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

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.

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.

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. 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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