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I think I'll stay out of the nomination/seconding game this time around, but I'll try to join in for whatever game gets picked (while I try to catch up with the previous one!).

bobbywatson wrote:

I'll second Etrian Odyssey 2 (although if it wins, I will be playing the original DS version, since it's the only one I have).

I would say it counts as a different game at least if you're playing the story mode (which I guess most people would be). At least I would assume the experiences are quite distinct (I've only played about 20 hours of Fafnir Knight).

LastSurprise wrote:

ComfortZone becomes our fourth finisher of The Alliance Alive, and reaches Level 4. Well done!

Voting for our next game will open later today. Ready your nominations!

Thank you LastSurprise! I was going to nominate Xenoblade Chronicles again but it looks like that's been taken care of.

Mr GT Chris wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

I'll second Etrian Odyssey 2 (although if it wins, I will be playing the original DS version, since it's the only one I have).

I would say it counts as a different game at least if you're playing the story mode (which I guess most people would be). At least I would assume the experiences are quite distinct (I've only played about 20 hours of Fafnir Knight).

I think for purposes of playing it along together, I'd count as the same game. I've played the original EO2 but not Untold, and from what I've read, the story mode of Untold 2 adds some crafting / town building mechanics, introduces enough story to give the main characters a reason to be on the quest, and locks you into specific classes. But you're otherwise exploring all the same dungeons as in the previous game (+ maybe an additional story dungeon). If 2 people were playing different versions, I still think there'd be plenty to talk about, and I wouldn't want to tell anyone who already owns one version that they have to buy the other.

Fair enough. It felt like a pretty significant part of the game to me in terms of, as you say the story dungeon (you bounce back and forth between the story dungeon and the EO2 dungeon based on story events) and the character interactions. Having said that, the game actually offers a vanilla mode which I think matches pretty much what is EO2. Anyway, it's on sale fairly regularly for $10 if anyone is interested.

I check it out each time it goes on sale, but for some reason I haven't purchased it yet. Maybe next time.

We're off to a slow start, as some people decide not to put in a candidate. There are two days left to nominate games, but if we don't get additional nominees, we probably won't need a Pick round, and can go straight to ranked-choice voting.

Nominated and Seconded:
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight (3DS)
Final Fantasy V (SNES [Japan], Playstation, GBA, iOS, Android, Windows)
Monster Hunter Stories (3DS, Android, iOS)
Octopath Traveler (Switch, Windows, Xbox One)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Switch, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS)

Nominated, Needs Second:
None

I’m still thinking about it, Monster Hunter Stories would have been my first choice :).

I’ll give it another shot:
The World Ends With You (DS/Switch/iOS/Android)

I will second it.

ill second this one as well
The World Ends With You (DS/Switch/iOS/Android)

I’ll go ahead and nominate Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana.

The list is shaping up now! Maybe it's time for some of our perennial contenders to win?

Nominated and Seconded:
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight (3DS)
Final Fantasy V (SNES [Japan], Playstation, GBA, iOS, Android, Windows)
Monster Hunter Stories (3DS, Android, iOS)
Octopath Traveler (Switch, Windows, Xbox One)
The World Ends With You (DS, Switch, iOS/Android)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Switch, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS)
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4, Windows, Switch, Vita, iOS, Android)

If this list holds steady, we'll do a Pick 4 round starting tomorrow.

I don't see a second for Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, even though it's on your list of being seconded. I will second it just in case anyway.

Oh thanks! I meant to type "I second it" in my post, guess I just overlooked doing so.

I was ready to jump in with a second if needed :).

On to the next phase!

Seven games were nominated and second. Next, we'll winnow the field to the contenders with the broadest base of support. Here's how it works: pick up to four of these games that you'd be most interested in playing. You don't have to pick four, and you don't have to rank them; the order doesn't matter yet. The top four games will advance to the final round. If we have a two-way tie for fourth, the 4th and 5th place game will get in. If we have a tie of three or more for 4th, we'll cut all those games, so only the top 3 will make it.

Here's the list, in alphabetical order for quick copy / pasting:
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight
Final Fantasy V
Monster Hunter Stories
Octopath Traveler
The World Ends With You
Xenoblade Chronicles
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Longer list, for platforms and playtime:

Spoiler:

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight (3DS) (43.5 - 54 hours)
Final Fantasy V (SNES [Japan], Playstation, GBA, iOS, Android, Windows) (33-37 hours)
Monster Hunter Stories (3DS, Android, iOS) (36-51 hours)
Octopath Traveler (Switch, Windows, Xbox One) (60.5 - 78.5 hours)
The World Ends With You (DS, Switch, iOS/Android) (25 - 45 hours)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Switch, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS) (68.5 - 100 hours)
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4, Windows, Switch, Vita, iOS, Android) (37 - 50.5 hours)

Here's my "Pick Four":

Monster Hunter Stories
Octopath Traveler
Xenoblade Chronicles
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

My Pick-4:

Etrian Odyssey (Untold) 2
Final Fantasy V
Monster Hunter Stories
Xenoblade Chronicles

Only 2:

Octopath Traveller
Xenoblade Chronicles

My picks:

Final Fantasy V
Monster Hunter Stories
Octopath Traveler
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

I'd certainly play an Etrian Odyssey title in the future, but I started and never finished EO2 several times. So, interestingly, that's the one I'm least interested in revisiting through the Untold edition.

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight
Final Fantasy V
Monster Hunter Stories
The World Ends With You

Monster Hunter Stories
The World Ends With You
Xenoblade Chronicles
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Octopath Traveler
Xenoblade Chronicles

And we are off to the races, with 7 votes coming in quickly! Here are the current standings:

Monster Hunter Stories - 5
Xenoblade Chronicles - 5
Octopath Traveler - 4
Final Fantasy V - 3
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - 3
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight - 2
The World Ends With You - 2

Still anyone's game!

Monster Hunter Stories
Octopath Traveler
Xenoblade Chronicles
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Only two for me:

Final Fantasy V
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Here's my "pick four." Interested in an Etrian game but they are intrinsically bound to the DS which makes them a hard sell for me. If it wins I will give it a try, just not on my preferred list of playables.

Octopath Traveler
Xenoblade Chronicles
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight
Monster Hunter Stories
The World Ends With You
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

My pick two, which is like a pick four except half as long and therefore twice as good:

Final Fantasy V
Octopath Traveler