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?
Partying at the World's Worst Summer Camp in The Quarry
This week, we're playing Supermassive's latest interactive horror movie-game-thing, which we played in a bunch of different ways, some less recommended than others. Also, we discuss the genre's origins in FMV at length, because ... of course we do.
Other games discussed: Until Dawn, Heavy Rain, The Looker, Neon White, Card Shark, Stardew Valley Expanded
Everyone should try Neon White [The Resties]
Neon White is a speedrunning game for people who've never tried speedrunning, a Dreamcast-like game for folks who never owned a Dreamcast, and a visual novel for gamers who rather play than read. It's a ball of contradictions and easily one of the best games of 2022. Frushtick and Plante also finish the business they started on the most recent episode of The Besties: cleaning out the overstuffed mailbag.
Movies discussed: The Thing, Mad God, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Kuso
TV discussed: Players on Paramount Plus
It Is, Once Again, Pizza Time with Shredder's Revenge
We're serving up game criticism on a half shell and trashing like a million Foot Clan conscripts as we discuss TMNT: Shredder's Revenge, Tribute's modern take on Konami's classic beat-em-up series.
Also: Mailbag's full! Let's dump it on out. Also discussed: Fall Guys, Fortnite, Yakuza 0, Rogue Legacy 2, Pokemon Shield, Five Dates
Kicking it Super Hard with Mario Strikers: Battle League
You know Mario, from Mario? He's so much more than a jumping plumber, you know. He's doing soccer now, too. I mean, he's been doing soccer, and a lot of other stuff, and we're going to be talking about ALL that while we share some thoughts about Mario Strikers: Battle League.
Games discussed: No Man's Sky, Rogue Legacy 2, Path of Exile, Fortnite, Vampire Survivor, Yakuza 0
The surprise big game of the season [The Resties]
Frush and Plante discover Sniper Elite 5 is great... if you turn off the grotesque violence. The Sniper Elite series has been active for over a decade, but its mix of gunfights and Hitman stealth never clicked with the crew until now. What changed? Plus, the games that got us through our Covid infections. Discussed this week: Yoshi Crafted World, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Fall Guys, JSA, and Frush's new book, The Book of Fun.
Whale Watching in Diablo Immortal
Join us as we bust out our phones and apply for a high interest personal loan with Diablo Immortal! How does Blizzard's hack and slash RPG hold up on phones, and how close has it brought us to abject financial ruin? Find out within.
Games discussed: Diablo Immortal, Resident Evil 4 Remake, Street Fighter 6, Final Fantasy XVI, Soda Crisis, Sniper Elite 5, Super Auto Pets, V Rising
The besties is a delightful romp through the world of video games, with an excellent back catalogue. The hosts’ are hilarious, but pair the goofs with thoughtful takes. As long time members of the industry, the Besties are able to examine new games in context of the games that came before them, which has deeply enriched my appreciation for the games I play. The hosts are also honest and open about their own lives, making it feel like a chat with friends, rather than a straight review show (which it isn’t)
I fully recommend listening to this podcast from newest to oldest (though make sure to listen to two-parters in the correct chronological order). Listening to the podcast backwards feels like unraveling a mystery, as you slowly discover the origins of the goofs you have been enjoying (I’m looking at you, Nier: Automata).
Whether you’re looking for hot takes on new games, a history of games, or just a goofy discussion of the industry, there is something here for you. I cannot recommend the Besties enough.
I absolutely love this podcast. I listen while I’m at work and I enjoy every minute. I’ve laughed and had so much fun listening. Thank you for all you guys do. I look forward to all the content I can get. Luckily I have years of episodes to catch up on!
It’s like I’m in the room
It’s so rad to hear a group talk about games much like my friends and I would. I love that they don’t agree on everything and give solid reviews. I have played games you all have recommended and loved them.