JRPGs are not normally my cup of tea. Looking for more justification of my Switch purchase, however, I stood reluctantly at the counter of my local Best Buy, copy of Octopath Traveler in hand.
Octopath Traveler is a hugely anticipated new JRPG from Square Enix, releasing exclusively for the Switch. The “Octo” in the title refers to the conceit of the game – play as eight characters with their own unique stories. Not having played the demo for the game, that was the extent of my “Octopath” knowledge.
As I approached the counter of the aforementioned store, the clerk’s eyes lit up. “What character are you picking as your MAIN?” he asked with excitement.
It is another year and another weekend of E3 Press Conferences. While it feels like everyone is getting some sort of presentation, it is nice to see such a diversity in publishers and titles.
2017 was an amazing year for games, both big and small. And in Episode #58 of the Spoiler Cast, we talk about all of the games that make this the case as well as encourage the existence of episode #57 (it’s coming, we swear).
Categories include, but are not limited to, 2017 game of the year, biggest surprise, best story, and most egregious loot boxes.
Music, in order of appearance:
K.Flay – Blood in the Cut
SZA – The Weekend
Lorde – Green Light
On December 15th, VidMe is shutting down. This comes as a huge blow to both us and other creators who had hope that it would be a viable alternative to YouTube. VidMe was very good to us (certainly better than YouTube ever was) and we wish the VidMe team success in their next venture.
30 years ago, a boy named Link walked upon the unknown country of Hyrule. Armed with nothing but an 8-bit sword and creative thinking, it was up to Link (the player) to determine how to proceed through the monster-infested world. It was a simple yet exciting premise, and one that would continue through an epic lineage of “elf-people” in tight green clothing.
In this episode, the gang talks about the new Westernized “Death Note” Netflix movie. Is it really as bad as people say it is? What if you take the original manga/anime out of the conversation?
The podcast inevitably goes in the direction of talking about the original anime series as well as the Japanese live-action movie.
Music, in order of appearance:
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
Maximum the Hormone – What’s Up People
In this episode of the Spoiler Cast, it is a small house (just Dan and Tris), but they have plenty to say about the sequel to Destiny. After playing the new single player campaign through to completion, strikes, crucible matches, and more, what is their take on the experience?
Additionally, the guys talk about a few of the recent games they have been playing, like Cuphead, Dreadnought, and Metroid: Samus Returns.
Foxing – The Medic
The Games Done Quick crew, without venue or prior schedule, were quick to gather resources and hold a weekend long charity stream this past Labor Day weekend. This event was for relief to those in need after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
Discussion of Persona 5 starts at around 25:00.
Join Dan, Tristan, and Ali for their look at Persona 5, the latest game from Atlus. How does Persona 5 compare to previous entires in the series? Is Persona 5 easy to get into? Which characters did the crew choose to romance?
Learn this, as well as the meaning of “Grls before Grills” on this lovely episode of the Spoiler Cast!
Persona 5 was my first Persona game, which was equal parts wonderful and brutal. If you are reading this and on the fence, let me say that while I couldn’t get in to Persona 4 Golden, this game had me hooked from the beginning. It is one of the best RPGs I have ever played and does a great job of mixing stylish combat with high school drama.
But that doesn’t mean I didn’t make a ton of horrible mistakes. Don’t learn the hard way how to play, as I did. Follow these Persona 5 tips to make the most of your time with the Phantom Thieves in Japan over your year stay.
Note: This is as spoiler-free as possible, so you can optimize your time, while staying surprised by story beats.