USgamer's RPG Podcast Ponders Pokémon Go's Impact on the Series

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Will Pokémon Go spur interest in Sun and Moon? Is Monster Hunter Generations worth playing? We discuss these questions and more in the latest RPG podcast.

Article by Kat Bailey, .

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), I discuss Pokémon Go with Bob, who is possibly the last holdout on Niantic's megahit. Then we dive into Monster Hunter Generations and what separates it from the rest of the series.

Like everyone else, I've been swept up in the mania surrounding Pokémon Go. Its RPG elements are a tad threadbare - most of the depth that makes Pokémon great is missing - but it's still worth discussing in relation to the rest of the series. As for why Bob is holding out, I'll let him explain his reasoning in the episode.

In the second segment, which starts around the 24 minute mark, we dive into a series that Bob does like - Monster Hunter. Monster Hunter Generations flew in under the radar a bit amid the craziness surrounding Pokémon Go, but it's still worth discussing. It also fits rather neatly with this week's monster theme. All that and more in this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God.

Next week: I'll be on vacation, but Bob and Nadia will be handling the podcast in my absence!

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Show Description

Pokemon Go mania has gripped the Internet, but not Bob Mackey, who is this week's guest. Kat and Bob debate the merits of Pokemon Go, then review Monster Hunter Generations (24:00) in this monster-filled episode of our RPG podcast.

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  • Avatar for mattcom26 #1 mattcom26 2 years ago
    Bob, let me know if that No-Go'ers support group happens. The wall of loneliness between me and my peers grows ever higher. I remember the good old days where Miitomo ruled the roost and at least our Mii's communicated.
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  • Avatar for bobbywatson #2 bobbywatson 2 years ago
    If Bob and Nadia are still looking for topics to discuss next week, "I Am Setsuna" is coming out on Tuesday, if I remember correctly, and that is definitely one that I'm interested in, but waiting on reviews to see if I should buy it or not.
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  • Avatar for LordMeatSauce #3 LordMeatSauce 2 years ago
    I feel your pain concerning Ohio
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  • Avatar for airbagfin51 #4 airbagfin51 2 years ago
    please don't split the video.
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  • Avatar for airbagfin51 #5 airbagfin51 2 years ago
    Uh. Wrong podcast.
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  • Avatar for camchow #6 camchow 2 years ago
    Monster Hunter 3 was my first one too. Just can't seem to get into the 3DS games, really wish they'd make another console or PC release. Hell at this point I'd settle for a PC port, I just don't find the game comfortable on my 3DS nevermind the visual downgrade. Monster Hunter 3 was beautiful and while I wasn't a huge fan of the underwater segments that final fight with the great white elder dragon underwater was amazing more for the atmosphere and feeling than the actual gameplay.

    Anyway, I'd second@bobbywatson's request on thoughts about I Am Setsuna. I came really close to preordering it a few days ago but decided to be frugal (+poor) and play something I already owned that I haven't touched yet instead. I really want to support when a big company like Square decides to try to recapture the magic of the old RPG glory days but there are some lingering doubts in my mind that they've gotten there completely yet. I want to see them keep trying though. Idk, maybe that has something to do with the overall visual style, still can't really be as expressive or goofy as the old sprites from FF6, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Suikoden 2, FFT. Man... maybe that's just me, but I can't think of any polygonal game that had characters that were as goofy and fun as those 2d games when you'd see their WOAH surprised expression or who could forget the crazy laughing the sprites in FF6 had. I guess now a days they rely a lot on portrait art but idk, doesn't really feel the same to be honest. Anyway, don't want to be a downer, will probably pick up I Am Setsuna soon anyway.
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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #7 chaoticBeat 2 years ago
    Deleted July 2016 by chaoticBeat
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #8 SatelliteOfLove 2 years ago
    Those people are still going to do that shit, they're ludophobic and are more importantly, OUT OF THE LOOP "HOW AM I NOT DEEP IN THE PUBLIC CONSENSUS OF WHATS POPULAR IM GOING TO DIE"

    At best, you'll have that designated wordlessly as "OK" and used against deeper fare (just like always).
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  • Avatar for Neifirst #9 Neifirst 2 years ago
    I too would love to hear about I Am Setsuna next week. As it's digital-only and hasn't gotten a ton of coverage, I'm willing to wait on a purchase until some trusted reviewers take a crack at it.
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