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Jamie
Posts: 24/26
Well, that’s a lot of suggestions from a single post! And sadly not but I will absolutely have to check those out now you mention them

I have never listened to a podcast before... but looks like I’ll be having something new to listen to and explore now, I really appreciate the links X
Xeoman
Posts: 11720/11721
Have you heard the Green Lantern or Waterworld OST's? Those are really impressive sounding for the SNES. I think a lot of Ocean related games back then were really able to tap into that soundchip and provide excellent samples. Super Turrican for sure.

I know what you mean though. I've grown to appreciate FM / Genesis/MD music more than ever in recent years, since I've been a fan of a few podcasts for awhile now. In the hands of a competent composer and or programmer with their own awesome sound drivers, the Genesis could do some insane stuff. I think Earthworm Jim is a case where I vastly prefer the Genesis OST over the SNES.

If you're into this stuff as much as I am, and it sounds like it, the VGM podcasts I recommend...

https://rhythmandpixels.com/
http://www.legacymusichour.com/
https://thevgmbassy.com/

https://foreversoundversion.wordpress.com/
https://pixelatedaudio.com/

I listened to podcasts all day at work so I got pretty into these haha.
Jamie
Posts: 18/26
Originally posted by Xeoman
That's definitely strange. The newer versions on PS3/Steam here in the US at least give you the option of picking the soundtrack now, so I think it's cool they finally got both. I grew up on the US one (even owned it) but I fond of the E/J OST too. I love both honestly. Then you have a bunch of games that were on both Genesis or Sega CD, or across the SNES and other platforms... I liked how back then OST's could be radically different depending on the hardware, or just straight up re-composed.

They do here - it just selected the US soundtrack by default instead of what it was originally when played on a European system. I wonder if it's alluding to the fact only the original release had the Japanese soundtrack over here, and all subsequent rereleases up to the 2011 remake had the selection option.

Interestingly, the PAL version on the PS2 doesn't actually delete the JP songs or replace them: it simply doesn't change the BGM_US marker in the ISO binary. The GC version on the other hand used the US soundtrack in all regions, probably to save space due to the miniDisc size limit, heh.

And yeah, absolutely. Arcade soundtracks and other more 'FM-reliant', 'noise/rocky' tunes tended to sound better on the Mega Drive, take a look at SF2 SCE's soundtrack. Given the CPS1 chip is a YM2413 or something, and the MD's is a YM2612, it made a pretty swift conversion (though there was an earlier prototype that sounded even closer albeit they had to rewrite the audio driver due to voices cutting off).

Zero Wing also crops up IMO as one of the best sounding third party games on the entire MD - and overlooked for that fact too due to the memes. I actually own a physical copy of the PAL version and a PAL Model 1 Mega Drive btw (hooked up via RF, though I'll get an RGB SCART cable soon), lol. It's honestly surprising no one has ever bothered to write up guitar tabs for that game's OST, but yeah, go listen to its soundtrack whenever you can

SNES was pretty much sample based and therefore it really depended on the quality and efficiency of how sampling was arranged. Games like DKC really showed it IMO, check out the remastered soundtracks of those games by that one guy (Sam Miller) who reconstructed the OST using the game data and original samples sourced from the instruments themselves. Forest Interlude, Life In The Mines and Cave Dweller Concert... on a good pair of headphones, holy fuck. Immense isn't a word to describe the feeling <3
Xeoman
Posts: 11719/11721
That's definitely strange. The newer versions on PS3/Steam here in the US at least give you the option of picking the soundtrack now, so I think it's cool they finally got both. I grew up on the US one (even owned it) but I fond of the E/J OST too. I love both honestly. Then you have a bunch of games that were on both Genesis or Sega CD, or across the SNES and other platforms... I liked how back then OST's could be radically different depending on the hardware, or just straight up re-composed.
Jamie
Posts: 17/26
Last post said it, Sonic CD. Been playing the PS2 version which uses the US soundtrack - they never fixed the localisation for PAL versions. Given this was the case on the Windows 95 port, which the PS2 version is based on; I would genuinely not be surprised if CD was actually meant to use the US OST in the original European release, but due to some kind of miscommunication on SOA's part (something rather common in those days wasn't it!) they ended up releasing it here anyway.

It would also match up with why the 2011 version actually defaults to the US soundtrack when you're starting the game from a European device (PS3/iOS tested).

I have to wonder if there was a marketing reason for this, and I heard some countries (particularly those in SECAM-L regions such as France and the former USSR) had the US soundtrack instead on later prints of the game, so...
Xeoman
Posts: 11694/11721
More of a Triss fan? Heh.
Elara
Posts: 9690/9699
Working my way through Witcher 3 finally. Nice music, very impressive graphics for its age... but damn if Gwent isn't annoying as hell.

Also, I do not like Yen that much... she's too condescending.
shan
Posts: 2/6
fire emblem genealogy. a game i pretended was bad for a while but i'm not really sure why

it's very good
pronosoft
Posts: 3/5
Man, I still haven't even beaten Rearmed. Pretty tough stuff, but I love it and that's really how old games were (unforgiving, trial and error).

Also been playing CoD4 a lot lately again. Almost at the 7th Prestige, hoping to hit the 9th or last one soon ... I'm not sure what I want to do. I like the 9th icon more than the 10th, but it'll be nice to be maxed out.
Xeoman
Posts: 11617/11721
What my friends and I loved doing with the custom levels, was make everything enclosed. So there were ceilings and walls everywhere, but we'd place a few holes around so people can eventually get launched out when we were at like 300% haha. It was so goofy but good times.
Luigi442wii
Posts: 127/155
Originally posted by Xeoman
Originally posted by Luigi442wii
so you liked Brawl? I never played Melee but heard it's incredibly overrated and broken, and that Brawl nerfed a lot of the competitive aspects but was a lot more balanced.

I thought Brawl was okay, my friends and I had a lot of fun with the level editor. But the "tripping" sucked and yeah... in retrospect I don't think about it much compared to the original and Melee.

Ultimate feels like a nice in between. I'm glad they nerfed Final Smashes, but now Pokemon/Assist trophies seem insane haha.

fun fact, there's a Wii HBC exploit involving the level editor xD

smash 64 is still played on kaillera servers using either mupen64++ or project64k btw, or even retroarch i think may work in the future for that!
Xeoman
Posts: 11614/11721
Originally posted by Luigi442wii
so you liked Brawl? I never played Melee but heard it's incredibly overrated and broken, and that Brawl nerfed a lot of the competitive aspects but was a lot more balanced.

I thought Brawl was okay, my friends and I had a lot of fun with the level editor. But the "tripping" sucked and yeah... in retrospect I don't think about it much compared to the original and Melee.

Ultimate feels like a nice in between. I'm glad they nerfed Final Smashes, but now Pokemon/Assist trophies seem insane haha.
Rogue
Posts: 11729/11846
Playing "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey" now. I'm still a low level, but I've been running around in areas where all the enemy NPCs at level 42 because fuck it, I've got a ship, a horse I can summon and run EVERYWHERE, and an eagle that can show me where all the bad guys are.
Luigi442wii
Posts: 126/155
so you liked Brawl? I never played Melee but heard it's incredibly overrated and broken, and that Brawl nerfed a lot of the competitive aspects but was a lot more balanced.
Xeoman
Posts: 11608/11721
Same here actually, SC2 ruled. Kilik is still cool but I think I like Seong Mina more now.

Been using Maxi mainly and now I have to checkout my girl 2B! Looks amazing.

Been playing a lot of Smash Ultimate too. I haven't been as into them since Melee and Brawl, but I'm really digging this one. Took 15 hours to unlock everyone... lmao. I like some ideas about the World of Light (adventure mode) and the Spirit Board, but it can be frustrating too.

Other than that I beat Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night again recently with the PS4 Castlevania "Requiem" release.
Rogue
Posts: 11719/11846
Yeah, I ended up beating it the next day. Did not expect it to be so short. Well, still good.


Wow, I haven't played Soul Caliber in at least a decade. And even then, it was the second one. Kilik was my man.

Xeoman
Posts: 11607/11721
That's a great game, it's not too long so hopefully you stick with it and figure things out! Excellent writing.

Playing Soul Calibur 6 a lot lately myself. A nice return to form!
Rogue
Posts: 11718/11846
I just started playing "Firewatch." I'm not sure how well I'm doing, and I really don't want to look up how to play this game and end up spoiling it.

It's one of those mostly open world games where I easily end up running around in circles, especially since the map is something your character actually has to hold in front of himself. God help you if you have to look at the map while you're holding something else.
Elara
Posts: 9628/9699
Pathfinder: Kingmaker from Owlcat Games and Paizo. It is a nice throwback to games like Baulder's Gate and the original Neverwinter Nights. Like I said in my review on the Facebook page, it does have some glitches that can be annoying, but Owlcat is putting out hotfixes every few days and working on the first big patch due later this month. I definitely think they should have fixed a bit more before launch since it has a beta test feel to it, but I still am enjoying the game.

And the music... seriously, it makes me happy. My favorite part mechanically, though, is the map exploration because it replicates using minis on a tabletop and it is just cute.
Xeoman
Posts: 11576/11721
I'm pretty burned out on superhero movies still, but I really want to play the new Spider-Man! Want to hit up God of War eventually too. I'm always a little behind heh, though I'm playing Yakuza Kiwami 2 right now.
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