The end of 2019 is upon us, and that means it's time to discuss all of our favorite games! Eric Van Allen and Mathew Olson join the pod to talk Goose Game, Trails of Cold Steel 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and the rest of the best games of the year. Get a fire going, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and have a listen as we wrap up 2019!
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!
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.
New games, new updates, and a booming streaming culture has contributed to a mini-renaissance for Dungeons & Dragons. Dicebreaker's Sara Elsam joins us to talk about how that happened, as well to talk about her evil bard; adventures in being a DM, and roleplaying vs. systems-based RPGs. Bonus: We take a look at Mistover, a KRPG dungeon crawler, and decide if it deserves the Blood God's blessing!
Nadia and Kat talk some more about Pokemon Sword and Shield, and some of the surprising references within. (Trust Kat to be able to identify actual real-world stadiums within Galar region.) There's also a lot of end-of-the-year talk about the upcoming Game of the Year Awards, and some of the curious snubs that happened in this year's nominations. Oh Disco Elysium, where art thou? Finally, after all the talk and the news is squared away, it's time for a big mailbag episode, including:
1. Why Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire is good
2. Should Bahamut Lagoon be brought back?
3. How do we handle our backlog?
4. More Sega Saturn RPGs
5. Why Super Hylide was an interesting Sega Genesis RPG
6. Recommendations for more sci-fi RPGs like R-Type Command
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.
Kat takes a break from the RPG beat to talk about one of the biggest games of the year: Death Stranding! She's joined by Eric Van Allen and Hirun Cryer to discuss Bridge Babies, deconstructing America, and clocking bandits over the head with cargo. This one is full of spoilers so beware! Plus: Why it's time for Mass Effect to be remastered. Spoilers begin at 17:40 and continue for the rest of the episode!
The Console RPG Quest returns with the Sega Saturn! We're joined by Digital Foundry's John Linneman to discuss the technology, games, and history that make it a unique standout in the history of consoles. Plus, some Death Stranding review chatter, and a recap of the Diablo 4 and World of WarCraft announcements!
Developers Leonard Boyarsky and Nitai Poddar come on the show to talk about the development of The Outer Worlds, Boyarsky's feelings on Fallout 3, and more. Plus, Mike talks about his review of the game. It's an all Outer Worlds podcast as we go in-depth on this spiritual successor to Fallout.
With the RPG deluge continuing, Kat and Nadia are joined by Caty and Mike to pick through the biggest releases, including Trails of Cold Steel 3, Disco Elysium, and Little Town Hero. Plus, we talk Witcher 3 on Switch, whether it's been a good generation for games, and more!
The mailbag returns as Kat and Nadia talk about what RPGs genre novices should tackle first; revisit the legacy of Final Fantasy 13, and more! Plus, they review Indivisible, the new RPG by the creators of Skullsgirls. Does it live up to the legacy of Valkyrie Profile? Find out!
We're almost finished the 16-bit era in our Console RPG Quest, but first we have to talk about some of the lesser-known consoles of the period. We take a shotgun approach in this episode, covering the RPG histories of the 3DO, Jaguar, NeoGeo, and CDi (they exist!) Also, we say a few words about AlphaDream as it files for bankruptcy, and talk more about portable RPGs.
What's better than an RPG? An RPG you can stuff in your pocket and tote around like a designer dog. (Please do not shove tiny dogs into your pockets.) With Kat overseas taking care of Big Editor Things for the site this week, Nadia teams up with Eric to discuss the beauty of portable RPGs, and talks about some of their favorite handheld adventures. Also in this episode: The Grandia HD Collection is getting a big patch, and Eric gives his in-depth impressions of GreedFall.
The Fall 2019 release period is here! To prepare for the oncoming deluge of games, Kat and Nadia talk about all the biggest RPGs of the season, including Outer Worlds, Pokemon, Disco Elysium, and more. Plus, Caty joins the crew to extol the virtues of Ni no Kuni, and they talk Switch Lite, Apple Arcade, and Link's Awakening. The long wait is over; now it's time to play some games!
Kotaku editor and Retronauts veteran Chris Kohler join Kat and Nadia to discuss what may be the greatest RPG console of them: The Super Nintendo! They recall their history with Nintendo's 16-bit marvel, talk about why it was initially controversial, and explain why it holds up so well today. Plus, Link's Awakening impressions, a Sega Genesis Mini Review, and some TGS discussion!
Axe of the Blood God is back after an impromptu hiatus, and there's a ton to cover! Kat and Nadia look back on the 20th anniversary of the Dreamcast and Final Fantasy 8, recap the big Nintendo Direct that included a Tokyo Mirage Sessions announcement for Switch, and do a quick Final Fantasy ranking. Then Kat reviews Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and talks about why it's a phenomenal expansion, and why RPG fans should definitely check it out.
Tokyo RPG Factory takes its third crack at making a successful RPG. Is Oninaki the game that finally puts them over the top? Nadia shares her review! Plus, our impressions of the Dragon Quest 11 demo on Switch, and a big ol mailbag in which we talk about RPG tragedies, the rare SSI Gold Box game on Genesis, and much more.
It's a busy week on Axe of the Blood God as Kat and Nadia share their respective impressions of Witcher 3 on Switch and Grandia HD, and also sneak in a little more Fire Emblem: Three Houses chatter for good measure. Then it's on to the Console RPG Quest for the Sega Genesis, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Phantasy Star, Shining Force, the Sega CD... Kat and Nadia celebrate an amazing RPG legacy!
In the wake of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Kat is joined by Caty McCarthy and Eric Van Allen to talk about the best RPG romances. Which games do it best? What are their secrets? And most importantly of all... Triss or Yennefer?
The Game Boy's 30th anniversary is upon us, and as it happen, it's the next stop in our ongoing Console RPG Quest! Kat and Nadia reflect on their time with the tiny handheld, the incredible RPGs that it spawned, and how it transcended its humble origins to become one of the most important platforms ever. Plus, Kat reports back after playing The Outer Worlds, and she has more thoughts on the ongoing Pokemon National Dex controversy.
Kat is joined by GameSpot's Kallie Plagge and Gamesbeat's Mike Minotti to review Fire Emblem: Three Houses. With Three Houses now out in the wild, the spoiler limiters are officially OFF for this big review roundtable! Kat, Kallie, and Mike talk about how their playthroughs went and what they thought about the end, plus topics including the combat, romances, and more!
Mike Williams returns to the show to review the new Switch exclusive action RPG, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, as well as to provide his long overdue thoughts on the new Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers expansion. In the spirit of Comic-Con, there's also a bunch of talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Plus, Nadia and Kat talk a little more about Fire Emblem: Three Houses!
After a bit of a drought, Nadia and Kat finally have some new RPGs to play! Kat is busy playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and she thoughts on its battle system, how the academy system works, and whether it successfully makes the transition to console. Meanwhile, Nadia has a review of Dragon Quest Builders 2! Plus: The pair talk about whether they're picking up the Switch Lite, and why it means big things for Pokemon.
With Kat on vacation, Nadia and special guest host Ray Barnholt bust out the gasoline and matches and make a huge fire. Then they sit beside the flames and have a nice chat about non-RPGs franchises that were made into RPGs. Turns out not every RPG spin-off can match the quality of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, though.
Kat and Nadia didn't quite do the PC Engine's RPG legacy justice with their last episode, so they circle back to talk about one of its best franchises: Cosmic Fantasy! Plus, Kat shares her thoughts on the Golden Saucer, Dyne, the politics of North Corel, and more. Plus: Full reviews of Slay the Spire and Bloodstained!