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JRPGs and Me

JRPGs and Me

By Austin King
It's JRPGs and Me!
Austin loves JRPGs and you should too! Each episode focuses on a different JRPG, exploring series like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Tales of, and Legend of Heroes - as well as standalone games like Legend of Dragoon, Blue Dragon, Skies of Arcadia, and Fantasy Life.
So whether it's a super famous video game or maybe one you've never even heard of, you can find it all right here. Plus, each episode is 99% spoiler free, so you can listen to the show and still play one of these great games without having major plot points ruined for you!
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18 - Final Fantasy IX (PlayStation)
This time on JRPGs and Me, Austin is talking about Final Fantasy IX! So if you love Vivi (and you should) and all the rest of the FF9, gang be sure to check out this episode! Want to hear about Tetra Master, Chocobo Hot & Cold, and why ATEs make the game SO much better? That's included here as well. Remember, you can find Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin Music curtesy of bensound.com
16:46
May 08, 2021
17 - Yakuza: Like A Dragon (PS4, PS5, Xbox)
This week on JRPGs and Me, Austin is talking about Yakuza: Like a Dragon and how this seventh entry in the series leaves behind the beat 'em up gameplay from previous games and turns Yakuza 7 into one of the best JRPGs of all time! As usual, story spoilers are kept to a minimum. So even if you haven't played the game yet, you can still enjoy the episode! You can find Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin Music appears curtesy of bensound.com
14:38
March 22, 2021
16 - Bravely Default (Nintendo 3DS)
Season Two of JRPGs and Me is kicking off with Bravely Default, a 3DS title that started off as a Final Fantasy spin-off before becoming its own successful series. This was a long time coming, since Austin started the game back in 2017 before finally finishing it up over the 2020 holidays. From characters to crystals, there's a lot to cover! Remember, you can find Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin Music is curtesy of bensound.com
17:48
February 22, 2021
JRPGs and Me Season Two Is Coming Soon!
Season Two of JRPGs and Me is coming soon!  In the meantime, catch up with some of your favorite episodes and get pumped! Because the new season starts on February 22nd, 2021. We'll be covering games like Bravely Default, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Yo-Kai Watch, Final Fantasy IX, Suikoden II, Grandia, and a whole LOT more!  See you in a few weeks!
01:23
January 25, 2021
15 - Blue Dragon (Xbox 360)
In this episode of JRPGs and Me, Austin is raving about Blue Dragon, the turn-based fantasy RPG from Final Fantasy's Hironobu Sakaguchi and Dragon Quest/ Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama. With a great soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu and some interesting gameplay mechanics, Blue Dragon is one of the standout video games on the Xbox 360. From Marumaro's LOUD talking to Mechat fights and more, Austin gives a spoiler-free rundown of Blue Dragon - and highly recommends checking it out for yourself if you haven't play it yet. Remember to talk to Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin  If you want to support Austin's podcasts, please check out Patreon.com/DragonQuestFM Music is curtesy of bensound.com
20:39
December 19, 2020
14 - Breath of Fire II (SNES)
This time on JRPGs and Me, Austin is talking about Breath of Fire II, which released on the SNES. From the diversity of the playable characters (dog people, cat people, frog people, planet people...) to the town-building mechanic that makes the game so much fun, Austin discusses it all. So, whether you've played this Super Nintendo classic a million times or never before, there's still something to enjoy. Find Austin on Twitter @Dragonquaustin or Patreon.com/DragonQuestFM Music curtesy of bensound.com
17:14
November 30, 2020
13 - Star Ocean First Departure R (Nintendo Switch, PS4)
This time on JRPGs and Me, Austin is discussing the first Star Ocean game. Specifically, the remastered version of the remake, which is called Star Ocean First Departure R. He also talks about the series as a whole, and how the first entry stacks up against the other installments in the series. Remember, you can find Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin and listen to his other podcast, Dragon Quest FM Music is curtesy of bensound.com
15:12
November 02, 2020
12 - Dragon Warrior (NES)
This week on JRPGs and Me, Austin is discussing Dragon Warrior (Dragon Quest) on the NES! He talks about which version of the game is better, why he loves Dragon Quest so much, and how this game helped launch the entire JRPG genre! If you want to read more about Dragon Quest, be sure to check out The Dragon Quest Book, available now on Amazon!  Remember, you can find Austin on Twitter @Dragonquaustin and at Patreon.com/DragonQuestFM Music appears courtesy of bensound.com
14:16
October 19, 2020
11 - Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast, GameCube)
This time on JRPGs and Me: Austin is raving about Skies of Arcadia, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary this week! From four-member parties to turn-based combat, this game has everything Austin loves in a JRPG. It also has a TON of exploration, which is yet another reason he loves it so much. Austin also talks about why there hasn't been a remake or remaster for Skies of Arcadia (yet, anyway) and why he hopes we'll get one soon. Plus, sky pirates! Find Austin on Twitter @Dragonquaustin and on Patreon at Patreon.com/DragonQuestFM Music appears courtesy of bensound.com
15:10
October 07, 2020
10 - Rogue Galaxy (PS2)
In this episode of JRPGs and Me, Austin is talking about Level-5's Rogue Galaxy. It's one of the best (and few) standalone JRPGs on the PS2. Despite having some serious flaws, Austin enjoyed it a lot. The biggest question, though: Does 40 hours of fun get ruined by a terrible ending? Or can the game still be enjoyed regardless. Whether it's weird bug catching mini-games, or an buff dude with a bulldog's head, Austin's got Rogue Galaxy covered. Find Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin or at DragonQuestAustin.com Music by bensound.com
20:19
September 19, 2020
9 - Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PS Vita, PS3, PS4, and PC)
It's JRPGs and Me! In this episode, Austin discusses the first Trails of Cold Steel in the long-running Legend of Heroes series. From sharing his favorite characters, talking about the turn-based combat, and why Laura is infinitely better than Alisa, and why Machias is a turd, this episode has it all! Like usual, the story portions are spoiler free, so even if you've never played the game, you can listen to Austin talk about it without having the plot ruined. Follow Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin and check out his blog at DragonQuestAustin.com! Music is courtesy of bensound.com
18:15
August 31, 2020
8 - Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
In this episode of JRPGs and Me, Austin is talking all about Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. From stand-up comedian fairies, riding purple dragons, an Animal Farm-inspired city, and a Christmas village named Yule, let's talk about one of the best JRPGs to ever release! Austin also explores the history of the growing series, explores the game's relationship to Kingdom Hearts and a Stephen King novel, and raves about Mr. Drippy! Everyone should love Mr. Drippy! Find Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin Music appears courtesy of bensound.com
18:33
August 17, 2020
7 - Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch)
This time on JRPGs and Me, Austin is talking about Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.  Austin talks about the history behind the Xeno series, the lengths it took to get Xenoblade Chronicles in the West, and how the Definitive Edition differs from the original game on the Wii. Plus, at the end of the episode, he recounts all the things he loved about Future Connected, the new epilogue to the game that's brand new to the Definitive Edition.  Music is curtesy of bensound.com
18:35
August 03, 2020
6 - Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360)
It's JRPGs and Me! In today's episode, Austin is talking all about Tales of Vesperia, the 10th entry in the mainline Tales series. Austin discusses why he missed the game the first time around on the Xbox 360 and why the Definitive Edition that came out in 2019 is really great. As usual, there's plenty of background info on the game and personal experiences to share! Be sure to check out Dragon Quest FM and talk to Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin! 
16:39
July 27, 2020
5 - Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GameCube)
It's JRPGs and Me! This time around, the JRPG is Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, which came out for GameCube in 2004. Austin starts the episode by talking about the history of the series, Super Mario RPG and Squaresoft, and the Golden Age of the Paper Mario series. Then it's straight into discussing plot highlights, characters like Goombella and Koops, and favorite moments like the classic whodunit aboard the Excess Express! You can talk to Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin and check him out on Dragon Quest FM each week. Music is curtesy of bensound.com
16:43
July 20, 2020
4 - Fantasy Life (3DS)
It's episode four of JRPGs and Me! This episode is all about Fantasy Life, the game from Level-5 that's equal parts life simulator and fantasy RPG. During the cast, Austin discusses Level-5, Fantasy Life's "Life" class system, Bliss Points, getting two dogs to match his irl ones, and buying a house in Port Puerto! And will we ever get a true sequel? Maybe on on Switch? You can find Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin. Music is curtesy of bensound.com
16:39
July 13, 2020
3 - Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout (Nintendo Switch)
It's episode three of JRPGs and Me! In this episode, Austin experiments (see what I did there?) with his first Atelier game, which focuses on alchemy through crafting and gathering. There's also plenty of combat, which Austin talks about quite a bit, too. Early in the episode, Austin shares some fun facts about the game and the series, and then he's recapping his experiences with the game. Toward the end, Austin discusses why he thinks Atelier Ryza makes a great game to play if you're completely new to the series like he was. Remember, you can follow Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin You can also listen to his weekly podcast, Dragon Quest FM.  Thanks to bensound.com for the music!
17:00
July 06, 2020
2 - The Legend of Dragoon (Playstation)
It's episode two of JRPGs and Me! This time around, Austin is discussing one of his favorite JRPGs of ALL TIME: The Legend of Dragoon, which originally released on the Playstation in 2000 in the U.S. In the beginning, we explore the big names associated with the game and some behind-the-scenes fun facts that go along with Sony pushing to get a successful new IP. During the personal experiences part of the show, Austin talks about the way The Legend of Dragoon pulled bits from other, more famous JRPGs to make a nice Greatest Hits album for JRPGs in the 1990s. He also shares his personal feelings on robots in legislature, getting lost in the desert, feeling cocky at school after beating a boss, and some of the ways the dialogue feels outdated. Plus, are we ever getting a remake or sequel? Ehhhhh...maybe? Thanks to bensound.com for supplying the music.  You can follow Austin on Twitter @DragonQuaustin or check out his other podcast, Dragon Quest FM.
17:46
July 06, 2020
1 - Final Fantasy III (Nintendo DS)
It's the first episode of JRPGs and Me! In this episode, Austin talks all about Final Fantasy III on the Nintendo DS. After starting it in 2006, he finally bought the game again and played it this year.  First Facts Let's talk about the big names associated with FF3, as well as some of the behind-the-scenes info. Austin also talks about some of the differences between the original Famicom version and the DS remake, and a little bit of the history around the series in the U.S. What's It All About? Trying to keep spoilers to a minimum, this is where you get the rundown on the story. We'll explore tidbits like collecting crystals, changing jobs, and taking on challenging bosses. Personal Experience This is the bulk of the episode, where Austin talks about his personal experiences with the game. You'll find some candid commentary on characters like Doga and Unei, bosses like Hein and the Nepto Dragon, and dungeons like the Crystal Tower. Music courtesy of bensound.com
19:09
July 05, 2020