Axe of the Blood God: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC, Kat Plays Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and More

PODCAST | Recapping Zelda's big night at The Game Awards, Kat's initial experiences with Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and more.

Article by Kat Bailey, .

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Nadia and I recap Zelda's big night in The Game Awards, and I talk about my initial experiences with Xenoblade Chronicles!

I always try to play at least a little bit of a big RPG, even if it's not really my jam. Happily, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has proven easy to enjoy.

In the pod, I talk about my experiences in the first couple chapters, how I'm finding the systems, and more. Also: The surprise release of the Champions' Ballad DLC! Romancing Saga 2! And NieR Automata!

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Show Description

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].

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at Check it out!

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  • Avatar for riderkicker #1 riderkicker 9 months ago
    Not much for the BloodGod this week, except I just got Breath of the Wild. Very great walking simulator, but must finish Odyssey.

    One more thing... the Monster Hunter Demo released today, and I being an extreme noob managed to survive two hunting trips with Bob Mackey. I can see why it's quite fun though it's bizarre you swing an axe with the R2 trigger.Edited December 2017 by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #2 SatelliteOfLove 9 months ago
    Saga Frontier was a supremely Kawazu-Ass Kawazu mess, my lord that music.

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  • Avatar for Nuclear-Vomit #3 Nuclear-Vomit 9 months ago
    @SatelliteOfLove I 2nd that! Saga Frontier 2's town music was especially good and the art was spectacular. I long for the return of that one of a kind watercolor art style.
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  • Avatar for Kuni-Nino #4 Kuni-Nino 9 months ago
    Regarding Nier's combat, i think it's simplicity compliments a ten hour of play through. Unfortunately since Automata is in the 30 hours range and 2/3 of it consists of repeating content, the simplicity becomes a detriment. By the time you've button mashed your way out of yet another repeated boss, trust me Kat, you'll long for something different.

    Nier is no Nioh when it comes to combat unfortunately. It's barely above the first Devil May Cry. However, combat isn't the point of Nier. Take into account the whole experience. It's unlike anything else out there right now.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #5 link6616 9 months ago
    @Kuni-Nino You didn't feel the system you use instead of heavy attacks in the second playthrough was different enough?

    Gasp shock and surprise.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #6 SIGGYZtar 9 months ago