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245 - Sequels and the RPGFans Who Love Them On this episode of Random Encounter, we're talking about sequels and demos! Zach chats about his time with AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative, the new sequel to the beloved "mystery box" game. Mike shares some of his favorite RPG and adventure game demos from the 2022 Steam Next Fest. And the entire panel breaks down the big news stories of the week, including the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth announcement and the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct!Featuring: Jono Logan, Mike Salbato, Zach Wilkerson; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative ReviewXenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct Delivers New Trailer, Gameplay and Expansion Pass DetailsCrisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion Coming to All Major Platforms This WinterFinal Fantasy VII Rebirth Comes to PS5 Next Winter as Part 2 of a Trilogy
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245 - Sequels and the RPGFans Who Love Them On this episode of Random Encounter, we're talking about sequels and demos! Zach chats about his time with AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative, the new sequel to the beloved "mystery box" game. Mike shares some of his favorite RPG and adventure game demos from the 2022 Steam Next Fest. And the entire panel breaks down the big news stories of the week, including the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth announcement and the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct!Featuring: Jono Logan, Mike Salbato, Zach Wilkerson; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative ReviewXenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct Delivers New Trailer, Gameplay and Expansion Pass DetailsCrisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion Coming to All Major Platforms This WinterFinal Fantasy VII Rebirth Comes to PS5 Next Winter as Part 2 of a Trilogy
244 - Not-E3 Extravaganza! On this episode of Random Encounter, it's Not-E3 time!Even though the illustrious gaming show is skipping a year, that doesn't mean there isn't a ridiculous amount of gaming news to sift through. Our panel talks about their favorite games of each day of the "show," and discusses what the future might hold for E3 and other gaming events in 2023 and beyond!Featuring: Jono Logan, Brian Mackenzie, Mario Garcia, Wes Iliff; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:Final Fantasy XVIBear and BreakfastMarvel’s Midnight SunsOne Piece OdysseyHonkai: Star RailGotham Knights9 Years of ShadowsThe UnlivingSymphony of War: The Nephilim SagaSacriFirePaper Animal RPGWrestleQuestSunday GoldPersona 4 GoldenPersona 5 RoyalStarfieldPentiment
243 - Vampire Fighter 2 On this episode of Random Encounter, the panel breaks down everything they’ve played over the last few weeks!Caitlin survives her first experience with the children of the night in Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong. Audra enjoys a bit of video game nostalgia with Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers, a visual novel that celebrates the world of arcades. And Jono digs into his comfort food of Fallout 4 by adding in mods that dramatically change the way the game is played! Featuring: Jono Logan, Audra Bowling, Caitlin Argyros; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong ReviewArcade Spirits ReviewArcade Spirits: The New Challengers ReviewFallout 4 Review
242 - To Rogue or Not to Rogue On this episode of Random Encounter, we're talking about some of the best games we've played so far in May! As one of the biggest fans of the Suikoden series at RPGFan, Zach relished the opportunity to dig into Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, but did it live up to his high expectations? Sollosi revisits the past with Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2, giving him another opportunity to enjoy two tactical RPGs from his college years. And now that it's out of early access, Jono can't stop playing Rogue Legacy 2! All in all, a pretty solid mid-May for RPG gaming! Featuring: Jono Logan, Michael Sollosi, Zach Wilkerson; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising ReviewMakai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome ReviewZ.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman ReviewRogue Legacy 2 (Early Access) ReviewSo you want to get into The Suikoden Series…
241 - Farming for DLC On this episode of Random Encounter, it's time for some indie goodness down on the farm!Tarah makes her first appearance on the podcast, talking about the retro farm-sim Bit Orchard: Animal Valley for the Switch. This indie homage to Harvest Moon and Game Boy apparently makes for a very relaxing time (provided that you don't need to catch any frogs)! Next, Audra returns to Random to chat about the fun, if slightly underwhelming, dungeon crawler Anuchard. And then, Jono has been plowing through RPG DLC at a rapid pace, sharing his thoughts about CrossCode: A New Home and Lost Judgment: The Kaito Files.Featuring: Jono Logan, Audra Bowling, Izzy Parsons, Tyler Trosper; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:Anuchard ReviewLost Judgment: The Kaito Files ReviewCrossCode: A New Home DLC Review
240 - Xenoblade Chrono-icles On this episode of Random Encounter, we're taking a page from Retro Encounter and talking about some of our favorite games of the past!Tyler is here to talk about his recent feature "So You Want to Get Into the Xeno Series," a deep dive into the series that started with Xenogears on the PSX and is heading toward Xenoblade Chronicles III on the Switch this September. Izzy and Jono get into a deep discussion about Chrono Cross and Chrono Trigger's freshly-localized visual novel sequel, Radical Dreamers. And in honor of its 30th anniversary, Audra has finally played The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the first time (spoiler alert, she loved it)!Featuring: Jono Logan, Audra Bowling, Izzy Parsons, Tyler Trosper; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:So you want to get into the Xeno series…Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition ReviewRadical Dreamers – Le Trésor Interdit ReviewThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past ReviewEarthbound Review
239 - RPGFans in Wonderland On this episode of Random Encounter, it’s tabletop RPGs, farms, and Zelda-likes. Oh my!Neal returns to Random to talk about the recent Borderlands spinoff, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, Brian shares his thoughts about how Rune Factory 5 has advanced the series, and Greg returns to chat about Arietta of Spirits! Plus, Jono and the entire panel chats about the recent E3 cancelation and if the former giant of gaming conferences will be missed!Featuring: Jono Logan, Neal Chandran, Greg Delmage, Brian Mackenzie; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands First ImpressionsRune Factory 5 ReviewFire Emblem Gaiden Review
238 - Project Chaotic Chaos On this episode of Random Encounter, it's pure chaos as the panel walks Jono through their thoughts on some of the latest RPGs!Making their first appearance on the show, Izzy is here to break down the "story of an angry man" that is Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. Then Niki shares her thoughts about Square Enix's latest 2D-HD entry, Triangle Strategy. And Des (another first-timer!) climbs in a futuristic mech to chat about the upcoming space strategy RPG, Relayer!Featuring: Jono Logan, Niki Fakhoori, Des Miller, Izzy Parsons; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin ReviewProject Triangle Strategy’s Invisible Feature and the Trials of Gaming while Colorblind
237 - First Fantasies II/IV On this episode of Random Encounter, the panel looks back to the golden age of RPGs with the Pixel Remasters of Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI!We tackled the first three entries in the Pixel Remaster series (I, II, and III) back in Episode 221, but it's time to move to a new generation of console, the Super Nintendo! Cory dives into the first SNES entry, Final Fantasy IV, to see if it still holds up (it absolutely does). Alana gushes about her love of the Final Fantasy V job system and its general sense of adventure. And Audra has played Final Fantasy VI for the very first time, and (spoiler alert), she adored it!Featuring: Jono Logan, Audra Bowling, Alana Hagues, Cory Tischbein; Edited by Jono LoganGet in Touch:RPGFan.comEmail us: podcast@rpgfan.comTwitter: @rpgfancomInstagram: @rpgfancomFacebook: rpgfancomTwitch: rpgfancomThis Episode's Related Links:Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster ReviewFinal Fantasy II Pixel Remaster ReviewFinal Fantasy III Pixel Remaster ReviewFinal Fantasy IV Pixel Remaster ReviewFinal Fantasy V Pixel Remaster ReviewFinal Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster ReviewRandom Encounter 221 - First FantasiesRetro Encounter 316 – Final Fantasy V Part IRetro Encounter 317 – Final Fantasy V Part II
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