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Axe of the Blood God: The RPG Year in Review 2020

We look back on the RPGs that defined the turbulent year that was 2020.

Axe of the Blood God: The Cyberpunk 2077 Review Roundtable

We dig deep into Cyberpunk 2077, the Mass Effect reveal, and more.

Axe of the Blood God: The CD Projekt Retrospective

We delve deep into the history of the studio behind Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.

Axe of the Blood God: It's Time For Trivia of the Blood God

An RPG quiz show draws near! Command?

Axe of the Blood God: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is This Fall's Sneaky Great RPG Sim

Checking in on Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, WoW: Shadowlands, and even more Fall 2020 releases.

Axe of the Blood God: The Next-Gen Console Launch Extravaganza!

Our complete breakdown of this week's PS5 and Xbox Series X launch.

Axe of the Blood God: How the PlayStation 4 Changed Gaming

From the "mainstreaming" of RPGs to Japan's revival, here all the ways that the PS4 helped change gaming.

Axe of the Blood God: Larian's Swen Vincke on Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access Release

Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke is here to answer all of our questions about this long-awaited sequel.

Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox 360 Had a Bigger Impact on RPGs Than You Think

Exploring the rich RPG legacy of Microsoft's most successful console.

Axe of the Blood God: Why RPG Fans Should Check Out Hades

Analyzing Supergiant's excellent roguelite from a role-playing perspective.

Axe of the Blood God Emergency Podcast: Analyzing the Bethesda Acquisition

Kat and Nadia react to Monday’s news.

Axe of the Blood God: The Fall RPG 2020 Preview

We preview Cyberpunk 2077, Yakuza 7, and the rest of this fall's biggest RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: What the PlayStation Portable Meant for RPGs

The Console RPG Quest explores Sony's big move into handheld gaming.

Axe of the Blood God: Wasteland 3 Impressions, Moon's Switch Release, and More

Recapping a busy week for role-playing games.

Axe of the Blood God: The Nintendo DS's Remarkable RPG Legacy

The World Ends With You, Dragon Quest 9, and other RPGs helped carry Japanese gaming through a difficult period.

Axe of the Blood God: What Does the Future Hold for Next-Gen RPGs?

We talk about all the ways RPGs might change on Xbox Series X and PS5.

Axe of the Blood God: Our Verdict on Paper Mario: The Origami King

GameXplain's Andre Seger joins the show to help render judgment on the latest game in the Paper Mario series.

Axe of the Blood God: A Closer Look at CrossCode Now That It's on Console

Kat, Nadia, and Hirun talk CrossCode, Paper Mario: The Origami King review impressions, and more.

Axe of the Blood God: How the Original Xbox Helped Usher in Gaming's Modern Era

The Console RPG Quest looks back on the console that brought PC RPGs to the living room.

Axe of the Blood God: 5 Games Like Diablo 2 That You Should Play

Celebrating Diablo 2's 20th anniversary, why Pokemon Diamond and Pearl don't need a remake, and more.

Axe of the Blood God: Remembering the WonderSwan

The latest entry in the Console RPG Quest circles back to a cult handheld. Plus, recapping a busy week in RPG news.

Axe of the Blood God: How RPGs Have Handled Social Commentary Through the Years

From Shinra to "Augs Lives Matter," the highs and lows of social commentary in RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: Our Final Verdict on Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Senior Editor Caty McCarthy joins the show to discuss her review and deliver her final verdict on the big remaster.

Axe of the Blood God: We Talk Paper Mario, Ghost of Tsushima, and Xenoblade Chronicles

Our RPG podcast recaps some of the big news events of the past week, and shares initial Xenoblade Chronicles impressions.

Axe of the Blood God: The Failed RPGs That Deserve Another Chance

From Alpha Protocol to Resonance of Fate, these were the RPGs that never got a proper opportunity to shine.

Axe of the Blood God: It's Time to Explore the GameCube's RPG Legacy

Nintendo's little purple cube had some pretty good RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: Does the Mana Series Hold Up?

Kat and Nadia review Trials of Mana, which brings them to a much bigger question.

Axe of the Blood God: Our Non-Spoiler Final Fantasy 7 Remake Discussion

We talk about the review in the latest episode of the RPG podcast.

Axe of the Blood God: Remembering Square's Direct to Video Era

Special guest Ben Hanson joins the pod to remember the Compilation of Final Fantasy 7.

Axe of the Blood God: The Persona 5 Spoilercast

All we want to do is date boys.

Axe of the Blood God: Mako Reactor Attacks, Evading Dragons, and Other Amazing RPG Intros

We explore the opening moments of some of our favorite RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: Why Airships Rule

Our latest mailbag tackles RPG commandments, why airships are awesome, and more!

Axe of the Blood God: We Play Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Celebrate PlayStation 2's 20th Anniversary

We've got a packed episode this week as we take a look at some of the year's most anticipated RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: The Dreamcast Console RPG Quest

The Console RPG Quest takes on one of the most beloved consoles ever. Plus, Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC discussion!

Axe of the Blood God: The State of JRPGs in 2020

From Persona 5 to Atelier Ryza, Kat and Nadia talk about how JRPGs are faring as a new decade begins.

Axe of the Blood God: Looking Back on the Decade in RPGs

Kat and Nadia talk about all the ways that RPGs changed dramatically over the course of the 2010s.

Axe of the Blood God: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Temtem, and the January Mailbag!

Which short RPGs do we recommend? What happened to Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot? Find out in this week's episode of our RPG podcast.

The Axe of the Blood God End of 2019 Extravaganza!

We're back to talk about all the best games of 2019 in the final episode of the year!

Axe of the Blood God: Why Dungeons & Dragons is Enjoying a Mini-Renaissance

Dicebreaker's Sara Elsam joins the pod to talk about the state of D&D in 2019.

Axe of the Blood God: The Death Stranding Spoilercast is Here

Kat, Hirun, and Eric get together to talk about everything that happens in Kojima's confounding new blockbuster.

Axe of the Blood God Console RPG Quest: The Sega Saturn

Digital Foundry's John Linneman joins Kat and Nadia to talk about one of the most interesting consoles in history.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Three Big RPGs for October

Kat and Nadia are joined by Mike and Caty to talk about Trails of Cold Steel 3, Disco Elysium, Little Town Hero, and more.

Mailbag of the Blood God: What to Play if You're New to RPGs

The Axe of the Blood God mailbag returns with conversation about what to play if you're new to RPGs, Final Fantasy 13, and more.

Why Are Portable Systems and RPGs Perfect Lovers? Axe of the Blood God Talks it Over

Nadia and Eric go over the reasons why handhelds are perfect for RPGs and name some of their favorites.

The Axe of the Blood God Fall 2019 RPG Preview

From Pokemon to the Outer Worlds, Kat and Nadia talk about the big RPGs coming out this holiday season.

The 16-bit Console Wars Return on Axe of the Blood God

The Blood God drops listeners in a time warp back to 1994.

Axe of the Blood God on Oninaki and the Dragon Quest 11 Switch Demo

Plus, it's time for a mailbag!

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.

Axe of the Blood God's Console RPG Quest is Playing With Power... Portable Power

Kat and Nadia explores the noble RPG history of the Game Boy on its 30th anniversary.

Axe of the Blood God's Fire Emblem: Three Houses Roundtable

Kat is joined by GameSpot's Kallie Plagge and Gamesbeat's Mike Minotti to dig deep into Three Houses.

Axe of the Blood God: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Dragon Quest Builders 2, Switch Lite, and More!

Kat and Nadia finally have some new RPGs to play. Here's what they think of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Dragon Quest Builders 2!

Axe of the Blood God Talks About RPGs Born of Non-RPG Game Franchises

Mega Man X be like, "This 'RPG hero' thing can't be too hard, right? ...Oh no."

Axe of the Blood God's Visit to Final Fantasy 7's Gold Saucer Ends in Blood and Tears

Only '90s kids remember mass shootings at an amusement park being used as a throwaway story device. Also: Chatter about Slay the Spire, Bloodstained, and a big apology for screwing up the TurboGrafx-16 Console Quest.

Axe of the Blood God Wraps Up E3 2019: Kat Loses Her Mind Over Pokemon

Kat goes temporarily insane, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is Game of the Show, and more.

Axe of the Blood God Previews the RPGs of E3 2019

From Final Fantasy 7 Remake to Cyberpunk 2077, RPG fans have a lot to look forward to at this years show.

How the NES Changed RPGs Forever

Axe of the Blood God's Console RPG Quest continues!

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Detective Pikachu and Reacts of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Return

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our valiant podcast crew reviews the new movie and reacts to the surprise trailer.

Console RPG Quest: Axe of the Blood God Begins a New Series

Join Kat and Nadia for a new multi-part series in which they explore the RPG legacy of every major console to date.

Axe of the Blood God Presents: The 25 Best RPGs of All Time

From NetHack to The Witcher 3, we celebrate the greatest RPGs throughout gaming history.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews SteamWorld Quest and Picks the Best RPG Animal Buddies

Our RPG podcast reviews SteamWorld Quest and looks back on the long history of animal companions in RPGs.

Mailbag of the Blood God! Joker in Smash, BioWare's Next-Gen Plans, Final Fantasy X on Switch, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We hit a whole bunch of RPG topics in our mailbag episode!

Final Fantasy 7 On the Switch is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | With Kat temporarily out of the picture, Anthony John Agnello and John Learned gab about A Link to the Past, Persona 5, Final Fantasy 7, and the joy (and agony) of reviewing RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: Top 25 RPG Honorable Mentions, The Outer Worlds, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our RPG podcast dives into the excellent RPGs that didn't quite make the cut.

What Do You Think Is the Best RPG Not Named Chrono Trigger?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | We have concluded our Top 25 RPGs countdown, at last! But what do you think should have been number one?

For All Its Success, the Fallout Series Still Hasn't Topped the Original

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The Top 25 RPG countdown resumes, we talk about Anthem vs. The Old Republic, and more.

The RPGs We Lost When the Wii Shop Closed

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Examining the RPGs we lost with the Wii Shop closure, and where to find alternate versions.

Why Kingdom Hearts Marked a Clear Turning Point for Both Disney and Square Enix

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat, Nadia, and Caty examine the legacy of Kingdom Hearts and how it marks a turning point for both Square Enix and Disney.

We Revisit the Greatest Dragon Quest of Them All on This Week's RPG Podcast

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Dragon Quest 5, Destiny, and Tales of Vesperia headline this week's episode of Blood God.

Five Big Questions as We Preview the Year in RPGs for 2019

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | It's a brand new year, and we're here to preview Kingdom Hearts 3, Outer Worlds, and other big RPGs of 2019.

The USG End of the Year Podcast Special

PODCAST | The entire gang from USgamer get together to recount the best of 2018.

The Year in RPGs That Was 2018, Part 1

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia look back on Octopath Traveler, Pokemon Let's Go, Fallout 76, and more.

Persona 4 vs Persona 5: Which One Should be on our Top 25 RPG List? We Want Your Thoughts!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Nadia and I discuss which Persona game deserves to be in the #9 slot in the Top 25 RPG list, and we want your thoughts, too!

We're in the Final Stretch of the Top 25 RPG Countdown!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The Top 10 is here!

Pokemon Let's Go and Fallout 76: Breaking Down Two of 2018's Biggest RPGs

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat, Mike, and Nadia dig into two RPGs that break the norms for their respective franchises.

Discussing Fire Emblem's Anniversary, Tabata's Surprise Resignation, Geno, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia revisit the Fire Emblem that started it all in North America, plus talk Hajime Tabata, Geno, Diablo Immortal, and more.

Why Diablo 3 Works So Well on Switch

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia talk Diablo 3, Blizzcon announcements and Deltarune before adding another entry to the Top 25 RPG list.

Our Favorite RPG Cowboys, Fallout 76 Beta Impressions, and More!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia pick their favorite cowboys from Final Fantasy VIII to Fallout, and also talk more about the Fallout 76 beta.

Axe of the Blood God Returns to Persona 5 and Celebrates Knights of the Old Republic

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia dig into their backlog, remember Mother 3's excellent fansub, and add another game to the Top 25 RPG list.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews The World Ends With You on Switch!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | And Assassin's Creed Odyssey too!

We Answer the Big Questions About Fallout 76

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Nadia returns from West Virginia with a full report on Fallout 76, and we add to our Top 25 RPG list!

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Talks to Legendary RPG Writer Chris Avellone

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Nadia and Kat sit down to review the triumphant return of Valkyria Chronicles and interview writer Chris Avellone about his latest game.

The PlayStation Classic Invites a Renewed Examination of the PS1's RPG Legacy

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We discuss the PlayStation Classic and continue through the Top 25 RPG Countdown!

A Chat With RPG Legend Brian Fargo. Plus: Where the Heck is Final Fantasy VIII on Switch?

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The RPG podcast welcomes back RPG legend Brian Fargo and ponders the whereabouts of Final Fantasy VIII.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Dragon Quest XI!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Nadia and Kat dive into Dragon Quest XI. Don't worry, no spoilers!

Listen to Our PAX West LIVE Celebration of Mass Effect!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We add Mass Effect to our Top 25 RPG countdown LIVE from PAX West.

Axe of the Blood God Explores Battle for Azeroth and Remembers Deus Ex

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We're all in on PC RPGs this week!

5 Things We Miss Most From Classic RPGs

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Where have you gone, overworld map. A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

How the Second Wave of RPGs in the 1980s Set the Stage for the Amazing Games to Come

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We remember Wizardry, Bard's Tale, and Diablo 2 in this week's episode of the RPG podcast.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #19: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

The Genesis didn't have Final Fantasy, but Phantasy Star IV is one heck of a consolation prize.

Why Aren't There More Space RPGs?

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Sci-fi RPGs are fairly common, but there are fewer space RPGs than you might think.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Banner Saga 3

PODCAST | The well-regarded indie trilogy ends on a dark note.

World of WarCraft is Relevant as Ever After Nearly 14 Years

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Blizzard's MMORPG joins our Top 25 list.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Octopath Traveler!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | GameXplain's Derrick Bitner joins Kat and Nadia to review Octopath Traveler on our RPG podcast.

Initial Thoughts on Octopath Traveler Ahead of the Review

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Nadia shares her initial thoughts on Octopath Traveler, and our Top 25 RPG countdown continues.

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