Run the Jewels was a killer surprise. El-P's beats always impress, but I got straight IGN.com'd by that album. And on top of that it's free. I also really liked How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence by MSI. The album I listened to thirdmost this year was Carach Angren's 2012 release Where the Corpses Sink Forever, which I've done a total 180 on since last year. Deeds of Flesh's Portals to Canaan was kinda disappointing after waiting through the last 2 years worth of delays.
That's an interesting question. I know that on PS3, my camera and my Xbox360 USB Rockband microphone both work for voice chat in games. A quick search shows that even bluetooth headsets work as microphones in Rockband on PS3.(edit: maybe not. I'm seeing conflicting reports) This makes me believe that all microphones that work on PS3 work interchangeably. I wouldn't be surprised if this type of functionality carried forward to the PS4 and you were allowed to use voice navigation via any microphone.
Pretty sure Kinect was required for voice navigation on 360 just because MS wanted you to buy the peripheral, and not because the controller mic couldn't handle it.
Weird. I had a 4gb patch today for Enemy Unknown, and I don't even own Enemy Within. This makes me think everybody who owns XCOM has the EW content installed. At this rate, I'm going over my monthly bandwidth cap for sure.
EDIT: I just looked in my game directory, and it seems like the 4 GB I downloaded was a bunch of rendered cutscenes in 1080p instead of the EW game content. Running them through the Bink player, it looks like the basic stuff from the standard game (intros, autopsies, planes leaving and returning, etc), except maybe a little cleaner. Were those originally in 720p? Has a release of XCOM been announced for next gen consoles yet?
Thanks for landing this 3 and a half year old necro nugget in my inbox. This thread caused me to download a chiptune package of the FF6 soundtrack and refresh my memory on the awesomeness that was that game. I hadn't made the connection until now, but just like the music in Mega Man 2 was my first introduction to what could be closest defined as heavy metal in 1989, Final Fantasy 6 was my introduction to what could most closely defined symphonic black metal/dark ambient in 1995. Turns out it's still as good as things put out nowadays by Carach Angren and Tvangeste. You'd think more amazing pieces in this fusion genre would have surfaced in the 25-to-250+ years the genres have existed. Now if I could only find a band like that which has covered this soundtrack.
@chiablo: If I'm not mistaken, FF3 was the first game in the series that had the Job system. However if you're talking about American releases, I believe you're right bout FF5 being the first game in the main series to come out that had the Job system with the PS1 re-release of that game... as long as you don't count Final Fantasy Tactics.
To your point, I was born in 1984, so I would have been 11 to 12 when I played FF6. This is also the age I got my first computer and played my first proper (non NES) adventure game. That adventure game was Leisure Suit Larry 6, and it was the best game ever because internet pornography was hard to find and I was a horny pubescent boy. I still hold a special place for it in my heart, even though I can tell in retrospect that Lucas adventures like Day of the Tentacle and Sam & Max were clearly better games.
So, yes, the effect of coming-of-age combined nostalgia definitely weights my answer. However, considering how the soundtrack affects my grown-ass-man state of mind and current musical tastes, combined with how readily I was able to remember the story beats when each piece of music played and how it was able to resonate within me emotionally, I don't think nostalgia is the single driving force behind my answer. If that was the case, I would still feel something when I listened to that god awful Insane Clown Posse crap from the same time.
I don't know how to feel about this. The name Sega hasn't meant shit in games for a good decade. Yet somehow they're still around even in today's economic climate. Then again this is probably a lot better than just simply letting Atlus wither and die.