We spend a lot of time talking about classic RPGs on this podcast, but what about the games that fell between the crack? This week, we talk about the RPGs that, for whatever reason, never quite found enough of an audience to become full-blown franchises [download link here].
They include Resonance of Fate, a quirky tri-Ace release that had the misfortune of being released at the same time as Final Fantasy 13; Alpha Protocol, Obsidian's underrated secret agent RPG, and Jade Empire, which was released during BioWare's heyday but nevertheless failed to sell. None of them performed well on the charts, but they all have something interesting to redeem them, whether it's a great battle system, great music, or just a great personality; or in the case of Resonance of Fate, this clip.
Also in this episode: We talk about what the Xbox Series X reveal means for RPG fans; wonder why Skyrim feels strangely old, and add another entry to the Track of the Week!
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Some RPGs become successful franchises, and others simply vanish into history, regardless of merits. This episode covers the latter, with Nadia and Kat discussing lost gems including Alpha Protocol, Resonance of Fate, The Last Story, Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning, and more. Do these games deserve another chance? Maybe, maybe not, but they at least deserve to be remembered.
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!