Podcasts

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.

The Secret RPGs of the Atari Jaguar, 3DO, and Neo Geo

Axe of the Blood God dives into one of the stranger periods of gaming history.

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!

Axe of the Blood God Celebrates the Sega Genesis' 30th Anniversary

The Console RPG Quest continues! Plus, our thoughts on Grandia HD and Witcher 3 on Switch!

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.

The Axe of the Blood God Console RPG Quest Takes on the TurboGrafx-16

Kat and Nadia examines the RPG legacy of the PC Engine, Kat has an update on her Final Fantasy 7 playthrough, and Nadia talks about Bloodstained.

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 E3 2019 Reaction Pod: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Hype, Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk, and More!

Nadia and Kat react to all the biggest RPG news for E3 2019!

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.

The RPG Legacy of the Sega Master System and Game Gear

Axe of the Blood God examines Sega's 8-bit history while also discussing Final Fantasy 7 and Trails of Cold Steel.

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 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.

Axe of the Blood God 200: RPG Bests

We pick the best RPG story, soundtrack, developer and more in the 200th episode of our RPG podcast!

Axe of the Blood God Talks Bloodlines 2, Final Fantasy 6 vs. Final Fantasy 7, and Planescape: Torment

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our Top 25 RPG Countdown reaches the penultimate entry, and we recap the RPG news from GDC 2019.

The Witcher 3: Axe of the Blood God Revisits a New Classic

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We add Witcher 3 to our Top 25 RPG countdown!

The Biggest RPG Plot Twists

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | What are the best RPG plot twists? And the worst? Kat and Nadia explore both sides of a time-honored RPG trope.

Suikoden 2 is the Best PlayStation 1 RPG Ever

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We add Suikoden 2 to the Top 25 RPG countdown with the help of guest Jason Schreier.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Anthem, Wonders About BioWare's Future, and Says Farewell to Reggie

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | BioWare's latest is finally here, and there's a lot to discuss.

Final Fantasy 8, Layoffs, a Big Nintendo Direct, and Ultima 7: Examining a Crazy Week for RPGs

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The Top 25 RPG Countdown continues, but we've got a lot of news to cover first.

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.

Discussing the Kingdom Hearts 3 Review and Anthem's Potentially Fatal Flaw

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Will we get another Kingdom Hearts? Does Anthem have a potentially fatal flaw? We ponder these questions and more in the latest episode of the RPG podcast.

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.

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.

Exploring Ultima and Teletype RPGs, Plus #24 on Our Top 25 RPG Countdown

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Jeremy Parish returns as we discuss #24 on our Top 25 RPG countdown.

USgamer's Top 25 RPG Countdown Begins!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia talk about Ys 8's localization woes before diving into number 25 on their list of the best 25 RPGs to date.

E3 2018 Wrap-Up: The Beginning of the End of the Current Console Generation

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The current generation will soon be coming to a close, what it's like to interview Tetsuya Nomura, and more.

Axe of the Blood God talks Cyberpunk 2077, Starfield, Elder Scrolls 6, and the Rest of the E3 RPG Reveals So Far

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The Blood God is pleased by the trove of new RPGs coming our way.

The Kanto Pokedex is Overrated

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia talk Pokemon Let's Go, Fallout 76, and Moonlighter in the latest episode of our RPG podcast.

Axe of the Blood God Finally Reviews Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

PODCAST | Kat is joined by guest Doc Burford to talk about Obsidian's RPG, detective RPGs, and more.

We Break Down the First Kingdom Hearts 3 Hands-On in Detail

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Nadia and Kat dive into Mike's impression's Kingdom Hearts 3, talk Pokemon leaks, and discuss SMT Strange Journey Redux.

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.

Long Lost RPGs We Desperately Want to Play, but Probably Never Will

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | With Kat on vacation, Nadia and guest host Anthony Agnello talk about "lost" RPGs, the dismal state of game preservation in general, and the joy of Dragon's Crown Pro.

The First Super Robot Wars You Should Play

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia wrap Cosmic Star Heroine, talk about the impact of graphics, and pick the first Super Robot Wars you should play.

The USgamer Podcast Gets Grumpy with Kratos in God of War

PODCAST | In this week's episode of our flagship podcast, we discuss God of War, Nintendo Switch hacking, Geralt fancasting, and more.

Axe of the Blood God Figures Out Where Ni No Kuni 2's Story Went Wrong

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | A spoiler-filled discussion of NNK2's story, Monster Hunter World's new event, and more.

The USgamer Podcast Mourns the Loss of Kazuma Kiryu and Call of Duty Campaigns

PODCAST | This week on The USgamer Podcast, the crew talks Yakuza 6, Call of Duty, and the latest video game movie to hit the box office: Rampage!

The Top 5 Legendary Weapons in RPG History

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia pick the best legendary weapons from Final Fantasy, World of WarCraft, and more.

The USgamer Podcast on the Radical Heights of Overwatch: Retribution

PODCAST | Another battle royale game joins the ring, a new Mega Man X collection is happening, and more on this week's episode of The USgamer Podcast.

Axe of the Blood God Wraps Up PAX East!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia talk World of WarCraft, Dragon Quest XI, Underworld Ascendant, and more.

The USgamer Podcast on PUBG's New Map and Ready Player One

PODCAST | Mike, Nadia, and Caty play PUBG's new map, talk about Ready Player One, and discuss Dragon Quest Builders 2.

Did Square Enix Make a Mistake by Not Putting Dragon Quest XI on the 3DS?

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia discuss Dragon Quest XI, The Alliance Alive, and more.

The USgamer Podcast Team Review Far Cry 5

PODCAST | Caty, Mike and Nadia play Ni No Kuni 2, talk about Dragon Quest XI, and review Far Cry 5.

Zanki Zero Brings Danganronpa's Unique Sense of Humor to the RPG Space

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Ni No Kuni 2, Ultima Online, Zanki Zero and more headline this week's episode of the RPG podcast.

The Axe of the Blood God Review of Ni No Kuni 2

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat talks about her review of Ni No Kuni 2 in the latest episode of the RPG podcast.

We Review Kirby Star Allies!

PODCAST | A Kirby Star Allies review, Shadow of the Tomb Raider leaks, and more.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Isn't Just a Good RPG—It's a Great One

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our RPG podcast recaps last week's Nintendo Direct, dives into Radiant Historia, and praises Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Making Predictions for March 8's Nintendo Direct

THE USGAMER PODCAST | Nintendo Direct, H1Z1 Auto Royale, Diablo on Switch, and more on the latest episode of our flagship podcast!

Paying Tribute to the Cruel Beauty of Demon's Souls

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat is joined by special guests David Craddock and John Learned as they pay tribute to a pioneering action RPG.

What Will the Next Generation of Game Consoles Look Like?

THE USGAMER PODCAST | Previewing the next generation, talking about Overwatch's new hero, and more.

The Best Endings in RPG History

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia delve into the art of creating a great ending in an RPG.

Why Metal Gear Survive is Both Better and Worse Than You Think

THE USGAMER PODCAST | Nadia, Mike, and Caty talk Assassin's Creed Origins, a Sonic movie, and of course, Metal Gear Survive.

Should You Play Secret of Mana's Remake or the SNES Original?

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The latest episode of our RPG podcast goes in-depth on Kingdom Come: Deliverance and the Secret of Mana Remake.

The USgamer Podcast: Nadia's Adventures in Japan

PODCAST | The crew reunites to discuss all of this week's biggest gaming news.

Axe of the Blood God: Making Meaningful Decisions in RPGs

PODCAST | We share Ni No Kuni 2 impressions and talk about ways to make RPG endings meaningful.

Axe of the Blood God: Panzer Dragoon Saga's 20th Anniversary With The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh

PODCAST | We revisit the tragic history of Sega's lost classic.

The USgamer Podcast: Sea of Thieves Beta, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Monster Hunter World

PODCAST | Our flagship podcast talks about all of the biggest news and releases from this week in games!

Axe of the Blood God: Our Monster Hunter: World Review

PODCAST | Bob returns to talk about Monster Hunter World, and we've got more Cosmic Star Heroine!

The USgamer Podcast: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Shadow of the Colossus, BioWare's Big Bet

PODCAST | From Dragon Ball FighterZ to BioWare acting ballsy, it's a busy episode of The USgamer Podcast.

Axe of the Blood God: Fable Revival Rumors, and the Cosmic Star Heroine Report #1

PODCAST | Kat and Nadia talk about the rumored Fable game that's maaaybe coming to Xbox One. Also, the verdict is in on our new RPG report. Go go Cosmic Star Heroine(s)!

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