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Axe of the Blood God: USG's Official RPG Podcast

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Rank #60 in Video Games category

Technology
Leisure
Video Games
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USgamer's official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games

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USgamer's official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games

iTunes Ratings

325 Ratings
Average Ratings
277
18
9
10
11

Great podcast

By Nick091274232 - Mar 13 2020
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If you love RPGs of any stripe, you should be listening to this podcast.

scratches your rpg itch

By Ronniebeef - Nov 19 2019
Read more
Love it, Kat is consistently fun to listen to and very informative as well 👍🏼👍🏼

iTunes Ratings

325 Ratings
Average Ratings
277
18
9
10
11

Great podcast

By Nick091274232 - Mar 13 2020
Read more
If you love RPGs of any stripe, you should be listening to this podcast.

scratches your rpg itch

By Ronniebeef - Nov 19 2019
Read more
Love it, Kat is consistently fun to listen to and very informative as well 👍🏼👍🏼
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Axe of the Blood God: USG's Official RPG Podcast

Latest release on Jun 01, 2020

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USgamer's official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games

Rank #1: What Makes a Good RPG Story?: 02/05/2016

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Stiv Tramer returns to discuss the possibility of an official localization for Mother 3, then delves deep into the nature of narrative in RPGs. What are the different types of RPG stories? What are some of the tools that developers use to craft a good RPG story? And what are some of our favorite stories? We answer all of these questions and more as we take a deep dive into RPG narratives.

Feb 05 2016

1hr 39mins

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Rank #2: Final Fantasy VI and Cosmic Star Heroine: 3/13/15

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Kat, Bob, and Jeremy inaugurate the "Canon of the Blood God," where they decide whether to add Final Fantasy VI to the canon. Plus, Kat interviews Robert Boyd, creator of the upcoming retro-styled RPG Cosmic Star Heroine. Bonus: A quick mailbag!

Mar 13 2015

1hr 33mins

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Rank #3: Xenoblade Chronicles X (And the Rest of the Series): 12/04/2015

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Polygon's Phil Kollar is back to help Kat recount the journey from Xenogears to Xenoblade Chronicles X, then the two break down the latest from Tetsuya Takahashi and Monolith Soft. We also have another question of the week! Which RPG have we invested the most time into? Kat and Phil discuss.

Dec 04 2015

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Rank #4: The Top 25 Best RPG Countdown Begins!

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It's finally time! Kat and Nadia commence Axe of the Blood God's countdown of the Best 25 RPGs with an in-depth discussion of number 25 on our list! We discuss its history, what makes it stand out, some of its best moments, and ultimately why it holds up. Don't miss out! Plus, we're joined by GameXplain's Ash Paulsen to talk about Ys VIII's Switch port and its ongoing localization woes.

Jun 25 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #5: The Best RPGs Since 2000: 8/14/2015

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With USgamer's Best 15 Games Since 2000 list now complete, Kat convenes the crew to talk about the best RPGs on the list. Jaz and Mike drop by to reminisce about World of WarCraft, then Bob once again shares his undying love for Dark Souls. Plus: Honorable mentions!

Aug 14 2015

1hr 20mins

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Rank #6: The Witcher 3: 5/22/2015

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Kat, Mike, and guest Jason Wilson break down The Witcher 3's expansive open world, quest design and combat. Does it stack up to the best RPGs on the market? The crew have differing opinions.

May 22 2015

1hr 4mins

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Rank #7: Bloodborne: 3/27/15

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Polygon's Phil Kollar joins Bob and Kat to discuss From Software's exciting new dungeon crawler, as well as the Souls series itself. Does Bloodborne live up to the Souls series' lofty reputation? Or has the novelty started to wear off?

Mar 27 2015

56mins

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Rank #8: Our Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review [No Spoilers], Secret of Mana Report #3 | 12/01/2017

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Kat and Nadia team up to talk about the week's biggest RPG news as the bid farewell to Demon's Souls, discuss Bungie's decision to throttle XP gain in Destiny 2, and Final Fantasy XV's ongoing run of DLC. Then they turn to the main topic: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 [22:52] Is the gameplay really too complicated? Are Blades slaves or friends? And what is going on with Pyra? Nadia and Kat cover all that and more in their review. Finally, Kat checks in with an update with Secret of Mana Report #3! [58:56]

Dec 01 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #9: The Best and Worst of RPG Boss Fights | 04/29/2016

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What are the best RPG boss fights? And what makes a good RPG
boss fight in the first place? Nadia and returning guest Steve
Tramer join Kat to dissect this crucial aspect of creating a good
roleplaying game.

Apr 29 2016

1hr 28mins

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Rank #10: The Console RPG Quest: Sony PlayStation

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Just in time for its 25th anniversary, Kat and Nadia delve into the RPG legacy of the PlayStation! The pair discuss its massive impact on the genre; share their favorite memories, and discuss classic RPGs ranging from Chrono Cross to Beyond the Beyond. Is PS One the most important RPG console ever? The answer is more complicated than you think.

Dec 09 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #11: The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Review [No Spoilers]

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Senior Guides Writer Jake Green joins Kat for a non-spoiler review discussion of Final Fantasy 7 Remake! They talk about what it gets right (the characters and soundtrack), where it suffers (the padding), and whether it lives up to all the hopes, dreams, and speculation of the past 15 years. Don't worry, this episode has NO SPOILERS. Read our review here: https://www.usgamer.net/articles/final-fantasy-7-remake-review

Apr 06 2020

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Rank #12: 2019 RPG Recap: The Best and Worst in the Year of RPGs

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Kat and Nadia are joined by Caty to recap the year that was 2019 in RPGs! They discuss all the big stories, the big trends, and the biggest games, including: - The Year of the Switch Port - BioWare's Struggles - The Year Long National Pokedex Obsession - Fire Emblem: Three Houses being just great - Outer Worlds being... good? - Disco Elysium changing how we think about character progression - ... And much more! It all adds up to the Blood God's Pick for the Best RPG of 2019! Join us as we wrap yet another amazing year in RPGs!

Dec 16 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #13: Our Final Fantasy XV Review (No Spoilers) | 12/02/2016

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Polygon's Phil Kollar and long-time JRPG enthusiastic Miguel Concepcion join Kat to go in-depth on Final Fantasy XV. Does the open-world world? Is that combat actually better than it seems? And what music did they listen to while cruising around in the Regalia? (Spoiler: Kat liked Final Fantasy IX). It's been a long-time coming, but it's time to finally dig in to the game we never thought would come out. End times, my friends. End times.

Dec 02 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: Octopath Traveler Review Pt. 1, Top 25 Countdown #23: Nethack

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Nadia shares her initial impressions of Octopath Traveler, including the battle system, the graphics, and more. Then David Craddock returns to talk about Nethack, its remarkable support through the years, and tales of YASDs.

Jul 09 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #15: Top 25 RPG Countdown: Dragon Quest V, The Big Destiny Split, and More

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Kat and Nadia leap back into the Top 25 RPG countdown with the best Dragon Quest of them all: Dragon Quest V! The pair explain why its epic sweep, monster hunting mechanics, and odd (but hilarious) romance system make it a classic. Plus, they cover the big Destiny split, Tales of Vesperia on Switch, and more!

Jan 14 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #16: Dragon Quest Builders, Stardew Valley Update, Steamworld Heist, and Yo-Kai Watch 2 | 10/06/2016

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Kat and Nadia make their first foray into Dragon Quest Builders, examine Darkest Dungeon's foray onto console, and heap (deserved) praise on Steamworld Heist. Then Bob drops by to share his thoughts on Yo-Kai Watch and the possibility of VR RPGs.

Oct 07 2016

57mins

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Rank #17: Turn-based RPGs in Modern Gaming: 8/07/2015

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Bob and Steve join Kat to discuss the evolution of turn-based RPGs, their appeal versus real-time combat, and the news that the Final Fantasy VII remake's gameplay is in for "dramatic changes." What does turn-based combat mean in the modern era? The crew is here to find out.

Aug 08 2015

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: The 5 Best Legendary Weapons in RPG History | 04/13/2018

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Kat and Nadia delve into Final Fantasy, World of WarCraft, and more to find the best legendary weapons in RPG history. From weapons that helped define their series, to weapons that were impossible to get, to weapons that were simply cool, we survey the RPG landscape for our favorites.

Apr 16 2018

58mins

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Rank #19: Octopath Traveler Review, Top 25 Countdown #22: Vampire: The Masquerade

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GameXplain co-host Derrick Bitner joins Kat and Nadia to review Octopath Traveler. Do the sprites match the quality of the environments? Which character did each host pick first? And can Nadia and Derrick convince Kat to upgrade from Prologue? Then, Kat is joined by guest Ryan Allen to add Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines to the Top 25 RPG countdown. They talk about how it's risen above its troubled development history, its amazing roleplaying possibilities, and why it's still supported by a cadre of dedicated fans to this day.

Jul 16 2018

1hr 39mins

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Rank #20: The Pokemon Sword and Shield Review & Romancing SaGa 3

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Pokemon Sword and Shield is here! GameSpot Pokemon Master Kallie Plagge joins Kat and Nadia to talk about the joys (and the controversies) of the latest generation of Pokemon! [Review begins at 17:22] Plus, we discuss the return of Romancing SaGa 3, and wonder whether Anthem can be saved with a "Realm Reborn" reboot.

Nov 18 2019

1hr 15mins

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The Xenoblade Chronicles: Definition Edition Review

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Kat, Nadia, and USG Senior Editor Caty McCarthy render their final verdict on Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, where they talk about the new content, the biggest changes, and whether the fan-favorite RPG holds up. Plus: Track of the Week, a potential World Ends With You sequel, Kat's favorite podcasts, and more!

Jun 01 2020

1hr 11mins

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The Console RPG Quest: Game Boy Advance

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The Console RPG Quest continues with an exploration of one of Nintendo's less popular handhelds. Regarded as a bit of a tweener in its day, trapped as it was between the Nintendo DS and Game Boy, it has grown in esteem as fans have come to better appreciate its beautiful graphics and large library. But what about its RPG legacy? Tune in and listen as Kat and Nadia remember Pokemon Ruby, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Mother 3, and all the rest of the most important RPGs on the GBA!

May 25 2020

1hr 25mins

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Xenoblade Chronicles Review Impressions, Paper Mario Controversy, Ghost of Tsushima, More Track of the Week

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There's lots to talk about in the news, so Nadia and Kat take some time to talk through the recent PS5 tech demo, the Ghost of Tsushima gameplay reveal, and the surprising controversy around Paper Mario. Then Kat shares her thoughts on Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, and listeners get to weigh in on the failed RPGs they want to make a comeback!

May 18 2020

1hr 17mins

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The Failed RPGs We Want to Come Back

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Some RPGs become successful franchises, and others simply vanish into history, regardless of merits. This episode covers the latter, with Nadia and Kat discussing lost gems including Alpha Protocol, Resonance of Fate, The Last Story, Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning, and more. Do these games deserve another chance? Maybe, maybe not, but they at least deserve to be remembered.

May 11 2020

1hr 21mins

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The Console RPG Quest: Nintendo GameCube

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Maligned in its day, the Nintendo GameCube is now fondly remembered by Nintendo fans. But what about its RPGs? Kat and Nadia continue the Console RPG Quest by exploring the legacy of Baten Kaitos, Tales of Symphonia, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and the rest of the RPGs that defined the GameCube.

May 04 2020

1hr 24mins

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The Trials of Mana Remake Review

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Kat and Nadia sit down to review Trials of Mana remake, and in the process delve into a bigger question: Does the Mana series hold up? Nadia thinks yes, but Kat isn't so sure. The pair also delve into the Secret of Mana soundtrack, celebrate Fire Emblem's 30th anniversary, and more!

Apr 27 2020

1hr 11mins

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Fallout 76: Wastelanders Impressions. Plus: A Brand New Segment!

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It's a great big multiplayer RPG episode as USG's Play Together Week gets underway! Kat and Nadia are joined by Mike Williams to reminisce about Final Fantasy 11, discuss the World of WarCraft: Shadowlands Alpha, and revisit Fallout 76 through its new Wastelanders update. Is it finally worth returning to Fallout 76? The Blood God crew weighs in! Plus: We're introducing a brand new segment this week!

Apr 20 2020

1hr 1min

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Should Xenogears Get a Remake? Plus, FF7 Remake's Wild Ending

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Special guests Steve Bowling of GameXplain and Alex Donaldson of VG247 join Kat to discuss Final Fantasy 7 Remake's unique ending, and what might come next [10:35 to 57:00 if you want to avoid spoilers]. Then Nadia returns to ponder whether Xenogears and Suikoden 2 should get remakes, talk about quests that can be completed without violence, and compare the Switch's current RPG library to that of the 3DS.

Apr 13 2020

1hr 21mins

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The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Review [No Spoilers]

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Senior Guides Writer Jake Green joins Kat for a non-spoiler review discussion of Final Fantasy 7 Remake! They talk about what it gets right (the characters and soundtrack), where it suffers (the padding), and whether it lives up to all the hopes, dreams, and speculation of the past 15 years. Don't worry, this episode has NO SPOILERS. Read our review here: https://www.usgamer.net/articles/final-fantasy-7-remake-review

Apr 06 2020

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Remembering the Compilation of Final Fantasy 7 w/ MinnMax's Ben Hanson

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MinnMax's Ben Hanson joins Kat and Nadia as a special guest to remember the awkwardness that was Square's direct to video era. From Advent Children to Crisis Core, the trio recount the good and bad of the compilation, and wonder whether it deserves any sort of mention in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Plus: Nadia's Bravely Default 2 impressions! 

Mar 30 2020

1hr 11mins

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The Persona 5 Spoilercast: All We Want to Do is Date Boys

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With Persona 5 Royal just a week away, Nadia, Eric, Hirun, and Caty get together for a spoiler-filled and in-depth conversation about the original game. They discuss Persona 5's history; social links; amazing soundtrack, and whether or not the ending ultimately works. Also, Nadia and Hirun chime in with a bit of (not as spoiler-filled) chatter about Persona 5 Royal. Does Persona 5 still hold up after three years? Listen and decide for yourself!

Mar 24 2020

1hr 27mins

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The Greatest RPGs Intros From the Mako Reactor Attack to Escaping Dragons in Skyrim

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Which RPGs have the best intros? Kat and Nadia talk through the introductory sequences in some of the best RPGs ever made, and why they work and don't work. Why does Final Fantasy 7's opening hit so hard? What about Mass Effect 2? The pair explain what a really good intro can do for a story, and all the ways that a bad one can sap an otherwise good RPG's momentum.

Mar 16 2020

1hr 11mins

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Mailbag! RPG Commandments, the JRPGs That PC RPG Fans Should Play, and More

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It's a Mailbag of the Blood God this week as Kat and Nadia tackle all of your biggest questions! This week's questions include:

- Why do RPG protagonists always seem to use swords?

- What are the Blood God's commandments for succeeding in RPGs?

- Why are airships so awesome?

- Do we feel guilty over dropping an especially long RPG?

- What are some of our favorite examples of customization in an RPG?

- What JRPGs would we recommend to someone who grew up with PC RPGs like Baldur's Gate?

Mar 09 2020

1hr 4mins

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The Console RPG Quest: PlayStation 2 + Final Fantasy VII Remake and Baldur's Gate 3

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The Console RPG Quest continues with our exploration of the PlayStation 2, just in time for its 20th anniversary! We talk about its incredibly deep library of RPGs; the rise of companies like NIS and Level-5, and classics like Final Fantasy 10 and Persona 3. Plus, Kat recently got a chance to check out Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Baldur's Gate 3, and she has lots of thoughts! Get ready because we've got a huge podcast for you this month!

Mar 02 2020

1hr 35mins

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The Tropes We Love (and Hate) to See in RPGs

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This week's episode tackles the tropes that Kat and Nadia love (and hate) to see in RPGs. From customizable characters to sewer levels; flowery monologues to confusion status effects, Kat and Nadia talk about the elements that draw their attention, and the elements that immediately turn them off. It's a discussion that delves deep into some of the key components of the RPG genre, and game design in general, and will hopefully get you thinking about the elements you love to hate and see in games as well. Don't miss out!

Feb 24 2020

1hr 14mins

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Console RPG Quest: Sega Dreamcast w/ Shane Bettenhausen

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Former 1UP/EGM writer Shane Bettenhausen returns to talk about the Dreamcast's RPG legacy, the greatness of Phantasy Star Online and Skies of Arcadia, and its sneaky interesting catalog of import RPGs. Plus, staff writer Hirun Cryer drops by to discuss the new Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC, Persona 5 Royal, and more!

Feb 17 2020

1hr 13mins

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A Closer Look at the State of JRPGs in 2020

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Having chosen the best RPGs of the 2010s, Kat and Nadia conclude by taking a closer look at where JRPGs stand as the new decade gets underway. They talk about what the return to consoles have meant for the genre; the proliferation of cheap and accessible graphics technology, and the sneaky importance of Steam. Plus, Kat has some hot takes about the Vita. Check it out!

Feb 10 2020

1hr 11mins

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How the 2010s Changed RPGs

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Kat and Nadia look back on the decade that was the 2010s for RPGs! They discuss some of the biggest storylines; look back on the most interesting RPGs, and talk about the games that didn't make it on USG's Top 100 RPGs of the Decade. Plus: The duo analyze Final Fantasy 7 Remake's latest trailer!

Feb 03 2020

1hr 24mins

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Mailbag! Best Short RPGs, Temtem, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and More!

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It's another Axe of the Blood God mailbag! We tackle all of our your questions as we wrap up the first month of 2020. Some of the topics that we cover in this month's mailbag:

- Can we expect a truly innovative JRPG in 2020?

- What are the best short RPGs?

- Which otherwise good RPGs have been ruined by a design or story choice?

- What's one think we wish all RPGs would adopt?

- Is Kat really a Hufflepuff?

Plus, Mike joins us as we talk Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Temtem, and the new Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC! 

Jan 27 2020

1hr 13mins

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Switch Review, Fire Emblem DLC, Byleth in Smash Bros.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions#FE is out on Nintendo Switch, and Kat and Nadia is here to see whether it holds up! Was it undeservedly overlooked on Wii U? Or should it have stayed in the studio? Plus, brand new Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC, Byleth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and your reactions to the N64 Console RPG Quest!

Jan 20 2020

1hr 9mins

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iTunes Ratings

325 Ratings
Average Ratings
277
18
9
10
11

Great podcast

By Nick091274232 - Mar 13 2020
Read more
If you love RPGs of any stripe, you should be listening to this podcast.

scratches your rpg itch

By Ronniebeef - Nov 19 2019
Read more
Love it, Kat is consistently fun to listen to and very informative as well 👍🏼👍🏼