The Free Cheese

This week on The Free Cheese: Marc hates ocarinas.

In anticipation for the third annual PlayStation Experience, we make five predictions (or wishes) for what we expect to see from Sony's fan event.

Joe continued in Fire Emblem Fates, and for some reason started working out with a four-year-old game. Marc beat DOOM and revisited Red Dead Revolver. Matt tested a bunch of game of the year contenders and continued Telltale's Batman in its fourth episode. Marc and Joe share some thoughts on the Final Fantasy XV demo and prepare themselves for the game's release.

We bring our month of Secrets and celebration of The Legend of Zelda's 30th anniversary to a close with a conversation about Skyward Sword, the timeline, and our favorite moments in the franchise history.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_174.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: Wii remember...

Join us this week as we look back on ten years of the PS3 and the Wii, recalling the stories of cold nights waiting in line outside of big box retailers.

We talk a lot about DOOM and why it's one of the best games we've played this year. Matt tells us more about his hockey league in NHL 17. Marc finds a new JRPG from SEGA called 7th Dragon III: VFD that he's fallen in love with and plays a game filled with penises. Joe continues the story in Fire Emblem Fates and chooses a side to fight for in the great war between two families.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_173.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we say goodbye to a friend.

Gather around as Marc and Joe talk about what it is to be human, and other lessons we've learned from video games. 

We were unable to procure our own NES Classic Editions, so we came together to make our own. We also have some stories from friends who were out on the hunt for Nintendo's new toy.

Joe awakens from one nightmare only to discover another one inside of Marc's Miitomo room. Marc goes walking through The Beginner's Guide and finds himself truly heartfelt after playing That Dragon, Cancer. Joe finds himself torn between two families at war in Fire Emblem Fates.

As Nintendo announces the end of production for the Wii U, we talk about our favorite features and uses of the system in addition to our favorite games on the platform.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_172.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we want more free stuff.

We share everything we know about the latest update in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and how we feel about the changes added to the game after three years.

Marc forgets who he is and becomes a clerk as he falls (literally) into the world of Job Simulator. He takes the simulation thing to the next level and plays some puzzles to date girls in Huniepop, and then murders things in the bloody beat-em-up Mother Russia Bleeds.

Matt plays a little bit of NHL 17 but mostly runs on the walls in Titanfall 2 and has way too much fun grappling and gunning and laughing his way through the multiplayer modes.

Joe struggles to play three JRPGs at once so instead sees what happens when you scan amiibo figures into Animal Crossing: New Leaf. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_171.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we'll provide copies on release day!

We bring our month of monsters to a close with a conversation about Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, our pick for this month's game club.

Matt continues to love Batman: The Telltale Series in the latest episode release and tries the latest in first-person shooter offerings, Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. Marc goes to the eShop and brings back Pirate Pop Plus and Gotta Protectors, the latter is the latest from the developers of Streets of Rage 2. Joe goes to hell and doesn't want to leave thanks to the latest DOOM released earlier this year, but finds himself back in  high school in Persona 4.

We try to guess what Nintendo is announcing at the Japanese Animal Crossing Direct, wonder what a new Final Fantasy on mobile looks like, and why Marc fell suddenly in love with Pokémon Sun and Moon.

As companies begin to withhold review copies from media outlets, we discuss what this means for the future of games media and for our purchases. We talk about which companies are already taking steps to control messaging and what we care about in a game review.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_170.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT