The Free Cheese (Video Games)

This week on The Free Cheese, get Diddy Kong in the back there for a giant banana.

We add another GameCube game to the list and our first kart racer. How does the change to gameplay hold up for Mario Kart all these years later? Does this game have the best course list in the series?

Find out the answers to those and more, and be sure to listen in for Matt's eSport Tips® for dominating every track.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we need to find the car keys.

Stranded on a strange planet, we take control of three lost adventurers and a fleet of tiny creatures to discover cell phones, trash, and delicious fruit. We revisit Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, talk about how it's changed on Nintendo Switch, and of course, rank it with the rest of the games this season.

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This week on The Free Cheese, there goes another customer.

We explore a sequel to an arcade classic in Paperboy 2. Within, we discover ghosts, break windows, and trap strangers beneath cars. We also compare the multiple versions of the game and of course rank it against the rest of the games from this season.

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This week on The Free Cheese, he's on fire.

Right alongside the NBA Finals, we're checking in with an arcade classic that made its way home across a number of platforms. A sequel to NBA Jam and a bonafide hit in its own right, NBA Hangtime let us continue the 2-on-2 arcade basketball that we first fell in love with in Jam.

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This week on The Free Cheese, an event has started in Dogenzaka.

When all that remains of Japan's metropolis are its buildings and wild animals, everyone is just trying to survive. As we play Tokyo Jungle, we're also celebrating the class of games that you could only find on PlayStation Network in the PS3 era. We look for other games that try something similar (there aren't many) and discuss how the developers took an unconventional approach to building this game.

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This week on The Free Cheese, gonna be a big man someday.

Tape up those sticks and lace up your skates, it's time to hit the ice in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System's NHL Stanley Cup. We discuss the title's use of Mode 7 to bring hockey into the third dimension and stack it up against its Genesis counterparts.

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This week on The Free Cheese, t h i s w e e k o n T h e F r e e C h e e s e.

What do you get when the team who made Bayonetta didn't know they would make Bayonetta and still worked at Capcom and wanted to make a 2D beat 'em up? Viewtiful Joe 2! But before that, they had to make Viewtiful Joe so we could talk about and rank it this week.

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This week on The Free Cheese, get your Expansion Pak ready.

We're here to shoot mines and save aliens and we're all out—Oh, I guess we've got everything we need. Perfect Dark is the product of experimentation on tested ideas from the talent that redefined first-person shooters on the Nintendo 64. Does it exceed its predecessor or remain in obscurity?

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This week on The Free Cheese, we're going down.

Our first mobile game makes the list this week as we explore the roguelike Downwell. Strap on your gunboots and jump in as we try to build the highest combo and make the best upgrade selections we can.

Episode Timestamps

06:50 - Downwell

49:35 - What games have you liked more than their inspiration?

59:05 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, can I be your memory?

How much damage can we create? It's time for Burnout 3: Takedown and a return to arcade racing, the likes we have not seen in quite some time. We also discuss the era of video game rentals and those games we never owned but loved renting.

Episode Timestamps

07:01 - Burnout 3: Takedown

47:11 - What games felt unobtainable to own but you loved renting? Why?

56:25- The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, it's got Bob Burnquist.

The (probably) first skateboarding game for PlayStation 2 is here and we're going for gold. We also figure out what games defined the PS2 era and beyond. Where are we at now? Tune in to find out!

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This week on The Free Cheese, it's all in your head dude.

We're journeying midway through the first decade of the new millennium to revisit a game lost to time. In addition to a stellar special features section, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy brings together superpowers and third-person shooting like no one else.

06:04 - Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy

31:58 - What other games are lost to time?

43:28 - Demo Disc

55:51 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, why do you have so many controllers in your lap?

It's more than just a week to talk about Rez Infinite, we talk about all of Mizuguchi's games and reflect on the impact they've had on us, the industry, and the future of video games. We also finally figure out how to pronounce "Lumines."

Episode Timestamps

06:23 - Rez Infinite

01:07:00 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, where did Kane come from?

Can a wrestling game from more than twenty years ago still be great? Yes. We're playing and ranking WWF No Mercy this week as we also figure out which names are those of professional wrestlers and those of horses. We also find out who of us deleted the save data from rental cartridges.

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This week on The Free Cheese, and I’m all outta Gatorade. 

We play and rank Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, discussing its legacy and breaking down some of our favorite details. We reach the end of the bracket and declare Video Games’ Greatest Sidekick and share our favorite Game Over screens.

Episode Timestamps

10:47 - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

49:41 - Lightning Round

01:02:55 - Who Would Win in a Fight?

01:21:33 - What’s the Best Game Over Screen?

01:31:15 - Patched

01:45:42 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, banana on the floor.

We're playing and ranking a classic PC Engine title that just recently came to Nintendo Switch. We also imagine how to revive the Valis series today, carry forward our bracket of sidekick showdowns, and spend other people's money.

Episode Timestamps

7:07 - Valis III

36:40 - How would you revive Valis today?

46:54 - Who Would Win in a Fight?

01:07:23 - PC Engine Game or Sailor Moon Episode?

01:18:40 - Shopping for Somebody Else

01:29:09 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, rejected jokers will always lose. 

Our month-long bracket elimination continues as we uncover the greatest sidekick in video game history. The Trivia Dungeon awaits our adventurers with some topical questions as we discuss and rank The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and rank it among the rest of this season's games so far.

Episode Timestamps

8:00 - The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

37:27 - The Legend of Zelda Franchise Celebration

56:41 - Who Would Win in a Fight?

01:14:55 - Trivia Dungeon

01:30:10 - Demo Disc

01:39:48 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, we take The JNCO test. 

Let’s explore one of Insomniac’s non-PlayStation exclusives this week and rank Sunset Overdrive on The List. We also kick off the start of a month-long bracket to decide the best sidekick in video game history.

Episode Timestamps

05:02 - Sunset Overdrive

26:48 - Many Years Ago Today

46:47 - Who Would Win in a Fight?

01:14:36 - Roundtable Question

01:21:12 A Proper Sequel

01:26:29 The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, oooooooo.

They really don't make them like they used to back in the PS2 era. We save the world with our dog and our friends using the power of music. We then build the sequel to Gitaroo Man that never happened and discuss games that change key right before the ending.

Episode Timestamps

7:07 - Gitaroo Man

28:11 - A Proper Sequel

36:40 - Shopping for Somebody Else

01:02:40 - Roundtable Question

01:11:35 - Trivia Dungeon

01:31:52 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, a revolution.

Our game this week launched the Nintendo Wii and truly became a household name. We talk about Wii Sports and its legacy, our own memories of the game, and how it holds up today. Additionally, on the tenth anniversary of the PlayStation Vita, we look back at our highlights with the game, discuss its entrance into the marketplace, and where it stands against the 3DS.

Episode Timestamps

4:44 - Wii Sports

29:38 - PSN Recommendations

48:48 - Many Years Ago Today

01:11:20 - This or That?

01:19:32 - A Game By Its Trophy

01:38:13 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, Blinx, go deep!

How well do you know your arcade hardware by name? What were the launch prices of consoles entering the market? If you know these, you might survive this week's Trivia Dungeon. We also build a football team from Nintendo and Sega characters and review ESPN NFL Football from Sega.

Episode Timestamps

03:36 - ESPN NFL Football

27:06 - Who Would Win in a Fight? Super Bowl Edition®

50:38 - Trivia Dungeon

01:05:32 - Demo Disc

01:17:14 - Lightning Round

01:31:21 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, building the Twisted Metal soundtrack.

Extreme sports used to be the center of everyone's attention and it seemed like there was no shortage of video games to coincide with every major sport. With those days sadly long gone, we revisit SSX Tricky and see how it holds up twenty years later. We also figure out which video games need new mascots and help them to find the face of the franchise.

Episode Timestamps

05:02 - SSX Tricky

24:16 - Patched

33:38 - Many Years Ago Today

48:07 - Snowboard Trick or Hot Sauce?

59:40 - Who's that Pikachu?

01:16:49 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, water bed body.

The journey through the Trivia Dungeon reveals more mysteries and asks more questions of our adventurers. We create new Demo Discs to give away with qualifying purchases. Finally, we discuss Valve's 2011 Portal 2 and find out where it ranks among the rest of the games from this season.

Episode Timestamps

05:12 - Portal 2

26:43 - A Proper Sequel

39:14 - Demo Disc

55:17 - Trivia Dungeon

01:11:19 - What video game needs a Mother 3 Handbook?

01:21:55 - The Ranking

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_438.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, final boss only on Genesis!

Season 10 continues with a journey into the world of demonic pinball. We play Compile's classic virtual pinball title, Devil's Crush, read through some headlines from ten years ago to see how they hold up today, and build the ultimate crossover game. More inside!

Episode Timestamps

06:09 - Devil's Crush

26:47 - Many Years Ago Today

51:14 - What three companies would you combine for the next Project X Zone?

01:05:00 - Shopping for Somebody Else

01:24:05 - A Game By Its Trophy

01:52:02 - The Ranking

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This week on The Free Cheese, good morning!

We begin Season 10 with a discussion and ranking of one of the first major exclusive titles from SEGA on the Nintendo GameCube. We also discuss what a perfect sequel would be, take a stroll through the Trivia Dungeon, and cast our dream actors to bring this game to the silver screen.

06:28 - Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg

30:17 - Trivia Dungeon

47:42 - A Proper Sequel

01:05:34 - Fantasy Cast

01:12:51 - If Nintendo contracted remakes of NES Black Box games, who would make them and what would they be?

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This week on The Free Cheese, what’s the Game of the Year?

We have decided to change up our regular end of the year show to fit our style a bit better. The three of us have never been able to play the same games each year. We miss out on a lot of releases in a single year because we play games from so many different platforms and eras. With this in mind, we opted to look back through 2021 and talk about some of the games we played that made an impact on us. In some cases, these games introduced us to new genres or took us back to something that we had long forgotten.

To follow along with our list or read write-ups about some of the games, check out the 2021 - Year in Review post.

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This week on The Free Cheese, future's bright man.

Let's commence 2022 with a recap of last year's predictions and a look ahead to the next twelve months. We also share stories of trivial aspects of video games that turned us off. Finally, we each share our personal idea of what 2022 will mean for our gaming habits.

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This week on The Free Cheese, the only remaining TV show confirmed.

We share our plans for Season 10 of The Free Cheese and what 2022 has in store. We take a deep dive into when games take deep dives into themselves. Last, we discuss where the three major platforms stand at the end of 2021.

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This week on The Free Cheese, Mario is a cop.

We uncover the best Navi in video games, guess each other’s top five, and figure out the video game equivalent of the worst Christmas song ever written. All that and more as we near the end of this podcast season.

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This week on The Free Cheese, the next Halo promotional tie-in announced!

We talk about how modern platforms have reduced the number of differences between consoles and handhelds. We bring Game of the Game of the Year to a close and play a game of “Who said this?”

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This week on The Free Cheese, we’re porting games to Switch.

We discuss HD remasters, from the origins to present day and contemplate what makes a necessary port. We add one more game to our Game of the Game of the Year list before completing it and we talk a bit more about our fun with Halo Infinite.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we save you from your aunt's mistake.

What happens when someone buys you the wrong console for the holiday? We give you game recommendations for those untimely mishaps. We also check in with Halo Infinite and offer yet another solution for in-game rewards. Finally, we talk about moments in a game that made us shout, "Nice touch!"

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This week on The Free Cheese, a few boxes turned twenty.

We celebrate the twentieth anniversaries of Xbox and GameCube with twenty questions. We canonically murder Pokémon. Finally, we talk a lot about Halo Infinite and why playing video games shouldn't feel like going to work.

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This week on The Free Cheese, say sorry to the Wii U.

Is Wii Sports the most beloved game ever made? Will Forza Horizon 5 win Game of the Year? These questions and more answered inside! We also hear first-hand experience with Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda and decide which game we never want to see remade.

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This week on The Free Cheese, what year is it?

We add two more games to our Game of the Game of the Year list and then look ahead to predict the winner of Game of the Year 2022. We check back in after a full week with Pikmin Bloom and imagine what games would make great demakes.

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This week on The Free Cheese, tell 'em you're playin' Pikmin!

We talk about Darkest Dungeon 2 and discuss the best games that could benefit from going Rogue. We wander around to grow flowers in Pikmin Bloom and wonder what's next. Finally, we rewrite history by adding one mechanic to a game.

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This week on The Free Cheese, April fools!

We approach the end of our Game of the Game of the Year list with another title added. We talk about when gameplay from spin-offs finds its way back into the mainline series and then share stories about when box art led us astray or led us to play.

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This week on The Free Cheese, gimme fuel, gimme five.

We talk about the best fifth games in a series and see how many collectibles it takes before we break. 

We explore the depths of Metroid Dread and talk about how Back 4 Blood has changed since it’s initial beta.

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This week on The Free Cheese, preparing for the hurt.

Konami?

Just ahead of Metroid Dread we talk about playing through classic games with modern conventions and contemplate when that goes too far. We share the least requested characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and figure out what gets us in the mood for the respective games we're playing.

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This week on The Free Cheese, ruining birthday parties since 1996.

We make some new changes to our Game of the Game of the Year list and reminisce on another from the best in 2016. We talk about revisiting PlayStation games in new ways and how the right combination of mechanics and systems can create an endless gameplay loop.

We make our final predictions for a new Super Smash Bros. fighter and lament the end of a long journey through one developer's library.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_421.mp3
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We celebrate the 35th anniversary of Castlevania with some talking points around how to replay your favorite games and still keep them fresh. We let the Rot carry us deep into Kena: Bridge of Spirits and discuss (again) why PlayStation 2 is still the best of video games. Oh, and we're all playing Magic: The Gathering.

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This week on The Free Cheese, delete your social media.

Our video game marketing discussion continues with a conversation surrounding how marketing instills a fear of not being part of the club and if we aren't there at launch, we missed something. We talk about where this can benefit us, like visiting Final Fantasy XV years after its release.

We also check out the newest set in Magic: The Gathering and the mechanics it brings to the game for the first time, while opening up more on card games and when it's fun to gamble in video games.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_419.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, heaven is a place on Earth.

We wonder when marketing goes too far and what we want in the lead to a new game release. We try to find the balance between leaks and corporate condescension as we prepare our guidelines for how to market your video game.

Ahead of new card game releases, we design our perfect trading card game and realize it's probably a board game. Finally, we go home.

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This week on The Free Cheese, the road to XV begins.

It’s the annual Sonic Amateur Games Expo and we’ve played a bunch of submissions from the community. We talk about our favorite interactive elements in video games. Then, we check in with Pokémon Black and Sonic Colors Ultimate.

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This week on The Free Cheese, who else should go in the monkey ball?

After a new update to Phasmophobia we discuss the difference between changing and fixing a game, as well as our favorite bugs in games. We talk about weird origin stories for getting us to play one thing in particular. We share stories of the first video games we remember buying with our own money and put a final word on our discussion surrounding remasters. It's a big show and we fit in time to rank NieR: Automata on our Game of the Game of the Year list.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_416.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, chicken nuggets in costumes.

We unpack our discussion on remasters yet again after the rerelease of Quake and the announcement of BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare leads a discussion surrounding how the aesthetic of a game can draw us into it. We use the surprise of time spent in Pokémon Unite to talk about games we've gotten lost in without realizing it. Finally, we figure out what PlayStation's Halo could be.

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This week on The Free Cheese, who's that Pokémon?

We begin by turning the clocks back one year to see where we were then. We spend some time considering how to remove microtransactions from games and imagine how Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls will play without them. Finally, do we get more excited for a remaster than a sequel?

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_414.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, please don't kill George Clooney.

We celebrate the 35th anniversary of Metroid the only way we know how. Marc shares tales from the Back 4 Blood beta, Matt details the changes in the Pokémon Unite meta, and Joe uncovers the truth behind Dark Souls et cetera.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_413.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, the doctor is dead.

Marc is knocking on Death's Door while Matt ranks up in Pokémon Unite and Joe is reborn in NieR: Re[in]carnation. We catch up on delays from the week and how we're progressing in Dark Souls, while offering the future of old video games to you for free.

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This week on The Free Cheese, mouth tattoos.

With the release of Pokémon Unite, we've each taken our first steps toward The Pokémon International. Marc checks out The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD to see if it works with buttons. Matt begins the quest for another Dark Souls platinum. Joe finds branching paths in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.

We outline a semester in video game school and give you your required reading list. Finally, we share more games from 2008 that should be brought back from the dead.

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This week on The Free Cheese, delays and surprises.

We talk about the recently announced Nickelodeon All-Stars Battle Royale and how Square Enix sold out of a digital game. We discuss Valve's Super Nintendo Switch, and take a guess at what 7 Persona announcements are imminent.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_410.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, Shigeru Miyamoto took a bath 40 years ago.

We weigh in on the newly announced Nintendo Switch OLED and reflect on other handhelds that may or may not have used OLED technology. We also explore video game's best party as we wonder what happened to Ridge Racer.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_409.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, more free marketing ideas for Mountain Dew.

PlayStation picked up a few new studios while Konami announced a partnership. We check out Mario Golf: Super rush and close the book on Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart in this week's episode.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_408.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, we’re going for the gold. Or the platinum?

It seems like E3 was a year ago at this point as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Quake and 30th for Sonic the Hedgehog. We check in with Final Fantasy VII Remake - Intergrade while checking out SEGA’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We talk about new games in the River City Girls franchise, the potential home for The International, and what it’s like to be a superhero in a simulation.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_407.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, KeighlE3.

We run down our favorite games showcased between Summer Game Fest and E3 2021 and then discuss what it means to be revolutionary when designing a video game. Our discussion stretches back through our touchstone moments in game history where something truly new happened and continues with talk about how iteration is not a bad word.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_406.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, no news!

It's E3 season and you're hearing everything somewhere else already. Instead of repeating headlines, we're focusing on what we've been playing and catching you off guard with some surprise questions.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we apologize to Yuji Naka.

The return of E3 and Summer Game Fest mean the return of 15 predictions announcements that are coming soon. We also reveal the next three characters joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before Sakurai doesn't retire and catch up with one of cinema's greatest tragedies.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_404.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, we talk about Sonic's stomach.

E3 is fast approaching and publishers are lighting the fires with some early announcements. We catch up on the 35th anniversary presentation for Dragon Quest, as well as the 30th anniversary kickoff for Sonic the Hedgehog. We get news on some new sequels and talk about Valve making its own Sega Nomad.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_403.mp3
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We are gathered here today to bring you our full thoughts and impressions on Resident Evil Village. For the first time in a while, we have all completed a game together and are excited to discuss where we think it ranks among the rest of Resident Evil games. Plus, we offer what we think the future of the series may hold.

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This week on The Free Cheese, should amiibo still exist?

Game of the Game of the Year continues as we rank Super Mario Odyssey. We prepare for Summer Game Fest and the anniversary of Dragon Quest. We try to figure out if we like Scarlet Nexus and Resident Evil 2. Finally, we check in with the latest from Call of Duty: Warzone live from inside Nakatomi Plaza.

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This week on The Free Cheese, please put the gun away.

We're ready for the season of announcements with the official announcements of The International and QuakeCon. Sega is looking into reviving some of its dormant IPs while Koei Tecmo is turning its into pachislo.

After six months, we check in with both of this generation's new consoles and share our first thoughts on Famicom Detective Club as we each wrap up Resident Evil Village

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_401.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, we believe in Quake.

It's our 400th episode! We briefly reminisce on some of our favorite moments from our time together and introduce a new recurring segment for 2021.

We're all playing Resident Evil Village and share our early impressions of its technical performance and overall setting. We check back in with NieR Replicant and Returnal. Then, sharing our thoughts on Nintendo's investor's report and things we're excited about for E3.

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This week on The Free Cheese, there's more Square Enix than you think.

We talk about NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139..., Returnal, and make guesses at what Monolith Soft is working on once it has 300 employees on staff. We have some opposing thoughts on the Mortal Kombat movie but all agree that losing another studio to Call of Duty: Warzone is a tragedy.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we're still making PSN recommendations anyway.

We talk the reversal of PlayStation's decision to shutdown the PS3 and PS Vita stores with the soft launch of Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS and PC. We share impressions on Before Your Eyes and the first Resident Evil Village demo, and we take a trip to Yusnaan with Lightning.

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This week on The Free Cheese, chyeah chyeah, chel chyeah.

We’re fresh from another Resident Evil showcase and counting down to all and every available hours for a new demo of Village. We check out Oddworld Soulstorm and Prime 2D, while chasing the elusive target in Hitman 3 and revisiting Bionic Commando.

We celebrate the 15th anniversary of Mother 3 by remembering the game and people behind it, and looking forward to an official release.

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This week on The Free Cheese, let's remake Final Fantasy VII Remake!

We're talking the latest new releases, from Gran Turismo 5 to Saints Row IV and we hear the latest on Cyberpunk 2077 after its latest patch. Bloomberg's latest report on Sony has us questioning the future of PlayStation and we start to line up sponsors for E3 2021.

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This week on The Free Cheese, that feels like Sega.

We spend a week with Monster Hunter Rise and get lost in the world of Wario while new PCs arrive and carry us into the future of Apple Arcade.

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This week on The Free Cheese, was that game bad this whole time?

We share our experience with Monster Hunter Rise, Tekken 7's latest character, and the Ancient Gods expansion for Doom Eternal. We also talk about a handful of games out now and coming to mobile, along with some exciting fighting game announcements.

Finally, we share a shortlist of games you should start buying before PlayStation shuts down the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita stores.

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This week on The Free Cheese, step into the zone with Opa-Opa.

We celebrate the 35th anniversary of Fantasy Zone by remembering Sega's first mascot. We also talk about the "co-op" Ada Wong campaign in Resident Evil 6, how to make a bad Need for Speed game, and check in with the world of Marvel's Avengers.

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This week on The Free Cheese, free chairs?

When was the last time you went to a junkyard? What was the last thing you threw from a rooftop? These questions and more find their answers on this week's show.

We share more discoveries from within Loop Hero while Marc takes on more of Resident Evil 6 and Matt and Joe discover the different ways to play basketball.

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This week on The Free Cheese, a podcast so nice we recorded half of it twice!

We celebrate the launch of Loop Hero and the 4th anniversary of the Nintendo Switch by finally scratching that ever present basketball itch.

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This week on The Free Cheese, it's 1986.

We each played 35 minutes of The Legend of Zelda to see how far we could get and how the game feels in 2021.

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

What a wonderful week for a Nintendo Direct! We catch up on the highlights from the week along with the future of Miis and share what we think of brand new video games, like DOTA 2 and Batman for NES. We also get first thoughts on 30XX.

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This week on The Free Cheese, welcome to the land of treasure.

We begin our 20th anniversary celebration of the Game Boy Advance by accident and lament what could have been a live-action Link. We share impressions for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and talk a lot more about Loop Hero.

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This week on The Free Cheese, what are you ordering?

We build the future of Tomb Raider and combine the power of two of video games greatest heroes to create Samus the Hedgehog.

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This week on The Free Cheese, yes.

We step into some survival horror this week with a run through Resident Evil VII and a peek into the latest from Bloober Team, The Medium. Gabe Newell outlines the future—seriously, not just for video games, but the future of programming ourselves.

We take a stab at the future of Nintendo merchandising and close out with a dive into what we've been playing on our phones.

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This week on The Free Cheese, Virtual Marc!

Marc steps into virtual reality with his new Valve Index, while Matt wraps through the underbelly of Dark Souls in search of the Platinum Trophy.

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This year, we’re changing a bit of how our awards are chosen and announced. We’re limiting the entire process to a single, shorter episode. We’ve worked behind the scenes using a spreadsheet and some math, with a bit of wiggling one way or another to determine the winners of each category.

As we read through each category, we’ll name the winner and two runners up. Then, we’ll share some of our experiences with each game and why it deserved the award.

We’re going to spend a few minutes throughout the episode to celebrate some of the games that stuck with us the most in 2020. These might not have been released in 2020, but they meant something to us when we played them. In between rounds of award winners, we’ll each share a game that meant something to us and why.

When we reach Game of the Year, we will read our current list of nominees and deliberate the winner as we would in previous years, eventually crowning a winner.

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This week on The Free Cheese, another anniversary?

We hear predictions from our friend Ako and celebrate NieR Automata's final secret. We learn about how Miis integrate into Breath of the Wild and figure out how to sleep inside of Gengar.

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This week on The Free Cheese, twenty twenty-one.

We look forward to what we expect in 2021 with our latest run of predictions after reflecting on what we expected from 2020.

We also take some time to share positive outlooks on Sonic Forces and hear all about brand new Game Gear games from M2. Finally, we get the final word on Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

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This week on The Free Cheese, Matt writes Sonic fanfiction.

More of what you love: conversations about video games. We're talking Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Deep Rock Galactic, with a trip through some fighting games along the way. We also check out Umurangi Generations, slowly uncovering its layers beyond a simple photography game.

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This week on The Free Cheese, money please!

We check out the demo for Bravely Default II and wave goodbye to Cyberpunk 2077. Matt takes over a small town in Yakuza: Like a Dragon while Marc finds the true successor to a 3D Sonic game in Crumble and Joe grabs the Wii Remote for Samus' final first-person adventure in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

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This week on The Free Cheese, and the award goes to...

We recap some of our favorite announcements from this year's Game Awards along with a rundown of headlines from the week including the new release timeline for Halo Infinite and an upcoming Digimon wearable.

Marc and Matt take the first steps into Cyberpunk 2077 and share the good, the bad, and the buggy. Meanwhile, Joe readies himself for Breath of the Wild 2.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_380.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, Mario Paint.

Together, we discuss the stack of industry shakeups that were announced this week along with a brief and literal pulse check for the PlayStation Vita.

Catch up on what it means to complete your first palace in Persona 5 Royal, what it feels like to finish Demon's Souls, and how to survive on the Oregon Trail in 2020.

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This week on The Free Cheese, excuse me, Princess!

Marc closes the curtains on Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity while opening a box of Digimon cards. Matt discovers the roots of FromSoftware as he edges deeper into Demon's Souls. Joe finally learns what it means to steal a heart with Persona 5 Royal's first dungeon.

We also make it to the end of our own dungeon as we wrap up another ongoing segment.

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This week on The Free Cheese, don't give him Sonic.

During a slightly slower week of news we dive a bit deeper into Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Hades, and Pokémon Sword: The Crown Tundra.

We also share our first impressions with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and how it fits into the lore of The Legend of Zelda.

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This week on The Free Cheese, push to puff!

It's new console week and we have Matt's first impressions with both as well as a series of rapid-fire questions that get to the bottom of what we really want to know.

We also talk about Marc's first week with Genshin Impact and Joe's time with Tekken 7 and its fourth season.

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This week on The Free Cheese, did we find Brittfaceyo?

With the launch of next generation consoles only moments away we make sure to catch up on all of the vampire news you could ever ask for.

We also bring a close to our ongoing segment, "Who Would Win in a Fight?" and continue with the second round of "Another Night, Another Dream" in between a heavy week of news.

Finally we check in with Pokémon Sword's DLC and call the Chicken Police.

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This week on The Free Cheese, Happy Halloween!

We share our ideas for other game franchises that could learn from Breath of the Wild and try to figure out how to name new Final Fantasy characters.

Marc keeps things spooky with Phasmophobia and Handy Harry's Haunted House Services, Matt enters a Rocket League tournament, and Joe returns to the world of Pokémon.

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This week on The Free Cheese, someone remembers to unmute his microphone.

A slower news week lets us explore some different topics. What's a positive example of a game that feels like its from the PS2 era? Name a game that was overshadowed by something when it initially released?

We also discuss Halloween events in video games and how to catch a ghost.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_373.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, where’s Okami?

Listen in as we talk PlayStation 5 UI and the new initiative from the Video Game History Foundation. We look back on where we were a year ago and close out on some of the games we’ve been playing recently.

Also, it’s the final round in the quarter finals of our ongoing segment chronicling the best of the bad in video game’s greatest villains.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we figure out how to save the Switch.

We talk about which purple character should have ended up in Mortal Kombat and run down all the PlayStation 5 news from the week. We also check in with the recently released Pikmin 3 Deluxe Demo.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_371.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, Steve blocks the way!

Gather around and listen to tales of surviving when not playing video games. We talk about Super Mario Bros. 35 and checking in with the weird side of the 3DS library.

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This week on The Free Cheese, taste the cumin!

We’re here to talk 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Mafia: Definitive Edition, and Rocket League’s entry into the free-to-play space. We check in with Tokyo Game Show 2020 and a new company from old Blizzard folks. Also, it turns out Microsoft bought something else.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we believe in generations.

It’s finally time to discuss the full launch details of the PlayStation 5 and the games launching alongside the new platform on November 12.

Matt checks out Hypnospace Outlaw, welcoming the comfort of a late 1990s internet in favor of a chilly campground. Joe continues with Xenoblade Chronicles while exploring Super Mario 64 as part of the 3D All-Stars collection.

May the fox be with you.

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This week on The Free Cheese, tell me your tire fantasy.

We finally have a release date and details for the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. We weigh in on the best way to buy and our favorite designs of this generation’s new consoles.

We also check in with Mario Tennis Aces, step closer to the finale of our recurring segment “Who Would in in a Fight?”, and talk about the first tenth of a 100-hour JRPG.

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This week on The Free Cheese, old is new is old again.

We’re excited by the release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and with the announcement of Super Mario 3D All-Stars it feels like we’re back in the late 90’s all over again.

We also check out Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, get ready for the release of new video cards, and follow up to last week’s game recommendation.

All that and so much more awaits you inside.

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This week on The Free Cheese, did Madden call Snoop Dogg a cop?

Another week, another Nintendo Direct mini brought to you by Lunchables. We finally get an official spill of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War details and Matt is fresh from the fields with a look at Madden NFL 21.

We recap some highlights from Gamescom, figure out what Joe will play next, and try to imagine what new Switch hardware will take the form of.

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This week on The Free Cheese, oops! All superheroes!

We discuss the reveals of both Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Gotham Knights, along with some other excitement from DC Fandome.

We also check in with Microsoft Flight Simulator and Battletoads during their launch week and get ready for what’s next in Call of Duty and NHL.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_364.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, let’s celebrate Quake.

The days of not having any skateboard video games to play are long gone. We take a trip through time and go shopping, while planning the future of video game television.

We both lament the fun of PC gaming and weigh in on the battles of billionaires.

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