No Recent Activity

5776 Visitor Messages

  1. View Conversation
    It’s true. And it’s great. It doesn’t feel too indulgent but it does make XV very much connected to its roots. This is another aspect of it that really brings XII to mind, since it’s not an outright tribute like IX was, but it’s also not totally distancing itself like XIII. I do feel V is getting particular attention here, what with the track I linked, the Garula, as well as some architectural details. Of course, these references have nothing on the VI references, but that’s kind of to be expected with Tabata
  2. View Conversation
    Yeah it’s the V battle theme. There’s even a bit of the main theme in there too. Neat that they added this for the Omega battle in particular.
  3. View Conversation
    Yeah it’s clear those work better for a band. Though I’d still argue they’d be just as good played by an orchestra if arranged better. But I guess it doesn’t really matter in the end since the game uses midi anyway

    Anyway, I’ve been looking through the FFXV Royal Edition ost and found something very interesting. Let me know if you get what I mean, it doesn’t become clear until about a minute in

  4. View Conversation
    Sounds like Hamauzu is just not your style and that’s perfectly understandable - I’m not gonna try and convince you that you’re wrong since that would be ridiculous :P But yeah I can see how his style could clash with the expectations set with the other titles. He’s a unique sounding composer but that means he won’t fit in everywhere. Ito and Uematsu blend much better together in that regard.

    And I wouldn’t necessarily denounce TWEWY as a fluke - that was just a game where he had the opportunity to really capitalize on his strengths. Anything orchestral done by Ishimoto will always sound really off because he really doesn’t know what to do with the instruments and he pretty much just layers the harmonies in the same way you would with electronic music. He’s really great at electronic sounds. But somewhere along the lines someone must have told him one of his more orchestral pieces was good or something an now he insists in on torturing me with those and I wanna die. I haven’t even played KH3 but I know that game deserves a better final battle theme than that. Any game deserves better than that.

    Also, back on topic, I do feel pretty much any video game track can work for a live ensemble, a rock band, or even a solo piano piece - it’s all in how good the arranger is. Idk this may be weird but despite my general disappointment with he FFVIII soundtrack, I feel like the Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec album really work and it’s all thanks to Shirō Hamaguchi just really knowing how to arrange for an orchestra well, and what annoys me the most about the original soundtrack is just the really weak instrumentation
  5. View Conversation
    Hamauzu has an incredibly distinct voice, and yeah, it can become very jarring at times. Personally, I don’t even really have a problem with it since for example Unlimited Saga seems divorces enough from the rest that the soundtrack just happens to bring that out a bit more. It’s a different style but at least it’s still internally consistent.

    Though I feel the issue with what I sent you is different. True, Shimomura has her own distinct voice (side note: it’s funny to me how both she and Hamauzu are the most classically trained of the SE composers and both sound very distinct, and yet absolutely nothing like each other at the same time), but while she may rank above Ishimoto on my personal preference list, Ishimoto is still imo a very capable composer. I even like his KH tracks for the most part, like the Vanitas themes which I think is pretty interesting. The issue here is that he just... goes for the most basic mashup of Guardando nel Buio, Rage Awakened and some other battle themes, trying his best to ape Shimomura, while also adding those smurfing high-pitched violins he put everywhere in Type-0 that drive me absolutely nuts. He’s trying to do an impression without even knowing how to do it’s Ishimoto’s orchestrations are hollow, completely lacking the rich, romantic textures of Shimomura’s work. And most damningly, Shimomura’s final battle themes were always something incredible. She never relied on easy remixes - Darkness of the Unknown, l’Impeto Oscuro, Vector to the Heavens - they all really felt like unique tracks that were tailor-made for the final battle and it always felt epic. This just feels sad
  6. View Conversation
    I do agree, but I’m mostly fine with it. I feel it’s kind of a similar issue to how Harry Potter is very rarely someone’s favorite character from that series - we step in their shoes so their personality kinda blends.

    Meanwhile, I’ve been looking at the KH3 soundtrack a bit and I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Ishimoto did the final battle music. And he completely botched it.

    (SPOILER)

    Luckily, Shimomura got to do some music for the secret boss of the reMind DLC. Honestly, I feel only she can do KH music right

    (SPOILER)
  7. View Conversation
    I actually think the band is the perfect representation of the four classic temperaments. Gladiolus is choleric, Prompto is sanguine, Ignis is melancholic and Noctis is phlegmatic. I’ve honestly recently been thinking how if you want a cast of four to really be compelling, they’ll usually just naturally fall into this pattern. Don’t know why that is but it looks like the Greeks were on to something.

    But yeah, overall I’m really fond of this writing and these characters, and I’m enjoying the plot and world building a whole bunch as well. I also do enjoy the fact that Gladio is the one to read a book since I feel that’s one of the things that show he really isn’t what he seems at first glance - even though most scenes reinforce that preconception. Prompto is the one that just makes me go “look, it me” the most and idk if that’s a good thing or if I should be embarrassed lol. Ignis is a total sweetie. I remember some people complaining at launch that he’s a total emotionless robot but like, there’s just so much to him? He’s funny, he’s smart and he definitely cares - he’s just not as outward about it. Noctis is pretty cool too and I enjoy him being lazy, but since the main plot is really about him, I feel that with him we learn much more about what he has to do rather than learning who he is. But then he’s also our viewpoint character so that’s a bit understandable I’d say.

    But yeah, overall, thoroughly enjoying my playthrough. Hopelessly sucked in. Every day I’m counting the hours until I can play again. It’s great.
  8. View Conversation
    Hm. Well thanks regardless. By the way I’ve noticed an interesting thing in the lead up to the Titan fight. Gladio is uncharestically mean towards Noctis and then Noctis tells him he’s thankful for his father. That bit was so good because it told us that Gladio is actually mourning his father (something which to that point made me think bordered on plothole), that he’s getting through it by focusing on his job and not talking about it, and then that final kind just shows that he and Noctis share an incredibly tight bond because Noctis understood even though nothing was directly stated. It’s this kind of subtle writing that I absolutely love about this game because I feel it’s been missing in the series. This is real fine mature writing.
  9. View Conversation
    Hey so all those coins and banknotes. They’re the only loot I’m not selling right now since I recall someone saying they’re important. Do you know what they’re for?
  10. View Conversation
    So I found this amusing

Showing Visitor Messages 1 to 10 of 5776
About Wolf Kanno

Basic Information

About Wolf Kanno
Gender:
M
Location:
Nowhere and Everywhere
Interests:
Writing,gaming, martial arts, music, and the occult...
Contributions:
  • Former Cid's Knight
Screen Names
Formerly:
Wolf Manno, Reginald the Dastardly, Ultima Weapon
Game-related Statistics
Playstation Network:
wolf0kanno
3DS Friend Code:
4141-2917-7092
Steam Username:
wolf0masaki
External Links
YouTube:
Wolf0Kanno

Signature


Statistics


Total Posts
Total Posts
18,384
Posts Per Day
3.66
Visitor Messages
Total Messages
5776
Most Recent Message
07-08-2020 08:25 AM
General Information
Last Activity
Today 02:19 AM
Join Date
10-20-2006
Referrals
2

43 Friends

  1. Alucard von Elru
  2. Anno Domini Anno Domini is offline

    time for 2nd chances

    • Send a message via AIM to Anno Domini
    Anno Domini
  3. Ayen Ayen is offline

    Resident Critic

    • Send a message via Skype™ to Ayen
    Ayen
  4. Bolivar
  5. Bright Shield
  6. Carl the Llama Carl the Llama is offline

    This could be Dangerous!

    • Send a message via MSN to Carl the Llama
    • Send a message via Skype™ to Carl the Llama
    Carl the Llama
  7. Cloudane
  8. Crimson Crimson is offline

    Because I got high

    • Send a message via MSN to Crimson
    Crimson
  9. Croyles
  10. Darkwolf090 Darkwolf090 is offline

    A figure clad in armor.

    Darkwolf090
Showing Friends 1 to 10 of 43
Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast
View Wolf Kanno's Blog

Recent Entries

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.

Read More

Updated 06-01-2020 at 09:44 PM by Wolf Kanno

Categories
Video Games

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

Read More

Categories
Video Games

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

Read More

Updated 07-06-2020 at 08:17 PM by Wolf Kanno

Categories
Video Games

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

by Wolf Kanno on 01-30-2020 at 08:17 PM
You know the drill…


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, it’s 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

Read More

Categories
Video Games

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 blah…. 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.
*************************************************************************


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

Read More

Categories
Video Games