Phillip Pinyan

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SW-5164-7484-7610 / @PhillipNineNine

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Joined2018-01-24
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Member Bio

Moderator. Podcaster. Facebook Page Manager. I enjoy playing video games and talking about them. I game primarily on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Switch RPG Podcast Host, Content Editor, Facebook Page Manager, Discord Demigod.

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Recent Comments

Fire Emblem: Three Houses
June 14, 2018 10:40:16 AM
I'm loving the look of this game. I've never dipped into the FE series in the past, but I'm excited for this to be my first. I've heard so many good things about the series over the years, and I'm glad to see some positivity surrounding this title. The visuals look great, the combat looks interesting, and the world looks like something I'd like to spend time in.
I'd like to hear from some FE veterans, though. What are your thoughts? What are some concerns you have?
6 Likes
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption
April 18, 2018 07:41:53 AM
@Dreion It seems that way to me. I'm excited to see more.
2 Likes
Earthlock
March 2, 2018 09:45:26 PM
I did some research into this game a few weeks back, and I’m so excited for it. The transparency of the devs about its release is both entertaining and needed in the industry. I love they call this the should-have-been version!
5 Likes
Shin Megami Tensei V
February 23, 2018 09:02:00 AM
@Crijoh: where should one start with SMT?
4 Likes
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
February 22, 2018 01:23:13 PM
@rlcooper: It doesn't look there is combat, no. I've read it's like Harvest Moon in that way. That's not necessarily a deal-breaker for me. How about you?
4 Likes
Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted Seas
February 21, 2018 03:35:25 PM
I may be nearing the end of my time with Oceanhorn. I don't hate it, but I'm having a really really hard time liking it. Please don't get me wrong; I don't think it's a BAD game. There's just something about it that's not quite clicking with me. It feels kind of stiff in my opinion.

If some of you love this game, please tell me what it is that clicks with you because I'd like to know. Perhaps I need more time with it. Let me know!
5 Likes
Lost Sphear
February 21, 2018 03:32:26 PM
For me, although I set Lost Sphear down to play a bit more Xenoblade Chronicles 2, it's one I really cannot wait to jump back into. I've read some criticisms that the writing and characters were bland and uninspired, but I have to disagree. Don't get me wrong, they aren't groundbreaking in any sense, but there's a level of charm to them. I specifically resonate with Kanata's character, which is good as he's the main character. His ability (and plight at the same time) to recover memories adds a layer to him, and the way the writers handle his struggle is well done. Once again, we aren't dealing with FFVI level of complexity here, but there are nice touches with each character.

The battle system is fun. A throwback to classic ATB systems, I enjoy the ability to move around on the battle field, as it adds a layer of strategy. Most battles are steamrolls, but some bosses make your movement critical to success. I'm excited to see what they do with the system from here.

The music is simply gorgeous. I know some people didn't approve of the single piano from Setsuna, so there is more to listen to here with the inclusion of other instruments. The result is beautiful, heart-felt pieces. It coats the world and subsequent gameplay with an element of sadness, as if the music itself remembers all of the memories you're trying to recover in your journey.

On top of the things that RPGs have been doing for years, I really applaud them for including a few features of note. First, you're able to rewind conversations. Since the game is fully text, that means you hit the left bumper to go back to previous lines. While "rewinding" the dialogue turns from white to green to indicate you're in the past. It's a nice touch. Not only can you rewind conversations, but you can also skip scenes. So if you're like me and run into the occasional wall, you're not punished by having to sit through the same scene five or six times. In addition, you can save from anywhere in the game. THANK YOU. Being tied to a save point to save progress feels outdated to me, but maybe that's a personal thing. The game also does an excellent job of reminding you where you need to go through a party chat system. The reminders feel lore-friendly and don't feel out of place, like a flashing notification in the corner or something.

And finally, I like the game because at the end of the day, it does indeed feel like Final Fantasy, or at least it feels like a memory of Final Fantasy. See what I did there?

No, the mechanics aren't groundbreaking, but that's not why I picked this title up. I enjoyed the art style, the writing, the story, the combat, the music, and the convenience features. While my feelings toward Lost Sphear may not be love, they're definitely a strong like.
7 Likes
Shining Resonance Refrain
February 21, 2018 11:23:22 AM
I'm completely new to this franchise. I've added it to my Wishlist and will keep my eye on it. Zer0's excitement in discord was enough to perk my ears haha.
6 Likes
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
February 19, 2018 03:32:02 PM
I'm not going to lie, halfway through the trailer for this game, I knew I would pick it up. I love the look, concept, everything. Can't wait to see more.
6 Likes
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf
February 15, 2018 11:17:07 PM
@VehicularVehicle That's so good to know! I'm watching this one closely. Looking forward to hearing more opinions on it before I actually pull the trigger.
3 Likes
Golf Story
February 12, 2018 10:36:21 AM
So I completed this game last night, and I can say honestly that I enjoyed it more and more as the story went on. Something I noticed more and more was the music: a wonderful tone-setter. It honestly gave me the same epic feeling an RPG set in a fantasy world does - it was a weird occurrence. Bravo to Sidebar Games on an incredible achievement.
9 Likes
Smoke And Sacrifice
February 7, 2018 08:39:05 AM
I'm getting this on release. The art style is gorgeous to me. Not sure if I'm way off-base here, but I'm getting a little bit of Kubo and the Two Strings vibes from the aesthetic, perhaps from the paper feel.

"Creatures forage, mate, breed and prey on one another, creating a living world." Um, what?? I enjoy survival rpgs, and this looks like a neat take on the genre. I've got my eye on this game now.
1 Likes
Octopath Traveler
February 5, 2018 09:44:29 AM
@Meduchan, If it's going to release this year (which is what all the reports are), then we should get an announcement in the next couple months! We should be close! Hang in there. :D
8 Likes
Mario Tennis Aces
February 2, 2018 04:16:05 PM
Fingers crossed the story mode is fully fledged out. After Golf Story, I may be spoiled.
5 Likes
Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings~
February 2, 2018 02:31:24 PM
Nineteenth main entry in twenty years? o.o That’s crazy. How long are these games on average, I wonder.
5 Likes
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
February 1, 2018 09:53:17 PM
After completing all 120 shrines, one might think I was tired of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but that person would be so wrong. Truly, it's fitting one of the tasks in this game is to roam around the world collecting memories because it's a literal memory-creating machine. I can look at the map and immediately remember specific things that happened at specific locations. In the end, everything I remember about this game is honestly pretty special.

It treats open world like no other game. Between the physics to the way it handles story, it really does let the player play however they want. I'm a great case study: I found and completed every single shrine with only finishing three of the divine beasts. I completed them before finding memories. It's how I wanted to play, and the game let me do that. In much the same vein, the game let me play the moment to moment however I wanted as well. One of my favorite things it let me do (granted, as long as I cooked enough stamina potions) was entering Zora's Domain from the backside. I took the normal route when I first played the game on the WII U, and I was not doing that again. So I decided to make my own entrance, and the game let me.

It's gorgeous, feels great, and just works. It's a masterpiece.
9 Likes
Golf Story
January 31, 2018 09:49:13 PM
The word that first comes to mind when I think about Golf Story is "charming." From the look to the writing, everything about it oozes charm. The game balances the sports mechanics with a simple but effective story. Its small world offers a surprising amount to do: challenges, treasure hunts, flavorful conversations with NPCs, etc. It truly feels like a classic RPG; it just happens to take place a golf course instead of a village or castle. Our main protagonist just happens to be carrying golf clubs instead of a sword and bow.
9 Likes


Recent Review Comments

Shining Resonance Refrain
July 9, 2018 11:28:33 AM
@jonnydarkfang: I would understand this not jumping straight to the top of your must-have list, but I would suggest it to go on the wish list at least. It's a really fun time and offers a lot of different systems to learn and master.
1 Likes
Eternal Edge
April 25, 2018 03:37:56 PM
For the purpose of fairness, I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt. Other games have also found optimization issues with the Switch, so I wanted to give them SOMETHING. It was a tough play if I’m honest. It was one of the few games I just had to put down five or six times just due to different frustrating occurrences.
2 Likes
Super Daryl Deluxe
April 10, 2018 01:35:06 PM
You won't be disappointed!
1 Likes
Revenant Saga
March 20, 2018 10:31:18 PM
@Septimus Woolf Fair point. The scale we put together only has our Bad rating as the one where we suggest not buying it. Even though the Okay rating says there are notable flaws, I think many people would base their final purchase decision on the content of the review itself. We tossed around the idea of five options, but felt if there was an odd number of ratings, choosing a middle option would not be presenting the strongest stance. With four, it forces us to either lean positively or negatively on the game.
I do see your point, though, and will discuss it with the other guys. Thanks for the input!
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Revenant Saga
March 20, 2018 10:23:10 PM
@trebber Happy to help out! It's not the worst thing in the world if you know what you're getting into.
1 Likes
Revenant Saga
March 20, 2018 10:17:48 PM
@CRMagic I definitely think it'll be overlooked with all of the other good to great RPGs on the platform.
1 Likes
Revenant Saga
March 7, 2018 01:31:15 PM
@Meatballsub Thanks for the comment. I just didn't feel right giving this specific game a rating that advised a player to avoid it. I think as long as expectations are set correctly, it can provide a fine playthrough.
6 Likes