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#1 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

@aurahack: Another great suggestion! Really dig the rising-falling style of 月曜のメランコリー, absolutely love the sample for Mayday, and quite impressed by the rest. Another album to add to my buy list (tired of not having money for music!). Also, are all those ~Stairway to Heaven~ tracks just dialogue essentially (with that barely audible instrument track), like the sample? Because that would be hilarious and completely random.

Time for another post! Since 2015 has produced much of note just yet, I'm gonna post some stuff from the end of 2014 that I hadn't gotten around to yet. Enjoy!

Kakumei - Silent Siren

Silent Siren is a group I've constantly been on the cusp of liking. They've had some interesting sounding songs, but I've never felt like their releases quite come together in a pleasant way for my tastes. Maybe it's the lack of energy that they seem to have that does it, not quite matching my expectations of a rock group. Kakumei is their first song that I like enough to post here. It's still got some rough edges, sure, but I really enjoy the mellow riffs and low-key vocals. It's a fun song to put on and not think much about while it's on.

Kimi no Matsu Sekai - Lagoon

Let me tell you a bit of an obvious non-secret about me: I really like all-girl bands, no matter the nationality. There's just something awesome and badass about a group of women playing instruments well and rocking out that puts a smile on my face. Lagoon is a brand new group, made up of a bunch of young women from a variety of other professions--mother, emergency worker, actress--to release music. This first release proves that they've got some chops, jumping right in with a killer riff that is the best part of the whole song. The vocalist does a great job with the verses, throwing in energetic posing too. The chorus is a tad rough, sticking out against the instrumental backdrop a bit too harshly. Still, I can't wait to see what else comes of this group in the future.

Monster Dance - Keytalk

This is such a fun damn song. The instrumentation is superb, full of energy and providing the perfect pairing to the vocals. While I don't always like the voice of the main vocalist, he goes for it with an intensity that I can't help but appreciate. Also, it's hard to deny that the chorus is catchy as all hell. The coolest part of this song is how it switches tempo multiple times throughout the song, slowing things down for extended periods before ramping back up into the "normal" speed again later on. The final of these actually starts with a damn whistle break, with the music dropping to a crawl before picking up for the final moments again. It's a sharp song, paired with a video that is well-shot and quite creative. Give it a shot!

#2 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

Seeing as how RE2 is one of my favorite AND most nostalgic games, I'm gonna have to go with that. It's the only one I could imagine perfectly in my head before listening to the video for it.

#3 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

Man, that's fantastic. And it looks about the right dimensions to stick on my phone as wallpaper!

#4 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

I really like the vibe and think the premise is great, but holy shit is the writing forehead-slappingly awful at times: egregious usage of the word 'hella,' mentions of e-cigs and Kickstarter just for the hell of it, and just a bunch of teen speak that feels forced or out-of-date. That, plus the very inconsistent voice acting, makes it a hard game to love at times. I'm certainly onboard until the end, but I'm a bit disappointed in how much like Remember Me it is--beautifully ambitious at times but very rough around the edges.

A lot of the writing in this game is just *bad*

Also Max going off on that tangent about Final Fantasy Spirits Within being a good movie was pretty funny

It took me a solid minute of sitting there to believe that line actually happened. It seriously almost broke my ability to comprehend reality. Who the fuck decided to put that line in there? It almost feels like some weird Square mandate thrown in at the last minute

#5 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

I'm biased in this case, due to my great love for RE and my unfamiliarity with Grim Fandango (which I hope to fix soon), but I went with RE. The REmake is a fantastic reimagining of one of the granddaddies of horror games. I've been playing the crap out of it, finding it still holds up quite well as a fan of that genre. I look forward to doing several more playthroughs in order to get all the achievements in the game.

I don't know how long Grim Fandango is, but RE playthroughs are about 7-8 hours. There's a lot of stuff to unlock but only if you enjoy playing the base game with harder difficulties or bonus weapons. Also, if you aren't a fan of survival horror at all, you really shouldn't get RE.

#6 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

An impressive amount of writing in a year! I would love to do some kind of weekly feature, but I can rarely come up with enough good ideas to do one a month, let alone one a week (aside from my reviews, which come at an infrequent rate due to being dependent on when I actually finish a game). Still, those pieces that are important enough for me to do a full post on end up being a great deal of fun to write and have a lot of meaning to me personally--even if most of them don't get read much. It seems like you feel the same way about most of your writing too, which is great to hear.

Good job and keep up the great work!

#7 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

@bsstephan: Hmm, hearing that the gameplay is better makes me intrigued. I dabbled in the first game's original release and found the combat to be a bit impenetrable, making it hard to keep playing no matter how I enjoyed the story and character ideas. Seeing that Re:Birth1 just came out on Steam is even better (and kinda crazy). I might have to pick it up.

#8 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

At this point, I have a bunch of names I cycle through. When those names are taken, I try alterations on those names (such as changing Mirabelle to Miirabelle). If that doesn't work, I have no problem just hitting "random" and seeing what gets spat out--maybe I'll even find a new name to add to my list of preferred choices. As long as the name is something that I like the sound of (which usually means a generically feminine sounding name, going off my past choices), it doesn't really bother me.

#9 Posted by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

Yeah, the first season is kinda rough, due to the network obviously stringing storylines along in hopes of tying them to the current films. This season has been MUCH better, with some fantastic new characters and great moments from some of my favorite season 1 characters. The only thing that really annoys me is the return of the Ward character, one I wish had just been killed off or buried somewhere to never resurface. I'm a bit skeptical of where it just left off, as it's pursuing a storyline I don't overly like, but the show is still quite strong.

And I'll add my voice to everyone saying that you should watch Agent Carter. Hayley Atwell is fantastic in the lead role and there's a great cast of supporting characters to go along with. It's moving at a much brisker pace as well, being a "miniseries" of sorts. I'm in love with the set design, which feels impeccably honest to the era. Best of all, you don't have to have watched anything else to understand it, since it's technically a prequel series.

#10 Edited by wemibelec90 (1887 posts) -

@dinkmonger: KB/M works well with some changes. The default controls are horrible. I bound roll to Q/E, changed y-axis mouse movement to yaw, moved throttle to R/F, and used WASD for my thrusters. It's still likely nowhere near as tight and accurate as a gamepad/flightstick, but it's MUCH better than the default controls. Before I made these changes, I was put off by the KB/M controls as you were; after, it's been my preferred control scheme (as someone with no sticks to use instead).