I’m covering for DisturbedShadow, who’s being a giant nerdbutt and doing homework. Aikage requested I write erotica for this post, but I (probably) won’t. Instead, I’ll write about two things I’m fawning over. Talk about things and stuff, click here.
Einhänder has my favourite soundtrack of any game, ever. It was done my criminally underemployed electronic musician slash former Squaresoft personality Kenichiro Fukui. His credits outside of Einhänder are pretty minor, with his biggest task afterwards being arranging the soundtrack to Advent Children.
Outside of the soundtrack though, there’s something amazing about how all the enemies move, to how the bosses make these incredible entraces that absolutely hype you up for the battle... The music gets you pumped up for a good fight, and the high (but not punishing) difficulty makes every cool new boss and music track feel earned, not merely a slog through a thousand brown levels a la Dark Souls.
Just watch this fight with the 6th boss - the 45 second intro before you actually get to fight this thing is just... Wow. I wish more games could put me in suspense in the same way. “Okay, I’m flying into space, something just launched out of that rocket, what the fuck is it? Is it the boss? I DON’T KNOW, BUT THIS MUSIC IS AMAZING! OH SHIT, WE GON FIGHT THIS THING!”
Lost Odyssey, in my mind, is the real Final Fantasy 11. Instead of being an MMO thing with mixed reception, it hits a lot of the same emotional beats that the Final Fantasy series was known for through FF10. It’ll make you cry (don’t fight the tears, they will come regardless), it’ll make you amped up for every boss fight, and it’ll make you laugh.
But the laughter primarily comes from one character, and that’s Jansen.
In a similar case to Kenichiro Fukui, Jansen’s English voice actor, Micheal McGaharn, did an amazing job with the character, but has not really had any major credits after this role. McGaharn voiced Knuckles the Echidna in the first Sonic Adventure game, before his role in Lost Odyssey, but has not had any major credits since, which is a shame. In 2008, he talked with users on GameFAQs about his time with the role, and mentioned that he is not a full-time actor.
His performance in this role brings a lot of life to the character - a womanizing, heavy-drinking mage that shirks responsibility at every turn, but ultimately has a heart of gold beneath the veneer. More people really need to play Lost Odyssey, as it was wrongly dismissed as being “outdated” in its time by dim-witted game journalists that helped contribute to the GTA-flavoured open world goo of the early 2010's.
Video below has spoilers, but it progresses chronologically through the game, so the first few minutes won’t spoil anything:
So what about you lot?
What’s a thing in gaming that you think is criminally underrated?
What video game moments have moved you emotionally or struck you as amazing setpiece moments?
What gaming talents do you wish had spent a longer time in the spotlight?
Make words go write in the below.