Axe of the Blood God Talks Bloodlines 2, Final Fantasy 6 vs. Final Fantasy 7, and Planescape: Torment

Axe of the Blood God Talks Bloodlines 2, Final Fantasy 6 vs. Final Fantasy 7, and Planescape: Torment

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our Top 25 RPG Countdown reaches the penultimate entry, and we recap the RPG news from GDC 2019.

GDC 2019 didn't quite provide the next-gen bombshell some expected, but it was nevertheless an interesting show for a host of reasons. Nadia and I talk about some of those reasons in this episode, as well as the greatest PC RPG of all time: Planescape: Torment [download link here].

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 was a very nice surprise for RPG fans when it was announced Thursday. Those who have been following the Top 25 RPG Countdown will recall that the original Bloodlines was number 22 on our list, and the sequel looks like a very faithful update. We also talk bout Google Stadia, which we're a little more skeptical about.

In the second segment, Nadia and I add Planescape: Torment to the Top 25 RPG countdown. We talk about its amazing story, unique themes, and why it's the apex of the RPG Golden Age of the late '90s. Plus, we talk Final Fantasy 6 and Final Fantasy 7, and why one of the most influential RPGs of all time didn't make the final list.

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia wrap up GDC by talking Google Stadia and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, a sequel that they're already excited to play. Then it's on to number two on the Top 25 RPG Countdown: Planescape: Torment! Kat and Nadia talk about what made its story so good, why it was the apex of the Golden Age of RPGs, and more. Finally, they delve into a clash of two heavyweights: Final Fantasy 6 and Final Fantasy 7!

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 rpgmaker.net. 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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