Its blue on black baby, tears on a river.Posted on 2007.01.03 at 00:34
So I'm playing Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song. Its a remake of the SNES game, Romancing SaGa. Naturally, my favorite character is the Minstrel, whom I dub Tom Petty because, like he's friggan Tom Petty. The only problem is that he has the unfortunate habit of leaving the party when you enter a Pub, and since half the quests in the game are tied to Pubs, it gets kind of annoying having to constantly speak with him to get him back in. Why couldn't they let the bar tender do it, like in Romancing SaGa 3? Where was I? Oh, yeah, Tom Petty. I'm so glad they ditched the awful yellow and turquoise thing he had going on in the original versions.
Speaking of that, most of the character designs have been overhauled, some for the better, like Tom Petty, and some for... not so better. Like Barbara. That's not true, Barbara's original artwork was pretty god awful too. She looked like a hooker from the Wild West. Or Peg Bundy. Now she has short white hair and wears flair jeans, and has really broad, manly shoulders.
I do like the art direction used in the game, though. The only major problem I have is that the new, big, 3D environments take forever to traverse. This is an unfortunate problem with most 3D games, however. The characters are all SD, and it looks kind of weird at first, but it grows on you. Well, it grew on me. Though, I'd totally be down for some actual non-SD representations of Tomomi Kobayashi's characters, if only because there's also been that disconnect between the character designs and what appears in game. Then again, I'd only want it to be a fantasy-based game, because her "Sci-Fi" stuff sometimes ends up rather unfortunate and her choices in color can be questionable. Also, her stuff is pretty much shoujo, so her male characters tend to be manly, yet not.
On an unrelated note, recently a certain someone who shall remain anonymous (because... I dunno, someone who reads this may be the person it was directed at? Probably not, but let's respect the privacy of the friends-only post!) made a comment about how she hated when people told her she wouldn't like a videogame because of the difficulty. I think I'm the opposite, I'm glad my friends look out for me. The other day, I was talking about how I wanted to see Black Christmas, and my friends were like "NO YOU DON'T." and I was all like "WHY NAWT?" and they were like "You have that weird thing about eyes and... well... you don't want to see the movie." and I was like "...oh." See, I have this thing where I can't stand anyone messing with their eyes or, god forbid, eye-violence. Like, this sequence nearly made me throw up. Yeah, of all the violence in Jojo, its the eye ball cutting that makes me cringe and gag. Wooh. I felt like sharing, but I have no point.
I hope everyone's New Year is going well. I shall help celebrate by talking about MUSIC!
So. Music. You guys all totally care, especially since my taste in music meshes so well with the rest of you AMIRITE???
+Nina Gordon's cover of "Nobody's Fool" and "18 and Life". Snag them at the bottom of the page, and her cover of Straight Outta Compton. Yes, because Gangster Rap by a cute, somewhat mousy white girl is fun! They're all pretty interesting accoustic takes on the songs, and far more addicting than there's any good reason for.
+The Deftones's cover of "Simple Man". The music is what you'd expect, but the low, moaning vocals are... an interesting change.
+The Gipsy Kings's cover of "Hotel California". Its all espanish~ WELCOME TO ZE HOTEL CALIFORNIA SUCH A LOVELY PLACE SUCH A LOVELY PLACE
+"Dreaming of You" by The Corals. What? Its not a cover? I broke a running theme? Who cares! I heard it on Scrubs one day when Elliot and JD are fucking, and well, its catchy and awesome. Plus, any song that plays when Sarah Chalke strips to her underwear will be awesome by association.
+"Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers. I loves me some Allman Brothers Band, and I don't even do drugs. Be proud of me. Or not.
+"Blue on Black" by Kenny Wayne Sheppard. Man, with a name like that, it should be twangy country shouldn't it? It isn't though, I promise! The chorus is really catchy too.
That being said, I leave you with this image, ganked lovingly from Something Awful: