Axe of the Blood God: Our Nioh Review and a Fire Emblem Heroes Discussion

RPG PODCAST: Special guest John Learned discusses Team Ninja's new dungeon crawler, and Kat and Nadia have a very Canadian argument about Fire Emblem Heroes.

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Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey. You can find the previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Kat and Nadia have a very Canadian argument about Fire Emblem Heroes. And we also review Nioh!

We got Soulsborne expert John Learned to review Team Ninja's new dungeon crawler for us, and he has plenty to say about the combat, the exploration, and how it stacks up with Bloodborne and Dark Souls (pretty well, actually).

Nadia and I also talk about Fire Emblem Heroes, where we have a very polite and frankly very Canadian argument about how microtransactions can impact a mobile RPG. We also have our usual Persona 4 Golden Report, where we discuss Teddy's big reveal! (Ooh, exciting). As usual, there's plenty of RPG goodness to be had in this double length episode of Axe of the Blood God.


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 05:12 Personal 4 Golden Report: Teddy's Big Reveal
  • 14:42: Fire Emblem Heroes
  • 44:38: Nioh
  • 01:17:00 Outro

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia goof on one another for their travails in Final Fantasy IV and Persona 4 Golden (and talk about curry) before settling down to look at the Switch's announced RPG lineup and its long-term prospects. After that, it's on to Fire Emblem as Kat lays out the franchise's decline and subsequent revival and talks about the newly-announced games. Have comments or questions about the show? Email us at or PM me. We may read your letter on the show.

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  • Avatar for daverhodus #1 daverhodus A year ago
    The Annotated Symphony of the Night:
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  • Avatar for sketchlayerjosh #2 sketchlayerjosh A year ago
    For me, Fire Emblem Heroes had the intended effect. I'd never played a Fire Emblem game, and, once I dipped my toes into this free version, it led to me picking up a copy of Fates for my 3DS. As one big advertisement for the game, it worked like a charm. Now that I've purchased the actual product, I'm probably not going to invest further in the ad, just like I would never buy Spuds McKenzie merchandise, but it certainly succeeded in its initial goal.Edited February 2017 by sketchlayerjosh
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  • Avatar for mattcom26 #3 mattcom26 A year ago
    I was surprised how quickly I became hooked by Fire Emblem Heros, and I'm as cynical about the stamina mechanic as Kat. And I totally feel the same way about how easy it is to jump into it vs. powering up the PlayStation or other device -- I've found myself also thinking "I should really be playing something more important on my list", but it's just so stupid simple to play these games while tired or unenergized to do anything else. Last, I'll note that I've never played a main line Fire Emblem game before and absolutely plan to now that I've gotten into this mobile title. So: 1 point Kat, 1 point Nadia.Edited February 2017 by mattcom26
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  • Avatar for Stepout #4 Stepout A year ago
    I still rock an iPod. Don't hate.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #5 riderkicker A year ago
    I just can't get into a console game anymore like I used to as I have other pieces of entertainment to consume and so little time. I play my 3DS and Vita more than my PS3 simply because they're all pick up and play, and I have a huge backlog for all my system as I can't stop buying games. Buying a PS4 and setting it up to play sounds a bit daunting. I am a little happy about the Switch's output capabilities, and would like it if there was a Yakuza game on it.
    When I was a bit younger, in college I guess, I constantly snubbed my nose at those who played Farmville or Candy Crush. Now I understand why people game like that even if they are the worst things ever.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #6 riderkicker A year ago
    @Stepout Me too. I got a 8GB Touch for free and spent quite a few seasons as my podcast app, even listening to this pod as I went about my daily business. I did upgrade to a cheap Android, but it was very useful.
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  • Avatar for daverhodus #7 daverhodus A year ago
    I've put like 20 hours into Fire Emblem Heroes. I don't have much to add to what Kat and Nadia said. I have enjoyed it. But I think I'm just about done.
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  • Avatar for nadiaoxford #8 nadiaoxford A year ago
    @Stepout Man I would totally still rock my second generation iPod Nano if the battery worked. It lasted 10 proud years.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #9 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    Ooooooh, Vagrant Story history. Next show will be AWESOME.
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  • Avatar for kidgorilla #10 kidgorilla A year ago
    @SatelliteOfLove My dude, you are really in for something
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  • Avatar for reptilio #11 reptilio A year ago
    Fire Emblem Heroes is pretty much the first mobile game I've ever downloaded and actually enjoyed playing. The plot is absolute nonsense but the gameplay itself is surprisingly solid. I read somewhere, I think here on USgamer about how the game makes you want to jump into an actual FE game and I agree with that 100%. They're just so damn hard.... I guess I'll make it a gamer goal to beat one.... some day
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  • Avatar for drich255 #12 drich255 A year ago
    I am with Kat. I generally don't like microtransactions. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball being the exception.
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  • Avatar for StrwbrryJams #13 StrwbrryJams A year ago
    Ummmm, is John Learned actually Andy Greenwald???
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  • Fire Emblem is just another pay to win, time waster phone game designed to gouge gamers of their money, and it's a crime that you guys would even bother to give it any kind of a showcase at all.

    "Everyone plays mobile games, it's just a fact of life". Actually, Kat, no it isn't.

    Don't presume that everyone would waste their time with pay to win garbage just because you do.

    I play actual games. On consoles. But wait, I forgot, you hate those.Edited February 2017 by Wankel-Rotary-Engine
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  • Avatar for dcsoda #15 dcsoda A year ago
    @Wankel-Rotary-Engine for all intents and purposes it's a single player game. If you're paying to win it's your own fault. It's unbelievably easy to play without paying a dime and the gameplay is actually fun. But at least you didn't have to try anything new.
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