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Bravely Default: Rolling Wheels
  November 8th, 2013

11/08- 7:00PM EST

Welcome to another episode of Q&A! I'm busy working on reviewing Valhalla Knights 3 and The Guided Fate Paradox so hopefully I can have reviews for those in the near future. I can tell you one of them has been an absolute chore, and one has been a brilliant roguelike so far. Stay tuned!

On to your questions!





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Hey Wheels,
 
TwinBahamut was of course absolutely right in that the language use is NOT that of old English... I won't argue there. I am no historian nor am I keeping myself updated on the matter, plus I just like to spout nonsense on the internet that is unfounded and usually not very thoughtful either.


Wheels

Oh trust me, your thoughts are more founded and astute than the vast majority of what's out there on the internet!

That said, at least the trend in the language use in the fantasy genre is steering away from the protagonists being bratty all American teens and try to at least SOUND like they are not from this world, however they try that. At least the localizations are nowadays far more poetic (probably a better term I should've used in the first place) than they were back in the SNES days.


Wheels

Absolutely, and I think that's the key here, using language that sounds different but not necessarily true to one time period or another.

And with that poetic approach, one could argue they are actually keeping closer to the original Japanese script, which as I said in a previous letter, I think (disclaimer: again unfounded and unthoughtful) is more poetic in its use of language than Western people are. It's just that they took the Western style of poetry as a backdrop and not the Japanese.

Another disclaimer: All I just said is completely unfounded and just something I thought about very little.


Wheels

I don't think that's the case! Anyway, I think we can all easily agree that localization is far better than it used to be. I know the other issues of how to use language are important, but not as important as the overall quality.

So Wheels, let's end with a question. What are your thoughts on the game Illusion of Gaia / Time? Wasn't it an awesome game?

-Daniel



Wheels

That was one of the SNES games I obsessed over as a kid. I loved the mixture of fantasy and historical locations. History was likely my favorite subject back then so I played a ton of Illusion of Gaia, soaking in all the different locations. I wish they would get that game on the Virtual Console! It's been a long time, I may have to go home and fire it up.

What are your thoughts on the game?

JRPBaseball

I've been saying that baseball is 3 zippers per uniform away from being a jrpg.

-Fowl Sorcerous


Wheels

I know, right? I can't believe we haven't had a plethora of JRPG Baseball games. The story mode in Konami's MLB Power Pros was close, but not quite a full JRPG. We've got Soccer JRPGs, so we are the Baseball JRPGs? The sport is lengthier than most, full of pauses in the action, and has all kinds of storylines and historical comparisons. It also has lots of numbers! Come on Japanese developers, make this happen.

Why?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?

After the shocking attempt at defending the first game's theme song, I feel I have little choice than to demand you explain why the theme songs from the second and third Inazuma games are much better than, let's say, Tales of Vesperia's.

-Severin Mira


Wheels

Why would you do this to poor Wheels? These intros are insanely corny and I can't even begin to imagine how I can say they're better than the wonderful opening to Tales of Vesperia. The levels of cheesy anime in these are intros are completely off the charts. They need to put warnings on them because they are a potential danger to your health. I mean the intro for the third Inazuma has a bit of Jazziness to it, but not enough to make it good. I think you have finally found an impossible task that is true to its name!

BRAVELY DEFAULTING

DEAR @AskWheels,

SO I LOOK AT THE INTERNET AND I SEE ALL THESE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT "BRAVELY DEFAULT FAIRY THING'S BIG DAY" OR SOMETHING. AND I'M LOOKING AT IT AND I'M LIKE, OKAY IT'S SOME DUMB FINAL FANTASY WHATEVER BUT THESE DUDES IS WAY, WAY PUMPED. LIKE MORE THAN USUAL. SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS DOES NOBODY AT SQUARE KNOW A PERSON THAT SPEAKS ENGLISH?  I MEAN I GET THAT BILINGUAL PEOPLE AREN'T SUPER COMMON BUT COME ON "BRAVELY DEFAULT" ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

THERE'S NOTHING INHERENTLY COURAGEOUS ABOUT FAILING TO PAY YOUR BILLS ON TIME.


Wheels

Yeah, I've been against keeping that game's original Japanese name from the start. It looks and sounds awful in English, and doesn't give people a sense that it has some connection to Four Heroes of Light. I'm not saying they absolutely needed to pull a Final Fantasy Legend and put the big brand on it or anything, but it needed a name other than this. I think it'll sell OK anyway given the appeal to hardcore games, but I'd hate to be the ones trying to market that game. I think I should hold a little Q&A contest to see what better names readers can come up with!

ALSO VIDEO GAMES ARE DUMB AND JAYARRPEGEES ARE THE DUMBEST.

SINCERELY,

BEAT.


Wheels

It's hard to argue that when they're using names like Bravely Default!
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