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  • The Best Games Period - Episode 48 - Assassin's Creed II

    Ubisoft created a hit with the original Assassin's Creed, but its successor, Assassin's Creed II, managed to establish a franchise that has practically become serialized with yearly releases. Set in Renaissance-era Italy, the history-rich action... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 47 - Mirror's Edge


    Back in 2008, developer DICE took a major risk on a game called Mirror's Edge. It tackled one of the most difficult genres, the first-person platformer. At the time, many in the gaming community considered platforming from a first-person perspective... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 46 - Shadow of the Colossus


    We are only a day out from the release of The Last Guardian , the game that has taken Team Ico over eleven years to create. Earlier this year we discussed the developer's first game, Ico , and the impact it had on game development going forward. To... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 45 - Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

    The early 2000s were riddled with animal mascots and teams trying to make a name for themselves on fledgling consoles like the PlayStation 2. Over a two year period from 2001 to 2002, a triumvirate of platformers released that would expand the genre and... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 44 - Dishonored

    With the recent release of Dishonored 2, let's take a look at Arkane's first outing to the city-state of Dunwall. As the body-guard turned supernatural assassin, Corvo, players navigate the political turmoil left by an assassinated empress to... More
  • The Best Games Period - Honorable Mention - Alto's Adventure

    This week Daniel Jones flies solo in an Honorable Mention dedicated to the zen mobile game Alto's Adventure. The endless runner (endless ski-er?) utterly captivated Daniel in early 2015 and has been a game he has found difficult to put down ever since... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode ??? - Go Vote!

    This episode is pretty self-explanatory. Go vote! Click here to play this audio clip Outro music: Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 'Guile's Theme (Real American Hero Mix)' by Rayza ( You can follow the... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 43 - Dead Space

    In honor of the day of all things spooky-scary we're turning to the game that took up Resident Evil 4's third-person horror mantle and mixed it with Alien and Event Horizon. Dead Space released in 2008 and garnered numerous accolades for its tense... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 42 - The Nintendo Switch

    Since new consoles aren't announced every day from a major manufacturer, this week's episode focuses squarely on Nintendo's recent reveal of the Switch, their upcoming next-gen device that can be a console or handheld gaming device. Jeremy... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 41 - Flower

    While the first attempt at recording Episode 41 might have failed due to technical difficulties, we've returned this week with a brand new and totally original discussion of Flower, the PlayStation 3's 2009 indie darling. While playing as the... More
  • The Best Games Period - Honorable Mention - Skies of Arcadia

    Back in the mists of the year 2000, Sega and Overworks released a game for the Dreamcast called Skies of Arcadia. The title made a name for itself as one of the finest RPGs available on the system - some people even argued that it was one of the best... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 40 - Ocarina of Time

    One of the monoliths that has topped the lists of the best video games of all-time, we're finally doing it. What it you ask? The game that has to come up at some point in every conversation about the best games of all-time: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina... More