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USgamer's official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games

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USgamer's official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games

    The Tropes We Love (and Hate) to See in RPGs

    The Tropes We Love (and Hate) to See in RPGs

    This week's episode tackles the tropes that Kat and Nadia love (and hate) to see in RPGs. From customizable characters to sewer levels; flowery monologues to confusion status effects, Kat and Nadia talk about the elements that draw their attention, and the elements that immediately turn them off. It's a discussion that delves deep into some of the key components of the RPG genre, and game design in general, and will hopefully get you thinking about the elements you love to hate and see in games as well. Don't miss out!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Console RPG Quest: Sega Dreamcast w/ Shane Bettenhausen

    Console RPG Quest: Sega Dreamcast w/ Shane Bettenhausen

    Former 1UP/EGM writer Shane Bettenhausen returns to talk about the Dreamcast's RPG legacy, the greatness of Phantasy Star Online and Skies of Arcadia, and its sneaky interesting catalog of import RPGs. Plus, staff writer Hirun Cryer drops by to discuss the new Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC, Persona 5 Royal, and more!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Closer Look at the State of JRPGs in 2020

    A Closer Look at the State of JRPGs in 2020

    Having chosen the best RPGs of the 2010s, Kat and Nadia conclude by taking a closer look at where JRPGs stand as the new decade gets underway. They talk about what the return to consoles have meant for the genre; the proliferation of cheap and accessible graphics technology, and the sneaky importance of Steam. Plus, Kat has some hot takes about the Vita. Check it out!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    How the 2010s Changed RPGs

    How the 2010s Changed RPGs

    Kat and Nadia look back on the decade that was the 2010s for RPGs! They discuss some of the biggest storylines; look back on the most interesting RPGs, and talk about the games that didn't make it on USG's Top 100 RPGs of the Decade. Plus: The duo analyze Final Fantasy 7 Remake's latest trailer!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Mailbag! Best Short RPGs, Temtem, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and More!

    Mailbag! Best Short RPGs, Temtem, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and More!

    It's another Axe of the Blood God mailbag! We tackle all of our your questions as we wrap up the first month of 2020. Some of the topics that we cover in this month's mailbag:
    - Can we expect a truly innovative JRPG in 2020?
    - What are the best short RPGs?
    - Which otherwise good RPGs have been ruined by a design or story choice?
    - What's one think we wish all RPGs would adopt?
    - Is Kat really a Hufflepuff?
    Plus, Mike joins us as we talk Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Temtem, and the new Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC! 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Switch Review, Fire Emblem DLC, Byleth in Smash Bros.

    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Switch Review, Fire Emblem DLC, Byleth in Smash Bros.

    Tokyo Mirage Sessions#FE is out on Nintendo Switch, and Kat and Nadia is here to see whether it holds up! Was it undeservedly overlooked on Wii U? Or should it have stayed in the studio? Plus, brand new Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC, Byleth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and your reactions to the N64 Console RPG Quest!

    • 1 hr 9 min

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