Kat Bailey, Nadia Oxford, and Eric Van Allen explore Final Fantasy, Skyrim, and all the best in the wonderful world of role-playing video games! Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/bloodgodpod
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Reax, Another Kat Breakdown, And RPG Makers w/ Vivicomplex
This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat has an intense war flashback to spring 2020. If you don't recall, Final Fantasy 7 Remake absconded with a little bit of her soul, and she's never been quite the same since. Hence why she absolutely goes off on Final Fantasy 7 Remake all over again in this episode. But who can blame her? The ongoing summer of not-E3 continues to drop a whole lot of Final Fantasy 7 news, including an announcement for "Rebirth." It's enough to shatter anyone's mind—arguably the best kind of news worth digging through.
This episode even contains a very special witness to Kat's breakdown: $100 Patron Vivicomplex! Vivi leads the discussion on RPG Maker, the long-lived game construction series that amateur programmers use to make adventures with minimal coding. RPG Maker's legacy and purpose is carried on today through programs like Game Maker Studio, which gave rise to Undertale and countless other RPGs.
Also in this episode:
The Summer of Gundam continues! What's the series' ideal viewing order? Kat educates us. So, so much Final Fantasy 7 news. Crisis Core remake! Crisis Core remake!! Janus brought down the gmod apocalypse, praise be.
In the Post Show Weekly Post Show
One show is not enough to contain all the Final Fantasy news — nor is it enough to contain Kat's continued FF7 Remake rant-a-rooney.
Vivicomplex joins the gang again as they talk more about what's going on with this brand-new take on the controversial "Compilation of Final Fantasy 7." Also, Nadia's still making her way through FFX, so expect some complaining about Seymour. The Weekly Post Show is available exclusively to our supporters in the Stars of Destiny tier! Thanks so much for your support! And as always, you can catch us when we record live on Friday at 5pm PT.
The Xbox and Summer Games Fest Recap + Final Fantasy 7 Event Predictions
This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat and Eric are joined by not one, but two Alexes to break down the summer showcases! RPG Site's Alex Donaldson and freelancer Alex J. Kane are here to discuss the Xbox and Bethesda showcase, as well as the whole of Summer Game Fest.
Also in this episode:
Eric and Alex D. talk Three Hopes early impressions Alex K. talks KOTOR 2's solid Switch port Kat laments the meta-ness of it all Fortnite?
Final Fantasy XVI is Real, Pokémon Has Chonky Bois, And Kat Returns
This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat rejoins Eric and Nadia after her adventure on the high seas. She's a little unsteady on her legs, not to mention lightly brined by sea salt, but that's not about to stop her from talking about everything that's going on this week in RPGs. And a loaded week it is, mateys. We've got impressions of the Final Fantasy XVI trailer, as well as opinions about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's chonky pigs and small olives.
Also in this episode:
Eric's finally playing Suikoden 2 The upcoming Dragon Age game has a title. Progress! Nadia layeth the smackdown on Seymor in Final Fantasy X "I am Malenia, blade of–" [Vomits everywhere] On the Post Show
On this week's post-show, Kat tells us about the joys of sailing the high seas–e.g. seasickness and other cool things that happen on the water. There's also a deep discussion about sports, Street Fighter 6, and how awesome Cody is. (So awesome.) The Post Show is available to the Stars of Destiny tier and above!
Class Conscious: Dragoons in RPGs
This episode was not entirely Nadia's idea, we swear. Really, can anyone deny the sheer cool factor of the Final Fantasy series' take on dragon knights? If you're not, maybe this episode will make you a believer. Prima Games' Jesse Vitelli joins Nadia and Eric as they talk about Dragoons past and present, from progenitor Ricard Highwind to the dragon-hating nerd Estinien Wyrmblood. Pull on your overly-elaborate dragoon boots and join the fun.
Also in this episode:
Miyazaki (not that one) thinks Radahn is the best Elden Ring boss.
Give us more Dragon's Dogma, Capcom. (Please.)
The Summer Game Fest creeps ever closer. What will we see?
Sony is making bad decisions about its retro games again.
The Top 25 RPG Remake Breakdown
This week on Axe of the Blood God, Kat has run off to do sailor junk on the high seas, so Nadia and Eric hold the rig together by themselves. Well, that's not entirely true. Kat joins them from SeaPhone™ to tackle this week's main topic: Why some games were picked for our updated Top 25 RPG list, while others were left to die in shallow puddles of rainwater. This discussion involves a lot of self-flagellation and even more furious denial, so look forward to drama and mayhem. Soap operas wish they had this explosive narrative impact.
Also in this episode:
June is going to be all decked out in Final Fantasy (XVI? VII Remake pt 2?) news. What is even going on with Summer Games Fest? Do we know? Do we care? (Kinda.) One time, Nadia had to ask a bookstore clerk for porn manga. It was for work. The Luca Goers suck.
The Top 25 RPGs Of All Time Remake 2022
It's time at last to share our newly-revised list of the 25 best RPGs of all time! For much of 2022 we've been slowly collecting potential nominees for an update to the list that we made several years ago. Now it's time to share that list for all to see!
To make this list we took the list of nominees plus the original list and made our own Top 25s, with the games that were on all three lists going straight into the Top 25. From there we embraced debate with discussions including:
Whether or not Mass Effect should be included a trilogy Eric calling Skyrim the "McDonald's hamburger of RPGs." Multiple RPGs being rescued from the dead Whether it's time to anoint brand-new #1! For your convenience, we've shared time codes below.
4:40: We share our personal Top 25 RPG lists
21:35 - The Initial Cutdown + Wild Card Picks + Listener Poll
36:35: Games That Made At Least Two Lists
140:25: Finalizing the List
2:23:00: Ranking the Games
2:50:20: The Top 25 RPGs Of All Time
Thanks again for joining us in this very fun project! We'll probably be circling back and rebuilding given that there always amazing new RPGs being released. But in the meantime, we're excited to hear your thoughts!
Best video game podcast ever!
I’m new to the world of podcasts. Not that I’ve never had an interest in podcasts before but I just always spent my time playing video games, watching movies/tv shows when I’m not working. However with my new job I get to put on my headphones while at work so I figured I’d do a deep dive into the world of podcasts. I listened to several others for a few minutes before tuning out and not liking any of the video game podcasts I came across until I saw one that was titled the top 25 RPGs of all time remake 2022 and right away I was hooked and knew I hit the jackpot of all podcasts that dedicated each episode to my favorite genre of video games…RPGs. I’ve been playing video games since about ‘85/‘86 and I’m 41 now and still playing RPGs among other games. I was completely engrossed in your podcast Kat. Listening to you, Nadia and Eric discuss the top RPGs of all time and debate which ones to keep and which ones had to be left off the list was an amazing experience. I instantly connected to all three of you and loved every game that was mentioned in that podcast. It was a trip down memory lane thinking about all those amazing games you all talked about and put on the top 25 of all time list which I have also played. I fell in love with your podcast so much that I’ve probably listened to about 30 of your podcasts this past week and will definitely be supporting you on Patreon. I am a little sad that so far no one has mentioned or talked about skies of Arcadia which granted does have its flaws but I still think it’s a criminally underrated and under appreciated jrpg that I consider to be one of the best JRPGs ever made. It definitely deserves a remaster and/or remake or a sequel which the first game’s director would still love to make. It definitely deserves to be talked about in a future podcast or at least a shout out to the game. I am definitely a huge fan of your podcast and look forward to hearing you, Nadia and Eric continue talking more about the games I love every week and have been playing for many years.
Listen all day at work
Like spending my work day with family. I listen all day to replays and enjoy every minute of it
A wonderful and informative RPG podcast
I absolutely love this podcast, so much so, that it’s the only podcast I support financially. The polish is there, the hosts don’t talk over one another, and there is always very informative and interesting discussion going on. Thanks for giving me a little something to look forward to each and every week.
Bonus: Kat Bailey is the host.
5/5 would highly recommend.