The Year in RPGs That Was 2018, Part 1

The Year in RPGs That Was 2018, Part 1

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia look back on Octopath Traveler, Pokemon Let's Go, Fallout 76, and more.

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 finally reached the end of 2018, and it's time to look back. In Part 1 of our End of Year recap, Nadia and I look back on some of the biggest RPGs of the year, including Monster Hunter: World, Octopath Traveler, and Dragon Quest XI [download link here]!

It's been an interesting year to say the least. Octopath Traveler was a breakout hit on Switch, while Fallout 76 was a thunderous flop that may have long-term ramifications for Bethesda. Meanwhile, Monster Hunter: World found a mass audience, Kingdom Come sparked controversy, and Dragon Quest XI revived the revered series on console for the first time in a decade.

Nadia and I talk about most of these while talking about some of the biggest RPG trends of the year. I also take a moment to gush about The Outer Worlds and Joker being in Smash Bros. Brawl, both of which have me tremendously excited for 2019. If we didn't talk about your favorite RPG, don't worry, because there's a lot more recapping to do over the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

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Show Description

Many RPGs were released in 2018. Some of them were good, others were very bad. Kat and Nadia go through the calendar and talk about the high points and low points of an interesting year in RPGs, covering Monster Hunter: World, Octopath Traveler, Fallout 76, and more. Plus: Kat and Nadia recap the announcement of Persona's Joker for Smash Bros., and Kat gets very excited about The Outer Worlds.

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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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