Episode 224: Best Games Played 2019

It all comes down to this: four people enter a room with gleams in their eyes and hopes in their heart, only for it to be stricken away — it’s time once again for the Best Games Played!

As in previous years, we ask all the hosts to bring up to ten games that meant the most to them this past year. They don’t have to have been released in the past twelve months because, hey, sometimes you don’t have the chance to get to every new game release.

So listen in as we choose the best, the brightest, and the boldest games we played in 2019.

Awards include Most Reverent, Quickest Revolution, Most Uplifting, Sexiest Style & Substance, Richest Shared Experience, Dreamiest Past, Greatest Culmination, Loveliest Follow-up, Grandest Epic, and Beefiest Invitation.

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Episode 223: The Road to BGP 2019, Part 5

Our road trip is coming to an end. As we come into the final stretch, we do a little mop up on some gaming we’ve yet to mention. Namely: some platform fighting, some emotive Tetris, some info about how GGPO rollback works, some time on a derelict ship, and more!

Games include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tetris Effect, Return of the Obra Dinn, Brawl Stars, Grindstone, Guildings, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, Death Stranding, and The Outer Worlds.

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Episode 222: Hidden Gems of PAX Unplugged

We take a break from our Best Games Played discussions to take a brief voyage to the City of Brotherly Love, where PAX Unplugged resides! Dylan and Alex are joined by Victoria Caña and Adriel Wilson to showcase a lovely selection of tabletop experiences from the convention. You can follow along with the panel slides here.

From the panel description:

“The Schuylkill and the Delaware run thick with dice, cards, and other assorted game pieces, which can only mean one thing: PAX Unplugged is upon us! Are you in search of a new game to suit your fancy? Maybe you’d like to play something you’ve never seen before? If this sounds like you, then be sure to join us at Hidden Gems, where we curate the finest tabletop goods from across the show that you must check out before the weekend is done.”

Games include Calico, Sento: Ultimate Arcade Fighter, Team3, Noctiluca, Blockbuster: The Game, Aftermath, Fantastic Factories, A Fake Artist Goes to New York, Startups, Complicated Board Game: The Card Game, KLASK, Cascadia, Action Pups!, and 7th Night.

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Episode 221: The Road to BGP 2019, Part 4

We’re just straight vibin’ over here, while Nelson runs down the games that struck his fancy in 2019. Listen in as we explore some of the sexiest experiences this year, from visual novels to racing games to punk rock apocalypses.

Games include The Arcana, Forza Horizon 4, Oxenfree, Sunset Overdrive, Apex Legends, Devil May Cry 5, Afterparty, and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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Episode 220: The Road to BGP 2019, Part 3

Another week, another part of the Road to BGP gets assembled. This time, it’s Joe’s turn to regale us with his chosen list. But first, a brief mention of a dishonorable mention followed by tales of wartorn kingdoms, evil light gun games, yet another soulsborne discussion, and the current state of Mario Party.

Games include Mordhau, Fire Emblem: Heroes, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Duck Season, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Legends of Runeterra, Magic: The Gathering Arena, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Mortal Kombat 11, Super Mario Party, and Hades.

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Episode 219: The Road to BGP 2019, Part 2

For the second week of the Road to BGP, Dylan steps up to plate to take a swing at the games that meant the most to him. He talks about games with a lot of heart, a lot of spirit, and some that may have been misunderstood.

Games include Deltarune Chapter 1, Hypnospace Outlaw, Mario Royale, Sayonara Wild Hearts, What the Golf?, Untitled Goose Game, Fallout 76, Super Mario Maker 2, Minesweeper, You Are Jeff Bezos, The Jackbox Party Pack 3, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Episode 218: The Road to BGP 2019, Part 1

For the lead up to Best Games Played this year, we’ve created a new, five-part series for the hosts to take the time to really dive deep into the games that meant the most to them this year. Welcome to: the Road to BGP!

This episode, we discuss Alex’s favorite games of the year. He guides us through a journey of meaningful experiences, a variety of rougelites, and the discovery of a new universe.

Games include A Short Hike, Risk of Rain 2, Void Bastards, Anodyne 2, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Outer Wilds, Amid Evil, Metro Exodus, Wilmot’s Warehouse, Bleak Sword, and Tetris Effect.

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Episode 217: High Noon is a Verb

On our last regular episode of the year, we spend only 120 seconds on Blizzard’s attempt to bounce back before we switch to updates on PC storefronts, sing a song or two, and take a trip to the outer worlds.

We also discuss game projects currently being worked on by the group, from a hack-and-slashy that’s oh so flashy, a 3D Sinistar revival, and a… professional wrestling visual novel?

Games include The Outer Worlds, MediEvil, and Killer Queen Black.

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