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USgamer's official RPG podcast! Kat Bailey and a rotating cast of guests explore JRPGs, WRPGs, MMORPGs, MOBAs, and everything else the roleplaying genre has to offer.

USgamer's official RPG podcast! Kat Bailey and a rotating cast of guests explore JRPGs, WRPGs, MMORPGs, MOBAs, and everything else the roleplaying genre has to offer.
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United States

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USgamer's official RPG podcast! Kat Bailey and a rotating cast of guests explore JRPGs, WRPGs, MMORPGs, MOBAs, and everything else the roleplaying genre has to offer.

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English


Episodes

Top 25 RPGs of All Time #3: Witcher 3

3/18/2019
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Caty joins Kat to discuss #3 on our Top 25 list of RPGs: Witcher 3! The pair talk its splendid open world, its fantastic writing, and the expert way it handles romances. Kat has even come around on the combat. Plus, Nadia drops by to talk Fire Emblem Heroes, the drug scandal that has engulfed Judgment, and more!

Duration:01:25:27

The Biggest RPG Plot Twists and Top 25 RPGs #4: Final Fantasy 6

3/11/2019
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Final Fantasy 6 is the latest entry in our Top 25 RPG countdown, and in honor of one of the greatest RPGs ever made, it's time to talk about the biggest RPG plot twists! Nadia and Kat talk Star Ocean, Mass Effect and more as they break down some of the biggest plot twists in RPG history, as well whether or not they work. After that, it's time for the main event, as Kat and Nadia talk General Leo, Sabin vs. Sah-bin, letting Cid die, and more in their big Final Fantasy 6 discussion!

Duration:01:25:54

Talking Darkest Dungeon and Darkest Dungeon 2 With Red Hook Studios

3/6/2019
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In a special interview episode of Axe of the Blood God, Kat sits down with Red Hook Studios developers Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigman to talk about the making of Darkest Dungeon, the creation of its iconic characters, and its troubled ports to other platforms. Along the way, she gets some fresh insight into Darkest Dungeon 2, including how Red Hook Studios intends to tackle the story behind its growing universe. Check it out!

Duration:01:01:10

Top 25 RPGs: Suikoden 2 With Special Guest Jason Schreier

3/4/2019
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Kotaku's Jason Schreier returns for number five on our Top 25 RPG countdown: Suikoden 2! He joins Kat and Nadia to talk about 108 Stars of Destiny, Iron Chef cooking challenges, Luca Blight vs. Kefka, and much more. Plus, Pokemon Sword and Shield have been announced as the latest Pokemon generation, and Kat and Nadia have thoughts on how it will translate to Switch!

Duration:01:01:57

Anthem Review, BioWare's Decline, and Farewell to Reggie

2/25/2019
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Kat bids farewell to Reggie Fils-Aime as he heads into a well-deserved retirement, then digs into Anthem alongside guest Mike Williams. And the question is: What the heck happened? The pair talk about its broken loot, mission structure, and other problems, and also some of what it got right. Plus, in what is fast becoming a weekly segment, Kat rants about EA's handling of BioWare.

Duration:00:57:48

Final Fantasy 8 Was Good, Blizzard's Uncertain Future, Top 25 RPGs: Ultima 7

2/18/2019
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Last week's Activision Blizzard layoffs cast a pall over Blizzard, developer of the most successful MMORPG ever made. Kat and Nadia discuss what it all means, why the layoffs were especially brutal, and more. After that, Kat celebrates Final Fantasy 8's anniversary by reminding everyone that it was good, and the pair take a look at the recent Nintendo Direct reveals. Finally, guest Rowan Kaiser returns to talk about #6 on our Top 25 RPG list: Ultima 7! Find out how it revolutionized the open...

Duration:01:17:12

Top 25 RPG Countdown: Fallout, How Anthem Can Avoid the Mistakes of Star Wars: The Old Republic

2/11/2019
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With Nadia away, Mike Williams returns for #7 on the Top 25 RPG Countdown list: Fallout! Mike and Kat talk about its amazing writing, the memorable world it created, and why the rest of the Fallout series is still trying to match it to this day. Plus, Mike and Kat go through all of the week's RPG news while talking about how Anthem can avoid the mistakes of BioWare's last online game: Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Duration:01:24:08

The Retro RPGs We Lost With the Wii Shop Closure (And Where to Find the Rest)

2/4/2019
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The Wii Shop is officially gone, making high-quality versions of everything from Chrono Trigger to Faxanadu much harder to find. Nadia and Kat go through the list to highlight the various affected RPGs (Ogre Battle!), alternative sources for playing them, and of course, why they're worth remembering.

Duration:01:08:10

Kingdom Hearts 3 Review [No Spoilers], Anthem's Potentially Fatal Flaw

1/28/2019
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Having looked back on the history of Kingdom Hearts, it's time to talk about the newest game in the series: Kingdom Hearts 3! Caty, Kat, and Nadia get together to talk about how well it wraps up the story; the updates to the battle system, and its notable lack of Final Fantasy. Plus, Kat shares her thoughts on Anthem, and wonders if BioWare might have botched a key part of its appeal.

Duration:01:26:23

Looking Back on Kingdom Hearts: How it Reflects Animation History, Making Sense of Its Crazy Story

1/21/2019
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Kat and Nadia are joined by Kingdom Hearts fan Caty McCarthy to look back on the history of the series up until now. How does it reflect animation history, and what the heck is up with that story? We answer these questions and more as we reflect on Tetsuya Nomura's masterpiece (?) til now.

Duration:01:21:43

Top 25 RPG Countdown: Dragon Quest V, The Big Destiny Split, and More

1/14/2019
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Kat and Nadia leap back into the Top 25 RPG countdown with the best Dragon Quest of them all: Dragon Quest V! The pair explain why its epic sweep, monster hunting mechanics, and odd (but hilarious) romance system make it a classic. Plus, they cover the big Destiny split, Tales of Vesperia on Switch, and more!

Duration:01:08:30

Five Big Questions as We Preview 2019 in RPGs

1/7/2019
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Kat and Nadia ask five big questions as they preview the year 2019 in RPGs. Will Kingdom Hearts 3 live up to expectations? Will Anthem save BioWare? And what about Persona 5 on Switch. Plus, we talk about some of the smaller RPGs that we're excited to play in the new year (Indivisible!). Will 2019 rebound after a so-so 2018? Let's find out!

Duration:01:02:07

Our Favorite RPG of 2018 (And a Couple Overlooked Gems)

12/31/2018
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Kat and Nadia conclude 2018 by each choosing their favorite RPG of 2018, as well as a couple underrated gems. Then they do one last mailbag while looking ahead to 2019.

Duration:01:07:08

USG Game of the Year Special Extravaganza 2018

12/17/2018
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Kat and the entire USG gang get together to recap all of the best games of 2018! From Red Dead Redemption 2 to Return of the Obra Dinn, we argue over what worked, what didn't work, and whether they match up to the best of 2018. Plus, we talk about the year's biggest trends, and look ahead to 2019!

Duration:02:28:08

2018 RPG Recap: The Best and Worst in the Year of RPGs

12/10/2018
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Many RPGs were released in 2018. Some of them were good, others were very bad. Kat and Nadia go through the calendar and talk about the high points and low points of an interesting year in RPGs, covering Monster Hunter: World, Octopath Traveler, Fallout 76, and more. Plus: Kat and Nadia recap the announcement of Persona's Joker for Smash Bros., and Kat gets very excited about The Outer Worlds.

Duration:01:12:21

The Top 25 RPGs: Should it be Persona 4 or Persona 5?

12/3/2018
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Persona 4 was a transformative RPG in many respects. Persona 5 might be even better. But which one should be represented in our Top 25 RPG Countdown? Kat and Nadia are still torn, so they've decided to hash it out in podcast form, comparing and contrasting their impacts, their immense positives, controversies, and more. Whichever one you support, it's a tribute to two outstanding RPGs. (Note: Major Persona 4 spoilers and some medium Persona 5 spoilers within this discussion).

Duration:01:10:38

Top 25 RPG Countdown: Baldur's Gate 2

11/26/2018
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Mass Effect and KOTOR are more popular, but Baldur's Gate 2 is BioWare's magnum opus. Guest Troy Goodfellow joins Kat to break down the story, the world, and all the other reasons that this magnificent RPG deserves to be in the Top 10 RPGs of all time. Now available on Spotify!

Duration:00:46:39

We Review Pokemon Let's Go and Fallout 76! Plus: New Final Fantasy XIV Expansion!

11/19/2018
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It's an RPG double-whammy as Nadia and Kat talk about why Pokemon Let's Go works so well, and reviews editor Mike Williams discusses why Fallout 76... uh... doesn't. It's a mixture of cute cuddly monsters and the post-apocalyptic in an episode that should have something for everyone. Special bonus: We discuss the newly-announced Final Fantasy XIV expansion and the introduction of the Blue Mage!

Duration:01:22:46

Fire Emblem 15th Anniversary Retrospective, Tabata's Shocking Resignation, and Geno

11/12/2018
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On the 15th anniversary of Fire Emblem's release in America, Kat and Nadia remember the first entry to make it overseas. They talk Marth and Roy's first appearance in Smash Bros. Melee, the reasons for Blazing Sword being chosen over Binding Blade, and of course, perma-death. Plus: An investigation into why Smash Bros. fans love Super Mario RPG's Geno, Hajime Tabata's shocking resignation, and more!

Duration:01:13:28

Deltarune, Diablo 3 on Switch, and Top 25 RPGs #11: Morrowind

11/5/2018
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Kat and Nadia talk about some of the announcements from Blizzcon, including a Diablo mobile game, as well as the surprise appearance of Deltarune, the new game by Toby Fox. Then the pair share their impressions of Diablo 3 and talk about why it's such a great fit for Nintendo Switch. Afterward, special guest Matthew Allen comes on the show to add Elder Scrolls: Morrowind to our Top 25 RPGs list! Listen as we discuss why its story was ahead of its time, what made its world so unique, and why...

Duration:01:27:29