USgamer's RPG Podcast Reviews I Am Setsuna with Kotaku's Jason Schreier

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: We welcome fellow RPG booster Jason Schreier to the show for the first time to discuss Trails of Cold Steel and I Am Setsuna.

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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), I finally get Kotaku's Jason Schreier on the podcast to talk first about Trails of Cold Steel and Trails in the Sky, then I Am Setuna. Nadia is with us too!

I've been poking Jason for a while about coming on the show; but as you might expect, we're all extremely busy, and so it's not always easy to put aside an hour or so of your day for someone else's show. But we've been meaning to do this for a while; and Jason, bless him, reached out to me right before I left for Scotland and asked if he could join me for an episode in July. Naturally, I said yes.

If you're not familiar with Jason's work, he's a diehard JRPG fan in general and a booster of Trails in the Sky and Trails of Cold Steel in particular. He talks about both games on this episode, as well as I Am Setsuna, which he reviewed last week. Have a listen and make sure to check out his review.

Next week: We're still in the slow summer period, so this is a good opportunity for a broader RPG discussion. Stay tuned!

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JRPG nerds unite as Kotaku's Jason Schreier joins Kat and Nadia for this week's episode of the podcast. The trio begin by discussing the Trails series, then move onto reviewing I Am Setuna (19:30) - the new RPG by Square Enix's Tokyo RPG Factory. Does it live up to expectations? Listen and find out!

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  • Avatar for TheWildCard #1 TheWildCard 2 years ago
    Awesome! I'd love to visit Scotland someday.

    Always good to see more coverage of the Trails games. I am a little surprised Jason found Cold Steel's pacing worst than Sky's. As much as I love Trails in the Sky I found the padding drags it down more than it ever does in Cold Steel I.Edited July 2016 by TheWildCard
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  • Avatar for sunotenko #2 sunotenko 2 years ago
    Excellent! I have to listen this on weekend. I like Kotaku and US Gamer a lot. I am on the last dungeon of I am Setsuna.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #3 SatelliteOfLove 2 years ago
    Scotland is real nice in Summer (aka not 95+ every day).

    Press Sneak Fuck even stumped for the good shit during the Dark Ages where JRPG fans would be pilloried.


    FC or SC? SC had what I diagnosed as "too much good" (which is the opposite of the much more common stretching a game too thin) that left the overall package overstaying the plot a bit, but FC has momentously great ramping up.
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  • Avatar for daverhodus #4 daverhodus 2 years ago
    I prefer physical games because they are simply more valuable. I can get 20% off with GCU and Prime. And if I hate the game I can get most of my money back by selling it.
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  • Avatar for TheWildCard #5 TheWildCard 2 years ago
    @SatelliteOfLove Both in different ways. FC is slow enough that the beginning tends to lose people, but SC is overly episodic at times and has a really bad "stall the plot for some busy work" junction at one point.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #6 SatelliteOfLove 2 years ago

    SC will do that from time to time. I've put it as them having so much stuff writ up to cram into the game (which is the opposite of most every other game with padding) so it's not that bad a problem. Just gotta see the tree not the forest before it speeds back up again.
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  • Avatar for TheWildCard #7 TheWildCard 2 years ago
    @ThirdDrawing I prefer physical myself, but if it's digital or nothing I'll happily take a digital release.

    The Cold Steel games do have physical versions btw.
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