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RPG Backtrack - Episode 13

JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: KirinAdministrators
edited April 2010 in Latest Updates
Armed robots with a cheerful demeanor are the focus in this episode. Even by the offbeat standards of other Enix RPGs on the Super Nintendo, this one stands out.
Obviously this doesn't cover everything we used that you'll be hearing, but the catchy music is the Future Space Bass here.
It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.
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  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    First post! WOOOOOT!!!!
  • HellGundam7HellGundam7 Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    Wow. Best backtrack ever. And I'm only 3 minutes in.
  • neistneist Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    It was a fun Backtrack. non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
  • NekobasuNekobasu RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    Is that a manatee wearing armor?
  • neistneist Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    [quote=Quote:(Nekobasu @ Apr. 02 2010, 10:17 AM)]
    Is that a manatee wearing armor?
    Why, yes, yes it is. non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    If I'm not mistaken, it's the famous Manatee from Luminous Arc
  • PawsPaws Purr RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    OH THE HUGE MANATEE.
  • TeluinTeluin Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    this was a great game
  • SiliconNooBSiliconNooB Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    Crisis Core was fantastic. The PSP also has Birth by Sleep, Hexyz Force and Agito XIII to come (and 3rd birthday, though I don't know if that'll be an RPG?).

    -FFVII! Hey my question for the panel is; is the FFVII localisation really as bad as everyone always tries to make out? I know it had plenty of rough bits like "this guy are sick", but it was generally coherent, and plenty of character personality made the translation (which is more than I can say for plenty of other JRPGs). Not a shining example of JRPG translation to be sure, but IMO it far exceeded other SCE translations of the time (FFT, Xenogears, Legend of Dragoon, WA2).



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  • Green NuGreen Nu Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    I was eating a brownie.
    You must gather your party before venturing forth
  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited April 2010
    I loved Robotrek back in the day. I still remember some of the combos for making weapons.

    Regarding the topic around 34:40, I recall hitting the enemies from behind improving chance to hit and/or damage.
  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited April 2010
    What's with all the fascination with Pollon-Pollon in the beginning of this thread?

    Anyway, I've never played Robotrek and only heard about it from a classic gaming site. It seems pretty interesting, though. I thought this opening was killer, though I doubt I'd be able to name all of the references. non-cgi/emoticons/tounge2.gif
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  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited April 2010
    [quote=Quote:]
    Anyway, I've never played Robotrek and only heard about it from a classic gaming site. It seems pretty interesting, though. I thought this opening was killer, though I doubt I'd be able to name all of the references. non-cgi/emoticons/tounge2.gif
    Feel free to try anyway? I haven't gotten any responses yet, which means I either know my sci-fi all too well, or no one else is confident enough to try. Neist wasn't involved with making the opening but he nailed all of them, so at least one other person is capable of getting everything!
    It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.
  • neistneist Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    [quote=Quote:(JuMeSyn @ Apr. 03 2010, 7:54 AM)]
    [quote=Quote:]
    Anyway, I've never played Robotrek and only heard about it from a classic gaming site. It seems pretty interesting, though. I thought this opening was killer, though I doubt I'd be able to name all of the references. non-cgi/emoticons/tounge2.gif
    Feel free to try anyway? I haven't gotten any responses yet, which means I either know my sci-fi all too well, or no one else is confident enough to try. Neist wasn't involved with making the opening but he nailed all of them, so at least one other person is capable of getting everything!
    Yeah, but at least a few of them would be difficult. non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

    At least half of them should be super easy.
  • TeluinTeluin Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    Ok to repeat myself: Robo Trek was great.

    There, since I contributed to the topic, I can add my own semi-unrelated thoughts. Does moving to PS1 and (wow, really??) PS2 mean we're jumping ahead already, and passing the real classics? Seems a bit premature when there are so many NES, Game Boy, and SNES titles still to do. Come oooooon Lufia 2!!!!
  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    Hehehwe.... Nothing to worry about there Teluin.

    We're not really picking games to talk about in Chronicalogical order. Right now are choosing games based on popularity (trying to hit some of the really popular series first) and our own knowledge of them. Occasionally we hit on a lesser known title such as Robotrek, but for now, you're going to see a lot of final fantasies, castlevanias, etc., etc. At the same time, with some of our other segments, such as Mike's imports and "Blast from the Recent Past" we touch on lesser known titles as well as some of the more 'recent' games which may have escaped your notice the first time around. We've discussed devoting a segment to the really lesser known RPGs, but at the moment we haven't gone much further than just discussing. If RPGBacktrack continues for a long period of time (say a year or two), we will naturally hit the lesser known titles more and more non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
  • chaoticprimechaoticprime Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    I was just about to put my copy of this game on eBay. I am raising funds for my home business and selling off my monstrous collection of games a bit at a time.

    Good game. I've played through it a number of times.
  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    Ah, the old 'selling off the game collection to raise funds for XYZ' routine. I know it too well non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif Happy selling on that! I hope you get some good money!!
  • DragoonMogDragoonMog Moggle+Dragoon=DragoonMog Full Members
    edited April 2010
    I started playing this when I heard you guys were going to be talking about on the last cast. Right now I am really enjoying it. I had some trouble on the first boss, but got over it. I have been doing some grinding. I am in a haunted mansion at the moment. Read on the wiki that the game was called Slapstick in japan and that really does sum up the feel of the game. The planet's name is QuintENIX and the town's is Rococo?! His father's name is Akihabara! I am surprised they left his name Akihabara in the English localization and did not give him a more western name.
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  • Ihsans ShadeIhsans Shade Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    I remember seeing a preview for this in an old Gamefan magazine I used to have. I always wanted to play it!
  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited April 2010
    [quote=Quote:(Teluin @ Apr. 03 2010, 9:48 AM)]
    Ok to repeat myself: Robo Trek was great.

    There, since I contributed to the topic, I can add my own semi-unrelated thoughts. Does moving to PS1 and (wow, really??) PS2 mean we're jumping ahead already, and passing the real classics? Seems a bit premature when there are so many NES, Game Boy, and SNES titles still to do. Come oooooon Lufia 2!!!!
    Too soon, IMO. There's still plenty on the SNES for one.
  • greybrickgreybrick Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    Hey this game sounds cool! I'll just head over to the virtual console and DAMN IT TO HELL.
  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited April 2010
    Square Enix has a terrible record of remembering anything made by Enix not called Dragon Quest, sadly. The cartridge alone isn't that expensive though, certainly nothing like what it cost to obtain the subject of the last Backtrack.
    Also, in case anyone was genuinely worried, we like to jump around in time. We are not anywhere close to done with the Super Nintendo's library.
    I guess I was too good at putting the introduction together, because no one has attempted to guess its sources. The offer is still open, though.
    It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.
  • greybrickgreybrick Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    [quote=Quote:(JuMeSyn @ Apr. 07 2010, 7:31 AM)]
    Square Enix has a terrible record of remembering anything made by Enix not called Dragon Quest, sadly. The cartridge alone isn't that expensive though, certainly nothing like what it cost to obtain the subject of the last Backtrack.
    Also, in case anyone was genuinely worried, we like to jump around in time. We are not anywhere close to done with the Super Nintendo's library.
    I guess I was too good at putting the introduction together, because no one has attempted to guess its sources. The offer is still open, though.
    I figured I would let someone else take this contest, even though I recognized most all of the samples during the first listen through and found it hilarious.

    I would buy a cartridge but I don't own a SNES. Right now I am trying to buy a ps2 off of a friend and it is so painful (his mother can't find it to ship it down) but he is planning on giving it to me cheaper than ebay so I figured the wait would be worth it. After that, I will consider hunting down a SNES.
  • geoffuwsgeoffuws Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    Cool show, never did get to play robotrek, pretty sure I never will either but it is good to know about. Loved the import corner this week too.

    I've got some comments about FFVII and Mana Khemia.

    FFVII:
    I only played VII for the first time two years ago and I was super surprised that the characters and atmosphere in the game were drastically different from the way the game is/was depicted in Accent Core, FFVII:DOS and on the internet in general.
    In the game I always felt like the characters were on a fun rollicking adventure that happened to take place in a desolate land. Cloud would make jokes, swear, wear dresses etc which was a huge contrast to the depressed insecure Cloud I was used to. Bizarre.

    Anyway the game really didn't stand out for me but maybe it is just because it hasn't aged well.

    Mana Khemia: I'm not that big of a fan of the Atelier series, to me it's competent but I can't see the appeal. It could be the charm is lost in the translation. There was a scene where the teacher asked the class to take out their homework to which the entire class responded 'YAY!!!!'. After that I knew I was done with the series.



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  • TharthanTharthan New Member Full Members
    edited April 2010
    Hey, Phil! Why don't you bring back the rest of the old and better non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif hosts of the show to be on!
    I like your new format, but I miss hearing the old RPG Backtrack theme, and Macstorm giving his opinions...
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  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    [quote=Quote:(Tharthan @ Apr. 14 2010, 2:10 PM)]
    Hey, Phil! Why don't you bring back the rest of the old and better non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif hosts of the show to be on!
    I like your new format, but I miss hearing the old RPG Backtrack theme, and Macstorm giving his opinions...
    non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif
    hahahahaahh.

    Well, truth is, any and all RPGamer staff, including Mac, are officially invited to talk on any show as long as they are ready to talk about the game(s) we have scheduled. To facilitate this process, we actually have the next dozen or so shows planned out so interested staff members can pick which shows they wish to be on and, if necessary, brush up on that game to prepare for said show. We find that this approach works much better as we tend to get speakers who are much more familiar with the game(s) rather than having the same four or five people who may or may not have in depth experience.

    As for Mac... don't you fear! A little birdie told me he's making a guest appearance on one of our shows in the summer. But, who knows? If you start a petition and get a bazillion signatures, he'll show up earlier!
  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited April 2010
    I'll second that. Macstorm's not only a busy fellow who's hard to pin down at times, but he hadn't played any of what we talked about recently. Hearsay and conjecture don't make for very good thoughts, so he would have been pretty quiet.
    It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.
  • NyxNyx Staff Girly Girl RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    Am I the only one who thinks the contest question is a bit too hard? I mean of those clips I think I only knew two. non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif I think maybe it would be best if the question focused on something related to the game your discussing.
  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2010
    JuMe tells me someone did answer it correctly, but was not answering for contest purposes, so was not awarded anything. Go figure!

    But, ya know...we did have TWO contests on the 'cast. And the 2nd one is much easier to win, especially given the few number of people who have taken me up on the offer thus far...
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