JD - Tuesday | August 31 '99 - 5:30 pm EST|
Today's Q&A was a grab bag of letters. Surprise
surprise as the majority of letters I received focused on the upcoming
Dreamcast, FF 8 and Anthology. Read on and be amused. Also of note
an Important Announcement regarding RPGamer Activities at
the end of the Q&A.
Heya JD, well, I was just at RPGfan and discovered
they had real audio of several Chrono Cross songs. Well, me being
curios as I am, I listened to them. It was some of the best music,
I've heard since Xenogears. I am definitely going to get that game,
no doubt about it. Anyway, being as this is a question column, maybe
I should ask some questions.
1) What is your take on Gate Keepers? Personally I already think
it looks cool.
I can't say I've heard of the game. I searched the web for it to
no avail. No comment at this time.
2) Do you condone those of us that pirate music?
I am a poor broke guy, so the only way that I can listen to those
beautiful tunes is via mp3.
This is not for me to comment on.
3) If you could recommend one soundtrack cd(non-Ys)
what would it be?
Final Fantasy 8 OSV, Grandia Vol 1-2, Lunar Lunatic Festa Vol
1-3 and Magic Parade, Dragon Warrior 2 Symphony, Xenogears OSV..to
name a few.
4) Do you think they should let you raise Cuccos in
the new Zelda Gaiden? I think that would be cool. That's it, thanks
for your time ^.^
PS-Who do you think is sexier, Aeris or Tifa?(I just had to put
that one in for the poll guy)
Yes, Link can raise an army of flying chickens. Ganon Beware.
PS. why not both in their own way?
Okay, no real intro here...Oh wait, is this an intro?
Anyway...Um, please print this letter! Please...? *drops down to
1)To all people bashing ff4-So what if the game had cheesy dialogue,
no maturity, and practically zero sense? It was cute, fun, and when
you were a kid, I bet you liked it. (Hey, I thought my first rpg,
Mystic Quest, was the best game ever at 7. -_-;;;)
2)To all people bashing ff7-Maybe it's bandwagon, maybe it isn't.
I'm on the sidelines watching all this. The polygon figures were
a bit..."off", I loved to make fun of Clod-boy. The hated Aeris's
gutsand didn't quite enjoy the music. But it was still a great game!
Square did goof up on some stuff, but they're only human, right?
They're trying to improve, and trying to hit the big bucks with
better graphics, better plot and dialogue, a wider target of people
to sell their latest game to. Nobody said you had to play their
games, there's always OTHER companies. *ahem*
3)Since you, being the God of Q&A you are, seem to know a bunch
and have a good opinion of Ys, can you recommend one Ys from the
SNES I should try to find and play?
4)What are some good Pen and Paper RPGs and where can I find them?
They look interesting...Mwah... Thankyou if you print this letter,
um...I'll keep sending in stuff if you don't.
1/2. I'll keep this to the point. Many RPG Gamers have way too much
time on their hands, to argue and/or
bash FF games to the point of ludicrousness. Play a game you like, don't play what you don't like
and shut up. It's just a form of entertainment for pete's sake. A pissy aura has been hanging over
me all day, fun fun fun.
3. YS 4 and 5
4. I was told Warhammer, D&D, DragonLance are a couple of highly
recommended ones. I've never played Pen and Paper RPGs or have the
time to...so I'm probably the last person to ask on the issue.
is a sport, really
Hey JD!! I finally have enough for my Dreamcast!! Just a quick
1) am I the only one who bought a Sega CD?
2)What is your opinion of the sport of golf?
3)Why do people bash games or systems they haven't even played?
Like the Saturn, even though it is essentially a dead system, there
are a lot of quality games for it. Man this letter really sucks.
I cant think of anything to say. Ehhhh.....I uhhh want to play something
other than star ocean 2. Well I've put a lot of thought into it
and vie decided to end the letter here. endgame Im sick, gimmie
beer ;.';.';'.';.;.';'. JD, im really sorry I wasted your time
1. No many did, and it was a great system too. Night Trap, Sonic
CD, Silpheed, Vay, Lunar 1 and 2, Dark Wizard were some of the coolest
games for its time.
2. I try to play every sport out there, golf is no exception. Come
on, what could be more fun than walking around a golf course breathing
some fresh golf course air. As far as watching
golf on TV or playing a golf game well, I guess it's an acquired
taste, but I find the former quite dull.
3. There are tons of quality games for all systems. Though I will
say N64 was my least favorite due to lack of RPGs. However there
still were some great games for it. As for Saturn, sad to say many
cool games that did make it out here were at the end of the Saturn
run. I had a blast playing all Panzer Dragoon Shooters and Saga,
Virtua Fighter, Shining Force to name a few. My point returns to,
people like different things and in the end every system has something
entertaining for everyone. Extremism really must end, so get a life
you hardcore system loyalists.
or Shouldn't get a Dreamcast
Okay, okay. Strangely, poor, pitiful me tried playing a game besides
Ready2Rumble (the only thing playing at Babbages for the DreamCast),
I think it was Power Stones or some such thing, against my brother...
for about five minutes, tops. Now... I want to get that! Not the
DreamCast per se, just Power Stones! And SoulCalibur, seeing as
I am one of the greatest fans of the original SoulBlade/Edge (I
can never keep the name straight, oddly enough) (I also have all
but three of the extra weapons in the Weapon Master Mode!). So,
maybe you can help me. Just this afternoon, the new Poll of the
Week loaded, and I voted No, that I was never going to get a DreamCast.
But... if you can give me the names of at least two or three RPGs
(besides Shen Mue... that looks horrid) and a wonderful three dimensional
action-type sidescroller, plus the aledged cost of the DC, then
maybe... just maybe... a loyal Sony fan will fall back from his
pedestal and admit that Sega might actually be making the right
move. (If I do get the DC, there is no bloody chance I'm using the
modem for quite some time. My bro says there'll be a GoldenEye type
game with capabilities for 12 players, and he says that'll be "Hella
cool.") Please, don't let my friend know about this. She'd say my
brother and I are idiots. Ah, what the hell, tell her anyway. I've
never been known to be the smart one to her.
I'm not sure about the 3d action sidescroller one....My main concern
at the moment are RPGs, Sonic and Soul Calibur at launch. About
the the RPGs...This year in North America there are a number of
them, though what sticks out in my mind are Evolution and Black
Matrix. Hopefully many of the good/incredible RPGs (Games like Elemental
Gimmick Gear, Landers, Grandia 2, Langrisser Millenium, Eternal
Arcadia and the most likely Lunar 3) from japan will spill over into
the North American and even European market.
Boss in an RPG
What do you think is the most kick butt boss out of any game??
I think Deathevn is the best (pure evil, how can you beat that??)
Definitely Dark Force of Phantasy Star. How cool is a boss of pure
evil, omnipresent..watching..wating...controlling. Dark Force rules.
I'd follow that up with Darm of YS and Galam of Cosmic Fantasy 2.
Ocean 2 getting flack
So what up, G? I have got to know your reason for that succibicent
comment you made to the Man with the Hundred Dollars today (er,
yesterday, er, will-haven on been yesterday now).
I got some flack about my comment on Star Ocean 2 yesterday. Today
seems the most opportune time for my defense to those who chose
to attack me for my comment. The guy in question clearly could get
at most 2 games, one of which was FF8.
What remained unclear was, is Star Ocean 2 a better choice compared
to the upcoming games like Grandia or Suikoden 2? Not in my opinion.
I made no mention of any outright bashing of Star Ocean 2. I
purchased the game with high expectations, as a gamer and as a long
time Enix fan. My opinion of the game is that it is good, but no
where near the majesty some of you rant about. Even my long standing
friends, who are hardcore Enix fans still haven't had much desire
to beat the game. The game clearly is one of gameplay over story.
A few of you think it's the best thing to come out since bread and
butter and that's fine...We have a differing of opinion. If you
agree or disagree, write a review. If you don't know what the hell
I'm talking about read a review, simple as that.
FF7 Spoiler Warning
O wise and powerful JD,
I'm sure you've noticed the people who send in unequivocal
statements like (and I know you've heard this one): "Final Fantasy
VII sucks because it...uh...er...has FMV! Yeah, that's it! Oh, and
BTW, the highly censored, translated-by-someone-with-a-2nd-grade-reading-level
Now, I'm not saying that FF7 is perfect (of course
not). IMHO, it was too easy and the translation sucked. But I don't
see what the big problem is with FMV...I mean, you wouldn't be able
to do anything during Aeris' death scene anyway, so why not make
it look prettier? As for the other complaint, that all that FMV
doesn't leave room for story -- well, it's pretty obvious what Square
does: when it runs over, add another CD. FF7 was originally slated
for 2 CDs and then increased to 3 when they ran out of space for
extra FMV. So no, I don't think it squeezes out the actual gameplay
like several people have said.
As for the hailing of FF2 US/3 US as the best games
ever -- it's hilarious! Not that they aren't great games (they are)
but the fact that all the non-FMV things being attacked in FF7 were
either better done (IMO) or not much different than in the previous
games. For example, the "lack of closure." You CAN have too much
of a good thing -- witness FF2 US.
(Cecil: I'm a king!
Rosa: Yeah! And I'm his queen!
Yang: Guess what? I am a king too!
Edge: What a coincidence! So am I! Get the picture?)
And FF3/6 had only marginally more closure than FF7.
It was also a graphics hog in its time. And when it came out, people
wrote posts ripping it apart and holding up FF2 US as the best game
ever. Ring any bells? Anyway, I must now conclude by saying that
you're the best Q&A guy ever. (Please, oh please, give me some brownie
points for that!)
Every Final Fantasy has something that which it is better than it's
formers or latters. Every game in the series has its pros and cons
that make it stand out. As you all know by now, FF7/6 and 1 are
my favorites. Your point regarding the FMV issue is certainly one
to mull over.
Anthology Buy it
In Sunday's column, Zac said he would not reccomend
getting FFA if you have played both games. Though I see his point,
I disagree strongly. First off, many people justify emulation by
saying that the games they play are either impossible to find, or
never released in the US. All well and good, but now FF V is coming
here. To not buy FFA simply because you've played the translated
ROM would be hypocritical, and robbery. Secondly, does anyone realise
what a huge thing it is that we are getting the Anthology in the
first place? A few short years ago, Square wouldn't have even thought
of releasing a rerelease of half decade old RPGs in the US, and
now they are giving us FF Anthology. Square is finally beginning
to respect the US as a market for their games. If none of us buy
FFA because we've already played the ROMs, the message Square gets
will be pure and simple: Don't give us any more rereleases, we don't
want them. Is this what everyone wants? If you've played the FFV
ROM and liked it, or if you didn't buy FF VI/III and played the
ROM isntead, and enjoyed it, you owe Square the purchase of Final
Fantasy Anthology. Now get out there and spend your money!
I waited years to play FF V and I'm glad I did. Now I can enjoy
FF V for the first time in all its glory. Your comment on sending
Square a message if FFA doesn't sell is right on target. It'll be
interesting to see how well the game sells once it's released in
October. The sticky issue remains is FFA worth getting over the
competing RPGs of the time, Suikoden 2 and Grandia of note...Time
Finally The Rock HAS COME BACK TO RPGAMER! The Rock
is asking JD to publish The Rocks letter and answer the Rocks questions.
#1 The Rock wants to know what you think is a better buy, Final
Fantasy 8 or A DC?
#2 The Rock would like to know approximatley how long FF8 will be
since The Rock used some of his pocket change he found under his
$15,000 couch cushion to reserve his copy.
#3 The Rock would like to know if the FMV sequences are worth buying
Final Fantasy Anthology.
#4 The Rock would like to know if the millions. AND MILLIONS of
The Rocks fans think that he will once again be The WWF World Wrestling
Federation Champ, with The Rock standing in the middle of the ring
hearing the Rocks name. Rocky, Rocky, Rocky, Rocky. IF YA SMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLL
WHAT THE ROCK ;-0 is cooking.
1. Can't The Rock afford both? I personally couldn't decide one
or the other.
2. I've been told 40-50 hours is average.
3. No. Buy the game for the game itself.
4. Magic 8 Ball says "Maybe."
of the Day Award returns
You never print any of my letters. I've sent in out five letters
each day (under different names), but you never put any of them
up. I find myself sitting on my computer, becomming mad as my sanity
slowly slips from my grasp, waiting, sweat pouring from my face.....
is JD going to print my letter? No! I never get my letters printed!
Now, being wrapped up in a white jacket, I'll I can think about
is revenge.... revenge on humankind.... I can only wait patiently
until I get my hands on a weapon then- blaaah! Blam!!!! Kaboom!!!
Need I say anything?
JD You suck! You made me cry!
Here's some tissue paper, wait thats too expensive...here's some
In regards to your lil' comment that even FF1 sounds London Philharmonic to FF enthusiasts, I'd like to take a moment and point out that the Dragon Quest Symphonic Suites were performed by the RPO, with good ol' Koichi at the front.
Did I mention that Enix rocks?
-Josh a.k.a. Terry
|No wonder the Symphonic Albums sound so good.
Grandia II and Lunar 3. If that isn't enough reason to get a Dreamcast,
I don't know what is.
Eternal Arcadia and Langrisser Millenium.
What the hell happened to the idiot of the day awards. Im sure as hell
that we is aint no smrt er.
getting smarter? That is a trick question isn't it?
JD. I, too, work at an EB. Nobody will be getting a Dreamcast before 9/9/99.
If he takes it home when they come in, he'll be fired. If he sells one before
9/9/99, he'll be fired. Oh yeah, and that sore will have their Sega sales
lisence revoked. In other words, he'll be screwed.
that person yesterday was BSing.
Lord and Savior JD, Ok excuse me am moment while I laugh in that guys face
who thinks hes special because hes gettin a DC Tuesday, because I've had
mine since last December. *does a Nelson impression* HAHA!
Hi JD, Just wondering what the heck Redbook music is? Thanks.
the kind you find on regular Music CD's.
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