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USgamer's RPG Podcast Hosts a Dark Souls 3 Review Roundtable

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Kat returns to host a review roundtable with Dark Souls experts Bob Mackey and Phil Kollar of Polygon.

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Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey. You can find the show notes for previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Bob and Phil Kollar return to talk about one of the biggest releases of the spring - Dark Souls 3.

Dark Souls 3 marks a turning point for the series. It's no longer the plucky upstart rebelling against triple-A conventions - it's part of the establishment. That's not a bad thing in itself, but it's fair to wonder if the series isn't getting a tiny bit formulaic at this point. Phil, Bob and I address that question, as well as questions about the performance, how it wraps up the lore, and the changes that have been made to the battle system. When you're done listening to the pod, you can read Phil's review here, and Bob's review here.

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Kat returns to host a review roundtable with Dark Souls experts Bob Mackey and Phil Kollar of Polygon, with topics including the new combat abilities, questions about linearity, covenants, and whether the series is feeling a tiny bit of franchise fatigue.

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  • Avatar for Hero-Protagonist #1 Hero-Protagonist 2 years ago
    Great podcast guys, I'm still a few games off being able to tackle DS3 as I just finished the first Dark Souls but the series has definitely gotten its claws into me (due in no small part to Bob's sermonising on the subject).

    I also loved the interconnected nature of the first Souls game and I've been a little disappointed with DS2 so far in that regard but the meat of the game is still pretty compelling. The third game sounds like it is at least a sort of middle ground between the two, which gives me something to look forward to.

    I was going to move on to Bloodborne after DS2 but I think I'll take a run at Demon's Souls while the servers are still up.

    Praise the sun!
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  • Avatar for Hero-Protagonist #2 Hero-Protagonist 2 years ago
    Great podcast guys, I'm still a few games off being able to tackle DS3 as I just finished the first Dark Souls but the series has definitely gotten its claws into me (due in no small part to Bob's sermonising on the subject).

    I also loved the interconnected nature of the first Souls game and I've been a little disappointed with DS2 so far in that regard but the meat of the game is still pretty compelling. The third game sounds like it is at least a sort of middle ground between the two, which gives me something to look forward to.

    I was going to move on to Bloodborne after DS2 but I think I'll take a run at Demon's Souls while the servers are still up.

    Praise the sun!
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  • Avatar for cddb #3 cddb 2 years ago
    Goddammit, did you have to include the guy who gave this game a 7 or whatever ;[ (j/k.....sort of)

    I love hearing Bob discuss these games, and I was a little bummed that Bob mentioned he "kept thinking about Phil's review" while he played the game.

    Don't let him rain on our Dark Souls parade, Bob!!! ;]

    His review is even infecting my favorite RPG podcast! (which is Axe of the Blood God, of course)
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  • Avatar for cddb #4 cddb 2 years ago
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  • Avatar for seanmitchell #5 seanmitchell 2 years ago
    phil kollar is an idiot
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  • Avatar for sfalletta #6 sfalletta 2 years ago
    This was such a great roundtable discussion. I wish more of the video game media evolved to this level of thoughtful and contrasting analysis by you guys. I slow-clap your efforts like it was a third act in a teen movie!!!Edited April 2016 by sfalletta
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