What is the greatest RPG on every console? That's one of the central questions driving Console RPG Quest, a new multi-part Axe of the Blood God series exploring the RPG legacy of every console from the Atari 2600 to the Switch [download link here].
The idea occurred to me while developing a segment for the 200th episode of Axe of the Blood God. Realizing that it was a bit big for just one episode, I decided to expand it into a proper series in which we trace the history of RPGs across multiple platforms. Consoles like the Sega Genesis, Xbox, and PlayStation 3 all have dramatically different stories to tell, and we'll be highlighting both the familiar classics and lesser-known releases of each.
To begin, we're starting with the Intellivision, Atari 2600, and Colecovision: three consoles featuring games that each take their first halting steps into the RPG genre. We explore everything from Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin to today's homebrew scene. We can't exactly pick a "best" RPG out of the bunch, since they're all pretty primitive, but it's a really interesting look at the early days of the genre nevertheless.
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With the Top 25 RPG countdown now complete, it's time for Kat and Nadia to embark on a brand new quest. Enter the Console RPG Quest: a multi-part series that will take us through the history of RPGs large and small. We'll be talking about powerhouses like the SNES and PlayStation 2, but also curiosities like Wonderswan. First up: Colecovision, Intellivision, and Atari 2600! Find out how these early consoles took their first halting steps into the RPG genre in the days before Dragon Quest! Plus, Nadia plays Trails of Cold Steel, we read your letters, and more!
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!