Episode 64 - The 3 Pillars of the Modern JRPG

The JRPG, while still popular, is a niche genre these days. Many of the best pieces of the format have been adopted in mainstream gaming as everything seems to have “RPG Elements” nowadays. The genre is being kept alive by 3 defining franchises that represent most of the sales and become the blueprint that other JRPGs follow: Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Persona. In this episode, we discuss the pillars of the JRPG and what these franchises tell us about the direction of the genre going forward.

Intro music provided by sawsquarenoise. Used with permission.

Episode 34 - Chrono Trigger vs. I Am Setsuna: Setsuna’s in a Pickle

If you’ve been following us on Twitter (@biscasualgamers), you’ll know that Aaron and Chris have been going back and forth on the value of I Am Setsuna over a game from which it was clearly inspired, Chrono Trigger. This gave us an idea for a different type of BCG episode where the gamers compare and contrast two similar games, drawing out the best and the worst each has to offer. This time, Aaron and Chris take that Twitter war to the podcast, comparing the two RPGs across the board. Can the protege overtake the master, or does the 16-bit legend take the more modern iteration to task? The gamers break each game down into a number of components, each generating a different perspective on the overall discussion. In the game assignments segment, Chris attempts to get to know Stardew Valley, and Aaron shares a confession.

Episode 32 - BCG Hall of Fame: Final Fantasy 6

Final Fantasy 6 is undoubtedly one of the best games in history, and arguably the best on the SNES. The game itself has been discussed in many forums throughout the years, but we think there’s even more to this exceptional game that’s gone continually overlooked. In the second installment of the BCG Hall of Fame, Aaron and Chris focus on the often underrepresented portions of the game, including thematics, storytelling, character connections, side quests, and soundtrack. It’s truly astonishing that such a game can been so deep with such limited hardware resources. In the assignments segment, Chris gives his overview of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch, and Aaron returns to his Vita, playing Lumines: Electronic Symphony.