The Besties



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 best of game be chosen by the best of friends?


  • The Dawn of CyberWar is Upon Us (Also Outriders)

    The Dawn of CyberWar is Upon Us (Also Outriders)

    09/04/2021 Duration: 49min

    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 efforts with a new title of our own.

  • Monster Hunter Rise and Shine

    Monster Hunter Rise and Shine

    02/04/2021 Duration: 49min

    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 child situation). Is this finally the Monster Hunter game to not make you hate Monster Hunter games? Hmm ... hard to say, but worth a shot!

  • Just the Two of Us . . .

    Just the Two of Us . . .

    26/03/2021 Duration: 45min

    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 forthcoming child and Justin out because divorce makes him sad, it's a complete takeover!

  • Loops and Loots with Loop Hero

    Loops and Loots with Loop Hero

    19/03/2021 Duration: 48min

    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

    Still Deciding The Best Zelda Game of All Time

    12/03/2021 Duration: 53min

    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 'uns.

  • Deciding The Best Zelda Game of All Time

    Deciding The Best Zelda Game of All Time

    05/03/2021 Duration: 53min

    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 true chaos. We've got some spicy match-ups coming your way, so buckle up!

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

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

    26/02/2021 Duration: 38min

    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 prescisely the right way to say the name Mario (which is still up for debate!).

  • The Nightmare Before March

    The Nightmare Before March

    12/02/2021 Duration: 40min

    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

    Waking Up Early with the Boys

    05/02/2021 Duration: 46min

    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 segment that truly stretches the definition of music.

  • Hitman 3 and the Great Muffin Assasination

    Hitman 3 and the Great Muffin Assasination

    29/01/2021 Duration: 41min

    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, discovering whether they have what it takes to fill the mighty soles of Agent 47. Join them, won't you?

  • The Deepest Cuts of Winter

    The Deepest Cuts of Winter

    22/01/2021 Duration: 43min

    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 of games that you may have missed while you were busy trying to get Cyberpunk to not crash. A full rundown of all the games listed: Noita, MO:Astray, Death Stranding, Spiritfairer, Jackbox 7, and Call of the Sea. Also Griffin tries to make a prank phone call.  

  • Cyberpunking with Ron Funches

    Cyberpunking with Ron Funches

    15/01/2021 Duration: 47min

    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 stepped in to fill his shoes this week. Is Cyberpunk truly that heinous, or is it all a ruse? And can we possibly find a way to make hacking minigames fun? All will be revealed.

  • 2021s Most Anticipated Games

    2021's Most Anticipated Games

    08/01/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    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, Resident Evil 8age, God of War Ragnanok, Hollow Knight Silksong, and much, much more.

  • 2020 Game of the Year Part 2

    2020 Game of the Year Part 2

    18/12/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    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 one golden cow remaining for the year. The final eight are: Animal Crossing: NH, Paradise Killer, Among Us, Ori 2, Spelunky 2, Monster Train, Kentucky Route Zero, and Hades.

  • 2020 Game of the Year Part 1

    2020 Game of the Year Part 1

    11/12/2020 Duration: 01h37s

    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 out! For the full bracket, check out TheBestiesPod on Twitter.

  • Whose Souls? Demons Souls

    Whose Souls? Demon's Souls

    27/11/2020 Duration: 48min

    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? Will they find a lovely two bedroom in the Tower of Latria? Only one way to find out!

  • PlayStation 5 Launch Extravaganza

    PlayStation 5 Launch Extravaganza

    20/11/2020 Duration: 53min

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

  • Xbox Series X Launch Spectacular ... Also Vikings!

    Xbox Series X Launch Spectacular ... Also Vikings!

    13/11/2020 Duration: 01h22s

    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 transported back to the age of Vikings with their review of the new Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

  • Those Adorable Watch Dogs

    Those Adorable Watch Dogs

    06/11/2020 Duration: 41min

    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 any character feature. And question if a game release has ever been less fit for the moment? Plus, their review of The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope.

  • We Have a PS5, Its Big

    We Have a PS5, It's Big

    30/10/2020 Duration: 50min

    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.

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