The BEST episodes of MatPat's Game Lab

Every episode of MatPat's Game Lab ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of MatPat's Game Lab!

Welcome to GAME LAB, the show that puts game mechanics to the test in the real world and tests whether gamers can handle their favorite games IRL.

Last Updated: 4/19/2024Network: Status: Ended
32 votes

#1 - Soccer + Cars = AWESOME (Rocket League)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/8/2016

When I wanted to bring Rocket League into the real world, I thought I would have to invent a new sport, but it turns out that REAL CAR SOCCER already exists and it’s AWESOME! In this episode of Game Lab I took along CaptainSparklez in my quest to master real-life Rocket League. I’m pretty sure we almost killed each other a few times out there on the track, but we walked away with an incredible appreciation for professional drivers, some pretty sweet trick-stunts of our own, and two utterly destroyed cars! Make sure you hop into the passenger seat for this one to do a ride-along with me in 360 during the training and the game! A HUGE thank you to Jordan, aka Captainsparklez for lending his mad driving skills for this episode! He was an incredible opponent but also an awesome teammate to go through this experience with. And the man definitely knows how to handle those balls…

33 votes

#2 - Can Gamers Defuse BOMBS? ft. Game Grumps (Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/15/2016

This is one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had! Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes may seem like an all-in-good-fun kind of game, but let me tell you, taking it into the real world is a whole different story. For this episode, I brought in The Game Grumps and Lasercorn from Smosh Games to learn the ins and outs of identifying and defusing bombs from members of the LA bomb squad. Then we suited up in real (and REALLY heavy) bomb armor to defuse actual bombs on our own and see who gets blown up first! It’s team Grumps vs. Team MatterCorn – who survives?? A HUGE thanks to the LA bomb squad for their service and bravery in this extremely dangerous profession and for sharing their expertise with us. Also, thank you to Lasercorn from Smosh Games and the Game Grumps for exploding onto the scene in this episode. You guys blow me away. …Get it??

35 votes

#3 - Can Gamers SURVIVE the Real Mirror's Edge?

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/8/2016

What happens when you train gamers to pull off the moves you see in Mirror's Edge? The OFFICIAL first episode of Game Lab! For this episode, I asked a professional parkour trainer to show me and some friends from Smosh Games and The Warp Zone how to execute some of the incredible moves from Mirror's Edge. While our trainer is literally defying the laws of physics and the rest of us are literally falling all over the place in the training room AND on the real streets of Los Angeles, YOU'LL be learning about the mechanics of real-world parkour and how Mirror's Edge stacks up IRL. After you're finished seeing how it's done, step into a Mirror's Edge 360 video where I brought you along on a Mirror’s Edge mission! ►► A HUGE thank you to Mari and Flitz from Smosh Games, as well as Brian from The Warpzone for facing their fears with me in this episode! You guys were incredible and I know I wouldn’t have been able to attempt these moves without them there. HARDCORE PARKOUR!

8 votes

#4 - Surviving Five Nights of FEAR!

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/29/2016

You know me and animatronic restaurant horror…I just can’t stay away! So when the opportunity to recreate Five Nights at Candy’s came up, you know I was going to Game Lab the heck out of this one. Like every episode of Game Lab, it’s not just about recreating the game in real life, it’s about exploring why the game works and how it applies to the real world. In this episode, we test out the real game mechanics of Five Nights At Candy’s, then learn all about fear responses and why different people respond to these games differently. Our expert for the episode designs some of the most terrifying haunted houses in the world and shows us what it really means to dive into scary games. The 360 video for this episode is also an INCREDIBLY creepy first-person walk through FNAC alone…in the dark…with some unexpected friends… A HUGE thanks to Vernon from Hot Pepper Gaming/The Game Grumps, Trisha Hershberger of @thatgirltrish, and Rob Dyke from TheRobDyke show for gettin’ their creep on for this episode. I enjoyed wetting my pants repeatedly with you in front of large animatronics.

3 votes

#5 - DON'T GET CAUGHT! Stealthing like Metal Gear Solid

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/22/2016

Over the years I’ve done a few theories on Metal Gear Solid, but my research has never involved real army vehicles, real guns, and REAL BOXES! For this episode I brought in a few friends to learn about Metal Gear Solid and real stealth tactics from a veteran and 12-year U.S. Navy Seal…who basically thinks we’re a bunch of gamer pansies. In our challenge we’ll find out just how stealthy we really are at trying to sneak into an actual military supply base in the middle of the night…I’ll give you a hint: not very stealthy. The 360 video to go along with this episode is a real-world reenactment of a Solid Snake stealth mission and it’s AWESOME. A HUGE thanks to Odom from the Warpzone, Austin the PeanutButter Gamer, and Katie Wilson for stealthing through this episode with me! I’d hide in a cardboard box with you guys any day of the week. Last but definitely not least, a huge wave of gratitude to our expert Jeramiah Dinnell and everyone who works with him in the military and armed forces. We were so honored to learn from you for this episode and gain an even stronger appreciation for the life-saving work you do every day.

3 votes

#6 - Are YOU Being HACKED? (Watch Dogs 2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/13/2016

2 votes

#7 - OSTRICH JOCKEYS?! (Final Fantasy XV)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/6/2016

2 votes

#8 - The Science of Sword Fighting! (For Honor)

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/20/2016

1 votes

#9 - Gamers Tell All! - GAME LAB Behind The Scenes

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/20/2016