Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.
We've reach #9 in our Top 25 RPG countdown, but this one is gonna be a little different, mostly because I'm stumped on what it should be [download link here]!
As I explain in the podcast, I've known for quite awhile that the #9 slot would be going to a Persona game. But should it be Persona 4, or Persona 5? I've said before that I prefer to steer clear of games that came out last year, but I still have to give some serious consideration to Persona 5, which on paper at least is much-improved from Persona 4 (at the very least it's much bigger).
Nadia and I use this episode to hash out our feelings on the subject. We talk about how they became so popular in the first place; why Persona 4's story is much more than a Scooby Doo murder mystery, and why their battle systems work. We also return to some of the controversies, including Persona 5's localization and Persona 4's infamous gay panic. (WARNING: MAJOR PERSONA 4 SPOILERS AND SOME PERSONA 5 SPOILERS).
There's a lot to unpack with both of these games, but there's no question that they're both some of the most influential JRPGs of the past decade. But which one should go on the list? We'd love to hear your thoughts! We'll have a final answer when our write-up goes live later this week.
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Persona 4 was a transformative RPG in many respects. Persona 5 might be even better. But which one should be represented in our Top 25 RPG Countdown? Kat and Nadia are still torn, so they've decided to hash it out in podcast form, comparing and contrasting their impacts, their immense positives, controversies, and more. Whichever one you support, it's a tribute to two outstanding RPGs.
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 rpgmaker.net. Check it out!