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Nice. Since beating the MD game I've been curious about this one, would be cool to play it on DC where it belongs.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Happy 30th Anniversary Armadillo (NES)!
« on: August 11, 2021, 06:42:37 pm »
While I didn't care for this one that much (found the controls/physics lacking), it's nice to see threads like this for really obscure games.


Gaming Discussion / Re: The Game Music Thread
« on: August 08, 2021, 05:56:36 am »
Top 20 lesser known PCE/TG16 OSTs:
Magical Chase
Legendary Axe II
Dragon Saber (PCE)
Legend of Xanadu II (PCE CD)
1943 Kai (PCE)
Cyber City Oedo 808 (PCE CD, w/ OkiMSM5205)
Shin Megami Tensei (PCE CD)
Coryoon: Child of Dragon
Shockman/Schubibinman 2
Final Soldier
Cycho Rider (PCE CD, w/ OkiMSM5205)
​Dragon Spirit (PCE)
Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu (PCE)
Hisou Kihei X-SERD (PCE)
Ganbare! Golf Boys
Somer Assault
Victory Run
W-Ring: The Double Rings
Battle Ace


Gaming Discussion / Re: The Game Music Thread
« on: August 05, 2021, 11:02:04 am »
Top lesser known PC OSTs:

Wacky Wheels
Fury of the Furries
Genpei War/Genpei Kassen
MegaRace (PC)
The Legend of Sword and Fairy
Cobi Comi
Zone 66 (FM+samples)
Empire of the Angel II
​Olmang Jolmang Paradise
​Princess Maker 2 (PC)
Jim Power (PC, OPL2+samples)
Xuanyuan Jian Waizhuan/Sword of Xuan Yuan II (Legend): Dance of Maple Leaves (PC, OPL2)
​Ys II Special
Eol's Adventure/Eol-ui Moheom
Illusion Blaze
Metaltech: Earthsiege (FM+samples)
Metaltech: Battledrome (FM+samples)
​Mad Paradox
Iron Blood
​Rusty (PC, OPL2)

Wacky Wheels (PC, OPL3)
Puyo Puyo Tsu (PC Compile, 1996)
Dune (AdLib Gold w/ Surround Sound)
Sorcerian Forever (PC)
Gloriana: Elisabeth I (PC)
Ant Man
Doukyusei (PC)
Doukyusei 2 (PC)
Kawarazakike no Ichizoku (PC, OPL3)

Nova 9: Return of Gir Draxon (PC, MT-32)
Zeliard (PC, MT-32)
Utopia: The Creation of a Nation (PC, MT-32)
Steel Empire/Cyber Empires (PC, MT-32)
Inferno (PC, MT-32)
TFX: Tactical Fighter Experiment (PC, MT-32)
SubWar 2050 (PC, MT-32)(in-game)
EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus (PC, MT-32)
Double Dragon 3 (PC, MT-32)
King's Table: TLoR (PC, MT-32)
Code Name: Iceman (PC, MT-32)
​Sorcerian (PC, MT-32)
Red Baron (MT-32)

Sample-based SB music (.mod, streaming, internal midi):
iF-16/F-16 Fighting Falcon (PC, SB Wav)
In Pursuit of Greed (PC, SB Mod) partial cd?
Death Rally (PC, SB Mod)
Alien Virus (PC, SB wav/mod? intro, ambient sfx)(in-game) partial cd audio?
Epic Pinball (PC, SB Mod)
Hi-Octane (PC, SB AWE64)
Lost Eden (PC, SB Mod) partial cd audio?, Stereo
CyberMage (PC, SB mod/wav or general midi? cutscenes) - OPL3 in-game, not cd audio
FX Fighter (PC, SB Mod)
Piranha (PC, SB AMF Mod)
Mystic Towers (PC, SB Mod)
Apache/Apache Longbow (PC, SB Wav?) PCM+OPL or GM?
Psycho Pinball (PC, SB Mod)
Axia (PC, SB Mod)
​Alain Prost Grand Prix/Prost Grand Prix (PC, SB Wav or CD?)(in-game)

General MIDI:
Mission Critical
Frontier: Elite II
Primal Rage
11th Hour
Battle Isle 2
Command Adventures: Starship
Brandish 4
Sid & Al's Incredible Toons


Gaming Discussion / Re: Meka 2021-7-26
« on: August 03, 2021, 10:12:09 am »
What were you expecting?

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I'm Giving C64 Emulaton a Try
« on: July 31, 2021, 09:46:45 am »
Mayhem in Monster Land
Turrican 1-2
Bruce Lee
Bubble Bobble
Airborne Ranger
Impossible Mission
Project Firestart
Boulder Dash
Samurai Warrior
Space Taxi
Creatures 2
Below the Root

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters
« on: July 29, 2021, 05:51:25 am »
The more I look at FF5 and FF1 the more it looks like those chars have one leg attached to the center of their groin.

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Game Music Thread
« on: July 29, 2021, 05:48:46 am »
Top 20 lesser known MD & FM Towns FM OSTs:
Ristar (MD)
Master of Monsters
Alien Soldier
Devilish/Bad Omen (MD)
Gauntlet IV
Vapor Trail (MD)
​Panorama Cotton
Xenon: Mugen No Shitai (FMT FM w/ RF5C68)(added reverb?), Alternate
Xeno Crisis (MD, unlicensed)
​Asuka 120%: EBF (FMT, w/ RF5C68)
Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (MD) & Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes 2 (MD)
Elemental Master
Midnight Resistance (MD)
Dragon's Fury/Devil Crash MD
ResQ (unreleased)
​Battle Mania Daiginjou
Genocide 2 (FMT)
Batman (MD)
Wolfchild (MD)
Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer

Add-on bonus:
MD w/ RF5C164 samples (Mega CD):
Silpheed (MCD)
Shadowrun (MCD)
Cosmic Fantasy Stories (MCD)
Urusei Yatsura: Dear My Friends (MCD)

MD w/ PWM samples (32X):
Cosmic Carnage
Stellar Assault/Shadow Squadron
Virtua Racing Deluxe (32X)


Gaming Discussion / Re: The Game Music Thread
« on: July 27, 2021, 06:30:57 pm »
Top 20 lesser known SNES OSTs:
Thoroughbred Breeder II (SNES)
Radical Dreamers (SNES, Satellaview)
Biker Mice From Mars (SNES)
Demon's Crest (SNES)
Eek! The Cat/Sleepwalker (SNES)
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (SNES)
Vortex (SNES)
Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES)
Super Off Road (SNES)
Energy Breaker (SNES)
​Waterworld (SNES)
Zenkoku Koukou Soccer Senshuken '96 (SNES)
Nobunaga no Yabou: Tenshouki (SNES)
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom (SNES)
​The Flintstones (SNES)
​Foreman For Real (SNES)
Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (SNES)
​Jim Power (SNES)
F1 ROC II: Race of Champions/Exhaust Heat II (SNES)
Yokoyama Mitsuteru: Sangokushi (SNES)


Gaming Discussion / Re: The Strongest Lead Male in Final Fantasy.
« on: July 14, 2021, 03:54:56 pm »
Physically or mentally/emotionally?


Mega Man ZX (DS) Improvement:
-Make the very straightforward areas (amusement park, area L) a bit more fleshed out
-Save points and teleporters also refill energy/ammo
-Teleporter rooms replace the save rooms in areas J and H
-Can choose to restart at the last teleporter or save room after dying (either that or the lives are removed)
-Removed off screen enemy respawning since it's annoying when backtracking or sidetracking and can lead to cheap hits when jumping down. Mini-bosses also don't respawn anymore
-Mini-bosses drop some health
-Rebalanced energy-based attacks and overdrive so you can't kill a boss with a single attack or combo. On the other hand the bar drains slightly slower and isn't canceled from taking a hit besides from certain heavier boss attacks
-Faster crawling in human form and an option to turn off the mechanic where NPCs don't want to talk/get helped if you have a suit on (or they'll recognize you after seeing you in human form though that's harder to implement)
-Leviathan/model lx's spin attack and harpuia/model hx's ranged attack are made stronger and the latter's melee combo is faster
-Ice platforms don't disappear as quickly and the leviathan level 2 charge attack (dragon) is faster
-Cheaper repairs for damaged suits from bosses plus you can buy HP and weapon energy with money
-Enemy drops don't disappear as fast and don't disappear if they fall far enough below the screen
-Added rewards to the various detours with an added challenge that only lead to database entry items and make some of the easier life ups a bit harder to get to. Risking your life for a disk clearly isn't worth it
-Stronger and/or further reaching level 2 charge shot for model fx/fefnir
-Added reward for getting all disks - Could perhaps be an alternate weapon from previous games for the ZX suit. Or it could add an auto-charger for the sub weapon and let you dash while charging both weapons so it's more like the X suit. Or an overdrive feature?

Control/interface issues:
-Aborting a mission shouldn't put you back where you accepted the current one+you should be able to take on more than one mission at a time for more dynamic exploration and general gameplay
-Can't dash if charging your sub weapon (the weapon mapped to R) - have to actually let go of that button or you just attack with the sub weapon when pressing dash
-Confusing and uninformative map system (doesn't show area layouts - only if an area contains a teleporter or save room but not where they are, doesn't show where entrances to mission areas are - only roughly how areas connect, can't mark points of interest such as ability gated parts - see Ore ga Omae o Mamoru for example, can't see if an indoors room connects to a different area from outside of it, can't see which locked doors you've moved through on the map nor locked doors themselves, for some reason the corridor rooms connecting one sub area to another (B1-B2 for example) aren't marked in-game like the other transitional rooms are, the second screen could've been used for a general map screen for ZX, oddly some of the areas also aren't placed logically on the map - for example area E is to the left of area C on the map while it's to the right in-game (the maps using only letters and not area names also makes it harder to remember the areas), sometimes the progression order between sub areas in an area is jumbled up in terms of their numbering - for example you'll visit sub area 4 in the lab before sub area 3)
-Can't look down/up - a few leaps of faith
-Automatic hover jump when jumping down through platforms or off ladders as harpuia
-Can't keep dash jumping by holding down the button (like in MMX4) - holding it down actually stops you from firing your sub weapon here and triggers another dash
-Can't shoot with both fefnir cannons at the same time
-The mission select menu doesn't wrap around
-Bestiary doesn't show boss weak points or elemental weaknesses

Trial & error issues:
-Shots from off screen
-Mission briefings don't tell you about rewards (key cards, crystal amount)
-Some moves aren't explained as you gain them
-The mission briefings don't show you where an area you haven't been to yet is located
-The analysis tool doesn't show a boss's elemental weakness
-Getting the absorber chip (reduced knockback) and quick charge chip - have to talk to Leonardo near the fountain 4 times and Fleuve at HQ 3 times respectively

Other tedious aspects:
-Not enough teleporters sometimes leads to backtracking to get to a mission area when taking on a mission - there should've been one right before or near each mission area
-Generally no new enemies are encountered when backtracking and sometimes there are no new paths to take with gained suits either
-Some empty rooms (pointless detour for nothing in area F (underwater part)
-Some one-way paths which seem pointless (Area I mid for example)
-No teleporter at the end of areas J and H, plenty of backtracking during the optional nurse side quest for a sub tank, can't buy anything other than suit upgrades such as tanks or HP and ammo refills)
-Constant beeping sfx until you hand in a mission report

Latest updates:
-Info and mini reviews for Mega Man ZX (DS, 2006) and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (PC, 2004)
-Some updates to the Gen 1 intro text (1986-1993)

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Game Music Thread
« on: July 04, 2021, 06:47:36 pm »

Personal Projects / Re: Phantasy Star II MSU-MD Project [WIP]
« on: July 04, 2021, 08:15:43 am »

1. This is definitely a mixing issue that i've thought about too, since a lot of these mixes are rough WIPs the mixes are not very polished. I've got the base ideas, but it's definitely not finished! So these mirror some of the things I have thought myself. Once all songs are blocked out I plan on going back through every single song to make major adjustments, new recordings, any creative changes.
Doing it this way helps me a lot because it helps me keep track of the bigger picture and have time to process what my initial ideas were when trying to write the arrangement. If I try to do heavy mixing while writing the song out i'll get too lost in the details rather than focusing too early.

2. For the main lead, do you mean the super wide reverbed guitars? Or the short attack FM synth lead that kicks in after the intro?
I may be able to work in one more straight played version when I go back to this. This is exactly the kind of ideas from outside my own head that I need. Because with music the way you intrinsically feel about a song or it's structure is different when you are the audience instead of the creator. So I have these ideas based on my own expectations as a listener, but you can't always get the whole perspective when you know every nook of a piece and have heard it hundreds of times.  FWIW, the beat change is a change to 9/4 time signature. Very uncommon but I really like how it sounds. PSII's music in places does use some different signatures so I tried to include things like that into the arrangements.

3. Blade runner is exactly what I felt like it gave off. I want to expand that a little more maybe once I return to finish this one.

4.Bracky News is a song where I tried to expand it while keeping the core elements of the original jingle. Which is way too short. This 1+ minute section is what I originally was going to just use as a sort of loopable base. But since I last worked on it I have come up with some ideas to add to it when I go back. Like trying to work in a reference to the shop theme from PS1 on the second pass. :P

5.Yeah the synth lead here is a place holder and I don't like it at all either actually. I had been using a different one, but due to some technical problems I couldn't use them when I was last working on the song. The bug was fixed later so I can return to that once I get back to it. And yes the ending is actually just a placeholder loop as well because I was planning after the 2 minute mark to loop back run the whole 3 variations again before an ending. Don't know if that will be too repetitive however. Got a link to the Chip and Dale song that synth reminds you of? I'm very curious now! :D

6.Advanced has been the most difficult to do as I had a lot of ideas and trouble fitting some of them together.
My vocoder was not behaving so the finished song should actually have some neat robotic leads. That first chorus section sounds kind of weak because of it. You may have also noticed the Bass switching off after the first chorus as well, I switched to using a Synth so I could write out the bass lines and this will be replaced with live electic bass in the final song. The last section before the WIP cuts off i'm not so sure about yet because I was trying to work in some more wankery but not sure what yet. Either way it will use the chorus section repeated to an ending of some kind. I really wanted to make the arrangement of this sort of "Advanced"since that's what the song is called, so there's never an exact repeated section as every section has variation along with several time signature and key changes.  I wanted it to be very Prog Rock so to speak.In addition to this after about 2 minutes or so it's actually a hybrid remix of Advanced and sections of Forest 1 and Forest 2 from PSO

There are some muddy issues with the mix for sure.

7. Silent Zone is in the worst shape mix wise as I did the least work for it a ton of changes in store for that one. Kind of want it to have a late 70's /early 80's jazz fusion feel though overall. The main section A melody at 2:50 i've never liked no matter how many times i've listened to it.
At this point in the song it's actually switched to a 9/4 time signature (This requires the rhythm of the melody to change a bit), so I think that needs to be reworked and some stuff changed/added. However at 3:29 I really love this section (Continuing on in 9/4)and is my favorite part of the song actually >_>. The bass line in the 3:29 section B is ironically the most faithful to the original bass line of the song and not only that but the synth being used here is actually the exact same 2612 FM patch on 2 channels and then bussed with some effects.
(The bass line from 2:29 onward is the same actually.)
What may be throwing off how you feel about the first half of the song may be the conflicting high frequency information pulling your ear's attention away. For example the hard panned left FM Bell patch and the other section 2 lead synth/clean guitar melody lead panned hard left.
This was initially intentional to mimic some mixing and sound choices of early stereo music. But some of it does sound a bit odd.

8.Yeah I actually have been thinking about changing that bass choice as it doesn't sound quite right for a lot of reasons.(Stereo width is coming from an over zealous Juno 6 chorus with the width to max lol) I'll definitely do a lot of work on that.

9. I feel apprehensive about Home in particular as I feel it's the simplest structure wise of most of the arrangements. I was definitely more inspired by the soundscapes of PSO for a lot of the instrument choices. (In addition to the chord progression change in the 2nd section of the song that I made in the slower part of the song)

Thanks a ton for sharing your impressions. It's very helpful!

1. Right, I figured with your skills some of my comments are probably super obvious things but like you said and in my own experience, one can become "deaf" to certain details if working on something for a long time. Sometimes just a break does the trick or someone else listening to it can do the same. Can definitely relate to your comment about mixing too, I have various unfinished songs laying around because of getting bogged down with this aspect myself.

2 (Step Up) - I mean the latter here, the FM synth lead. Right, I'm coming from this being pretty familiar with the originals which are often both short and following more of a pop song structure. So I come at it with that expectation, which is not better or worse and I also listen to a bunch of prog, drone and ambient music elsewhere for example. If your goal is to balance experimentation with capturing the original fans and/or fans of pop music though I guess my comment would be relevant then.

4. Cool, looking forward to hearing what you come up with there. It's really good as is now too. I'm not sure how long the in-game scene is so that might be worth considering

5. Sure, checkout the chorus here:
Not that this is bad, it just jumped out at me as similr. Either way it does pretty much fit the vibe of that segment and has a bouncy 80s feel to it.

6. Hehe right! I think that idea works well here, it's certainly not something you'd get bored listening to. That makes sense regarding the vocoder, I didn't notice it so was wondering if maybe it's not in there yet.
Nice, I thought I heard some PSO in a couple tracks but I'm not as familiar with that one and it's a more subtle score overall.

7. Yeah in regards to the mixing I think it's a combination of that, the stereo effect and the brighness and plucky attacks on the backing instruments, as well as the lead not standing out as much as them. The original has one of the stronger melodies in the OST so I feel it should be rooted in that more after the intro.
But 3:29 is pretty interesting and if it went back to the intro at 4:00-ish instead of the slower new part it might work better (if it's meant to be a continuous loop). Or if the part before that was changed so the melody and perhaps the beat as well is more faithful.

8. I tend to like stereo bass like that when I hear it in chiptunes with hard panning, but switching it up at some point could help distinguish each part of the song maybe, since in headphones it becomes a dominant part to my ears as I listen to it even if doing something else at the same time.

Again looking forward to the next update, this was pretty awesome to hear!
I was actually doing some YM2151 mixes of the original songs a while back myself, but it didn't end up becoming a project due to the guy I made them for having problems adding the songs to the PS2 remake of PSII. Either way this is much more ambitious and professional sounding than what I was doing but if you want to hear them here's the one that was the most well received (you can find one more on YT and two others on soundcloud under the same username):

Personal Projects / Re: Phantasy Star II MSU-MD Project [WIP]
« on: July 02, 2021, 01:44:45 pm »
Had a listen to Restoration and it sounds really cool to me! Similar to the PS rearrangements on the Saturn collection IIRC. The improv part is also pretty neat.
If I'd change anything it's to make some of the leads stand out more such as the one at 1:23-ish, it kinda disappears behind the chimes. I'd also give the main bass a little bit more depth, it's a bit hollow sounding.

Edit: Well I don't have anything better to do right now and I like this OST so I posted my thoughts on the rest. Overall I think this is great stuff and hope you keep going with it!

For Step Up I think the echo channels for the main lead are a bit too loud and prefer the original instrument choice I think. But it's still really good and fleshed out in a suitable way. I would've liked to hear the main hook played "straight" one more time before the remixed part where you play around with the beat though I think (that part is really cool though btw), it takes a good while to come back to that part as it is in the original. Well, just my first impression anyway. Nice bass fills here too.

A Prologue is great, especially the drop before it gets going and the chilly break part. Got some blade runner vibes from that.

Bracky News gets a thumbs up as well, nice guitar and bass additions. Actually worth listening to more than once now.

Mystery is really cool except for the very first lead synth which sounds kind of cheesy and like something you'd hear in old OCremix tracks. Didn't expect the metal part but it works pretty well. The stabby part at 2m20s-ish is the only other thing I'm not sure about, as it makes me think of the chip 'n dale theme.

For Advanced, I feel the chorus lead should have a bit more clarity and oomph to it, it gets lost behind the drums and bright bass. Other than that it's really cool overall, with some great drumming. Towards the end it kinda sounds like everything is falling apart arrangement-wise instead of going back to the chorus like you'd expect but I guess it's not done yet.

Silent Zone - Not sure how to explain it but it feels like all the backing harmonies are fighting for attention here and the lead doesn't stand out enough, it sounds a bit overworked at least up until 0:50-ish. Maybe have the plucky guitar playing only in the second verse and don't have it playing in stereo?
I also didn't like the rephrasing of the melodies around 2:50-ish onwards. Sorry I'm just rather attached to the original here and it didn't think it added anything, but other than that it's a cool arrangement.

Power sounds cool! The added percussion and lead choices work rather well. Enjoyed that sliding bass part a lot. If I had to change one thing, idk but maybe the bass shouldn't be in stereo for the whole thing.

Home and Over - These also sound good to me, really liked the added section to the latter in particular. "Blocked out"? You did a lot more here than that it sounded like hehe.

Hey, thanks for the heads up. Yeah I do have backups of my site content so I should be mostly fine if that happens. Do you recommend any other hosts?

I should probably go through my older stuff on my main site at some point though, also a weebly site.

Latest update:
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (PS1, 1996)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Favorite Obscure Genesis Games?
« on: June 17, 2021, 04:58:51 pm »
I'll second King's Bounty, an ambitious game for the MD and still pretty unique too. Don't let the crude audiovisuals keep you from trying it.

Wiz 'n Liz actually got double-listed, thanks for catching that!

As for "obscure" I'm giving the benefit of the doubt to all but the most extreme cases. But series like Thunder Force, Phantasy Star, and Streets of Rage are so famously identified with the Genesis that only the likes of Sonic are more visible -- if you've heard of the Genesis, you've probably heard of those games, as they're total "Genesis starter pack" material -- while Castlevania and Mega Man are too high-profile as a series.

At least Golden Axe III was Sega Channel-only in the US, while Shadow Dancer is relatively overlooked compared to the other two. Similarly, Aladdin and Castle of Illusion are too famous, whereas Quackshot is a tier below in visibility (at least in the US, maybe not Japan). Of course this is all for fun anyway...

BTW Ninja Burai Densetsu is one game that got mentioned without a recommendation that looks really interesting to me. Can't tell if it's actually any good, though, without a translation patch.

That's rather cool to see for Thunder Force too, since I don't think it used to be the case. Well, shoot 'em ups are still pretty niche in general but that series has a bigger following now than back in the day I feel like.

I agree with the rest. Ninja Burai Densetsu I haven't really played but I did like the music, which is kinda similar to the OST for Rent a Hero.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Favorite Obscure Genesis Games?
« on: June 17, 2021, 02:42:50 pm »
Oh I can recommend Wiz 'n Liz. Dune II I wouldn't call obscure, but it is good. Just a bit dated if you're used to C&C and later RTSs.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters
« on: June 17, 2021, 01:42:09 pm »
Well that was depressing...

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