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    You know what the odds of that happening are though

    Although, at the same time, what with Monolith doing very well lately, SE might wanna capitalize on that by collaborating on a Xenogears remake. That would be pretty awesome actually
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    Too bad that, likr most FFXV guest composers, he composed like three tracks - the rest are arrangements by some other guys
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    Listening to the XC2 soundtrack today and pieces like this are why I really miss Mitsuda and wish so much that he would compose more

    I’m honestly surprised with how well-arranged this is, and I say that as someone who’s spent a considerable chunk of his life in a choir
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    Yes. I mean, movement wise they’re a bit harder to control than just going on foot and combat doesn’t feel as, idk, robust as ground comvat? (No secondary cooldpwns, for example), but then that’s made up for by the fuel management mechanic making an awesome comeback from Xenogears, though it doesn’t work exactly like it, it’s still making me think about managing my tobot’s energy a lot. Plus, the scale change is just amazing. The world looks way different from up high and moving around is much faster. It’s also easier to grind levels - I’m pretty sure exp depends only on level, but the monster’s overall difficulty depends not just on that, but also on what size you are in comparison. So I can beat enemies that are higher in level but much smaller and then my levels soar.

    Overall though, it’s much like Xenogears in that Skell combat depends on the money you put into it rather than experience, though your character levels are still important as they determine which Skells you can ride. The one you get for free is level 20, then there’s a selection of level 30, 50, and 60 types in the post game. I’ve also only piloted a light type Skell so far, but there are also medium and heavy types, all with their advantages and disadvantages (medium is what I’ll ptobably be getting next).
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    There’s always tomorrow! At least you didn’t lose the whole weekend

    Meanwhile, I have wrecked my Skell once. But it’s all good because I just need one more level to buy a new Skell that will be much better than the last one!
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    I did get some done actually. Not a lot, in fact it was very little, but it was something!
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    Yeah, not feeling like it was pulled from the main game is important. Still, the Witcher kind of had it easy if only because they had a lot of lore to rely on to make things interesting, not to mention the main formula behind the entire franchise, both books and games, is retelling old folk tales from various parts of the world with varying degrees of post-modernism. And so, the first expansion reintroduces a much beloved character from the books and first game in a very sweet scenario, with its main plot being a retelling of a very unique Polish version of Faust known as Pan Twardowski (probably the only version in which the Faust character outwits the devil, either through his smarts or by having a wife that’s scarier than the devil), but it does it in such a way that is very much reflective of modern-day sensibilities and in general is just an incredibly poignant tale about the human condition - not to mention the fact that there are two endings and disputes about which one is good and which one is bad are still going on. And for all the shortcomings the second DLC has, it has the most delicious throwbacks to the books, including the single best character in the franchise who was believed to be dead and he’s just perfectly done in the game. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. In general, neither of the two DLCs feel like they were cut out from the main game - they fit right in but they are their own contained stories.

    My writing has slowed down a bit. I wanted to spend a larger part of the weekend writing, but instead I had to deal with a particularly severe migraine so I slept through most of it, to my frustration. I will make progress today, however. No more excuses. And at least I feel well rested for once.
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    Btw, the game kinda threw me off guard. There was one character that, from aesthetics alone, make me think he’s the “Uzuki” character of this game. But now that I’ve seen more of him, he does not fit that at all. However, I later learned another character I know can join the party later and not only is he very Japanese, he also uses a sword, so now I’m pretty sure it’s him, even if he lacks the trademark long hair.
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    I mean, even the trash missions are fine because you really get to familiarize yourself with this world in a relatively organic fashion. I’ve been discovering a lot and have covered a sizeabld chunk of the first three continents, though some of the exploration is blocked out so far and I think I need a Skell to really get around. Speaking of, I JUST GOT MY GIANT ROBOT HOLY CRAP!!!

    I will definitely get the DLC when I get to that game. I like how big, substantial DLCs are becoming the norm now. Like in the Witcher 3, which is imo the gold standard of what DLC should be, has a bundle of free DLC which isn’t substantial and is mostly additional missions and aesthetic, but it’s free so that’s great. And then there’s substantial bits of DLC, one of which has one of the best stories I’ve ever played and the most fun bosses in the series, while in the latter they’ve added a whole new open world that is even better designed than in the former (and that second DLC alone won game of the year 2016, which is really saying a lot). So I do appreciate it when the devs ho out of the way to take all they learned from the base game and then make it even better in the DLC.

    So I’m about halfway through XCX and I think my next game is going to be Bayonetta. Unless I get stuck in the abyss that is post-game content, of which I heard there is A LOT in this game.
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    Yeah, only this time they’re kind of two separate kinds of missions. Basically, all the trash quests are called Basic Missions while all the other ones are Normal Missions. There’s also an additional type - Affinity Missions, which are even more robust, fully voiced, and connected to the main story, but I treat them pretty much just like story missions since they’re mostly character development, and they’re pretty much there to accommodate to the non-linear story structure this game has compared to the first. Some of them are also mandatory to progress.

    That’s good to hear. It’s always nice when a company goes out of its way to really provide substantial DLC.
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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
You know the drill by now...


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.


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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Mononoke Hime

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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