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This week on The Free Cheese, it’s all about games.

With Game of the Year behind us we spend the podcast talking about everything we’ve been playing in the last few weeks.

We touch on Code Vein, Madden 20, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, Wattam, Shadows of the Damned, Demon’s Tilt, and so much more.

We learn some new phrases and prepare for our annual predictions show next week.

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The conclusion to our Game of the Year 2019 Awards arrives with the induction of another game into The Free Cheese Hall of Fame and of course, our Game of the Year.

Listen in to hear our final day of deliberations and read below to see the winners. Thank you for spending your time with us this year. Enjoy your video games!

Hall of Fame - Super Metroid

We started inducting games into The Free Cheese Hall of Fame a few years back now and our process yields a new entry: Super Metroid.

We start with a list of 30 games (shown in the table below), each of us nominating 10 that we believe should be in The Free Cheese Hall of Fame. We write them down on sticky notes and place them on the table in front of us. We then remove one each and continue around the table until only one game remains.

For our full list of games in The Free Cheese Hall of Fame, check out the Hall of Fame page.

Metroid Pokémon Crystal Metal Gear Solid
Tetris (GB) NFL Blitz Earthbound
Parasite Eve The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Resident Evil 4
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 Resident Evil 2 (PSX) Super Metroid
Pinball (NES) Halo: Reach Tetris (GB)
Balloon Fight Super Metroid Shenmue II
Metroid Prime The Sims Final Fantasy VII
Castlevania RollerCoaster Tycoon GoldenEye 007
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Chex Quest Dota 2
The Legend of Zelda Wii Sports Halo 3

Game of the Year 2019

Resident Evil 2

The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2019 is Resident Evil 2. Capcom delivered an experience that captivated us and brought the franchise to new heights. With the difficult task of remaking a highly revered game, Capcom created something that stays true to its origins and remains wholly modern. The game propels our expectations for the franchise and for future remakes in different franchises. What we expect will be set against Resident Evil 2 as the barometer.

We loved most the sense of restriction that we felt with every shot we took and every bite we suffered. There were few moments of safety and even those were a short-term illusion. The constant fear of something dropping from the ceiling or slamming through a wall echoed through each playthrough.

What makes Resident Evil 2 more special is how much is waiting for you even after you finish it. A single playthrough shows you the story in full. A second is like hearing your favorite album recorded by another one of your favorite bands. It’s still got the same core to it but with a different sound that defines it yet again. Somehow, seeing both all the way through adds something to this game that outweighs either story individually.

2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

3. Control

4. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

5. Devil May Cry 5

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The fourth day of Game of the Year 2019 has arrived and with it another round of awards. Listen in to hear us deliberate and select our winners as we reminisce on the moments throughout the year in gaming. Read on below for the list of winners.

Don’t forget to vote for Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2019!

Most Surprising

This game came out of nowhere. Sometimes this is actually true in the event of a surprise announcement and others the game was just not on our radar and suddenly became something to fall in love with.

Tetris 99

Runners Up: Ring Fit Adventure, Kind Words

Favorite Free Cheese Moment

We create a lot of content over the course of a year between podcasts and videos. Of all of the little moments where we crack each other up, there’s always one that gets us the most even months later.

Ben predicts Shenmue 3 delay immediately after getting a point for a Shenmue 3 delay the previous year.

The Free Cheese 2019 Predictions

Runners Up: #WhereBritFaceGo, Whenever there is a new belt introduced in FCW

Best Score/Soundtrack

Can you imagine your favorite game without its soundtrack? Video game music is just as important to the game as what you’re looking at or playing or how you share it with your friends. This award celebrates the best compositions of the year.

Devil May Cry V

Runners Up: Death Stranding, Super Mario Maker 2

Most Anticipated

More than most years this category felt weighted. A lot of games we expected in 2019 slipped into 2020 and moreover we know that new consoles are on the way. With so much coming in the next calendar year, it was hard to narrow down our anticipation to just a few but this award goes to the game we just can’t wait for.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Runners Up: Cyberpunk 2077, Sequel to Breath of the Wild

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Welcome to or third day of awards for 2019. Today we debut some categories and celebrate the best games that don’t stop. Listen in for our deliberations and read below for the winners.

Don’t forget to vote for Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2019!

Best Gameplay

We’re debuting this category despite the obvious need for it in previous years. What we do in a game is ultimately what hooks us in the first place. We can watch or read or do most things from a game in any other media but we can’t play our media like we can in a game. This celebrates the game that ultimately did something innovative and provided us with a new way to play.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Runners Up: Session, Devil May Cry V

Best DLC/Expansion

Thankfully, video games are no longer confined to their original releases. Developers can expand upon them with new content and fix what might have needed a change. This category awards the game that added the most significant change to its core title and made it relevant beyond the original release date.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

Runners Up: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Favorite In-Game Moment

This award celebrates the one time in a game that made you want to tell everyone to play it. Every game has a moment where something clicks or comes out of nowhere and that surprise of it all makes it incredibly memorable.

Ashtray Maze (Control)

Runners Up: Nero vs Vergil (Devil May Cry V), Time jump (Fire Emblem: Three Houses)

Best Ongoing Game

Games as a service are so prevalent that we felt there should be an award for the one that does it the best. Separate from a single piece of content added or an expansion, this award goes to the games that make us want to come back regularly and not just for a single piece of content. Their continual changes and deployment make the content within significant and rewarding for us to keep playing all year long.

Destiny 2

Runners Up: Magic: The Gathering Arena, Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Best Nintendo Game

2019 was a powerful year for Nintendo. While its American arm and the industry lost the force of Reggie Fils-Aime, the company continued to grow and expand its business. We saw the launch of a new model of the Switch and the premiere of massive franchises like Pokémon and Fire Emblem on the hardware. Beyond just first-party output, Nintendo partnered with third-party developers for exclusives like Astral Chain and Daemon X Machina that flesh out the library of the hybrid console and add even more reason to own one. While the other console manufacturers put out fewer games with new hardware on the horizon, Nintendo filled the calendar with games to play.

Super Mario Maker 2

Runners Up: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Ring Fit Adventure

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2019’s awards continue with our next wave of awards. Once again we are gathered on a podcast to deliberate each award and grant one winner with two runners up. Listen in for the full debates and surprises, then read below for the winners.

You can also still vote for your Game of the Year 2019 in our Reader’s Choice Award.

Best Multiplayer

This category awards the best use of multiplayer in a game this year. The way that a game can effectively bring us together is something that dates back to the beginning of video games and we love finding new ways to play with other people.

Kind Words

Runners Up: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Magic: The Gathering Arena

Best Character

This category highlights a character from a game who became an integral part of what made that game special to us. Without them, the game could have still been great but with them it is so much more.

Fragile (Death Stranding)

Runners Up: Dante (Devil May Cry V), Raphael (Fire Emblem: Three Houses)

2019’s 2018 Game of the Year

We typically use this category to celebrate the game from the year before that might have made it into our top five had we played it. There were no games from 2018 that any of us went back to that we were compelled to nominate. Either we did a great job last year at playing everything great or we missed a lot. Stay tuned for 2020.

Biggest Disappointment

This award goes to the game that let us down the most. We had such high expectations because of its marketing, its developer, its franchise, or something else. In the end, the final output was not close to what we had hoped for and in some cases turned out pretty rotten.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Runners Up: Team Sonic Racing, Anthem

Best PlayStation Game

The edge of this generation is easy to peek over in 2019 and our glimpse at the future happened a few times as Sony officially announced the PlayStation 5 for next Holiday. With most of its first-party studios likely creating experiences for the new hardware and some working on games that slipped into 2020, it was a smaller year for PlayStation exclusives. It might feel a little like we’re just giving an award to give it but Death Stranding got us talking. Only one of us finished the game but each of us became infatuated with it in many different ways. Ultimately, the first production from Hideo Kojima and team post-Konami and without the Metal Gear name was something to revel in. It’s weird and beautiful, strange and maddening, and it all comes together in something that we’ll likely still talk about for years to come.

Death Stranding

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Welcome to the beginning of our Game of the Year 2019 awards. Each day this week, we’ll have a new podcast episode where we worked out the details of every award and agreed upon a winner and two runners up. You can listen in to go on the journey with us and read on to see the winners. You can also vote for your Game of the Year 2019 right now!

Out of Time

We wish we could play everything and that time was not finite. Yet it is and we must make choices for one reason or another. This category awards the game that we ran out of time to play. We wanted to, but something else got in the way. Once the calendar opens up a bit, the winner is our choice to hop into next.
Hypnospace Outlaw

Runners Up: Shenmue III, Judgement

Best Mobile Game

As mobile gaming continues to grow and becomes more aligned with what we can play on our consoles and PCs, there is still inherent value in a game designed for short sessions. This category celebrates the little ideas with a long lifespan.
Grindstone

Runners Up: HomeRuntaro, Mario Kart Tour

Favorite Industry Moment

We love when surprises happen and we love being excited about video games. Sometimes our dreams come true and sometimes we get caught off guard. The winner of this award is something that had an impact on us or the greater video game industry that signified a shift in gaming.

Bungie Breaks Up with Activision

Runners Up: Final Fantasy coming to Game Pass, Banjo & Kazooie coming to Smash

Best Story

This award goes to the game that provided us with a reason beyond gameplay to keep coming back. We were invested in its characters and its narrative shaped the way we engaged with it.

Death Stranding

Runners Up: Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Devil May Cry 5

Best Xbox Game

We had originally nominated two games for this knowing that really only one game deserved the spot. 2019 was a transformative year for Xbox both in the gaming industry and at The Free Cheese. As we enter the final year of the Xbox One’s life (kind of) we each own and are active on the Xbox One, something we couldn’t say a year ago and definitely not at the start of this generation. While the first-party output might have been light, we recognize how strong Xbox has become as a brand and are excited for the future. To that end, the best in class for Xbox was Gears 5 which sung success for Xbox Game Pass as well, arguably just as important to the ecosystem as the accompanying hardware.

Gears 5

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This week on The Free Cheese, a city above the sea.

Marc and Joe reconvene after The Game Awards to talk mostly about the Xbox Series X and what a new BioShock game could be. We recap the State of Play and highlight our favorite headlines of the week.

We also talk about Resident Evil 2, Magic: The Gathering Arena, Death Road to Canada, and Shovel Knight. We check in with a ™ game based on some creepypasta and sign off before our own Game of the Year awards debut next week.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we celebrate 25 years of PlayStation.

With our Game of the Year awards looming in the near future, Matt spends a week beating every game that came out this year. Marc plays a Kojima game about wandering in the woods and fighting monsters. Joe finally found the pinball game.

Our topic of the week has us thinking about what happens when creators lose control of their creations and what it means to truly have ownership over intellectual property.

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This week on The Free Cheese, work it out.

We’ve still got a little more to say about the Sega Saturn after spending a week trying out its library.

As the year comes to its end, Matt is checking off the last few games from his list, Marc is exploring the black sheep catalogue of a favorite developer, and Joe is... trying new things.

We talk about the absence of VR on the next generation of Xbox, the next move for Hideo Kojima, and what a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater might look like.

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This week on The Free Cheese, it’s a Sega console.

We celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sega Saturn by remembering its history and sharing the limited experience we had with it.

Matt watched several rounds of credits on the beaches of Norman. Marc can fly but doesn’t know where his brother went because a guy is looking at a fridge. Joe spent a long time wandering the fields but is flying high thanks to the Black Friday sale.

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This week on The Free Cheese, pull my devil trigger.

We share stories about the weird stuff we did as kids and talk about game preservation.

Matt returns from Nashville only to walk back to it, connecting us all as Sam “Porter” Bridges. Marc brings three goths together to take down the devil, lest he cry. Joe skips the tutorials and heads right into the open fields to catch as many as he can find.

We share news from X019 and celebrate Lightning Returns coming to Game Pass.

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This week on The Free Cheese, Runaway Toads.

Marc and Joe try out a new format centered around three topics. First, we talk about which games deserve the Resident Evil 2 and Final Fantasy VII remake treatment. Then, we discuss how we handle supporting games and developers we love when their publishers or others get in the way of the games. Finally, we close out talking about the best game of the decade.

We also highlight our continued time with Luigi’s Mansion 3, a return to Bloostained: Ritual of the Night, and talk about the corporate changes at PlayStation a year out from the PS5 launch.

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This week on The Free Cheese, something about knuckles or something.

Matt spent Halloween with everybody’s favorite Italian cousin and returns with stories of Las Vegas. Marc tasted a handful of games and sold his soul for water. Joe has too much leftover candy to take with him into the Raccoon City Police Department.

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This week on The Free Cheese, yeah, fried garlic.

Joe returns from the future with stories of subway gaming and the land of the rising sun. Marc learns how to listen to music and high five for bonus power. Matt brings combat to the current era once he can connect to the internet.

We discuss the possibilities of a new Swery and Suda 51 game, the future of Xbox controllers, and Diablo IV. We also have a followup from a listener email that brings us all together.

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This week on The Free Cheese, can we count to three?

Marc vacuums the dust off his 3DS to explore new mansions. Matt is still seeking the answer to his question of the month.

We talk about next chapters for new and old games as well as admire Analogue's next retro product.

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This week on The Free Cheese, whose voice would you put in your PlayStation?

Matt has reached the end of a Dreamcast era masterpiece and still finds himself asking one question. Marc can't get the boulder out of the house but he got the Luigi out of the mansion. Joe is back in 1998 chasing an opera singer through the sewers.

We talk about the PlayStation 5 and what game IO Interactive could be making with Warner Bros., as well as the new Halloween mode in Rocket League and the delay to Doom Eternal.

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This week on The Free Cheese, like, Hey Scoob, what’s new?

We’re all together now to discuss the changeups at Sony, new Brain Age, and why pugs make great aliens.

Marc starts the month of spooky celebration with Luigi’s Mansion. Matt travels to a far away land to experience the Dreamcast. Joe ventures to the dark side of the moon with the latest Destiny 2 expansion.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we find out what sounds make our teeth hurt and share them with you.

We’re back with more talk about Link’s Awakening and Session as well as reports on our first week with Gears 5 playing through a co-op campaign.

We talk about The Last of Us Part II’s multiplayer campaign as well as what we learned from this week’s State of Play and Inside Xbox presentations.

Finally, we hear from you and answer questions about the Switch Lite, dinner with strangers, and more.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we campaign to get Frankie Muniz on the show.

We’re in the midst of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta and have reports from the battlefield. We also touch on the future of E3 and talk about the history of demo discs.

Matt edges deeper into the world of Alan Wake while Marc sees the beginnings of Link’s Awakening and Joe hits the streets in Session.

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This week on The Free Cheese, speed run Sneak King!

Joe and Matt discover how to take care of spiders in the basement and what's worth $3.88 at a faraway Target.

We also put Astral Chain to bed and get excited about more Control. We stoke the fire of Gears 5 and hit the road toward professional Overwatch.

We cover Apple Arcade and the new horror of the Ring Fit Adventure ad before taking some emails about changing our minds on a game and a particular genre of games.

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This week on The Free Cheese, oh, what you'll find on the boardwalk.

We talk about Astral Chain and the growth of Platinum Games along with the news from the Nintendo Direct this week.

Additionally, we checked out the Code Vein demo and saw the end of the annual Battle Pass.

We learn about changing laws for gambling in Japan and how it definitely has nothing to do with a changing Konami business plan.

Finally, we take questions from listeners and learn the true origin of The Free Cheese.

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This week on The Free Cheese, can you name them all?

The video games have arrived and we have played them. We start things off with Blair Witch and talk about the ups and downs of getting lost in the woods. Then, we walk the line between two worlds in Control. Finally, we talk about Platinum’s latest with Astral Chain and why it’s good to play against your expectations.

We discuss some new game collections coming in the next few months, what Capcom could’ve made 19 million dollars on, and what we want in Overwatch on Switch.

Lastly, we close out with some listener questions regarding cheating in video games and fast-food mascots.

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This week on The Free Cheese, who would eat a soft-shell crab?

We're here in the year of our Hideo to talk about Gamescom and the full roster coming to Mortal Kombat 11. We also talk about Insomniac Games joining the PlayStation family and concept art from the cancelled WB Montreal Damian Wayne Batman game.

Marc returns to Resident Evil 4 to prepare him to go further back into the original release of Resident Evil 2. Joe returns to Arkham on the tenth anniversary of Batman: Arkham Asylum to find that the game still stands tall. Matt learns the power of a battle rifle in the multiplayer of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

We also played through the rest of Halo 4 and started our journey through Halo 3: ODST and share our experiences with each as we near closer to Halo Infinite.

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This week on The Free Cheese, the rapper returns.

Marc takes a dive into Ion Fury, a new game that uses the Duke Nukem 3D engine, while avoiding encounters with the fourth kind. Joe sees the end of one storyline in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and has some suggestions for approaching the game. Matt is grinning ear to ear despite his abnormal sleep schedule as The International 2019 is off to a start.

We discuss changes to the leadership working on Halo Infinite and Anthem, as well as what happened to that graphics upgrade for Minecraft from a few years ago.

We also started our group run of Halo 4 this week and we check in with where we stand on the return of Master Chief.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we went to the movies.

Join us for another episode where we talk about loot box percentages, full-time jobs, and what to do about WWE.

We hear from Matt on his week with Wolfenstein: Youngblood and the narrowing road of the world of DOTA. Marc takes us on another adventure in Pokémon GO (now with 100% more ghosts). Joe traveled through time in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and can't come back.

We also talk about the latest from hap, inc. in the form of Home Runtaro, and share our curiosity for the future of Destiny 2.

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This week on The Free Cheese, you can pause us at any time. Marc survives a strange encounter in a parking lot with Team Rocket and maybe more. Joe starts to get heavy into tea time with his students in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Matt learns what video games look like on a new graphics card with Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

We talk about how many millions of PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold, what Hero is like in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where SEGA consoles live on today, and more during our News section.

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This week on The Free Cheese, I found this in the backyard, you want it?

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is adding a bit of the Arkane flavor to the hallway shooter and we detail what we’re digging about the game so far. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is changing up the formula as well, adding in a whole lot of social elements to the game that are making us care about the characters even more. Finally, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is filled with what we knew from the first two games and the character combos are giving us reason to try different playstyles out.

We talk about potential returns to both the Monster Rancher and NiGHTS franchises as well as the latest addition to the roster of Overwatch. We hear what was announced at QuakeCon and how it was three Doom games coming to Switch.

All this and more on another exhilarating episode of The Free Cheese Podcast. Thanks for joining!

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This week on The Free Cheese, we go down the river. With six months behind us, we take a look at what we like this year so far and which games we believe will end up in our annual conversations this December. We also talk about the slew of announcements from Nintendo this week along with id Software departures, Comic-Con announcements, and news of Tetris Effect on PC.

Thankfully, the meta changed in Dota Underlords so Matt has a little bit more to talk about. Marc poked at the obligatory Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp while Joe started playing a decade-old MMO and learning when the Splatfest ended.

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This week on The Free Cheese, what's after Mars?

Marc is away but Matt and Joe come together to talk about the Sega Genesis and how it lives on in 2019. With the announcement of the Vita 2, or "Nintendo Switch Lite", we talk about what we want in portable gaming and where we think Nintendo should take its family of hardware next. Another week of Dota 2 and Underlords is in Matt's play record while Joe spent some time exploring the star map in Warframe and trying to find ground in Super Mario Maker 2.

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This week on The Free Cheese, you want job? We're here to talk about another round of Q&A from a Nintendo shareholder's meeting that includes discussion about the future of Nintendo Switch Online and whether or not these poor shareholders can get to an amusement park.

Matt only understands the ways of The Ancients these days as every screen must contain DOTA. Marc uses the absence of the internet to get immersed in Breath of the Wild. Joe opens up two screens to make maps in Etrian Odyssey. We talk about some Super Mario Maker 2 best practices and how to get started making levels, as well as what makes a good Zelda dungeon.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we walk like a dinosaur. It's the middle of the summer and we've got your tips on staying out of school and how to survive 6th grade. Marc dances through Hyrule a little bit more before getting engrossed in a childhood classic on the Nintendo 64. Joe finds his footing in the castle of Bloodstained leading up to the season of creation with the launch of Super Mario Maker 2.

We get into how much games are going to cost on Stadia, what video game television shows are on the way, and what happens when an alien invasion crashes into one of the world's biggest MMOs.

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This week on The Free Cheese, that's a veteran catch! Marc returns from Chicago to tell us what it's like to catch Pokémon with thousands of other people across three parks, as well as share the experience of Rare Replay and the arcade edition of Battletoads. Matt is collecting ears with his motorcycle as he begins the wandering within Days Gone. Joe is looking for a way to make things turn upside down in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night after its long-awaited release.

We also talk a lot about Data Underlords and how it finally makes sense once you play it, as well as the longevity of that genre of games now cropping up.

With E3 in the rearview, there's only one news story worth talking about: Dr. Mario.

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This week on The Free Cheese, you can do that in traffic? We're on the other side of E3 and we're tallying up the points to see who was the best at seeing into the future. After the dust settled, we also talk about the games that are still sticking with us that we're most anticipating.

For the week, Matt played the beta release of Valve's latest video game: Dota Underlords and some of Ubisoft's new Roller Champions. Joe fell back into Breath of the Wild after a smattering of start-and-stop attempts at several other games.

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We bring E3 2019 to a close with Nintendo's presentation and what we loved from it. We talk about everything we saw in the Direct and some of the things we learned from the subsequent Treehouse stream afterward.

We talk about Banjo & Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with The Hero from Dragon Quest. We check in with Luigi's Mansion 3 and Astral Chain, while taking our first look at Animal Crossing: New Horizons and learning that Tom Nook is a cop who controls your mobile plan.

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E3 2019 continues as Ubisoft and Square Enix introduce the next year and beyond in video games. We talk about where we fall after the pair of press conferences have aired and the highlights of each show.

We fell in love with Final Fantasy VII all over again and are eager to take over London in Watch Dogs Legion. We find ourselves curious of what else Ubisoft is up to besides Tom Clancy's game and really scratching our heads at Marvel's Avengers debut.

All of this and more await you inside, including a breakdown of some of the other announcements out of Inside Xbox.

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It's the start of E3 2019 and we've watched Xbox, Bethesda, and Devolver Digital show off some video games. We each share a bit of what we found most interesting from each presentation.

We talk about the next generation of Xbox and what that means for what we're currently playing on as well as what surprised us most out from the first day of E3 2019.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we welcome back that classic taste. We're recording this episode just hours before Xbox goes live with its E3 2019 announcements so we keep it a little light this time. We talk about what we've played this last week. Marc takes a trip to the swamp with Hunt: Showdown and tries World War Z's approach to the Left 4 Dead style of survival games. Matt climbs a few more levels in Rocket League and buys a few more in the Dota 2 Battle Pass. Joe explores a bit of the emptiness of space in Void Bastards to see if anyone can hear you scream.

Happy E3 2019!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we give you 45 reasons why this E3 will be the best E3. We switch things up a bit this time as we start the show with a bit of news from the last week before moving into what we've all been playing. Matt set sail in space as he completed Observation. Marc tried to find the meaning of life and how to escape it in Transference. Joe learned about biology and New York City in Parasite Eve.

Then, we each detail 5 predictions for Nintendo and Xbox, with another 5 that could happen at any point across the show. The bulk of this episode is celebrating the feeling of anticipation as we get closer to E3 2019.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we talk about movies for a while.

Matt spent some time fixing a PC this week so we could all play Sea of Thieves. Marc looked into the goggles again to take Astro Bot on a little adventure. Joe found a team of Sonic characters to go racing with in the latest in the series of Sonic kart racing games.

We talk about what Jack Tretton has to say about PlayStation 5, how long the Xbox E3 Briefing is expected to run, DC Universe Online coming to Switch, and how you can watch Pirates of the Caribbean on Twitch.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, the waffles might be burning. We induct another game into The Free Cheese Hall of Fame, bringing our total to three.

We also talk about Sony and Microsoft's partnership in the cloud and what it probably actually means. We find out what The Video Game History Foundation is doing at Game Informer. Additionally, we get the latest details on Treyarch's Black Ops IIIII.

Marc gets dancing with a bit of Beat Saber while Matt explores the wasteland without Andrew W.K. and Joe reads Netflix producer biographies in a Castlevania game.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we bring back the dead. Marc teaches you how to rig the arcade so you and your family can get switchblade combs. Matt maintains his status on Xbox Live without compromising his trash talking. Joe checks out a bunch of video tapes.

Without a lot that we've been playing recently to talk about, we instead look backwards and forwards in time to talk about video game remakes, reboots, and revivals. We talk about some of our favorite examples of each and share our dreams for games that could see new life somewhere in the future.

Then, we recap some news from the week and think a bit about how close we are to Electronic Three.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we’re not slowing down. Marc and Joe are excited for the future of Sonic the Hedgehog cinema and talk about our favorite live-action Pokémon so far. We also talk about how Microsoft thinks you should trash talk appropriately and how crunch is affecting the video game industry.

Marc spent some time this week waving a tiny ball at his screen while Joe continued to learn the art of the cards. 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, should you go into someone’s van? We finally find out that Persona 5 is coming to Nintendo Switch and we talk about how you can make your own Overwatch games.

Matt spent the week being sad on ice, Marc took a sword to the 1980s, and Joe found a way to build a deck. With Mortal Kombat 11’s release, we detail a lot of what has changed since the last iteration of the game and celebrate how much we really love the game so far.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we get the good ones before they're gone. Matt and Joe gather to discuss the next generation of PlayStation and what to expect from Xbox at E3. We also talk about updates to Mario Tennis Aces and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as what we think of the full lineup coming to the Castlevania collection next month.

We've played a bit of Sekiro and some other games as the week kind of blurred by. Matt is lost in Rocket League while Joe discovers pinball games on Genesis. We also talk about Final Fantasy VII on Switch and detail our experience with Nintendo Labo VR.

Finally, we celebrate thirty years of the Nintendo Game Boy by reliving some of our memories of the first handheld console we'd ever owned and some of our favorite games.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, can you smell blood?

Marc travels through time going to Colorado and back, with his Switch and Undertale. Matt plays all the Matt games plus Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

We touch on what Sony name changes, what Respawn’s been up to, and Twitch getting karaoke. Plus much more.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we realize we’re basically a TV news program. Marc is slicing his way through Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance while Matt continues to find his footing in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Joe tries to start a cult with cards.

We talk about the potential Switch releases coming out of a Best Buy listing, getting refunds on PlayStation Network, and the final big changes coming to Splatoon 2.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:31am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, That High Quality. There's a lot packed into this week as we catch up on rumors around not one but two new Nintendo Switch models. We also talk about Arcade, changes to Artifact, and the future of the Final Fantasy series.

Matt continues his journey into becoming a ninja as he works his way through the dead ends of Sekiro. Marc gets in touch with his first-person shooter love as he gets to know BJ in Wolfenstein: The New Order. Joe learns the balance of living life as a vampiric doctor in Vampyre.

We also talk about Auto Chess, Lightning Returns, Mortal Kombat 11, and a lot more.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, obey and consume. There's a lot of news out of the Game Developer's Conference this year to unpack. We talk about the latest Nindies showcase and all about Google's Stadia platform. We also hear about changes coming to Steam and the details of the Apex Legend's Battle Pass. Then, we talk about how we would fix GameStop.

Matt finally played something other than Auto Chess and it's got ninjas in it. Marc stayed up until the sun came back around getting lost in the references in Guacamelee. Joe stuck with it and came out really loving Hollow Knight.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, breathe in that whipped cream. Our journey through the Master Chief Collection continues, this time together. Marc finally received his Flip Grip and found himself falling in love with falling in Downwell. Matt_auto_chess.exe. Joe tried out the Mortal Kombat 11 beta and then started playing the greatest game ever made.

We talk about Halo coming to PC along with all of the announcements from Inside Xbox this week. Then, we learn what happened to the team working on Artifact and talk about where Auto Chess is going next. We also hear from SXSW and the latest in Sonic the Hedgehog video games.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, is everyone okay? We talk about Nintendo Labo VR and EA's new plans for E3 2019. We also talk about The Master Chief Collection as we each make our way through some Halo campaigns and await whatever surprise is coming with Inside Xbox this week.

Marc makes his GameCube high definition and finishes a game Classic style. Matt forgot what Super Metroid was but slowly became a master at Auto Chess. Joe made friends with a giant robot and jumped around some more.

Oh, and we talk about that Sonic movie because Matt really likes Sonic.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, Alien Ant Farm has more than two songs. There's a new Pokémon game to talk about and three new starters to choose from. We also talk about this year's EVO lineup and Konami arcade games.

Matt bought an Xbox and instead of playing it, played more Auto Chess. Marc returns to 2010 to get to Hell one layer at a time. Joe jumps to the top of buildings and then builds a bunch of them.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, are you kidding me? We played some weird games this week amidst news of changes at Nintendo of America and rumors of Game Pass coming to everything.

 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, Joe was right. Told you, Matt.

We've been playing two of the hottest new takes on that battle royale genre. We also check out Daemon X Machina and Yoshi's Crafted World in the wake of the recent Nintendo Direct.

We talk about some changes to PlayStation's executive team and how that might impact cross-play and backwards compatibility for the platform.

Our topic of the week has us trying to be the very best, like no one ever was.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_287.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, surprise video games! Marc returns from the thretch with a return to tank controls beneath the streets. Matt gets on the grid when three lanes become one board. Joe finally sees the light but it might not be enough.

We talk a lot about Apex Legends and what it means for the future of Titanfall. Additionally, you can catalogue your Pokémon cards on your phone and play as Kabal in Mortal Kombat 11. All of this and more on this week's show.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_286.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we teach you how to really search the internet. Someone left Joe and Matt together so there’s a lot of Destiny talk in this week’s podcast. We also hear about Matt’s latest attempts to make progress in Resident Evil 2 and Joe finds the best use for his Flip Grip. Further, Joe nears the end of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and is finding a sense of coalescence to the enemies and the world that he didn’t notice before.

We talk Nintendo news in the aftermath of the latest investor’s meeting and learn about a new mobile game coming this summer. We hear about earning Xbox achievements on Switch and what a PS5 with backwards-compatibility might be like.

Finally, we talk about Switch rumors and Batman rumors to close things out before Matt opens the floor to some rapid-fire questions.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_285.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, Cheetos and White Russians. Matt has accepted his new second job as he continues checking off quests in Destiny 2. Marc returns to the scene of the crime and sees what Leon Kennedy looks like after twenty years in Resident Evil 2. Joe practiced a bunch of combos and had someone show off gear for a real long while online in Injustice 2.

Metroid Prime 4 is restarting its development with Retro Studios at the helm. While the delay is saddening, we can't help but feel good about the news considering how it was delivered. Additionally, we discuss the continued life of The Master Chief Collection, talk about which Pokémon almost made it into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and tell you which game has an upcoming eSports tournament you won't want to miss.

We close things out with a question: Which dormant game franchise would you like to see taken on by another developer?

All that and plenty of stories about the things we see in traffic and at Target packed into this week's show.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_284.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, e-Sports? More like cheese-Sports! Marc returns to the nightmare to change the way he looks, Matt signs up to compete in 2019's first on-ice flossing competition, Ben kills his friends and finds new ones in customer support, and Joe hears the call of the wolves as the banner waves.

We talk about EA's newest cancellation, SNES games coming to Nintendo Switch, and detail the full reveal of Mortal Kombat 11.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_283.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, let us in the boardroom! With the Nintendo Direct on its way tomorrow again, we've been playing games to keep us distracted. Marc demonstrates his excitement for a Capcom release later this month while Matt does a bit more of the same and Joe slips back into his own fate.

We talk about why Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice won't have multiplayer, which comic book franchise is coming to Spider-Man, and hear about those keyboards designed to work with Xbox.

We close the show with the news that Bungie has secured Destiny publishing rights from Activision and we speculate what the break will bring in the future.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_282.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, the new year takes us back and then forward. Marc tries to find the rest of the orbs with his little buddy. Matt gets cold going for the gold—the real gold. Joe covers the world in icing while dancing in the moonlight.

We talk about which new Capcom game is coming out next January, what to do in a thirty-minute demo, and try to figure out how we missed the news we were all waiting for.

After the break, the world comes alive as we recapitulate the predictions we made one year ago and settle in to announce what we believe is coming over the course of the following twelve months.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_281.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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