Axe of the Blood God: Nadia Bought Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Three Times

PODCAST | Morrowind's 15th anniversary, Trails in the Sky the 3rd, and embarrassing admissions in the latest episode of our RPG podcast!

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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 admits that she purchased Final Fantasy IV: The After Years three separate times, which is undeniably three times too many.

Aside from her embarrassing admission, we have quite a lot to cover in this episode: Morrowind's 15th anniversary, our Trails in the Sky the 3rd impressions, Fire Emblem's rather expensive DLC, and Deep Learning in RPGs. That's a lot!

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Kat and Nadia use the latest episode of the RPG podcast to cover a wide range of topics, including Morrowind's 15th anniversary (01:00), Nadia's initial thoughts on Persona 5 (5:20), Deep Learning AI in RPGs (18:15), Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia's expensive DLC (33:15) and, of course, our review of Trails in the Sky the 3rd. Plus, we read your responses to our deep dive into RPG dungeons!

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  • Avatar for riderkicker #1 riderkicker A year ago
    Three times? Is "the After Years" Nadia's White Album?

    Oh s-. E3 is already next month? Now I'm bummed again. Surely Nadia can have control of the Axe next week!Edited May 2017 by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for Drachmalius #2 Drachmalius A year ago
    I've bought Assassin's Creed 2 four times so I totally get it. We all make mistakes

    Great cast as usual!
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  • Avatar for DoorCurtain #3 DoorCurtain A year ago
    I hope Nadia gets back to Persona 4 Golden, since I like the Report most Axe of the Blood God podcasts do. I know Persona 5 is shiny and new, but she's so close to the end of P4G that it'd be sad if she abandoned it so quickly when it's nearly done.

    Well, that, and I've kept myself from purchasing Persona 5 because finals are next week and I need to focus. Maybe I'm just jealous I can't dive into Persona 5 like everyone else can, haha.
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  • Avatar for nadiaoxford #4 nadiaoxford A year ago
    @EdgeTheLucas No worries! I'm still playing it, even though we didn't have a Persona 4 report last week! I'm close to done, and we'll have a big wrap-up when it happens. :)Edited May 2017 by nadiaoxford
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  • Avatar for nadiaoxford #5 nadiaoxford A year ago
    @riderkicker Yeah, calling it my White Album more or less nails it.
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  • Avatar for Macuelos #6 Macuelos A year ago
    Damn, Nadia, Wii, PSP, and Steam/mobile? That's OG FFIV-level commitment. That's two-and-a-half at most, though, because that Complete Collection is obligatory.

    It's an okay game, but I guess okay doesn't cut it for FFIV fans. I liked it enough to write a bestiary FAQ for it, which was nice because some enemies have four different variants scattered throughout the tales. Someday I'll play it again on Steam, but probably not any time soon. I wonder if they changed things to screw people over à la NDS FFIV...
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  • Avatar for link6616 #7 link6616 A year ago
    Don't worry Nadia.

    I don't have After years as much as you, but I still have it two times. (psp, steam).

    I was so surprised when I saw the iOS/steam versions were the game remade in the style of FFIV DS. Which is curious to say the least.
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  • Avatar for Dorchadas #8 Dorchadas A year ago
    Hooray for Morrowind! I started with Daggerfall, but I'm definitely one of the people who thinks Morrowind is the best.

    The story and world building, anyway. Even at the time the gameplay was clunky and weird, and it's only gotta more so since then. I hope the people making Skywind can pull it off, even if that means the best Morrowind mods like Less Generic NPCs or Uvrith's Legacy won't be compatible anymore.
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  • Avatar for secretworlds #9 secretworlds A year ago
    I listened to the podcast and only after saw you named this after Nadia's after years hijinks, and it made me laugh so hard. Love it!
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #10 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    One of the things I like to tout about Trails (besides its TOP TIER music and how their characters don't change with just a haircut), is how it's "wheels within wheels".

    What I mean by this is there's short-term plot beats, chapter-wide beats, game-wide beats, arc-wide beats, and series-wide beats for both plot and characterization. Multiple layers of these are ticking over in both the foreground and background thruout these games, providing a ton of fun to soak oneself in, or, if you don't wanna get deep in the worldbuilding, skimming the surface can suffice. It's real neat that way.

    So when you get The 3rd being "an epilogue" it's more than that. We're seeing some beloved, realistic, and larger-than-life characters again, perhaps for the last time in this. But wait! There's more! We also get a self-contained story of Kevin "Insensitive Jerk" Graham and Ries Argent, plus it behaves like a necessary bridge to the Crossbell games (Zero and Ao), as they had to set those up. Some call that recycling, I call that efficient, as we're getting more of that sweet, sweet writing and music instead of asset porn.

    And yeah, that is alot of dungeons, lol. That's probably a third of my favorites (with no elucidation on why those are there!) Cuz believe you me, I can go deep in why those are so awesome.

    Wizardry 8's monastery is actually the "starter zone" of the game. Funny thing is, there ain't that many dungeons in the game after that, and none of them get even close to how intricate and interesting that thing was. It's wierd.
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  • Avatar for victorehunter #11 victorehunter A year ago
    As an After Years apologist, I stand in solidarity with Nadia. There are so many good parts that just got wrapped in a horribly unfun package. I'll be damned if Luca, Calca and Brina aren't some of my favourite characters in the IV universe. I also adore the final dungeon/boss.

    I swear I will move back to Toronto if it means I ever get to talk to someone about After Years again.
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  • Avatar for Talraen #12 Talraen A year ago
    Only three times? Pfft. I haven't even played half of it and I own four versions! Wait, maybe I shouldn't tell people that. Hmm...
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  • Avatar for DoorCurtain #13 DoorCurtain A year ago
    @nadiaoxford It took me a few days to notice this, but that's good news for me! Hope you enjoy the conclusion of the game.
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