Mass Effect Returns, Tabletop Talk, and Much More w/ Austin Walker

Mass Effect Returns, Tabletop Talk, and Much More w/ Austin Walker

Special guest Austin Walker joins us to talk about the upcoming Mass Effect remaster, JRPGs vs. Western RPGs, and Final Fantasy XV. We also debate Nioh 2 as an RPG, gaming discourse and much more in this meaty episode.

Episode Notes

What an eventful week. Nadia’s wayward Xbox Series X showed up on her doorstep (well, it showed up in the Walmart pick-up area), and we have a very special guest: Austin Walker of Waypoint and Friends at the Table! He talks to us about his one true love, Mass Effect, and gives us his thoughts on the upcoming remaster (23:20). He also talks about the different feelings JRPGs evoke versus Western RPGs (32:40), and goes over the joys and disappointments of Final Fantasy XV (35:00).

There is also a Final Fantasy XIV discussion featuring a rant by Nadia (37:10), a debate about RPG systems versus story (42:00), a talk about the importance of good character development (45:30), another debate over whether or not Nioh 2 is an RPG (49:00), a chat about how gaming discourse has changed over the past five years alone (51:40), and an observation about how modern politics can alter game stories (1:00).

Finally, our meeting with Austin wraps up with discourse on tabletop RPGs (1:04), and an all-important discussion about robots and Super Robot Wars. (1:10). Whew! It’s a meaty episode, all right. Meatier than Castlevania’s walls.

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