Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey. You can find the previous episodes here.
In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Nadia and I discuss Trails of Cold Steel, after which I dive into World of WarCraft: Legion with Mike and Jaz. And I get to enthuse about Valkyrie Profile, too!
So you're probably wondering why I haven't gotten around to writing about Trails of Cold Steel 2 yet. The truth is that I've had a pretty hard time getting into it, for reasons that I outline in the episode. Like the first episode, it is once again the slowest of burns, and I've also had to split my time with other games. Ultimately, I think it's a mid-tier series along the lines of the RPGs that used to dominate the PlayStation 2 - something that is actually quite welcome in this day and age. But it would be disingenous for me to say that I've fallen head over heels for the series, and I unfortunately don't have the 60 - 70 hours needed to write a proper review. So, sorry about that.
Thankfully, I get to be more positive in the second segment as I continue my "Underrated RPG Pitches" series with Valkyrie Profile - truly one of the games of my heart. There's just so much to love about this game, from its art to its music to the way that it subverts the grinding linearity of other RPGs. It really is a treasure. I only wish that it were easier to find. You hear me, Sony? Make a deal and get this game on PSN!
Also in this episode: World of WarCraft: Legion! Jaz and Mike are the experts, and they have a lot to say about the battle system, PVP, and more. Check out Jaz's review for more information.
Next week: World of WarCraft: Legion! Promise!
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Kat and Nadia take a look at Trails of Cold Steel 2, then Kat takes an Underrated RPG pitch for her favorite RPG of all time: Valkyrie Profile. Afterward (38:38), Jaz and Mike drop by to discuss the pros and cons of the newly-released World of WarCraft: Legion.
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!