I like Super Best Friends so much because they’re REALLY good at expressing why something is great or interesting. Their later stuff is pretty great, especially Woolie and Pat’s recent playthroughs of the entire DMC series and whenever Matt gets to get the gang to play dated PS2 shooters.
It also got me thinking on more of why I was getting tired of any non-versus episode of Game Grumps, and then it clicked. Arin rarely ever bothers to engage with the games he plays, leaving Dan to pick up the slack, and he often doesn’t do that. SBF highlights the games and discuss them while going on weird tangents, while Game Grumps whole thing is instead based almost entirely on the fresh reactions of Arin and Dan, which is way more scattershot and usually does a disservice to a game. Their style works better with multiplayer games and quickly made quiz games, where the two get a lot of fun banter from natural situations.
Arin and Dan only work outside versus episodes when either they get something Dan really clicks with, or when Dan is sharing the stuff from his childhood - which is usually Commodore 64 games and weird stuff almost nobody has ever heard of.
I think a major part of what makes a good LPer is them being able to tap into an enthusiasm they have for something and their ability to get the audience to gel with their point of view, either positive or negative.