Terra and Lightning's RPG Roundup
The good, the bad, and the ugly
Segue Episode #1 – Oh Where Have the JRPGs Gone? (RPG Roundup Episode 34)
June 19, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
"Segue Episode #1 – Oh Where Have the JRPGs Gone?" We're now splitting up our What We've Been Playing and review episodes – have no fear, Persona 4 Golden should be out in about a month! Today we talk about Persona 5, Shining Force 2, and South Park: the Stick of Truth, among other games, and also about this year’s rather disappointing E3, although a few games piqued our interests. And what’s this terrible game called Magikarp Jump that we’ve been playing? Find out if you dare!Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance – the Eyeliner of Evil Returns (RPG Roundup Episode 33)
May 20, 2017 10:54 AM PDT
"Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance – the Eyeliner of Evil Returns." PlayStation 4. 2015. Now coming out on the Nintendo Switch! Although a little more simplistic than its predecessors, Disgaea 5 still has its merits, with a fun tactical battle system, larger than life characters, and fixations with curry that border on the obscene. Why does main character of Killia want revenge on the powerful overlord Void Dark? All this and more, to include some spoiler-free Persona 5 talk and discussion on our travails through Final Fantasy XI.Conception 2 – The One With the Boobs (RPG Roundup Episode 32)
March 15, 2017 05:49 PM PDT
"Conception 2 – The One With the Boobs." Recorded in early January – episode may not sound up to date with what we’re playing now. So…boobs. This game has a lot of boobs. It also has boring dungeons, painful battle mechanics, and repetitive cutscenes. Listen to us as we ramble about (of course) boobs, baby mechas (no lies there), and sleep aids (you won’t need any after playing this game).Dragon Age: Inquisition: Part 2—The Trouble With Lord Woolsley (RPG Roundup Episode 31)
December 25, 2016 11:04 AM PST
“Dragon Age: Inquisition: Part 2—The Trouble With Lord Woolsley.” PlayStation 4. 2014. It’s been a year and half since Part 1, but we’ve finally finished Dragon Age: Inquisition. You name it, we’ve done it: Healing the rift, defeating Corypheus, killing dragons, electing a new Divine, deciding the future of the Inquisition—and, of, course, bringing Lord Woolsley home. It’s a Christmas miracle—that we saved Lord Woolsley and that we finally finished this episode.Chrono Trigger: Part 2 – To Faraway Times (RPG Roundup Episode 30)
July 28, 2016 07:16 PM PDT
Chrono Trigger: Part 2 – To Faraway Times. SNES. 1995. Here we are with our second installment on Chrono Trigger, picking up after the showdown with Magus in the Middle Ages. Much like its predecessor Final Fantasy 6, the game turns from a linear format to a more open-ended experience, including skippable sidequests and several options on how to beat the final boss. Also, Lavos sounds like a broken-down car. And Magus becomes your reluctant last party member.Mario Maker – the Hammer Brother Horde (RPG Roundup Episode 29)
May 24, 2016 05:46 PM PDT
"Mario Maker – the Hammer Brother Horde." Wii U. 2015. We are finally back to talk about…Mario Maker, which is one of our non-RPG minisodes. We also talk about the games we’ve been working on, complain about Final Fantasy XV, and discuss our future plans. New Star Ocean game, anyone? Remember, Chrono Trigger Part 2 should be coming out soon!Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch—Oliver’s Acid Trip (RPG Roundup Episode 28)
January 25, 2016 07:17 PM PST
"Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Oliver’s Acid Trip." PlayStation 3. 2013. We recorded this in early December, but schedules and a myriad of audio issues made this one a hard one to edit. It also didn’t help that we weren’t overly fond of Ni No Kuni. Wait – what? But everybody else liked it! Well, the battle system is a clunker. So is the AI. The game revolves around a boy named Oliver, who is learning to be a wizard while dealing with the death of his mother, and his journey to become powerful enough to beat the evil wizard Shadar.Chrono Trigger: Part I – Robo's Rave (RPG Roundup Episode 27)
November 04, 2015 07:21 PM PST
"Chrono Trigger: Part I – Robo's Rave." SNES. 1995. What groundbreaking game in the mid-90s featured time travel, multiple endings, and Rick Astley lovin' robots? If you guessed Chrono Trigger, then you are correct. We discuss the first half of the game as well as what we’ve been up to gaming-wise. Hint: we had nothing to do with pigeons.Hatoful Boyfriend – Everybirdie’s on Crack (RPG Roundup Episode 26)
October 07, 2015 04:02 PM PDT
"Hatoful Boyfriend – Everybirdie's on Crack." PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita. 2011. We take a break from RPG's to...date pigeons. Rich, elite pigeons. Sexy, suave pigeons. Crazy, feral pigeons. And...murderous doctor pigeons that want to throw a scalpel at your face. What is it really like to play this cracked out game? We spill all!Final Fantasy VI: Part II – Atma Ponders on the Toilet (RPG Roundup Episode 25)
August 19, 2015 04:58 PM PDT
"Final Fantasy VI: Part II – Atma Ponders on the Toilet." SNES. 1994. We now bring to you the World of Ruin, where the world has gone to pot and it's up to our adventurers to save it from the evil madman Kefka. The second half of this game shines in its uniqueness – while the first half was linear, now it's all about choose your own adventure. What adventures did we choose? Listen and find out!
We like RPGs. In fact, we like RPGs so much that we’ve decided to talk about them. Our premise is simple: we play an RPG from start to finish, and then we tell it like it is on our podcast. We plan to cover all types of role-playing games on various platforms – JRPGs, Western RPGs, retro games, RPGs out on current generation consoles, and games released on handheld systems. Whether you’re here for some nostalgia or want to pick up a new game, give our podcast a listen.
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We like RPGs. In fact, we like RPGs so much that we’ve decided to talk about them. From some of the first NES RPGs to blockbusters now out on current generation consoles, we’re here to rant, rave, and review them all, playing from start to finish and then venting about them on our podcast. Whether you’re here for nostalgia or are thinking about picking up a new game to play, try giving our podcast a listen.
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