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The PlayStation Classic Invites a Renewed Examination of the PS1's RPG Legacy

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We discuss the PlayStation Classic and continue through the Top 25 RPG Countdown!

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Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

Last week's announcement of the PlayStation Classic invites a reexamination of a fascinating period for RPGs. Does the PS1's RPG legacy still hold up? And which RPGs should be included on the PlayStation Classic? Nadia and I discuss these questions and more on the latest Axe of the Blood God [download link here]!

We already know two of the RPGs that will be included with the PlayStation Classic: Final Fantasy VII and Wild Arms. We talk a bit about these classic RPGs, then go through some other possibilities. Valkyrie Profile? Suikoden? Chrono Cross? Breath of Fire 3? They are all interesting choices that reflect the PS1's unique RPG heritage.

Also in this week's episode, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokemon Red/Blue's release in the U.S. by highlighting the best generation of them all!

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Show Description

With the PlayStation Classic being officially announced, Nadia and Kat discuss the its rich RPG legacy and talk about which games will be announced for it yet (c'mon Valkyrie Profile). Then they continue the Top 25 RPG Countdown with the greatest Pokemon generation of them all: Gold and Silver! Kat and Nadia talk about the magic of Johto, the fun of returning to Kanto, and why it holds up better than any generation to date.

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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