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USgamer's RPG Podcast Whiles Away the Dog Days of Summer With Ys, Witcher 3, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD: Nadia and Kat discuss Ys: Oath in Felghana, Witcher 3, Pokemon, and Dragon Age Inquisition before hearing your pitches for your favorite lesser-known RPGs.

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), Nadia and I while away the dog days of summer discussing Ys, Witcher 3, Dragon Age, Pokémon, and listener pitches for lesser-known RPGs.

I've been delving into my backlog since getting back from Scotland, doing my best to get into Witcher 3. Unfortunately, I've had a harder time than I've expected engaging with CD Projekt Red's masterpiece, which I discuss at some length on the podcast. Nadia, meanwhile, talks about her experience with Ys: Oath in Felghana, which she's been enjoying quite a bit.

A few of you have asked if there will be an episode about the new Shiren the Wanderer game. Alas, that's more Jeremy's expertise, and his responsibilities make it very difficult to get him on the podcast. With that said, you should definitely check out his review.

On another note, I recently asked for some pitches for lesser-known RPGs on Twitter, but 140 characters isn't quite enough to express one's love for a given game. So I invite you to PM me or contact me at kat.bailey at usgamer dot net with your pitches, which I will in turn read on the podcast. Let's hear them!

Next week: We've got a fresh RPG interview coming up! It's also probably about time to do an episode about SNES RPGs...

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia mark the final days before the next storm of games hit by discussing Ys: Oath in Felghana; Kat's difficulty in engaging with Witcher 3 (12:40); why Dragon Age Inquisition is underrated (25:25); the Pokémon Go controversy's impact on the main series (37:20), and reader pitches for lesser-known RPGs (53:13). It's a summer RPG feast!

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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  • Avatar for kevinbowyer34 #1 kevinbowyer34 A year ago
    Love oath of felghana!
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  • Avatar for Vaporeon #2 Vaporeon A year ago
    Thank you for adding time markers for each topic in your summary!
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #3 The-Challenger A year ago
    Most of the town tunes in Pokemon were supplanted by the bike tune...so all I remember is that damn 8-bit chiptune.

    I Still think Blaine, Lorelei, and Bruno are memorable. Sabrina also comes to mind. Everyone that came after them is a blur to me.
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  • Avatar for Kat.Bailey #4 Kat.Bailey A year ago
  • Avatar for camchow #5 camchow A year ago
    Great show as always! For what it's worth, Front Mission 3 was released in the west, I remember picking it up cheap during a going out of business sale for K-Mart. It's definitely harder than FM4 but it's more memorable in that you get that branch in the story early on that lets you experience two different approaches to the story with different missions, locations and party members. Really ambitious.

    Also has that weird janky internet system which is pretty funny to look back on. I'm glad the internet doesn't work irl the way it worked in FM3 but it's interesting to see them implement something like that into the game. I think there was even a part where you had to hack into a government website? Memory is fuzzy there. It was definitely the first game I ever played that had a version of the internet in game. Again really ambitious of them!
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  • Avatar for modernlove69 #6 modernlove69 A year ago
    Hey my google alert went off, had to show up here to comment "meh, Dark Souls isn't actually hard" ok great, have a good 1!
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  • Avatar for nadiaoxford #7 nadiaoxford A year ago
  • Avatar for TheWildCard #8 TheWildCard A year ago
    Ys Seven blew me away when I played it. Haven't gotten as into some of the other games I've played but still looking forward to Ys VIII.

    Oath in Felghana is a remake of Ys III. Memories of Celceta is a remake of Ys IV (one of them at least).

    Witcher III is a very good game that has absolutely no hooks for me. I think the game is just so darn big there isn't a satsifying gameplay loop for me. The janky combat and menus don't help either.
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  • Avatar for The-Fool #9 The-Fool A year ago
    Ys: The Oath in Felghana is great.

    Love the games, however still a few I need to polish off...
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #10 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    Ys music always fits, even when it doesn't at all.



    Especially whent it doesn't fit at all.


    AAA RPGs touting that they're "the first to do X" are always horseshit. Always.
    @nadiaoxford

    Was not ready for the bird.
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #11 The-Challenger A year ago
    @Kat.Bailey Giovanni says hi...
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  • Avatar for blueberryboll #12 blueberryboll A year ago
    Haha. Memories of Calcutta. Sounds like an interesting game.
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