Hey, everybody. It's been a long time since I posted anything here, and it's been even longer since I've really felt excited about the release of a certain game. So here's a brief look at game I'm especially looking forward to playing next! And just a quick head's up not to be too confusing, I tend to use the original Japanese titles for games. I have a somewhat irrational bias for original titles, no matter the language.
The last game I really felt the excitement hit before a release was for Xenoblade:
Xenogears has always been one of my absolute favorite games, and Xenosaga was pretty good (not good enough to attain "absolute" status), but once news broke about Xenoblade, I was instantly glued to any info the development team let slip to the media. The actual gaming experience was also great, especially when it was released in one of the worst times of my life--it really helped me escape and get my mind on something else. And now news of a possible sequel??
I am anxiously awaiting more news about this one!!!
So what about upcoming games? Anyone anxiously awaiting Final Fantasy XV?
Hmm, I don't know if the word is exactly "anxious" for me. I am looking forward to jumping back into the FF franchise with this title. I have not been excited about one since FFVII: Crisis Core, Dirge of Cerberus before that, and FFVII before that… I somehow fell off the FF bandwagon over the years and never got on it. Especially when there were other non-franchise titles out there. Over the years of gaming, I've noticed I really tend to go toward the less hyped-up games than the gigantic existence that is FF or even DQ.
Shortly after I moved to Japan in 2005, Square Enix released Drag-on Dragoon 2, which I originally saw a commercial on TV. The commercial also included some of the best cut scenes in the game as well as the theme song "Hitorii" by Nakashima Mika.
I had a lot of fun playing this, although at the time, I wasn't very good at action-based RPGs. The story, characters, music, and graphics all pitched in to help cultivate my playing skills. It was well worth it, too!
Another somewhat niche RPG by Square Enix that I was obsessed with was Nier: Replicant, the original Japanese version released on the PS3.
What I liked most about this game was how completely dark it was, the unique characters and various stories throughout the game, and how about the musical score!? So many of the tracks still give me chills!
This was the first time I really got to know Yoko Taro's name, even though I also played Drag-on Dragoon 2 many years previous. I wasn't so completely overtaken by the game at the time to really take notice of any of the staff. ^^;
What up-coming game I'm currently obsessing over
Shortly after I heard about the 3rd installment in the Drag-on Dragoon series, I saw exactly who was going to be working on it. Again we have Producer Shiba Takamasa, Director Yoko Taro, and Character Designer Fujisaka Kimihiko; all who which worked on the previous two DOD games. Sweet! Then I heard that Okabe Keiichi, who did the music from Nier, was also joining the ranks!? Yes, this is probably the moment my obsession mode kicked off. This new Drag-on Dragoon title is the first game in the series to be released in 8 years. Has it really been that long since DOD2!? Yip, it has! My, how the time flies!
And as you may have already heard, the October 31st release of the third game has been delayed until December 19th, which will also commemorate the series' 10th anniversary with a huge collector's box of goodies only available through Square Enix's e-STORE. There's just about one more week left to pre-order this set!!
While we wait, though, we've been given some nice, new info about the game and its various characters through magazine and online articles as well as special live broadcasts on NicoNico Live with Producer Shiba Takamasa. I'm not sure if the entirety of the first two broadcasts have been posted to YouTube, but I attempted to record and upload a few clips from it, if anyone is interested in checking it out!
Please note though, my laptop is seriously on its last leg and I have no good video/audio recording devices, so whatever movie I am able to make, it's rather crudely put together. With the newest clip, I recorded the video and audio separately, so although he sound quality is drastically improved from the original, the video is still pretty much crap. Sorry about that! If anyone has any suggestions for programs to save streaming media files on a Mac, let me know and I'll try again!!
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