USgamer's RPG Podcast Talks Persona 5, Wasteland 3, and Sports Games as RPGs

USgamer's RPG Podcast Talks Persona 5, Wasteland 3, and Sports Games as RPGs

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Nadia and Kat are back to talk about what they've been playing and look at the latest RPG news. Plus, special guest Bryan Wiedey talks about the connection between sports games and RPGs.

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 enthuse some more about Persona 5 and talk about the recent Wasteland 3 announcement. Then Bryan Wiedey of pastapadre joins us to discuss the rise of story modes in sports games and how they borrow from the RPG genre.

Wasteland continues to be an example of Kickstarter gone right: A classic hardcore RPG series revived for a new generation thanks to crowdfunding. Though it is related to Fallout, the two franchises have diverged quite a bit, with Wasteland focusing much more on core RPG audiences. Wasteland 3's synchronous and asynchronous multiplayer stands out as a particularly interesting innovation that should introduce some really cool roleplaying opportunities. Are you paying attention, Bethesda?

Also in this episode: Bryan Wiedey and I discuss FIFA's new story mode, the ways in which it borrows from RPGs like Mass Effect, and why RPGs and sports sims have always gone hand-in-hand. I even managed to squeeze in a gratuitous Captain Tsubasa reference!

Next week: TBD!

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia share some more thoughts on Persona 5's import version, discuss the Wasteland 3 announcement, and revisit the merits of Dragon Quest on mobile. Then, at 31:15, Bryan Wiedey of pastapadre.com joins the pod to talk about the advent of story modes in sports sims and why they are putting a greater emphasis on roleplaying than ever.

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!

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Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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