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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?

The Besties Justin McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Chris Plante, Russ Frushtick

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    • 4.9 • 3.8K Ratings

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?

    WarioWare-ing with Ron Funches

    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!

    • 51 min
    A Very Merry Holiday Season Preview Plus Time-looping Romans

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    No More Heroes and the Power of Egg Steam

    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).

    • 37 min
    Speaking sequels with Axiom Verge 2 and Psychonauts 2

    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.

    • 53 min
    Living the Dorm Life with Multiplayer Classics

    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.

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

Hoodie78 ,

The Best!

I’m a longtime gamer and this is the only video game podcast I never miss. I love their perspectives on games and they’re funny and easy to spend time with. The only thing I don’t like is New York Giraffe, but nobody likes him and his appearances are mercifully rare.

Sp00p Master ,

Wholesome Video Game Fun

TLDR: The Besties helps you learn how to enjoy games AND is funny

This summer, I had an hour commute to the wildlife rehab where I worked. I’d listen to this podcast there and back, and I FINALLY caught up with it today (yes I listened from episode 1). It got me through studying for the MCAT and getting ready to go back to my final year of college. What’s amazing about it is that not only is it funny and a great listen, but it really helps you understand how/why games are made, and how to meet games on their level in order to just have fun with them. The dynamic of the 4 is also amazing. Chris brings the narrative analysis and the overthinking which I as a pretentious english major LOOOOVE of course. Justin asks the simple question of “is this game fun? Like is it fun to play?” Which I, as a person who enjoys fun and gets too stuck in my own head about video games, appreciate. Russ brings some hilarious bits to the show (pls bring new york giraffe back 🥺👉👈) and also is scared of horror games which I am as well. Also he’s really good at pointing out accessibility in video games. And Griffin is great at looking at the technicalities of a video game and the level designs, and he really does encourage the suspension of disbelief that video games require. It’s not like they don’t all do all these things, but it seems to be what they like to focus on and I think it gives a really good mix of what makes games important. This is a great listen even if you don’t play games, in the same way a let’s play is a great watch. Fun analysis, funny jokes, and camaraderie! It’s awesome!

ChristophreDennen ,

The Besties Deserve Love

The Besties is genuinely a great podcast. Their model skips all the pompous rhetoric of game review channels and just gets to the heart of what you care about if you’re the type of person who listens to a podcast about video games. Is it actually fun? Does it feel good? Can I play it with my friends? They’re hilarious dudes who genuinely know a lot about video games, as opposed to just being fans of them. You should listen to this podcast. It’s a gem.

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