The PlayStation 2 turns 20 this week, a date that happens to rather neatly coincide with the latest entry of our Console RPG Quest. So off we go [download link here]!
The PS2, of course, is a remarkable console. While the PS1 opened the floodgates for Japanese RPGs in the west, the PS2 was the console where big franchises like Shin Megami Tensei truly made their way overseas. Walk into a GameStop circa 2005, and the number of high quality JRPGs on the shelf was almost overwhelming. We talk about some of those games, as well as the developers that helped to define.
This also happens to be a week in which I got to check out some high-profile RPGs! In this episode, I talk about my experiences with Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Baldur's Gate 3—what I loved, what I didn't love, and my thoughts as we get closer to reveal. Can you believe Final Fantasy 7 Remake is only a month away? I can't.
As a sidenote, we normally do a mailbag at the end of the month, but we ended up pushing it back a week in order to talk about all the timely subjects this week. Submissions are still open, though! Want to join in the conversation? Leave a comment below and we may read it on the show.
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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!
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!