The Free Cheese (Video Games)

This week on The Free Cheese, everybody's here! In case you weren't aware, there's a new game in the Super Smash Bros. franchise and we're pretty excited about it. We detail the game's Adventure mode and highlight some of the things we've discovered on our respective journeys. We highlight new characters and talk about the changes made to the ones we love. Additionally, we talk a bit about Artifact and Hitman 2 and how they both add to the conversations we'll be having in a few short weeks.

We learn about new video games that were announced at The Game Awards and talk about other news—like which rapper is reselling garbage with a different name on it this week.

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

This week on The Free Cheese, we revert our drivers. Like every great video game podcast, we start off talking about what to do with a two-dollar box of glass: break it. Matt finished up his adventures out west just in time to spread some cards out three ways and take out the Ancient. Marc leaves behind yesterday's travels to deliver a message across time and space. Ben takes out a champion before almost taking out his graphics card. Joe pretends to be the drummer in a band while a statue falls in just the right way.

We also talk about the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and what we expect from The Game Awards. We hear about the latest patch to Mario Tennis Aces and which famed 2D developer is helping to bring home Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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This week on The Free Cheese, yeah! We're all together again to talk about video games—and to slowly incite riots around the table. Between yelling about which games are or are not good, we find one thing we can all agree on. Marc returns to a mobile camp he can carry in his pocket but spends a while going on adventures with Pikachu. Matt gets lost in the open fields and forests as he tries to narrow down his choice for the best video game this year. Ben takes a break from getting harassed on the internet to see if he can find a hammer. Joe transcends earth again only to find himself on a racetrack in Miami.

We talk about the triumphant return of Tomagotchi, the potential of a new disc drive-less Xbox One console, unchanging Rainbow Six Siege, adding new characters to Mario Tennis Aces, and more before we spiral into madness.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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This week on The Free Cheese, where is Jack Tretton's money? Matt returns from his bedridden nightmares with tales of falling blocks, jumping girls, and cowboy criminals. Ben updates us on his spreadsheet of science documenting online fighting taunts while hanging out with death metal. Joe continues his journey to enlightenment but takes a detour into a reimagined world of pocket monsters.

We discuss the next series from Castlevania producer, when to expect PUBG on PS4, and why PlayStation doesn't need E3 2019. All this, a pitch for a Jack Tretton video game, and more on this episode.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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This week on The Free Cheese, the fine makers of jelly bring you "horseradish." In between his adventures on the road, Marc grows his ever-expansive family of characters in Diablo III. Despite being the victim of what many would argue is unwarranted taunting, Ben still loves SoulCalibur VI. Joe sinks deeper into the comfort of vacation and loses a day to everything Destiny 2 can throw at him.

We also talk at length about the magic that is Tetris, and how its newest iteration takes the series somewhere incredibly personal and transforms what we understand of the classic game.

Finally, we hear about the future of Final Fantasy and which series Activision blames for its shortcomings. We recap the X018 event from Microsoft and speculate on what's next for Xbox. Then, we outline Geoff Keighly's Game Awards for you.

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This week on The Free Cheese, it’s a hash brown vacation. After last week’s reminiscing, we talk about the future of The Free Cheese with an overview of changes to the site and tease some secrets. Marc plays a bit of SoulCalibur VI while Joe finds himself back into Destiny 2. We both finished Halo: Combat Evolved and began the nightmare that is Halo 2 on Legendary. We also embarked on our portable adventure through Diablo III: The Eternal Collection.

We recap the latest and last Super Smash Bros. Ultimate focused Nintendo Direct, discuss changes to Rainbow Six Siege, and share news from Blizzcon. We also tell you which games should’ve been on the upcoming PlayStation Classic. 

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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This week on The Free Cheese, it ain’t no soup. We celebrate the fifth anniversary of the website with stories and anecdotes from our adventures over half a decade together. We talk about some of the stuff you might remember, and moments that happened behind the scenes.

We’ve all got Red Dead fever and share our thoughts surrounding the opening to Rockstar’s latest release. Marc wraps up Lara Croft GO while Matt starts Metro 2033 and Ben doesn’t create characters in Soul Calibur VI. We also hear about Hello Neighbor, DayZ, and more Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Then, Joe tells us about his return to Destiny 2, at long last.

We continue to conversation around crunch in video game development and lament the existence of leaks. Then we share news about a few unfortunate delays and reveal the addition of a fan-favorite character to our new favorite fighting game. 

Thank you all for hanging out with us, whether you’ve followed us from the start or you’re just joining us today.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we complete a scavenger hunt. Marc and Joe discuss recent adventures away from the podcast and talk a lot about the Analogue Mega Sg. Marc dives deeper into the catalogue of Rare's history while Joe goes back to a franchise he hasn't touched in a decade.

We talk about 100-hour work weeks, what to do in Pokémon Let's Go, and another delay to a PS4 exclusive.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we try grandma’s gravy. As all video game podcasts go, we start things off yelling about soup again and designing marriage certificates. Then, Ben takes us into the world of The Forest one last time as he sees it through to the end. Matt makes a lot of money on Steam and spends his time becoming a part of something special with the CS: GO community. Joe is starting to “get” Overwatch and wanders the depths of The Binding of Isaac while Marc changes his Xbox avatar and counts down the days until Red Dead Redemption 2.

We talk about the fourth generation of Pokémon inside of our phones, the future of video games, and what Matt is changing his PSN name to.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we find out what really happens at the circus. Marc helps us to remember all of the details from Resident Evil 4 and checks in with the latest in the Halo: Combat Evolved cooperative adventure. Ben learns how to read and uncovers so much more than what the surface offers in The Forest. Joe watches the seasons change and uncovers what's new in Forza Horizon 4.

We talk about PSN name changes, new Nintendo Switch revisions, the future of Capcom movies, and we celebrate the anniversary of a lifetime.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.

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This week on The Free Cheese, now available with Spooky Vision. We're fresh into what the world would definitively state is the best month of the year and with it we've brought the fright into the night. Or, we talk about stupid energy drinks and koffee for a while and also some video games.

Ben explores the great outdoors and the terrors that await below in the full release of The Forest. Matt climbs behind the wheel of the car again to see where he stacks in ranked mode of Rocket League. Joe samples a few games for a little while and remembers what's great about Let It Die now that it's on PC.

We also talk about Ring of Elysium and how it stands out in a sea of battle royale games. We find out if Sony is truly ready to play ball with the competition. Then, we speculate what might get announced at X018 and give you the inside scoop behind the absence of PSX this year.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.

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This week on The Free Cheese, this seems about right. Matt is trying to figure out whether or not he likes Beyond: Two Souls. Marc is readying for mid-October while returning to Red Dead Redemption. Ben finishes a really good game and fights a spider mother in Resident Evil 7. Joe tries to figure out Nintendo Switch Online and plays Pokémon Crystal instead. We talk about tiny PlayStation and Genesis consoles, new costumes in Street Fighter V, PlayStation Now, and a few other news items from the week. Send in your soup stories: podcast@thefreecheese.com. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we're all chasing something, man. Ben makes his long-awaited return and brings with him tales of new fighting games and surprise characters inside, along with his journey as a detective in Her Story. Marc is over the halfway point in Banjo-Kazooie and busy tapping his phone through a neon pinball adventure. Matt brings us his first-hand experience with the latest in the "Battle Royale" crazy. Joe tried to swallow the world piece by piece in Donut County. We talk more in depth about Marvel's Spider-Man and Resident Evil 7. Then we share our favorite moments from this week's Nintendo Direct.
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This week on The Free Cheese, here's how you eat wasabi. We learn what it's like to become the one at the party with your Switch and how to properly sail the seas. Matt plays a lot of Into the Breach at a wedding. Marc saves the president's daughter in Resident Evil 4. Joe takes you inside of a real McDonald's. We talk at length about our recent experiences with both Sea of Thieves and Marvel's Spider-Man. First, we share what went right this time as we took to the open air and fought giant sharks and looked for treasure. Then, we highlight what makes Marvel's Spider-Man just so amazing and how it improves on an already beloved formula. Finally, we look at how Zen Pinball might revive some of our favorites and track the timeline of THQ again. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we're hydrated. Marc gives us the details on Xbox All Access through his firsthand experience. Matt is trying to solve a mystery chapter by chapter until dawn. Joe tries to find his game for a third time after mom hid it. We talk a lot about Halo: The Master Chief Collection after its big update and addition to Xbox Game Pass this week. We also hear about The Messenger and what it's like to play DOTA 2 after The International is over. Then, we share the latest news about Shovel Knight and when you can expect to play a demo for Anthem. Finally, we ooze over the forty-eight minutes of gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077. Strap in: it's party time. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, get in your lane. We finally see where the year's worth of terrible forced jokes have come to a head and celebrate the best in Dota 2. Then, we wander around more to catch Pokémon. Matt checks in with Dead Cells for a bit while Joe learns how to jump in Quake Champions. Marc spends a weekend traveling through four seasons in The Last of Us and its subsequent DLC. We talk about some news out of Gamescom and lament the delay of another anticipated game.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we dream that we're clairvoyant. While Matt and Ben are away on assignment, Marc and Joe get ready for the next generation of Pokémon to hit Pokémon Go. We learn a little more about the Xbox One dashboard and then we talk about another black-and-white duck fighter candidate for the Marc™ GOTY. Joe gives an update on which dimension he's travelled to, then talks about his recent stint as a professional car dude. We share news about the delay of a beloved franchise's return, the arrival of a mystical creature, and when you can dungeon crawl through Hell on your Nintendo Switch.
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This week on The Free Cheese, everybody's here. We recap the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct and share our excitement for what's to come. We also talk about what happened at QuakeCon 2018 and announce to you the next installer you'll be able to keep on your PC desktop. We spent some time this week playing fighting games and Hunt: Showdown. Marc tells us a bit about playing pinball on an island, Ben spends more time fighting in the streets, Matt prepares for The International, and Joe explores the depths of an ever-changing castle.
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This week on The Free Cheese we haven't encountered that before. Our paths intersect this week as Marc and Matt dive into WarioWare Gold and Ben and Joe talk a bit of Street Fighter V. We've all been exploring the real world through Pokémon Go as the craze continues and Joe shares more stories from Ultra Moon. Matt finds himself on the ice again while Marc is taking things apart with a wrench. Ben spends some time at the beach walking into people and Joe watches some weird slaps. We talk about the updates to Quake Champions and the new character added to the game. Then, we hear about which fighting game might make a return and when we can expect to get our hands on a new card game. Finally, we learn about some new fighters coming to Tekken 7.
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This week on The Free Cheese, multiplayer online battle arena. To start things off, Matt buys a new car and Marc and Joe write a horror movie. Matt spends his time this week between two things he'd never expected years ago. Marc fights with two buttons and then learns how to be mega in new ways. Joe does some weird stuff and then keeps trying to catch them all. We talk about the next Xbox after some rumors start to circulate and look at new GameCube controllers. We learn about changes that are currently rolling out to Quake Champions and hear about where 2K will be spending its money in the coming years.
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This week on The Free Cheese, welcome to Summer 2016! We catch up on Marc's birthday festivities and what's happening in San Diego. Then, Matt swears he's never playing Mario Tennis Aces again... Marc runs the gambit of game samples this week from 3DS demos to explosive chickens. Ben starts counting frames in Street Fighter V and gets really good. Matt hops on the bus for one more ride. Joe finds himself on vacation in a tropical place that's all too familiar. We're all playing Pokémon Go again and we close out the show talking a bit about some news from the week.
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This week on The Free Cheese, I was walking with a ghost. Marc kicks things off with a journey into the real world of Kanto, Ben learns to stay on the ground while fighting, Joe rips and tears at 5K, and Matt doesn't want to talk about tennis. We talk a lot about Quake Champions as we continue to learn the game and fall in love with playing it more each day. We close out the show with a peek into an Uncharted movie and a realization that a Mortal Kombat movie might be far off.
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This week on The Free Cheese, it's killing time. Matt becomes a god and is compared to the father of Nintendo as he destroys in Mario Tennis Aces (after deleting it). Ben begins to learn the terrifying truth of NieR: Automata. Joe uncovers the magic of Xbox Play Anywhere with his new computer and State of Decay 2. We all shared one big experience this week called Quake Champions—and we really fell in love with it. Finally, we close out with a string of news stories from the week featuring Sonic, Shenmue, and other non-Sega things.  

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This week on The Free Cheese, we consider early stage goths. Matt keeps playing Mario Tennis Aces and starts watching a TV show called Quantum Break. Ben hides things in the wrong chests around the mansion in Resident Evil. Marc doesn't want you to play Unreal Tournament but he's super stoked to be murdering dinosaurs again in Turok. Joe tries to stay alive in the darkest version of The Sims to date: State of Decay 2. We consider which game we can always come back to and enjoy no matter what. Then, we share out exclusive recipes for smoked gas station meats. Barcelona!
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This week on The Free Cheese, we contemplate QuakeCon and then talk about vomiting at Slayer concerts. Matt talks about his anticipation leading into the release of Mario Tennis Aces and shares his thoughts on its final release, along with an update on the status of his controller. Marc explores a few of the eight paths in Octopath Traveler just before convincing us to play Fortnite. Ben continues NieR: Automata but spends the bulk of his week getting stoked about Resident Evil. Joe plays a game thought long forgotten and then wraps up the Octo Expansion in Splatoon 2. We chat a little about the Flip Grip for Nintendo Switch and the latest and greatest of the Steam summer sale.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we figure out who the final Smash Bros. characters will be. Joe and Matt reconvene post-E3 to catch up on what we've been playing and why that answer is Destiny. We cover the release of Hollow Knight on Switch, the Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2, Prey's Mooncrash nightmares, and Donkey Kong on Switch. Following E3, we find ourselves asking the question "What's next" and looking at the next generation of consoles. How will Microsoft's first-party growth pay off? How will Sony's refusal to play with others pan out? Where does the Switch fall in all of this? Finally, we cast our votes for who makes sense to round out this generation of Super Smash Bros.
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It's the final day of E3 showcases and we're here to recap what we've seen yet again. We take a few seconds to talk about what Square Enix showed, and then dive deep into Ubisoft and Sony. Finally, we prepare ourselves for Nintendo.
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As E3 continues to begin, we talk about what we thought about Microsoft and Bethesda, while making last minute guesses for Square Enix, Ubisoft, and PlayStation.
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E3 begins today with Microsoft and Bethesda and we're getting ahead of it with some pre-show chatter. We recover and recap from EA—still looking for where Skate 4 is hiding. Before the show begins, our next energy drink choice is revealed and tasted live on the air. Oh, and we checked in with another game that we didn't expect to be playing again...
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As we count down the final moments before E3 2018, we commemorate the year's festivities with our new, official energy drink of choice. We detail a few of the new announcements and leaks that have come out since our last episode. Finally, we check in with a game that we didn't think we'd be playing again.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we expand your mind and ours with a look into the future. Everything is real until E3 says otherwise and this episode is all about the predictions we're making for the big trade show next week. Before predictions get rolling, we hear about the rest of Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, why Mario Tennis Aces might be Matt's game of the year, whether or not its okay to skip Pokémon Quest, and why Ben is still enjoying his hellish adventure through Agony. There was too much news to ignore this week and we cover it all. From the most recent round of Assassin's Creed and Sonic Team Racing leaks to the full reveal of Pokémon Let's Go Eevee and Let's Go Pikachu, we share out thoughts and reactions to everything important. Finally, we reveal sixty extremely accurate and detailed accounts of the future—outlining the three console manufacturer press conferences for E3 2018. Get ready to scream. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we live by the curse of the moon. After a day drinking in the sun and five and a half years of podcasting, we gather to catch up on the week's video games yet again. Marc spent some time piloting Orbital Frames in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS, Ben is almost in Hell as he continues to look at how good DOOM looks on his PC, Matt plays more DOTA 2 in order to collect the card packs for The International, and Joe begins the descent into flipper fever with The Pinball Arcade yet again. We've got a lot to say about Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon as we've all spent some time with it since its launch this week. Any worry we had about whether or not someone else could still make a Castlevania game has vanished as quickly as the sun come nightfall. Finally, we talk about the next generation of PlayStation and how console gaming will likely differ in the next generation. We discuss cloud-based gaming on Nintendo Switch and what we expect from Battlefield V. Then, we weigh in on a little rumor about a potential port (it's not a port(or is it?)) of one of our favorite games. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, the E3 ship is leaking. Ben regales us with tales of dead toy shops and old metal heads- while pl[A]ying more NieR. Matt shakes his head at hockey and ends his journey with God of War before stepping into the latest changes with Dota 2. Marc can't sleep because Zero Time Dilemma keeps him up again. Joe is continuing to explore the world of Watch_Dogs 2 and finds it difficult to find something to complain about. We talk about the future of Call of Duty with Black Ops IIII, accessible Xbox controllers, and try to predict the release date for Shenmue III. Lastly, we try to unpack the rumors and leaks surrounding Retro Studios' new game.
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This week on The Free Cheese, it's okay to wear t-shirts. Ben goes back to school in Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning. Marc has no time to wait for Garage to load and instead solves puzzles in Zero Time Dilemma. Matt bought a PC and amidst running everything on the highest settings, he finds a yellow rat to solve mysteries with. Joe tried the other Halo again but finds that Destiny 2 still isn't totally engrossing—instead he hacks into everything to save the world of Watch_Dogs 2. We talk about Nintendo's details for its Nintendo Switch Online service, the announcement of two new games from Inti Creates, how to play Steam games on your phone, and the potential of another kool Mortal Kombat game. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, why are we drinking this? Marc delivers pizza inside of a giant robot. Matt plays the slots, Sega style. Ben goes a little further and finds a lot inside of NieR: Automata. Joe gets his old school FPS going in a couple of ways this week. We talk about what we expect from the Atari VCS. We learn about Switch controller support on Steam and Ikaruga on Switch. PUBG hackers go to jail and E3 floor plans are revealed. All of this and more inside!
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This week on The Free Cheese, we get wild and dirty. Learn the tale of Beyonce vs. Rihanna after we remember what we found at the flea market. Matt gets to see a little more of God of War. Marc taps on a lot of onions in Million Onion Hotel. Joe completes and begins another war in Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2. We talk about Dark Souls Remastered, H1Z1 coming to PS4, and a whole lot of Nintendo news. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, Konami did it again. Marc is here to tell us all about folding cardboard in Nintendo Labo. Ben doesn't want to play online so he does what everyone should and visits The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2017, NieR: Automata. Matt hangs out with the boy a lot in God of War. Joe plays a little bit of a lot of games but only tells you about three of them. We hear about the aftermath of a tornado and how it failed to affect one North Carolina resident. We learn about delays to Dark Souls Remastered on Switch. The Master Chief Collection continues to receive updates and Doom is getting another movie. Finally, we learn about the latest atrocity to Konami's history coming to phones later this year.
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This week on The Free Cheese, it's the return of the mullet. Ben is back to tell us the ending to Fallout: New Vegas and why tank controls are superior in the Resident Evil remake. Also, he's immediately fallen in love with PUBG's latest event mode and taken a step into another entry into the 100-person battle with Radical Heights. Marc takes some time this week to play Minit and then explores what Armor Games has to offer with The Adventure Pals. Matt keeps the season going strong in MLB The Show 18 and finds out what Quantic Dream had to do with Prey when he watches the credits roll by. Joe cuts up a Game Boy Advance and uses the new backlit display to play Metroid: Zero Mission again, and then finds out if Spider-Man is going to be any good by playing some of Sunset Overdrive. Ultimately, it all ends with Bloodborne. We talk about the big announcements out of Sega's event over the weekend, Billy Mitchell's removal from the records, and how Xbox continues to embarrass the competition when it comes to backwards compatibility and maintaining a legacy. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese- do you smell that? Marc and Joe fight off sleepiness in the wake of a pre-podcast Taco Bell adventure. We talk about the endless wander of Ghost Pop! and the wretched world of Ruiner. Then, Joe catches us up on his quest to complete Breath of the Wild. We talk about Spyro the Dragon, Chrono Trigger, Splinter Cell, and other news stories that have nothing to do with twenty year old properties. Finally, we close out with some news about the PlayStation 5.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we hang out in the woods. Marc goes 2077 with Ruiner and wears cool light-up masks. Matt becomes the hunted in Prey. Joe returns to finish what he started in Breath of the Wild. We talk a little bit more about MLB The Show 18, PlayStation VR, and Splatoon 2. Then, we hear about the aftermath of Pokémon GO Fest, the new way Konami makes us roll our eyes this week, and wonder where the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI is hiding.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we can't stop bleeding. It's springtime which means more than just terrible weather: Matt's playing baseball. MLB The Show 18 released to preorders and Matt is trying out all of the new changes. Marc defeated the Pig Wizard Ganon as he broke the 65 hour mark in Breath of the Wild. Joe tries out some new matching skills in Battle Chef Brigade. We talk about independent games coming to Switch, whatever the hell Atari is making, and Ubisoft's success in remaining free from Vivendi. Then, we devise a plan to make it to E3. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we get a sweet surprise. Marc finds his way to the Rito Village in his continued adventure in Breath of the Wild and kills his friends in Crawl. Matt gets a little extra with Dota Plus and Joe kisses his friends in Kirby Star Allies. We all play a little more Splatoon 2 as we prepare for Rank X and watch the continued growth of the game. We talk about free games from Twitch and new Genesis collections. Then, we recap the announcements from the Sonic the Hedgehog SXSW panel. We hear about the best fruit to buy at the grocery store and learn the real reason that Toys"R"Us is going out of business.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we told you so. We learn the meaning of the word "recapitulate" and then act on it as we recap this week's Nintendo Direct. Joe beats Bayonetta and starts the sequel. Ben almost gets a new bronze in Street Fighter V but instead gets into Mega Man X. Marc returns to the lands of Breath of the Wild. Matt beats the evil Giygas once and for all.
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This week on The Free Cheese, is this a god dam? Matt and Joe go professional in Splatoon 2 in preparation for the new Splatfest. Ben almost burns his computer to the ground again. Marc beats up drunks for fun. We talk about Matt's newfound appreciation for the classic RPG EarthBound and his continued trek toward the end of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. We hear from Marc's adventures Into the Breach and learn how he's using virtual reality to look into the world of Moss. Ben checks in with the only fighting game that matters in Street Fighter V and surprises us all with his entrance into the world of Mega Man X. We recap some light news of the week, including PlayStation Plus changes, the closure of another studio and the latest in loot boxes. Finally, we talk about the last year of Nintendo Switch and celebrate our favorite moments of the latest console from Nintendo. We talk through some of the shortcomings and cheer at the victories. Then, we discuss what our hopes are for Year Two.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we talk more about frozen foods. In the wake of Joe's 48-hour nightmare, he finds solace falling into Downwell. Marc tries his best to clean up the crime fast in Serial Cleaner. Meanwhile, Matt adventures ever further into the depths of Shigesato Itoi's mind as EarthBound continues. We talk about the decade-long plan for Rainbow Six Siege and how it could impact the future of other games. We hear about the possibility of new ports coming to Switch and how the console is impacting developer's choices. Finally, we get the announcement we've all been waiting for (well, there's still no Mother 3).
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, you'll never believe what kidney stones can do. We catch up on the streets of New York and find out who won the Splatfest. Marc fills us in on the group battling of Monster Hunter World. Matt returns to Mario + Rabbids and sees the end of another world. Joe reaches the top of the mountain and goes through some stuff in Celeste. We talk about Bayonetta and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2, and then Matt surprises us all. We cover the future of Rainbow Six Siege and what it means for Splatoon 2, how THQ is almost back, and how eSports is starting to look a lot like other sports.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, Ben almost burns his new house down. We trade (1) Marc for (1) Ben and (1) Matt and hear about their adventures away. Then, Ben tells us about his recent time with Axiom Verge and how wandering through the eShop landed him a copy of Donkey Kong 64. Matt plays a lot of the SNES Classic Edition and even more Dota 2 than before. Joe changes classes in Final Fantasy XIV, which leads him into some weird places in other games. We talk about Metroid Prime 4's development team, eSports in the Olympics, and EVO 2018's lineup before recapping the Q&A section of Nintendo's latest investor's meeting.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we milk cars. Joe and Marc spent the week getting to know the world of Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV. We both took our first steps into creating our characters and starting our adventure. Marc plays a bit of Floor Kids and sees what Final Fantasy Tactics has to offer while Joe plays a little more of Celeste and Metroid Prime 2. We discuss the rumors of Microsoft purchases, the future games of Sumo Digital, Nintendo on the silver screen, and Ed Boon teasing the Turtles. Finally, we talk about the future of games as a service and how DOTA can influence the likes of Injustice. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we learn about frozen food. Joe begins his journey through the Metroid Prime trilogy on the heels of Halo. Marc finds a new affinity for dungeon crawling in Heart&Slash. Ben continues to train his hands for Street Fighter V. We also talk about the beauty of Celeste and its approach to storytelling through gameplay. Oh, and there's this fighting game out about people with big hair that we've all been playing. We learn about the cancellation of Paragon and the sunset days for Miitomo. Psyonix is taking the next steps toward platform agnosticism and football gets extreme again. Finally, we talk about Xbox Game Pass and its new dedication to subscribers.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we're folding stuff. Inside, we discuss our recent foray into PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and the collaborative effort of our time with Ninja Shodown. We hear about the rest of the Halo franchise and what its like to prepare for a fighting game tournament. Then, we talk about the sales trends of Japan, a new Scribblenauts game, and Nintendo Labo.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we debate liquid foods. Ben prepares for a fighting game tournament by playing to train (not to win) in Street Fighter V. Marc climbs inside of mechs and wanders through the dreamworld of OneShot. Matt graduates from Chinese DOTA to Chinese PUBG, and then becomes a smooth operator in Rainbow Six. Joe finds out that nothing else matters in Halo: Reach and everything matters in Splatoon 2. We discuss the Artifact card game, Resident Evil logos, new Xbox achievement systems, and close it all out with a recap of the Nintendo Direct mini.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we discover the hidden mullet. It's the first episode of the year, which means it's time we make some bold predictions for what will happen in the world of video games. We also discuss Marc and Ben's recent activity at MAGFest, and the weird pockets of video games within the convention. We talk about games we've played, from PUBG to Halo 3, Gang Beasts, and Rainbow Six: Siege. Finally, we talk a little bit about this rumored Nintendo Direct and what we hope for.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we discover the hidden mullet. It's the first episode of the year, which means it's time we make some bold predictions for what will happen in the world of video games. We also discuss Marc and Ben's recent activity at MAGFest, and the weird pockets of video games within the convention. We talk about games we've played, from PUBG to Halo 3, Gang Beasts, and Rainbow Six: Siege. Finally, we talk a little bit about this rumored Nintendo Direct and what we hope for.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast, we talk about Bill Murray's Mullet. First up, we recap the holidays and find out what Matt thinks makes a good Justice League. Then, we learn the dangers of 9-volt batteries and all about Clay Aiken's video game. We talk about getting to the top in PUBG, but not all the way to a warm chicken dinner. Joe shares his experience with the first two games in Bungie's Halo trilogy. Marc finds a favorite new fighting game in Street Fighter V, while Matt enters the battle of Tekken 7. We close out the week with a look back at 2017 and what we hope for Nintendo Switch in 2018. Thanks for listening!
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2017 concludes with our nominations and awards for:

  • Best Score/Soundtrack
  • Best Debut
  • Most Anticipated
  • Hall of Fame
  • Game of the Year

It’s been a fantastic year for video games and it made these conversations that much more difficult to have. Congratulations to all of our winners!

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Our penultimate day of awards for The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2017 brings us the awards for:

  • Best Story
  • Most Surprising
  • Best Marketing
  • Favorite Free Cheese Moment
  • Favorite Industry Moment
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Here we are with the middle section of our categories. For our third day of The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2017, we vote on:

  • 2017’s 2016 Game of the Year
  • Best Remaster
  • Hottest Mess
  • Best DLC/Expansion
  • Best Old Game That We Played This Year
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

With our first day of awards decided and winners crowned, The Free Cheese Game of the Year continues with:

  • Favorite In-Game Moment
  • Best Multiplayer
  • Best Fighting Game
  • Best Character
  • Best Sound Design
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Welcome to The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2017. It’s our pleasure to welcome you on this journey with us as we celebrate the best of video games this year. Our first day features the nominees for:

  • I’ll Play It Next Year
  • Best Mobile Game
  • Best Style
  • Biggest Disappointment
  • Please Don’t Suck (Next Year)
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we get money for looking things up. Just on the eve of our Game of the Year conversations, we gather to talk about this week in gaming. Marc wraps up the Resident Evil VII DLC and then dives deep into virtual reality. Ben writes poetry in Doki Doki Literature Club. Matt makes a deal with the devil and somehow finishes Cuphead. Joe goes to hell and leads an army of goblins through monsters and demons in Army Corps of Hell. We talk about what Kojima has to say about Death Stranding, the potential for Battlefield: Bad Company 3, what the NieR: Automata director thinks about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and what happens when your girlfriend's dad is better at fighting games than you are.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we break collar bones. We start off the show with a history of injuries and we try to figure out what's going on with Spencer's Gifts. Joe wraps up Wolfenstein II and goes deep inside of Everything, while Matt gets to the [E]nding of NieR: Automata and Ben finds a new realm of DLC in Fallout: New Vegas. We talk about new Capcom anniversaries and collections that were announced this week, along with a lot of little news about From Software. We recap some of the highlights of the Game Awards and bring it to a close with PlayStation Experience.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, who is the richest company in Japan? Matt wraps up the [B]eginning of the end of NieR: Automata and starts to see where the game is going. Marc tries Sonic Forces Speed Battle but instead takes someone else's phone in Simulacra. Ben joins the Literature Club and finally goes to hell in glorious 144Hz, seeing DOOM in all of its glory. Joe returns to the PlayStation 2 in spirit with ReCore and joins Matt in an adventure through South Park. We talk about PUBG coming to Xbox One and how the PS2 is alive in some ways on the PS4. We learn about Nintendo cereal, now featuring amiibo features in the box. All of this and more in another fantastic episode of The Free Cheese.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, oh yeah, one more thing. As we polish off our Thanksgiving leftovers, Joe hops into Super Bomberman R and joins the Doki Doki Literature Club, Marc hears good music in Super Mario Odyssey and has AIM conversations in Emily is Away, and Matt joins a game show in Madden before saving the US in Wolfenstein II. We talk a bit about our experience and collective thoughts on Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, and where we want to see the next game go. We learn about Valkyria Chronicles 4, Splatoon 2 updates, how music is localized, and ultimately we tread lightly across a potential reveal for Devil May Cry V.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_225.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, lean on me when you're not strong. We have a big episode this week. As the end of the year approaches, we have all been catching up on a lot of games. Along the way, Ben finishes Stories Untold, Marc gets not too specific about his horrific encounter with a visual novel, Joe hears voices in his head (in more ways than one), and Matt plays soccer with cars in the palms of his hands. We discuss the recent fun surrounding Electronic Arts, along with some surprise updates to Super Bomberman R, Mario movies, and other upcoming video game movies starring Dwayne Johnson.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, it's cold again. Joe, Marc, and Ben are here to lament growing older and talk about Buckethead (obviously). Marc recently picked up a PlayStation VR and survived his night inside Resident Evil 7. He's learned how to say, "Hello, Neighbor," and has no nose troubles with VR. Joe had hidden his game by mom and discovers the charm of developer hap Inc. games, while struggling to find a strong impact in Horizon: Zero Dawn. Ben remembers what it's like to play Counterstrike and what it's like to have really cool people to play it with. Then, he falls in love with Stories Untold Episode 3 in a whole new way. We talk about what it's like to publish physical games as a small publisher, creating modern arcade machines, how to buy a video game developer with the money from closing another, and which games might be coming to Nintendo Switch next year. Finally, we of course talk about the four turtles in the room. The ones that just dropped into our favorite superhero fighting game.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_223.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, he has a what? Ben has a surprise for us all, Joe brought nothing back from New York, Matt is looking at Nashville, and Marc can't save us from this nightmare. We played more Super Mario Odyssey and we can't stop finding moons and going back to discover what we missed. We check in with Shadow of War and learn that despite the grind, Matt is still in love with it. Ben gets really into Stories Untold: Episode 2 and wants more of it. Marc plays a bit of Flinthook and gets to digging in Blaster Master Zero as Shovel Knight. Joe plays Everything and begins to learn the secrets of the universe. We talk briefly about Nintendo's financial briefing and the future of Switch. Then, we recap what we learned from PlayStation's Paris Games Week showcase and why sometimes even a little bit is too much. Finally, we speculate on what is likely already old news and hope for our dreams to come true by WB Montreal and Rocksteady.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we go to New Donk City for real. Super Mario Odyssey is finally here and we've collectively fallen in love with it. We also talk about Middle-earth: Shadow of War and how it feels to approach the endgame. We travel to an alternate timeline where the outcome of WW2 was a little different and it's time to fix things in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Then, we learn about a new card game that passed us by that seemingly has everything we've been looking for in Eternal. Joe, Matt, Marc, Ako, and Ben are here to discuss GameCube controllers on Switch, new Hitman content, updates to The Master Chief Collection, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and oh so much more. Strap in for a long one, and Happy Halloween.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on the Free Cheese, 204863. Matt and Joe recant the moments Matt recently spent playing P.T. and how a good old-fashioned pretzel dog can change your world. We hear about the Tim Burton bug nightmares found in Hollow Knight, the evolution of tactical loot boxes in Rainbow Six Siege, and how good it feels to change up the way you fight in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. During our news segment, we discuss the closure of Visceral Games and the ever-confusing future of Amy Hennig, tiny controllers, shiny Super Nintendos, and logos. Yes, logos.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, Marc's got some 'splainin to do. We're throwing it back to the days long ago with a long podcast and a lot of voices. First, we hear about the addiction of Destiny 2 from Marc and our guest Joe. Matt talks all about the end to Danganronpa without spoilers and really likes how Uncharted Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is. Ben thought he was done with Fallout: New Vegas DLC until he wasn't. We also hear about Marc and Matt's first tastes of NieR: Automata and a bit of thought on Mario + Rabbids from two different Joes. Then, it's a lot of Metroid: Samus Returns as we celebrate the return to one of our favorite franchises. Naughty Dog loses a longtime employee, Nintendo doesn't want you to buy from scalpers, and a whole lot of games are on the way to 3DS and Switch. Get ready. Metallica. High five.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we go all over the place. Marc breaks the blood oath he didn't know existed when he buys Destiny 2 and becomes a sweat goblin. Matt goes back to high school to murder his classmates and get away with it in Danganronpa. Joe revives the Vita and explores the weirdness of Touch My Katamari - accidentally triggering Ben's deep hatred. Ben smelled the chicken but got shot in the neck before tasting it, and then he explores a weird TV channel in Fallout: New Vegas. We hear about keyboard and mouse support maybe coming to Xbox One, L.A. Noire's debut on Switch, the potential of Shenmue HD, and how Sonic Mania came to life.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_214.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we discuss summer. Matt returns from Boston with hot new footage of the terrific motel from last week's episode. Marc is ready for the scary season but starts listening to actual scary stories. Joe cooked a lot of bad meat but lives to tell the story. We hear about Sara is Missing and Darkwood from Marc, and how both vary on the ends of the spooky spectrum. Matt plays a lot of golf on the plane but ultimately he and Joe fall in love with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and all of its weird charm and challenge. Finally, we go deep on Suda51 and some of the Nindies Showcase, as well as uncover an interview with the mind behind Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. In the end, we say goodbye to Miiverse as we count down to its final days.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We're popping our thips. Joe, Marc, and Ben are here to talk about motels and frozen drinks from drive thru restaurants. We hear from Ben about Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and how it will influence new trends in gaming. Marc checks in with the latest in Hitman with a Hammer and our run of Sonic Generations. Joe spends a week with Final Fantasy, in so many ways, and is ready to tell you about three different games. During Show and Tell, we talk about the Secret of Mana remake, Azure Striker Gunvolt's Switch release, and Darkwood's certified spookiness.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We take down our original pig squeal video. Join Joe, Matt, and Ben to discuss the beginnings of YouTube, Manny Macchiato, playing in two bands, and the Danger Friends. We hear from Ben about Fallout: New Vegas and the PC troubles that plague Night Trap. Matt prepares for The International 8 with his Sniper and returns to find a Nightmare in Prey. Joe relives his childhood for the first time since Shovel Knight with Sonic Mania. We talk about the delay of Crackdown 3 and why that's okay and terrible altogether. Then, we learn the true fate of the Mass Effect series.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We discover the deep web. Marc returns from a roller coaster adventure and shares the stories of amusement park nightmares. Matt looks forward to a trip to Boston and recants his first encounter with a horse. Joe finds a new face to horrify the children with and is excited to play his Switch on a plane. In Now Playing, we talk about Hacknet and why it changes the way you think, Ys Origin and its low-poly love affair, and how Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow has become the go-to game on the DS. Then, we talk about cool job offers, The International 7, and indie games coming to Switch.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_210.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: Who the fuck is Amy? Join us as we discuss when and how kids should start playing video games. We debate the bad side of playing video games and what impact it can have on a child's societal behaviors. Then, we talk about the benefits of playing games growing up, and how they can better our development and sharpen our minds- as well as the lessons we learn by playing them. We hear about dads who play Rocket League and new news about Sonic Forces. Marc tells us about a new indie game on Switch called Slime-san. Joe talks about Sonic Generations and returning to the 20th anniversary title an few years later. Matt celebrates one hundred hours of MLB The Show.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: VFD

It's all about the 3DS this week as we discuss our favorite games for the console, just in time for the New Nintendo 2DS XL. Longtime listener, first time guest Ben joins us to talk about DOOM, Slayer, and FMV games that create legislature.

We talk about the Metroid amiibo content, an update to Metal Gear Solid V, cancelled SNES preorders, and the return of Night Trap.

Plus, we talk about Hitman, Splatoon 2, Prey, Friday the 13th, Dark Seed II demos, The Deed, and so much more in this packed episode.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Save this episode This week on The Free Cheese: We don't get cooked. We briefly recap what you missed from last week's episode after our hard drive failed. Then, we talk about Comic Con and why DC is doing it right (and why it's okay to like whatever you like). Marc almost escapes a room and then find out that That's You! Then, he finds our how to escape from a Resident Evil 7 bedroom. Matt meets the Old Hunters in a river of blood and then becomes a can in Prey. Joe solves puzzles in the third dimension in Picross 3D Round 2, while revisiting Bloodborne in search of a shiny trophy. We all spent the better part of the weekend in different parts of Splatoon 2 and we're here to tell you why the game is great. Finally, we wrap up by creating a list of the games that we recommend for Matt as he enters the 3DS family later this week with the launch of the New Nintendo 2DS XL.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: You can email us a new car!

We gather to share our mutual excitement for Splatoon 2 and its upcoming release. We also talk about the new Castlevania series and where we'd like to see it go.

Matt finds himself a new platinum trophy and can't play anything else. Marc tries a MOBA and thinks he likes it. Joe plays through more indie games on Switch and wants more.

We also discuss the hidden NES emulator on Switch, Platinum Games teasing, and why bad games become bad games.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: So it's come to this. Matt returns from a beach vacation with gifts of summer for Joe and Marc. He's also been busy with a recent remaster of Crash Bandicoot, while Prey looms in the distance. Marc talks about some Friday the 13th glitches and reminds us of a time when we all wanted to be detectives with Hotel Dusk: Room 215. Joe returns to the Switch to renew his commitment with the console and finds himself exploring the best of independent development on the Switch, from Mighty Gunvolt Burst to Gonner. Finally, we talk about the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition and try to temper our expectations early. We do the math so you don't have to and figure out how the $80 price tag makes perfect sense. Surprisingly, Mother 3 is only brought up three times. Or so...

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We're so close to the rooftop. After a brief check-in with 2003, Marc and Joe catch up on birthday parties at motel houses and TV shows based in the 1980s. We hear some resonating thoughts and feelings about E3, and mostly revel in the quiet times. We talk about Sega Forever, and where we hope the new initiative is going to take Sega in the future. Then, we share some excited thoughts about the new Noclip documentary about Final Fantasy XIV. Marc spent his week trying the Switch in new locations and going online with Killing Floor 2. Meanwhile, Joe finally takes the threats to the next level and starts playing Lightning Returns.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: Who would want to play that? As we begin the countdown to E3 2018, we're happy to have recovered from the E3 flu of 2017. Joe and Matt are joined by Sandeep to talk about the best and worst parts of E3 and discuss the stories being crafted by each console manufacturer. We catch up on what we've been playing recently, and we're all over the place. Sandeep has fallen back in love with pre-rendered backgrounds and polygonal sprites while traversing through Zenogears. Joe found a new type of rivalry that led to his purchase of Arms. Matt thought it was almost over but Mass Effect: Andromeda just won't quit. Finally, we talk about the impact of some of the strange things being spouted by one of PlayStation's bosses and how it seems that PlayStation is sounding too much like it did in 2005. We don't want second jobs... Save this episode

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We celebrate an anniversary. It's been two hundred episodes and almost five years. We begin the show with a little reminiscing and rediscovery of where we started and how we've grown. We briefly share what we've been playing, from Arms to Mass Effect: Andromeda, Injustice 2 and World of Warcraft. Then, the true show begins as we predict what will come of E3 2017. We first share our thoughts about what EA, Bethesda, then Ubisoft will offer up this year at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. Finally, we close the show with five predictions each on what Microsoft, PlayStation, and Nintendo will hopefully impress us with during each presentation. Thank you to everyone for listening and thank you to everyone who has helped us get to 200 episodes.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: is that a fidget spinner? We get really excited about Castlevania making its debut on Netflix later this summer, while trying to figure out when Kingdom Hearts III is coming out. Matt climbs the ranks to rookie in Dota 2 while Joe calls it quits. Matt also learns how to hack computers in Hacknet. Marc gets violent with Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers and then trains Magikarps to jump. Joe tries out ARMS and sees what strategy lies within the Nintendo fighter.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Save this episode This week on The Free Cheese: we beat up superheroes. We recap the latest Nintendo Direct, detailing ARMS and a look into the Splatoon 2 single player. We also talk a bit about Devolver joining the E3 press conference game. Matt loses a few times but still remains dedicated to Dota 2. Marc really hates Digimon World: Next Order but loves Odinsphere a lot. Joe returns from a small island vacation to find out how Injustice 2's story mode is turning out and what gear means in a fighting game.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_198.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: It's Okay. We gather again to discuss rapping rabbits, Square Enix's dismissal of IO, and an uncovered Sonic the Hedgehog skateboarding game. Joe goes mobile with Injustice 2 and finds himself back inside of Metroid: Other M again. Matt is enjoying Mass Effect: Andromeda, especially how it ties into a companion app. Marc finally gets his license and goes for a ride in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. For some reason, Matt and Joe started playing DOTA 2, and we're not sure what that means just yet...
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_197.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we get high. We talk about DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Bomberman R and why one is easier to swallow than the other. We also discuss an all but confirmed Mario RPG coming later this year. Marc kills a bunch of anthropomorphic rats in Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide and then spends weeks playing the Switch. Exploring the depths of the eShop, Marc discovers the hidden gems hiding between major Nintendo releases; everything from Mr. Shifty to Kamiko and Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap. Matt grows weed in potential mobile game of the year, Wiz Khalifa's Weed Farm- at least when he's not carving out first place on his thirtieth consecutive race on Baby Park in Mario Kart 8. Finally, all of the high resolution stages in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have Joe wishing for new Nintendo games on Switch, leading him to revisit Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS. Joe completed each true ending to NieR: Automata and is left with a lot more to consider.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We get all fiscal and what not. Joe and Matt play enough Puyo Puyo Tetris to establish its firm lock as Nintendo Switch game of the year. Then, enough Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to also confirm it as Nintendo Switch game of the year. NieR: Automata continues to impress Joe as he plays through it for the third time and opens up what is essentially a sequel to the game hidden within the game itself. Matt finds an end to his master quest but is yet to truly walk away from the other Nintendo Switch game of the year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Then, he goes online with MLB The Show 17 and trades baseball cards with strangers. Finally, we talk about Nintendo's recent fiscal year earnings report and what the projection for the next year looks like. This episode includes one conversation about the New Nintendo 2DS XL.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on the Free Cheese: we design a 16-bit console for Christmas. Matt plays Hearthstone again. He also screams at a hockey game and makes a return to Breath of the Wild. Sandeep accidentally bought a PlayStation VR for Resident Evil 7, but finds the immersion too dizzying to continue. Joe beat NieR: Automata 3 out of 26 times and fell completely in love with the ever-evolving story. Together, we discuss the discontinuation of the NES Classic along with the new rumors that a SNES Classic is on the way. One by one, we list our picks for which games we'd like to see.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: Yes. No. Maybe. I Don't Know. Could you repeat the question? There was a new Nintendo Direct! We recap what Nintendo announced, including release dates for ARMS and Splatoon 2, as well as the surprises along the way. We talk about the approach to the Nintendo Switch launch window and how surprisingly smooth it appears to be going. Joe tries out Drawn to Death but is not good at it. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of a Super Nintendo renaissance on the 3DS, with A Link to the Past and Super Mario World. Marc plays 1-2-Switch with his mom and loses in Quick Draw. A little more Breath of the Wild and a little more Snipperclips are still no replacement to Yooka-Laylee, which Marc couldn't play... Matt goes for Ganon after realizing the need to complete the game. Between playoff games, he's busy playing cards again.
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Save this episode This week on The Free Cheese: Taco Bell for Breakfast?! We go to the flea market and get old video games. Marc dances on the toilet and says that Blaster Master Zero is better than it looks. Matt does a terrible thing but learns how to automate MLB The Show 17. Joe struggles to find something to play other than Breath of the Wild, and we can all agree on that. We discuss alpaca farms, M2, independent development on the Nintendo Switch, and anime malware. We ask, "Where is the Virtual Console?" Finally, we talk about the Video Game History Foundation and some of the rad things that have surfaced this week.
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This week on The Free Cheese: We cry at the Wonder Woman theme.

Joe, Matt, and Marc gather around to discuss Rocket League on Switch, Ryan Reynolds, Canada, and something called "baseball." We learn about where our species comes from and why our opinions on movies matter- or don't matter- who cares?

Marc continues through some of The Legend of Zelda:Breath of the Wild and shares his thoughts on a new deal at Taco Bell. He also details the process behind the creation of our latest cover story.

Joe finds aliens in NieR: Automata... kind of... and after returning to a little bit of Breath of the Wild finds himself with a copy of A Link to the Past on his 3DS.

Matt begins his adventure in Mass Effect: Andromeda and sees how different this world is from the previous games. After trying to make a new planet, he brings it local with some hometown excitement for America's favorite pastime.

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This week on The Free Cheese: Snoop Dogg smokes Battlefield!

Matt cracks open a celebratory can to commemorate another shiny, platinum trophy. Then, he goes downtown to the hot spot and he won't stop playing Rocket League Dropshot.

Marc prepares himself for battle as he approaches the second divine beast in Breath of the Wild, but he's come up with a fantastic new idea for a Zelda RTS.

Joe blows the pants off of 2B in NieR: Automata and questions what it is to be a human. He also rides the emotional rollercoaster that is Let It Die once more before taking another little hiatus.

We talk about the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event and we learn about year over year loss and how it leads to stores closing. Then, we talk about Bloodstained on Switch and Yooka-Laylee 64 cartridges.We discuss the rumors of a new PS4 model, why it should be a Vita successor and what it all means for E3.

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This week on The Free Cheese: Die, spider, die!

Marc returns to share tales of Hyrule as he and Joe reminisce on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Marc just finished the first temple and Joe, well, finished a bit more...

Matt spent thirty hours playing side missions but somehow managed to uncover the next beats of the story in Horizon: Zero Dawn as he finds out a little more about the title of the game.

We also share stories of the blizzard, fun with cars, Sonic the Hedgehog excitement, and teach you how to throw batteries.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_189.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese: and then there were two.

Matt and Joe discuss snowstorms, grocery shopping, and weird movies about dentists. We celebrate having a car and the ability to get haircuts anytime we want to.

Matt learns a little more about the backstory in Horizon: Zero Dawn, while losing himself to the wild lands. Then, he tries to convince Joe on why Disc Jam is the next Rocket League. Spoilers: it worked.

Joe makes his way through the third temple in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, continually impressed with the game. He also finishes Specter of Torment, the latest in the Shovel Knight series.

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This week on The Free Cheese: We get lost in Hyrule.

The Nintendo Switch is finally in our hands. We've spent the entire weekend playing and have stories to share.

First, we catch up with Marc and River City Ransom: Underground, and then Matt tells us about the land after time in Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Matt and Joe share the tale of camping outside for six hours to get their hands on the Switch, while Marc shares the woes of 8-player Bomberman.

We talk about our first impressions of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Super Bomberman R, Fast Racing RMX, and 1-2-Switch!

Finally, we close out the show with some broad discussion (and spoiler-free) of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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This week on The Free Cheese: we show some love to the Vita.

Matt is counting down the seconds until Horizon: Zero Dawn while Marc and Joe hold fingers in their ears and look toward Friday's release of the Nintendo Switch.

We hear how Marc attempts a loose speedrun of a neon murder nightmare and how the Final Fantasy 30th anniversary has its hooks in both Matt and Joe- six, seven, maybe ten different ways...

We talk about our favorite games on the PlayStation Vita as it celebrates its fifth year in our lives.

Finally, we know that the Switch is next for Nintendo, but what's NEXT for Nintendo?

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This week on The Free Cheese: Marc becomes February.

After only a few short months, Matt has earned the platinum trophy in Bloodborne. Without the desire to play anything else, he struggles to find something to play, bouncing from Rocket League to his seventh attempt at Final Fantasy VII.

Together, he and Joe wander the wasteland in Gunman Taco Truck and take control of PlayStation's finest in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, while Marc gets his head stuck in Gang Beasts.

Marc plays Ultimate Chicken Horse with some friends and later brings the end to Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows.

We discuss a recent interview with Miyamoto, the changes coming to PlayStation Now, and a recently published PlayStation patent that switches things up a bit...

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This week on The Free Cheese: We get a Reggie-back ride.

Marc and Joe went to a Nintendo event and played the Nintendo Switch. Matt asks a series of lightning round questions regarding the Switch, the games, and the event. We tell you everything we experienced in full graphic detail.

We also hear the stories of Final Fantasy XV glitches that leave us able to wander through a frozen moment in time, why Bloodborne is better the second time around, and how Resident Evil 7 can only be played in VR.

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This week on The Free Cheese: We meet our biggest, like, fan.

Joe, Marc, and Dashe are here to share all of the details on how many orbs it takes to get your favorite hero in Fire Emblem Heroes. Make no butts about it, we love NieR: Automata.

Joe finds Michelle Pfieffer's claws in Let It Die as he passes the twentieth floor. Dashe dresses his character up in new outfits as he murders demons in Tales of Berseria. Marc visits Y'ALL MART on his way north in Death Road to Canada.

Finally, we talk about the absolutely abhorrent nonsense that plagues GameStop employees this week, curious to see what will come next.

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This week on The Free Cheese: Dead I am the one, exterminating son.

Gather round as Marc tells the tales of Resident Evil 7 in virtual reality, detailing his harrowing escape from the clutches of death.

Matt finds a new nightmare in Bloodborne and hasn't decided if it's time to try to defeat it or remain hiding.

Joe runs in circles for a while until finding new escalators in Let It Die, but still can't find the right stuff for new weapons.

We talk about the Nintendo Switch specifications and developer thoughts, as well as some new information about Splatoon 2. We close it out with a check into the state of the internet and how everything has become g a r b a g e.

 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_182.mp3
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