RPGaymerMay 30, 2023
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance & Radiant Dawn feat. Professor Bopper and ActualLizard! | BONUS XP 029
It's time for us to continue our run-through on the Fire Emblem series and this time we're hitting two games in one. Path of Radiance is coveted as one of the best (if not the best) Fire Emblem and it super sucks that it's system-locked (looking at you Intelligent Systems). It's hard to pin down a singular reason as to why this game was so successful (deep characters, rich lore, and a lot of unique systems). Thankfully, ActualLizard and Professor Bopper are back again to help tag team what makes this duo so special. Oh, and Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn is the best Fire Emblem duology. There. I said it. Come at me. *Footage from @ProfessorBopper Thanks buddy! *Whitty commentary from @actuallizard 🦎
Fire Emblem Sacred Stones feat. Professor Bopper and ActualLizard! | BONUS XP 028
Fire Emblem Sacred Stones is the worst Fire Emblem in the series......said no one ever.
All jokes aside, Sacred Stones is an incredible entry and often hits the top of most of Emblemer's Top 3 lists.
What is it about this entry that makes it so appealing? Is it Eirika and Ephraim's diverging paths? The split promotion choices? Or just the fun, ol' GBA animations?
In order to tackle this iconic game, Patrick is teaming up with the incredible Professor Bopper (again) and ActualLizard (again, again) who is definitely, 100% not actually a lizard (or is he?). If you've never played this game, make sure you scour those used game stores or pray that this eventually comes to the Switch. If you have, why is this game so special to you?
Fire Emblem Engage feat. Mekkah & ActualLizard! | BONUS XP 027
Season 3 might be over but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop talking about your favorite games! One of the most gracious groups of content creators I’ve had the opportunity to work with is hands down the Fire Emblem community. In season 2, we blazed through the entire Fire Emblem series, but now is the perfect time to tackle each game individually!
Fire Emblem Engage might be the most recent title but it does a lot of things right. I couldn’t possibly tackle this game myself, so thankfully, I have ActualLizard and Mekkah joining me today. Seriously, Mekkah, can you just be my own personal engage ring at this point?
33. RPG Mini Games!
It’s been a long time coming but we’ve finally reached the season 3 finale of RPGaymer. What better way to close out the season than to talk about America’s favorite pastime: RPG Mini Games. From Blitzball to Gwent, mini games have been a staple in the foundation of good gaming experiences. Sometimes you just need to take a breather from saving the world to catch a fish or race some chocobos… and maybe win an ultimate weapon while you’re at it.
32. Castlevania Deep Dive feat. Professor Bopper!
Castlevania is another one of those series that has been around since the dawn of console gaming. Tales of Belmonts, whips, vampires, and crypts. The notoriety of its design grew so large that it even spawned its own sub-genre. Though the series has turned to dust, its image has been resurrected by many spiritual successors which carry on the incredible legacy. Drop in and give a listen on why the Castlevania series matters and how it has had such an impact on games today.
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Zelda: The Minish Cap | BONUS XP 26
The Legend of Zelda series has had its fair share of styles, but none contain as much whimsy as The Minish Cap. MC was released in 2004 but has recently resurfaced on the Nintendo Switch Online. On this episode of Bonus XP, we go over why this entry in the Zelda pantheon deserves a lot more praise for its accomplishments.
Get your Kin Stones ready and fuse with us as we discuss how this tiny tale is still a giant adventure.
31. Random Encounters feat. Aidan Moher
How many times have you been galavanting about on a world map only to be
jumped by 3 over-leveled dragons that make chopsticks out of your
bones? Or have you been in a cave where every 10 steps you run into the
exact same group of monsters you just fought? Encounters come in many
shapes and sizes, but true game design only happens when they’re curated
by game developers to give an appropriate challenge that tests a
variety of skills.
Jason, Casey, and Patrick weren’t ready to encounter this episode, so they had to bring along a 4th party member! Author of Fight, Magic, Items: The History of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and the Rise of Japanese RPGs in the West, Aidan Moher is here to help our trio take down this behemoth-ridden encounter! Purchase 'Fight, Magic, Items': https://fightmagicitems.rocks/
Star Fox 64 | BONUS XP 25
You won’t need to use the boost to get through this episode of RPGaymer! Star Fox 64 is a certified banger. Nintendo’s first foray into 3D may have had its fair share of clunk, but you can’t deny that they nailed this one. It’s one of those pinnacle titles on the N64 that not only was super innovative for its time but also still holds up as an incredible game today. So make sure to barrel-roll your way into our discussion on what makes Star Fox 64 one of the best games ever made!
30. The SNES Episode feat. Davidvinc!
The Super Nintendo is easily the best system ever made, right? No? 😂 For many of us who grew up in the 90s, the SNES was the first system that let the world know that video games could transcend being purely medias of basic entertainment. Stories got better. Graphics got prettier. And, music tracks, well… they be bumping. It’s truly quite a feat to discuss all of the SNES’ accolades, so this time we decided to bring in the big guns to help us out. Youtube sensation DavidVinc has entered the chat! Listen to the latest episode, and let us know in the comments which Super Nintendo titles are your favorites! Find DavidVinc: @davidvinc
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29. Status Effects feat. KBash!
We all hate status effects, right? There’s nothing worse than being caught in the middle of a dungeon without any antidotes to cure your poison. They can single-handedly turn mild encounters into merciless romps. But would video games be interesting if we removed status effects completely? Do they serve a grander purpose in game design that we don’t actually realize?
Gatherer rounds kiddos. It’s time to cure you of your confusion. Jason, Patrick, and returning fan favorite, special guest Kbash are here to sift through both the nitty and the gritty of Status Effects, both good and bad. Stay fresh! There’s no way to cure yourself of how much you’re going to love this episode!
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Ocarina of Time | BONUS XP 24
You can never have enough Legends of Zelda content, right? This time on Bonus XP, we're highlighting oldie and genre-defining goodie: Ocarina of Time!
28. Working in the Gaming Industry feat. Brendan Hesse
Working in the gaming industry is a dream for so many people. You get to play games for a living, what's not to love, right? Hosts Casey, Jason, and special guest Brendan Hesse from The Crawl all have unique experience writing and creating video game content like reviews, social media posts, YouTube Videos, and more. With their powers combined, they bring the inside scoop on what it's like to work as a journalist in the gaming industry, how the job can feel tiresome and rewarding at the same time, and some of their favorite (and least favorite) aspects. Also, listen in to see how the group rates and reviews older, classic games. Will Chrono Trigger retain its prestigious status without host Patrick there to defend it? Find Brendan: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCrawl/ https://www.twitter.com/Brendan_LH https://www.twitch.com/eyeamahab https://direct.me/hessebrendan
Dragon Quest XI | BONUS XP 023
We're continuing with the Dragon Quest train, but this time, we're going to dive a little deeper into arguably (but not really arguably) one of the best RPGs ever made. From the well-rounded cast of characters to the vibrant visuals, Dragon Quest XI should be a staple in every RPG lover's library. Heavy spoiler warning on today's episode! It would be impossible to talk about this incredible game without ruining some of the huge plot points! NEW: Get your Gaymer Gear! Etsy: https://etsy.com/shop/RPGaymer 👾 Join our Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/a6CYnz6chS 🎨 RPGaymer Patreon: https://patreon.com/rpgaymer 🎧 Subscribe to your favorite new video game podcast: Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6BOTFAR... Pocketcasts: https://pca.st/podcast/5a8a0a00-b4e6-... Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/rpgaymer 📲 Follow RPGaymer online: Instagram: https://instagram.com/heyrpgaymer Twitter: https://twitter.com/heyrpgaymer Patreon: https://patreon.com/rpgaymer
Not many games are as addictive as Roguelikes. The hook. The loop. The death. Repeat. Roguelikes and Roguelites have been around for quite some time now and have broadened into as much of a subgenre as RPGs. They are equally as frustrating as they are enjoyable (looking at you Darkest Dungeon 👀). I’m still waiting on someone to make one mega Roguelike by combining all the genres. Can’t wait for Platformer Deckbuilder FPS Turn-based Metroidvania Golf Simulator to come out. But until it does, come listen to our episode on this excellent genre!
Dragon Quest Side Games | BONUS XP 022
GC Vazquez & Cullen are back yet again to talk even more about Dragon Quest! This time we're taking a deep dive into the side games, like Monsters, Heroes, Swords, and Builders. Plus, we even spill some behind-the-scenes tea about Dragon Quest's former music composer.
26. The Dragon Quest Series feat. GC Vazquez and Cullen!
Dragon Quest is the childhood bedtime story of video games. Each entry is filled with the utmost comfort and familiarity, packed with adorable characters and creatures. All of its stories are parables of hope when things feel hopeless. With over 40 games in its complete library, Dragon Quest is easily one of the best series ever made. It’s about time we took a deep dive into this epic series! In order to tackle this epic, we needed to join forces with the big guns: GC Vazquez and Cullen! Not only is it an honor talking about what makes Dragon Quest one of the best series in gaming, but doing a DQ master class with these content creators was truly an incredible experience. GC : @GCVazquez Cullen: @culIen
Zelda: A Link to the Past | BONUS XP 021
25. PS1 RPGs feat. Gaming Broductions!
The original PlayStation is likely the most loaded system in terms of RPGs. From titles like Legends of Dragoon, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy 7, and so many more, this system was known for housing banger after banger.
I’m honestly surprised it took us this long to talk about how the PS1 era was one of the most influential eras in all of gaming. But here we are, gushing about our childhood, our faves, and the endless hours of random encounters. And what better way to pay homage to these classics than by teaming up with special guests, Gaming Broductions!
Check out the Bros' productions: https://www.youtube.com/@GamingBroductions
Is Vivi FF9's best character? | BONUS XP 020
Apparently, we can’t get enough of Final Fantasy 9 because here we are analyzing, not only one of the best Final Fantasy characters but one of the best RPG heroes of all time.
Kicking off our very first Bonus XP character analysis, there’s no better character to talk about than everyone’s favorite Black Mage: Vivi. From his adorably whimsical design to his existential character arc, Vivi is easily of Final Fantasy’s most complex characters.
24. Leveling Up
Obviously by ‘achieving something’, I mean leveling up. And by ‘over and over again,’ you know I’m talking about that 400th slime you just slaughtered.
Isn’t grinding for experience fun? 😅
There’s something about seeing stats go up that gives us that sweet endorphin rush. But are we just addicted to that drug we know as ‘The Grind?’ Would games still be fun without the watching the numbers get bigger and bigger?
Come gather round friends as we talk about all things Leveling Up!
Mario 65 Ain't Dead! | BONUS XP 019
With the Mario movie finally upon us, we wanted to take a moment and pay homage to this titan of a series! Mario 64 was certainly not our first Mario game, nor is it the best of the series, but it is still iconic. Mario's first foray into 3D might be a little rough by today's standards, but the memories we have of playing this game are irreplaceable.
23. Worst Games You've Ever Played
Bad games. We’ve all played them. From the clunkiest platformers to the junkiest battle systems, bad games always find their way into innocent gamers' hands.
There are so many ways to determine if a game is bad. Do you look at reviewer scores? Do you stop playing it once it is no longer fun? Are some of the mechanics too ‘out there’ that they break the experience?
Gather round kiddos as we break down what goes into a bad gaming experience, where we draw the line on how far we’ll play, and name-drop a title or two *cough cough* Quest 64.
Also, stick around for part 2 where we flip the script on our usual Poorly Described game. This time we’re overselling bad games to make them sound much better than they actually are!
Hype or Ripe: New Legends of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Preview
Yesterday, we were blessed with a 10-minute trailer for the upcoming Legends of Zelda game, Tears of the Kingdom. Today, you’re being blessed as Patrick and Jason are doing their due diligence and recorded a Hype or Ripe episode discussing all of the exciting goodies that appear in this trailer and all of the potential flops.
This trailer not only offered is a glimpse of new areas for Link to explore but also a bunch of new mechanics that are drastically going to impact gameplay. All I can say is that I can’t wait for another trip back to Hyrule and hopefully May 12 gets here very quickly!
22. Jobs & Classes in RPGs feat. KBASH!
Hold on to your job hats folks because we’re in for a heck of a ride!
First and foremost, we are pleased to announce our very first guest of the season, part-time hero, full-time YouTube sensation, KBash! Every video game content creator has that special someone who laid the groundwork in inspiring them to take the plunge into blazing their own video game review trail. KBash is one incredible guy and we will always be grateful, not only for his luscious locks or his hilarious game reviews but for playing a part in helping dreams come true!
But enough gushing, we’re here to talk about jobs and classes in RPGs! Player choice is a very important facet of gaming and the ability to customize characters can lead to some crazy builds. However, is this feature getting stale? Come gather around as Dr. Professor Surgeon General KBash and RPGaymer team up to take over the world… and maybe talk about jobs classes some too. Probably. I dunno.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands | BONUS XP 018
Grab your D20 and your character sheet because we're playing Bunkers & Bad*sses! On this week's episode of Bonus XP, Patrick is joined by his husband Scott (awwwww!) as they recap and review their recent playthrough of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands on PS5.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands released in early 2022 with a rough start that made it difficult to play. Now a year later, is it actually worth playing this popular Borderlands spin-off?
What do you think? Have you played Tiny Tina's Wonderlands?
Welcome back to another season of RPGaymer! We’re kicking off Season 3 with a full discussion on our beloved foes. Their motivations, their looks, the unnecessarily huge swords. Everything is on the table for our chat on these big bad mommas and poppas. Oh, and did we mention that we’re casting your favorite villains in their own series of ‘The Real Housewives of the Mushroom Kingdom?’
Final Fantasy IX | BONUS XP 017
It's no secret how Final Fantasy is one of our favorite series of all time, and we could talk about it all day (like Season 1 Episode 5).
Join the boys on this week's Bonus XP as they talk about one of their favorite games in the Final Fantasy series.
Fallout 76 | BONUS XP 016
Bethesda's Fallout 76 may have crashed and burned when it first released, but that was so 2018! Patrick and Jason just finished a playthrough of this online multiplayer action game (maybe you were following along on Twitch), and they have something to say about it.
Join Patrick, Jason, and Claptrap for this week's episode of Bonus XP where they break down the good, the bad, and the glitchy of Fallout 76.
Our 2022 Game Rewind | BONUS XP 015
As we gear up for RPGaymer Season 3, we decided to look back at all the games we played during 2022. Yup, all of them.
Join Patrick, Casey, and Jason as they rewind all the games they played, what they loved, what they liked, and what they couldn't even finish.
Resident Evil 3 (PS1 Version) | BONUS XP 014
Dust off your podcast apps because a brand new Bonus XP with Patrick and Casey is here! Casey finally played a game that he had never played before! Is the original Resident Evil 3 better than the remake? Does it get enough credit?
Typically, we save Bonus XP episodes for our Patreon (link below *wink*), but we gotta keep you entertained before RPGaymer Season 3 premieres very soon!
We attempted a nuzlocke! (Bonus Episode)
Pick your starter and head for the tall grass, but be careful because it's time for the RPGaymer Nuzlocke episode!
Join Patrick, Casey, Jason, and Pokémaster Adam, as they reminisce over their recent nuzlockes, discuss the strict & specific rules of nuzlockes, and honor the Pokémon they lost along the way.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Preview w/ Adam | BONUS XP 010
Grab your backpack and your Pokédex, because we're heading to Paldea! Join Patrick and special guest, Pokémaster Adam, for a FREE special episode of BONUS XP, the Patreon-exclusive podcast by RPGaymer. The boys break down the new Nintendo Direct preview for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and talk about the open world environment, treasure hunting, terastalizing(sp?), the new starters & legendaries, the new professors, and Pokémon as......vehicles????
Buckle up (your Pokémon?) and check out this special edition Bonus XP.
20. Post-Game Content
Welcome to the season two finale of RPGaymer! It’s time to discuss Post-Game Content and New Game+
Sometimes beating a game opens up a lot of options that further your gaming experience. Some games add additional quests, super bosses, and true path endings in order to squeeze out as much enjoyment as possible. (Pokémon Silver always comes to mind as having one of the best Post-Game Content experiences.) Other games add unlockables such as new story modes, new characters, and extra challenges to get you to try a new game from a completely fresh angle. New Game+ and Post-Game Content are a staple in the development of most games, but is that a good thing?
Stay tuned for our own post-season content which will be released in the quiet production time between seasons two and three!
19. RPG Graveyard
Have you ever wondered what happened to those cherished RPGs from your childhood that aren’t around anymore? Did Breath of Fire end because Dragon’s Quarter was too different? Did the Suikoden series peter out because the developers didn’t differentiate the formula enough? Any why didn’t stellar games likes Skies of Arcadia get a sequel?! What ultimately sent these series six feet under? Put on your Sunday Best as Patrick, Casey, and Jason play paulbearers taking these long-lost games to the RPG Graveyard.
Special Edition: Fire Emblem with SpeedyHawk, LinkKing7, and Mekkah!
Hooooo buddy! Get ready to check that hit rate, take this silver sword, and watch for siege tomes, because it's about to get a little crazy up in here. Not only is this a Special Edition surprise episode where we'll be diving deep into the Fire Emblem series, but somehow we'll also be joined by supreme lord content creators Mekkah, LinkKing7, and SpeedyHawk! Thank god for all of those Luck level-ups, I guess.
If you've never touched a Fire Emblem game in your life, gather round so the FE Elite can school you on why you should jump into this incredible series. If you're a seasoned vet, there's definitely some deep cuts for you as well!
Chime in with your favorite entries in the series whether they be Nintendo certified or fan made. Also, be sure to stick around for a game of Poorly Described Fire Emblem Characters. It's as messy as it sounds. 😂
18. Linear vs Open-ended Games
Sometimes you want to play where you're not limited in how you tackle each challenge. Sometimes you want to play a game that is a more streamlined experience. The battle between linear and open-ended games will always be worth the debate. Come listen to us hash it out on this week's episode of RPGaymer!
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Grab your backpack, your Pokédex, and some cash from your mom because it's RPGaymer's Pokémon episode! Join Patrick, Jason, and their special guest, Pokémaster Adam, as they explore Pallet Town and beyond. If you're looking for an episode as grand as Mt. Coronet, strap in for the boys' discussion on the Pokémon games, shows, and all the cute lil pocket monsters themselves.
Is this the longest episode? Yes. It is worth every second? Ditto. Now if you'll excuse me, I just spotted a wild Eevee I need to go catch.
16. Relatable Characters
There's no faster way to be roped into a video game than with a relatable character. (Well, cute animals help, too, but that's for another episode.) Tune in for RPGaymer's thoughts on why relatable characters are at the crux of any game worth playing. Then stick around for another round of Who Said It? as the boys challenge each other to guess which characters said which inspirational quotes from their favorite games.
15. Weapons in RPGs
Whether it’s spiking a Blitzball or stabbing someone with a 10-foot sword, RPG weapons have always been very…unique? ...playful? This week Patrick, Jason, and Casey discuss the ups and downs and twists and turns of one of RPGaymer's most surprisingly controversial topics yet: weapons in RPGs.
14. Guilty Pleasure Games
Have you ever been mildly ashamed to admit certain games that you’ve played and secretly loved? Yeah, we all have plenty, which is why this week we're talking about GUILTY PLEASURE GAMES! Cozy up in your favorite PJs and a sleeping bag on your hardest floor cause this episode is a slumber party where Patrick & Jason spill their secrets with reckless abandon.
NEWS: Playstation Plus | Bonus XP
We normally save our Bonus XP episodes exclusively for our Patrons 👀 but the new Playstation Plus announcement is too huge to keep to ourselves! Join Patrick and Jason as they discuss all the details we know so far of the new Playstation Plus services, and what they're hoping to see with the games.
13. Trophies & Achievements
Have Trophies & Achievements changed the way we play games? In this week’s episode of the RPGaymer Podcast, Patrick and Jason go for the Platinum Trophy of being RPG nerds. Let us know what you think of Ts & As on our new discord channel! We’re active all day, errday, and ready to talk all things games.
12. Hyrules and Lorules of the Legends of Zelda
THIS EPISODE NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION: It’s the Legends of Zelda episode you’ve been asking for! The Boys talk all the things Zelda and why it is one of the most impactful series ever released. Stick around for the second half where they quiz each other on all kinds of Hyrule Hijinx.
11. Glow Ups! (aka How Lara Croft Got Her Grooves Back)
Welcome to Season 2 of the RPGaymer Podcast! The boys kick off the brand new season talking about GLOW UPS, game series with huge gaps in their development, games that crossed the console barriers, and more. In the great tradition of Season 1, the boys wrap up by playing a game of…snack pack? Give the new season a listen and join the Glow Up discussion on your favorite social media platforms. OH, AND NOW THERE’S A PATREON TOO! Check out the RPGaymer Patreon.
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1. The Gay in Gayming (Rerelease)
With Season 2 of RPGaymer on the horizon, we thought we’d revisit where it allll started with our very first podcast episode! And make sure to follow us online to stay up-to-date for exciting new things 👀
BOO! Did we scare you?? It’s the surprise Halloween Special! episode of RPGaymer where Patrick and Jason are joined by special guest, Danny! The boys get ooky spooky and talk about haunted haunts and scary scaries. Listen now wherever you stream!
10. Stardew Valley Made Me Do it
In the Season 1 Finale of the RPGaymer Podcast, Jason & Patrick talk about how video games have impacted their lives, including but not limited to the time Patrick played Stardew Valley and made Scott build him garden beds. Listen now wherever you stream!
9. RPGaymer: Prepare to Die Edition (feat. Professor Bopper)
Have you ever restarted a game on a new difficulty level because it was too hard? Many gamers are guilty of this, but is it really something to be ashamed of? On season 1’s penultimate episode of RPGaymer, the boys are joined with legendary video game essayist and streamer Professor Bopper to discuss the value in hard mode.
Find out what the Dark Souls method of ‘Prepare to Die a Lot’ says about the way games are made and played. And, back by popular demand, the trio plays another round of ‘Would You Rather’ the Hard Mode edition!
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8. Building a Survival Horror
WARNING: Don’t listen to this week’s episode of RPGaymer alone because Patrick and Jason are going bump in the night (but not like that) as they tackle a frightening video game genre: Survival Horrors. Buckle up and hunker down as the boys talk about why we’re addicted to these freaky games even though we have to play them with the lights on. They wrap up with a game of “Build-Your-Own Survival Horror.” Ooky spooky!
7. The Golden Era of Gaming
Everyone starts gaming at a different point in their life, but most will agree on the gaming systems that are held in the highest regard. In this episode of RPGaymer, Patrick and Jason tackle The Golden Era of Video Gaming and discuss how these systems played integral parts in how we play games today. They then play a game that pits the classics vs. modern games to see which would be better for a newer audience.