Book of the Past:
I originally got into gaming when my brother broke his collarbone from a stupid skateboarding stunt my father allowed him to do ("Hey, son, won't it be cool if you hold onto the back of my car as I drive around town!?"). As a get well soon gift, my parents bought him a NES, from which his gaming days began. Me, I just enjoyed watching him play, mostly RPGs until I tried them myself eventually. My first game was Dragon Quest and I remember quitting shortly after the first dragon killed me. lol
Since then, though, I have enjoyed games for multiple reasons, mostly because I love stories and characters...and games are the perfect way for me to experience the hard work and strife that the characters have to go through. It's fun and I feel like I can play a part in their story. It's a much better story than mine.
My favorite RPGs of the past are (in no certain order):
Shadow Hearts 1 & 2
Not too long ago we had a couple extra days off from work and I found myself bored, stuck at home with nothing to do. So I went on PSN to see if there might be any interesting RPGs that I could download a trial version. I got two games: Ragnarok Online (I think...!) and SOL TRIGGER. I first played a bit of ST and liked it quite a bit, then gave the other game a try. I quickly got bored with the latter and went back to ST, which I progressed quickly through the trial version. Unfortunately, the trial abruptly ends after you beat the first boss. I wanted to go ahead and purchase the full version of the game, but by that time it was too late to go out and buy prepaid card for PSN. So, I sat alone in my house, being bored, and leveled up my characters and gained access to all special attacks. Little did I know that when I finally got the full version, there would be no way to import the trial game save to the full version. :(
ANYWAY, long story short, I really grew to love this game, quickly. First off, Farel is one of the "children of light" people who have the ability to utilize their soul energy, something not very different from the ancient myths of magic. Unfortunately for these peoples, those without this special power living in the inner city have been suffering from an assortment of things. Which great suffering comes a greater need to believe in a power that can save you, to heal your wounds, and something to hope for. This became the Machine God. The people worshiped this being and in return were spared. But little do the common folk know that this God and the Church that support it had been capturing the Children of Light and using them as batteries to fuel their army of machines.
The Church of Machines imprison a great majority of the entire population of the Children of Light until one of their ranks stepped forward to break the oppression: Wyle & his small band of Sol Trigger fighters. Eventually in a major strike against the Church, Wyle succeeds in destroying a gigantic Airship but inevitably goes down with the ship, leaving the Sol Triggers without a leader for a bit until Farel, who was pre-appointed as successor, takes up the role of leader.
What I really like about this game, especially the first half, is the tremendous feeling of desperation and hopelessness throughout the story. All the characters are in an assortment of black uniforms, they live in a secluded hideout and are often on the run. Plus, I really enjoyed the character of Farel. I guess you could say he's the typical heroic leader in RPGs, but you get to see a decent progression with his character... and through the very end of the game, it gets quite emotional. It could just be me, but there were parts in this story where it really got me teary-eyed. :p
ANYWAY, enough about that for now... next I'd like to offer you guys a little treat. There is no full-length soundtrack for this game, which is quite surprising, giving the quality of the music. There is, however, a mini-soundtrack of 7 tracks coupled with 4 tracks of a Drama CD available; unfortunately, they didn't really pick the best themes to be on this CD. :p So in my boredom & emotionally frayed state after finishing the game, I set up a small Fan Site for the game. As I was playing through to the end of the 2nd half of the game, I recorded a bunch of the music to serve as an unofficial soundtrack. The files aren't the greatest but the themes are amazing!! If anyone is interested in hearing some awesome tunes from this game, you can find these tracks on my site, here: http://sol.firesanctuary.com
Just to let you know, though, I will not post the tracks from the officially released mini-soundtrack/drama CD, and should they release an official, full-length soundtrack, I will remove these files.