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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?

 

#209

Accessible Gaming with Steven Spohn

This week, we're joined by AbleGamers COO Steven Spohn to talk about the complexity and importance of including accessibility features in games, and also, pizza. Really, lots and lots of pizza talk. We also discuss Far Cry 6 for a few minutes! Other games discussed: Metroid Dread, Final Fantasy 14, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Satisfactory, Inscryption AbleGamers: https://ablegamers.org/ Steven Spohn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevenspohn ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:06

22 Oct 2021


#208

Take a Skeleton Road Trip with Spookware [Resties]

On this episode of The Resties, Plante and Frushtick hit the road with a trio of skeletons in Spookware. Finally the dream of a horror-themed WarioWare is realized! Other things discussed: Tales of Arise, Tres-Bashers, Dracula on the Criterion Collection, and Cowboy Bebop. If you're looking for our follow-up discussion on accessibility with Steven Spohn of Able Gamers, that episode will drop on October 22, 2021.  ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

39 MINS

39:03

19 Oct 2021


#207

Metroid Dread is Here to Save Us All

It only took 19 years for a true 2D sequel to Metroid Fusion, and now that it's here, we're basking in the glow of what may be the best Metroid game ever made. We know Russ is on board, but how do some of the other Besties handle the greatness that has been placed before them? We also discuss the tricky balance of accessibility and difficulty, and whether there's an obligation on the part of the developer to include certain features.  Other games discussed: Tetris Effect Connected, The Artful Escape, Farm RPG. Also some fun scary movies: Slaxx, The Boys from County Hell, The Columnist, and 13 Ghosts. ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

54 MINS

54:27

15 Oct 2021


#206

The Golden Age of Sega is Upon Us

This week, we're sorta discussing Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, but to be honest, it's more of a table setter for Chris' thesis that it's never been a better time to be a Sega fan. Which is, to put it lightly, a divisive position to take.  Other games discussed include: Sonic Mania and Sonic Colors, Phantasy Star Online, Shenmue, Yakuza, Farm RPG, Box One, Jenny LeClue, Diablo 2 Resurrected, and The Exorcist. ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

58 MINS

58:08

08 Oct 2021


#205

Alan Wake vs. the best JRPG of the year [Resties]

In this, the first official episode of The Besties Resties: Alan Wake Remastered, Tales of Arise, and The Artful Escape are great games. And yet you may have missed them because there are so many new releases hitting all at once. Don't worry, we'll catch you up on the fall's OTHER great games. New episodes of The Besties Resties will drop on every other Tuesday through the rest of 2021. ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

45 MINS

45:30

05 Oct 2021


#204

The Hidden Gems of the Past 200-ish Episodes!

We're celebrating our 200th episode, or at least the episode we assume is somewhere around our 200th, by talking about hidden gems of this year and the past decade, which is how long we've been doing this show, which is ... man. We need to go lie down for a while.  Games discussed include: TOEM, Eastward, Beast Breaker, Crusin Blast, Antichamber, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, Tiny Wings, Jazzpunk, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Walkabout Mini Golf and Cookie Clicker! ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:49

01 Oct 2021


#203

Doing the Time Warp Yet Again with Deathloop

This week, we're discussing Arkane's time-traveling Groundhog Day-meets-creative murder sandbox Deathloop! And boy howdy, is there a lot to discuss. We also break down the glut of time looping games that have come out this year, which we've definitely done before, but, hey, it feels appropriate, right? Other games discussed include: Destiny 2, Elsinore, The Forgotten City, Overboard, Zelda: Majora's Mask, Returnal, Outer Wilds, World Flipper, Prey: Mooncrash, and Eastward. ... Read more

24 Sep 2021

50 MINS

50:42

24 Sep 2021


#202

WarioWare-ing with Ron Funches

Honorary Besties Ron Funches joins us once again to discuss the latest opus from Mario's pungent counterpart, WarioWare: Get It Together. Other games discussed include: Splitgate, Final Fantasy V, The Forgotten City, Deathloop (briefly!) and a whole mess of other WarioWare games! ... Read more

17 Sep 2021

51 MINS

51:17

17 Sep 2021


#201

A Very Merry Holiday Season Preview Plus Time-looping Romans

This week we're giving you all a preview of what to expect this holiday season, from the Halos to the Metroids and everything in between. We also discuss The Forgotten City, a wild time-looping narrative game that's guarenteed to get you a minor in philosophy.  Other games discussed: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Monster Train: The Last Divinity, Spookware, and Dungeon Village 2. ... Read more

10 Sep 2021

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:07

10 Sep 2021


#200

No More Heroes and the Power of Egg Steam

No More Heroes 3 explores the question of whether toilet jokes can get old. We also dive into the challenging topic of auteur games, and whether a single person's creative vision can make magic or mayhem in the world of video games.  Also discussed: Out of this World, Cibele, How Do You Do It?, Dys4ia, Might Jill Off, Death Stranding, Spelunky 2, The Forgotten City, Wildermyth, and 100 Foot Wave (which is a show, not a game). ... Read more

03 Sep 2021

37 MINS

37:38

03 Sep 2021


#199

Speaking sequels with Axiom Verge 2 and Psychonauts 2

This week, we’re breaking down two sequels that couldn’t be more different from each other: The unique metroidvania romp known as Axiom Verge 2, and the throwback action-platformer Psychonauts 2.  Other games discussed include Spelunky 1 and 2 on Switch, The Vale and Twelve Minutes. ... Read more

27 Aug 2021

53 MINS

53:01

27 Aug 2021


#198

Living the Dorm Life with Multiplayer Classics

We’re back, and we’re talking about the multiplayer games that defined our college dorm experience, despite the fact that half of us never lived in a college dorm, and also some of the games we discuss came out like, last year.    Games discussed include: Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, Secret of Mana, Castle Crashers, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Destiny 2, NBA Jam, NCAA Football, Dropmix, Slime Rancher, Garden Story, Islanders, Spelunky 1&2, Axiom Verge 2, Forgotten City, Wildermyth and, naturally, Final Fantasy XIV. ... Read more

20 Aug 2021

51 MINS

51:03

20 Aug 2021


#197

Why Zelda: Breath of the Wild could still be GotY in 2021

Griffin and Justin are off galavanting for a week, leaving the rest of the podcast, Plante and Frushtick, to carry on The Besties name. In honor of that, we're doing a deeper dive into one of the greatest games ever discussed on the podcast: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. What were some of its best ideas and how do we expect things to play out in the still-unnamed sequel?  Other games discussed: Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X, Curse of the Dead Gods on Game Pass, and Wildermyth. ... Read more

13 Aug 2021

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:41

13 Aug 2021


#196

Prosecuting Kirby's Crimes with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

This week on The Besties, we're OBJECTION! talking about the latest entry in the Ace Attorney series, and also OBJECTION! deciding if Kirby is a murderer.  Other games discussed on the show include: Ender Lillies, SNKRX, Final Fantasy XIV, and Out of the Loop. ... Read more

06 Aug 2021

43 MINS

43:55

06 Aug 2021


#195

Having a Playdate with Death's Door

This week on The Besties we've got a stellar indie action adventure, Death's Door, from the creators of Titan Souls. We're also diving into the unique handheld with a crank, the Playdate. It's yellow! Other games discussed on the show include: Zelda: Skyward Sword, NEO The World Ends with You, Tangle Tower, and The Ascent. ... Read more

30 Jul 2021

52 MINS

52:00

30 Jul 2021


#194

Can Zelda: Skyward Sword be Saved?

This week on The Besties, we're jumping into the HD remake of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Yes, it's a game that didn't make it very far in our Best Zelda bracket, but maybe some upgrades (and no mandatory motion controls) will pull it up by its own boostraps? There's also the Switch Pr- errr Steam Deck to discuss! Games discussed on this episode: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Clap Hanz Golf, Beat Saber Custom, Township Tale, Progress to 100, and the films of Brian de Palma, specifically Blow Out and Body Double. Next week: Death's Door ... Read more

23 Jul 2021

49 MINS

49:44

23 Jul 2021


#193

The Amazing Indie Games of the Summer

Looking for something new to play this summer? Might we interest you in some incredible indie games? This week, we spotlight Chicory, Overboard, Phantom Abyss, Demeo, and more! Plus, we have a very special guest in the second half! ... Read more

16 Jul 2021

50 MINS

50:53

16 Jul 2021


#192

Scarlet Nexus is 2021's Overlooked Gem

You might not have heard about Scarlet Nexus, the anime-forward action-roleplaying game released this month. Let's change that. The world's best friends discuss one of the best games of the summer. Then they make time to brainstorm an ideal Nintendo Switch 2 and answer your questions, like, "What is the Breath of the Wild of movies?" ... Read more

09 Jul 2021

47 MINS

47:20

09 Jul 2021


#191

Mario Golf Raises the Question: What About Golf-Hims?

Mario Golf: Super Rush divides the world's best friends. Yes, the game Plante has hyped for weeks isn't a unanimous hit, but the crew still discusses at length what they love about Nintendo's oddball entry into the plumber's sports series. Justin, Griffin, and Plante also speculate on where Mario sports should go from here. Three words: Ultimate Mario Ultimate. ... Read more

02 Jul 2021

43 MINS

43:28

02 Jul 2021


#190

The Best Games of 2021's First Half

What are the best games of 2021 at the year's midpoint? With Frushtick away, we agreed to create an unofficial Top 8. We revisited some of our favorite games from previous episodes and also turned to y'all for recommendations. You didn't disappoint, providing tons of cool indie surprises. From Resident Evil 8 to Clap Hanz Golf, these are the top candidates for Bestie 2021. ... Read more

25 Jun 2021

52 MINS

52:15

25 Jun 2021


#189

Ratchet Versus the E Triple

In a grand confluence, we've got a major event in the gaming year, E3, matched with a legit game release, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart on PS5 (codes provided by Sony). Somehow we'll talk about the highs and lows of both of these major events in one absolutely stuffed episode. Get in here, people! ... Read more

18 Jun 2021

52 MINS

52:07

18 Jun 2021


#188

Still Deciding the Best Resident Evil Game

Last week we narrowed down the the best Resident Evil games to the final four, and now we're having them duke it out. We've got some truly classic zombie gems going at it this week, and you won't guess what we decide! (Well, you might guess it. In the grand scheme of things there aren't that many options left. But act surprised.) ... Read more

11 Jun 2021

57 MINS

57:32

11 Jun 2021


#187

The Best Resident Evil Game DECIDED! (Almost)

With the fervor over Resident Evil Village, the gang gathers to figure out whether they can narrow down the very best Resident Evil game of all time. Sure, there's a lot of crud to sift through, but there's gold in these hills! And they're gonna buy shotgun upgrades with this gold! ... Read more

04 Jun 2021

46 MINS

46:42

04 Jun 2021


#186

You, Mii, and Chris P

Now that we've entered the peak video game release season, it's time to dive into ... a Switch re-release of a 3DS exclusive featuring Hank Hill. Griffin, Russ, and Chris take a trip back in time to the early 2010s for some 3DS reminicence while discussing Miitopia on Nintendo Switch. ... Read more

28 May 2021

48 MINS

48:15

28 May 2021


#185

All The Games We Loved This Spring

With Frushtick on vacation, the gang shares some of their favorite games from the past couple months, including Subnautic: Below Zero, Nier Replicant, the Masst Effect remaster, and Clap Hanz Golf. If you've finished Resident Evil 8: Village and need something to play next, this episode is for you. ... Read more

21 May 2021

47 MINS

47:33

21 May 2021


#184

Resident Evil 8-age and the Briefcase of Fun

The gang's all together to celebrate yet another actual video game release! Today we're diving into Resident Evil Village, with the first-half dedicated to first impressions and the second half diving into the first half of the game. We know, it's confusing. But at least the property values are low! ... Read more

14 May 2021

46 MINS

46:05

14 May 2021


#183

New Pokémon Snap and Returnal, a Mash-up for the Ages

This week we welcome back the long-wandering Griffin McElroy. And what a week it is! On the docket: two actual, major game releases, New Pokémon Snap and Returnal. They may be about as different as you could imagine, but they do both require you to play the same levels over and over again, so maybe not? ... Read more

07 May 2021

45 MINS

45:15

07 May 2021


#182

Still Picking the Best GTA Game Ever

We've narrowed it down to the final four, and now special guest Evan Narcisse (@EvNarc) has joined the club to decide the best GTA game of all time, between Vice City, San Andreas, GTA 4, and GTA 5. Four may enter but only one will leave. ... Read more

23 Apr 2021

53 MINS

53:45

23 Apr 2021


#181

Picking the Best GTA Game Ever

You find yourself in a city. Your only option? Crime! This week we have special guest Jordan Morris (@Jordan_Morris) filling in for Griffin as we attempt to tackle a tough question: What is the greatest Grand Theft Auto game of all time? And yes, the randomized bracket has returned with a vengeance! ... Read more

16 Apr 2021

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:53

16 Apr 2021