RPGFan's Retro Encounter

RPGFan's Retro Encounter

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Join the RPGFan crew as they play through and discuss classic RPGs and adventure games!.


238 - Mother 3 Part II
May 28 • 86 min
Retro Encounter plays through the second half of Mother 3, discussing chapters 4 through 8.
237 - Mother 3 Part I
May 21 • 65 min
The panel discusses the first four chapters of Mother 3, along with its main characters and overall themes.
236 - Game Boy Advance Encounter
May 14 • 85 min
A group of RPGFan panelists gab about the RPGs of Nintendo’s cuddly cobalt handheld.
235 - Final Fantasy VII Remake Spoilercast
May 11 • 106 min
A panel goes into a spoiler-filled discussion of the 2020 RPG Final Fantasy VII Remake.
234 - Castlevania The Animated Series
Apr 30 • 78 min
Retro Encounter discusses the Castlevania animated series in detail.
233 - Soul Blazer Part II
Apr 23 • 94 min
In-depth discussion on the second half of SNES action RPG Soul Blazer.
232 - Soul Blazer Part I
Apr 16 • 84 min
In-depth discussion on the first half of SNES action RPG Soul Blazer.
231 - Mental Health, Self-Care, and Gaming
Apr 9 • 89 min
An episode on video games as escapism, empathy devices, and other aids to mental health and self-care.
230 - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Part II
Apr 3 • 64 min
In-depth discussion on the second half of Atlus crossover RPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.
229 - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Part I
Mar 26 • 66 min
In-depth discussion on the first half of Atlus crossover RPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.
228 - RPG Adaptations Part II
Mar 19 • 56 min
Retro Encounter does another episode on what books, films, and TV shows they’d like to see adapted into RPGs.
227 - Dragon Quest: Your Story
Mar 13 • 67 min
Dragon Quest V is a video game near and dear to the hearts of many Dragon Quest fans, but how about its animated adaptation? Three Retro Encounter panelists tackle Dragon Quest: Your Story, a cartoon that makes some very strange decisions in retelling the…
226 - NieR: Automata Part II
Mar 6 • 106 min
Our panelists talk about the philosophy, fashion, hard decisions, and even the end credits of NieR: Automata, and how all of the above hurt their feelings.
225 - NieR: Automata Part I
Feb 20 • 102 min
Retro Encounter discusses the 2017 RPG superhit NieR: Automata, in which the panelists discuss the philosophy, action, music, colors, and more of Yoko Taro’s magnum opus. Nothing can stop us from getting to the end of A route, except for aggressive moose.…
224 - The RPGFan Dating Game
Feb 13 • 97 min
Retro Encounter thought that a game of “Wed, Bed, Behead?” was too disturbring for a G-rated program, so we added an explicit tag and removed murder. Three RPGFan panelists put forth sets of hypothetical bachelors and bachelorettes and play a 1970s Dating…
222 - AI: The Somnium Files Spoilercast
Feb 9 • 96 min
AI: The Somnium Files was one of the understated hit visual novels of 2019, except that the game’s tone and story is anything but. Five Retro Encounter panelists break down Kotaro Uchikoshi’s wild dream-dropping murder mystery talking about its…
223 - Suikoden V Part II
Jan 30 • 106 min
Our three Stars of Destiny return for Part 2 of our Suikoden V game journal episode! Come listen to our panellists dissect every inch of this PlayStation 2 gem and maybe the rest of the Suikoden series while they are at it. Featuring: Leona McCallum, Tris…
221 - Suikoden V Part I
Jan 16 • 96 min
Almost two years since our first Suikoden game journal, we return to the series with three dedicated fans of the series. Our three panelists all agree Suikoden V is a return to form after the fourth entry, with arguably the finest cast in the whole…
220 - Cthulhu Saves Christmas with Zeboyd Games
Jan 9 • 69 min
Retro Encounter welcomes a special guest for the first time in its brief history, with Robert Boyd and Bill Stiernberg of Zeboyd Games visitng to discuss their latest RPG, Cthulhu Saves Christmas. The Zeboyd duo discuss their ten-year careers in indie…
219 - Top Ten PSone RPGs
Jan 2 • 80 min
Retro Encounter recorded podcasts on over a dozen PlayStation games over the past five years, so naturally we have some ideas about which are the best and worst. On the first Retro Encounter episode of 2020 four panelists rank their favorite PlayStation…
218 - Retro Encounter Year in Review 2019
Dec 27, 2019 • 119 min
The final Retro Encounter episode of 2019 is a celebration of the year that was, in which five panelists detail over a dozen new RPGs they played in the preceding twelve months. Afterwards, the panel shares role-playing game regrets and resolutions for…
217 - Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Part II
Dec 19, 2019 • 64 min
An in-depth discussion on the second half of Capcom’s spooky DS visual novel, Ghost Trick
216 - Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Part I
Dec 13, 2019 • 66 min
An in-depth discussion on the first half of the killer Capcom DS adventure game Ghost Trick
215 - Another RPGFan Quiz Show!
Dec 6, 2019 • 84 min
Retro Encounter hosts a second quiz show about RPG topics, contested between four intrepid contestants
214 - Vagrant Story Part II
Nov 29, 2019 • 64 min
We’re back for part 2 of our Vagrant Story discussion! Our two panelists go over the Vagrant Story endgame, Ashley Riot’s motivations, and the future of Vagrant Story in today’s episode. There are some kind words about Yasumi Matsuno and some less-kind…
213 - Vagrant Story Part I
Nov 24, 2019 • 65 min
Vagrant Story is an experimental, cinematic RPG of the year 2000 with a battle system that’s complicated both to navigate and explain. Fortunately, today’s podcast goes deep into the presentation and mechanics of this Squaresoft classic, from graphics to…
212 - EarthBound Revisited
Nov 15, 2019 • 76 min
Two panelists from Retro Encounter’s 2017 EarthBound episodes join with two relative newcomers to the RPGFan staff for an all-new EarthBound discussion, which connects Super Smash Brothers to One Piece to Undertale to the Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. Good…
211 - Grandia Part II
Nov 8, 2019 • 78 min
We’re back for the second half of Retro Encounter’s journey through the world of the first Grandia! Our pair of panelists discuss the rambunctious Rapp, the secrets of Alent, and what Baal and his cronies are up to. Featuring: Zach Wilkerson, Hilary…
210 - Final Fantasy Fantasy Draft
Oct 31, 2019 • 89 min
In a very unusual episode of Retro Encounter, the host selfishly combines two of his longtime obsessions: Final Fantasy and fantasy football. Four panelists attempt to draft Final Fantasy characters into an ultimate Final Fantasy team, purely for fun and…
209 - Grandia Part I
Oct 25, 2019 • 73 min
Grandia, the Saturn classic later ported to PlayStation, saw new life in 2019 with ports available for Switch and PC. Two Retro Encounter panelists check and see if the Game Arts opus holds up, examining its intriguing battle system, long and winding…
208 - The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Revisited
Oct 12, 2019 • 74 min
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a beloved 1993 classic with a recent 2019 remake. We wanted to discuss it in detail on a podcast, but we did so back in 2018! Hence the “revisited” in this episode title and also the emphasis on that recent remake…
207 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses Spoilercast
Oct 11, 2019 • 140 min
Fire Emblem: Three Houses made a huge splash among RPG fans in general and Fire Emblem fans in particular in July 2019, and a few months later we’re ready to dive deep into a spoilercast all about it. Favorite characters, the nuances of different story…
206 - Wild ARMs 3 Part II
Sep 26, 2019 • 55 min
The second half of Wild ARMs 3 is loaded with hidden puzzle rooms, secret bosses, unidentified flying objects, and story surprises. Wild ARMs 3 has many hidden depths buried in its post-apocalyptic sands, and Retro Encounter’s panel is ready to dig in.…
205 - Wild ARMs 3 Part I
Sep 19, 2019 • 75 min
Wild ARMs fans can’t agree which game is the best in the series, but Wild ARMs 3 won a public poll held earlier this year, so that’s the Ramen Western our two Retro Encounter panelists are taking on. Post-apocalyptic cowboys, shamanistic magic, and an…
204 - DS Encounter
Sep 12, 2019 • 83 min
Retro Encounter celebrates Nintendo’s massively successful handheld in a new console-dedicated episode! Melodramatic lawyers, gentleman professors, Square Enix remakes, and even rotoscoped detectives get their shine in this episode celebrating as many…
203 - Which Dragon Quest Is Dragon Best?
Sep 5, 2019 • 83 min
With Dragon Quest XI’s Switch version on the horizon and Dragon Quest Builders II in the rearview mirror, two of Retro Encounter’s distinguished Dragon Quest dilettantes delve into the entire series catalogue. Eventually, the dynamic duo determine Retro…
202 - RPG Villains: Luca Blight
Aug 22, 2019 • 63 min
Luca Blight, the mad dog of a bad prince from Suikoden II, is one of the most memorable villains of Japanese RPGs, and Retro Encounter is bringing back the RPG Villains format to celebrate, analyze, and reproach him.
201 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Part II
Aug 15, 2019 • 100 min
In their second exploration of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, a panel gets deep into Erebonian politics, giant robots, and school dances. Plot twists, connections to other Trails titles, and more take center stage at the Thors Military…
200 - The Retro Encounter Awards
Aug 12, 2019 • 79 min
Retro Encounter celebrates 200 episodes with its very own awards show! Five panelists discuss more than twenty awards subjects, except they aren’t beholden to particular years, specific genres, or common sense. The categories, winners, and panelists…
199 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Part I
Aug 6, 2019 • 85 min
Retro Encounter braves their second Falcom journey of 2019 with The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, an epic tale of generations of war, an economic class divide, and questionable school field trips.
198 - Trials of Mana Part II
Jul 25, 2019 • 76 min
Four Retro Encounter panelists each finished Trials of Mana (maybe more than once) and there is plenty to discuss. The game hits its non-linear middle chapter and choice-determined finale, and everything from elemental weaknesses to class changes to…
197 - Summer Nights
Jul 21, 2019 • 52 min
Three RPGFan panelists spend a warm July evening reminiscing about the games of summer. Games played durring summer break from school, games that have a summery feeling, or even games tied to specific middle-of-the-year-in-the-northern-hemisphere memories.
196 - Trials of Mana Part I
Jul 11, 2019 • 73 min
Seiken Densetsu 3 spent more than two decades on lists of “great Japanese RPGs that never left Japan,” until June 2019. It was added to the Retro Encounter schedule minutes after the announcement during E3 2019. A month after that fateful Nintendo Direct,…
195 - Worst in Show
Jul 4, 2019 • 102 min
It’s fun to talk about what you love, but almost as much fun to wallow in shared disdain. Four panelists discuss their LEAST favorite games in a few of their favorite series, from Kingdom Hearts Re:Remakes to flawed first or second games of legendary JRPG…
194 - Until Dawn
Jun 30, 2019 • 67 min
Retro Encounter gets spooky as two panelists discuss Until Dawn, the horror-narrative game where everyone can live, everyone can die, and everyone will definitely get chased around a resort cabin by psychopaths and wendigos.
193 - Mythology and Folklore in RPGs
Jun 20, 2019 • 65 min
RPGs are heavily influenced by myths, and on today’s Retro Encounter three folklore enthusiasts talk about mythology in RPGs in depth, from the best depictions of Cerberus to DOS freeware Thor puzzle-action games.
192 - Honor thy Mother and thy Father
Jun 18, 2019 • 82 min
RPGFan recently celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with separate features dedicate to the moms and dads of RPGs, and Retro Encounter is here to piggyback on those pieces like they’re a dad at a swimming pool. Three panelists discuss the best moms…
191 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Revisited
Jun 7, 2019 • 69 min
Two longtime Castlevania fans revisit the PS1 nonlinear side-scrolling action RPG by examining Castlevania’s past, considering Symphony of the Night’s influence, and prognosticating Koji Igarashi’s future.
190 - Ask Me Another: An RPGFan Quiz Show!
May 30, 2019 • 99 min
In our third and final episode of Retro Encounter’s Podcast Tribute series, our hosts emulate Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton for an RPGFan episode of Ask Me Another. Four contestants tackle sixty RPG trivia questions for the chance to win nothing…
189 - Chrono Cross Part II
May 23, 2019 • 58 min
The dream is not over yet. Retro Encounter’s journey through Chrono Cross continues, with a discussion of the latter half of the game. From the Dead Sea to Chronopolis, the depths of the ocean to the heights of Terra Tower, to beyond the darkness of time…
188 - How Did This Get Made: Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
May 17, 2019 • 60 min
Maybe art is subjective? Retro Encounter emulates How Did This Get Made for an episode all about Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. The panelists break down the movie’s plot, themes, and style in our most cinematic episode since the Final Fantasy Film Festival.…
187 - Chrono Cross Part I
May 9, 2019 • 50 min
On this episode of Retro Encounter, we take a look back at one of the most divisive sequels in gaming history. When you’re following up on what many consider to be the greatest RPG ever made, it would be easy to stick to the tried-and-true, but Chrono…
186 - RPG Villains: Kefka Palazzo
May 2, 2019 • 56 min
Retro Encounter’s producer takes inspiration from another of his favorite podcasts in today’s episode all about the sorceror clown of Final Fantasy VI, Kefka. Three panelists examine Kefka’s deeds, motivations, and impact with questions like “is there any…
185 - Missing Classics
Apr 25, 2019 • 76 min
Classic Editions! Nintendo and Sony recently created three bespoke boxes full of classic video games, but none of them have enough RPGs. Today’s Retro Encounter episode is wishful thinking about the three high-profile mini consoles and theorycrafting some…
184 - Ys: The Oath in Felghana Part II
Apr 18, 2019 • 58 min
Adol Christin and three panelists conclude their visit to the hometown of Dogi the Wall Crusher in a new Retro Encounter episode on Ys: The Oath in Felghana. Is this the greatest Ys game?
183 - Ys: The Oath in Felghana Part I
Apr 11, 2019 • 52 min
Ys is a decades-old series centered on the travels of the adventurer Adol Christin as he explores derelict civilizations, clashes with ambitious imperialists, and battles ancient evils. Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a remake of the third Ys game, in which…
182 - Job Search Part I
Apr 4, 2019 • 62 min
Character classes! Job systems! From Wizardry to Final Fantasy to World of Warcraft to Octopath Traveler, many RPG characters are defined by player-selected classes and jobs. In today’s episode we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of job systems in…
181 - Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals Part II
Mar 28, 2019 • 60 min
Lufia II is a timeless classic and continues to capture the hearts of gamers to this very day so let’s bring our Lufia love to its bittersweet conclusion in this weeks episode. Whether you’re travelling to work by boat, submarine or paraglider pop in…
180 - Kingdom Hearts III Spoilercast
Mar 23, 2019 • 112 min
Three huge Kingdom Hearts get together to discuss the awesome Disney worlds, gorgeous action, and baffling story. But under all of the bombast and beauty, is it all worth it?
179 - Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals Part I
Mar 17, 2019 • 67 min
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals is a bonfide classic on the SNES, with an epic story, great characters, fiendish puzzles, and tons of superlative side content including raising pet monsters and challenging a 100-floor dungeon.
178 - Dances with Wolf Team
Mar 7, 2019 • 76 min
Wolf Team, a small Japanese developer active in the 1990s, has a surprising legacy of RPG creators lasting to the present day. tri-Ace, Namco Tales Studio, and several others have their roots in Wolf Team, which splintered after finishing the Super…
177 - Tales of Vesperia Part II
Feb 28, 2019 • 95 min
After hours of missable sidequests, coliseum fights, altered artes and blossoming friendships, does Tales of Vesperia stand the test of time?
176 - Tales of Vesperia Part I
Feb 22, 2019 • 94 min
We’re still celebrating Tales of month here at Retro Encounter, and what better time is there to form a guild? Nearly two years after our last Tales of game journal, Tales of Vesperia is on the docket, and the same three panelists return from the Tales of…
175 - A Thirst for Battle Part II
Feb 15, 2019 • 97 min
Our panel of RPG battle maniacs reconvenes for a discussion on RPG combat in real time, focusing on series that fight in real-time, or at least mostly in real-time. Hearts, Souls, Mana, and Ends of the World all make appearances in today’s action-packed…
174 - Tales of Favourites
Feb 10, 2019 • 114 min
Retro Encounter celebrates Namco’s long-running action RPG series all February in a special Month of Tales! We kick off Tales Of month with an episode discussing the entire series, from Abyss to Zestiria, eventually picking an official Retro Encounter’s…
173 - Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
Feb 1, 2019 • 94 min
Retro Encounter had so much fun playing 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors last year that the same four codenamed panelists reunited for the sequel! Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward has more friendly robots, more diabolical puzzles, and more…
172 - Kingdom Hearts Part II
Jan 24, 2019 • 83 min
Dancing in Halloween Town, skulking in Hollow Bastion, and fighting Kingdom Hearts’s strong suite of secret bosses all come into play in Retro Encounter’s Kingdom Hearts finale!
171 - This Episode Is Not About RPGs
Jan 19, 2019 • 118 min
The four panelists are sick and tired of talking about RPGs for 170 episodes, so for 171 they’ll try the opposite route and talk about their favorite video games and video game series that RPGFan doesn’t cover.
170 - Kingdom Hearts Part I
Jan 10, 2019 • 85 min
Kingdom Hearts, the popular Square-Disney crossover PS2 RPG, gets discussion worthy of its cult following. Deep appreciation for Kingdom Hearts’ voice acting and music and considerably less appreciation for the designs of a few early stages are the…
169 - Dragon Quest XI Spoilercast
Jan 3, 2019 • 92 min
Retro Encounter indulges in its host’s selfish whims and does a deep dive discussion into Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of An Elusive Age, the latest title in the seminal Japanese RPG series.
168 - 2018 Year in Review
Dec 27, 2018 • 107 min
Retro Encounter puts a bow on 2018 by discussing several of its video game highlights, including games that quest, games that hunt, games that spin, games that code, and even games that Go. Here’s to the year that’s gone and to the year about to begin!
167 - A Thirst for Battle Part I
Dec 20, 2018 • 94 min
Today we focused on turn-based combat, from the earliest Japanese RPGs through grid-based systems to whatever the hell Final Fantasy XII is. So check the attacks queue, wait your turn, and strike that episode link!
166 - 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Part II
Dec 13, 2018 • 93 min
Today’s episode of Retro Encounter goes deep into the finale of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. Neuroscience, quantum physics, and prosopagnosia all feature prominently in a surprisingly academic episode of Retro Encounter!
165 - 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Part I
Dec 7, 2018 • 92 min
In the first Retro Encounter episode dedicated to 999, discussion centers on the game’s cast, structure, and numerous instances of the number 9. There are A LOT.
164 - Building the Pokemon League
Nov 30, 2018 • 62 min
Four Pokémon enthusiasts devise teams for a theoretical Elite Four, and then conspire to build a team for a worthy Champion. Really though, it’s an excuse to discuss our favorite Pocket Monsters.
163 - RPG Cuisine
Nov 22, 2018 • 90 min
A discussion about RPG foods and feasts. The panelists break down their favorite cooking systems, foodie side quests, and the most delicious-looking meals in RPGs. Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Hilary Andreff, Keegan Lee, Tris Mendoza
162 - Golden Sun Part II
Nov 15, 2018 • 74 min
It’s time for the Sun to set on this game journal and your three Adepts are back, back, back again with a second Golden Sun podcast! Come join us as we discuss solving colour-based puzzles while colourblind; try to figure out if this game was just a…
161 - Golden Sun Part I
Nov 8, 2018 • 87 min
Join us on the first part of our November game journal, the GBA classic Golden Sun, as our three intrepid editors unravel the myriad mysteries of Weyard. Is Kraden a bad role model for children? Is Vale the worst starting town in an RPG? And will Tris be…
160 - Mermaid Swamp
Oct 31, 2018 • 55 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means Retro Encounter is getting its spook on. The crew discusses Japanese indie no-budget horror titles, followed by a playthrough of Mermaid Swamp.
159 - Mega Man Legends 2 Part II
Oct 26, 2018 • 66 min
Mr. Volnutt travels through a few tiresome elemental dungeons and buys expensive shoes. Our hero learns how to circle-strafe and all about his past in the second half of his second game, and we talk all about it on Retro Encounter!
158 - Mega Man Legends 2 Part I
Oct 19, 2018 • 80 min
New islands, new robots, and new pirates are in store for our panelists as Mega Man Legends month continues. In our first episode on Mega Man Legends 2, the panelists go over the game’s multitude of improvements made to Mega Man Legends 2 as well as the…
157 - Mega Man Legends Part II
Oct 11, 2018 • 66 min
Our discussion of the first Mega Man Legends concludes in our new podcast episode. Who is the mysterious robot at the center of the ruins? How much Zenny do you need to upgrade all the weapons? What’s on TV in Mega Man’s airship? All these questions and…
156 - Mega Man Legends Part I
Oct 4, 2018 • 66 min
Retro Encounter celebrates the recent release of Mega Man 11 by revisiting the two action RPG adventures of the Blue Bomber on the original PlayStation!
155 - Suikoden II Part II
Sep 27, 2018 • 106 min
Suikoden II is a true cult classic, and five podcast panelists try their best to do it justice in our second Suikoden II podcast. Vampires are hunted, unstoppable forces meet immovable objects, and endgame scenarios are flagged in the thrilling conclusion…
154 - Fire Emblem: Past, Present, and Future
Sep 21, 2018 • 95 min
Somehow, we’ve barely talked about Nintendo’s decades-long series of strategy RPGs on Retro Encounter, so today is the day we correct that injustice! Series origins, favorite characters, the future of Fire Emblem, and the state of the fan community are…
153 - Suikoden II Part I
Sep 14, 2018 • 96 min
Suikoden II was the most-requested Retro Encounter game for the first three years of the podcast, so today we give the people what they want! Luca Blight’s savagery, Jowy Atreides’ ambition, and Nanami’s role as the perfect big sister are all topics on…
152 - Top Ten SNES RPGs For Real This Time
Sep 7, 2018 • 103 min
Retro Encounter fooled its listeners good in April of this year, so in September the same three panelists make it up by rattling off a list of top ten SNES RPGs, for real this time. Did we include any Quintet games? How many Final Fantasy games made it?…
151 - Shadow Hearts Part II
Aug 30, 2018 • 67 min
Join us for the exciting conclusion of our Shadow Hearts game journal as we tour Europe! It’s a refreshing melding of the familiar and fantastical as we meet vampires, psychic London orphans, and even some really likable townsfolk.
150 - Listener Mailbag
Aug 23, 2018 • 149 min
150 episodes in, and Retro Encounter still can’t stay on topic. For this milestone episode five panelists read a collection of listener emails received over the past month, with topics ranging from great RPG battle systems to white whales to suggestions…
149 - Shadow Hearts Part I
Aug 16, 2018 • 53 min
What mischief will our panel get into as we follow along with the Rude Hero and play through this PS2 gem? We’re discussing this title’s abundant atmosphere - the spooky, ghostly, and humorous - as the party journeys through East Asia.
148 - Final Fantasy VII Remake: Hopes and Fears
Aug 12, 2018 • 78 min
Final Fantasy VII is an unassailable classic in the eyes of many RPG fans, and naturally Retro Encounter’s panelists are divided on their feelings about the upcoming FF VII remake.
147 - RPG World Tour
Aug 2, 2018 • 104 min
Setting is an extremely important element to any RPG, adding to a game’s visual, interactive, and tonal presentation. So naturally a few Retro Encounter panelists have thoughts. Four panelists each present a few of their favorite RPG worlds, detailing why…
146 - Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Part II
Jul 27, 2018 • 95 min
Retro Encounter completes its journey through Lunar and Lunar 2 for our special Lunar Month, in which the heroes of Lunar 2 confront personal adversaries, free the souls of four powerful dragons, and challenge an ancient evil… only for the real story to…
145 - Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Part I
Jul 19, 2018 • 80 min
Part 3 of Lunar month continues with part 1 of our Lunar 2: Eternal Blue podcast! We expound on the fabulous Sega CD sequel, with discussion topics including Lucia’s fashion choices, Ronfar and Jean divulging their secret pasts within moments of meeting…
144 - Lunar: The Silver Star Part II
Jul 12, 2018 • 72 min
Lunar Month continues for Retro Encounter, where our trio of intrepid podcasters discuss anime betrayals, dominatrix outfits, and Saturday morning cartoon villainy. A dragonmaster is born, four new heroes rise to the occasion, and a flying cat finally…
143 - Lunar: The Silver Star Part I
Jul 5, 2018 • 75 min
Retro Encounter kicks off Lunar Month with a discussion, exploration, and celebration of Lunar: The Silver Star! We jive about the first half of Lunar 1’s story, the strengths and weaknesses of the 90s RPG grind, the differences between Lunar’s remakes…
142 - Mass Effect Part II
Jun 28, 2018 • 80 min
It’s a big galaxy out there, but somebody’s got to save it from the Reapers. And that somebody is our intrepid panel of sci-fi gamers!
141 - Super Boss Battles
Jun 21, 2018 • 100 min
Super bosses. Not a final boss, but an extra challenge not for the faint of heart; maybe a well-hidden story secret or a bonus endgame reward. Is that Desert Rose or Earth Circlet worth it?
140 - Mass Effect Part I
Jun 14, 2018 • 105 min
Despite its dated visuals and janky systems, the original Mass Effect holds a special place in the hearts of many of us here at RPGFan. Whatever the reason, we’re always excited to chat about this epic series and the game that started it all.
139 - Ace Attorney
Jun 7, 2018 • 89 min
Retro Encounter examines the career of gaming’s most prominent team of cartoon lawyers in a special episode celebrating the Ace Attorney series of puzzle adventure games.
138 - Darksiders II
May 31, 2018 • 66 min
Last time the Retro Encounter crew took a look at the demonic shenanigans of Darksiders, we journeyed as the Horseman War on his journey of vengeance. Now, his brother Death rides forth in a second adventure, trying to clear War’s name.
137 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Part II
May 24, 2018 • 67 min
Our second Super Mario RPG episode goes from Monstro Town to Nimbus Land, back to Yo’ster Isle again, and then finally Bowser’s Castle.
136 - Confessions Part II
May 18, 2018 • 64 min
Retro Encounter goes into the booth again for a second confessional episode, in which three panelists admit not to have played a few classic RPGs. Confession, contrition, acceptance, and recommendations, in that order.
135 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: Part I
May 10, 2018 • 62 min
Super Mario RPG is a weird coincidence of a game. The most recognizable video game hero in the history starring an RPG made by Square during their 90s heyday, with a Yoko Shimomura soundtrack and Shigeru Miyamoto as an executive producer.
134 - The Airing of Grievances
May 3, 2018 • 101 min
We love RPGs here at RPGFan, but that doesn’t mean we’re fans of everything in RPGs. We all have vexations, annoyances, and pet peeves about RPGs, so we decided to air those complaints in a special, very negative podcast episode.
133 - The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Apr 26, 2018 • 74 min
Retro Encounter gives the people what they want! The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap won a poll to be covered on Retro Encounter earlier this year, and is an interesting piece of the Zelda canon in its own right.
132 - What Is Zelda?
Apr 19, 2018 • 69 min
What is Zelda? Do we want a future Zelda game with Zelda playable? Do we like it in 2D or 3D? Is Zelda an RPG? Whatever you want it to be, of course, both, and surprisingly yes.
131 - The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Apr 12, 2018 • 66 min
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, the Game Boy Zelda game with no Zelda, no Sages, no Hyrule, and some unique mechanics and situations relative to other Zelda games.
130 - Favorite Legend of Zelda
Apr 5, 2018 • 108 min
In the third installment of Retro Encounter’s “favorite game within a particular series” miniseries, five Retro Encounter panelists break down every title in the storied selection of The Legend of Zelda video games.
129 - Top Ten SNES RPGs
Apr 1, 2018 • 51 min
The Super Nintendo is a beloved console that delivered some of the greatest role-playing video games ever devised. In today’s special podcast these two passions meet when our three panelists count down the ten greatest RPGs for the Super Nintendo.
128 - Planescape: Torment Part II
Mar 29, 2018 • 84 min
Keegan and Robert’s journey into the heart of despair continues! After playing midwife to the Alley of Lingering Sighs, the two venture into the lower wards in search of the infamous night hag Ravel Puzzlewell.
127 - RPG Adaptations
Mar 22, 2018 • 93 min
Maybe your favorite RPG is an original story, or maybe your favorite RPG stands on the shoulders of giants? Today’s Retro Encounter episode discusses RPG adaptations of other works, including non-RPG video games, novels from all over the world,…
126 - Planescape: Torment Part I
Mar 15, 2018 • 59 min
This week Retro Encounter takes on Planescape: Torment, the classic PC RPG based on the popular Dungeons and Dragons setting Planescape.
125 - RPG Spinoffs
Mar 8, 2018 • 107 min
Some RPGs just can’t stay RPGs. Whether it’s stylishg fighting games, colorful roguelikes, nostalgic music games, or free-to-play card games, RPGs have spun off into a myriad of genres.
124 - Valkyrie Profile Part II
Mar 2, 2018 • 101 min
A new challenger appears in our second Valkyrie Profile episode, where a Valkryie Profile superfan joins our two-person panel from the first episode to break down the second half of the tri-Ace cult classic.
123 - Year of the Dog
Feb 22, 2018 • 65 min
This week’s Retro Encounter podcast celebrates the Lunar New Year’s Year of the Dog with the most godlike dog in all of video games. Okami, starring the canine artist-god Amaterasu, has been praised like the sun over the years, and today Retro Encounter…
122 - Valkyrie Profile Part I
Feb 17, 2018 • 73 min
Two Retro Encounter panelists played through the first three chapters of Valkyrie Profile for your listening pleasure. tri-Ace’s wild interpretation of Norse myth became a cult hit as well as a rare, sought-after PlayStation disc.
121 - The Practical Cats of RPGs
Feb 8, 2018 • 80 min
Ah, cats - stubborn, aloof, proud creatures who enjoy lazing around, eating and bringing you dead animals as presents. There are as many cat lovers as there are dog lovers on the site, so on the cusp of Year of the Dog, we decided to celebrate all things…
120 - The Thrill of the Hunt
Feb 1, 2018 • 73 min
Monster Hunter World is upon us, and it’s the first video game blockbuster hit of 2018. A game from last week isn’t quite retro enough for Retro Encounter though, so three of RPGFan’s most enthusiastic Monster Hunter fans hop on the show to talk about…
119 - Chroma Squad
Jan 25, 2018 • 65 min
This week, our host is extremely excited to play the Power Rangers-inspired indie strategy RPG Chroma Squad, and two other Retro Encounter panelists are at least willing to humor him. So is the rainbow-hued Chroma Squad a Tokusatsu triumph, or a sad…
118 - Undertale
Jan 18, 2018 • 71 min
Retro Encounter continues its January indie games month with a very special episode all about the 2015 smash hit Undertale! Undertale was programmed, written, and composed by a single creator, but it takes three Retro Encounter panelists to properly…
117 - OFF
Jan 11, 2018 • 79 min
The indie game scene is thriving in 2018, but ten years ago was a different time. Today, three Retro Encounter panelists examine OFF, a 2008 French-language indie title created in RPGMaker 2003.
116 - Breath of Fire IV Part II
Jan 4, 2018 • 83 min
Retro Encounter unites the Yorae Dragon in our second Breath of Fire IV episode. Both panelists are Breath of Fire IV fans, one from childhood and one newly minted.
115 - 2017 Year in Review
Dec 28, 2017 • 115 min
Continuing a Retro Encounter annual tradition, six panelists talk the year in video games, from January’s Tales of Berseria to December’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2. 2017 was such a dense year for RPGs that there is a lot to talk about.
114 - Breath of Fire IV Part I
Dec 21, 2017 • 71 min
Retro Encounter listeners voted back in September on a future Retro Encounter game, and now we finally deliver! Breath of Fire IV won the poll, and the duo behind The Good Dogs of RPGs podcast reunites to discuss the first chapter of the 2000 Capcom…
113 - Final Fantasy I
Dec 14, 2017 • 66 min
Two Retro Encounter panelists discuss the game that started it all in our fifth Final Fantasy podcast in as many weeks. We discuss Final Fantasy I’s story, gameplay, influence, and even apocryphal development stories in this episode, with the oldest…
112 - Memoria Final Fantasy Part II
Dec 7, 2017 • 73 min
Retro Encounter’s stroll down memory lane for Final Fantasy’s 30th anniversary continues, with the panelists discussing the PS2 era to the present. The Fabula Nova Crystallis project, our favorite Final Fantasy XIV jobs, and late-game Blitzball strategy.
111 - Memoria Final Fantasy Part I
Nov 30, 2017 • 83 min
This podcast began its life as a well-intentioned jaunt through our favorite Final Fantasy memories for the 30th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series. It ended up being a monstrous meditation on more than fifteen Final Fantasy games that needed to be…
110 - Final Fantasy Film Festival
Nov 23, 2017 • 74 min
The aspiring filmmakers of Square Enix attempted Final Fantasy animated films three times over the past 17 years. Three Retro Encounter panelists watched them all and put on their headsets to discuss the three films.
109 - Final Fantasy IX
Nov 16, 2017 • 95 min
Earlier this year, Retro Ecounter discussed one of the most debated topics - what is the best Final Fantasy game? After deliberation, there was one clear winner, and that’s the subject of today’s episode. Three Retro regulars get together to discuss Final…
108 - BlizzCon 2017
Nov 9, 2017 • 70 min
BlizzCon 2017 is behind us, and Retro Encounter original host Jolly Josh Curry reunites with Entitled Mike Sollosi to discuss all of the Blizzard goodness revealed and elaborated at the show.
107 - Spooky Encounter
Oct 31, 2017 • 71 min
It’s the time of year to celebrate the creepy, the kooky, and the altogether ooky. Three of Retro Encounter’s horror aficionados discuss their favorite horror RPGs, scary video game moments, or unexpectedly creepy parts of otherwise cheery RPGs.
106 - Digital Devil Saga Part II
Oct 26, 2017 • 59 min
Our three panelists were busy the past two weeks and nobody was able to finish Digital Devil Saga in time for the podcast. It’s an embarrassing Retro Encounter first. That doesn’t mean there was a lack of discussion, though!
105 - Wacky Weapons
Oct 19, 2017 • 60 min
Who needs ultimate weapons? Not us here at Retro Encounter! While we might have explored the subject before, this week’s episode looks at all things stupid and fun - Wacky Weapons!
104 - Digital Devil Saga Part I
Oct 11, 2017 • 61 min
Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner was a PS2 Atlus experiment; two games made in the image of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, starring transforming cannibals in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Is the cult classic also a critical hit?
103 - Quintet Encounter
Oct 5, 2017 • 69 min
Quintet! Whether it’s a hands-on deity rebuilding civilization, children exploring the different sides of the human condition, or rainbow robot rumbles, Quintet games always feel unique and interesting.
102 - Final Fantasy XII Part II
Sep 30, 2017 • 86 min
Three Retro Encounter panelists reconvene to discuss the second half of Final Fantasy XII, going deep into its ending and optional content. Hunts, espers, music, and romantic shipping each take center stage in today’s episode.
101 - Final Fantasy XII Part I
Sep 21, 2017 • 78 min
Retro Encounter returns to Dalmasca with Final Fantasy XII, recently remastered for PS4. In this first episode our panelists talk classes, characters, and personal memories of Final Fantasy XII, especially the game’s excellent localization and Vaan’s…
Retro Encounter 100
Sep 14, 2017 • 86 min
Retro Encounter’s first episode posted in May of 2015, and today in September of 2017 Retro Encounter hits triple digits. For its hundredth outing, six recurring Retro panelists play an elimination game to determine a future episode subject, and also wax…
99 - Favorite RPG Casts & Characters
Sep 7, 2017 • 68 min
Today is Casts & Characters day on RPGFan! To accompany the site featured articles, Retro Encounter has five of the feature writers present to talk about their favorite RPG ensembles.
98 - Ultimate Weapons
Aug 31, 2017 • 72 min
Ultimate weapons. When you find one in an RPG, it’s a symbol of accomplishment, a trophy representing high dedication and near-completion of its game. And four RPGFan podcasters are here to talk about those weapons, those trophies, and those hoops.
97 - Grim Fandango Part II
Aug 24, 2017 • 77 min
Grim Fandango continues to stun our panel with its original setting and sharp wit, and continues to frustrate that same panel with 1990s adventure game design.
96 - Viva Diablo!
Aug 18, 2017 • 85 min
Blizzard’s Diablo series is over twenty years old, and over three games and two official expansions it’s changed in leaps and bounds. Three of RPGFan’s premier Diablo fanboys examine the evolutionary arc of the series, from the plodding walking speed of…
95 - Grim Fandango Part I
Aug 10, 2017 • 66 min
Retro Encounter gets spooky in August with a playthrough of the classic 1998 LucasArts adventure game, Grim Fandango. Snappy dialog, obtuse puzzles, aggressive fiery beavers, and mysterious cat races all make an appearance in Grim Fandango’s first two…
94 - Pokemon Green Shield Version
Aug 3, 2017 • 93 min
Several RPGFan staff are big fans of Pokemon, so of course they have strong feelings about the different generations of Pokemon games. In today’s episode, three panelists argue to determine the best overall Pokemon generation, with some discussion…
93 - GameCube Encounter
Jul 28, 2017 • 86 min
The GameCube is not the first console many people think of when we think about RPGs. We look back at the best multiplayer RPGs and forgotten gems on the system, and of course, with it being Nintendo, we could not escape without talking about some of their…
92 - EarthBound Part II
Jul 20, 2017 • 72 min
Four EarthBound panelists return to discuss Earthbound’s alternately charming, bizarre, disturbing, and satisfying finale, from deserts to swamps to prehistoric underworlds (?) and alien attacks from the distant past (???). It’s another hour of EarthBound…
91 - Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Jul 15, 2017 • 73 min
Last year, four Retro Encounter panelists had a blast playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a murder mystery novel rife with twists and turns. In 2017, three of those four panelists return for a special one-off episode on its sequel, Danganronpa 2:…
90 - EarthBound Part I
Jul 6, 2017 • 69 min
EarthBound is one of the oddest, most original Japanese RPGs on the Super Nintendo, and over the years it’s amassed a cult following dwarfing that of Happy-Happyism. In this week’s Retro Encounter, four panelists explore EarthBound’s first half, taking…
89 - Fresh Produce!
Jun 30, 2017 • 57 min
Produce! was a game developer operating from 1990 to around 2000, and their output in that era resulted in three strange, unique, and fascinating RPGs: The 7th Saga, Brain Lord, and Mystic Ark. For today’s Retro Encounter, one knowledgeable Produce!…
88 - Dragon Quest V Part II
Jun 22, 2017 • 47 min
When we last visited Dragon Quest V in Retro Encounter, our hero was incapacitated in a stranger’s front lawn, but a chance meeting with his family has him return to action! Continue the Dragon Quest V’s hero’s journey as he rescues his wife, avenges his…
87 - Xenoblade Chronicles
Jun 16, 2017 • 84 min
It’s no secret that we here at RPGFan love Xenoblade Chronicles. We wanted to do a full playthrough of the game for Retro Encounter, but (and this will surprise no one) it’s just too damn long. So instead, we gathered a panel of Xeno fans to chill and…
86 - Dragon Quest V Part I
Jun 8, 2017 • 69 min
The people have spoken! Earlier this year, readers and listeners voted for Retro Encounter to play Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, and today Retro Encounter delivers! Our three panelists discuss the tragic life story of Dragon Quest V’s hero,…
85 - A Bird Story
Jun 1, 2017 • 29 min
A Bird Story, Kan Gao’s second indie hit, is a preview for the upcoming game Finding Paradise, but is a beautiful silent film of a game in its own right. With zero lines of dialog and a runtime of under 90 minutes, A Bird Story won’t take up much time to…
84 - The What-If Episode
May 26, 2017 • 42 min
Everyone has a what-if game. Or several. A game that only exists in theory, in the dreams of gamers who wish their favorite developers could make a title with everything they ever wanted. Rob and Peter wax hypothetical about video game projects that they…
83 - Darksiders Part II
May 18, 2017 • 57 min
The Retro Encounter crew continues their journey through the blasted hellscape of Darksiders, going through The Black Throne and beyond.
82 - Darksiders Part I
May 14, 2017 • 54 min
This week on Retro Encounter the panel dives into Darksiders, the brutal, edgy action game inspired by Zelda, God of War, and others. Join us as our panelists guide the incarnation of War as he wages war through a battleground of angels, demons, and all…
81 - Tales of the Abyss Part II
May 4, 2017 • 86 min
In their second Tales of the Abyss episode, Retro Encounter re-examines the principal characters, breaks down the motivations of the game’s villains, and tries to make sense of the ending. Some of these endeavors are more successful than others.
80 - Mario and RPGs
Apr 27, 2017 • 73 min
Three Retro Encounter panelists break down the Mario RPGs, from their SNES beginnings to last year’s Color Splash.
79 - Tales of the Abyss Part I
Apr 20, 2017 • 86 min
Tales games are ever-present JRPGs, and recently it feels like a new one gets released every year. This week the Retro Encounter panel looks back to the Tales heyday and examines a series fan favorite, Tales of the Abyss.
78 - Encounter of Mana
Apr 13, 2017 • 51 min
Inspired by the recent announcement of the Seiken Densetsu Collection for the Nintendo Switch, Retro Encounter devotes an entire episode to celebrating the highs and lows of Seiken Densetsu.
77 - Persona 3
Apr 6, 2017 • 91 min
The panelists get deep into playable characters, social links, Tartarus, Nyx, and more in this very Persona(l) episode of Retro Encounter.
76 - The Good Dogs of RPGs
Mar 29, 2017 • 65 min
Do we love seeing dogs in RPGs? Do all dogs go to heaven? Which dog is the best dog? Who let the dogs out? Yes, yes, all of them, and undetermined.
75 - Chrono Trigger Part II
Mar 22, 2017 • 81 min
So a polite robot, a gallant frog, and a cavewoman without an understanding of personal space walk into a bar, and save the world from the apocalypse?
74 - Favorite Final Fantasy
Mar 15, 2017 • 89 min
Four Retro Encounter panelists gather to come up with a list of a few of their favorite games. Sound familliar? Possibly. Regardless, today’s podcast is an exercise to determine Retro Encounter’s favorite Final Fantasy game. What could possibly go wrong?
73 - Chrono Trigger Part I
Mar 8, 2017 • 75 min
Chrono Trigger is one of the few RPGs that’s widely considered to be an all-time (ha!) classic. Today four Retro Encounter panelists break down the first half of Square’s 1995 Dream Project, right up until the first visit to Zeal.
72 - Localization Woes
Mar 1, 2017 • 80 min
Retro Encounter loves retro RPGs, even a few exclusive to Japan. Today, the panelists bring up a few Micro Cabin, Telenet, old Atlus, and old Square RPGs that never left Japanese shores, plus one particular Nintendo sequel starring a boy, a girl, a dog,…
71 - Shadow Hearts: Covenant Part II
Feb 22, 2017 • 66 min
Welcome to Japan! The Retro Encounter crew continue their epic quest in Shadow Hearts: Covenant by docking into Japan. The game takes a slightly more serious turn as we focus on a lot of the themes of the game, such as the characters relationships and…
70 - Shadow Hearts: Covenant Part I
Feb 15, 2017 • 65 min
Shadow Hearts: Covenant is the second entry in cult classic RPG series, and often the most talked about one. Set during World War I, this game is one of a kind and you’d be hard pushed to find anything else like it.
69 - Sex, Love, and Videogames
Feb 8, 2017 • 87 min
Retro Encounter gets a little sexy this week as the discussion turns to love and relationships in video games in general, and RPGs in particular. Join us on a very Valentine edition of Retro Encounter!
68 - The Binding of Isaac
Feb 2, 2017 • 63 min
Retro Encounter features a second roguelike with an episode all about the Flash-to-famous Binding of Isaac. Listen to the panel discuss the game’s Biblical origins, punishing difficulty, and tremendous variety in this week’s Retro Encounter.
67 - Voice Actors on Strike
Jan 25, 2017 • 48 min
Retro Encounter tries something different by discussing the voice acting strike. We talk about SAG-AFTRA, the companies affected by the strike, the life of a voice actor and what this all means for developers, actors and us gamers.
66 - Rogue Legacy
Jan 18, 2017 • 53 min
Retro Encounter goes medieval as we explore a castle filled with baddies and loot in our playthrough of Rogue Legacy. We break down what makes the game so special, our favorite classes, traits, and bosses, and our different playstyles.
65 - Our First RPG
Jan 12, 2017 • 59 min
The Retro Crew get about as Retro as possible, as they trade stories of their very first RPG. From Phantasy Star to Fallout 3, the gang spans three decades of formative role-playing memories, and question if their firsts still stack up.
64 - Retro Encounter 2016 in Review
Jan 4, 2017 • 67 min
Jolly Josh and the gang ring in the new calendar with a look back at the year in video games. The four panelists break down their favorite 2016 game releases and much more in the inaugural episode of 2017.
63 - Wintry Mix
Dec 28, 2016 • 62 min
December and January are ideal times to play winter-themed RPGs, and Retro Encounter is here with suggestions. Mike, Robert, and Peter each discuss their favorite snowy RPGs and icy locales in other RPGs in this December episode of Retro Encounter.
62 - Diablo III Part II
Dec 21, 2016 • 75 min
Retro Encounter has beaten Diablo III and is ready to discuss the final act of the game and its expansion, Reaper of Souls. We talk about lore, the end-game, seasonal content, and the future of Diablo.
61 - Diablo III Part I
Dec 15, 2016 • 92 min
Retro Encounter discusses what Diablo III launched as and celebrates what it has become. We talk about our history with the series, our original impressions of vanilla Diablo III, and debate our favorite bosses and classes. We cover the first three acts…
60 - December Exhibitions
Dec 7, 2016 • 85 min
Retro Encounter sits down to give our impressions of the Game Awards and PlayStation Experience. We talk about all of the major announcements, critique the winners of the awards and examine the relevance of award shows.
59 - RPG Confessional
Nov 30, 2016 • 57 min
On today’s Retro Encounter three panelists reveal a few of the games missing from their RPG resumes, then listen to their Retro Encounter cohorts tell them why they should give those RPGs a try.
58 - Final Fantasy VI
Nov 23, 2016 • 51 min
Final Fantasy VI has many dear fans across the globe. It’s celebrated as an artistic achievement, and regarded as one of the best video games ever, so when an old perspective joins with new one, what will come about?
57 - Child of Light
Nov 16, 2016 • 75 min
Retro Encounter completes Aurora’s epic journey by finishing Child of Light. We talk about our thoughts on the ending, storytelling in video games, how Child of Light fits into Joseph Campbell’s theory of the hero’s journey, and provide our final…
56 - BlizzCon 2016
Nov 9, 2016 • 89 min
Blizzcon 2016 has happened and Retro Encounter is here to cover all the big announcements. Listen as we give our thoughts on the future of World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Diablo III.
55 - Child of Light
Nov 2, 2016 • 84 min
Retro Encounter becomes enthralled by the beauty of Child of Light as we discuss its unique and refreshing take on storytelling and classic RPGs. We relay our favorite characters and teams for battle, which fairy tales the game reminds us of and our…
54 - Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Oct 26, 2016 • 68 min
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV certainly has some big names behind it, with the likes of Aaron Paul, Lena Heady, and Sean Bean lending their prestigious talents to the voice cast, but does Kingsglaive hold up as both a movie and an introduction to the…
53 - Falcom Encounter
Oct 19, 2016 • 83 min
Whether you’re following one of the adventures of Adol Christin or traveling through Zemuria with a crew of Bracers, Falcom’s worlds and characters are a blast to experience. Join Retro Encounter’s four enthusiastic panelists as we extol Adol et al!
52 - Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Part II
Oct 12, 2016 • 63 min
Retro Encounter gives their final thoughts on Danganronpa while touching on what makes the characters special, the final mysteries, how we responded to betrayal, whether we want to play Danganronpa 2 and more.
51 - Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Part I
Oct 5, 2016 • 74 min
We delve into the first three chapters of Danganronpa by discussing our experiences solving the murder mysteries and developing relationships with the high school elites of Hope’s Peak Academy.
50 - Retro Encounter Episode 50
Sep 28, 2016 • 61 min
Retro Encounter celebrates 50 episodes by talking about the future of the podcast. Each of the Retro Crew names a game that we would be interested covering before we turn the power of choice to our listeners. Rock the vote!
49 - Valkyria Chronicles Part II
Sep 21, 2016 • 76 min
Valkyria Chronicles has left a strong impression on the Retro crew this month, all with varying feelings. The squad look back at the second half of the game by touching on some of the most emotional and poignant moments.
48 - Valkyria Chronicles Part I
Sep 14, 2016 • 86 min
Retro Encounter tanks up and readies to defend the small principality of Gallia in Valkyria Chronicles. We touch on our favourite moments in the first 10 chapters, and what we like and dislike about the battle system in this hidden gem.
47 - Dreamcast Encounter
Sep 7, 2016 • 65 min
Retro Encounter looks back fondly on Sega’s last games console. The Dreamcast had a limited library of RPGs, but the ones it did have certainly didn’t disappoint.
46 - Essential Ten Part 2
Aug 31, 2016 • 100 min
This is the epic conclusion to Retro Encounter’s deliberation on what games deserve to be on the first ever Essential Ten. What games will make the illustrious final list?
45 - Essential Ten Part 1
Aug 24, 2016 • 114 min
Retro Encounter talks about our favorite RPGs of all time as we fight over which games belong on the Retro Encounter Essential Ten.
44 - South Park: The Stick of Truth Part II
Aug 15, 2016 • 62 min
Retro Encounter completes our journey of South Park: The Stick of Truth in a fiery explosion of farts. Come listen as we provide our final thoughts, favorite party member, our excitement for the sequel and our favorite moments of the game.
43 - South Park: The Stick of Truth Part I
Aug 4, 2016 • 74 min
Retro Encounter absolutely loves South Park: The Stick of Truth! We discuss our history with the show and how that translates into a game, which classes we played, our surprise that games can be so funny and our overall excitement for how great The Stick…
42 - Xenogears Part II
Jul 27, 2016 • 79 min
The Retro Encounter crew is back, but with one man down will they be able to make it to the end of Xenogears? With disc 2’s sharp shift to a narrative focus, the gang discusses the major reveals of the game, the psychology behind its characters, and more.
41 - Root Double
Jul 20, 2016 • 47 min
This week, two of the Retro Crew take a look at Root Double: Before Crime * After Days, a nuclear meltdown visual novel by Takumi Nakzawa (Ever17, I/O) not wholly unlike Zero Escape. It’s a mushroom cloud of mystery!
40 - Xenogears Part I
Jul 13, 2016 • 62 min
Retro Encounter sits down to talk about the Square classic: Xenogears. We discuss the Xeno-universe, whether Xenogears has aged well, symbolism, the puzzle-esque boss fights, the combat system as a whole and our overall impressions of the early portion of…
39 - The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Part II
Jul 6, 2016 • 64 min
Retro Encounter finished The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and is ready to break down our experiences. What was our favorite dungeon? Which one did we hate? Did we have a favorite mask?
38 - Persona 4
Jun 29, 2016 • 85 min
In this Bonus Round of Retro Encounter we talk about all things Persona 4. We share our favorite characters and moments, argue about whether we got frisky with a certain nurse and discuss the general impact Persona has had on the industry.
37 - The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Part I
Jun 1, 2016 • 78 min
Retro Encounter embarks on a journey in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to beat the Skull Kid and his menacing moon.
36 - SNES Encounter
May 25, 2016 • 71 min
Retro Encounter is hit with a wave of nostalgia as we reminisce about the SNES. We talk about our favorite games, its effect on the gaming industry and how the US missed out on so many great games.
35 - The World Ends With You Part II
May 19, 2016 • 45 min
Retro Encounter finishes The World Ends With You but remains confused on some details of the story. In turn, we talk about the Reaper’s Game and try to parse out how it came into being.
34 - The World Ends With You Part I
May 11, 2016 • 49 min
Retro Encounter traverses Tokyo in this episode in hopes of winning the Reapers’ Game. We focus the discussion on The World Ends With You’s combat system and our thoughts on the characters.
33 - NieR Part II
Apr 20, 2016 • 73 min
Retro Encounter puts on our detective hats as we decipher the unexpected betrayals, surprise twists and multiple endings of NieR. This podcast heavily focuses on plot as we talk about Emil, Kaine, and our favorite moments, characters and bosses of NieR.
32 - NieR Part I
Apr 6, 2016 • 57 min
Retro Encounter goes on an epic adventure to save our daughter and destroy the shades in the process. We discuss the combat, the crazy story, talking books and of course, Kaine’s outfit.
31 - Tetris
Apr 1, 2016 • 22 min
Retro Encounter discusses how Tetris revolutionized video games, won the Cold War and still had time to be the best RPG of all-time with its memorable characters and riveting plot. This is not an episode that you will want to miss!
30 - Juniper’s Knot
Mar 14, 2016 • 44 min
Retro Encounter finds a refreshing experience in Juniper’s Knot. We put away our swords and grinding attitudes to experience this emotional story of two individuals who find companionship in one another.
29 - To The Moon
Mar 7, 2016 • 56 min
Retro Encounter sifts through timelines and memories as we try to give a man his dying wish in To the Moon. We discuss the effectiveness of the narrative, if Johnny was a good person, and how sad the tragic tale of Johnny and River is.
28 - Gone Home
Feb 28, 2016 • 75 min
Retro Encounter returns home only to find it empty. Listen as we discuss our experiences uncovering the mysteries in Gone Home. We have a spirited debate on the quality of the story, characters and method of storytelling.
27 - Pokémon Part II
Feb 12, 2016 • 75 min
Retro Encounter finishes our quest to be Pokémon masters as we defeat the Elite Four and live to share our experiences. In this episode we talk about if babies are like Pokémon, what makes a good party and what our perfect Pokémon game would be.
26 - Pokémon Part I
Jan 23, 2016 • 58 min
Retro Encounter plays every generation of Pokémon to get a thorough perspective of pocket monsters. We talk about our history with the series, how we pick a starter Pokémon and whether a good offense is the best defense.
25 - Retro Encounter’s 2015 in Review
Jan 8, 2016 • 85 min
Retro Encounter answers all the hard questions as we record our final podcast of 2015. What is our favorite game covered by Retro Encounter? What do we want to be covered on the podcast in the future?
24 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter
Jan 4, 2016 • 44 min
Estelle is at it again. Retro Encounter is here to follow her on her travels as we discuss Estelle’s character development, what is new and improved from the First Chapter and if Trails in the Sky Second Chapter supplies an ending with a proper resolution.
23 - Parasite Eve Part II
Dec 25, 2015 • 65 min
Parasite Eve closes with an interesting ending that demands we talk about what it means. There is a discussion on the end bosses and which we had the most difficulty with, and much more.
22 - Parasite Eve Part I
Dec 12, 2015 • 65 min
Retro Encounter discusses how refreshing it is to play a strong, independent woman before talks focus on the battle system and the benefits of a cinematic RPG.
21 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Part III
Dec 9, 2015 • 75 min
We wrap up our playthrough of Deus Ex: Human Revolution with a thorough discussion on what the different endings mean, which of the four we picked and what ending will be canon going into Mankind Divided.
20 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Part II
Dec 2, 2015 • 86 min
Retro Encounter turns their sights on Hengsha as we tackle the middle portion of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Secrets are revealed as we discover certain individuals are not dead, while we struggle to ensure others survive.
19 - Blizzard Encounter
Nov 19, 2015 • 79 min
In this Retro Encounter Bonus Round, we talk about the big announcements from BlizzCon 2015: News from Starcraft II, the Warcraft movie, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Diablo III.
18 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Part I
Nov 16, 2015 • 87 min
Retro Encounter plays through the Detroit section of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. We talk about the differences between the original game and the Director’s Cut while also learning that most of the group prefers to play the game stealthily, and more.
17 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Oct 30, 2015 • 75 min
Retro Encounter tackles the classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and raises the question of is it best to be the first or is it best to be the best. The Retro Crew discusses our personal history with the series and how that affects our personal…
16 - Terranigma Part III
Oct 14, 2015 • 74 min
Terranigma ends in total craziness but somehow provides a satisfying resolution, or does it? We try to decipher what happened and determine Ark’s role in the events of beating Dark Gaia.
15 - Terranigma Part II
Oct 2, 2015 • 70 min
We are in the thick of Terranigma and with it comes the responsibility of resurrecting the plants, animals and humans.
14 - Terranigma Part I
Sep 18, 2015 • 72 min
Seems like Terranigma wasn’t quite what some of us expected, but in a good way! A few embarrassing stories are shared before comparisons to other games lead to a conversation on what our favorite Zelda game is.
13 - The Last Story Part III
Sep 7, 2015 • 89 min
Another month down, another game completed. The Last Story generates different reactions but in the end, somehow, we find common ground when we review the game. That’s right, you read that correctly, the Retro Crew reviews a game.
12 - The Last Story Part II
Aug 29, 2015 • 92 min
The Retro Crew reassembles to discuss the middle of The Last Story. Some of the luster of this innovative game has faded as we start our deep dive on what is good, bad and confusing.
11 - The Last Story Part I
Aug 18, 2015 • 80 min
Join our motley crew of quick-witted editors as we adventure through the island of Lazulis in this month’s Retro Encounter game, The Last Story!
10 - Final Fantasy Tactics Part III
Aug 11, 2015 • 75 min
The Retro Encounter crew wrap up their expedition into the land of Ivalice in our last episode on Final Fantasy Tactics. We discuss final parties, sidequests, that manipulative anti-hero, Delita, and the shockers of the game’s ending.
9 - Final Fantasy Tactics Part II
Jul 25, 2015 • 109 min
The intrepid crew of Retro Encounter continues their mission to explore the land of Ivalice, to seek out new alliances and new job classes, and boldly go where no Squire has gone before.
8 - Final Fantasy Tactics Part I
Jul 12, 2015 • 71 min
Join the Retro Crew as we talk about how amazing Final Fantasy Tactics is! We chat about our history with the game, how intimidating it is for new players, the best job classes and the differences between the original and War of the Lions versions.
7 - Final Fantasy X Part III
Jul 8, 2015 • 77 min
A dream dies and nearly everyone else is already dead in the third Final Fantasy X episode of Retro Encounter! The four podcasters explore musical score at length and try to figure out the ending before closing the book on Final Fantasy X.
6 - Final Fantasy X Part II
Jul 6, 2015 • 86 min
1, 2, 3, TEACH US HOW TO BLITZ! Or at least listen to us talk about Blitzball for longer than it deserves (probably). Your HD-Remastered podcast team also discusses backtracking woes, questionable fashion decisions, and much more on the second Final…
5 - Final Fantasy X Part I
Jun 5, 2015 • 55 min
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA COME LISTEN TO US PLAY FINAL FANTASY X AND TOTALLY NOT TALK ABOUT THE LAUGHING SCENE. Join the crew for opening thoughts and nostalgia-icizing about the oceaniest of the Final Fantasies, Final Fantasy X!
4 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Part III
Jun 1, 2015 • 75 min
Chills! Thrills! Maybe some mind control? Who knows. Regardless, join the Retro Encounter team for their final foray through the world of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky!
3 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Part II
May 25, 2015 • 94 min
The Retro Encounterers (not sure I like that appellation) press onward, deep into their Liberl-ian adventures. Stephen gets lost somewhere along the way, but count on the rest of the team to keep you up to speed on The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky!
2 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Part I
May 6, 2015 • 49 min
The crew assembles to offer their introductory thoughts while we embark upon an adventure in the brave new world of Liberl in the first hours of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky!
1 - Introduction
May 5, 2015 • 14 min
Come join us for RPGFan’s newest podcast, Retro Encounter! The crew gathers to introduce the show and talk shop.