October 21, 2014

Let me talk game music again

Posted in music tagged , , at 11:11 am by riulyn

I wish I could come here and pimp a soundtrack, but I haven’t bought a soundtrack since Rhapsodia/Suikoden Tactics in March. I haven’t really heard too much in-game music that makes me really want to grab a soundtrack either, though here are a few I might consider for the future.

1) Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. I don’t really know the best way to describe the soundtrack. Everything just seems fitting for the mood of the game. There’s a good amount of electric guitar and synthesized instruments to sound modern Tokyo, but tends more towards rock and avoids being as pop-ish as Persona 3/4 or The World Ends With You. I don’t really own another game soundtrack with as many wailing guitars, so it would work pretty well in my collection I think.

2) Suikogaiden I. So far I have encountered some lovely remixes of Suikoden 2 music. I especially enjoy the Muse music. A full soundtrack would probably be more up my alley than the Asian or Celtic remixes, though one day I may get those too…

3) Ys Origin. I think it is a solid effort. However, I do find myself comparing it to Ys I and II music and preferring that instead. I’m early enough in the game that it has plenty of time to still impress me.

The other games I have been playing recently have not made a big impression on me. It doesn’t help that I play 7th Dragon on the bus a lot, so I don’t usually have its music on. Still, it really goes for a retro vibe and to be honest, I’m not that into early 90s video game music. I hear plenty enough of Frontier Gate’s music due to the repetitive nature of the game and I’m pretty sure there isn’t a soundtrack out for that one anyway. Finally, I have not been impressed with the music from Tales of Hearts R or Tales of Xillia 2. I think it’s pretty obvious for anyone who has followed my blog that I really only like a few Tales soundtracks and the rest I like only some tracks of.

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October 8, 2014

Tales of Hearts R Review

Posted in video games tagged , at 7:50 pm by riulyn

I just finished Tales of Hearts R a few days ago in Japanese and I figured one or two of you might be interested in my opinion about Tales of Hearts R, considering that it is coming out in NA in November. Well, I had fun with the game. I am really glad they are bringing this one over to NA first and not Tales of Innocence R.

TLDR If you are a Tales fan with a Vita who hasn’t played Hearts yet, I’d buy it. Though I cannot say whether the localization job will be good.

Tales of Hearts R isn’t a bad way to introduce yourself to the Tales of series. It’s not amazing but it’s a game where characters take center stage. Story-wise, it’s definitely more about the characters than a story with world-building or ethical issues or straight-up world saving, though of course your party does some major ass kicking, takes a better “moral standard”, and saves the world. Gameplay-wise, battling is similar to Tales of Innocence R but with improved button response and a character growth system like Tales of Xillia. It’s not nearly as fun as Ys IV on vita and the artes/skills are tamed down a bit compared to Graces or Xillia, but each character can use a good variety of artes and there are no hard to use characters like the gun users in Innocence R. I played regularly as all of the characters except Hisui, who I let be my main healer, and Beryl, whose the best mage and her non-magical attacks are the slowest of all 8 playable characters.

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