Jaz joins Kat to talk about the evolution of Destiny, what the expansion fixes, and what can still be improved. Do the RPG elements work now, or is it still a confusing mess of random systems? Here are our final thoughts on The Taken King.
Lots and Lots of RPGs (and Metal Gear): 9/18/2015
Steve Tramer returns to talk Shadowrun Hong Kong and the delay of Persona 5, with Kat musing on Xenoblade Chronicles X and ranting about Destiny: The Taken King. Bonus: A random Metal Gear Solid 5 conversation!
Secrets of Diablo II: 9/11/2015
Stay Awhile and Listen and Dungeon H@cks author David Craddock joins Kat to talk about the story behind Diablo II's tumultuous development, the earliest days of Roguelikes, and as always, what makes a game an RPG.
Fire Emblem Fates: 08/22/2015
Elliot Gay returns to share his thoughts on Fire Emblem Fates and other recent Japanese RPGs. What's the difference between Birthright and Conquest? How does it compare to Awakening? You can find the answers here!
The Best RPGs Since 2000: 8/14/2015
With USgamer's Best 15 Games Since 2000 list now complete, Kat convenes the crew to talk about the best RPGs on the list. Jaz and Mike drop by to reminisce about World of WarCraft, then Bob once again shares his undying love for Dark Souls. Plus:...
Turn-based RPGs in Modern Gaming: 8/07/2015
Bob and Steve join Kat to discuss the evolution of turn-based RPGs, their appeal versus real-time combat, and the news that the Final Fantasy VII remake's gameplay is in for "dramatic changes." What does turn-based combat mean in the modern era? The...
Dragon Quest XI, Final Fantasy Explorers, and O...
On the heels of several interesting RPG announcements, Jeremy Parish checks in to share his thoughts on Dragon Quest XI, Final Fantasy Explorers, and the Odin Sphere remake.
Mailbag! RPG Soundtracks, Victor Vran, and More...
Rowan Kaiser returns to talks about what he's playing lately and answer questions from the mailbag. What's our favorite RPG soundtrack? Do JRPGs have a future on console? We (mostly) answer these questions and more.
USgamer x 8-4 Play: 7/17/2015
It's a mega crossover event as Kat heads to Japan to join the 8-4 Play cast for an afternoon of Japanese RPGs, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and chuhai.
Four Job Fiesta, Vagrant Story, and Persona 5: ...
Steve Tramer returns to explain why you should be running the Final Fantasy V Four Job Fiesta right now, why he doesn't like Vagrant Story, and why he's excited to play Persona 5.
Kat and Jeremy React to the Final Fantasy VII R...
The Final Fantasy VII remake is actually happening! Kat and Jeremy share their reactions the day after it happens, then go on to discuss the surprise Nier remake.
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. Then, to wrap up the show, Kat and Bob speculate on...
Xenoblade Chronicles X Import Preview & Massive...
Our old friend Richard from Japan pops in to talk about the first 70 hours of Xenoblade Chronicles X, then Double Fine's Brad Muir talks about the trials and tribulations of designing Massive Chalice.
A Deeper Dive into Witcher 3 & Destiny: 5/29/2015
Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton joins Kat to talk about his two favorite subjects - Destiny and The Witcher 3. The pair revisit Witcher 3's combat, talk about the game's depiction of sex, and discuss Destiny's odd appeal.
The Witcher 3: 5/22/2015
Kat, Mike, and guest Jason Wilson break down The Witcher 3's expansive open world, quest design and combat. Does it stack up to the best RPGs on the market? The crew have differing opinions.
Canvassing the RPG Landscape I: 5/15/2015
Jason Wilson returns to canvass the RPG landscape with Kat, covering a host of topics including fetch quests, Persona Q, and Xenoblade Chronicles, as well as the best RPGs so far this year.
Diablo and Marvel Heroes with David Brevik: 5/8...
David Brevik joins Kat to talk about the evolution of Marvel Heroes, remember his days with Blizzard North, and share his updated feelings on Diablo III.
Bravely Second and What Else is Hot in Japan: 4...
Japan correspondent Elliott Gay joins Kat to share his initial thoughts on Bravely Second, Super Robot Wars Z3, and Yokai Watch vs. Pokemon as the pair discuss what's happening in the Japanese RPG scene.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin and Pat...
Mike Williams joins Kat to share his perspective on Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin as a relative newcomer to the series, as well as his thoughts on Dragon Age and Netflix's Daredevil. Then, Jonathan Rogers joins Kat to discuss Path of Exile's...
The Gateway Guide to Roguelikes: 4/10/2015
Guest Steve Tramer joins Kat and Jeremy to talk Roguelikes on the occasion of the release of Etrian Mystery Dungeon in the latest episode of our RPG podcast. What makes a good Roguelike? Why are Roguelikes suddenly so prevalent? And where should a...
Pillars of Eternity: 4/02/15
GamesBeat editor Jason Wilson and writer Rowan Kaiser join Kat to break down Obsidian's love letter to the Infinity Engine RPG. Does the style still hope up after all these years? Or is Pillars of Eternity's appeal less than eternal?
Polygon's Phil Kollar joins Bob and Kat to discuss From Software's exciting new dungeon crawler, as well as the Souls series itself. Does Bloodborne live up to the Souls series' lofty reputation? Or has the novelty started to wear off?
Final Fantasy XV Demo and Final Fantasy Type-0 ...
Nine years and a name change after its first announcement, Final Fantasy XV finally has a demo. Does it live up to expectations? Kat and Jeremy analyze Episode Duscae, then hop into another long-awaited Final Fantasy release - Final Fantasy Type-0 HD....
Final Fantasy VI and Cosmic Star Heroine: 3/13/15
Kat, Bob, and Jeremy inaugurate the "Canon of the Blood God," where they decide whether to add Final Fantasy VI to the canon. Plus, Kat interviews Robert Boyd, creator of the upcoming retro-styled RPG Cosmic Star Heroine. Bonus: A quick mailbag!
Chatting with Richard Garriott and Shadowrun Ch...
Richard Garriott offers an update on Shroud of the Avatar as well as some of his philosophy on game design in this special episode for GDC 2015. Plus, Cliffhanger's Jan Wagner speaks frankly on the challenges of developing Shadowrun Online (now...