VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast – Episode 22: The Best Game About Gods That Isn’t God of War

I don’t believe in any god. I don’t think that’s a particularly unusual view in 2022, at least in some parts of the world, but if I did, there are certainly some moments that stick with me as things I might have attributed to a deity.

I was once sitting under a tree watching an amateur cricket match. From the tree fell the largest pine cone that I had ever seen and that has probably ever existed in the history of the world. The kind of pinecone that, if they landed on a head, would crush it like a hammer on a watermelon. This pine cone came so close to my head that I could hear it whizzing past my ear. Avoided death by pine cones, but was it a god that saved me?

I walk the same route every weekday when I take my son to school. Not long ago, on a surprisingly warm September morning, my brisk walk was cut short when heavy drops pounded the sidewalk just a few yards in front of me. Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, they hit. I checked myself. I examined my son. No bird shit had hit us. We were safe. Was that a god?

I brushed my teeth years ago. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, but what happened in the middle was pretty incredible. I got a little carried away while brushing it off, as I always do. The brush zoomed in and out too quickly for full control and shot up out of my grip. Where should it land? That’s right… on my head! It just sat there, perfectly balanced. The work of a god?

Like I said, I don’t believe in a god, but you have to agree that those incredible moments are really hard to rationalize. However. Welcome to VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast: Episode 22 – The best game about gods that isn’t God of War.

Please let us know what you think of the show – and if this is your first time listening to the show, come back to listen to previous episodes. If you have any topic suggestions, we look forward to them. 22 episodes in and let’s just say the ideas don’t come thick and fast. Jim will probably soon suggest something like “The best game a cat would look at and meow,” and I wouldn’t dismiss it immediately.

“What’s VG247’s best gaming podcast of all time?” you ask while contemplating whether you could intentionally toss a toothbrush up and land on your head. Anyway, this podcast, which is why you’re on this page, is essentially a 30 minute panel show where people (me and a few others on VG247) vote on the best game in a given category. That’s it. It’s good. Listen to it.

We’ve got some details on the show’s content below (if you want a refresher before heading to the comments section for a wonderful, considered post, or don’t want to listen but want to know which games we’ve picked), so If you want to avoid spoilers, don’t scroll past this fan-made creation that shows what Chris Bratt would look like if he were in God of War. (Support friends of VG247, People Make Games, on Patreon).

Chris Bratt in God of War as Mimir

The best game about gods that isn’t God of War

This is the subject of episode twenty-two of VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast. Here’s a rundown of who picked what.

Tom – Immortals Fenyx Rising

Enough with the “oh, it’s a Breath of the Wild clone” talk. Immortals Fenyx Rising is a great fun adventure game that mixes elements of Breath of the Wild open world design with God of War/Action style combat. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it looks great, has a ton of interesting things to do, and deserves to be remembered more fondly than it is. It also has many gods.

Alex – Black & White

Right, listen. This is definitely Alex speaking (Brummies!). Don’t listen to someone who tells you black and white isn’t a classic. It is a god game about believing in the existence of a god. It’s not about watching an AI wander through a house and use a microwave. This is absolutely deserved to win. Off to Birmingham FC!

Note: Alex angrily called me and insisted that I post his own notes in black and white. You follow:

Black & White is the ultimate god game – not just because it’s one of the great jewels of the “god game” genre, but because it takes the title of the genre very seriously. This isn’t just a god game because you look down on the world from a divine perspective – it’s a game where you actually play as a god, where the currency needed to perform actions comes directly from the prayers of the lower people who worship you. There are many God games, but not many where you are contextually, literally, God.

It’s all classic Lionhead, of course, and Peter Molyneux in particular. Imaginative, slightly confused, slightly overcooked, but with wild flashes of light. It comes from a time when Lionhead enjoyed a string of creative triumphs – a golden age before a seemingly inevitable demise. But for me it is the ultimate god game and always will be.

Kelsey – The Sims 4

The Sims 4 is a great game, no matter what Tom might think. You, the player, are an almighty being that can determine whether your Sims live a happy life or just become a peeping tom. Better yet, if someone isn’t cooperating, you can also find some creative ways to make your Sims unhappy or worse when they receive a visit from the Grim Reaper.

Come back in a week for another episode of VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast. VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast – Episode 22: The Best Game About Gods That Isn’t God of War

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