Apr 022013

Tuesday Tunes is back this week with another episode celebrating the greatest video game music of all time. This time, the two latter Shin Megami Tensei: Persona games, with all of their fantastic eccentricity, are in the spotlight. Enjoy the Engrish.

Persona 4 - TRAVIS - 5

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Mar 052013

Video games have used a plethora of different musical genres over the years, and I tend to find that I’m always pleasantly surprised when they remember to pull from Jazz. After all, Jazz can be eccentric, soothing, sad, etc, but it’s always wildly imaginative and improvisational.

Saxophone - TRAVIS - 1

It’s too bad, then, that solid video game jazz is so rare. With a tiny pool to pull from, I think I’ve done an alright job at compiling some of the very best video game jazz ever written. Once again, I hope you enjoy my podcast celebrating the greatest video game music of all time, Tuesday Tunes.

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Oct 172012

Ohhhh boy. Do I have some words to throw out on this topic. I really love the concept behind Persona 3 and 4. The blending of relationship social link simulation and JRPG combat is incredibly compelling to me, and stellar writing plus deep character exploration only go to heighten the experience. If you haven’t been exposed to the games, ignore this post and play them now. For those who have played the two later PS2 games (the two I will be discussing today as P1 and P2 are much different and perhaps worthy of later discussion, but not today), you probably already now which you prefer. And that’s fine. I know hordes of people on both sides of the fence. Some adore the dark themes of P3 and ridicule the somewhat silly adventurism engulfed in P4. Others share the opposite view, viewing the P3 themes as needlessly angsty and emo, all the while appreciative of the more fun, stylish attitude of P4. I’m not going to lie to you, I much prefer the latter to the former. But I think it’s important to get the reasons out in the open to facilitate healthy debate. Or inspire unholy mudslinging. Whichever works for you. So without further ado, here are a couple reasons why I prefer Persona 4 to Persona 3. Feel free to disagree to your heart’s content.

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Aug 252012

Uh… Guys… Her Shadow is about to go berserk. Dontcha wanna uh… Do something? Guys?

In the unlikeliest of developer crossovers, Atlus and Arc System Works teamed up to bring us Persona 4: Arena. Laevatein offered his own initial impressions, but I’m here to talk about the game in-depth. How did this joint project into a totally new genre fare for our MegaTen spin-off?

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Aug 132012

The Persona series, and Shin Megami Tensei in general, is pretty popular, no doubt about that one.  Many of our writers here are familiar with the entire series in one way or another.  Many of our readers are pretty familiar with Persona, as well.  Unfortunately, I’m probably the least familiar with the entire series of the staff, as all the Persona I have under my belt are a few hours of Persona 3.  Pretty neat hours, but still just a few.  I hate backlogs.

So it might seem a bit weird that the least Persona-versed writer is talking about a Persona title.  However, Persona 4 Arena is special, in that it tries to court two different audiences.  The first one, and probably the most apparent one, is the RPG crowd.  Specifically, fans of the Persona and other Shin Megami Tensei games.  The other crowd is the fighting game crowd. Continue reading »