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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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    Not playing it per se, there's just this one youtube channel that posts comparison of classic Ys tunes - since Ys 1-3 have like ten different versions - and the PCE versions always stand out. Like on this track for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUz9G184giI (PCE version starts at 5:15)
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    Kinda fascinated atm with how good the PC Engine / TurboGrafx CD OST quality was way back around 1990.
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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 I know that the Balkans have a reputation of being cheap and pretty, so it’s quite a popular tourist destination, though I’ve never been there.
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    Speakling of job systems, when do you plan to dive into Bravely Default?
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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 storytelling that was so far beyond anything SE could do with X cutscenes that it was also kinda hilarious. But yeah, to each his own I guess. I’ll definitely admit the gameplay doesn’t hold up. Somehow it’s much more interesting on paper than it is in execution
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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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WK's Top 100 Lost but Not Forgotten : Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

by Wolf Kanno on 05-24-2020 at 11:43 PM

I'm always split on these articles. So many of these games are great and I have retroactively said a few of them made the list, but occasionally something comes along that I really want to love but the game just won't let me. Tactics Ogre is in a weird place for me because the remake and the original are pretty different in some meaningful ways, so much of this review pertains to the remake due to having only played a little bit of the original.

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WK's Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten List: Silent Hill 3

by Wolf Kanno on 05-03-2020 at 01:37 AM
Is this honestly the first non-RPG on this list?

Well I fell into the Silent Hill series rather late. By the time I had played the series, the "glory years" were over and fans were knee deep in Konami trying to take the series in a different direction without Team Silent. I was a huge fan of the first two entries of the series, being instantly sucked into the second entry and surprised how much I really enjoyed the first one. So it came as a bit

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WK's Top 100 Lost But Not Forgotten: SaGa Frontier 2

by Wolf Kanno on 04-05-2020 at 02:32 AM
I was having a serious reservation about whether I was going to add this to my Top 100 list or place it here. I decided it would go here for now, but part of me feels it could be like Demon's Souls and make the jump to My Top 100.


SaGa is a weird franchise. A JRPG series made for enthusiast who feel they've seen it all. From the Gameboy entries where you built a ragtag group filled with robots and monster to climb a tower/tree to visit

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

by Wolf Kanno on 01-30-2020 at 08:17 PM
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I mentioned this in my Chain of Memories entry for my Top 100 List, but Kingdom Hearts and I have a really awkward history with each other. This is a franchise that has always been more of a guilty pleasure for me than something I actively love. Funny enough, itís not even the basic premise that bothers me. While Final Fantasy meets Disney mash-up sounds contrived, KH has always managed to make it work since this

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra

by Wolf Kanno on 12-30-2019 at 09:56 PM
Top 100 List Blah blah blahÖ. I ended up re-writing this entry because the original was a little more bitter and more like just a genuine rant than a review. With that said, a little backstory is in order.
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Continuing my trend of snubbed entries in franchises, we now come back to a series that was very near and dear to me. At this point in time, the story of

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