Axe of the Blood God: Horizon Zero Dawn DLC Review and FFIX Report #8

PODCAST | We review Horizon Zero Dawn's DLC in the latest episode of our RPG podcast.

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 discuss RPG DLC and how it can affect the pacing of an adventure; Middle-earth: Shadow of War (yep), Etrian Odyssey V. Then we continue through the Final Fantasy IX Report!

We once again cover quite a bit in this episode, including what we've been playing of late (Middle-earth: Shadow of War for me, Etrian Odyssey V for Nadia). But our main topic is Horizon Zero Dawn's DLC: speficially, whether or not we like having a new area that folds naturally into a quest or something that builds on the endgame.

Also in this episode: The eighth Final Fantasy IX Report! We're really cranking through this playthrough. Today's revelation: Nadia really hates that Desert Palace. Yikes.

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia talk about Horizon Zero Dawn's new DLC and the advantages of disadvantages of dropping a new adventure into the middle of a story (19:30); Nadia's adventures in Etrian Odyssey V (5:00), and Kat's horrifying revenge in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Then the pair continue into the Final Fantasy IX Report #8 (35:44) to Dagger's big moment, the horror of Zorn and Thorn, and why the Desert Palace is awful.

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  • Avatar for Kuni-Nino #1 Kuni-Nino 9 months ago
    I want to stan for Yuna since since I feel like she's one of the more memorable heroines of FF. While I agree with Kat that FFX is Tidus' story, I completely disagree that Yuna is relegated to just a love interest. The entire journey revolves around her. Tidus is following Yuna the whole time and its through her reputation as a Summoner's daughter that FFX gets its emotional beats from. Needless to say, she's very important and her arc is a touching one that reaches one of the best bittersweet conclusions you'll ever see in a videogame. Also, if you want to count FFX-2 (where Yuna is the main character) she gets even cooler.

    Yuna is better than Garnett. #truthfacts

    P.S. Lightning is woefully underappreciated and her sister Serah even moreso. The XIII Saga has some good female characters.

    P.S.S. Can Nadia compare Chrono Cross to Final Fantasy IX?
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #2 riderkicker 9 months ago
    @Kuni-Nino I think Yuna is a lot like Marge Simpson in a way, she's just trying to keep her s- together despite all the BS of FFX/Homer.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #3 riderkicker 9 months ago
    Good thing I don't remember the Metal Gear Solid inspired section of FF7 because it heavily influenced a lot of FF8, and I still hate that missile base mission to this day. But then they snuck another BS part into FF9 with that Cid mission where he has to play red light green light with some frog dog? Oh good, I was so pissed with that dungeon that I just rushed through it and may have skipped a few Moogles in there.
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  • Avatar for moochan #4 moochan 9 months ago
    @Kuni-Nino I get what Kat was saying but I agree Yuna has more going on than just being the love interest. Don't want to get too into spoiler but she had a lot of strength/willpower to do what she was planning on doing. It is kind of sad how quickly she falls for Tidus but she had more about her overall in FFX than what most people think of. However outside of that yeah everyone is pretty much a one note character. With Wakka might be one of the worse character in any FF game personally with his racist tendency (which he never honestly actually deals with it just move it to the Guado).
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #5 Jonnyboy407 9 months ago
    Loving the FF9 reports. It's one of my favorite RPGs.

    And if you're gonna go to Miami for kit Kats, make a stop in Orlando and I'll buy you a pizza. Axe of the Blood God hits the Road!

    Oh and I want to make a pitch for a bad SNES RPG - Arcana. It's a HAL developed and published dungeon crawling RPG. Dungeons are confusing mazes due to the bland visual style, and the random encounters are so frequent that it's just a frustrating mess. Battles aren't very memorable. This game does not have much going for it. It's a pretty early SNES RPG. I think it was may of 92 in NA.

    Ever played that one?
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #6 SatelliteOfLove 9 months ago
    I wouldn't say it's "masculine", its pragmatism for fightin' vs beautiful, luxurious hair.

    Course, that may be personal biases seeping thru...
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  • Avatar for RyoGeo #7 RyoGeo 9 months ago
    I just wanted to come by and tell you how much I am enjoying Axe of the Blood God. I sought out and subscribed to the feed after hearing you (Kat) on a recent Retronauts.

    I absolutely adore you and Nadia on the show, and really enjoy hearing your perspectives, especially on some of the older stuff. Nadia, you are making me want to give FF9 a spin, listening to your travel log.

    Kat, given your love for the older SNES RPGs, I was surprised to hear you being impatient with the original Secret of Mana . . . but I certainly cannot fault you for it! As much as I love it, you're spot on with your criticisms.

    Anyway, AotBG has become my go to podcast when there is a new episode. Keep it up. Love it.

    I hadn't really been to before so, I guess the strategy of sucking people in through ancillary media is working.Edited November 2017 by RyoGeo
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #8 Jonnyboy407 9 months ago
    @RyoGeo welcome friend! :D

    I can honestly say that US Gamer is one of the least terrible places on the internet
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  • Avatar for funktron #9 funktron 9 months ago
    Ugh, the Desert Palace. I ultimately came back and finished FF9, but I quit that game for a year at that dungeon. All I can remember about it is how tedious it was and how annoying the random encounters were. Plus that was when I realized how slow the battle system was: at one point I timed how long it was between entering a command and seeing it executed in battle, and it was over a minute. I liked the game on the whole, but that was a low point.
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