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    I’m not really far in X yet, since I didn’t really have the time to sink my teeth into it, but I like it so far and my only real criticism is that the game is huge with a ton of different mechanics and informations that you’re kind of overwhelmed with from the start without any real explanation on what it all means. The first game was fairly simple and clean by comparison, but I hope I’ll get used to it.
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    Glad to hear work on your novel is progressing! I guess we’ll discuss these things more in detail once I get back to the magnet conversation (which WILL happen, I promise!) My holidays were much better than expected and I’m beginning the new year in good spirits. I had a chance to really unwind and the fact that I managed to get the Wii U to my new home in one piece is just the cherry on top. It’s also a turned out to be a blessing I disguise that I don’t have a separate tab and have to plug the console into my PC monitor, since now I sit closer to the screen and can read every bit of that tiny text perfectly

    My main New Year’s resolution mainly involves writing. I’ll do my best to get back to writing and posting a weekly short story again, just to really start working on my skills again and flex those creative muscles (also, Neil Gaiman has kind of reminded me why I love shorts as a form in the first place), and I definitely want to at least finish the first draft of my current novel by the end of the year. Here’s hoping I can keep it up.
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    Hey, sorry for taking so long - holidays! Happy New Year, btw, and I hope you had a relatively peaceful Christmas, at least

    Can’t remember the pirate dude but I remember Ozma being great and one of the biggest draws of the Law path along with Ravness.

    Meanwhile, I just finished Xenogears this morning. I ended up storming Deus without taking down any of the pillars and ended up beating it fairly easily while taking all its elements out would’ve been incredibly time-consuming. Also, looking at the majority of opinions on the internet, I must be some kind of Xenogears hipster because I enjoyed both Babel Tower and D Block, but felt that everything about Maria’s arc was underwhelming and pretty lame, with the track “Wings” being CRIMINALLY overrated. It starts off nice and cool but then just goes and loops around the main melody, which is definitely not Mitsuda at his finest, to say the least. Also, screw the Thames for being pointless padding in an already huge game.

    Continuing the hipster trend, I actually really appreciate discord 2 the way it is. Not only do the best parts of the story happen here, they progress quickly with very little padding and the buildup to the end is immense because of that. Not to mention it also helped reduce end-game fatigue, so instead of feeling like shouting “when will this end” at the game, it felt like I spent just the right amount of time with the game. I also don’t feel like a Lacan game is necessary or even has enough material to be interesting, tbh - it’s basically just an arc that’s part of Fei and Elly’s backstory and I feel that the game spends just enough time on it to make it all meaningful.

    But yeah, Xenogears is great and I still love it very much and I’m glad I played it again. And now that I’ve kidnapped my brother’s Wii U, finally, I can jump right into Xenoblade Chronicles X after work today!
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    You gonna post your thoughts on choices as well? ^^
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    Okay so Babel Tower wasn’t nearly as bad as I remembered
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    The Giant Wels went down in exactly two hits. Aerods.
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    I still enjoy the crazy violins

    Btw, Iím at the orphanage now and I have an ether doubler! Aerods are fun
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    I actually really enjoy most of his battle themes, except CT’s regular battle. Sure, he goes all out with the more important boss fights, but I really enjoy that subtle constant-tension loop in Xenogears’ battle themr
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    Yeah, JRPGs need more battle tracks. The only thing I’m dreading about Xenoblade X is the fact that Black Tar is the only normal battle theme. And I like Black Tar.
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    Also, I just noticed something very interesting about the Xenogears battle theme. I know a lot of people hate it for some reason, but I really dig it. When you listen to it, it gives you the impression of going in circles with a constant buildup of tension but no clear resolution. And this is done in typical Mitsuda, non-functional fashion - there is no tonic. The chords build tension but never get resolved. Pre-dominants become dominants which become pre-dominants again, and this really keeps you on your toes throughout because there really isn’t a moment where you can just take a moment to relax. It’s glorious.
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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Arc the Lad II

by Wolf Kanno on 03-27-2018 at 10:53 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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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Final Fantasy III

by Wolf Kanno on 03-07-2018 at 08:10 PM
Blah blah blah Top 100 blah blah blah too many good games to list. Blah blah blah, games that weren't good enough for my list but still excellent nonetheless.

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Of the Classic series within Final Fantasy, FFIII was the last one for me to play, partly cause I didn't emulate very often and partly because I had hoped SE would come to their senses and re-release this title.

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: I am Setsuna

by Wolf Kanno on 02-23-2018 at 06:38 AM
So I did my Top 100 last year, and this year, I'm focusing on a few entries that didn't make the cut for one reason or another. I'll start off by saying that most of the games mentioned in this blog series are all worth playing, they simply just haven't enraptured me enough to place them on my List. I started with Demon's Souls, and i have about 24 more entries to go. I know I said it would be like four or five, but giving myself some time to think about it made me realize how many great games I

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My Top 100's Lost but not Forgotten: Demon's Souls

by Wolf Kanno on 01-22-2018 at 03:23 AM
So as many people know, last year I did my Top 100 Games list, but as usual, there were a lot of games I loved that just didn't make the mark for one reason or another. I didn't really want to make a thread about it though, and figured the Blog would suit it better because there is likely only five or six games I wish to highlight here. I also feel annoyed I never use the Blog feature as much since it feels like a better platform for these types of discussions. In addition to these blogs, I do plan

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by Wolf Kanno on 11-08-2017 at 01:25 AM


A few days ago, I went to a midnight showing of Princess Mononoke at the Esquire Theater downtown. The very same theater I went to watch it the first time back in 1999 during it's initial release in the States. At that time, I was an avid anime fan who would consume whatever I could find as the medium was only in the beginning phases of it's explosive popularity in the 2000s, so the prospect of being able to watch an anime flick in an actual movie

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