Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox 360 Had a Bigger Impact on RPGs Than You Think

Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox 360 Had a Bigger Impact on RPGs Than You Think

Exploring the rich RPG legacy of Microsoft's most successful console.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God, we enter the HD era as we explore the RPG legacy of the Xbox 360 [download link here]!

The Xbox 360 era was a period of transition for RPGs. Japanese development was struggling, shooters were dominant, and single-player games faced an uncertain future in the face of the rise of online play. Despite that, the genre was instrumental to the Xbox 360's early success, serving to establish the trends that would dominate the following console generation. It's a unique period in recent gaming history, and one that's well worth unpacking.

Also in this episode, we discuss Genshin Impact! Billed as a "free-to-play Breath of the Wild," this new open-world RPG is proving to be a surprise success. Reviews Editor Mike Williams returns to the show to explain what Genshin Impact is all about and talk about why its "gacha" model may prove problematic.

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Show Description

The Console RPG Quest officially arrives in the HD era with the Xbox 360 RPG Quest! Nadia and Kat talk about the impact of online, the waning fortunes of the Japanese industry, the super success of Oblivion, and much more! Plus, USgamer Reviews Editor Mike Williams is here to talk about Genshin Impact, the new free-to-play open-world RPG that's already a hit on PC, iOS, and PS4!

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

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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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