past to Fei, or some of the other more reflective moments. The Myth version always feels like a sweeping opening score that is trying to suggest major things will happen later. Which works for the first time it appears in the game, but not so well when it's reused in later portions.

    The track is like Dancing Mad, where I can't ever seem to find a live version that hits everything I felt the original version did. There is always some strange choice that offsets the piece for me or something missing.
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    Did you listen to Creid, the Celtic album? That one has an arrangement of Bonds of Sea and Fire that I really like
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    I feel a lot of it has to do with what I feel is Mitsuda’s vision being kinda too big for the hardware. I feel a lot of his music for Xenogears is much better when performed live, and the Chrono Cross OST running on better synth definitely had a part in that soundtrack being more popular. For as beautiful as some of his compositions are, the early PSX sound chip really makes of them sound very muddy, for lack of a better term

    Thank you for the reply btw I’ll get to that soon - hopefully with a much more manageable length this time it’s funny reading through this because as I am reminded of where I was with the planning of the world and story then, a lot has changed.
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    Mmm yes. Xenogears has some very memeable lines.

    Also

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    Oh man, do it. I loved my Xenogears replay two years ago.
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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. I'll just add that the Mascot is probably the most emblematic of the problem this game's battle system has. It's hands down the best class in the game, to the point that you won't be using any other one because everything about is just so much a cut above the rest that anything else is obsolete. I'd really much rather that the girls had started out as a freelancer that could later be customized, a la FFV, instead of this, because these things are just broken with no effort. It's pretty much a necessity for the optional dungeon you wanna do for 100% story completion, but like, it completely trivializes the rest of the game so eh

    So now that I'm done with that, I've decided to shake up my gaming schedule a bit. I'm putting the games I\ve been playing (or rather, replaying) on hold to focus on games I have but have never played. Starting with Torment: Tides of Numenera which looks very interesting so far, courtesy of the one and only Chris Avellone. The others I have lined up are things that were given to me during the recent sales, so Ys VII and Trails in the Sky. Very excited to dive into both series.

    For my handheld gaming, I've decided to replay Bravely Default, mostly as a palate cleanser after X-2 since it has a job system that's actually, you know, good. Now that I've booted it up, I'm honestly falling in love all over again. The job system is fantastic, as it's basically a refinement of the FFV system and I love how pretty much every single job (sans I think Merchant) is a classic FF job - one of the factors that made me cry and go "they did it! They made a classic FF again!" when I was first playing it. The atmosphere in the beginning section is just superb, and of course, the soundtrack is stellar as always and I feel it's pretty safe to say it's still my #1 gaming OST of all time. And now that I'm coming back after playing the sequel, I can already tell how much better this game's writing is. The dude that wrote BD's script is responsible for this little VN/anime gem called steins;gate and even though BD is very much a classic FF story with a lot of tropes, I feel it's still one of the better told games of its ilk. It's got a lot of nuance to it that I feel goes over people's heads and makes them appreicate the second game's much more... anime story better.
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    Probably yeah. You thinking of any other forgotten gems from that era?
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    Definitely.

    Goddamn Ys was ahead of its time regarding music in general though =P
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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 honestly know nothing about (and I do disagree with some of his takes on the music). Still, I do enjoy watching him occasionally. I was very pleasantly surprised when during his FF retrospective series he reached XII and had a lot of praise for it.
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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 videos and has a very nice voice

    I will also forever fail to understand why people hate this theme so much
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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
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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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