Graham Russell

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We’re human. We don’t always get to every game before the end of its year of release. This is our way of making amends: the best games we missed out on until 2014. Because we can’t go back in time and honor them in a more timely fashion. READ MORE

In this episode, Andrew, Graham and Henry check out Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker! The game’s full of tricky puzzles, fun gameplay twists and basically the cutest idle animations you’ve ever seen in your life.

Our next show will be a special Game of the Year edition on January 1. Tune in for our overall favorites of 2014!

To watch the show and chat with us live, check out this page when we’re on the air and follow us on Twitter for special streams.

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Last year’s Super Mario 3D World was stellar as a whole, but a series of levels designed as a change of pace proved to be more than many expected. It’s great, then, that these stages get a second chance to shine in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, this time as the star. Don’t worry: any worries you have about the formula not working for a whole title can be quieted, as the Captain’s adventure finds way to keep things fresh. READ MORE

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December’s when we celebrate the best that 2014 has to offer, and it’s a great time — especially around the holidays — to play some games with friends, so why not combine the two? I’m here to share the top local multiplayer experiences of the year, and I couldn’t do it alone; after all, these games are only great if everyone‘s having fun. So I turned to the experts on how much fun my friends had playing the year’s releases: my friends. READ MORE

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The premise of the original Super Smash Bros. on the N64 centered around the idea that Nintendo figures were drawn from a toy box, brought to life by Master Hand to duke it out on various battlefields. While the franchise hasn’t really been known for its lore, the concept itself has clearly defined the path the series has taken. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, brought to life by Masahiro Sakurai and a team at Bandai Namco, feels even more like a collection of cool toys in a box than previous installments, eschewing any attempts at narrative and cohesion in favor of a menu full of disparate-but-entertaining options. READ MORE

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The last release from Jackbox Games, Fibbage, was definitely a fun game, but it was also an experiment in using tablets and phones to control games on your TV. The Jackbox Party Pack represents the next logical step in that exploration, though the release itself was definitely a surprise. The compilation includes five games, including a new You Don’t Know Jack and a version of Fibbage with more questions, and it’s angling for a spot at your next game night. READ MORE

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It’s Thanksgiving, and we’re taking this opportunity to share what each of us are thankful for in the world of games this year. 

Graham Russell: Even in a year with so many great original releases, I find myself being most thankful for those who are working to give old gems a second chance on new platforms. Whether it’s North American debuts like Vib-Ribbon and The Mysterious Murasame Castle, overlooked titles like Valkyria Chronicles and The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky or simply great oldies that are tough to find today like Mega Man Battle Network and Pokemon Trading Card Game GB, this is such a fruitful time for those who love old properties and want to experience them again. READ MORE

In this episode, the staff settles it in Smash! Andrew, Graham, Henry, Chris and Lucas put their skills to the test in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, to mixed results. Also: chat about LittleBigPlanet 3Dragon Age: Inquisition and more!

We’ll be back to our regular schedule with our next episode on December 11, featuring Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

To watch the show and chat with us live, check out this page every other Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern and follow us on Twitter for special streams.

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After years of Japan-only releases, Sega took a shot at expanding Hatsune Miku’s rhythm game reach Westward in 2013 with a PS3 release of Project Diva F. It apparently worked, as not only did the Vita release of that game follow soon after, but now we’re getting the sequel — and with extra localization work and a Vita retail edition, Sega’s betting even more on this game’s success. READ MORE

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2008 PS3 title Valkyria Chronicles has become known and revered in the years since its release for its poignant story, innovative mechanics and challenging-but-fair approach to difficulty. While its reputation precedes it for many, fewer have managed to actually play it, with low initial success in the West limiting its print run and its PS3 exclusivity limiting access to those with the platform.

Until now, anyway. Now it’s on Steam at an affordable price, and the enhancements it sports may make it the definitive way to play. READ MORE