Terra and Lightning's RPG Roundup
The good, the bad, and the ugly
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!Dragon Age: Inquisition Part One – Drunken Age (RPG Roundup Episode 24)
May 29, 2015 05:15 PM PDT
“Dragon Age: Inquisition Part One – Drunken Age.” PlayStation 4. 2014. Name inspired by the screwdrivers we had while recording. The Dragon Age universe has gone to hell since we last left you at Dragon Age 2. Among other things, the mages and templars are waging an all-out war, strange green rifts are appearing in the sky, and the Divine Justinia, an important spiritual leader, has been murdered along with countless other people in a mysterious explosion. You are the only one to come out of the explosion alive…and you’re also the only one who can seal the dangerous rifts. Welcome to the Inquisition, Miss Trevelyan!
Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae – Girls, Goblins, and Mullets (RPG Roundup Episode 23)
April 21, 2015 07:21 PM PDT
"Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae – Girls, Goblins, and Mullets." PlayStation 4. 2015. Well, we played the demo. We saw many things – mullets, product placement, and even a badass summon. We also discuss how Final Fantasy has evolved over the years and which Final Fantasies are our favorites. There are also opinions. Many of them. Probably controversial ones.Pokemon X-Y—Pokémon Noobs (RPG Roundup Episode 22)
February 15, 2015 07:11 PM PST
"Pokémon X-Y—Pokémon Noobs." Nintendo 3DS. 2013. All of you Pokémon veterans: come here for a laugh. We are new to the series, and it’s quite apparent. We not only mispronounce the word in Great Midwestern Fashion, but call TM’s “HM’s” and even sneak in a reference to FFX-2. For anyone new to Pokémon…welcome to X and Y! You start out as an ambitious young Pokémon trainer with clingy friends in the French-inspired Kalos region. Of course, things aren’t that simple – you are very intent on becoming the Champion, and as a little side thing this red-haired guy named Lysandre is out to destroy the world. Oh noes!Final Fantasy VI Part One – Welcome to Our BBQ! (RPG Roundup Episode 21)
January 22, 2015 05:01 PM PST
"Final Fantasy VI: Welcome to Our BBQ!" SNES. 1993. We at last get to our first installment covering arguably one of the best RPGs at all time. We also deviate from our format a little, preferring a more detailed account rather than our usual overview while discussing the World of Balance. Either way, we both love FF6 and are looking forward to finishing the second half of the game!Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Creature of Chaos (RPG Roundup Episode 20)
November 30, 2014 10:10 AM PST
"Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Creature of Chaos." PlayStation. 1997. Like platformers and RPGs? Also like eating old, old pizza? Then join us for a discussion of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, one of the most beloved and lauded games in the Castlevania series. In this installment, Alucard, the oh-so-cleverly-named son of Dracula, must search for the missing vampire hunter Richter Belmont and defeat his scheming dad, all while exploring the very appropriately-named "creature of chaos" (AKA Dracula’s castle).
Final Fantasy XIV Part Two – Life After Level 15 (RPG Roundup Episode 19)
October 15, 2014 07:04 PM PDT
"Final Fantasy XIV Part Two – Life After Level 15." PC/PlayStation 4. 2013.
August 13, 2014 01:16 PM PDT
"Xenogears Part Two – Retro Bohemian Rhapsody." PlayStation. 1998.
July 17, 2014 07:12 PM PDT
Xenogears – "Total S in the Gas Chamber." PlayStation. 1998.
Danger, Will Robinson! At last, we are playing Xenogears, and we have a lot to say about it so far! (We are not fans of this game.) The first of a two parter, with a sizeable discussion of other games in the beginning of the episode. Disclaimer: these are our own personal opinions, and we respect the fact that this is a well-lauded Square RPG.
Fei Fong Wong, like many RPG protagonists, is living happily in a small village, albeit with some major amnesia and absolutely no knowledge of his past. His world abruptly turns upside down, however, when he becomes embroiled in a war between two powerful nations replete with shadowy figures manipulating everything behind the scenes. Why does he have an affinity with these massive battle robots called Gears? What happened to him in the past, even if that past might involve stuff from 10,000 years ago? And who is this mysterious girl called Elly, whom he swears seems familiar somehow? Why is this all so confusing? Listen to 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.
Upcoming games: Shining Force 2, Disgaea 5, and Persona 4 Golden.
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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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