What a Wonderful Night to Talk About Castlevania

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat's still wandering the desert, so Nadia, Anthony, and special guest John Learned team up to talk about the 15th anniversary of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.

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Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

Kat's on her way back to the salt mines (she missed the vodka, which we distill from only the finest potatoes), but she's not quite here yet. Ergo, you get one more Blood God episode with myself and VentureBeat's Anthony John Agnello.

On this week's episode, we talk at length about the RPG-ish Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow [download link here]. We're joined by a very special guest: John Learned, a righteous dude who knows a lot about Castlevania. John's Annotated Symphony of the Night video series is to die for if you're any kind of SOTN fan, but his RPG knowledge base doesn't stop there. John also wrote a wonderful feature about Final Fantasy XII's unique localization, in addition to a piece about the process behind Vagrant Story's memorable translation.

We also talk about how the Nintendo Switch Online service might affect retro RPG downloads, and we go over our wish-lists for Square-Enix's E3 2018 presentations.

Kat's on vacation for a few seconds more, so it's Anthony and Nadia again, along with special guest John Learned! This week, the trio talks about the excellent features John wrote for USgamer about Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story's localizations [4:00], the big news about Nintendo Switch Online and how it might pertain to RPGs [8:45], and what we hope to see at Square-Enix's E3 2018 press conference [22:10] before launching into our main topic: The gem that is Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow [43:46].

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn 5 months ago
    I will literally listen to anything with John Learned. Literally the best annotated SoTN. Great episode guys!
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  • Avatar for kidgorilla #2 kidgorilla 5 months ago
    @cldmstrsn This is this week's bestest comment
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #3 SatelliteOfLove 5 months ago
    The only flaw of Vagrant Story is the lack of a quickswap feature on the R1.

    Thank you.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #4 NiceGuyNeon 5 months ago
    *listens to over-dramatized version of playing PC games online*


    These past two episodes have been wonderful and I'm glad we had a bit of a change of pace too by talking the good stuffs: Panzer Dragoon and Castlevania. Y'all did the Blood God's work these two weeks!
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  • Avatar for Cabbage-head-must-di #5 Cabbage-head-must-di 5 months ago
    The 3ds is my go to system for castlevania games. You can get all 3 nes games, one fantastic snes game (and one mediocre version) plus all 3 great ds games. Except for Ecclesia all of them are reasonably priced and easy to find.
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    Anyway, hell yeah I want to play a consolized version of the Third Birthday. I'm sure they can get Jensen Ackles and Yvonne Strahovski could come back to reprise their roles.
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