USgamer's RPG Podcast Reviews Final Fantasy XV

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Oh my god, it's finally here.

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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), we review Final Fantasy XV! It feels weird just writing that. And with the Last Guardian just around the corner, it feels like the apocalypse is almost here.

For this review, I invited Polygon's Phil Kollar (read his review here) and freelancer Miguel Concepcion (read his review here) to discuss their thoughts. Does the combat work? How about the open-world? Does the shift to linearity in the back half ruin the game? We discuss all of these questions and more! Don't worry, Nadia will get her chance to talk about Final Fantasy XV soon. And rest assured that this episode will have no spoilers.

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Polygon's Phil Kollar and long-time JRPG enthusiastic Miguel Concepcion join Kat to go in-depth on Final Fantasy XV. Does the open-world world? Is that combat actually better than it seems? And what music did they listen to while cruising around in the Regalia? (Spoiler: Kat liked Final Fantasy IX). It's been a long-time coming, but it's time to finally dig in to the game we never thought would come out. End times, my friends. End times.

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  • Avatar for NateDizzy #1 NateDizzy A year ago
    Kat, after you mentioned Dark Souls for the third time, I was half expecting Bob Mackey to spontaneously appear.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #2 riderkicker A year ago
    Interesting, how one of the guests loved that the cast was so "well rounded" as opposed to lumping contradicting traits and backstories to create the illusion of complexity.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #3 Jonnyboy407 A year ago
    Fun listen as always! Makes my drive to work so much more pleasant.
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #4 The-Challenger A year ago
    In FF9 you almost freeze to death in the Ice Cavern. In FF7 you need to maintain your body temp while scaling a frozen peak. I like the environmental touches they add, but they never amount to anything substantial. Also, the lack of oddball characters is something I still miss in this series...Quina!!
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #5 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    FF XV's tuning is more of that Skill Wall tuning: tuned to the worst players until you hit the non-mandatory sections at which it becomes for the best players who already are that good. Sad.


    Cold Steel 2 and its December summer-wear. :P
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #6 The-Challenger A year ago
    @SatelliteOfLove You keep mentioning Cold Steel 2...I really need to try that game. If I wasn't so focused on DBZ: Fusions I would try CS2 right now.
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  • Avatar for daverhodus #7 daverhodus A year ago
    I guess I'm one of the rare FFXIII > FFXV people. I just liked the battle system so much more.
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  • Avatar for Kat.Bailey #8 Kat.Bailey A year ago
    @daverhodus I liked that battle system until I realized how one-dimensional it is when the encounters aren't meticulously paced (see FFXIII-2)
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  • Avatar for daverhodus #9 daverhodus A year ago
    @Kat.Bailey That makes sense. I didn't play XIII-2. I'm sure if I went back to XIII now I would judge it more harshly.
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  • Avatar for jennifer9 #10 jennifer9 A year ago
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