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RPG Backtrack: Episode 51 - Benjamin's B-Movie

JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: KirinAdministrators
edited August 2011 in Latest Updates
Remember when Squaresoft was trying to get gamers outside Japan interested in RPGs? Two of those on the SNES spawned some memories, and they're ready for sharing.
Abbeviated FFMQ and SoE.
It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.

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  • OmbresOmbres Games horder Full Members
    edited August 2011
    Can't wait to see what you think about them, I know that I did like Final Fantasy Mystic quest, did play that game like 3-4 times, never manage to beat Secret of Evermore though, but I still like it, I been to up the 3rd world I think, might have to go back to it and beat it!
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  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited August 2011
    The music in SoE was really nice!
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    edited August 2011
    Yeah, SoE had awesome music. Early effort for Jeremy Soule. For those that don't know, Mr Soule went on to do the music for the Elder Scrolls games.
  • ShayminShaymin The Gratitude Pokemon Full Members
    edited August 2011
    I have to ask if Mystic Quest didn't beat Bioware to the punch in having an alternate sexuality on the main character. At the very least, that's my interpretation of the ending.

    Also, the battle music didn't get enough love. It made jamming the B button at a battlefield that much more fun.
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  • Sir ErdrickSir Erdrick Overlord Full Members
    edited August 2011
    Shaymin said:
    Also, the battle music didn't get enough love. It made jamming the B button at a battlefield that much more fun.
    I thought as a whole, Mystic Quest had a very nice soundtrack.

    One thing that didn't get mentioned, as far as I remember, was that you could set your partner to be controlled by the computer. It didn't work very well as your teammate had a tendency to spam high level magic every round until they ran out. This was rather annoying since the item needed to restore magic wasn't readily available in stores until the third or fourth town. Needless to say, AI party member didn't get used very often.

    Time for the history lesson part now.

    Generally speaking, Old English is the English language spoken from sometime after the Roman withdrawal from the British Isles to around the mid 12th century. This is language that the epic poem Beowulf was written. Old English is almost completely incomprehensible to the modern reader or speaker.

    Middle English developed from Old English after the Norman conquest in which William I was crowned king in 1066. Middle English is the language of Geoffrey Chaucer and the unknown poet of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'. By the 15th century Early Modern English had started to evolve out of Middle English. Sir Thomas Malory's 'Le Morte Darthur' was written in this very Early Modern English or very late Middle English.

    By the time of Shakespeare of the late 16th and early 17th century, Early Modern English, the same type that was being aped in the first two Dragon Warrior games, had evolved.
  • Quintet_FanQuintet_Fan New Member Full Members
    edited August 2011
    The Dragon Slayer mention is appreciated, albeit a bit harsh.The only reason I mentioned it (besides the episode title) was because a lot of last episode was spent discussing the history of the JRPG. I simply felt it was unfair to give ALL credit to Dragon Quest (quote "the first JRPG") when Falcom had been making RPGs years before. Dragon Quest is certainly the most influential one, however, as we all know.

    And Dragon Slayer may suck today (it was 1984, people!), but Xanadu and Sorcerian remains some of my favorite Falcom titles. Highly advanced for their time.

    Again, no offense intended. Great episode.
  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited August 2011
    I have to admit that being pressed on the Falcom game was not what I expected. Instead, I thought somebody would have wanted a name drop for the 1981 movie starring a young Peter MacNicol, which has aged quite well and predates all JRPGs. It wasn't particularly influential in the RPG world though.
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  • GaijinMonogatariGaijinMonogatari RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited August 2011
    Man, I wish I could've been online for this one...
  • WibblefishWibblefish Robot Ninja Zombie Pirate Full Members
    edited August 2011
    Didn't Dragon Slayer eventually become the Legend of Heroes series?
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  • Sir ErdrickSir Erdrick Overlord Full Members
    edited August 2011
    Wibblefish said:
    Didn't Dragon Slayer eventually become the Legend of Heroes series?
    Yes, the first two Legend of Heroes games were titled Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes & Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II. The Legend of Heroes series dropped the association with the Dragon Slayer series.
  • WibblefishWibblefish Robot Ninja Zombie Pirate Full Members
    edited August 2011
    I have one small request for future Backtracks. If you could have Sam Marshmallow mention boobs somewhere in every episode? It makes me giggle like a 5 year old. If she can't be on an episode in person, prerecorded boobs are fine, thanks.
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  • GaijinMonogatariGaijinMonogatari RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited August 2011
    Just had a chance to listen through the MQ section (not much computer time this week...) Something that I think no one mentioned: MQ was later released in Japan as Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest. I felt insulted the first time I saw that in a store.
  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited August 2011
    Final Fantasy USA, what a telling statement of how Japan viewed the game. Secret of Evermore didn't even see a Japanese release though, so we'll never know what Squaresoft Japan would have called it.
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