The GWJ JRPG Club Version 2.5 HD Remaster: Now Playing Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (Q2 2024)

Second Phantasy Star IV

All right!!! Phantasy Star IV. on the NINTENTO ONLINE THINGY i guess

It's also available on Steam for a buck.

merphle wrote:

It's also available on Steam for a buck.

I rather play it handheld mode. Seems i will be more able to get it done

Here's an updated list! Nominations will close at around 9 p.m. tonight, U.S. Eastern Time.

Nominated and Seconded:
Eiyuden Chronicles Rising (12 - 16 hrs)
Fuga: Melodies of Steel (19.5 - 25 hrs)
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (25 - 30.5 hrs)
Paper Mario (23 - 26.5 hrs)
Phantasy Star IV (21 - 22 hrs)
Super Mario RPG (12 - 14 hrs for the remaster; 17.5 - 19 for the original)

Nominated, Needs Second:
GrimGrimoire Once More (10 - 17.5 hrs)
Saturday Morning RPG (4.5 - 7.5 hrs)

I'll nominate Final Fantasy V. Not the shortest (30-40ish hours non-completionist), but one that I'm more likely to play than a lot of others on the list.

I will second FF V.

Last call! Nominations will close at around 9 p.m. tonight, U.S. Eastern Time.

Nominated and Seconded:
Eiyuden Chronicles Rising (12 - 16 hrs)
Final Fantasy V (31.5 - 36.5 hrs)
Fuga: Melodies of Steel (19.5 - 25 hrs)
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (25 - 30.5 hrs)
Paper Mario (23 - 26.5 hrs)
Phantasy Star IV (21 - 22 hrs)
Super Mario RPG (12 - 14 hrs for the remaster; 17.5 - 19 for the original)

Nominated, Needs Second:
GrimGrimoire Once More (10 - 17.5 hrs)
Saturday Morning RPG (4.5 - 7.5 hrs)

Dodgeball Academia anyone? It's short and I've been meaning to play it for a while.

Unfortunately not in in time, but maybe we can consider it for the next quarter!

Our list for Q2 2024 is:
Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
Final Fantasy V
Fuga: Melodies of Steel
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Paper Mario
Phantasy Star IV
Super Mario RPG

On to ranked choice voting - you all know what to do!

Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
Paper Mario
Final Fantasy V
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Phantasy Star IV

Is any knowledge of earlier entries needed for Lufia 2 or Phantasy Star 4?

Paper Mario
Super Mario RPG
Phantasy Star IV
Final Fantasy V
Lufia II

Phantasy Star IV
Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

1. Super Mario RPG
2. Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
3. Phantasy Star IV
4. Final Fantasy V
5. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

merphle wrote:

Is any knowledge of earlier entries needed for Lufia 2 or Phantasy Star 4?

I think Lufia 2 is a prequel to Lufia 1 (I haven't played either but I used to have a Nintendo Power subscription), so it's not technically necessary. As for the Phastasy Star games, I played IV a few years ago and wondered the same; all the games are in the same solar system, but hundreds of years apart so there isn't much character overlap. I think there were some offhand references to things other characters did in prior games, and you could maybe see how certain planets had changed over time from game to game, but you can get by just fine without playing I to III. I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Also, it was amazingly paced.

Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
Final Fantasy V
Phantasy Star IV

Super Mario RPG
Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
Paper Mario
Fuga: Melodies of Steel
Phantasy Star IV
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

Super Mario RPG
Eiyuden Chronicles Rising

Sundown wrote:

1. Super Mario RPG
2. Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
3. Phantasy Star IV
4. Final Fantasy V
5. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

merphle wrote:

Is any knowledge of earlier entries needed for Lufia 2 or Phantasy Star 4?

I think Lufia 2 is a prequel to Lufia 1 (I haven't played either but I used to have a Nintendo Power subscription), so it's not technically necessary. As for the Phastasy Star games, I played IV a few years ago and wondered the same; all the games are in the same solar system, but hundreds of years apart so there isn't much character overlap. I think there were some offhand references to things other characters did in prior games, and you could maybe see how certain planets had changed over time from game to game, but you can get by just fine without playing I to III. I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Also, it was amazingly paced.

Lufia 2 is a prequel. Parts of the final dungeon in Lufia 2 actually serve as a prologue to Lufia, and the protagonist of Lufia is the son or grandson of Lufia 2’s protagonist. In an odd way, playing Lufia 2 first would be kind of spoiler free, in that having played any of Lufia will allow you to anticipate certain story beats in the prequel.

Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
Final Fantasy V

1. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
2. Paper Mario
3. Final Fantasy V
4. Eiyuden Chronicles Rising

1.) Super Mario RPG
2.) Final Fantasy V
3.) Paper Mario
4.) Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
5.) Phantasy Star IV

1. Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
2. Phantasy Star IV

I'll cast mine:

1. Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
2. Super Mario RPG
3. Fuga: Melodies of Steel
4. Phantasy Star IV

Forgot to nominate something for this quarter, which is probably fine since I will be very busy with FF7 Rebirth and Dragon's Dogma 2.

Here's my list of what I am interested in playing.

1. Eiyuden Chronicles Rising
2. Final Fantasy V
3. Paper Mario

We've got about 2 days left of voting, and there are still a few of our regular members who haven't yet voted. But this quarter has one of the most dominant showings we've ever seen: of the 13 people who have voted so far, Eiyuden Chronicles: Rising has 6 first-place votes -- one less than the number it would need to win, outright, in the first round. It'll be hard to top that!

It is also 70% off in the Playstation store right now! A very affordable $4.49 U.S. (The sale lasts through & beyond our voting period.) It's also discounted at that same rate on GOG but, oddly, not Steam.

It's also available for free on the middle tier of Playstation Plus (I forget the name) for those who are already subscribed.

I think the Steam Spring sale concluded yesterday (although there is a Square Enix sale going on still).

Also a Game Pass title.

Seems like it goes on sale on Switch eShop roughly every 2 months with the last one in late February, so we'll probably be due for another sale within a month.

Just popping in here with a reminder that ranked-choice voting ends tomorrow night at 9 p.m. U.S. Eastern! I often aim for a reminder 24 hours out, but I'm going to be out quite a bit this evening, tomorrow morning, and tomorrow afternoon, and I figured a too-early reminder is better than a too-late reminder.

And announcing our winner: Eiyuden Chronicles Rising! Given the game's strong performance in the initial vote, this has been one of our least suspenseful rounds. For those curious about the results:

Within each spoiler area, votes are expressed in terms of First Place / Second Place / Total. As we began, we had 13 voters and 7 votes needed to secure a majority. Eiyuden Chronicles entered ranked-choice voting with 6 first-place votes, a mere 1 vote shy of what it needed for a majority. And with 11 votes overall (the most), it had a strong base of support that prevented any other game from overtaking it.

Spoiler: Round 1: Fuga: Melodies of Steel & Final Fantasy V Eliminated

Eiyuden Chronicle Rising - 6 / 4 / 11
Super Mario RPG - 4 / 2 / 6
Paper Mario - 1 / 2 / 6
Phantasy Star IV - 1 / 1 / 9
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals - 1 / 0 / 7
Final Fantasy V - 0 / 4 / 8
Fuga: Melodies of Steel - 0 / 0 / 2

An easy first round: neither game has any first place votes, so both can be eliminated simultaneously, as neither would gain any new first-place votes from the other's elimination. Phantasy Star IV picks up one additional second-place vote (BadKen); Paper Mario picks up two second-place votes (hbi2K and Malkroth).

Spoiler: Round 2: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals Eliminated

Eiyuden Chronicle Rising - 6 / 4 / 11
Super Mario RPG - 4 / 2 / 6
Paper Mario - 1 / 4 / 6
Phantasy Star IV - 1 / 2 / 9
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals - 1 / 0 / 7

Again, predictable: Lufia II was in the weakest position of any game gaining first-place votes, and did not benefit from Fuga or FFV's eliminations. Lufia 2 was at the bottom of most people's lists, so its elimination does not benefit many games. One notable exception is bobbywatson's list: Paper Mario picks up a first place vote from him, and Eiyuden Chronicles gets a second place vote. What a position of strength!

Spoiler: Round 3: Phantasy Star 4 Eliminated / Eiyuden Chronicles: Rising Wins!

Eiyuden Chronicle Rising - 6 / 5 / 11
Super Mario RPG - 4 / 2 / 6
Paper Mario - 2 / 3 / 6
Phantasy Star IV - 1 / 2 / 9

As in the prior rounds, Phantasy Star IV did not benefit from the elimination of any other games. But you know what did benefit from Phantasy Star IV's elimination? Eiyuden Chronicles Rising. It picked up Mr GT Chris's vote, giving it the 7 needed to win. Given Eiyuden Chronicles: Rising's strong second-place support, it was basically poised to win as soon as any other game was eliminated.

I'll have a thread up tomorrow!