Hello again readers. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole week since I rewrote the last one of these, but the calendar does not lie. The VG247 The Best Games Ever Podcast returns, with episode 4. This week we’re talking about the most British of things: pubs. And by “talking” I mean, arguing about the best game with a pub. Are the games good, and what makes for a good pub? That and more will be conveyed to you by the medium of talking people in the podcast below.
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Best game with a pub
This is the topic of Episode four of VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast. Here’s a rundown of who picked what.
Tom – Prey 2006
Prey, the 2006 game not the entirely different an altogether more po-faced Arkane reboot, is very much of its time – all big guns, mega violence, and ghastly human/machine hybrids, but It was a really fun shooter that had a superb portal mechanic – way before the likes of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart did something similar (and better). It also had a brilliant pub, complete with bar fight and Fear the Reaper playing on the jukebox. It’s a proper classic of the era.
Alex – The Secret of Monkey Island
When I think of pubs in games, most of the games that immediately come to mind do so because their pubs are awful caricature, or entirely unrealistic. While I've never actually been to a real-life pirate bar, I have to imagine that the Scumm Bar wouldn't elicit that reaction even if I had - it just feels like a real, legitimate location that absolutely fits within 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 location. It has that in common with much of the game from where it hails, the excellent The Secret of Monkey Island. I could listen the bar's jaunty music all day.
Connor – Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
The first game that came to mind when I had to think of a game with a pub was Everyone's Gone to the Rapture, a cool little walkabout game that won plenty of awards back when it first came out back in 2015. Not only is it pretty interesting narratively, as well as genuinely quite lovely to look at, it's got multiple British country pubs that you can go inside and take a look at! We're talking tiled roofs, white outside paint job, wooden interior, and proper tap handles built into the bar. You've even got the sketchy bottles of red and gin out of reach. For me, it perfectly captures the actual look and feel of British pubs better than any other game!
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If you want more podcasts, you could do worse than checking out our friends at Rock Paper Shotgun who have the Electronic Wireless Show. Eurogamer has two shows (greedy!), Digital Foundry has DF Direct, Dicebreaker covers the world of tabletop gaming, and the Outside Xbox lot has Oxventure - A Dungeons & Dragons Podcast.