Axe of the Blood God: A Closer Look at CrossCode Now That It's on Console

Axe of the Blood God: A Closer Look at CrossCode Now That It's on Console

Kat, Nadia, and Hirun talk CrossCode, Paper Mario: The Origami King review impressions, and more.

In this week's episode of the Axe of the Blood God, we highlight the indie RPG CrossCode, which is now available on console, and also share our initial thoughts on Paper Mario: The Origami King [download link here]!

CrossCode features in this week's main topic, with Staff Writer Hirun Cryer joining Nadia and I to talk about why this sprite-based RPG deserves your attention now that it's out on console. As Hirun wrote last week, it's a rather deep and enjoyable action-RPG, and as a bonus it offers some fun meta-commentary on the MMORPG genre. It has some performance issues on Switch, but its overall strengths definitely make it worth checking out.

In our other segment, Nadia shares her initial thoughts on Paper Mario: The Origami King, and we have a bit of a debate on its relative lack of RPG features. Is this the game to revive the franchise's fortunes? Should fans really be so hung up on comparisons to Thousand Year Door? We offer our thoughts ahead of the final review due later this week.

Want to contribute to the conversation? Leave a comment below! We'll read our favorites on the following week's episode. And make sure to listen to Branching Narratives, our brand new podcast!

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Show Description

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.

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Raine, composer of Celeste. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

Image credit: The header art is from the CrossCode official soundtrack. You can find the entire soundtrack here. A vinyl was also recently announced, which you can pre-order here.

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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