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The Besties

It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?

It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?

 

#391

Chicken Soup for the Gamers' Soul

This week, The Besties share their favorite “rainy day” games! These are the games we dig out when we’re feeling blue and need something that provides a quick dose of comfort. Turns out our list is quite long! In the back half, we do the rare Besties spoilercast with Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth — a.k.a. one of 2024’s best games. Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

12 Apr 2024

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:03

12 Apr 2024


#390

Pepper Grinder and Princess Peach, Together at Last

This week we've got a game inspired by the SNES era and a game that probably shouldn't have come out at all. We'll also find out just what Justin thinks about Dragon's Dogma 2, and what's going on with the Stardew Valley 1.6 update. Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

05 Apr 2024

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:06

05 Apr 2024


#389

Arise with Dragon's Dogma 2

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is the best game of the year? Or is it the buggiest? It might be the most divisive! This week, The Besties talk about the wildly ambitious (and difficult to run on most hardware) fantasy RPG from Capcom. Plus, we take a deep dive into the reader mail pool. Did we mention we keep all the letters in a pool, Scrooge McDuck-style? Because we do. Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

29 Mar 2024

50 MINS

50:05

29 Mar 2024


#388

Rise of the Ronin is Assassin's Creed with Killer Combat

Team Ninja has been busy! In the past five years, the studio released Dead or Alive 6, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Nioh 2, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, and Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Their latest game, Rise of the Ronin, compiles everything they learned into their most ambitious project: a sprawling open-world samurai adventure set in a recreation of mid-19th century Japan. Rise of the Ronin takes the “something for everyone” approach, blending the exploration and loot systems of recent Assassin’s Creed games with the quick-reflex sword fighting of the studio’s Nioh series. This video game smoothie is quite delicious — if you can stomach the occasional funky chunk of game mechanics. In the back half, we talk about our favorite under-appreciated open-world games. Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

22 Mar 2024

53 MINS

53:34

22 Mar 2024


#387

Unicorn Overlord and a God of War-like You Never Heard Of

This week, the squad puts on their armor, grabs their swords, and mounts their gallant steads to charge into Unicorn Overlord. The tactics RPG is the latest game from Vanillaware, the developer of niche masterpieces like Odin Sphere and 13 Sentinels. In the back half, Justin introduce the team to Banishers, a game that blends Witcher and God of War. How did we not hear about this one until now? And how often does a game depict a healthy marriage like this one?! Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

15 Mar 2024

54 MINS

54:08

15 Mar 2024


#386

The Future of Video Games (In Demos)

The Besties take a trip into the not-so-distant future of video games, digging into a batch of awesome demos from Steam Next Fest. Whether you want to live the life of anime-style Duke Nukem or an alternate reality 19th century nun, you will be satisfied! Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

08 Mar 2024

59 MINS

59:43

08 Mar 2024


#385

We Really (Rogue)Like Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor and Balatro

This week, we're evangelizing for two indie games that have completely consumed every moment of our free time: The rock and stone-fueled auto-shooter Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor, and the poker deckbuilder Balatro! We're going to go back to playing those, now. Enjoy the episode. Also discussed: Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, Helldivers 2, Riders of Justice, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Frieren: Beyond Journey's End, Elden Ring Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

01 Mar 2024

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:46

01 Mar 2024


#384

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Helldivers 2 are Battling for Our Time

The streak of hot new releases for 2024 continues! This week, we're talking about the opening hours of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, and the many hours we've spent squishing bugs 'n' bots in Helldivers 2. Good hours, all! Also discussed: The Devil's Plan, Clubhouse Games, Deep Rock Survivor, The Floor Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

56 MINS

56:29

23 Feb 2024


#383

Persona 3 Reload, Lysfanga, and Some Big Besties News

This week's episode is all about two games: Persona 3 Reload, the from-the-ground remake of Atlus' groundbreaking RPG, and Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior, a clever arena action game with a time-turning twist. Also, some big news about the future of The Besties! (No, we're not ending the show. Again.) Also discussed: The Connector, Zoey Ashe Trilogy, Helldivers 2, Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:02

16 Feb 2024


#382

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is Kinda the Pits

Maybe this won't come as the biggest shock in the world to you, but Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is not a very good video game. How did we get here? Genuinely: We do not know. But we're not having, like, the best time. Also discussed: Enshrouded, The Void Rains Upon Her Heart, Casey Neistat's Apple Vision Pro commercial, Lysfanga, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Orion and the Dark Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

59 MINS

59:24

09 Feb 2024


#381

Anomaly Agent and the future of the Resties!

It's a big episode of the Resties! We're about to make some changes to the show, so we make time to share the results of our listener poll and reveal some behind-the-scenes info. But first, we have a cool video game to discuss! Anomaly Agent's creators have blended pixel art, anime design, 1990s arcade brawlers, and films like Inception and Paprika to create something delightful. And it's only $10 on Steam -- and a little more on Switch and Xbox. We love to hear your feedback, so be sure to subscribe to [besties.fan] (besties.fan) . Get the full list of games (and other stuff) discussed at [www.besties.fan] (http://www.besties.fan/) . Want more episodes? Join us at [patreon.com/thebesties] (http://patreon.com/thebesties) for three bonus episodes each month! ... Read more

06 Feb 2024

49 MINS

49:09

06 Feb 2024