Random Encounters, Ep. 48: ‘Final Fantasy XV’ and the Best Games of 2016

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As you’re itching to unwrap your presents, we’ve got one wee gift you can open early, and that’s the latest episode of our fine podcast.

We start things off this week chatting a bit about Final Fantasy XV. Is it keeping the magic going in the side questing tradition? Spoilers: No. But that doesn’t necessarily make it a total letdown in that department. Tune in for more extensive thoughts on what to expect there as two fine young gentlemen chase the inevitable platinum.

After that, we close things out with our best games of 2016. Each of us have a little list of our five favorite games of the year. Will they align with one another, and more importantly, will they align with your picks? Pop on in to find out.


Hellfire-Final Fantasy XV OST
Lord of Cinder-Dark Souls III OST

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Mike Worby is a human who spends way too much of his free time playing, writing and podcasting about games. Through some miracle he’s still able to function in society as if he were a regular person, and if there’s hope for him, there’s hope for everyone. He’s the managing Games editor for Goomba Stomp, creator of the weekly Buffyversed column, and can be found bi-weekly on the Random Encounters podcast.