What Makes a Good RPG Romance? Axe of the Blood God Finds Out

What Makes a Good RPG Romance? Axe of the Blood God Finds Out

With Fire Emblem: Three Houses now out, Axe of the Blood God takes a closer look at what makes good RPG romances.

Since the release of Fire Emblem: Three Houses a couple weeks ago, there's been some discussion about what whether or not it has good romance mechanics. But what makes a good RPG romance? Axe of the Blood God is here to find out [download link here]!

Caty and Eric join me to talk about some of the best RPG romances through history; what makes a good RPG romance, and how they can affect an RPG's story. Most of the heavy hitters are mentioned, including BioWare, CD Projekt, and Persona, with some conversation about Fire Emblem: Three Houses as well. As a bonus, we sneak in a little Pokemon conversation too!

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In the wake of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Kat is joined by Caty McCarthy and Eric Van Allen to talk about the best RPG romances. Which games do it best? What are their secrets? And most importantly of all... Triss or Yennefer?

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Raine, composer of Celeste. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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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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