Amazing VGM: Determination (Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift)

Get all your Undertale references out of the way now because lord knows this blog has enough of them as it is!

Many of the Final Fantasy spinoffs tend to be overlooked. Most of us are looking for the best of the best when we seek out new games, and thus most would assume that the mainline entries are better than the spinoffs. When a series has been milked as much as Final Fantasy has, you know that the games that aren’t numbered entries may be forgotten in the conscience of the mainstream gaming community. I mean sure the first Final Fantasy Tactics is remembered as a classic but you don’t hear as much about the two sequels; Tactics Advance and Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.

People disliked Tactics Advance because it wasn’t as edgy or “mature” as the original since it dealt with a bunch of school children being transported to a fantasy world as opposed to the politically driven nature of the original Tactics, but I find myself more attached to Tactics Advance than the original. Granted this could be because I only saw the original Tactics through a let’s play which makes it harder to keep track of things, and it could be possible that once I rectify this I may change my mind, but the point is that I like Tactics Advance. Read more

Steam Greenlight Landfill: Giana Sisters 2D

Giana Sisters 2D | Title Screen

Giana Sisters 2D is a painfully dull platformer. More specifically it is a PC port of Giana Sisters DS, which itself was a reboot for a 1987 Commodore 64 title called “The Great Giana Sisters.” Now it goes without saying that most 2D platformers have been inspired by Super Mario Bros 1 in some way, but The Great Giana Sisters was so much of a blatant ripoff that Nintendo threatened to sue its developers if they didn’t pull the game from shelves, to which they actually complied and removed it.

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Standard Review: Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel (DS)

Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel | Box

My feelings on the Inuyasha anime have been fairly mixed over the years. When I saw it as a child, It had me hooked and I was seriously drawn into it, but over time I started to notice more and more problems with it. The series has some very strong and powerful moments, but there are two problems. The first of these is repetitive nature of the plot that is paced like a bad JRPG where every arc ends when Inuyasha almost kills Naraku but he gets away due to some bullshit reason. Additionally the fight scenes also seem to be based on turn based RPG logic because it they always seem to end when Inuyasha remembers to use that super powerful move he just learned 40 episodes ago to destroy the enemy. And the second reason was just how cringeworthy our central characters are. Inuyasha is an overconfident dumb ass with a massive ego and Kagome is your typical Mary Sue only with bitchy anime girl disorder, and I would know since most of my Twitter followers also have this disorder.

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Amazing VGM: Celadon City (Pokemon Red & Blue)

See, I told you I would go with something happier than last week’s VGM… although I could probably upload the sound of dying kittens and it would be less depressing to listen to then “Sayo-nara” was. But anyway, since the last track seemed to take heavy influence from the “Lavender Town” theme, I decided I would go with the song that plays in the next town in the game; “Celadon City.”

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JRPG Update Pro: December 2017

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It has been a while hasn’t it? Well, here it is, the return of JRPG Update. As I have stated in my Update of JRPG Update, updates will new be split into two separate subseries focused on professional releases and indie titles respectively.  They are also going to be monthly instead of weekly, as it was way too taxing to do so weekly and it got in the way of my regular content. Additionally, I am only embedding trailers that are in English now as to reduce the lag that greatly obstructs progress during editing. If you want to see the Japanese trailers then click the links provided.

Anyway, starting the JRPG releases since last update, we have seen the release of Xenoblade Chronciles 2 (Switch), Tokyo Xanadu eX (PS4/PC), Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope – 4K & Full HD Remaster (PS4/PC), Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis (PS4/XBox One), Romancing SaGa 2 (PS4/Vita/Xbox One/Switch/PC), World of Final Fantasy (PC), Omega Quintet (PC), Elminage Original: Priestess of Darkness and The Ring of the Gods (PC), and Yodanji (Switch/PC)

Anyway, now for the news.

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The Top 25 Most Disturbing Video Game Songs (25-13)

Top 25 Most disturbing video game songs

Music has always been a very integral part of almost any media. The idea of musical accompaniment to plays dates back thousands of years. In video games, the interactivity means players will precede at their own pace, so the music is often more “full” than in movies. Tracks are often used to signify places, events, or characters in games to set certain tones.

Naturally, one of these tones set is the element of fear. Most of the time, we don’t stop to think about the music used for these sequences. There are some tracks that people will listen to in their spare time for their own enjoyment; these are not those tracks. These are instead songs that, upon hearing them, will leave the listener uneasy and jarred through both their sound and their in game use.

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Oprainfall VGM of the Week Directory

Guardian Acorn | Logo

So, since I was too busy to put together an Amazing VGM article this week, I figure the next best thing is to put together a directory of all the installments of its predecessor, VGM of the Week, that I wrote for Oprainfall back in 2015. I feel it would be cheep to post them individually since they are shorter pieces, so here is a link to each one.

Radiant Historia – The Red Locus

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows – Morishige’s Theme of Love

Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 4 – Tycho

Shadow of the Colossus – Demise of the Ritual

Luigi’s Mansion – King Boo’s Theme

Sonic Adventure – Azure Blue World

Wonder Boy 3: Monster Lair – The Ice World

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Quick Review: 99Seconds (Wii U/DS)

99Seconds | horseshoes

This is one of the last three game reviews from Oprainfall I have yet to post here. Admittedly, the game itself is pretty  uneventful, although fairly fun. It’s one of those games that I found myself forgetting exists multiple times over the years, and only remember it because I reviewed it.

http://archive.is/QqUgO

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Detailed Review: Tales of Hearts R (Vita/Ios)

Tales of Hearts R | special attack

The 2nd to last review I did for Oprainfall. I unfortunately had a lot of trouble with this review due to a mix of being a few weeks late since I registered the PSN code to the wrong account and couldn’t access it on my Vita, and taking longer for me to finish due to my depression being at its worse around that time. Thinking back, I ma y have been a bit harsher on this game than I should have, and my depression may have worsened it. Granted I stand by most of what I said in the review, it’s just the score that would be a little higher. This is why I don’t do scores on my own site.

http://archive.is/l1tFY

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JRPG Update: 6/4/2017 – 6/10/2017

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There were some pretty exciting announcements made this week in terms of vocalizations, and I think a lot of people will agree with me on that one.  But before that, we need to go over this week’s new releases. First we have Dark Rose Valkyrie on the PS4, our most recent Compile Heart/Idea Factory RPG. Secondly, we have ClaDun Returns: This is Sengoku! for PS4, Vita, and Steam by Nippon Icchi Software. Additionally, last week I forgot about Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo HD Edition for PS4. Anyway, let us begin.

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