The First Super Robot Wars You Should Play

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia wrap Cosmic Star Heroine, talk about the impact of graphics, and pick the first Super Robot Wars you should play.

Article by Kat Bailey, .

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

Super Robot Wars X launched on PS4 and Vita last week, but is it the first one you should play? Nadia and I discuss as I lay down a primer for the greatest mecha strategy series around [download link here]

This is actually a bit of a... rambling... episode. Nadia and I start by talking about the impact of graphics in games, and that mushrooms into a conversation that touches on Persona 5, our favorite RPG stories, Bojack Horseman, and Radiant Historia. But eventually I get around to talking about the history of Super Robot Wars, why I like it so much, and which one you should play first.

But that's not all! Cosmic Star Heroine is out on the Vita now, and Nadia and I are about ready to wrap up our Cosmic Star Heroine Report. Join us for our final thoughts!

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Kat and Nadia talk about their favorite RPG stories, the impact that art style can have, and many other topics including Persona 5, Radiant Historia, and Bojack Horseman. Then Kat jumps into her guide to Super Robot Wars [27:18]. What is it? How did it start? And more important, which one should you play first? Finally, Kat and Nadia wrap up the Cosmic Star Heroine Report as it launches on PlayStation Vita [51:56].

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  • Avatar for daverhodus #1 daverhodus 4 months ago
  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe #2 ArdeaAbe 4 months ago
    I agree with Kat, most video games have bad stories or at least poorly told stories. Persona 5 had this consistent problem where one character would say something and then everyone else would have to pipe up and say the same thing. Also their constant SURPRISE! at the most clearly telegraphed/cliched/tropey non-sense got really old too. And I liked Persona 5's story generally.

    I feel like a lot of RPG stories fall to extremes where they don't trust their audience at all or are cobbled together of obscure bits that make a nearly non-sense story. I feel like Final Fantasy games often fall into the latter category.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #3 riderkicker 4 months ago
    I'll say it again, I think Super Robot Wars Alpha is fantastic. The 2000 release radically changed much of the gameplay compared to the PS1 and SNES/GB eras into a very nice presentation. There's lots of routes and secrets to go through and each new game is a different experience. Sadly it's not in English, but most fans didn't bother to read the text for the longest time.

    I guess if you want to read as you play, Alpha Gaiden or V will do just fine, with the former being translated by AGTP, and the later can be bought at retail.

    Persona 5 was a very fun game, and was basically Leverage. But yeah, I agree with@ArdeaAbe's assessment. I wish the peripheral stuff wasn't so tropey. If the director and writers were really angry at the state of Nationalistic Japanese politics, they probably should've pushed further, angering the censors be darned, especially with Mementos. I get the feeling the journey down the tower had a lot of cuts, as the requests were interesting, but it could've contained an entire chunk of story on its own. Gawd, I really want the West and the East to work on a Persona 6. Edited April 2018 by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #4 riderkicker 4 months ago
    Have you two read the Endless Waltz comic that Vertical is putting out? I think I may like the Tokyopop version a little better in terms of story.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #5 riderkicker 4 months ago
    Nadia has the reins next week?
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #6 donkeyintheforest 4 months ago
    such a wonderful podcast. i mean its always good, but this one was just so all over the place with great things. thank you
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #7 Wellman2nd 4 months ago
    Fun fact Spider-Man is actually a link between Super dental and American super hero comics due Marvel letting the Japanese company that use the licensing which lead to the Japanese Spider-Man show and it's beloved giant robot Leopardon.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #8 donkeyintheforest 4 months ago
    @Wellman2nd replacing leopardon with the iron giant was pretty disappointing for me in ready player one, but the last gag with the iron giant was probably the part of the movie that made me laugh the most so i guess worth it.
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  • Avatar for Macuelos #9 Macuelos 4 months ago
    Glad to hear Nadia is still plugging away at Radiant Historia, one of the best portable RPGs of the last decade. I'm kinda hoping there'll be a more in-depth segment or article when it's finished, because I need to have my opinion validated by the games people I follow, dammit!

    As for the battles, random encounters aren't too much to worry out, especially if you get that pre-emptive strike... but they changed from the original NDS game that you don't have to keep hitting an enemy on the map to knock them out to get a guaranteed pre-emptive, they get knocked out right away. Unfortunately this doesn't mean guaranteed pre-emptive, but oh well. Not slashing at an enemy a dozen times to knock 'em out is great.
    Boss battles become much easier with buffs and debuffs - don't be afraid to use Magic Herbs, Might Herbs, and even Sleep Wings and Poison Wings have their uses... the latter especially in a 2v1 boss fight in an battle-heavy sidequest, if you know what I mean.
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  • Avatar for Sachin-malik #10 Sachin-malik 4 months ago
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  • Avatar for mattcom26 #11 mattcom26 4 months ago
    Sorry to hear CSH ended up as a relative disappointment. The last act is really the best the game has to offer, so a shame Nadia got so close to finishing without seeing it. Maybe fire it up one more time when you have a free couple of hours.
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  • Avatar for abuck10 #12 abuck10 4 months ago
    Speaking of mecha, have you two tried Battletech? I'm loving what's there so far. So far, it's only above average as a game. But, for the BT license it's incredible and relatively faithful to the tabletop. Also love how open ended and mod-able the json files are. Hopefully other developers continue along this path in the future.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #13 Jonnyboy407 4 months ago
    "video games have bad stories"

    Hear hear!

    I also could not give less of a fuck about most video games stories.

    Maybe we're just dead inside...
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  • Avatar for nickchen67 #21 nickchen67 2 months ago
    @riderkicker I found interesting how people can play an JPRG game without reading the story. Why don't they just grab a dungeon crawl, action or adventure or anything else instead?
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