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The Besties: The Best Games of March 2014

I hope you enjoyed March.The month full of big game releases may be the last of its kind for the foreseeable future. Looking at the calendar, we won't see four weeks so full of hyped AAA and indie games until fall. That's why we chose to withhold Dark Souls 2 from this month's Besties. We can discuss its release on PC next month. April, after all, looks slim by comparison. Anyway, let's live in the now! This month we have four good games, a bag full of reader favorites and some big news involving a certain Lawnmower Man knockoff. 8:30 - Titanfall 25:00 - Mercenary Kings 37:00 - Halftime! 48:00 - Infamous: Second Son 1:14:00 - News of the month 1:24:00 - Luftrausers 1:34:40 - Reader emails Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast...
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The Besties: The Best Games of February 2014

February came and went.The shortest month of the year was practically a wasteland in terms of major game releases. The standout AAA game, Thief, left many of us feeling robbed. And Fable's anniversary wasn't quite worth celebrating. Then again, maybe we were just looking for fun in all the wrong places. Bravely Default, The Last of Us' DLC and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze all got lavished with praise by our reviews team. And hey, I'm always happy to shout my love for Earth Defense Force 2025. You know, maybe it wasn't a bad slate of games, so much as it was a strange one. Just look at the four we chose to discuss: a remake in the mode of Metroidvania, an anthropomorphic number puzzler, an asburdist espionage comedy and a third-person shooter spin-off of a family-friendly...
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The Besties: The Best Games of January 2014

The Besties are back!At the end of 2013, the fate of the show was unclear. We were unsure what the podcast would look like in 2014. But after hearing positive feedback from many of our listeners, we buckled down and came up with a new format. We really like it; we hope you do, too. This year, we will record one extended episode at the end of each month, discussing the best games of the previous 30 or so days. With the new format, we can ensure all four hosts have had time to play the selected games. We think that change alone will produce better conversations. If all goes well, the show will feel more like our end-of-the-year specials. Also, we'll be reading listener mail. So send your thoughts, feelings, questions and deepest, darkest secrets to besties at polygon dot com! We also...
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The Besties Game of the Year 2013 Video Special - Part 2 (Audio only)

In the words of 2 Unlimited, "Y'all ready for this?"The Besties return to finish the fight. Eight games emerged from last week's battle royal, but only one has the grit to claim the title of Besty. Will it be Gone Home? Or Towerfall? Or maybe Zelda? What about The Last of Us, people seemed to like that game, right? The tension is killing me and I already know who takes the title! Stay tuned. We'll notify the winner of the bracket contest shortly! Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes
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The Besties Game of the Year 2013 Video Special - Part 1 (Audio Only)

The time has come!Just like last year, The Besties have come together to celebrate the holidays and decide, once and for all, which game will be crowned the very best of 2013. We narrowed it down to 16 games (four of which came direct from the audience) and pit them against one another in ultimate combat. Who will win? Who will lose? Only one way to find out! (By the way, Part 2 will go live next Monday, December 30. Soon after that, we'll notify the winner of the bracket contest.) Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes
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The Besties Game of the Year 2013 Video Special - Part 2

In the words of 2 Unlimited, "Y'all ready for this?"[Oh, hello. If this is your first time on Polygon, Besties is a weekly podcast in which four friends discuss the best games of the week. This is our year-end special. It is not, however, the official Polygon year-end awards, which are voted on by the entire staff. The 2013 awards will be posted on Polygon soon, so stay tuned. And thanks for visiting. We hope to see you again!] The Besties return to finish the fight. Eight games emerged from last week's battle royal, but only one has the grit to claim the title of Besty. Will it be Gone Home? Or Towerfall? Or maybe Zelda? What about The Last of Us, people seemed to like that game, right? The tension is killing me and I already know who takes the title! Stay tuned. We'll notify the...
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The Besties Game of the Year 2013 Video Special - Part 1 (and Secret Santa!)

The time has come! Just like last year, The Besties have come together to celebrate the holidays and decide, once and for all, which game will be crowned the very best of 2013. We narrowed it down to 16 games (four of which came direct from the audience) and pit them against one another in ultimate combat. Who will win? Who will lose? Only one way to find out! (By the way, Part 2 will go live next Monday, December 30. Soon after that, we'll notify the winner of the bracket contest.) As an added bonus, here's the full Secret Santa segment: Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes
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Guess the Besties Game of the Year 2013 bracket (there's a prize!)

On December 23, 2013, Part One of the Besties Game of the Year 2013 video extravaganza will begin. And even though it's up to us to decide the winner, there's no reason why you can't be involved!Here's the deal: We've settled on our top 16 games and we'll be pitting them against one another, head to head, in a Sweet Sixteen-style bracket. What we want you to do is try to guess just how the tournament will play out. Basically all you have to do is to fill out this handy form before December 23, 2013. Whoever comes closest to guessing how the bracket will play out will win a grand prize containing a handful of the free stuff we've gotten throughout the last year. Here's what the box will contain: Plants vs Zombies stuffed peashooter ($20) Angry Birds: Hatching a Universe book ($30) ...
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The Besties 81: 'Twas the night before Besty

I can't believe we're about to film another end of the year Besties Besty Special.But I shouldn't let the excitement spoil this week's episode. Live in the present, Plante! Be here now. Okay, so what do we have? Oh, just a number of heartfelt, respectfully designed video games that challenge our conceptions of the medium. You know, that's all. 3:30 - Best Gachapon machine of 2013 (Heroes of Dragon Age) 19:10 - Best interlude (The Entertainment, Kentucky Route Zero) 30:30 - Halftime! 35:00 - Best reason to reload (Teleglitch: Die More Edition) 41:00 - Best educational game (The Novelist) Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes
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Help us decide the Besties' best games of the year (update)

The Besties are prepared to record their annual best game of the year video specials. But before we shoot, we need your help.In our bracket, 16 games will face off for the title of Besty. We've already chosen 12 of those games. We need your help to pick the final four. Here's our current top 12: Last of UsGTA 5TowerfallTearawayLegend of Zelda: Link Between WorldsRogue LegacyBrothersSuper Mario 3D WorldAssassins Creed 4Gone HomeSaints Row 4Tomb Raider A lot of good games are on the wire. Ridiculous Fishing, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, BioShock Infinite and Kentucky Route Zero to name a few. But the choice is no longer up to us. The power is yours, dear reader. Let's keep the process simple. Each person is allowed one vote. Multiple votes will be nullified. The four games with the most...
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The Besties 80: Thanksgiving surprise

We couldn't let you brave the long trip home all alone.Earlier this week, The Besties recorded a special, pre-holiday episode. Thank goodness, because we'd missed a number of great games during launch month madness. There's so much left to hit before the end of the year! How have you kept up with the holiday releases? Or are you just hoarding a backlog for the long winter ahead? Give us some tips! 3:30 - Best sequel (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds) 19:10 - Best/worst camera (Tearaway) 33:30 - Halftime! 38:00 - Best Mario game (Super Mario 3D World) 49:00 - Best collectibles (Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag) Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes
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The Besties 79: Left Behind

We know, it's PS4 launch week, but aren't you burnt out on our coverage already?Seriously, between the packed-to-brim StoryStream and 12-hour live video stream, we wager you've had your fill. That's why, this week, we're talking about decidedly not-next-gen stuff. Okay, some talk of PS4 and Wii U slips in there, but we think you'll find it appropriately non-informative. This is, as you've probably discovered, how we do. 4:28 - Best brief tour of Rapture (BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea: Part One) 21:05 - Best PS4 distraction (Rayman Fiesta Run) 26:48 - Halftime - WobbleGate, The Walking Dead Continuity 33:24 - Best Game of This Year, Next Year (Towerfall on PS4) 41:00 - Best Reason Not to Sleep on Nintendo (New Zelda, New Mario) Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download...
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The Besties 78: Our fondest memories of the generation

To send off the current generation of consoles, we decided to do something a little special.There are no winners or losers this week, just our fondest memories from one of gaming's longest console cycles. I had a nice time recording this episode. Like Justin and Griffin, I started covering games professionally during this generation. I can plot my entire career alongside its big releases, studio openings, studio closures, small conferences, big conferences and comic conferences. When the Xbox 360 came out, I was still in college. That's strange to think about. Share a few of your best memories from this generation in the comments. Let's have an old-fashioned reminiscence. 4:00 - Watching Nintendo reveal the Wii 13:15 - Being an early adopter of Rock Band 25:00 - Halftime - Call...
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The Besties 77: A kid-shaped pile of rats

It's almost here.The calamity of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch month can be heard in the distance; the vibrations can be felt if you stand still enough. Are you ready? Enjoy these final couple Besties of the current generation. We'll see you on the other side. 2:40 - Best controller upgrade (The PS4 controller) 9:30 - Best book of the week (Device 6) 16:00 - Halftime! 20:00 - Best sail (The Wind Waker HD) 25:30 - Best improvement upon Battlefield 3's miserable single-player campaign (Battlefield 4) 34:00 - The winner is everyone! Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes
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The Besties 76: Poor, poor Sonic

I come here to praise Sonic, not to bury him.Wait, that's wrong. I come here to bury him — or at least the happy memories I once had of him. Fortunately, my besties Justin and Griffin have positive things to talk about, like the surprises of The Stanley Parable and oh my gosh Candy Box 2 is out! So yes, while I'm sad to see the mascot of my childhood continue to struggle through my adult years, I can take solace in the cornucopia of other good games being released on a weekly basis. 3:20 - Best first level of a not-so-good game (Sonic: Lost World) 15:15 - Best tutorial (How to Survive) 22:20 - Halftime! 26:00 - Best endings (The Stanley Parable) 37:00 - The winner is everyone! Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on...
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The Besties 75: A very merry Pokémon special

Last week we promised an all Pokémon episode. This week we deliver.The Besties discuss pocket monsters on a level of granularity that ultimately drives Justin to the brink of insanity. Can you handle that? Maybe you're not the sort of person who wants to know about min-maxing Ghastly mating. And maybe weighing the benefits of Grass and Dragon types isn't your cup of tea. Well, to you I say, good riddance and good day! Now that it's just us super fans, let's gather close and tell stories of Squirtle battles long past. 3:31 - Best way to force breed Pokémon (day care) 8:14 - Best item (Exp. Share) 17:15 - Halftime! 20:33 - Best way to make a Pokémon feel real (feed it cupcakes) 24:59 - Best mobile multiplayer of the year so far (Player Search System) 37:43 - The Winner Is! T...
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