The Besties

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  Summertime Funtime Gamefest Time

Hundreds of games were shown during the Summer Game Fest. The Besties spotlight some of their favorites, while discussing the strange and messy state of the video game industry in 2024. Is SGF the E3 replacement of our dreams? How should we feel about ...
  Justin McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Chris Plante, Russ Frushtick author

  Is This the Year of Prince of Persia?

Prince of Persia is back — again! For the second time this year, Ubisoft has released a new Prince of Persia game that shifts the series to a new genre. Rogue Prince of Persia is, as the name suggests, a roguelike. Built by the team that steered Dead C...
  Justin McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Chris Plante, Russ Frushtick author

  Walking Into the Thousand-Year Door

This week’s special guest is Mario! Or as some people say, Merry-O. The most popular plumber on our podcast returns with a remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. This might shock you, but Griffin is in love. What about the rest of the crew? In ...
  Justin McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Russ Frushtick, Chris Plante author

  The Great Indie Game Flood of 2024 Continues

Here’s a short list of indie games released in May: Crow Country, Animal Well, Arctic Eggs, 1000xResist, Skald, Hades 2, Indika, and the list goes on. We’ve already discussed some of those games. We'll discuss more in the future. Today, the game we’ve ...
  Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Russ Frushtick author

  Into the Aether of Hell with Hades 2

The Besties went through HELL to record this episode. With Griffin and Justin out, Frushtick and Plante prepared to record with a special guest. But after Plante spilled water all over his recording set up, Frushtick was left to talk about Hades 2 as t...
  Russ Frushtick, Brendon Bigley author

  Going down Animal Well's Rabbit Hole

The gang has a spoiler-free discussion of one of the most intriguing games of the year, Animal Well. Will Griffin's life ever be the same? Probably not! We also dive into some of the horrendous studio closures happening this week. Get the full list of ...
  Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Russ Frushtick author

  There's No Rest for the Wicked Nuns

What if you combined Dark Souls and Diablo, then added a pinch of city-building mechanics and survivor elements? You’d get No Rest for the Wicked from Moon Studios, the team best known for the Ori games. It’s ambitious and bound to inspire conversation...
  Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, Russ Frushtick author

  A Souls-like for Fans of N64-era Mascot Games

Special guest Lucy James (GameSpot, Giant Bomb, Frames Per Second Podcast) joins Frushtick and Plante to discuss Another Crab’s Treasure. Have you ever wondered what it would have looked like had Rare made a Souls-like in the early ‘00s? Now you have a...
  Chris Plante, Russ Frushtick, Lucy James author

  Falling in to the Fallout TV Show

Duck and cover! This week, The Besties discuss the first two episodes of the excellent Fallout TV series. Then, they talk through the ways the Fallout approach could alter the trajectory of video game adaptations. Plus: a bunch of great listener recomm...
  Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, Russ Frushtick author

  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 s...
  The Besties author