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The Best Games Period

Ever found yourself wondering about the best games period? Join Jeremy Brown, Jack Gardner, and Daniel Jones as they debate, argue, and sometimes agree over the best video games. The trio bring years of podcasting, game criticism, and somewhat related tangents to the table to create one of the most interesting podcasts you'll find in this corner of the internet.
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Sep 26, 2016

Jeremy flies solo this week with an episode talking about the show's first mobile game: You Must Build A Boat. A match-3 game from early 2015 that took the mobile world by storm, garnering accolades and perfect scores from across the industry. A sequel to 1000000, Touch Arcade stated that You Must Build A Boat "makes the original game feel like a demo. It’s absurdly fun and nearly impossible to put down." What earns it a spot worthy of highlighting on The Best Games Period as an honorable mention? Listen and learn. 

Outro music: Undertale 'Make Your Life Hell' by LongBoxofChocolate (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03424)

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Sep 19, 2016

Two games concluded the run of Capcom's golden age of IP development with their semi-independent Clover Studio: God Hand and Okami. There are few games with the pedigree of Okami; directed by Hideki Kamiya (the creator of Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry, and future creator of Bayonetta) and produced by Atsushi Inaba (one of the most successful game producers of all time). Released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Okami holds the world record as being one of the least commercially successful game to garner multiple game of the year awards. Does it stand as one of the best games period a decade later?

Outro music: Okami 'Celestial Winds from the East' by McVaffe (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01700)

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Sep 12, 2016

The gang is back together this week and all ready to talk about the defining first-person shooter of the last console generation. The 2007 release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare changed the way almost all FPS developers approached multiplayer and paved the way for yearly releases for non-sports titles. Does Infinity Ward's highly acclaimed title hold up almost a decade later? 

Outro music: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals 'Searing Aggression' by zircon (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03386)

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Sep 6, 2016

During the episode on Bastion a few weeks ago, Daniel and Jack got off on a particularly long and detailed tangent on the subject of No Man's Sky. This wasn't a planned part of the episode, just an interesting back and forth on their experiences with the most controversial game of 2016. This isn't fully an episode of The Best Games Period or even an Honorable Mention episode - just an extended conversation in which Daniel and Jack try to suss out how they feel about life, the universe, and everything else encompassed by Hello Games' indie gamble, No Man's Sky.

Outro music: Gradius Gaiden 'The Heavens Are Calling' by Ivan Hakštok and Sixto Sounds (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03371)

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Aug 29, 2016

The stealth genre is one that has historically been populated by a smattering of high profile hits like Metal Gear Solid or Thief and more than a few attempts that failed to leave more than a lingering impression. Not many companies were looking to take a big risk on a stealth game in 2012, let alone a 2D sidescrolling action-platformer (which, to the best of our knowledge, hadn't really been done prior). Indie studio Klei Entertainment embraced minimalist design principles and took a big gamble on Mark of the Ninja. Players took on the role of a ninja tattooed with the madness-inducing mark of their clan and entrusted with the task of defending it from villainous mercenaries. How does this moderately well-received indie title hold up several years later?

Outro music: The Legend of the Mystical Ninja 'Oedo Hop' by Palpable (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01255)

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Aug 22, 2016

Supergiant Games released Bastion on Xbox 360, followed shortly by a PC release, back in 2011. It smashed onto the indie scene with isometric action and light RPG elements. The art design from Jen Zee, the musical work from Darren Korb, and a groundbreaking narration preformance from Logan Cunningham arguably reframed indie games in the public consciousness. 

Outro music: Bastion 'A 'Kid-pella' by Andrew McLaren, David Lane, Dorothy Hayden, Ryan Billington, and Square Law (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02673)

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Aug 15, 2016

BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins released for PC and console back in 2009, presenting a wholly original fantasy world with a highly refined strategic RPG system. It offered players complex moral dilemmas and a reactive, entertaining cast of characters on a quest to slay a dragon and save the world. In Dragon Age, BioWare solidified their title as master storytellers in the mainstream sense (PC RPG enthusiasts had already known for years). Does Dragon Age: Origins remain one of the highlights of the RPG genre or has age taken its toll?

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 'Have Ship, Will Travel' by Nostalvania (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03399)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

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Aug 1, 2016

 

The wonderful Emily Reese, from the lovely Level with Emily Reese podcast, joins the show this week to discuss the only Grand Theft Auto title that captures the spirit of the 1980s complete with neon lights, drugs, and crazy fashion. Equal parts homage and satirical jab, Vice City spurred a flurry of lawsuits, accusations of inciting genocide, and might be the best Grand Theft Auto game to date. 

Outro music: Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers 'An Enjoyable Face Remodeling' by shaboogen (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03387)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find Emily Reese on Twitter: @LevelwithEmily

Or on her podcast Level with Emily Reese: http://lwer.podbean.com/

Jul 25, 2016

FUS RO DAH! This week Jack, Jeremy, and Daniel tackle Bethesda's sprawling open-world RPG, Skyrim. The 2011 title released in an incredibly buggy state, but became one of the first major cases of post-release patching. Critics heaped acclaim onto Skyrim, praising the Norse designs, revamped gameplay mechanics, and the vast world. It also helped to popularize the Steam Workshop. Does Skyrim hold up after several years later with a revamped release coming in a handful of months?

Outro music: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 'Whiterun' by mellogear (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02636)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Jul 18, 2016

2005's God of War set a new standard for the action-adventure genre over the next several years. The PS2 classic rolled in game of the year accolades and catapulted Sony's Santa Monica Studio into the limelight as one of their most important internal studios. With a new God of War on the horizon, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the original Greek tragedy to see if it really was one of the best games period. 

Outro music: Pokémon Blue Version 'Conundrum' by DjjD and Source X (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02729)

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Jul 11, 2016

When BioShock launched in 2007 for Xbox 360 and PC, it transported players to a world lost to time and some not-so-subtle Randian-inspired madness. Players navigated a city embroiled in self-obsessed insanity brimming with otherworldly powers and twisted human forms. One part horror, one part action, BioShock was one of the first hugely popular mainstream titles that people could point to and say, "This game? It's not only about mature action; it's about mature ideas, too!" Nine years later with a remaster on the horizon, is BioShock one of the best games period?

Outro music: Super Smash Bros. Melee 'Hank Jankerson's Wild Ride' by LongBoxofChocolate (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03376)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Jul 5, 2016

Amidst the blockbuster games of 2013 like BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us, a little game from an indie studio almost single-handedly established a genre. The Fullbright Company's Gone Home was met with critical acclaim, commercial success, and spawned fairly divisive opinions in the general audience. We actually discussed Gone Home when it came out and revisiting it proved to be an enlightening experience. Join us as we decide whether Gone Home is one of the best games period!

Outro music: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure 'Another Sky' by Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03379)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Jun 27, 2016

With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these short mini-casts to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode.

This week Daniel helms an episode of Honorable Mention with an impassioned plea for people to appreciate the N64 cult classic Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. Innovating the FPS on consoles, embracing the limitations of the hardware, and diving head first into the silliness of its central concept, the original Turok could have been the springboard for a larger franchise. While that dream of dinosaur slaying was never realized in subsequent installments, the Dinosaur Hunter's first steps were magical for Daniel Jones.

Outro music: Turok 2: Seeds of Evil 'Port of Adia Drum Mix' by Darren Mitchell (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00157)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Jun 20, 2016

This is a singular episode of The Best Games Period where Jeremy and Daniel talk about the various reveals shown at the E3 press conferences and what each of the major developers and publishers are bringing to the biggest gaming show of the year. Also they touch on issues related to VR that appeared on the show floor, Father's Day, and generally digest all the E3 news with some friendly banter.

Outro music: Super Mario 64 'Ripples of Hope' by Chimpazilla and Emunator (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03366)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Jun 13, 2016

The gang returns this week to talk Grim Fandango, the adventure game that launched Double Fine. The 1990s adventure classic may have once reigned supreme, but it was also one of the last adventure titles from the now defunct LucasArts. With the recent re-release of the Tim Schafer classic about a skeleton with a heart of gold, we decided to play it and see if we thought it really was one of the best games period.

Outro music: Grim Fandango 'The Enlightened Alaskan' by Mazedude (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01690)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Jun 6, 2016

With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these short mini-casts to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode.

This week, Jack goes solo and talks briefly about OverBlood, an early PS1 survival horror title that isn't even remotely close to being one of the best games period. However, it slips up so spectacularly and has aged so poorly that it comes back around to being worth playing and marveling over.

Outro music: Mass Effect 3 'Saving Earth' by Kaiyoti (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03350)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 30, 2016

The second most sold game of all time, Wii Sports dominated gaming culture and beyond when it released on the Wii back in 2006. Bundled with the Wii and sold on the promise of bringing gamers and non-gamers together, Wii Sports made waves for being the harbinger of a new wave of motion controlled games that would change the landscape of gaming forever. While the promise of what the Wii could deliver ultimately fell shorter than what many had hoped, Wii Sports remains as a fond memory for many. Is it one of the best games period?

We ran into some technical difficulties with Daniel's audio this week. Apologies if the somewhat garbled sound detracts from what is otherwise a very fun episode!

Outro music: Bayonetta 'Lady in Black' by Dj Mystix (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02527)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 23, 2016

The 2007 indie game Passage could be considered one of the standard bearers for the art game genre. Created by Jason Rohrer, for a game jam event, Passage went on to receive a significant amount of attention in the mainstream press with some critics outside of the gaming world claiming it was the first game to make them cry - essentially a proof of concept to some industry outsiders that games could be vehicles for emotion and meaningful expression. 

Passage is free and can be downloaded on Jason Rohrer's website: http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/passage/

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Please, please make it rain...' by Benjaipod (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03347)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 16, 2016

Since Naughty Dog recently released the fourth Uncharted game, we took the opportunity to talk about the 2007 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. As the title that resurrected the third-person shooter for the modern age and proved to the world what the PlayStation 3 was capable of rendering on-screen. Is Nathan Drake's initial adventure one of the best games period?

Outro music: Crash Bandicoot 'Hogging Molly' by Brandon Strader and Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02413)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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May 9, 2016

From breaking through the Iron Curtain of Soviet Russia to being labelled as a cause of medically confirmed hallucinations, Tetris has a fascinating history both within and without the video game industry. Alexey Pajitnov and Vladamir Pokhilko's classic puzzle game has become one of the most widely available video games on the planet and a common household name. To this day, Tetris appears near the top of best games of all time lists, but is that merely nostalgia or a mark of genuine quality? 

Outro music: Tetris 'The Peddler's Legacy' by Vurez (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02202)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 2, 2016

This week we tackle our first multiplayer-only and first free-to-play title, Valve's Team Fortress 2. The online FPS has been around for almost a decade and still sees an incredibly active community, due in no small part to the decision to make it free-to-play in 2011. Joining us in our discussion this week is Jack Packard, former Funny or Die funnyman, Red Letter Media staple, and co-host of the YouTube channel Previously Recorded. 

Part 2 centers almost entirely on Team Fortress 2. The aesthetic, comedy, emergent narratives, and even the cross marketing. Have you ever wondered if a conga line can ruin a video game? Jack Packard's argument certainly might make you think differently about the seemingly innocuous party dance. 

Outro music: Tiny Barbarian DX 'Vators Gonna Bait' by Hylian Lemon (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03298)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find Jack Packard on Twitter: @Harlack 

Or on Previously Recorded (https://www.youtube.com/user/PreRecRLM) and occasionally on Red Letter Media (http://redlettermedia.com/)

 

May 2, 2016

This week we tackle our first multiplayer-only and first free-to-play title, Valve's Team Fortress 2. The online FPS has been around for almost a decade and still sees an incredibly active community, due in no small part to the decision to make it free-to-play in 2011. Joining us in our discussion this week is Jack Packard, former Funny or Die funnyman, Red Letter Media staple, and co-host of the YouTube channel Previously Recorded. 

In part one, we all take our sweet time to get to anything related to Team Fortress 2, instead discussing Jack's twisting career path, Dark Souls 3, Stardew Valley, and the life of an internet creator. Maybe we were having a good time or maybe we were mirroring the 9 year development process that Team Fortress 2 went through. Who can say?

Outro music: Double Dragon III: Sacred Stones 'Trouble in Japan' by Nostalvania (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03307)

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You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find Jack Packard on Twitter: @Harlack 

Or on Previously Recorded (https://www.youtube.com/user/PreRecRLM) and occasionally on Red Letter Media (http://redlettermedia.com/)

Apr 25, 2016

It has been 22 weeks so far and we are only now getting to our first episode dedicated to a Legend of Zelda title! The Nintendo title, released in 1991 for the SNES, is widely regarded as one of the best games of all time and remains at the top of many best lists to this day. Why? What makes the top-down action-adventure of a boy in green saving the world such a pinnacle of video game achievement even a quarter of a century later? How will it stack up for future generations of gamers when the gaming landscape continues to evolve? Jack and Daniel, sans Jeremy this week, discuss this and a whole lot more.

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Unsealed' by CarboHydroM (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02900)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Apr 24, 2016

We ended up recording an awful lot of things that were cut out from our main episode last week, so we edited the trimmed segments together into a mini-episode of sorts. Buckle in for some fun tangents on Fallout 3 glitches, hot takes on The Last of Us, and even the weirdness that is Australian ladder licensing, which we are assured is an actual thing. 

Outro music: Chrono Trigger 'Punk Hairdo Kid' by HyperDuck SoundWorks (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03338)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find the talented Elizabeth DeLoria on Twitter as well: @elizabethdanger

 

 

Apr 18, 2016

This week voice actress, cosplayer, and Australian wrestling commissioner, Elizabeth DeLoria, joins us to take a hard look at Fallout 3. Released on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, Fallout 3 was hailed as an incredible milestone for the video game industry. It was one of the most expansive and lovingly rendered open-worlds of the time. Despite a myriad of glitches, Bethesda's 2008 open-world RPG managed to establish an iconic look and feel that many have used as a benchmark for RPGs in the years since. Does the Capital Wasteland's world, story, and soundtrack hold up eight years later?

Outro music: Fallout 3 'The Fallout of Eli' by Brynner Agassi and Mazedude (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02077)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find the talented Elizabeth DeLoria on Twitter as well: @elizabethdanger

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