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

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Rank #44 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
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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 Aug 03, 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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Next-Gen RPGs: Imagining New Settings, Reactive Worlds, and More

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With the next generation of consoles nearly upon us, Kat is joined by Reviews Editor Mike Williams and Senior Editor Caty McCarthy to discuss the future of the genre. What surprises do the PS5 and Xbox Series X hold for RPGs? Will it all be Destiny-likes and Witcher 3 clones? Or will we be treated to new settings, A.I. innovations, and other fascinating changes? We discuss!

Aug 03 2020

58mins

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Eiyuden Chronicle Live Reaction + Fable, Avowed, and the SMT 3: Nocturne Remaster

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It's a super busy week for RPG news as Kat and Nadia talk about all the Shin Megami Tensei announcements while breaking down the big Fable and Avowed reveals from the Xbox showcase. This is all on top of word that the Suikoden creators are getting together to create a spiritual successor, which Kat and Nadia react to in real time. Listen as we discuss all the RPGs you'll be playing in 2021 and beyond!  

Jul 27 2020

1hr 6mins

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The Paper Mario: The Origami King Review w/ GameXplain's Andre Segers

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GameXplain's Andre Segers joins the podcast to review Paper Mario: The Origami King with Kat and Nadia. Why is the latest game in the venerable series proving so contentious among Nintendo fans? Is there a way to revive the series's fortunes? And what would a Super Mario Persona 5 game look like? We answer all of these questions, plus delve further into the recent glut of RPG adaptations, talk Ghost of Tsushima, and more.

Jul 20 2020

1hr 11mins

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CrossCode Review + Paper Mario: Origami King Review Impressions

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Close to a decade after its original crowdfunding campaign, CrossCode is finally on console! Kat and Nadia are joined by Hirun Cryer, who explains why this beautiful indie RPG is worth your attention. Plus, Kat explains why she's still digging Pokemon Sword, and Nadia reveals her thoughts on Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Jul 13 2020

1hr 4mins

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The Console RPG Quest: Xbox + Fallout TV Show Reaction

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The original Xbox didn't have that many role-playing game, but it was nevertheless a watershed moment for both console history and the RPG genre. Kat and Nadia look back on Microsoft's entry into the console market and talk about Knights of the Old Republic's breakout success, Fable's broken promises, and much more, Plus: Reacting to the newly-announced Fallout TV show! Does it have any hope of being good? We discuss!  

Jul 06 2020

1hr 10mins

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5 Games Like Diablo 2 You Should Play + Why We Don't Want a Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Remake

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It's Diablo 2's 20th anniversary, and Kat and Nadia are here to talk about its remarkable descendants, including Titan Quest, Torchlight, and other classics (plus some newer games)! Plus, Cyberpunk 2077 impressions, why Pokemon Diamond & Pearl doesn't need a remake, and more!

Jun 29 2020

1hr 15mins

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The Console RPG Quest: WonderSwan + Cyberpunk Delay, Pokemon Snap, and More

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The latest entry in the Console RPG Quest tackles both the WonderSwan and the Neo Geo Pocket, two cult favorite handhelds nevertheless trapped in the shadow of the Game Boy. Are their RPG legacies worth remembering? Kat and Nadia discuss! Plus, the duo get into all of the RPG news from the week, including the Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC, the Cyberpunk delay, and more!

Jun 22 2020

1hr 17mins

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Reacting to the PS5 Reveal, Persona 4 Golden on PC, and Project Athia

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It's E3! ... Sort of. Kat and Nadia react to the PS5 reveal and lament the general lack of RPGs; talk about Persona 4 Golden being liberated from the Vita, and speculate on Square Enix's newly-revealed Project Athia. Plus chatter about the Demon's Souls Remake, the Track of the Week, and more!

Jun 15 2020

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A Special Preview of Branching Narratives With Jeff Green

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We're launching a brand new podcast at USgamer! In this special preview of Branching Narratives, Jeff and Kat sit down to talk about Jeff's journey through the industry; why they're launching a conversational podcast, and how it's all going to work. Stay tuned for the first full episode on June 10!

Jun 08 2020

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How RPGs Have Handled Social Commentary Over the Years

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In the course of USG raising more than $7000 for Black Lives Matters during a live stream, Axe of the Blood God recently held a live discussion about social commentary in RPGs. That segment is included in this episode, in which we are joined by Eric Van Allen and VG247's Alex Donaldson, who talk about the failings of Vampire: The Masquerade and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the successes of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and more. Plus: Outer Worlds on Switch isn't so great, unfortunately!

Jun 08 2020

1hr 18mins

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The Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive 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

59mins

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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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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 👍🏼👍🏼