VG247’s The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.4: Best Game With A Pub In It

Hello again readers. It’s hard to believe it’s been a full week since I rewrote the last of them, but the timeline doesn’t lie. The VG247 The Best Games Ever Podcast returns, with Episode 4. This week we’re talking about the most British thing: ads. And by “talk” I mean, discuss the best game with a pub. Are the games good and what makes a good pub? That and more will be brought to you through the people speaking in the podcast below.

“What’s VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast?” you ask, probably because you’ve never read any of these pages before, as if you already know. Anyway, if you still need to be informed, here’s the truth: every week, three of us have to submit our picks for the best game of all time that matches the show’s title ( this week it must be a game that we feel is actually very good (has a pub – or some bar/drinking establishment). Then our host/judge, Jim Trinca, will use his biased opinions to declare a winner and leave us two with the bump.

Each episode of the Best Games Ever podcast will be approximately 30 minutes long. Enough that you can eat a whole bag of Share Size Chocos without having to slow down too much, but not too long that you then have to reach for the Doritos. Hopefully you can find room in your podcast listening schedule for 30 minutes. Otherwise, just cut one of the boring ones. Do you really need 15 real crime shows, one about the lives of dog walkers and the rantings of a man who only dines at all-you-can-eat restaurants? Fair enough, I would listen to the latter.

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Best game with a pub

That’s the subject of episode four of VG247’s Best Games Ever podcast. Here’s a look at who picked what.

Tom – prey 2006


Prey, the 2006 game isn’t entirely dissimilar to an altogether more po-faced Arkane reboot, is very much of its time – all the big guns, mega violence and ghastly man/machine hybrids, but it was a really fun shooter that had a great portal mechanic – long before Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart did something similar (and better). There was also a brilliant pub, with a bar fight and Fear the Reaper playing on the jukebox. It’s a real classic of the time.

Alex – The Secret of Monkey Island


When I think of ads in games, most games that immediately come to mind do so because their ads are horribly cartoonish, or totally unrealistic. Although I’ve never been to a real pirate bar, I have to imagine Scumm Bar wouldn’t elicit that reaction even if I had – it feels like a real, legitimate place that fits perfectly into its world. Mainly, it’s all about the atmosphere – with a limited color palette, a single screen and a music track, it sells itself as a believable place. It has that in common with much of the game it comes from, the excellent The Secret of Monkey Island. I could listen to upbeat music from the bar all day.

Connor – Everybody left for the kidnapping


The first game that came to mind when I thought of a game with a pub was Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture, a cool little game that won lots of awards when it was released in 2015. Pretty interesting from a narrative point of view, as well as really great to look at, there are several British pubs you can walk into and have a look around! We’re talking tiled roofs, a white exterior paint job, a wooden interior, and proper faucet handles built into the bar. You even have the sketchy bottles of red and gin out of reach. For me it perfectly captures the real look of British pubs better than any other game!

Let us know which game you would choose and if you agree that Jim needs to be stopped. If you like the podcast, subscribe and leave a comment saying how wonderful it is, and tell all your friends. Tweet about it if you like, or post on Facebook – we’ll get all the exposure we can get.

Check back in a week for another best game ever.

If you want more podcasts, you could do worse than check out our friends at Rock Paper Shotgun who have the Wireless Electronic Show. Eurogamer has two shows (foodie!), Digital Foundry has Direct DFDicebreaker covers the world of board gameand the Outside Xbox bundle has Oxventure – A Dungeons & Dragons Podcast.

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