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GoldfishX Jan 23, 2014

Adam Corn wrote:

Also, looking at the VGMdb thread I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks these Blu-ray releases are a stupid idea.

*raises hand*

I'm still confused how you're supposed to read the disc. Do you just extract files?

James O Jan 23, 2014

if you have a blu-ray drive you can copy over 320 kbps mp3 files from the disc to your computer.  or you can transfer them to your ps3's hard drive i think and then from there you can transfer to your computer.

LiquidAcid Jan 23, 2014 (edited Jan 23, 2014)

Or you just play them with MakeMKV and any media player that supports HTTP streams.

TerraEpon Jan 23, 2014

It's a standard Blu-Ray disc, playable in any BR player, otherwise.

I don't think they are a bad idea, but they are kinda annoying as the ONLY release. Plus the actual audio advantage of BR isn't there, as the tracks are still actually CD quality despite being at higher resolution.

Amazingu Jan 23, 2014

the_miker wrote:

There's a complete composer/arranger breakdown in the OST booklet. I posted all that info on the VGMdb album page a while back:

http://vgmdb.net/album/42208

Thanks for that.

So it turns out I like the arrangements by Hamauzu most as well.

I guess I can safely say I like Hamauzu, which is not news to me.

XLord007 Jan 24, 2014

TerraEpon wrote:

I don't think they are a bad idea, but they are kinda annoying as the ONLY release. Plus the actual audio advantage of BR isn't there, as the tracks are still actually CD quality despite being at higher resolution.

Agreed. I would have been happy to give Squenix my money for a remastered CD set, but the BRD is useless to me.

Angela Feb 23, 2014

Gave this a listen recently, and I'm not digging it as much as I thought I would.  Someone from Neogaf made a post that perfectly encapsulates my own thoughts on the new remaster:

"A lot of the new instrumentation trades the unique, evocative pure artifice of the PS2 sound set for a more literal, but now generically synthetic sound, which makes some of the tracks sound like limp, plastic mock-ups.

Live recording, and higher fidelity synthesis, isn't inherently superior to whatever came before. It all depends on what the particular piece demands, whether previously electronic parts are translated idiomatically to live performance, and how much the originally created version's textures defined the music's charm and ambiance. A few of the changes here are subtle, and amount to improvements to stereo depth and mix clarity, which is nice, but where instrumentation has actually been changed, I'm finding the results pretty rough."

It's downright criminal what they did to "Enemy Attack."

Ashley Winchester Apr 5, 2014

Angela wrote:

It's downright criminal what they did to "Enemy Attack."

I just heard "Normal Battle" and yeah... the remixed music is on my bad side.

"Normal Battle" isn't even that great but damn the original PS2 synth gave it a lot of character.

Wanderer Apr 5, 2014

In fairness, it all works pretty well in the context of the game. Before playing it, I hated the new Besaid Island but with the improved graphics and resolution, it really fits the game better than the old one probably would. It's weird.

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