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  • 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
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 51 - Beyond Good & Evil

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    Perhaps the quintessential cult classic, Beyond Good & Evil released in 2003 to some critical acclaim and lackluster sales. Directed by Michel Ancel, the creator of Rayman who yearned for more creative freedom at Ubisoft, the multiplatform release... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 50 - Deathmatch

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    We've covered a lot of games after fifty episodes of this podcast (and a number of fun honorable mentions and extra mini-sodes). Since we are hitting a podcasting milestone, we figured it would be a good opportunity to look back and re-evaluate some... More
  • The Best Games Period - Honorable Mention - Star Stealing Prince

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    A small, independent game released on Windows PC back in 2012. It was the indiest of indies, a title developed largely by one person using RPG Maker software. Many people outside the RPG Maker development community would never hear of Star Stealing Prince... More
  • The Best Games Period - Let's Talk About Nintendo's Switch

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    With new details of the Switch released, we recorded a special episode this week to discuss what we know about Nintendo's next console, its launch line-up, and the potential future of the device. It's not every day that a company launches a new... More
  • The Best Games Period - Episode 49 - The Best Games (of 2016) Period

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    2016 was a mind-blowing year in the world of games. VR, massive Kickstarter successes and failures, games that pushed the boundaries of what games can be, 2016 had it all. Jeremy, Daniel, and Jack bring their number one game of the year along with one... More
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