Jack Gardner

 
Telltale followed up their first entry into the world of The Walking Dead with a second season that did a number of risky things in the world of video games. Players took on the role of Clementine, a young girl who has been burdened with the onerous task of growing up during the apocalypse. The brutality, the cruelty of life under those desperate circumstances permeate Season 2. Tough decisions allow players to shape what kind of a person our hero may become and the haunting prompts from the previous season, "Clementine will remember that," are now left unsaid, but hang heavy in every facial expression.
 
As a sequel to an episodic game that some claimed was the greatest adventure game of all time, does The Walking Dead: Season Two stand up on its own merits as one of the best games period? 
 
Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative.
 

 
Outro music: The Walking Dead: Season Two 'In the Pines - Credits Theme' by Jared Emerson-Johnson & Janel Drewis (https://telltalegames.bandcamp.com/)
 
You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it!
 
If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod 
 
New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
Marcus Stewart

 
Fans of Horizon Zero Dawn will soon have a new reason to dive back into Guerrilla Games' post-apocalyptic world. The Frozen Wilds is the game's first piece of story DLC and it arrives later this year. 
 
Aloy travels to a new land in search of "the mountain", which may contain vital information. Unfortunately, the mountain is guarded by a powerful beast. Perhaps this foe is a new type of machine? Hopefully players get to answer that question sooner rather than later. 
 
Take a look at the announcement trailer below. 
 
 
Are you excited for the Frozen Wilds? What new enemies or mechanics would you like to see appear? 
Naomi N. Lugo

 
South Park made not one but two appearances at Ubisoft's 2017 E3 press conference. The first was the expected update on South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the second was a brand new mobile game. 
 
But first, the update: 
 
 
Another trailer called "Time to Take a Stand" was revealed with a focus on the drama driving the plot. Plenty of cameos from the show were had and there were glimpses of combat. Preordering will unlock bonus Towelie content.
 
The game has undergone a slew of delays, with its original release date set for December 2016. The new trailer came with an updated release date, now set for October 17, 2017, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The title is set to have a playable demo at E3. 
 
 
A mobile take on the South Park universe made a surprise reveal during the conference as well. South Park Phone Destroyer will be a real-time strategy collectible card game set to "create a new brand of mobile role-playing game." It will also feature multiplayer. It has the vague release date of 2017 and will be on both Android and iOS.
 
Are you pumped for the South Park titles? Do you think Fractured But Whole will live up to its predecessor?
Marcus Stewart

 
After spending roughly a decade in secluded development, Beyond Good & Evil 2 made its grand return at the conclusion of Ubisoft's E3 media briefing. An emotional Michel Ancel took the stage to thank the fans for their continued support throughout the years and ran down the game's premise. 
 
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a prequel story, set years before the birth of the previous game's hero, Jade. Set in System 3, described as a "multi-ethnic, multicultural, human society in a distant solar system," corporations create hybrids that they then enslave in order to compete in an arms race for colonization and cosmic resources. The eclectic cast of heroes will take part in a battle for the freedom to determine their own fate in the universe. 
 
The trailer shows a chimpanzee character named Knox swindling Zhou Yuzhu, a pig crime boss, out of a promised treasure, then escaping to meet up with a human partner. The two embark on a daring aerial chase from the city's police unit, who appear to be in Zhou's pocket.  
 
 
Ancel promised a "seamless online playground" for players to explore the mysteries of space, either alone or with friends. Visiting the game's website and registering for the Space Monkey program will grant players the chance to help influence Beyond Good & Evil 2's development. 
 
Beyond Good & Evil 2 still doesn't have a firm release window but the project appears to be coming along nicely which reassure fans. 
Naomi N. Lugo

 
The Crew 2 showed off its open world prowess through a cinematic announcement trailer during the Ubisoft conference this afternoon. A focus was placed on the setting which is described as "the entire US of A."
 
In order to differentiating itself from its 2014 predecessor, The Crew 2 will expand past traditional driving to include more types of motorized gameplay.
 
 
Off-road driving capabilities were demonstrated for land, water and air vehicles. Those interested to get behind the wheel before the game's release can sign up for the game's beta. The Crew 2 has a release window of early 2018. 
Marcus Stewart

 
Ubisoft showed a brief but tantalizing teaser trailer for a new VR title called Transference. A live-action video starring Elijah Wood introduced a concept that aims to bring together film and video games.
 
According to the game's description, players explore "a destructive tale of a man’s obsession as you explore his digitally recreated memories."  Information from the trailer's description also suggests that players will enter the minds of several troubled test subjects. Check out the cryptic video below. 
 
 
Transference is coming to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC next spring. 
Marcus Stewart

 
After much speculation and numerous leaks, Mario + Rabbid Kingdom Battle had its official unveiling at Ubisoft's E3 presentation. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot to pitch this strange partnership to Rabbid and Mushroom Kingdom enthusiasts around the globe. 
 
The title has been in the works for three years and is being developed by Ubisoft’s European studios. A tactical turn-based adventure, Mario, Luigi, and Peach team up with the Rabbids (wearing the outfits of their Nintendo allies) to battle not-so-nice Rabbids. 
 

 
Miyamoto promised "great layers of strategy and tactics" in the experience. The party explores several colorful locales with designated battle zones triggering combat. Encounters take an XCOM-esque approach, with players taking turns to position characters across various maps, placing them in strategic locations such as destructible cover points and launching attacks via their arm cannons. Party members can use tandem abilities, such as a Rabbid climbing atop Mario’s feet and Mario launching it to a higher area. Another clip showed Mario and Luigi chaining together blaster attacks to juggle other characters. 
 

 Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle arrives exclusively for Nintendo Switch on August 29. 
Marcus Stewart

 
During today's PC Gaming Show, Cliff Blenzinski's announced the release date and price for his multiplayer arena first-person shooter, Lawbreakers. Prepare to take the fight to the skies on PC and PlayStation 4 August 3 for a cool $29.99. 
 
Lawbreakers gameplay emphasizes verticality and maneuverability thanks to it's anti-gravity gameplay. Despite being off your feet for much of combat, players don't just float around helplessly. The action is frantic and intense due to the plethora of angles opponents can strike from. The trailer below does a good job of demonstrating the title's insane moment-to-moment gameplay.
 
 
If you want to take Lawbreakers for a spin before you buy, developer Boss Key will hold a final closed beta from June 30 to July 4 that you can sign up for on the game's official website. Do you think Lawbreaker's unique spin on arena multiplayer can separate it from the genre's competitors? 
 
Marcus Stewart

 
By far one of the strangest and most intriguing titles to debut at the Xbox Media Briefing Sunday was The Artful Escape. The game stars Francis Vendetti, a rock prodigy and the apparent nephew of a celebrated musician who embarks on a "psychedelic, multidimensional adventure to inspire his stage persona." 
 
Developer Beethoven & Dinosuar describe their debut title as "an action, adventure, exploration, narrative driven, musical-laser-light-battle kind of game." After watching the bizarre yet alluring trailer, that sounds about right.  
 
 
The Artful Escape is "coming soon" to Xbox One and PC. 
Joseph Knoop

 
Klei Arts, the studio behind the beloved Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja, announced their new title GriftLands at E3's PC Gaming Show. Klei Arts isn't talking details, but the new trailer shows off quite a bit of the world players will be exploring  and how they'll fight enemies.
 
It looks like combat will be some sort of turn-based style, and you'll be able to recruit a variety of characters into your party as you explore a world full of human and non-human inhabitants.
 
 
What do you make of the trailer? Think GriftLands will be as big of a hit as Don't Starve for PC gamers? Let us know!
Joseph Knoop

 
Those absurd Battlegrounds highlight videos are about to get squirrely. Brendan Greene, creator of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, announced new content and mechanical updates to the game at the PC Gaming Show at E3 on Monday.
 
Most notably, the update will give players the ability to vault walls and other in-game objects in modest to downright wacky fashion. Needless to say, my favorite is the full somersault.
 
 
Weather effects will also be coming to Battlegrounds map, including fog, rain (a new form of it, as the original version had a rain effect that dampened noise), and a naturally occurring sunset. The OTS Groza, a new bullpup rifle, is on its way, which can only be obtained from the highly contested loot drops mid-match.
 
If you're a Playunknown's Battlegrounds, do these updates sound appealing? How do you think they will affect the core experience? 
Marcus Stewart

 
If the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for cyberpunk goodness, the folks at Odd Tales have you covered. Their stylish game The Last Night melds the dingy yet high-tech future aesthetic of Ridley Scott with an attractive pixel art presentation. 
 
The Last Night began as a flash game assembled in six days for a game jam competition and has expanded into a full-fledged project.  The brief trailer below shows off a blend of action, platforming, and stealth mechanics. 
 
 
The Last Night arrives in 2018 for Xbox One, PC, and Mac.