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Darksiders 2
The Foundry. This is doing a great job of reminding me how bad I am at navigating a 3-dimensional space.

Updated about 5 hours ago

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Never Alone
Laundry day game; finished Never Alone; working on FoxTales. Got a little irritating by the end, but still enjoyable overall.

Updated about 11 hours ago

MotherKojiro's Status

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about 15 hours ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Make a "No Star" game an F-Tier was a good idea! Sadly I started to re-do the rating already!
about 3 days ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Don't forget! Kevin Smith got Mark Hamill to play Cockknocker (actual name) in Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back! That was great.

I say, MotherKojiro, do you ever make a specific theme for your page's color scheme? Like, your last one kinda looked like Nickelodeon slime. Did you think about making the header neon orange? I frequently change my colors too. The one I had before was autumn leafy auburn with a tree color, now I gotta pumpkin spice or maybe pumpkin pie color scheme.

Oh, what's this? Looks like we've got some extra songs to critique. Let's do it.

Can't Let Go - Mariah Carey
Jock Jam, The (Megamix)
Loser - Beck
Material Girl - Madonna
Meet The Flintstones - BC-52s
Still - Alannis Morissette
about 6 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Focus: Only playing one game
Aww, thank you, I'm so pleased that you liked it~ I liked creating the gradient backdrop and the winking star as well! I'm comfortable with the way I'm writing the Random Saturnday beginning on a Saturday and then concluding it on the following Saturday (I feel the wordplay would become moot if I literally began and uploaded it on any other day of the week)

I would be happy to try Super Tempo one day (but preferably as a Christmas gift); ten Saturn games in, I think I'm ready to try imports a few weeks from now! I look forward to buying an Action Replay Plus cart and one Japanese Saturn game, something small to start with and one I honestly never considered until quite recently
about 7 days ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
I looked at gameplay of it. Seems like the same idea as the Star Wars Trilogy arcade. Maybe not as good, though, since the Trilogy ended with a lightsaber battle against Vader. Chuck E. Cheese was a pretty cool place, back in the day. I remember their pizza was surprisingly good.

Oh yeah, the part with the pit of lava? I'll give you that; that was annoying as fuck. I think I had to stop to look up where I was supposed to go at one point.

This is just my personal opinion, but I feel the reason X1 is held at such a high pedestal is because it had the most memorable mavericks and music. That, and it's just the most replayable game to me. X4 is the only one that comes close, but I like X2 a lot as well. X3 is too damn hard to be considered as good, and X5 is only great if you're playing with a fan patch that fixes all of its annoyances. So, yeah, even after playing most of the series, I have to say X1 is my favorite.

Mega Man 9 was pretty damn hard, but I was able to beat it. I know I'm in for some shit with MM & Bass. Not looking forward to that.

I love Atlus, but I've also been acknowledging the fact that a great deal of their talent from the '90s and '00s (particularly the writers) are no longer with the company, and it shows. They didn't resort to DLC back in those days, but they did always like to re-release their games with extra content thrown in. I'd take that over what they're doing nowadays.

If you get to All Our Asias or Even the Ocean before I do, I want to hear what you think.

What, really? That's really shitty. I'm glad Bethesda got their shit together and allowed for people to transfer their Bethesdanet games over to their Steam account. I got my Doom Eternal and Doom 64 on Steam now. I've been holding off on those for the longest time because of them being on different launchers.

If 3 and 4 get easier, then it'll be smooth sailing from here, probably. The only real difficult parts of Goemon 2 for me were the mecha battles. Many of the stages had me yelling out profanities, but looking back, the level design was very fair. Every death was my fault, and I have a lot of respect for when a game doesn't do the obligatory boss rush bullshit at the end. Fantastic game. Also, Gillian Seed makes a surprise appearance! Along with a few other Konami characters for game promotion. (Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures being one of them. You ever play that one?)
about 6 days ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Eh, it still felt gimmicky to me. I'll take the GameCube version over Wii, any day. It also doesn't help that the world in Twilight Princess Wii is all mirrored solely to make Link right-handed, (another odd design choice) so I'm not used to that world at all. The Wii version is certainly cheaper, I'll give it that. Not many people seem to give a shit about the Wii version, though, so that would be why. (Worth noting the GCN version also has full rotatable camera controls.)

I'll have to keep that protip in mind for when I do play it. It is kind of a shame they didn't make some kind of follow-up to Legacy of the Wizard. Nothing I know about, anyway.

Sounds like it's trying to be a bunch of things at once.

I'm actually not sure how Chrono Trigger and FF3 SNES did over here initially; I was only just born around that time. Maybe Final Fantasy II wasn't a big hit because the SNES was just coming out, and the majority were looking at Super Mario World and Zelda? That Final Fantasy CII hack looks awesome. It's not a version of FF2, though. More of an FF4 remix than anything else.

Mystic Ark is somewhere in your favorite RPGs, too, right? That's also high on my list. Oh, and Breath of Fire III, I know you're a fan of. I still have to play Breath of Fire II before doing that one. Would you suggest I play the fan translation of BoF2? I hear the US version had a notoriously bad localization.

WASD is different, though, because the mouse acts as the "analog" part of it. Platforming with WASD ain't bad at all, because you have the mouse helping you out with where you're going to land. Heh, only the DualShock version of the Director's Cut includes that masterpiece of a track. That's not the one that I own, personally.
about 1 week ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
THE Mark Hamill?? Colonel Kroitz from Grandia Xtreme? And also Jack in the Box's most famous employee ever?? [Link]
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Well you're in luck, you've discovered a great series.
And thanks, I hadn't even realized.
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
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Also the Judgment games got ESRB rated for PC. Not a confirmation, but seems likely since RGG has a thing tomorrow.

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about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Focus: Only playing one game
[Link] I'm glad you liked it! I just uploaded a new Random Saturnday post yesterday, where I share my brief thoughts on Saturn games five through nine. I might have gotten a bit carried away, length-wise (compared to the first ), but other than that I'm pleased with the way it came out. I hope you like this one, too, whenever you get a chance to read it, I like having more opportunities talking about multiple games in one post!
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
More importantly, how does one live a life to where you are JUDGING a masturbation competition? Are you a former champion? Have you been studying this "sport" forever and are an expert? Or a commentator? "Look at the focus on that man's face!" I just imagine an official line judge with a tape measure to check for distance. We are now officially obsessing over this too much.

Holy shit, that IS the Millennium Falcon!

Is that really the plot of that game? Cotton is named Cotton because she harvests cotton?

No Tomoyo is a girl. Her best girl friend. Shes just rich and sews costumes and insists on filming her adventures. Weirdly in another parallel, the Dreamcast game (That never came out here obviously) is basically Pokemon Snap. You are playing as Tomoyo, filming her do stuff that happens in the TV series. You have to film well to get good ratings. Check out that primitive cell shading WELL ahead of Wind Waker!

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Wait, you THINK another lesbian couple? You mean you have no sensors to detect your own!? Right wing media is lying to me!

I'm just wondering where they got WIND SURFING from? That's just so out of left field. It's gotta be a merchandising thing. They wanted another plastic bit to sell in KB Toys. (Were they still a thing then? I don't remember when they closed up)

What, you don't like cake? There isn't a lot I wouldn't do if you told me cake was involved. (Well the right cake, fuck carrot cake) So you're telling me I would be just as gullible as Mario? Peach would offer me cake I'd be doing all kinds of dangerous stupid shit for her. What's that? You need me to get across this football field sized lava pit, riding a turtle shell? DONE. GIMME THAT CAKE. (Lord knows she isn't giving him anything else as far as we know)

Well we were all dumb kids and teenagers. Ocarina of Time was GRIMDARK DOOD. THATS MATURZ.

Why would Fred Flintstone make fun of Dezi Arnaz? I figure he'd be jealous. Lucy just seems like a ditz who gets him into hijinks. Wilma is CONSTANTLY nagging Fred, he must be going insane. He'd kill for fun hijinks. Though I haven't watched much Lucy, so I don't really know. I have seen the conveyor belt chocolate thing though. Even without context that's pretty timeless and hilarious. Though Fred is a doofus, maybe he deserves it? Wilma just has to put up with his dumb ass.
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Are you insinuating that blood isn't the most mature thing that you can do!? This is why Thrill Kill was cancelled. IT WAS TOO MATURE. We weren't ready for it.

Well I just don't pay enough attention I guess. I'll have to try some of those throwback 3D games sometime. Hey, I've warmed to Tomb Raider's tank controls in my adult life. The only time it's really a problem is during fights. Otherwise it's a pretty methodical, fun game.

YEAH, sound cards used to be really important! Make sure you get a good one! Now you don't even need to worry about it, it's built into the motherboard. I have a very nice soundcard, but I kinda fell backwards into it.

Here's whats weird about the PSP, it didn't really have a lot of OLD games like you'd think. It had original games and a lot of half ass PS2 ports. Very strange. But maybe that odd screen size is why it didn't have a lot of older titles, it would scale weird. But yeah, it's not like Castlevania has a lot of story. Dracula's back, go kill him. In Rondo he just kidnaps your girlfriend and her sister. That's about it.

People say the SNES port sucks because it has no blood. It looks, sounds and plays better then the other ports aside from the MSDOS and Sega CD ports. (And the SCD has to LOAD) As far as the console ports go, the SNES was the way to go. I'd much rather have a game that plays well myself. Yeah, MK has always been a little stiff. Even the new ones look kind of stiff. I've only ever briefly played IX so I don't know. Hey now, there is nothing wrong with Pepsi, it's just not as good as Coke. It's not bad.

YEAH! Race Drivin! That's it!

Now does she keep the Lego sets organized so she has all the correct Legos for specific retail sets? Or does she just have huge containers of random Lego's and she just does whatever she wants with them? They say Lego's make people more intelligent. She could have THE LEGO ROOM in your giant house. Here's a fun fact, the stages in the original Metal Gear Solid's stages were made as physical Lego models by Kojima and his team. If you never noticed that the stages had a very rectangular shape to everything.

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Well damn, I guess it's Canada then. It's cold there anyway. They can teach you to live in the ice. Heat your home with whale oil. THE TRADITIONAL WAY. Also be unerringly polite.
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
You have your own Electromagnetic field? Do you just walk around blowing up VCRs like Jubilee? Also, what are you doing with so many VCRs?

Well they don't have to make Windows good anyway. WE'RE ALL LOCKED IN. You have no other choice! If you play games anyway. Whaddia gonna do? Use Linux? Which one? THERE ARE SO MANY. And good luck playing games on Apple if you can find a game for it. I remember seeing the Macintosh game section at the stores I used to work in. It was always so tiny and sad. Eventually if someone asked the answer became, "I don't know. Let's go look."

Ecto Cooler? Did you ever see the "LA Beast" drink that vintage unopened Ecto Cooler? Gross.

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Yeah, Guilty Gear and Blazblue are complex and FAST. FUCKING FAST. Hard to learn games when I don't have time to think about what I'm even doing. I guess it's why I've always liked Street Fighter. It's quick but not insane and it typically isn't about knocking someone into the air and doing some 40 hit combo. That new Guilty Gear is beautiful though, I almost bought it once.

RPGs feel like they've regressed in a way. Everyone is doing the actiony thing which is usually just messy and less strategic. I can't even quantify the amount of functions and items I just DIDN'T USE in FFXV. I only briefly played a little of XIII-2. Does it have an out of place rock song? Well Uematsu did that too! FFX's final boss theme was just straight growly death metal.

Maybe I should speak that way, I might succeed at these interviews. That's been driving me crazy recently. I keep seeing people misuse words. Like saying things are "GOATED." (Greatest Of All Time if you were unaware) Not everything can be the Greatest of all time! ONLY ONE THING CAN. Words mean things. A dude I used to work with used to get made because he'd get these nagging emails from the sales manager that were incoherent. Not because he was using a bunch of weird words, but because he was apparently illiterate and couldn't spell or use grammar. So he just had no idea what the fuck he was trying to tell him.

Hey I had a boss like that once. We were friends and she would tell me about all the dumb shit they'd make her attend lol.

Well shit, I've never played "The Binding of Issac" either. Or "Hotline Miami" or whatever other indy game people swear is great. I'm BEHIND. I did like "Transistor" and apparently own "Bastion", those are made by the same people right?
about 2 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Well Xenosaga's problem is the same problem Xenogears had. (Given it's the same director, it's not really surprising) He just plans out these amazing epics with no consideration given to what is possible within a single game or with the budget he has. Gotta be successful before you can expand. Wasn't Xenosaga supposed to be six games originally or something? And Xenogears' second disc is pretty much text because they had to hurry up and finish it? Nothing wrong with wide eyed ambition, just keep it under control.

I don't mind different, I just generally don't like AI controlled teammates so action RPGs aren't for me usually. I find that they are insanely stupid and I spend more time trying to do EVERYTHING myself instead of relying on my worthless teammates. At least Kingdom Hearts was easy, so it didn't really matter of Goofy panicked and used all of your items immediately. But it's why I like FFXII and it's intricate menu to dictate the AI's behavior to the nth degree. I thought that was a clever if not particularly elegant solution. Did require a lot of menu work.

Well darn, everyone told me Nocturne was just insanely difficult. Apparently not?

Well an intergalactic space war can go a lot of directions! I always thought it was kind of cool that you could lose the war. Just depends on your performance! Frankly I'd love to see a modern version of that game with a TON of different ways you could go. It's always fun when you're playing the same game as someone else and having two different experiences. Though I imagine that approach wouldn't work for ANY game genre.
about 2 weeks ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I have no idea how people still love mega corporations like Disney just because they bankrolled several great movies. Without Disney we'd have reasonable copyright laws, art wouldn't be routinely devauled as a whole and Marvel and Star Wars wouldn't be homogenized messes. Not to mention all the actual bad things they've done and do. But I'm also extremely anti-capitalist so it's really hard to justify supporting the company even if I like some of their products or IPs. Forever hoping for a worldwide restructuring.
about 3 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
The other scythe was a pre-order bonus in the OG version of Darksiders. The Warmastered version has no excluded content, so you can get the scythe anyways.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I should get back to my playthrough of the Darksiders series. I think? I'm halfway through 0, or maybe a third. I've beaten 1 on PS3, but that was when it first came out, I'd like to replay it on Xbox. As for 2, I remember being unimpressed with the puzzles and dropping it, but I'd like to give it another chance...and then play 3, which I've never played.

Edit-Genesis, not 0. I have Yakuza on the mind
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Higan. Man, I would really like to use it, it looks very powerful and flexible, but for whatever, when I hit "Import..." and select a ROM, there is no response whatsoever and it doesn't start. I have no idea what I'm missing, haven't looked it up yet.

"Hm... Off the cuff, I want to say it sounds like one of the Darius games or possibly Stages 4-6 of Super Turrican? It sounds so familiar I can picture it almost vividly, but I'm not sure if it's a memory or a synaesthetic reaction. Also maybe toward the end of Axelay?"
I've beaten Super Turrican, and just scrolled through longplays of Axelay and both Dariuses on SNES. No dice, but thanks for trying. Perhaps it's just an overly vivid memory of a dream.

I'm not familiar with geese yeeting, but that makes sense, and is good to know (I guess; hasn't come up for me personally yet).
No, you do not mess with swans. 'Whatever you think you know about swans is irrelevant. ๐Ÿ•ถ' They'll mess you up if you let them. You might like the subreddit /r/BirdsBeingDicks: [Link]

"she and I get into these deep, philosophical conversations about life, the universe, and everything... and then we talk about dumb shit like this"
"the sign of a great relationship is someone who will enthusiastically go along with your bullshit"
If only we were all so lucky.

"AND WE FOUND A RESTAURANT ALONG THE WAY CALLED THE WHITE SWAN."
Clearly it was all meant to be.

I knew that Bubble Bobble has multiple endings, but decided to leave which one I got to fate. I assumed it had to do with the "EXTEND" letters but nope. I certainly see why that ending left an impression on people though, despite how simple it is. It's the kind of thing that you can't really explain to someone who doesn't play games or hasn't seen unsettling 8-bit imagery/sounds or had a game crash on them in a jarring/unpleasant way. Something about your rescuees going *poof* and you just sitting alone in a black void with that music.

Yeah, if I was forced to figure out MAME I'm sure I could, I just have no desire when Fightcade is good enough. I do understand why arcade emulation is so much more complex at least. Every arcade machine was essentially its own console dedicated and tailor-made to playing one or a handful of specific games, which was another reason they were so expensive. I like looking at these massive arcade boards covered in ICs and other components knowing that this is ONE game.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Yup, the white mushroom houses in SMB3 contain either a P-Wing or an anchor, that's it.
As a kid I used to think that the near-mythical "anchor" item stopped the screen from scrolling on air ship levels, since it's anchored in place, right? No, that would actually be useful and kinda cool. All it does is stop the air ship from flying around the map if you die, which almost never comes in handy because you've probably cleaned out the world by the time you get to the end of it anyway.

"Sounds kinda stressful to me, but maybe it [doing all the crap to trigger SMB3 treasure ships to appear] eventually becomes second nature"
No it's stressful.

"and I'm not sure I've EVER seen [a treasure ship] in World 6"
You've probably never seen a white mushroom house in World 6 either, because the stage you need to collect the coins in is an auto-scroller with a lot of sky to fall into, with coins in precarious spots that are not at all worth going out of your way for, and you need to get ALL of them.
This is why there is a set of e-Reader cards for Mario Advance 4 that straight up show you which stages you need to go to and exactly how to end it with the number of coins you need, 'cause it's some cryptic shit.

"Do you know if you're able to get both [white mushroom house and treasure ship] at once?"
Hm, I don't know, I've never tried it. For science!

As for marking SMB3 as a run after getting all the houses and ships, you're right, and I would have, but I forgot that I already marked it for pulling off the Wrong Warp: [Link]
I'm still pissed that I wasn't recording at the time, and I haven't pulled it off since.

I know exactly what you mean about Orange Ocean's map theme, how it sounds melancholy, calm, and relaxing all at the same time. You grew up by the sea? Sounds really nice.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Yes I finally accomplished my multi-year mission of beating every Rockman in the original series, along with as many spinoffs as I could reasonably get my hands on. It's time for the time skip. โฉ
To clarify I completed MMX a loooong time ago in ZSNES, but that's not ideal and save states were definitely involved, so it's nice to come back to it on the real thing, and on a real CRT. And YES, after playing the original series for so long, jumping into X with its mobility feels SO GOOD. It's more visceral too, the way enemies explode into bits instead of going *pop*. And half the fucking soundtrack is the "best song".

"There's just not enough of that, anymore; everything's about fucking dodge-rolling now."

Not if Doom Eternal has anything to say about it. Doom Slayer has every mobility option of every FPS protagonist combined, it's glorious. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Happy recent Backloggiversary by the way! ๐ŸŽ‰
I was hoping I'd see a Polybius cabinet in one of those pictures. XD
about 3 weeks ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Koichi Sugiyama is... I dunno. I like the chiptune Dragon Warrior soundtracks but maybe that's because of the chiptunes themselves? I don't tend to compare them to others but at the same time I feel they're not really that special? I like Dragon Quest music but it's very same-y especially in the latter installments. And hey, I loved the soundtrack for Super Ceasar's Palace on the SNES so ultimately the license doesn't matter, even if it's a Backgammon game, haha. I enjoy his compositions but he's definitely not a favourite composer even within the JRPG genre (then again, I'm not wild on Motoi Sakuraba either, but love his slower ambient tracks)

Oh yeah! I replayed Zoda's Revenge a few weeks back and that encapsulates Chapter 7 really well. You have the "chase" of Chapter 6 and the tension mounts and builds up into a big haunted house with vague horror theming. It's kinda unnerving but also surprisingly effective. I love the track it plays in Chapter 6 when you're tracking down Zoda: very intriguing stuff.

Prehistoric would make the most sense to start with, and I considered doing that, but I'd already played a sample of a few of the chapters (the free demo released before the game had snippets of the kung fu, far future, and Edo Japan chapters), so technically the first thing I played was the Kung Fu chapter. The "overworld" theme there immediately made me realize I was going to love this game. I'm going to have to check out the SNES original at sometime in the near future, along with a lot of other SNES JRPGs I missed of course.

I'm not sure why 3 is as beloved as it is, though I do prefer it over 4 (if only because I wish I could control the characters, even though the auto battle AI isn't even that bad). I think it's just that it was first, but then again Dragon Warrior II was the debut of a lot of stuff that made its way into 3 so who knows really. Wasn't 3 the one where the supposed "no releasing these games on work/school days" rule/meme came from? I actually did skip school when Dragon Warrior VII released so, yeah. If I had a favourite, it'd probably be 3 but it might be 6 even if it's not my favourite to play (it's a sentimental favourite, like Wild ARMs 3 is. I tend to attach myself to games that were my companion during a rough patch in life).
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