The GWJ JRPG Club Version 2.5 HD Remaster: Now Playing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Q4 2021)

Votes are still coming in hot! Here's an updated list of standings:

Monster Hunter Stories - 7
Xenoblade Chronicles - 6
Octopath Traveler - 6
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - 6
Final Fantasy V - 5
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight - 3
The World Ends With You - 3

We see the pack start to separate, but it's still tight at the top!

Xenoblade Chronicles
Octopath Traveler

With 13 total votes in, the top group is (likely) shaping up! Here's where we stand:

Monster Hunter Stories - 7
Xenoblade Chronicles - 7
Octopath Traveler - 7
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - 6
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Final Fantasy V - 5
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight - 3
The World Ends With You - 3

Each of these games (but Ys) has a possibility to capture a majority of voters, but just barely. This could be another situation where a substantial part of the club disagrees about what to play. And, it'll show why ranked-choice voting is so important!
We see the pack start to separate, but it's still tight at the top!

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
Octopath Traveler

Oh! Here we go...

Final Fantasy V
Monster Hunter Stories
Octopath Traveler
The World Ends With You

As we move into the final half-day of voting, Octopath Traveler and Monster Hunter Stories are all but assured of a spot in the final, ranked-choice voting. So, likely, are Xenoblade Chronicles and Ys VIII. It looks like it's going to be a showdown between some games that nearly won in our last several cycles! But FF V could still find its way in ...

Octopath Traveler - 9
Monster Hunter Stories - 8
Xenoblade Chronicles - 7
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - 7
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Final Fantasy V - 6
The World Ends With You - 4
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight - 3

Getting in late here.

Monster Hunter Stories
Final Fantasy V
Octopath Traveler

Edit - I just realized this sets up a three-way tie for 3rd. Hopefully, somebody else will get a vote in.

It’s just pick 4 for the actual preferenced vote so no problem if there’s a draw!

Results inbound!

Octopath Traveler - 10
Monster Hunter Stories - 9
Xenoblade Chronicles - 7
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - 7
Final Fantasy V - 7
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The World Ends With You - 4
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight - 3

It's totally fine to have a tie that puts an extra game in contention. The way I've typically done it and described it, if we have a 2 way tie for 4th (where we're taking only 4 games), we'll take a 5th game; but if we have 3 or more games tied at 4th, we don't take any of them. Essentially, an extra contender can get in, but we don't want a bloated field that defeats the purpose of this exercise.

And with that, the Pick 4 round is over, and ranked choice voting can begin!

1. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
2. Monster Hunter Stories
3. Final Fantasy V
4. Xenoblade Chronicles

1.) Final Fantasy V
2.) The World Ends With You
3.) Octopants Trousers

1. Xenoblade Chronicles
2. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
3. Octopath Traveler

1. Monster Hunter Stories
2. Final Fantasy V
3. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Speaking of Ys VIII, does anyone know if the PC version is still complete garbage, or was it fixed at some point?

What was the issue with the PC version? I had heard about a retranslation but I think that affected all platforms.

LastSurprise wrote:

What was the issue with the PC version? I had heard about a retranslation but I think that affected all platforms.

Apparently it was pretty broken at launch. Looking at the Steam discussion page, there was a major update in January of 2020, and the comments below seem to be pretty positive.

1. Final Fantasy V
2. Monster Hunter Stories
3. Xenoblade Chronicles

hbi2k wrote:

1.) Final Fantasy V
2.) The World Ends With You
3.) Octopants Trousers

The World Ends With You didn't make the cut, and isn't eligible for votes in this round. If that changes your vote, let me know. Otherwise, I'll record a vote for FF V and Octopath (and I'm proud to see the CRPG Club's silly name tradition continue here!).

My votes:
Octopath Traveler
FF V (Fiesta style!)
Ys VIII
Monster Hunter Stories
Xenoblade Chronicles

Ranking these up!

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

I. Octopath Traveler
II. Xenoblade Chronicles

LastSurprise wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

1.) Final Fantasy V
2.) The World Ends With You
3.) Octopants Trousers

The World Ends With You didn't make the cut, and isn't eligible for votes in this round. If that changes your vote, let me know. Otherwise, I'll record a vote for FF V and Octopath (and I'm proud to see the CRPG Club's silly name tradition continue here!).

Ah, okay, I read the post wrong. In that case,

1.) Final Fantasy V
2.) Octorok Triforce

is fine.

Apologies, I forgot we had 5 games in the mix and only included 4 in my rankings. But I'd play all 5. So, I went back and tweaked my original post.

This is it for me

Octopath Traveler
The World Ends With You

1. Xenoblade Chronicles
2. Octopath Traveller

1. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
2. Final Fantasy V

I feel awful for having voted quite adamantly for 2 quarters now, and bouncing off both games.

That being said,

1. Monster Hunter Stories

1. Xenoblade Chronicles

2. Octopath Traveler

1 - Monster Hunter Stories
2 - Final Fantasy V
3 - Octopath Traveler

Thanks everyone for your votes!

Darkhaund wrote:

This is it for me

Octopath Traveler
The World Ends With You

Again, The World Ends With You didn't make it to this round, so it's not eligible for votes.

Edit: We have an incredibly tight race so far!

My bad.... Octopath then!!!

Quick PSA: both Ys VIII and Octopath Traveler are on sale on Steam at the moment, for 40% and 50% off, respectively.