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This Week on Retronauts, We Ask: "What is A Man?"

We hope to find the answer in Castlevania's Dracula X duology, Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. Are our words as empty as our souls?

USgamer's RPG Podcast Dives Into Bravely Second

Nadia joins Kat to discuss Bravely Second, the sequel to the surprise hit retro RPG. How does it stack up to its predecessor?

What are the Best Virtual Console Games for Nintendo 3DS?

A comprehensive breakdown of classic games on 3DS, both good, great, and awful. Now complete for all systems: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, NES, Game Gear, Super NES, and 3D Classics! [Updated: May 13]

Blog: The Spirit of Working Designs Lives on Through Summon Night 5

Gaijinworks is seriously partying like it's 1999.

To Survive Hyper Light Drifter's Brutal World, You Must Wander

Heart Machine's action RPG rewards players who learn by travelling, fighting, and dying.

USgamer's RPG Podcast is Shocked Final Fantasy XV is Actually Coming Out (Probably)

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Nadia joins Kat to discuss Final Fantasy XV's release date, the Brotherhood anime, and the Platinum Demo. Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy? We'll know soon enough. Plus: Stardew Valley.

Nights of Azure PlayStation 4 Review: The Last Dinosaur, In Lingerie

Gust's new action RPG resembles a relic of the PS2 era... one dressed for her wedding night.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Welcomes Tyranny Director Brian Heins and Delves into Salt and Sanctuary

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Nadia and guest John Learned join Kat to discuss Salt & Sanctuary from the point of a view of both a Dark Souls fan and a non-fan. Then director Brian Heins answers questions about Obsidian's new RPG.

How Exactly are Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow Going to be Compatible with Sun and Moon?

Game Freak has some interesting technical hurdles to overcome in making Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow compatible with the newly-announced Sun and Moon.

Let's Speculate on the Pokémon Direct Announcement

A new generation? Pokémon Rainbow? Kat and Nadia ponder the possibilities.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Explores Fire Emblem Fates and Project X Zone 2

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Kat and Mike wonder how anyone could side with crazy King Garon, then Nadia explains why Project X Zone 2 ultimately won her over.

What Fire Emblem Needs to Continue Its Mini-Renaissance

Fire Emblem's developers speak on the process of developing two different games at once, the characters they had their protagonist marry, and what the series needs to continue its recent success.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Explores What Makes a Good RPG Story

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: What makes a good RPG story, and what are some of our favorites? Steve Tramer and Kat Bailey go in-depth on an integral part of the RPG experience. Plus: A possible Mother 3 localization!

Pokémon Red and Blue: Returning to the Franchise's Roots Brings Unexpected Nostalgia

Why the original games hold up better on the Nintendo 3DS than I ever thought possible.

A Pair of Old-School Portable JRPGs Are Making Their Way to PSN and Wii U

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is returning for the first time since 2003. Meanwhile, Breath of Fire 3 PSP is making its way to North America for the first time.

Initial Thoughts: Square Enix Goes Full Blizzard With Final Fantasy Explorers

Square Enix targets a more casual audience with their take on Monster Hunter.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Examines the RPGs that are Hot in Japan in 2016

Elliot Gay joins Kat to talk about Odin Sphere, SMT x Fire Emblem, and more.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Counts Down the Most Intriguing RPGs of 2016

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: From Torment: Tides of Numenera to Persona 5, we examine the most intriguing RPGs of the new year.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Explores the Best RPGs of 2015

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: What are our favorite RPGs of 2015? Kat, Bob, Mike, and Nadia explore a packed year in roleplaying games.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Ponders the Final Fantasy VII Remake's Battle System, Ni No Kuni 2, and Bloodborne DLC

Axe of the Blood God takes an in-depth look at Bloodborne's DLC while recapping the news from PSX.

SteamWorld Heist 3DS Review: A Gem of a Tactics Game

A late release for the Nintendo 3DS is quietly one of the year's best.

Video Game Cheats 'n Beatums #44: Super Mystery Feelings

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love my mom.

Video: We Try Out Destiny's New Sparrow Racing League

Bungie's new Sparrow racing mode is one part Endor speeder bike chase, and one part podrace.

I'm Fine With the Changes Being Made to Final Fantasy VII's Battle System

Square Enix's update is more faithful than it first appears, plus other observations from the slew of new Final Fantasy VII Remake info.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Journeys from Xenogears to Xenoblade Chronicles X

Polygon's Phil Kollar joins Kat to break down Xenoblade Chronicles X on Axe of the Blood God while recounting the franchise's history to this point.

Video Game Cheats 'n Beatums #43: Diablo Made Me Do It

She yadda yadda’d the best part!

Video Game Cheats 'n Beatums #42: Fallout, Boy!

Boy what a good game! Yee haw!

USgamer's RPG Podcast Examines Fallout 4, Stella Glow, and the Return of Valkyria Chronicles

On this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God we wonder whatever happened to Dogmeat, lament the demise of Imageepoch and a class of JRPG developers, and celebrate Valkyria: Azure Revolution. Plus: Our Fallout 4 giveaway results!

Axe of the Blood God Episode 33: Dragon Quest VII is Finally Coming to North America! Plus: A Trails in the Sky SC Interview!

Jeremy and Kat talk Dragon Quest VII and VIII and the rest of Nintendo's RPG news, then XSEED's Jessica Chavez shares her thoughts on localized The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC

Why I'm Looking Forward to Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow on Virtual Console

After all these years, Kat is ready to return to where it all began.

God Wars is a New Tactics RPG for the PlayStation 4 and Vita

Rodea the Sky Soldier's Japanese publisher is making a new RPG, and it appears to be launching worldwide.

A Wastelander's Photo Album

One citizen of Fallout 4's Commonwealth has a passion for photography.

Fallout 4 PlayStation 4 Review: Brilliant, Maddening, and Wholly Memorable

Yes, Fallout 4 is indeed a Bethesda RPG, with all that entails.

Axe of the Blood God Episode 31: Sword Coast Legends, Divinity, and a Mailbag Giveaway Winner!

Jason Wilson drops by to discuss a bunch of new RPGs, then we answer some mailbag questions and announce our winner!

Axe of the Blood God Episode 30: Tales of Zestiria and Dragon Quest Heroes! Plus: A Giveaway!

Kat, Mike, and Bob discuss Tales of Zestiria, Dragon Quest Heroes, and Yo-Kai Watch, with bonus details on a giveaway for next week.

Axe of the Blood God Episode 27: Undertale, P4:Dancing All Night, and a Belated TGS Recap

Kat and Bob delve into one of the year's more interesting RPGs.

Destiny: The Taken King's Pricing Model is a Little Crazy

Do you own the original disc? You might want to sell it now.

Skyrim Guide for Xbox One, PS4, and PC: How to Marry a Vampire (Serana)

Instructions on how to download and install the mod that lets you marry one of Skyrim's vampires, Serana.

With Golvellius, Compile Attempted to One-Up Zelda

This day in video game history: The Master System's action RPG gem is born.

Axe of the Blood God Episode 21: Turn-Based Combat and Modern RPGs

What does turn-based combat mean in the modern era? Bob, Kat, and special guest Steve Tramer explore a mechanic that is as old as the medium itself.

The 15 Best Games Since 2000, Number 3: World of Warcraft

Despite being almost 11 years old, World of Warcraft still remains the most-played MMORPG. Here's why.

Blog of the Blood God: Victor Vran's Simplicity Belies its Good Ideas

Like the B-grade horror films that it partly emulates, Victor Vran mixes genre cheese with some smart ideas.

Can Final Fantasy Explorers Follow in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's Footsteps in the West?

Final Fantasy Explorers has been confirmed for North America. Square Enix has picked a good time for it.

The Day That EarthBound Began

A subtle, sensational collaboration between Nintendo and writer Shigesato Itoi made its debut 25 years ago today.

When RPGs Abandoned Nintendo, Two Greats Saved The Day

In the darkest hour for Nintendo RPG fans, these masterpieces kept the home fires burning.

Axe of the Blood God Episode 15: Earthbound's 20th Anniversary and Predictions for E3 2015

On the occasion of Earthbound's 20th anniversary, WayForward's Tomm Hulett shares his love for the Nintendo classic with Kat and Bob as the three offer trivia, analyze the battle system, and more. Plus: E3 predictions!

The E3 We Want to See: A Show Dominated by RPGs

This show holds a lot of promise for RPGs, like a possible Dragon Quest VII release. Will our hopes be realized, or dashed?

CrossCode's Early Access Demo Gives a Tantalizing Taste of What's to Come

If you miss action-RPGs in the vein of The Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana, Radical Fish Games knows exactly what you want.

Axe of the Blood God Episode 11: Canvassing the RPG Landscape #1

Gamesbeat's Jason Wilson drops by to talk with Kat about the best RPGs so far this year, his new approach to Dark Souls, why Persona Q is underrated, and more.

Xenoblade Chronicles X Takes the Original's Scale and Adds a Healthy Dose of Freedom

Kat got a chance to play Xenoblade Chronicles X earlier this week. Here's what she found.

Pillars of Eternity - How to Beat Thaos

Find out how to take out the final boss in Pillars of Eternity.

What Faction Should I Choose in Pillars of Eternity?

Does it matter whether I side with the Dozens, Doemenel, or Crucible Knights in Defiance Bay?

Pillars of Eternity Side Quest Guide - Act III: Elm’s Reach, Oldsong, and Hearthsong

A complete guide to help you finish every side quest featured in Act III of Pillars of Eternity.

How to Find and Recruit All 8 Companions in Pillars of Eternity

Complete your party by finding the Grieving Mother, Aloth, Eder, Durance, Hiravias, Sagani, Kana, and Pallegina in Pillars of Eternity.

The Gateway Guide to Roguelikes

You keep hearing about "roguelikes," but what does that mean, exactly? Are they good? Should you care? We walk you through this burgeoning genre and recommend the best entry points.

Pillars of Eternity Side Quest Guide - Act II: Copperlane, Defiance Bay, and First Fires

A guide to every side quest featured within Act II of Pillars of Eternity, starting in Defiance Bay, First Fires, and Copperlane.

Axe of the Blood God Episode 6: Pillars of Eternity and the Triumphant Return of the Infinity Engine RPG

Jason Wilson and Rowan Kaiser join Kat to break down Obsidian's return to one of the classic subgenres of the late '90s.

Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Mysteries of Faith

Dragon Age writer David Gaider reflects on how BioWare's RPG tackles the seen and unseen.

Pillars of Eternity Side Quest Guide - Act I: Gilded Vale, Raedric's Hold and Magran's Fork

A guide to all side quests in Pillars of Eternity, starting with Act I: Gilded Vale, Raedric's Hold and Magran's Fork.

Bloodborne Review: Into the Nightmare

Does FromSoftware's latest measure up to the high standard set by Dark Souls? Bob shares his final thoughts on this vast and challenging adventure.

Pillars of Eternity: How to Level Up Fast

Level up fast and earn more experience in Pillars of Eternity.

Pillars of Eternity Character Creation Tips

A Pillars of Eternity guide to selecting a class, understanding your attributes, and getting your character created.

USgamer's New RPG Podcast: Axe of the Blood God

Our brand new RPG podcast brings Kat, Bob, and Jeremy together to ask the age-old question: What exactly is an RPG?

Everything about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- Wii U vs Switch, Special Editions, and Analyses

We have a handy summation of everything you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 3DS Review: Jurassic Lark

If you've been afraid to approach Capcom's complex action-RPG series, this could be the perfect installment to bring you into the fold.

Speed Chess with Shotguns — Codename: STEAM's Unique Multiplayer

If you want to succeed when playing Codename: Steam against a friend, you'll have to be quick on your feet.

iOS Games for People Who Hate iOS: Battleheart

A gem of an RPG that will work on a wide variety of devices.

With Code Name: STEAM, Intelligent Systems Delivers Star-Spangled Strategy

It might lack a certain degree of RPG-ness, but this squad-based steampunk experience still demands careful planning.

So Does Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Include Trainer Customization?

The answer provides an interesting window into Game Freak's approach to game design.

Why You Shouldn't Expect a New Pokémon Stadium Anytime Soon

Pokemon Stadium appears to be on hiatus, but it shouldn't be that way.

Fantasy Life Puts an MMO-Style Addiction in Your Pocket

If you're looking for the same hooks but without the subscription fees, Nintendo's new life sim offers all this in an extremely convenient package.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel PC Review: Thousand-Yard Stare

If your senses haven't been dulled to Borderlands, this stopgap sequel offers even more of what you love… but not much else.

Final Fantasy XIII's Uninvolving First Half Makes Its Beautiful PC Port a Hard Sell

Freed from the limitations of consoles, Final Fantasy XIII has never looked better—but it's certainly played better.

Costume Quest 2 PC Review: The Halloween Time Machine

Like its predecessor, Costume Quest 2 is a simple but delightful treat.

How Well Does Banner Saga Hold Up on iOS Devices?

Close to a year after its original release, Stoic's hybrid visual novel-tactics RPG is now out on iOS. How does it hold up?

Game Dev Recipes: Massive Chalice

How Double Fine's upcoming tactical RPG draws inspiration from XCOM, Final Fantasy Tactics, and oddly enough, Mega Man.

Fairy Fencer F's High-Profile Talent Can't Bust Its Low-Budget Blues

Even two of Final Fantasy's biggest names can't save this RPG from Compile Heart's trademark mediocrity.

TGS: Bravely Second Builds on the Series' Unique Traits

The 3DS sequel to Bravely Default looks even more gorgeous than the original, but its real mission seems to be to further disconnect itself from its Final Fantasy roots.

Counterpoint: Japanese RPG Development on Consoles is Not Riding on the Success of Final Fantasy XV

In the grand scheme of things, the success or failure of Final Fantasy XV might not matter as much as many in the media seem to think. Here's why.

Comfort Food Games: Chrono Trigger

When two RPG giants teamed up, they created a game worth revisiting again and again — by design, as it turns out.

Daily Classic: The Final Fantasy Legend, Portable Role-Playing's Esoteric Start

25 years ago, the world's first handheld RPG was also Squaresoft's most daring creation.

Tales of Xillia 2 Review: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

With its focus on the relentless regurgitation of content, Bandai Namco's latest RPG proves it's easy being green.

Daily Classic: 25 Years Ago, Mother (aka EarthBound Zero) Skewered JRPGs, and America

While lacking the polish of its sequel EarthBound, Nintendo's first true RPG still marched to its own beat.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is the PlayStation-era RPG You Always Wanted

Freed from the confines of a dying platform, this long-running Falcom series can finally shine on the PC.

Steel & Steam: Episode 1 Shows that Throwbacks Need to do More than Imitate

Red Meat Games' tribute to old-school RPGs sets out to borrow ideas from the genre's past—including ones we've gladly left behind.

Dark Souls 2's Crown of the Sunken King Brings A Second Helping of Suffering

The first installment of From Software's DLC trilogy makes for a welcome addition to the world of Drangleic.

Should We be Concerned About Final Fantasy XV's E3 Absence?

Square Enix reintroduced Final Fantasy XV at E3 2013, but for 2014 it's missing in action again. What does this mean for the game?

Comfort Food Games: Super Robot Wars

Our resident mecha nut does her best to unpack the appeal of Japan's ultimate robot crossover series.

Comfort Food Games: Dragon Quest IX

Sometimes, the journey is so pleasant you stop caring about the destination. Jeremy talks about the game he'll probably never finish no matter how long he plays it, and why that's just fine.

Drakengard 3 PS3 Review: The Gods Must Be Crazy

A magical girl suffers a psychotic break and goes on a roaring rampage of revenge in this subpar action RPG from the developers of Nier.

Bound By Flame PC Review: The Fall of Icarus

Spiders' newest RPG aims to stand alongside the greats, but misses the mark completely.

Demon Gaze Vita Review: The Vita's Answer to Etrian Odyssey?

Kadokawa Games' dungeon crawler is a wonderfully accessible introduction to the genre -- and proof a game doesn't need to be overly flashy to provide an enjoyable, addictive experience.

JPgamer: Demon Gaze is an Unabashedly Old-School Dungeon Crawler

In this week's JPgamer, Pete delves into the strange, wonderful and suspiciously grid-based world of Kadokawa Games' Demon Gaze, coming soon to the West courtesy of NIS America.

The Witch and the Hundred Knight PS3 Review: Don't Call Her "Metallica"

Nippon Ichi's latest is something of a departure from its usual fare. Can the legendary power of the Hundred Knight calm the troubled soul of Metallia, the universe's most pissed-off witch?

Final Fantasy FAQ and Beginner's Guide: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Final Fantasy Games

Interested in learning more about the world's most popular RPG series? Here's everything you need to know: what Final Fantasy is, how it plays through, what are the best and worst games in the series - and where you should get started!

South Park: The Stick of Truth PC Review: Put On Your Robe and Wizard Hat

Obsidian's latest is a 15-hour episode of South Park. That probably tells many of you everything you need to know about this game.

Rule Gridania: How Final Fantasy XIV Won Over an Antisocial MMO-Hating Newbie

Square Enix just might have made good on its impossible ambition to create an MMO that appeals to online-averse Final Fantasy fans.

Inazuma Eleven 3DS Review: Dragon (Foot) Ball Z

This hyperactive sports RPG won't do much for fans of serious soccer sims, but anyone interested in a more lighthearted approach should check it out.

Daily Classic: How Chrono Cross Triumphed Over Destiny

As a sequel to upbeat Chrono Trigger, this gloomy RPG should have been a wreck... yet somehow, it wasn't.

Why PS4 is the Final Piece of the Final Fantasy XIV Puzzle

An impressive port to Sony's PlayStation 4 has the potential to put Final Fantasy XIV in a unique position among MMORPGs.

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