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  • The Best Games Period - Episode 60 - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

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    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was born from the vision of filmmaker Josef Fares. Fares, a Lebanese refugee, managed to escape the country's civil war in 1987 and relocate to Sweden with his family. He became a prolific director in the Swedish film... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 59 - Devil May Cry

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    Hideki Kamiya's Devil May Cry released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 and arguably changed the course of action games for years to come. In a very loose adaptation of Dante's Inferno, Devil May Cry stars a white-haired, pistol and sword-wielding... More
  • The Best Games Period - Honorable Mention - MLB The Show

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    We haven't talked much about sports games on the show. This week, Daniel Jones brings the digital baseball series MLB The Show up to the plate. It's sadly an Honorable Mention episode because Jack and Jeremy vanished at the merest hint of physical... More
  • The Best Games Period - Honorable Mention - Oíche Mhaith

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    Terry Cavanagh and Stephen Levelle (also known as Increpare ) teamed up back in 2011 to create the video game equivalent of a short story. Oíche Mhaith (which translates to Irish for "good night") is free, takes about 20 minutes to complete... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 58 - Lair

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    Lair is without a doubt not only one of the best games period, but THE BEST GAME period. "Why even bother having an episode about it?" you might ask. We simply figured that enough was enough and that greatness really should be paid its due.... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 57 - Final Fantasy IX (ft. Dan Olson)

    A strangely off-beat throwback to the Final Fantasy of yesteryear? A sunny journey into the heart of existential crisis? A relic outdone by its shinier successor? Final Fantasy IX is many things to many people. Only recently has the general gaming population begun to look back and notice the entry in Square Enix's long-running series that came only a year before X moved the series into a new console generation. Dan Olson from Folding Ideas joins the podcast for a two-part episode discussing Final Fantasy IX's fascinating development history and subtly powerful narrative. 

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    A strangely off-beat throwback to the Final Fantasy of yesteryear? A sunny journey into the heart of existential crisis? A relic outdone by its shinier successor? Final Fantasy IX is many things to many people. Only recently has the general gaming population... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 56 - Mass Effect

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    It is easy to forget that BioWare took a bold risk when they launched their untested, original IP as an Xbox 360 exclusive back in 2007. The RPG genre had never truly veered into uncharted territory with a mainstream release as with a third-person shooter... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 55 - The Last of Us

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    One of the most critically acclaimed titles of 2013, The Last of Us served as the PlayStation 3's swan song. Pushing the system to its limits, Naughty Dog's foray into a grim, apocalyptic vision of the future became a title that would be talked... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 54 - The Legend of Zelda

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    With the recent release of the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , another game looms large in the background: The original Legend of Zelda, the 1986 title that started it all and taught us all that it's dangerous to go alone... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 53 - Donkey Kong Country 2 vs. Donkey Kong Country 3 (ft. Dean Stephenson)

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    In the mid 90s Nintendo partnered with UK developer Rare to develop a game based on their Donkey Kong character. The resulting game, Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo, temporarily catapulted the animated gorilla into wide popularity. The resulting... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 52 - Half-Life 2

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    Released in 2004, Half-Life 2 ushered PC games into a new generation. It brought with it the highly flexible Source Engine (a game engine so versatile that highly modified versions of it are still used for modern AAA games like Titanfall ), and necessitated... More
  • The Best Games Period - Honorable Mention - Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

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    A 2004 release from Project Aces, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War attempted to bridge the gap between arcade flight sim and wartime drama. The result was an incredibly engaging, beautiful experience that ruminates on the modern incarnation of war. Combining... More
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