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    I only read the history of Gears and Saga sections and didn't really notice them being particularly critical of either series. It was an interesting look at the creation of the series. I remember thinking that Takahashi actually had an opportunity to make a more complete game with Xenosaga, but it turns out that Xenogears was actually a much more complete product, even if the gameplay of the second disc got gutted. I really need to give Xenosaga another shot since I kind off fell off that with Ep. II. Xenogears, on the other hand, has kind of steadily been building up in my head and if I were to make a top games list today, it would be much higher. And I've come to the conclusion that I actually really dig disc 2 as a design decision.

    Yeah, I heard. I definitely like how your decisions really determine which way Denam's character goes. Mine was pretty much a proto-Ramza. Still interesting, though he kind of lacked the rich character backstory that Ramza had which made him far more compelling in my view, since he wasn't a pure paragon of justice just because. It's kind of shame though that Chapter 4 is the same regardless of route, if I remember correctly
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    You've probably seen all this, but it's pretty cool
    http://xenogearsxenosagastudyguide.b...xenogears.html
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    Well, in my playthrough, Vyce was the Delita That reminds me - the fact that Vyce always goes the opposite direction to you is incredibly fascinating, especially with how both routes really fit his character.

    Now that you've committed an insane atrocity and I can no longer look you in the eye, at least you have the option of recruiting Dame Ravness.

    In other news, saw The Red and the Black yesterday. It's nice to see the mythology arc of the X-Files really coming together, though I have a feeling we won't be seeing a satisfying resolution ever. Still, the hypnosis scene alone was fantastic and was another opportunity for Anderson to showcase her immense acting talent.

    Also, Bad Blood was pretty insane.
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    Normally, Id assume Chaos, but since you said you took an "interesting" route with what I picture to be a malicious grin, I am led to the assumption that you murdered them and picked the Law path
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    Youre gonna have to be way more specific. No sich thing as an uninteresting scenario in a Matsuno game
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    The stuff I sent you was from the project I abandoned for now I've actually told you pretty much nothing about this new project. I'm even considering telling you nothing until I send ykou the completed draft for beta reading

    Cool! Law orchaos?
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    Sounds interesting. Can't wait to see how it plays out. So I take that its more like Tactics Ogre than FFT in that regard where the stones eventually overtook the story, while TO basically meeps it purely pplitical.

    Its actually pretty hard for me to describe the fantasy component of my thingwithout going intoore detail, so let me just say that magic used to be more abundant in the past, has ben commodified and is basicaoly a science now but isweaker, butsomething is causing it to come back to its former level. And that's kind of the surface of hhe main plot, but we'll see where that goes
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    Sounds like a solid basis for a good plot. Are you planning on integrating any overt fantasy elements, or just leave it more about the historical side of things?
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    I'm currently looking into some non-European history since I kind of want to make the story less conventional by having a setting not be inspired by Medieval Europe (and yet I still kinda consider it high fantasy? It's weird). Also, lots of myths and religion. I also have a character kinda sorta based on Nicholas II Romanov, who's also kind of the opposite of him at the same time? It's weird.

    But yeah, I can see a lot of Tactics Ogre, FFXII, and other influences in the story I have in my mind for now as well. Also, Xenogears, which I only noticed later on. But still, I've really only just started and think the story will change to the degree that the inspiration might not be visible unless you're looking for it. Hell, I'd say it's pretty different already.

    I'm kind of envious of the fact that you could successfully study history, tbh. Like I said, I love reading and hearing about it and I think it's super important. I just wish I actually had the opportunity to take it in properly back when I was still at a young and malleable age.

    But I definitely won't let my lack of historical knowledge stop me. I'll research what I need, but in the end, I don't want my faithfulness (or lack thereof) to real life history to hamper the story I'm trying to write.
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    I did decide to take a leaf out of his book by inspiring parts of the stories on real life historical events. It's been an interesting brainstorming session, to say the least, considering history has always been one of my weakest subjects. Mostly because my elementary school teacher killed all my enthusiasm in the subject by humiliating me in front of the whole class. Which is a real shame because when I do get down to it, I love history, but learning it has always been a horrendous experience.

    But still, it's just fantasy
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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Suikoden IV Part 2 ~ Suikoden Tactics

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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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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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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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