Best Games Played is Ward Games' game of the year spectacular! Every year, we gather 'round the table and discuss the games that year that meant the most to us.

For Best Games Played 2019, Dylan, Alex, Nelson, and Joe gather round after a year of ups and downs, ins and outs. A year where battle royale champions got their titles challenged, a suite of beautiful, thoughtful indie games were released, and we continued to see the pervasiveness of labor abuse in the industry — also some folks really didn't like this whole Epic Games Store business!

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This year we also introduce a new, multipart segment to our end of the year festivities — the Road to BGP! Here, we dedicate an episode to each host, along with a wrap-up episode, to give them the chance to really dive deep into the game that meant the most to them this year.

  Start at Part 1

For the second year running, we bring back The Honorables as part of our end of the year festivites. These are the games that didn’t quite make it to our top ten list that we nonetheless felt very strongly about, so we give them one more chance to fight for glory.

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For Best Games Played 2019, Dylan, Alex, Nelson, and Joe gather round after a year of ups and downs, ins and outs. A year where battle royale champions got their titles challenged, a suite of beautiful, thoughtful indie games were released, and we continued to see the pervasiveness of labor abuse in the industry — also some folks really didn't like this whole Epic Games Store business!

  Listen to the Episode

This year we also introduce a new, multipart segment to our end of the year festivities — the Road to BGP! Here, we dedicate an episode to each host, along with a wrap-up episode, to give them the chance to really dive deep into the game that meant the most to them this year.

  Start at Part 1

For the second year running, we bring back The Honorables as part of our end of the year festivites. These are the games that didn’t quite make it to our top ten list that we nonetheless felt very strongly about, so we give them one more chance to fight for glory.

  Listen to Part 1
  Listen to Part 2

Best Games Played 2019 Awards

2018 — a year full of remakes, reboots, and returns to games of yore. Join Dylan, Will, and Alex as they figure out the best games that best represent the Wardcast troupe for our third foray into end of the year deliberations.

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And new for 2018, a brand spanking new segment to complement Best Games Played — the Honorables! It’s here where games that didn’t quite make the top 10 cut get another chance at redemption, by contesting head-to-head in a double-elimination brakcet!

  Listen to Part 1
  Listen to Part 2

2018 — a year full of remakes, reboots, and returns to games of yore. Join Dylan, Will, and Alex as they figure out the best games that best represent the Wardcast troupe for our third foray into end of the year deliberations.

  Listen to the Episode

And new for 2018, a brand spanking new segment to complement Best Games Played — the Honorables! It’s here where games that didn’t quite make the top 10 cut get another chance at redemption, by contesting head-to-head in a double-elimination brakcet!

  Listen to Part 1
  Listen to Part 2

Best Games Played 2018 Awards

For our second annual Best Games Played, we were inundated with the new — new podcast hosts, new podcast name, and more new games than we knew what to do with. Our Wardast crew of Dylan, Will, Alex, and Sam entered BGP 2017 to contend with bespoke arcade cabinets, the long shadow of Breath of the Wild, and more.

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For our second annual Best Games Played, we were inundated with the new — new podcast hosts, new podcast name, and more new games than we knew what to do with. Our Wardast crew of Dylan, Will, Alex, and Sam entered BGP 2017 to contend with bespoke arcade cabinets, the long shadow of Breath of the Wild, and more.

  Listen to the Episode

Best Games Played 2017 Awards

For our inaugural year — back when we were still the Ward Podcast — we had a smorgasbord of games and experiences to enjoy: from giant, sprawling RPGs to quiet, thoughtful experiences. It's also the year where Pokémon Go ran rampant. So join Dylan, Mason, Dan, and Alex for the culmination of a year's worth of gaming fun and memories. You'll be sure to love it.

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For our inaugural year — back when we were still the Ward Podcast — we had a smorgasbord of games and experiences to enjoy: from giant, sprawling RPGs to quiet, thoughtful experiences. It's also the year where Pokémon Go ran rampant. So join Dylan, Mason, Dan, and Alex for the culmination of a year's worth of gaming fun and memories. You'll be sure to love it.

  Listen to the Episode

Best Games Played 2016 Awards