Axe of the Blood God: Looking Back on the Decade in RPGs

Axe of the Blood God: Looking Back on the Decade in RPGs

Kat and Nadia talk about all the ways that RPGs changed dramatically over the course of the 2010s.

With USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade list finally live, it's time for Kat and Nadia to look back on how the 2010s defined the RPG genre [download link here].

Obviously, quite a lot has changed since 2010. Larian and CD Projekt have risen while BioWare has fallen; JRPGs waned on handhelds, then began waxing again in the PS4 and Switch generation. Square Enix did... well, Square Enix did a lot of things. Nadia and I do our best encompass those trends by looking back on the five biggest trends of the decade, from crowdfunded RPGs to the importance of nostalgia.

From there, Nadia and I jump into the most interesting RPGs of the decade. In particular, we dwell on Xenoblade Chronicles, which ultimately didn't make it on our list. We talk about some of the reasons why, and wonder if the remaster will help to change our minds. We also look back on Divinity Original Sin 2, Path of Exile, Shin Megami Tensei, and many more of the most interesting RPGs of the decade.

But before all that, we breakdown the latest Final Fantasy 7 Remake trailer! Find out what Kat and Nadia make of Cloud in a dress, and why Kat is slightly nervous about how the final game will turn out.

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Kat and Nadia look back on the decade that was the 2010s for RPGs! They discuss some of the biggest storylines; look back on the most interesting RPGs, and talk about the games that didn't make it on USG's Top 100 RPGs of the Decade. Plus: The duo analyze Final Fantasy 7 Remake's latest trailer!

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 Check it out!

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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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