RPG Backtrack is a podcast in which we reflect back upon some of the staple RPGs of the genre.
RPG Backtrack 224: Slimecraft
What happens when Japan's most popular RPG decides to mimic the world's most popular sandbox game? Find out along with guests Robert Albright and Anna Marie Privitere as we mine some slimes and craft a castle or two!
RPG Backtrack 223: Blade-y Driver
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was one of the first major RPGs for the Nintendo Switch (if you don't count Breath of the Wild). Does it live up to the legacy of the Xeno series? Join us along with guests Alex Fuller and Michael Apps as we dive into the Cloud Sea!
RPG Backtrack 222: Third Trail’s a Charm!
The last game in the Trails in the Sky trilogy took 10 years to come to the United States. That's a long wait! At least you don't have to wait that long for us to talk about it. Join us as one long-time host says goodbye, and two new hosts take the helm along with some familiar friends to discuss Trails in the Sky the 3rd.
RPG Backtrack Episode 221: Can’t You Hear Me Yell-a?
Imageepoch made one final game featuring witches before the company disappeared, and Stella Glow proved a quite decent swan song. It's the subject of today's Backtrack, in fact.
RPG Backtrack Episode 220: Grand Game Arts
After learning some things with Lunar, Game Arts created a series called Grandia that has quite a bit to recommend. We have some new points of view eager to chime in on this series today.
Falcom has delivered a number of titles over the years that aren't part of its currently-ongoing series, and we tackle a sextet of them here. From the Zwei titles to Brandish: The Dark Revenant, this covers quite a bit of ground.
Games covered (alphabetical order):
Brandish: The Dark Revenant
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure
Zwei: The Arges Adventure
Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection
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Its a bunch of nerds
I'm not sure why I listen to this podcast. It's not really good. The intros are stupid, discussion is all over the place, the hosts are not very exciting or particularly listenable, there seems to be little preperation in general and the podcast tends to drag on for hours without any real engaging humor or witty banter or anecdotes of better podcasts like Retronauts.
But there is something genuinely authentic about a bunch of RPG nerds just sitting and discussing old games. It's rough and mostly unfiltered and resembles a more casual conversation rather than a polished presentation. And being a nerd who loves old games- I am sometimes put to shame by the breadth of RPG knowledge displayed here. Although a lot of times there is only one or two people on the panel who have played a certain game, or (in the case of FF8 for example) the panel will be composed of people who don't like a game, with no one there to defend it- so the discussion is often one sided. And with more research the show could probably be infused with more useful/interesting bits of info or trivia about the games.
I would say the podcast could benefit from some more interesting radio-type personalities, but it would take away from what is a very raw discussion with opinions straight from the mouths of the biggest RPG fans around- often covering incredibly obscure games you won't hear about anywhere else and probably have no interest in.
Again I'm not sure why I listen to this podcast but I do for some reason look forward to what topic is next.
I gave this almost a good 2 dozen episodes (all over from #30 - #180) before I came here to write this review. It's an AMAZING show! My app tells me I've listened to almost 2 full days of Mike & Phil talk about many of the amazing games from my childhood (Phil often talks 80s games) and from earlier this millenium. Great taking me through the games and then the best part: the roundtable which is the 2nd half of each show. If you enjoy RPGs, you'll enjoy this. Love the sound effects and effort they put in to the whole production!
There's one dude on here who is literally the worst.