What happens when a friend visits Japan, again

Some of you might remember an old post like this, this time is not half
as crazy (phew) but I’m still very happy with this lot of games.
Since importing, especially cheap games is impossible at the moment
I asked my friend to get as many as possible from my wanted list,
I’m surprised myself I was missing some of these:


All THREE Full Metal Alchemist games, silly that we only got 2/3.


I really like the cover/art for the Juuni Kokuki game!
(Metal Saga and Okage are not too bad either)


Like I said, a mystery that I was missing all of the games
in the top row. The only non-PS2 game this time is the
Suikoden 1+2 port for PSP, a must in the collection!

That’s all for this time, I’m still missing a lot of
titles, (maybe 1/3?) but I’m very happy so far and I
will post my wanted list later!

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Beaten Games 2018

Hello 2019!

It’s finally time, I’ve been looking forward to this,
the list of beaten games in 2018!

My goal was to beat 72 games, in line with previous years but it ended up at…
—113!!—
A new record without even trying, bah. But then again, I have really focused
on playing, no big cleaning projects this year, no LEGO distraction like
last year, no traveling etc. This leaves me at 970 beaten games in total and
should make reaching 1000 next year a cinch. Although, I have a very big
project coming up and a lot of the 30 last games will be long, Vesperia
and Kingdom Hearts 3 in January, Red Dead Redemption 2,
Pier Solar on Dreamcast to name a few planned titles.

Onto the list, top lists and more summary at the end:

—NES—

The Krion Conquest
Funny, only one NES game this year as well, a Megaman clone
where you have all weapons unlocked from start, some cool parts
but mostly a pain to play.

—SNES—

Incantation
I got fooled by the nice pictures on the back of the box!
A simple, boring platformer.

Pocky and Rocky 2
Finally beat it, a lot harder than the first one for me.

Lemmings
After all these years I actually beat it!! One of my
childhood games, i don’t know how many times I have tried
before but this time it finally went down! Apparently I have been only a
few levels away before but I don’t think the last ones are possible without
savetates, miss-clicking in the final stages is a real pain.

Romancing Saga 3
This is another one long overdue, tried it many times but I will never
be friends with the SaGa series and their battle systems.

G.O.D
This was a really nice one that took a surprising turn as soon as
you leave the nice “pokemon feeling town”. (You even have the bicycle)

Gulliver Boy
A simple short Action RPG, the story moves at rocket speed!

Psycho Dream
A quite easy action platformer with cool sprites, beat it twice,
the second time I knew about the run button…

Tenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no Inori
Yay, this has been on my wish list a long time, now it got an English
translation! Some really odd design/balance issues where the game just
gives you free levels at set points in the story. Really nice enemy sprites
and character portraits, an okay plot, Motoi on the music and overall a
decent game. So happy I got to play it at last, now Dark Kingdom
is all that remains among the Wolf Team/ Telenet RPGs!

Aretha
Another unbalanced RPG that let’s you create the best gear an hour in!
Not much to say, a quite standard, nice little RPG, I love how
characters jump in and out of the party constantly, a nice mix-up.
A bit too much backtracking though.

Cyborg 009
Another uninspired Action platformer with some nice sprites.

Laplace no Ma
Wow, this should get its own post sometime, “horror” RPG with a lot of
nice ideas and cool elements, sadly random encounters and the extremely
unbalanced exp amount ruins it a bit but I still love it overall.

Mystic Ark
It almost brings tears to my eyes, I never thought I would get to play another
Enix game like this, I don’t want to compare it to Terranigma since that is in
another league but some of the ideas and quality is in there. This also needs
it own post but the game has one of my favorite locations ever, “The hub”,
reminds me om Myst and not something RPGs usually have.

Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou
This felt like half way to a “masterpiece” if they had another year of
development it would have been a true SNES classic but now it’s just
another RPG (with the easiest boss fights I have ever seen).

—GB—

Tail Gator
I heard it was good, it won’t make my top 700.

—GBA—

Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga
Why did I wait this long to finish this! A really great game, amazing
sprites, interesting puzzles and one of about 5 tile based games that
simulates height correctly (Alundra being the best example).

Mother 3
The first hour of the game is masterpiece class and will give
the game a high rank on my top 1000 but sadly the next 19 hours can’t
match that, it’s good but not as good as part 2.

Golden Sun 2
Another GBA game I started yeeears ago, better than I remembered
but a bit confusing with an open world and no real clues about what
to do. Still, as close as we get to Lufia 2 and I love how it
continues the first game as a true sequel.

—DS—

Hoshigami
Third time is the charm I hear. I have tried this once on PS1 and
once on DS, this time I choose easy and rushed through.
It’s odd how much alike all these strategy/RPGs are.

—3DS—

Dragon Quest 7
A lot of revenge and old projects this year, I have tried the PS1 version
before and started the 3DS version last year, over 100 hours spent
on this, PHEW! I like the idea about the islands and the mini stories
but the main story is just too weak and the length too lengthy.

—Switch—

Octopath Traveler
How did I not make a post about this game earlier, second best of 2018!
I spent 80 hours with it and enjoyed them all! It does have some minor
issues and I’m actually not a fan of the graphics, or rather all the
filters and stretching pixels over 3D objects and mixing and matching
sizes etc. But they do get the right feeling across and capture what
was good about the old games much better than Setsuna or Lost Sphear
ever did. Add amazing boss sprites, Bravely Default battles,
soundtrack of the year?, some really nice characters and we get…
a happy Xenocollector!

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Torna
I try to rush past this and hope no one notices the Xeno in the title, hehe.
The game didn’t add much more than the main game already told us.
15 hours of forced “side quests” and 3 hours of
repeated story from the main game.

—MS—

Zillion
The “Metroid of Master System” or just a password hacking game…
it was a bit interesting actually but I would not compare them,
very different focuses.

Deep Duck Trouble
Okay, I’m convinced, I got the wrong console as a kid, what graphics!

Master of Darkness
The “Castlevania of Master System”
Actually it is, a straight clone in fact, aside from the music
and maybe “lore” this one is probably better as a game.

Alex Kid in Shinobi World
Just a platformer, I don’t get anything out of playing this.

Golden Axe Warrior
The “Zelda of Master System” and again it really is… and again the
music is the only part where Zelda triumphs, haha, all these years
wasted on NES when there is MASTER SYSTEM!!

Golvellius: Valley of Doom
Look up the map for this game and the number of caves
it has, quite a pain to navigate this!

—MD—

Light Crusader
There are quite a few isometric RPGs on the Mega Drive, they are all quite
nice and this is no exception, some really cool puzzles that clearly use 3D
to work. Some bad hit boxes should be the worst to say about it.

—PS1—

Arc the Lad
Short, simple but nice. I don’t think I will beat part
2 and 3 though, they seem to be much longer and the
story was not interesting enough to go trough all that.

Resident Evil
A bit late to this party but I am quite
sure my experience would have been the same
10 or 15 years ago, or even on release, the
only good part was the level design, you really
get to know and find your way around the mansion!

Wild Arms 2
This was high on my wish list to play, a good but
far too long game, I think I saved the world four times
from four different disasters!? The first game remains the
best in this series.

Legend of Legaia
An interesting battle system reminding of Xenogears
but this one has not aged well and it had some really
hard boss battles.

—PS2—

Dual Hearts
I was fooled by Atlus! This was mostly a 3D platformer, not
an action-RPG!

Arc the Lad End of Darkness
This game had a very strange…structure to it, it seemed
like you should play it online and do quests or something.
Quite short, a hard final boss, just play another game.

Ephemeral Fantasia
If you beat this without a guide you should get a medal!
What a confusing game, I can’t believe I beat it even with a guide.
I can hardly describe it in words but it was a pain! The thing
that kept me going is the fact that I love the “groundhog day”
concept of repeating the same week over and over and doing things
differently to beat the bad guy and learning more about the
town/townsfolk.

Steambot Chronicles
Katamary Damacy the RPG? At least the controls work the same.
I had higher hopes for this but it was quite mediocre sadly. Quite short,
few locations and a lot of backtracking between the few.
Still, some nice and different ideas in an RPG.

—PSP—

Mega Man Powered Up
A Megaman 1 remake, it’s actually really good!

Gungnir
Yet another strategy/RPG, like I said with Hoshigami, strange
how alike they all are, good thing I like these darker stories
and battle style.

Hakuoki
I think this is the only true Visual novel I have beaten,
not too bad but I am surprised at how little it focused
on the romance and making choices.

—PS3—

Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel II
I still have to consider this as the best active series out there
and can’t wait to play part 3 and 4. I didn’t feel like spending
90+ hours and do everything like in the first game but maybe
those extra hours made me like the first one a bit better.

Dark Souls 2
Worst in the series but I decided to complete it anyway.
This one included all DLC, the main game was really easy,
and most of the DLC as well but it did include two of the
worst/hardest bosses I have ever fought, FUME KNIGHT will
always have a special hate-filled place in my mind and heart.

—PS4—

Bloodborne
I can not believe this year was the first time I beat this, it felt like
ages ago. Oh well, the list does not lie, I stumbled through this easy game
in about 23 hours thanks to a broken attack/strategy I found early.
I later returned to the game to play the DLC and the things I missed,
glad that I did, that really added to the game and explained the story
but I still think that one attack is broken.

The Walking Dead a New Frontier
These games start to blur together, it was…good?

Lost Sphear
A lot of improvement from Setsuna but still not the
RPG of old that they aim for. The world map and
how you unlock lost places and set area effects
on the map was nice. I’m excited to see
what is next.

Shadow of the Colussus
Graphics are not everything but in this case, they are so good
it moves the game 100 places up my top list! Seriously, just
walking around and looking at the textures and models in this
is bliss. Every little bush and tree in this has more detail than
anything in the PS2 version. It’s on a new level. Sadly they need
to make a third remake since this one still has a worthless self
adjusting camera and bad controls overall.

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance
Switching between characters could have been cool, now it’s just
annoying. The ending is the highlight and ties up all the loose ends/
recap everything before part 3 but it was a bit of a pain getting there.

Kingdom Hearts 0.2
It might only be a short story/ demo for part 3 but it still felt like
the best game in the series! If the main game is half this good I’m
going to be very happy!

Secret of Mana
I could say much about this but in short, some TERRIBLE music, the voices
feel really misplaced and I am disappointed that they didn’t expand the
story or even add any new content like a special boss. The graphic is fine,
it gives the same feeling as the original and the battles are also fine,
(with all the same imbalances etc. the original have).
If you play single player this version might be better thanks to being
able to set spells and items on shortcuts.

Uncharted Lost Legacy
I thought this series was done?
Oh well, the same as usual, this time even shorter
and better balanced, I’m happy.

Ni No Kuni 2
A big disappointment, worse than the first game in EVERY way,
yes even the battles, they seem better at first but it turns out you can end
every battle in two attacks and that’s just not fun, the first one at least
had some challenge.
+points for the Suikoden feeling of
gathering characters/building a kingdom/army battles.

Resident Evil 7
I enjoyed this one, some parts more than others but overall a good game,
the main problem is that they try to throw in EVERY horror element
known to man and it just gets ridiculous after a while.

Dark Souls 3
I have played this not once but probably 3-4 times and seen my brother beat it
twice as well this year. Seeing how bored I was with Dark souls 1 when that
was released I can’t believe how much of a favorite this has become.
Whenever I’m not playing anything else I just get the urge to return to this.
It’s just so fun and relaxing to play. By far the easiest in the series and
already the second time I played it, it was provokingly easy,
IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARD!!
I will be sure to get the DLC version in the future.

Shining Resonance Refrain
Of all the games to translate years later they choose this…
not terrible but very mediocre.
Very far below other games with “Shining” title.

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion
I thought this would finally be a good game based on the cartoon but no.
It’s halfway there, the characters look good and have the right voices etc.
but as a game it is a mess, very buggy, very short,
very simple and uninspired. The battles are good at least!

Horizon: Zero Dawn
It starts out interesting but the story soon derails. I played on easy
and just smashed my way through with the spear,
it took less than 20 hours, more than enough of open world for me.

The Witcher 3
Okay, the world and a lot of the dialog is fantastic. But the combat
is some of the worst I have seen, how can you just ignore that and call
this “one of the best RPGs”. The first half of the game was a real pain
running back and forth in the exact same locations over and over,
doing quests for people you don’t care about.
The last 10 hours was much better and left me on a positive note at least.

Shenmue II
How does “disc 4” not get the same treatment as Xenogears “disc 2”!?
Either way that final “disc” was the highlight of the series by far.
A lot of improvement and less waiting around in part 2. I still don’t
get why you have so many attack combos when you can beat every
fight by just hitting one button over and over…

Dragon Quest XI
Game of the year and best in the series, by far!
Glad that this both lived up to and exceeded my hopes.
A big minus for the music sadly but everything else makes up for it.

Megaman 11
For me it’s just another Megaman, that finally got the weapon switching right.
I could just as well play any of the old ones and be just as happy.

South Park Fractured but Whole
More of the same, MAYBE I liked this one better, a better balanced
battle system is the big plus and collecting “followers” were
surprisingly fun too.

Adventure Pals
A simple Rayman clone, I would never have played it alone but co-op
is always fun.

God of War 4
The fact that Kratos suddenly is messing with norse gods makes it too
ridiculous for me… a shame because it is a good game, some really
nice level design, beautiful environments and if you would replace
Kratos it would be a very nice take on the norse mythology, they even
got the part with giants being born from armpits right!
As usual I had to lower the difficulty, I got bored with
the battles before the tutorial was even over…

—Xbox—

Star Wars: KotOR
If you like Star Wars and western RPGs this is a must. I’m not a big fan of either
but I really wanted to give this a try, it is clearly good even if it’s not for me.
I’m surprised at how good the sound and voices are to this date,
overall it really felt like being in the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: KotOR II
Maybe the only game I have ever played as evil, it didn’t save as much
time as I had hoped and the game really felt rushed compared to the first one.

—PC—

Love
A simple but challenging platformer.

Kuso
A simple but challenging platformer, same as Love!

Snakebird
This is a really good and charming puzzle game about snakebirds,
more people should play this! Be warned, it is hard!

Knytt Underground
Words can not describe this game, it is made by a madman!
I thought I would go crazy while running around and trying to navigate
the ridiculously big metroidvania map.

Xanadu Next
Second rate YS? A bit unbalanced but still enjoyable.

Victor Vran
A Diablo clone…with wall jump!! It’s not bad but the silly voice over
feels very misplaced and lowers the score a lot.

Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky 3rd
Weakest and shortest of the three games but still good, mostly some closure
for characters and events in the first two games.

Iconoclasts
I’ve been waiting so long for this, a platform game with focus on
puzzles and STORY. In the end the story really delivered something unique
and that and the animations really stand out. Sadly the rest won’t be as
remembered and it probably won’t make my top 100 but I am so glad that
the developer finally managed to finish this dream project after all
these years even though it put him in the hospital for a while, hehe.

Celeste
The game that overshadowed iconoclasts, sadly. If you want a real challenge
in a focused platform game, this is THE ONE.

A Boy and His Blob
What a nice little journey with a blob.

Spelunky
Hate it, but beat it, one of the most overrated games, I see no fun
in random generated messes like this.

Salt and Sanctuary
This is EXACTLY what Dark souls would be in 2D, surprisingly good,
the platforming adds a lot for me.

Gauntlet
It’s fun but Hammerwatch does everything better.

Chrono Trigger
I won’t name this game of the year or anything, it would be silly
but I am happy that they actually fixed most of the problems it had on
release, some still remain though and SNES remains superior.

Ara Fell
This makes me so happy, more than 99% of all RPG Maker games are
terrible, half-finished, use stolen resources etc. but this one is a truly
unique and a finished game that has some really nice ideas I never thought of
or seen in other games. Sure it still feels a bit limited thanks to RPG Maker
but still impressing and better than most AAA-games in my eyes.

Swords of Ditto
A time limit sadly ruins this otherwise nice co-op game.

Minit
This was a fun hour of a game but it would be even better with some graphics…

Kingsway
A true meta-game, look up a trailer, it’s an RPG-operating system or something
where you manage everything as if it was a computer. I actually liked it, I thought it would be a “fun idea terrible game situation”

Bloodstained Curse of the Moon
Surprise of the year? Man I loved this one, aside from music better than any NES game ever was.

Mighty Gunvolt
Barely a game, I run through it in no time.

Finding Paradise
I can’t believe how this series got connected in the end, really
beautiful.

Mini Ghost
One of the most simple games but still enjoyable.

Unepic
Quite boring level design and variation but otherwise not bad, I like the idea of lighting
an entire castle manually like you do in this.

Cuphead
I’m the only one who think this looks terrible, the animations are of course
amazing and very impressive but I’m not a fan of the style, or sound either.
I was surprised how easy this was, of course I died and had to re-fight
some battles plenty of times but I was prepared for much worse.
Oh well, some bosses were amazing!

Unworthy
Another 2D Dark souls, it might look simple and uninspired at first
but it is REALLY good, amazing bosses and some real challenges.
No jumping in this one, opens from the other side.

Firewatch
Walking simulator, it’s been a while since I played one.
Quite nice but nothing special.

The Vagrant
Clearly inspired by Vanillaware games, almost as good too,
just buy it if you like Muramasa, Odin Sphere etc.

Omega Strike
More metroidvania! Looks and plays fantastic but exploring doesn’t
feel rewarding at all, all you get is +1 coin whatever you do.
But give it a chance, it is at least good!

Chasm
Another loooong awaited indie title. It is at least top 3 good-looking pixels in there and overall it feels very polished and works really well. Sadly they just had to leave the level design to chance and randomly generate the game… that and the fact that they borrow TOO much from Symphony of the Night ruins it quite a bit, why do you have to use the exact same sub weapons and familiars etc.

La Mulana 2
The definition of hate-love, so many hours spent on these puzzles,
battles/bosses where a joke though after beating the first game on
HARD.

Crosscode
I LOVE the “overworld” and it’s level design, it is the best out there.
Be warned if you like to play this, you really need to like both
puzzles and RPGs because there are 3+ hour dungeons with just puzzles,
mostly good ones but if you don’t like them it is going to be a pain to play.
Amazing game overall but I did not need another .Hack story…

The Messenger
Nothing new, but it’s good. Better than any NES game, developers seems to
have finally learned what was good about old games and what was bad and
should be fixed with modern designs.

Slain Back From Hell
A terrible title and trailer made me not to want to play it,
but a friend said it was okay and it was!

Delta Rune
Yup, it’s Undertale 2. Still not a big fan but it has it’s moments.

Blossom Tales
Another Zelda-like, I never understand why they need to copy everything
including the bad parts… or why not even raise the challenge? Why make
the already easy Zelda games even easier? Oh well, exploring is still fun
and any Zelda fan should like this!

Void Memories
The worst 2D Dark Souls I have played, very unpolished.
It does have a few amazing bosses but not really worth
playing just for those.

Odallus
Another Metroidvania, more Castlevania where you can jump between stages
but still, a few Metroid references and designs too. Not bad!

Death’s Gambit
A bit more story focus than other 2D Dark Souls, I enjoyed this one,
far too easy but I had fun playing it at least.

Sonic Mania
Just another flipper simulator.

Insanly Twisted Shadow Planet
Oh this old game, it turned out to be a nice little game, the ring menu
works really well in this and even though it is short you really get to
use all abilities.

Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel
Another Megaman clone with references to far too many games,
silly, yes, but I probably enjoyed it more than Megaman 11.

Usurper
More 2D Dark Souls, a lot of them this year. uninspired environments
but an interesting world with many odd design decisions in it.

BELOW
I was so happy when this got a surprise release this year but sadly
it turned out to be the biggest disappointment in years…
every design decision feels like the opposite of what I would have done
or expected of the game… The worst being the random generation of course.
The second half of the game is just the same room repeated over and over
with the same enemies and sound, it is a terrible, repetitive game.

Viviette
I’m a bit in love with this, like a modern version of Laplace no Ma,
it even has a reference to that game!
Some puzzles could be better maybe but exploring this horror mansion and
its perfect pixels is the best, a trailer won’t do it justice since it is
so dark most of the time but I am really impressed.
Oh, and the sound is really good in this as well.

Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero
Just more Shantae, fun but also the easiest game I have played, seriously,
you get an upgrade that makes you INVINCIBLE. Standing inside the
final bosses and their attacks without taking any damage is not fun.

The Mummy Demastered
THESE PIXELS. It’s been a while since I played something that truly was
balanced and designed JUST like a Metroid but this is.
Sadly that also means very low challenge for those that explore,
I died once in the game, because I tried to…

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity
Second…third rate YS? Still fun, I need to watch a speedrun of this,
you can move at a ridiculous speed and thanks to the balance in the
game you will still be able to beat it. Got the good ending to!

Timespinner
Final game of the year, a good end. Another metroidvania with
crazy good pixels, especially the parallax backgrounds felt like a
new level. This is another example where they just decided to copy
everything good and bad from Symphony of the night but somehow it
bothers me less than in Chasm even though this borrow even more.
Oh well, got all endings, 100% etc. Once again a far too easy game
for me, of course, this offers a hard option so I guess I will
replay it in the future.

That is that!
What a spectacular year, as you might have noticed very few games were
“fillers” Lots of quality games, long RPGs, long-awaited indie titles and
finished games started years ago.

This should be top 3 released:

1: Dragon Quest XI
2: Octopath Traveler
3: Iconoclasts

And this top 3 among the rest:

1: Dark Souls 3
2: Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel II
3: Ara Fell?

The disappointment of the year was by far BELOW

Happy New Year to all, may it be filled with exactly 30 good games
and lots of Xeno items!

You guessed it (soundtracks)

Yeah-yeah, this is now officially a soundtrack blog I guess…
It was not my plan for this year but that is how it turned out!

Before we get to the pictures I can give you a small update, I spend almost
all free time playing right now and this year’s beaten games list will be
quite something, as always I’m already looking forward to writing it!

The SFC game Tenshi no Uta just got a finished fan-translation and I am
just so happy that I finally got to play that game, not the best on the
console of course but I would say it was good, some really impressive
enemy sprites and portraits, music from Sakuraba, simple but solid
battles and okay story. Big thanks to the translators!

Now then, let’s start with some Xeno:

It finally arrived, the newly released Xenogears SHINKAKU LP!
I have yet to listen or even open it and taking a good picture proved
impossible but it is a double LP this time, it doesn’t include any new
tracks and could probably be called a “best of Xenogears” with a few
tracks from the OST, some from Creid etc. I will get back to it once I
have listened to it all.


As usual with Mitsuda covers, it’s a bit odd…

Another black item impossible to take a photo of. I did not plan on getting
this since it is just a normal copy of the Blu-ray OST but with a signature
from Mitsuda but then I thought I might regret it later and just grabbed it
anyway, haha. Quite expensive, they were sold at Tokyo Game Show this year
so it could clearly be called an official item to add at least.

This is a bit of an oddity, a Xenogears CD case from Movic.
Not much to say really, hard to say if it is 100% official,
it is made by Movic who handled a lot of the Xenogears
merchandise but it doesn’t mention Square anywhere, hmm.

Let’s end with something more colorful:

I was looking to add an US copy of Threads of Fate to my collection but found
these beauties instead! You could get them when you pre-ordered the games
in the US, it’s only about 5 tracks on each disc but I love the odd cases
and the art they choose for these, I just had to have them and all came
from a really nice seller! Let’s take a closer look:


Rabite!


Dewprism!


Ayla 2!

Love em!

That’s it for today and most likely this should be the end of my Soundtrack side tracking for now, I might take a picture of the entire collection later though.

Games, Xeno, Soundtracks, Games

Hi everyone!

I know it’s far between updates these days but I just want to say I’m glad that
you keep visiting and I am extra happy to see some new collectors lately
that really have some use for the site!

Let’s just show some of the items that I have received lately:

First out is the very anticipated Fei figure, I am very happy with how it looks,
especially considering it is an action figure, there is plenty of cool pictures
on the internet with all the poses already if you want to take a closer look,
mine will sadly stay sealed for the collection, maybe I will get an
opened copy in the future.

Next, the newly released Nier and Automata soundtrack, yes another one…
this time fully orchestrated in a very beautiful box, love it!
A bit silly having to buy the box to get 4 extra tracks but oh well,
I can never get enough of the music even if it is getting a bit silly:

I’m even missing one disc and the Blu-rays and the Vinyl box isn’t even in
the picture!

As for the music, some tracks feel a bit empty without the usual vocals but
some of them are absolutely amazing and makes up for it with a choir or two.

My goal was to spend the year filling out the gaps in my english
PS1 collection but all these soundtracks and Xeno got in the way…
oh well, next year it is and this is a good start:

I never bothered to get Legend of Mana because I had it “burned” to play and
the Millennium box to look at, feels nice to finally own it. Wild Arms 2 is
also something I have wanted to play for all long time, it’s my next game up!

This SHOULD be my second last soundtrack this year but you never know, hehe:

A bad picture I know but I tried to show how golden the golden gold is…

Anyway, it is the Kurt Hymneth box, filled with Ar Tonelico music!
I have wanted this for a long time, love the music, as you might know by
know my weakness is made-up languages in music, Yuki Kajiuras music,
Nier and also Ar Tonelico.

It includes the nice box, a 100 pages book with lyrics and info about every
track and two smaller booklets, and most important,
not one or two but NINE discs!!

One is hiding. The best part of all is the one DVD disc that includes
surround versions of the tracks that have that in-game. One of the few
games that use surround well, especially on the PS2 and being able to
listen to them without replaying the games is fantastic!
What a box, I got it a bit cheaper because a Ar tonelico 3 USB stick
preview is missing but I gladly offer that to cut the price and
afford this one. I much rather get the full soundtrack if I want to
listen to those few tracks anyway.

Last for today we have something I never thought would exist…
Xenosaga Emission Book Episode 4!
No, the series is still dead, writing that 4 just feels wrong.
This entire book or more like pamphlet about 20 pages is just filled
with drawings for the sadly cancelled KOS-MOS Bust…
seeing what this simple book cost, my wallet is glad that the bust
itself got cancelled but the fan in me is a bit sad since the
prototype looked otherworldly good.

That should be all I have gotten recently except a few new PS4 games
like Dragon Quest XI etc.

I will get back to playing now, the beaten games list this year is
going to be quite impressive, everything from indie platformers
like Celeste and Iconoclasts to splendid Octopath and Dragon Quest
and even some WESTERN RPGs and Shenmue, phew.

August 2018, new Xenosaga items

I’m still around, I can’t believe the summer already has come and passed.
And what a summer at that, it has been too hot for me or anyone else to get
anything done around here, expect for playing games of course, nothing can
stop me on that front, hehe. Sadly I never get around to write about them but
I wanted to at least show some kind of life sign and show a few new additions
to the collection, all of them Saga related this time.

I have skipped this item a few times because I always thought it was a
simple A4 paper but it is actually a nice little folder with three pages and
the notes for “Nephilim” on both side, an item given to people in the
Procyon studio “fan club” if I understand correctly.

I expected there could be one of these out there but I haven’t seen it before.
A Xenosaga II Promo edition from Germany! It also includes the bonus DVD,
identical to the retail version. The case is probably not how it was
originally given, they often just come in paper or plastic sleeves but I will
keep it in there anyway.
As for the product number, both discs says SCES-82034, the same as
the retail number for the first disc, hm, I will have to start
these later to confirm that both disc 1 and 2 is present.
Interesting either way!

The best for last, probably one of the rarest items in the collection,
an odd CD case that holds 6 discs (all three games, hehe) made by Idea Factory
and with the Namco logo on the back. I have never seen another for sale
and don’t really know how you got this, probably a lottery as usual but I
would be happy to know more… Super happy to have it in any case, haha.

I hope everyone else survived the summer without melting! Let’s look
forward to Dragon Quest XI in less than two weeks and the new
Xenogears figures sprinkled over the rest of the year!

Xenogears 20th Anniversary merchandise

As usual everything takes longer than expected when I’m involved but here it
finally is, I didn’t think I would ever make a new addition this large
again to the Xeno collection:

Look at them all! I have actually had them for a while but they still seem
unreal and my wallet is still hurting bad. I was prepared for the music box
and assumed that there would be some pamphlets maybe but it was a small
chock when they announced all the other items just a few days before the
20th anniversary concert.

Let’s take a quick look at them all, sadly all of them are new and unopened
and since it is too early to know how rare and expensive it will be to find
sealed copies in the future I don’t dare to open any.


Just a bunch of papers listing the merchandise and some other events etc.


This is a plastic case to hold your tickets, quite pointless I would say but still


This is a set of three file folders to hold your papers, I still don’t understand why they are so fixated about them in Japan, oh well, looking nice


This is the second folder, the third is sealed in between so no picture


Then we have a black cloth bag to hold all the merchandise, hehe


Or maybe a white one? A bit overkill with two different,
I would just have gone with this white one


Now for the good parts, this is a nice set of two key chains, one in the
save point color (memory cube) and one in the party exchange point color,
really nice, I will try to get an open copy in the future but be sure to
look them up!


This might be the highlight, a book with art, info and some new interviews
with both Takahashi and Mitsuda! Best of all, it didn’t come sealed so I
could take a look, more or less a miniature version of Perfect Works,
there is already scans of it to find on the internet
so be sure to take a look at it yourself!


Can’t wait for a translation, quite a long interview.


Ah, finally the little music box, only available to those with a “Solaris” ticket,
I have no idea how many copies that means but I don’t suspect to see too
many of them in a year or two, once again it is sealed but of course
it plays “Faraway Promise” and is just the best as a collector item!

That’s it, amazing! Don’t expect any bigger collection updates for a while,
I will keep working my way towards the 1000 beaten games and will probably
write about a few interesting once that I have beaten recently.

Another 4-pack of soundtracks

Yes, that’s how I buy them, haha.

Let’s just get into the good part:

The Tales of Legendia OST has been on my most wanted list forever, a real
favorite and a soundtrack I have listened to MANY times, the difference
between the actual CD and the files I have on the computer was bigger
than expected, such quality, as if the orchestra was in the room!

I didn bother to unfold it but it was a surprise to see a small poster included:

While on the topic with Legendia and Go Shiina I also had to get the
God Eater soundtrack, sadly I will never finish the games or know
where all this GODly music fits…

Trusty Bell, or Eternal Sonata as we know it over here is another
favorite that I more or less had on repeat after beating the game,
a 4 hour soundtrack for a 15 hour RPG, that is impressive!

Had to show this cute “spine” with art on the back of it:

Lost Odyssey is still sealed, I’m not sure if I want to open an
already 10+ years old soundtrack (!) love it either way!

I have two more soundtracks stuck in customs but after that I will be done
with them for now and hopefully go back to collecting GAMES again.

Next time, the highly anticipated Xeno post!

More boxes, less space

As I said, there will be quite a few posts, this time an update on the boxes
I have gotten this year.

First out is Eldorado Gate, a SEVEN part RPG released on Dreamcast, I have
always been interested in this and always wanted to get the limited box
with all seven games. A friend finally sold his copy to me last month,
many thanks!


The box is a darker green but the camera can’t capture it sadly.
It’s actually made in plastic and not the usual cardboard.


All the games (yes they all have their “spine”) and a small booklet with
Yoshitaka Amano art.

As a bonus I got this one from the same friend:


One of the few boxes like this released on SFC, Angelique Premium box,
a nice item to have in the collection.

Actually from the same friend once again, haha,
my number one supplier of boxes this year:


Officially my first Vita game, I already have the PS4 version
of the game and just wanted the box.


A bit expensive but I do love it, the figurines and the pop-up book
are the best! (even if a real artbook would be even better)

Lastly we have this monster:


There is plenty of pictures to find on the internet so I didn’t bother to
photo the inside but it is filled to the brim, a massive artbook, music box,
Vinyl disc, a pop-up background-screen, making of disc, steelbook! Phew!

I had to do some rearranging to make room for all of these, I should maybe
take some new overview pictures soon.

Next up we have even more soundtracks followed by a crazy Xeno update,
stay tuned!

Added some Xeno posters!

Just a short but cool update today with the latest Xeno items, some of them
arrived a while ago but I wanted to wait until they all got here.

First we have a dual-sided poster from Episode I.II, the DS game:

I regret not getting this a few years ago, not expensive but hard to find.
It only came with a magazine and sadly all copies are folded like this,
still, a really lovely picture with some even more lovely colors.

Next out something that has been high up on my wanted list for years,
the US Episode II promo poster! It is a bit damaged, I paid way too much
including the shipping and custom fees but I’m very happy to finally
cross this of the list, a really nice seller too!

I don’t think I have seen one of these since my early collecting days,
also from the US and not really a poster but a promo cut-out from
Episode III!! You know I love my Episode III items and this one was a
surprise and not really on my list, yay. The “U-DO” colors man!
A big thanks to this seller as well!

Does anyone from the US know if there was another one like this
but promoting the T-elos poster instead?

That’s all for today but both more Xeno and another
soundtrack post is coming up very soon!