Cover art for podcast The Besties

The Besties

261 EpisodesProduced by Justin McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Chris Plante, Russ FrushtickWebsite

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?

episodes iconAll Episodes

Partying at the World's Worst Summer Camp in The Quarry

July 1st, 2022

55:14

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, …

Everyone should try Neon White [The Resties]

June 28th, 2022

46:48

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 …

It Is, Once Again, Pizza Time with Shredder's Revenge

June 24th, 2022

54:33

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 …

Kicking it Super Hard with Mario Strikers: Battle League

June 17th, 2022

42:21

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 …

The surprise big game of the season [The Resties]

June 14th, 2022

43:57

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 …

Whale Watching in Diablo Immortal

June 10th, 2022

54:27

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 …

The Ghost of E3s Past (And Present, And Also Future)

June 3rd, 2022

51:23

Sure, E3 isn't "officially" happening this year, but there's still a lot of hot, hot gaming news dropping over the next couple of weeks! Join us as …

The Video Game Required Reading List: 2005-2009 [The Resties]

May 31st, 2022

50:47

This week, we launch a new mini-series: The Resties Required Reading List.  Our goal is to curate and contextualize a "must play" list of 25 games released between 1980 to 2020. These aren’t the best games or even our …

Acting Like a Bunch of Draculas in V Rising

May 27th, 2022

50:21

This week, we're chatting about an up-and-comer on the Steam charts — the vampire survival sim V Rising. Find out why we're so smitten; with special guest Travis McElroy!

Games discussed: V Rising, Everquest TLP, Who …

The Sleeper Hits of Spring 2022

May 20th, 2022

55:28

This week, we're circling back with some of the lil' guys you might have missed this Spring while you were traipsing in the bluebonnets, or …

Lego Star Wars is like a Rockstar game for kids [The Resties]

May 17th, 2022

46:41

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga reminds us of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, in that it feels unsustainably grand. Its creators have crammed nine films worth of characters, planets, and stories, plus winks …

The Definitive Power Ranking of Star Wars Games

May 13th, 2022

1:06:52

In today's episode, we're exploring the absolutely pristine history of Star Wars video games, and assigning each of them a grade in an EXTREMELY …

Showcasing Our Athleticism with Nintendo Switch Sports

May 6th, 2022

56:37

This week, we're tapping into the Old Ways of E-Bowling and Cyber-Tennis in Nintendo Switch Sports! It's like falling off a log, only the log is a sword, and we're using it to battle our children. 

Also discussed: Halo …

Rogue Legacy 2 benefited a ton from early access [The Resties]

May 3rd, 2022

46:36

This week, The Resties revisit Rogue Legacy 2 after nearly two years in Early Access. The developer made great use of that time, delivering a worthy sequel to the original hit. In the second half, it's time to set goals …

How to Keep a Child Entertained (and Other Impossibilities)

April 29th, 2022

52:12

Today on the show we're answering a long-requested question: What sorts of games do you play with kids? The Besties weigh in on some of their chosen diversions. 

Games discussed include: Monster Legends, …

The Video Game Movie Canon with Kahlief Adams

April 22nd, 2022

1:05:17

With the McElboys on tour, Plante and Frushtick bring in a special guest, Kahlief Adams of the Spawn on Me podcast, to talk about just what makes a …

Do you have to finish a game to love it? [The Resties]

April 19th, 2022

50:30

Do you have to finish a game to fully appreciate it? This week, The Resties discuss the huge time investment of our favorite hobby, and decide how …

Spoiling the Heck Out of Elden Ring

April 15th, 2022

1:12:35

Look, we told you we'd be talking about Elden Ring for a very long time, and here we are, doing just that. We're going to be talking about the game's …

The Magical Butts of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

April 8th, 2022

44:53

We're ditching the gruesome violence of the Borderlands franchise in exchange for the whimsical violence of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands; an exchange that …

The best (and worst) video game controller [The Resties]

April 5th, 2022

52:47

Is the Gamecube controller brilliant or busted? The Resties rank the past 35 years of video game controllers in this fever dream of an episode. Then, …

Kirby and the Forgotten Stomach

April 1st, 2022

42:00

This week we're diving into the latest installment of the long-running Kirby franchise, Kirby and the Forgotten Land. We'll also discuss Sony's attempt to take on the juggernaut that is Game Pass with its new …

Embracing the Chaos of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins

March 25th, 2022

51:25

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins is by no means a Great Game, but we'll be gosh-danged if it hasn't charmed the Lv. 6 Shadow Pants off of us. Also, Justin breaks down the phantasmal weirdness of Ghostwire …

Tunic is retro Zelda with a splash of Fez [The Resties]

March 22nd, 2022

45:25

This week, The Resties share their growing love of Tunic, an adventure game heavily inspired by the early entries of The Legend of Zelda. Without getting into spoilers, they also explain the game's similarities to indie …

Playing the Silver Ball with Jeff Bakalar

March 18th, 2022

55:10

Russ is left on his own and so he brought his old pal, Jeff Bakalar of Giant Bomb, to talk about another sort of game: PINBALL. Yes, Jeff knows a lot …

The Best Games of Early 2022

March 11th, 2022

51:07

As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2022, we take a look back at some of the classics that the first three months have brought us. Maybe spread the love throughout the year next time?

Games discussed: Nobody …

How to play Elden Ring: a kind guide for beginners [The Resties]

March 8th, 2022

48:14

Elden Ring is amazing, but it's also intimidating. Since we'll be talking about the game on The Besties throughout 2022, we wanted to help newcomers …

We'll Be Talking About Elden Ring for a Long Time

March 4th, 2022

54:15

Consider the title of this episode a warning: Elden Ring is a game that we're gonna be discussing A LOT for the foreseeable future, starting in this very episode. Join us as we discuss what works about From Software's …

Fun with Robosaurs in Horizon: Forbidden West

February 25th, 2022

46:36

It's feast or famine out there, games-wise, and this week's a FEAST: We're talking about Sony's newest first-party blockbuster, Horizon: Forbidden West. Also, Destiny 2's new expansion is out! And it's pretty good! 

The 5 best "bang for your buck" games + Vampire Survivors [The Resties]

February 22nd, 2022

48:06

A great video game doesn't have to be expensive. Inspired by the $2.99 phenomenon Vampire Survivors, The Resties choose their five favorite "bang for your buck" video games. Then, Frushtick brings a surprise B-topic …

Besties 10th Anniversary Game of the Decade Spectacular

February 18th, 2022

1:09:57

To celebrate our tenth year of intractable debate over which video games are better than the other video games, we're doing EXACTLY THAT. For over an hour. We're pitting the best games of the last decade against one …

Raging Against the Dying Light 2

February 11th, 2022

53:42

This week we're discussing Dying Light 2, a game that poses a novel question: What if dead people turned into monsters and you had to hit them with …

The definitive list of perfect portable games [The Resties]

February 8th, 2022

51:29

Here's an episode for everyone, whether you fell in love with video games on the Game Boy or the Nintendo Switch. In honor of the Steamdeck launch this month, The Resties construct the *perfect* list of the best …

We Gotta Go Back in Time with Pokemon Legends Arceus

February 4th, 2022

57:25

Wondering what's next for the Pokemon franchise? Just how many games could they put out that are basically the same thing? Well, we finally have …

The (Other) Best Games of the Last 10 Years

January 28th, 2022

1:03:01

As we build towards our 10 year anniversary in February, we decided to look back at some of the winners of The Besties Game of the Year throughout the decade. Were we right? Were we wrong? Let's find out! Each year …

The Worst Games of Our Childhood [The Resties]

January 25th, 2022

51:41

To follow up on the best games of our childhood, The Resties discuss the worst ones. The funny thing about "bad" games when your kid is that they're …

Everybody Loves Nobody Saves the World

January 21st, 2022

56:43

Things come full circle as we once again dip into the Drinkbox catalogue with their newest Action RPG title, Nobody Saves the World! Also, we discuss …

Fortnite Got Buckwild When We Weren't Looking

January 14th, 2022

59:38

We like to think of ourselves as four cool dads who have their finger on the pulse of what's hip with young gamers. That's why, in the year of our …

2022's Big Video Game Predictions [The Resties]

January 11th, 2022

50:38

This week's episode is inspired by our friends on the Triple Click podcast.  Frushtick and Plante make twelve bold predictions for the world of video …

2022's Most Anticipated Games

January 7th, 2022

1:02:46

We're jumping into the next 12 months with gusto. These are the games we'll be watching, including some games that were on our 2021 list but didn't actually come out. 

Games discussed: Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Rune …

The Besties Game of the Year Spectacular - Part Two

December 24th, 2021

1:39:10

THE RITUAL IS COMPLETE. Once again, we've weighed the merits of EVERY VIDEO GAME released in 2021, and named one of them the ultimate victor. May the …

The Besties Game of the Year Spectacular - Part One

December 17th, 2021

1:28:33

It's the day of the show, y'all! We've got a sweet sixteen games from this year up for the GOTY consideration, and by the end of the episode, we'll have whittled them down to an exquisite eight. Join us for a extra-long …

Shadow of the Colossus + Jet Set Radio = Solar Ash [The Resties]

December 14th, 2021

1:00:52

Ahead of The Besties selecting the Best Game of the Year, Frush and Plante predicted the winners of The Game Awards. Who made the best predictions? …

The Grappling Hook Brings You Back to Halo Infinite

December 10th, 2021

43:26

How much can a single device — one that's been present in video games as long as there's been video games — renovate the Halo formula? As it turns …

Our Fall Favorites Leading into GOTY Season

December 3rd, 2021

51:37

As we near the thrilling climax of 2021, we're taking a seasonal approach to see what games stood out over the last three (or so) months. Joining us this week is Kirk Hamilton (of the Triple Click and Strong Songs …

We overlooked Unsighted, a brilliant Zelda-style indie [Resties]

November 30th, 2021

52:47

Unsighted appeared on consoles and PC earlier this year, but we missed it. What a mistake! Frushtick and Plante talk about this brilliant indie game …

Staying Faithful to Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond

November 26th, 2021

1:01:52

In which we discuss, with equal levels of enthusiasm, the latest remake from the world of Pokémon, and also the franchise as a whole. Then we take a …

Gotta Exorcise 'Em All with Shin Megami Tensei V

November 19th, 2021

42:04

Today, we're cracking into the oftentimes impenetrable Shin Megami Tensei series' fifth major installment, and share some thoughts on the masterful …

Forza Horizon 5 is GotY material [Resties]

November 16th, 2021

59:24

On this episode of Resties, Plante and Frushtick dance in the pouring rain of Video Game Season 2021. Forza Horizon 5 and Riders Republic are both a delight, so the Resties compare and contrast the two open-world racing …

The Obligatory Annual Call of Duty Episode

November 12th, 2021

55:43

This week, we're breaking down two great tastes that taste great together: The many faces of Call of Duty: Vanguard, and the newly expanded Animal Crossing: New Horizons. We also give a metric ton of iOS …

The Card-ians of the Galaxy

November 5th, 2021

52:58

In our worst-titled episode to date, we're doing double duty! Join us for a discussion of the extra-creepy deckbuilder Inscryption and the surprisingly charming Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Other media discussed: …

The 10 best games on Nintendo Switch Online [Resties]

November 2nd, 2021

1:13:15

On this episode of Resties, Plante and Frushtick countdown their top 10 games on Nintendo Switch Online. Of course, Chris has chosen a ridiculous #1. …

3 Besties Are Here 2 Discuss Back 4 Blood

October 29th, 2021

48:46

We're without Chris Plante this week, but we're not without a surplus of zombie-based video games to discuss, because, wow, there's a LOT of them coming out right now. 

 

Games discussed include: Back 4 Blood, Resident …

Accessible Gaming with Steven Spohn

October 22nd, 2021

1:09:06

This week, we're joined by AbleGamers' chief development officer 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 …

Take a Skeleton Road Trip with Spookware [Resties]

October 19th, 2021

39:03

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, …

Metroid Dread is Here to Save Us All

October 15th, 2021

54:27

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 …

The Golden Age of Sega is Upon Us

October 8th, 2021

58:08

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 …

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

October 5th, 2021

45:30

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 …

The Hidden Gems of the Past 200-ish Episodes!

October 1st, 2021

1:00:49

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 …

Doing the Time Warp Yet Again with Deathloop

September 24th, 2021

50:42

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 …

WarioWare-ing with Ron Funches

September 17th, 2021

51:17

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, …

A Very Merry Holiday Season Preview Plus Time-looping Romans

September 10th, 2021

1:03:07

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 …

No More Heroes and the Power of Egg Steam

September 3rd, 2021

37:38

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 …

Speaking sequels with Axiom Verge 2 and Psychonauts 2

August 27th, 2021

53:01

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 …

Living the Dorm Life with Multiplayer Classics

August 20th, 2021

51:03

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 …

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

August 13th, 2021

1:09:41

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 …

Prosecuting Kirby's Crimes with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

August 6th, 2021

43:55

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, …

Having a Playdate with Death's Door

July 30th, 2021

52:00

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 …

Can Zelda: Skyward Sword be Saved?

July 23rd, 2021

49:44

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 …

The Amazing Indie Games of the Summer

July 16th, 2021

50:53

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 …

Scarlet Nexus is 2021's Overlooked Gem

July 9th, 2021

47:20

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 …

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

July 2nd, 2021

43:28

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 …

The Best Games of 2021's First Half

June 25th, 2021

52:15

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 …

Ratchet Versus the E Triple

June 18th, 2021

52:07

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 …

Still Deciding the Best Resident Evil Game

June 11th, 2021

57:32

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 …

The Best Resident Evil Game DECIDED! (Almost)

June 4th, 2021

46:42

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. …

You, Mii, and Chris P

May 28th, 2021

48:15

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 …

All The Games We Loved This Spring

May 21st, 2021

47:33

With Frushtick on vacation, the gang shares some of their favorite games from the past couple months, including Subnautic: Below Zero, Nier …

Resident Evil 8-age and the Briefcase of Fun

May 14th, 2021

46:05

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 …

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

May 7th, 2021

45:15

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 …

Still Picking the Best GTA Game Ever

April 23rd, 2021

53:45

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 …

Picking the Best GTA Game Ever

April 16th, 2021

1:02:53

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 …

The Dawn of CyberWar is Upon Us (Also Outriders)

April 9th, 2021

49:21

This week we're diving into Outriders, a game that sounds about as generic as is possible within the confines of the English language. And yet, we all think it's pretty damn fun! We also attempt to one-up its generic …

Monster Hunter Rise and Shine

April 2nd, 2021

49:23

Just when you thought it was safe to buy property in Kamura Village, all these monsters show up and wreck the joint! Justin and Russ team up after a last-minute bug fells Chris Plante (and Griffin deals with a new human …

Just the Two of Us . . .

March 26th, 2021

45:20

Who better to tackle a mandatory co-op game about divorce than the duo of Plante and Frushtick? The pair take on It Takes Two, the new release from the creators of A Way Out. And with Griffin out in preparation for a …

Loops and Loots with Loop Hero

March 19th, 2021

48:35

Just one more loop? The boys jump into the indie darling that's got the nation abuzz: Loop Hero. They also dive into some more review songs and explore whether Griffin and his computer are best friends.

Still Deciding The Best Zelda Game of All Time

March 12th, 2021

53:40

It's all down to this! We've narrowed down the greatest Zelda games of all time to a perfect 8, and now we've got to bring it all the way to number one. Sorry Link's Target Practice fans, this one is just for the big …

Deciding The Best Zelda Game of All Time

March 5th, 2021

53:03

We thought we'd take some time to dive into a very scientific study: What is the best Zelda game of all time? To determine this, we've started with all 16 main games and, well, stuck them in a randomized bracket for …

Mario 3D World and the Infinite Sadness (of Bowser)

February 26th, 2021

38:42

After a week of total chaos, most of the boys from your favorite video game club are back, joined by special guest Elyse Willems of Rooster Teeth & Fun Haus fame. At issue this week: Super Mario 3D World and …

The Nightmare Before March

February 12th, 2021

40:43

The gents hop into the scary and tiny world of Little Nightmares 2. They also explore the existential and impossible to answer questions of: Is Luigi's Mansion 3 a horror game, and can kites be scary?

Waking Up Early with the Boys

February 5th, 2021

46:43

This week on The Besties, the gang is diving into some incredible Early Access games, including Teardown, Ender Lilies, Subnautica: Below Zero and Everspace 2. They also introduce a brand new listener appreciation …

Hitman 3 and the Great Muffin Assasination

January 29th, 2021

41:44

You find yourself in an assassination gone wrong. All you have? A muffin. The boys journey into the World of Assassination with Hitman 3 this week, …

The Deepest Cuts of Winter

January 22nd, 2021

43:12

January may not be known for a rollicking time for major new releases, but that's cool, we'll find a way to keep you busy! Today we dive into a bunch …

Cyberpunking with Ron Funches

January 15th, 2021

47:19

We're a bit late to the Cyberpunk 2077 party, but better late than never! Chris Plante will be back soon, but the world-renowned @RonFunches has …

2021's Most Anticipated Games

January 8th, 2021

1:02:52

The Besties gang are back for a brand new year, thanks for sticking with us! In today's episode, we'll each bring 3 games (ahem, Justin) that we're pumped about in the new year. We're talking Breath of the Wild 2, …

2020 Game of the Year Part 2

December 18th, 2020

1:10:26

We’ve gone from 16 and we’re down to 8 of the best games of 2020. Now we’re going to cull down these sweet, adorable baby calves until there’s just …

2020 Game of the Year Part 1

December 11th, 2020

1:00:37

It’s all been building to this! The boys come together with 16 games duking it out for the best games of 2020 (including 4 listener selections!). Who will live? Who will die? Who will cry? There’s only one way to find …

Whose Souls? Demon's Souls

November 27th, 2020

48:42

The boys brave the fetid swamps and fiery dragons of the prettiest dang PS5 game around, Demon's Souls. Will they survive the Valley of Defilement? …

PlayStation 5 Launch Extravaganza

November 20th, 2020

53:32

The new console launches continue with the debut of the PlayStation 5! The Besties break down all the upgraded design features including the …

Xbox Series X Launch Spectacular ... Also Vikings!

November 13th, 2020

1:00:22

Just days after the official launch of the Xbox Series X, the gang offers a comprehensive evaluation including how this generational leap compared to the last and upcoming exclusives. Then they enter the Animus and are …

Those Adorable Watch Dogs

November 6th, 2020

41:52

The Besties rode on a drone and hacked their way into the mainframe for this week’s new game: Watch Dogs: Legion! They discuss the impressive open world design of the futuristic post-Brexit London. Critique the play as …

We Have a PS5, It's Big

October 30th, 2020

50:42

Huge news! Russ previews the new sizable PS5 including demonstrating its eject. Then the gang reviews the visual novel real-time strategy game 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim.

Games That Make Us Go AHHH!

October 23rd, 2020

54:44

It's October so it must be time to give you the straight up willies. The Besties dive into Twitch phenomenon Phasmophobia, and Justin burns matches in Amnesia: Rebirth. We also explore some of our favorite scary games …

Open the Baldur's Gates! We Have an Xbox Series X!

October 16th, 2020

51:19

The Besties have gathered at the digital tabletop to review Larian Studios’ recent launch in early access to Baldur's Gate 3! Plus, Chris gives an in-depth report on the Xbox Series X!

Won't Someone Think of Alderaan?

October 9th, 2020

48:33

This week's topic of discussion is the new Star Wars: Squadrons! Together the Besties unpack the lineage of Star Wars flight games. Offer positive …

Hey Hades, Get Funky!

October 2nd, 2020

46:55

Join the Besties in their quest of the underworld with 2020’s Hades. They explore the incredibly designed and nuanced gameplay. Discuss the …

Begun These Pre-Order Wars Have (also Spelunky 2 is good)

September 25th, 2020

52:06

The gang reviews the sequel to the 2008 original, Spelunky 2. Discuss the recent pre-order madness. Explore Microsoft’s acquisition of game publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion. And check in on the state of the …

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 with Miles Luna

September 18th, 2020

42:49

The iconic skateboarding game is back and newly remastered, my dudes! Animation writer and director, Miles Luna, joins The Besties this week to discuss Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2! They explore the influence of the …

Can Any of Us Beat Up an Avenger?

September 11th, 2020

56:29

This week the boys offer an in-depth review of the new Marvel's Avengers! They examine the original storyline with Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel at the …

What Have You Done To Us, Dear Listeners

September 4th, 2020

55:09

The Besties let the listeners decide what games to discuss this week. So hope you're all happy! First, Griffin offers a lackluster review of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered. Then the gang tackles Madden NFL …

Thank You for Flying Besties Airlines, Enjoy Your Tomato

August 28th, 2020

48:48

Join the gang in the virtual cockpit as they fly through the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020! Together, they examine the pros and cons of the …

The Boys Enter Early Access

August 21st, 2020

47:57

Join the Besties’ quest through Rogue Legacy 2, which is now available in early access on Steam. Plus, they offer other titles to check out like Heroes of Hammerwatch. And read fan mail which includes an in-depth look …

A Letter to the Fall Guys Guys

August 14th, 2020

46:01

In this episode of The Besties, the boys review the hit online multiplayer battle royale Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Plus, pitch their own Fall …

The Best Ideas in Bad Games

August 7th, 2020

50:23

Sometimes the worst games do have some redeeming qualities. This week, the gang looks at the best game mechanics, unique story ideas, console …

The Best Summer Games You're Not Playing

July 31st, 2020

52:59

The Besties recommend some of their favorite games that have come out this summer, including Carrion, The Under Presents, Zach Gage’s Good Sudoku, the updated Noita, and more! Plus, they discuss what upcoming releases …

Rolling Paper Mario

July 24th, 2020

40:03

This week The Besties take a critical look at Paper Mario: The Origami King, the sixth installment of the Mario Paper series, and explore which …

The Ghost with the Most of Tsushima

July 17th, 2020

53:04

The gang reviews Ghost of Tsushima, the recently released open world action-adventure game set in 13th century feudal Japan. Topics include the Samurai code of honor, the sometimes glacial story pacing, the design of …

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: We Pick a Winner!

July 8th, 2020

46:18

In honor of National Video Game Day, The Besties decide the best new console of 2020: the PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X! Using a highly advanced …

Spoilers Ahoy! The Last of Us Part 2

July 3rd, 2020

58:35

*SPOILER ALERT* This week’s episode goes all-in on The Last of Us Part II and leaves no virtual corpse unturned. Together, The Besties break down the plot, discuss the controversy and explore in-depth the failings of …

No Spoilers for The Last of Us Part 2

June 26th, 2020

54:19

The Besties kick off a two-part series on The Last of Us Part II with a no spoilers episode. They explore the punishing gameplay, consider the pleasure of headshotting infected pseudo-zombies, and explain the trouble …

Justin LOVES Clubhouse Games

June 19th, 2020

51:21

That's right Justin absolutely lives for the compilation Clubhouse Games on Nintendo Switch. He can’t get enough of the 51 classic board games, card …

The Super Mario Galaxy Isn't Big Enough for the Four of Them

June 12th, 2020

42:48

The gang reviews Super Mario Galaxy and picks their best game of the 2007 mini-series. Plus, Uncle Jake Nintendo Plante makes a special appearance to ask for the next great Mario spinoff?

Nathan Drake and Kratos, best friends forever

May 29th, 2020

54:24

In their on-going mini-series on the greatest games of 2007, The Besties this week discuss Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and God of War II. Together …

If You Like Halo 3 You Should Put a Ring on it

May 22nd, 2020

46:24

This week The Besties are discussing Halo 3! Together they look back to its highly anticipated release in 2007. The criticism around the infamous cliffhanger ending. Their favorite vehicles, weapons and campaigns. Plus, …

BioShock: Wet and Wild Fun!

May 15th, 2020

55:05

Would you kindly join The Besties as they revisit the dystopian RPG shooter BioShock? Together they discuss the influence of Objectivism and …

COD4: Should We Feel Bad?

May 8th, 2020

44:51

OORAH! Stand at attention and listen to this week's discussion of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare you maggots. In the second episode of their mini-series on games from 2007, The Besties examine the franchise's first …

Y'all, Portal Still Rocks

May 1st, 2020

46:40

This week starts off the new series on the best year for video games. Now with the spotlight on 2007, the gang of course had to discuss Portal and game developer Valve! Plus, the boys pitch Portal 3 concepts to a very …

What Was the Best Year for Video Games Ever?

April 24th, 2020

42:55

Today’s special episode takes The Besties into a new direction. With newer releases being put on hold, the gang is looking back at what was the best …

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Feat. a Hunkier Cloud

April 17th, 2020

45:51

This week The Besties are covering the remake of the hit RPG from 1997, Final Fantasy VII. Together they discuss its influential legacy and how the …

Resident Evil 3: Missing the Large Detective

April 10th, 2020

46:34

The gang survives the remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis to tell listeners about the bizarre world design of Racoon City (including a train museum and a very normal toy store with a giant hovering baby head). They also …

How to save a dead franchise, or: Old men play Half-Life Alyx

April 3rd, 2020

49:12

After 15+ years, the influential game franchise is back with Half-Life: Alyx! Follow along for an extremely nerdy conversation about The Besties' …

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will save us all!

March 27th, 2020

43:11

This week, the Besties discuss the highly anticipated Animal Crossing: New Horizons! Is this the most important game possibly in the history of humanity? Will this be the biggest game release on the Nintendo Switch of …

DOOM Eternal with Elyse Willems

March 20th, 2020

46:58

Elyse Willems (Funhaus) joins The Besties for an in-depth conversation on the newly released Doom Eternal! Topics include ripping of arms and limbs, the world-building of hell on earth and space castles.

The Best Games You're Not Playing

March 13th, 2020

48:04

Before the big game release storm rolls in, The Besties wanted to cover some of the latest smaller titles you might have missed. Including action …

The Besties go to the Farm!

March 6th, 2020

45:23

Today's episode examines Rune Factory 4 Special Nintendo Switch edition plus Russ challenges the gang to a test if any of the farming simulators …

Dreams

February 28th, 2020

43:29

This week the boys explore Dreams, the follow up to LittleBigPlanet from developer Media Molecule and discuss their other favorite user-generated …

Sonic the Hedgehog: THE MOVIE

February 21st, 2020

43:48

The gang heads to the theaters to see the latest and greatest video game movie adaptation: Sonic the Hedgehog. But what happens if it's actually...good?

Mario 3 & The Wizard Reboot

February 14th, 2020

47:49

Plante ditches the rest of the gang, leaving them with an ancient game that came out around the dawn of time. (Thankfully it was pretty good.) The …

Journey to the Savage Planet

February 7th, 2020

47:08

The boys head into space and gather a heck of a lot of resources...and laughs? Russ somehow justifies his love for Jojamart, which may be the true good guy of the Stardew Valley universe.

Kentucky Route Zero / AI Dungeon

January 31st, 2020

44:01

After nearly a decade, Kentucky Route Zero (a game first released during the first year of The Besties!) is finally completed. The boys also take a …

The Witcher Special

January 24th, 2020

51:58

Because the world has been captured by the magic of Geralt of Rivia, The Besties are diving into Netflix's The Witcher and also The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (newly released on Switch). Toss a coin to them!

The Greatest Vaporware + Half-Life's Black Mesa

January 17th, 2020

38:46

Some games take a year to come out. But some games? Decades. This week The Besties are looking at some of their favorite vaporware, including a project that's been in the works since the mid 2000s: Black Mesa, a …

The Best Video Game Kings + Shovel Knight: King of Cards

January 10th, 2020

36:33

In this episode of The Besties, the boys debate which are the very best video game kings of all time. They'll also dive in to the latest addition to the Shovel Knight franchise, King of Cards.

Most Anticipated Video Games of 2020

January 3rd, 2020

44:22

The Besties are looking ahead at the coming year and asking themselves: Which are the true bangers of 2020? They'll even look ahead and make some prognostications about what to expect from the coming year. Will they be …

2019 Recap Special

December 27th, 2019

40:52

The Besties bid farewell to 2019 with the highs and lows of some of the biggest trends of the year. NOTE: This will be the last full episode on the …

Game of the Year Part 2

December 20th, 2019

1:08:52

Time to decide the best video game of 2019. We've tabulated our votes, and we're even including a surprise bracket, as voted on by the fans. Here we …

Game of the Year Part 1

December 13th, 2019

58:32

Who better to pick the world's best games than the world's best friends? The Besties kick off the 2019 Game of the Year special with an intense melee of the greatest video games to walk the Earth in the last 12 months. …

Death Stranding

December 6th, 2019

39:50

Who likes walking? Justin likes walking! Hideo Kojima's long-awaited walking epic captures Justin's heart, but will the other Besties be as charmed? …

Pokémon Sword and Shield

December 6th, 2019

37:05

Griffin loves his adorable little pocket monsters and tries his very best to convince the boys that they are truly creatures of god. This is …

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

December 6th, 2019

37:06

The Besties are back! This week they're discussing Respawn's Star Wars game, Jedi: Fallen Order, and diving into the weird world of deep cut Star Wars lore, from Yaddle to jizz (literally the official term for the genre …

Best Games of 2018

December 25th, 2018

3:01:11

Wondering what the best games of 2018 were? Join Justin McElroy, Griffin McElory, Chris Plante and Russ Frushtick as they venture forth and discuss the cream of the crop. Will it be the last Besties episode ever? Yes! …

April 2018 and a Status Update on the Future

May 14th, 2018

1:18:09

Hello Besties fans! First off, we love all of you! Secondly, we wanted to let you know that we'll be shifting back to just having The Besties as an end-of-year special. You can hear all about it in the episode, but this …

March 2018

April 9th, 2018

1:19:39

There were a ton of games trying to beat the Q1 deadline, but as The Besties soon learned, some of those titles may have needed a little more time in the oven. Or maybe they were beyond hope? Who’s to say? Not us, we …

February 2018

March 7th, 2018

1:04:35

February is the month of love and we’ve got a crop of games that ... well, we like them. Maybe not like like them, but we regular like them a great …

January 2018

February 9th, 2018

1:16:46

Games discussed: Iconoclasts, SOS, Sea of Thieves, Celeste, Subnautica, Monster Hunter World, Shadow of the Colossus.

The Best Game of 2017

January 3rd, 2018

2:46:28

In defiance of reason, good taste and the laws of both god and man, your pals The Besties sat down and recorded a two-hour-and-forty-five-minute battle royale to decide the best game of 2017. Get comfy, get hydrated. 

November and December 2017

December 14th, 2017

1:01:26

Since they waited so ding dang long to record their November and because December is a crummy month for releases, The Besties have combined both …

October 2017

November 9th, 2017

1:23:12

There may be be a bigger month for video game releases in recent memory, but we sure can’t think of one. Join us for a whirlwind tour of October 2017, capped off by an only slightly predictable finale.

Games discussed: …

The Besties pick the best games of September 2017

October 4th, 2017

1:30:29

September was one of the most jam-packed months of 2017 until ... well, next month. But worry not, dear listener. The Besties are here to filter out all the disgusting chaff and leave you with a heaping plate of gaming …

The Besties pick the best games of August 2017

September 15th, 2017

1:25:57

We know, we know, it’s late, and it’s really, really hard not to just talk about Destiny 2, but you know what? We don’t. Because we’re true …

The Besties pick the best games of July 2017

August 15th, 2017

1:16:42

It’s a hot one After a slow June, things have picked back up considerably for July. We’ve got a ton of great games to talk about and, most …

The Besties pick the best games of June 2017

July 10th, 2017

1:05:58

It’s gotten a little slow, but we’re still here OK, things have slowed down for game releases in June. How slow? Well, one of our games was released in May. But, we’re still here picking the best games of the month, …

The Besties pick the best games of May 2017

June 9th, 2017

1:20:46

April showers bring good games We’re back with another surprisingly great month of games. This May brings us a few out-of-nowhere surprises and a couple of big releases. A happy May to us all! Games discussed: Fire …

The Besties pick the best games of April 2017

May 9th, 2017

1:30:44

It’s only APRIL? Remember when good games only came out after Madden? That’s out the window. It’s been a stunner of a year already for game releases, and the streak continues in April with everything from JRPG/dating …

The Besties are picking the best games of March 2017

April 7th, 2017

1:14:50

You probably guessed it already Just because you almost certainly know what game we picked as the best of March 2017, doesn’t mean you can’t listen and enjoy hearing about all the games that aren’t the best game of …

The Besties pick the best games of February 2017

March 6th, 2017

1:35:16

At least the games have been good in 2017! Though we still don’t have a great explanation as to why, the first ever Polygon podcast has returned on a …

The Besties pick the best games of January 2017

February 9th, 2017

1:16:58

Yes, they’re back. OK? Though we still don’t have a great explanation as to why, the first ever Polygon podcast has returned on a monthly basis. Join …

The Besties podcast: Best of 2016

December 13th, 2016

3:16:57

Yes, it's true, we've returned for yet another round of nobody's favorite video game podcast, The Besties. Join your hosts Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, Russ Frushtick and Griffin McElroy as they pick the year's best …

The Besties Game of the Year special for 2015 is now available, you monster

December 28th, 2015

2:42:51

Last year, we published a post called "The Final Besties Ever." We're sorry that we lied about that, but we're even sorrier for those of you who made it happen by constantly demanding that we do it. We can't imagine …

The Final Besties Ever: 2014's best games battle it out

December 22nd, 2014

3:56:54

This is it. The Besties have been on hiatus — which intimates a brief pause in an otherwise regular schedule, so let's call it a "temporary …

Best games of July 2014 - The Besties

August 6th, 2014

1:49:50

It's fair to say that July 2014 will not go down as the most active month in video game history. There were so few major releases this July that we …

The best games of June 2014 according to The Besties

July 8th, 2014

1:30:18

Remember last month when a surprise cloud of quality games rained down upon us, soaking us in the joys of kart racing and nazi shooting? Those warm rains of spring have passed and what remains is the scorched, dry earth …

The Besties: The Best Games of May 2014

June 5th, 2014

1:52:26

What a peculiar May. Typically, I think of spring as a dumping ground, the soft, warm land where publishers unceremoniously bury games that failed to …

The Besties: The Best Games of April 2014

May 9th, 2014

2:05:57

The ides of March were nothing compared to this! Yes, April is upon us and it seems many game companies are just holding their collective breath in …

The Besties: The Best Games of March 2014

April 10th, 2014

1:47:58

I hope you enjoyed March. The month full of big game releases may be the last of its kind for the foreseeable future. Looking at the calendar, we …

The Besties: The Best Games of February 2014

March 7th, 2014

1:47:37

February came and went. The shortest month of the year was practically a wasteland in terms of major game releases. The standout AAA game, Thief, left many of us feeling robbed. And Fable's anniversary wasn't quite …

The Besties: The Best Games of January 2014

February 12th, 2014

1:40:17

The Besties are back! At the end of 2013, the fate of the show was unclear. We were unsure what the podcast would look like in 2014. But after …

The Besties Game of the Year 2013 Video Special - Part 2 (Audio only)

December 30th, 2013

1:10:57

In the words of 2 Unlimited, "Y'all ready for this?" The Besties return to finish the fight. Eight games emerged from last week's battle royal, but only one has the grit to claim the title of Besty. Will it be Gone …

The Besties Game of the Year 2013 Video Special - Part 1 (Audio Only)

December 30th, 2013

1:35:34

The time has come! Just like last year, The Besties have come together to celebrate the holidays and decide, once and for all, which game will be …

The Besties 81: 'Twas the night before Besty

December 14th, 2013

1:03:19

I can't believe we're about to film another end of the year Besties Besty Special. But I shouldn't let the excitement spoil this week's episode. Live …

The Besties 80: Thanksgiving surprise

November 28th, 2013

1:02:17

We couldn't let you brave the long trip home all alone. Earlier this week, The Besties recorded a special, pre-holiday episode. Thank goodness, …

The Besties 79: Left Behind

November 16th, 2013

49:35

We know, it's PS4 launch week, but aren't you burnt out on our coverage already? Seriously, between the packed-to-brim StoryStream and 12-hour live video stream, we wager you've had your fill. That's why, this week, …

The Besties 78: Our fondest memories of the generation

November 9th, 2013

1:03:23

To send off the current generation of consoles, we decided to do something a little special. There are no winners or losers this week, just our …

The Besties 77: A kid-shaped pile of rats

November 1st, 2013

35:14

It's almost here. The calamity of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch month can be heard in the distance; the vibrations can be felt if you stand still enough. Are you ready? Enjoy these final couple Besties of the …

The Besties 76: Poor, poor Sonic

October 26th, 2013

37:59

I come here to praise Sonic, not to bury him. Wait, that's wrong. I come here to bury him — or at least the happy memories I once had of him. Fortunately, my besties Justin and Griffin have positive things to talk …

The Besties 75: A very merry Pokémon special

October 18th, 2013

38:26

Last week we promised an all Pokémon episode. This week we deliver. The Besties discuss pocket monsters on a level of granularity that ultimately …

The Besties 74 - GD Ritzy's

October 12th, 2013

47:37

Russ is gone. We know, we'd thought we'd be thrilled about it too, but damned if we don't miss the little guy. But hey, he'll be back next week, right? Until we're doing our best to cheer ourselves up with video games. …

The Besties 73 - A bowl of SteamOS

September 27th, 2013

56:40

The whole gang is back together! Griffin returns from Japan to regale us with amazing stories of vegetables and video games and video games starring …

The Besties 72 - GTYay

September 20th, 2013

48:51

This week, Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto 5 and the rest of the games industry politely gave it and its hype plenty of space to do their …

The Besties 71 - Three's company

September 13th, 2013

40:37

Due to technical difficulties only three Besties were able to record this week. Frushtick, Griffin and I try to make magic without the magician, …

The Besties 70 - The avuncular episode

September 6th, 2013

39:29

Frushtick is an uncle! Yes, the man of a thousand roles has a new one: the grown-up responsible for introducing a child to video games. …

The Besties 69 - Live-ish from New York!

August 23rd, 2013

1:00:34

You ask for more Grant. You get more Grant. That's how things work here with The Besties. We give the people what they want. But what's this? Zounds! It appears your wish was made on a cursed monkey's paw. You know not …

The Besties 68 - Down in a hole

August 16th, 2013

50:12

The gang gets back together before being dashed apart once more. This week on The Besties, the whole gang is back together, which is exciting because …

The Besties 67 - A wild Grant appears

August 9th, 2013

59:19

This week there is no me. Yes, due to a mysterious stomach virus, I, your Besties poster was unable to attend the weekly podcast. But don't worry, because another, balder and smarter Chris filled the vacancy. This week, …

The Besties 66 - Rise of the Sun

August 5th, 2013

44:41

What's that sound? Well I'll be! It's the dulcet tones of Mr. David Tach. Yes, this week Dave "Sweet Sweet Butter Voice" Tach fills in for Justin …

The Besties 65 - Attack of the Giant Monsters from Outer Space

July 26th, 2013

46:47

The theme of this week's Besties is giant monsters. The gang discusses kaiju, space ants and malevolent monolithic mega corps from the not-so-distant …

The Besties 64 - Best of the first half of 2013

July 19th, 2013

40:39

It's that time of the year. The Besties gather around the digital fire to share fond memories of their favorite games, some as old as January itself. …

The Besties 63 - The Last of Russ

July 12th, 2013

51:44

It's possible you've never noticed this odd bit of Besties trivia. Each week, we invite a new clone of the original Russ Frushtick to discuss the week's best things. The new clone is cloned from the previous week's …

The Besties 62 - All Animal Crossing, all the time

June 28th, 2013

40:25

Welcome to the end of days. It's rare that all four Besties find themselves smitten by a single game, let alone one for weeks on end. And yet, that's just what has happened with Animal Crossing: New Leaf on 3DS. It has …

The Besties 61 - Welcome back for the first time

June 21st, 2013

46:01

Allow me one moment to welcome any new listeners who were introduced to The Besties by our recent E3 video spectacular. The podcast is a little …

The Besties 60 - An embarrassment of riches

June 7th, 2013

48:50

Is it Christmas in June? Usually the period around E3 is like a desert in which the year's worst games are left to rot under the sweltering summer sun. But as you may have gleamed from the carousel of review scores on …

The Besties Podcast 59 — Griffin buys a Wii U

May 31st, 2013

46:11

I take a break from the podcast to fulfill my civic duty and Griffin McElroy buys a Wii U. I'm genuinely curious what our listeners think about this …

The Besties Podcast 58 — The best of Xbox One

May 24th, 2013

49:15

Throw us an Xbone, why don't you? We're not sure if you heard, maybe you didn't, but there's a new Xbox coming soon. Well, not soon, but this year, for sure. On The Besties this week, we dive deep and come back with the …

The Besties Podcast 57 - The talking helicopter

May 17th, 2013

45:12

The gang is back in action. On this week's episode of The Besties, there's some derisive Snoopy talk, as well as an anthropomorphic helicopter. Griffin has his doubts and Justin changes his pick at the last minute, much …

The Besties Podcast 56 - The backhanded compliment

May 10th, 2013

53:29

Mr. Dave Tach fills in for the absent Griffin McElroy this week. His dulcet tones could melt an ice cap, but are they enough to warm our hearts in …

The Besties Podcast 55 - A mouthful of candies

May 3rd, 2013

44:00

I love Candy Box. I'd hate to spoil what Candy Box is. So trust me. Before you press that play button, click this link. Play Candy Box for a few minutes, then leave it open on a browser tab and return for the podcast. …

The Besties Podcast 54 - The awkward episode

April 27th, 2013

47:39

Griffin couldn't help himself. Drunk off back to back wins, the Brother McElroy brought one of the most awkward topics to date. This business. I …

The Besties Podcast 53 - Let's finish this week

April 19th, 2013

40:27

Boy, am I happy to end this week. Over the past few days, I've struggled to write, think or care about video games. I've struggled to really do …

The Besties Podcast 52 - Life choices

April 12th, 2013

55:04

Why hello there. This week on The Besties, we've decided to stick with the rules set forth in last week's episode because, hey, consistency has to …

The Besties Podcast 51 - New rules

April 5th, 2013

52:37

We've read your comments. You miss the original concept of four best friends battling to the death to decide the best game of the week. Or maybe you …

The Besties Podcast 50 - Gears of War: Judgment and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

March 22nd, 2013

46:43

Let's hear it for the supporting character! This week, we discuss two games based off the less popular sidekicks of major franchises. First, we have …

The Besties Podcast 49 - Ridiculous Fishing and Super Stickman Golf 2

March 15th, 2013

50:03

All mobile all the time. In the history of The Besties, when the gents end up bringing mobile games to the table, it doesn't bode well for the …

The Besties Podcast 48 - Tomb Raider and SimCity

March 8th, 2013

50:04

Two big games, including one that works! This week on The Besties, Chris Plante is galavanting out in Japan for work (probably), so we've gone and …

The Besties Podcast 47 - Proteus and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

March 1st, 2013

43:02

Call it a sick day. Griffin succumbed to the Andromeda Strain this week, leaving Frushtick, Hoops and myself to brave The Besties without him. I confess, it was tough. Fortunately, we had two very different, very …

The Besties Podcast 46 - Crysis 3 and Bit.Trip Runner 2

February 22nd, 2013

50:51

The Besties enter the next generation! This week on The Besties, we talk about the mysterious ghost man living above Griffin's garage. If you think that's grim, just wait till you hear our recap of the PlayStation 4 …

The Besties Podcast 45 - Fire Emblem: Awakening and Dead Space 3

February 15th, 2013

53:23

The Besties are back! This week on The Besties, we discuss babies having babies and then having those babies fight for their baby parents. There's also talk of the thrills and chills of space combat, with an emphasis on …

The Besties Podcast 44 - Antichamber and Ni No Kuni

February 1st, 2013

49:41

Long live The Besties! This week's episode revolves around the mysteries of Doritos, Taco Bell and much, much more. Also Plante takes the opportunity …

The Besties Podcast 43 - Temple Run 2 and DMC: Devil May Cry

January 25th, 2013

50:35

The march of The Besties continues! This week on The Besties, an old friend stops by for a visit and there's some examination of the latest …

The Besties Podcast 42 - Kentucky Route Zero and Dark Souls

January 18th, 2013

42:31

Oh ye of little faith! The Besties are back for 2013 to warm your hearths and hearts. As per usual, the rules have been changed, but don't worry, …

The Besties 41 - End of 2012 Special Part 2

January 18th, 2013

1:08:31

This is the audio-only version of Part 2 of our end of year video special. Enjoy!

Theme song by Ian Dorsch
Get the show:

Download MP3"
Subscribe to the podcast (RSS)
Subscribe on iTunes

The Besties 40 - End of 2012 Special Part 1

January 18th, 2013

50:03

This is the audio-only version of Part 1 of our end of year video special. Enjoy!

Theme song by Ian Dorsch
Get the show:

Download MP3"
Subscribe to the podcast (RSS)
Subscribe on iTunes

The Besties Podcast 39

December 15th, 2012

55:03

This week on The Besties, we take a look back at all the games that have made it into our Hall of Fame of 2012. We also decide which three games from the fan vote are getting resurrected for next week's finals. And, …

The Besties Podcast 38

December 7th, 2012

52:18

In what is basically the last week of the year in terms of big video game releases, The Besties are concerned with one thing and one thing only: …

The Besties Podcast 37

November 30th, 2012

48:39

This week, The Besties examine just how humble you need to be for the Humble Bundle. Also, Griffin tries to explain Persona, much to the chagrin of …

The Besties Podcast 36

November 26th, 2012

1:03:14

The Besties all trekked off for Thanksgiving last week, but before did, they wanted to share their thoughts on the Wii U! Yes, it's an entire episode …

The Besties Podcast 35

November 16th, 2012

51:11

The Besties are back in fine form, discussing the merits of Michael Crichton and examining the mysteries of frogs and fractions. There's also some talk about a little-known game called Black Ops 2 and some Halo 4 …

The Besties Podcast 34

November 9th, 2012

55:24

After a night of heavy drinking, some of The Besties aren't quite up to fighting form. And yet, they press on! In this episode, Assassin's Creed 3 makes its second appearance, and we give some props to some unhappy …

The Besties Podcast 33

November 2nd, 2012

54:47

So it turns out that we don't actually know how to count to 33 in roman numerals, so we're going with tried-and-true 'Merican numbers from now on. Other changes include a new theme song by the talented Ian Dorsch and …

The Besties Podcast XXXII

October 19th, 2012

48:41

Besties! Those stunning changes you were expecting? Yeah...sorry...you'll have to wait on those. The Besties are back, in pretty much the form you remember them in. But the changes! They're coming! We swear! And no, the …

The Besties Podcast XXXI (archive)

October 7th, 2012

46:50

Special thanks to Salivation Army for recovering this episode from the archives!

The Besties Podcast xXx

September 28th, 2012

44:13

Besties! Here's our State of the Union: We love video games. Much like Vin Diesel or (to a lesser extent) Ice Cube before us. Won't your join us for our 30th show-ebration? We certainly hope you will.

04:30 - Griffin …

The Besties Podcast XXIX (archive)

September 20th, 2012

56:51

Special thanks to Salivation Army for recovering this episode from the archive!

The Besties Podcast: Wii U special

September 14th, 2012

42:22

Besties! Straight up: We didn't play anything this week. There. We said it. Also, Russ Frushtick is in Japan, so we thought that we'd talk about yesterday's big Wii U event where pricing, dates and much more was …

The Besties Podcast XXVII

September 7th, 2012

46:02

Besties! Besties! An old friend visits the show, proclaiming a love for the mightiest shape of them all. There's also some talk about overly …

The Besties Podcast XXVI

August 31st, 2012

47:30

Besties! This week on The Besties, Griffiin returns from his escapades. What do the Mannequin movies and Pokemon have in common? So, so much. This week on The Besties, Griffin returns from travelling around the world …

The Besties Podcast XXV (archive)

August 25th, 2012

41:09

Special thanks to Salivation Army for recovering this episode from the archive!

The Besties Podcast XXIV

August 17th, 2012

39:14

Besties! You know you want to spend the weekend with The Besties. How could you not? Another week has come and gone, and The Besties are here to let …

The Besties Podcast XXIII

August 10th, 2012

43:19

Besties! Your friends The Besties are back with the audio security blanket you need to help snuggle you into the weekend. This week on The Besties, we continue to deal with the staggering lack of releases during the …

The Besties Podcast XXII (archive)

July 28th, 2012

36:02

Special thanks to Salivation Army for recovering this episode from the archives!

The Besties Podcast XXI

July 27th, 2012

40:12

In a week of mediocre games, the Besties turns to gas station sandwiches for entertainment.

This week on The Besties, Griffin's request for bombast is delivered by a mysterious figure from the South. Meanwhile, Dave …

The Besties Podcast XX

July 20th, 2012

47:14

This week on The Besties, Griffin returns and demands bombast from a fellow co-host. There's also some discussion about whether dolphins can survive …

The Besties Podcast XIX

July 13th, 2012

46:25

Your friends The Besties are back with the only reason you get out of bed on Fridays. Join us as we pit the new games of the week against each other to find out which one reigns supreme. Also: Tiny Wings 2! And the epic …

The Besties Podcast XVIII

July 6th, 2012

47:17

This week doesn't seem like a fair fight, but at least your buddies The Besties are still getting along. This week: Hear how honestly terrified Justin is of mice, walk the exotic wasteland that is Huntington, WV and be …

The Besties Podcast XVII

June 29th, 2012

51:25

In this time and political and Today Show-centric turmoil, it's comforting to know your friends The Besties are constant. Some iOS game you've never …

The Besties Podcast XVI

June 22nd, 2012

46:58

The Besties settle in for a long summer which may not be the most robust in terms of quality game releases. Justin describes the woes of Steel Battalion, Griffin gives some advice to Wizards of the Coast and there's …

The Besties Podcast XV

June 15th, 2012

52:57

The Besties are back from their E3 sojourn and they've been playing all the latest games so they can talk about them, for that is the social contract you and they have entered into. Also, Russ Frushtick shares the sad, …

The Besties Podcast XIV

June 1st, 2012

46:19

The Besties square off on Ghost Recon, Dragon's Dogma and Resistance: Burning Skies.

The Commish returns to dole out more Besties justice. This week …

The Besties Podcast XIII

May 25th, 2012

46:16

The Besties square off on Diablo 3, Max Payne 3 and Quest for Glory.

In what they hope will be the final rule change for at least a few weeks, The …

The Besties Podcast XII

May 11th, 2012

42:44

The Besties return with their most unusual rule change yet: They've completely forgone making any sort of decision an instead created an robot …

The Besties Podcast XI

May 4th, 2012

44:28

The Besties return with what's likely to be the most comprehensive discussion of flume and flume-adjacent theme park rides you've ever heard in a podcast. Also? Video games! (Note: You may notice a little audio …

The Besties Podcast X

April 27th, 2012

38:54

This week on The Besties, we've promised to dethrone Journey as the Game of the Year, but will we actually deliver? Can Journey bring about world peace before the show ends? Also, we welcome world-renowned indie …

The Besties Podcast IX

April 20th, 2012

41:44

This week on the Besties podcast, Chris Plante expresses his love of pig-related games and talks about his romantic physical therapy experience. We also answer the question: Can a motorcycle single-handedly win World …

The Besties Podcast VIII

April 13th, 2012

32:42

We're all slowly recuperating from the emotional and physical gauntlet which is PAX East, but that didn't stop us from playing the latest games and forcing them to fight each other in an epic, heart-wrenching battle. Be …

The Besties go to PAX East 2012: A Video Spectacular

April 11th, 2012

15:20

Typically, your friends The Besties are hunched like so many scurvy-ridden sailors over their laptops as they pit the week's best games against each other in a fight to the death. But since they were all in one zip code …

The Besties Podcast VII

April 8th, 2012

31:14

We're a little late but no less passionate for our favorite games of the week. Be there when Griffin makes a case for a game he, in fact, …

The Besties Podcast - VI

March 30th, 2012

41:45

This week on The Besties: Plante goes on a safari for the wild "cereal gorilla," Russ tries to convince us that Ouch, My Balls should be the best …

The Besties Podcast - V

March 23rd, 2012

34:41

Last week, we decided that Journey had the ability to bring about peace in the Middle East, what's gonna have even half a shot at beating a game like that? You buddies The Besties are trying to find out! Won't you join …

The Besties Podcast IV

March 16th, 2012

38:08

We've welcomed Griffin back to our bosom after his absence last week, and he's brought a pretty darn heavy hitter with him: Mass Effect 3. We've had plenty of predictions that Commander Shepard will take the top slot …

The Besties Podcast III (from the archive)

March 9th, 2012

35:00

This episode of The Besties was recorded in a hotel room in San Francisco (hence the garbage audio). But hey, that's what happens when we all (except for Griffin) have to travel for GDC 2012!

The Besties Podcast III (Live from GDC 2012)

March 9th, 2012

35:00

If the audio sounds weird it's because we recorded this, the third ever Besties episode, in a hotel room in San Francisco.

The Besties Podcast — II

March 3rd, 2012

37:41

Justin McElroy, Russ Frushtick, Chris Plante and Griffin McElroy return with a new batch of contenders for the world's most prestigious honor: The Bestie. Which of their top picks of the week will reign supreme? And …

The Besties: Game of the Year, all year long

February 24th, 2012

30:58

It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends discuss the week's new releases and decide if any will topple whatever …

Loading ...

Listen to The Besties

RadioPublic

A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed
https://feeds.simplecast.com/Urk3897_

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens