Friday, April 5, 2013

April 5 - E

I apologize for the late post!

Game

Eternal Sonata - 2007 Namco Bandai Games
Eternal Sonata (Namco Bandai 2007) - It's not retro or even that old, but among Japanese RPGs, it's pretty fantastic.  The entire story takes place inside Francis Chopin's final dream as he lies on his death bed.  It's not entirely based on his life or music but features many of his compositions and interjects his story during chapter breaks.  Each new area is more colorful and beautifully designed than the last.  The game play manages to take JRPG style combat and present it in an exciting way.  If I had to change anything, it would be the cut scenes.  Far too many, far too often, too much empty space between dialogue and lots of the dialogue is infuriatingly juvenile.
Clearly I own (and frequently listen to) this game's soundtrack.  It's one of my favorite to listen to while writing.  Especially this song.  I'm coming up to the part in my current story where the army of Fohrvylda (think Norway) tries to invade Ausgan (think Hawaii) riding killer whales and war galleons.  I can think of no greater song for this occasion.

Special Mentions: Elder Scrolls (IV-VI), Ecco the Dolphin, E.V.O.

Music

Lots of E bands come to mind!

Eve 6 - My band covers a few of their songs... Namely Inside Out.  Stupendously fun to rock out.
Everlast - Remember them?  No?  I'm not surprised.  I saw them at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA in my wilder days.  I won't go into detail but I'm shocked that I made it home alive that night.  Still not entirely sure where the huge Newport poster came from that I found in my backseat the next day.
My band covers this song.
Everclear - Love these guys.  We play a couple of their songs too.

Special Mentions: Evanescence