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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

Save this episode This week on The Free Cheese: We survived E3, maybe... During the aftermath of the annual video game show, we recall our predictions and see who was the worst at guessing what would happen. We also give some more thought to what we watched unfold from Microsoft, PlayStation, and Nintendo over the last few days. Marc played a lot of Friday the 13th, learning how to become Jason's mom and work with his friends to steal a car. Matt doesn't like Mass Effect: Andromeda, but he's determined to finish it so that he can dive into Prey. Joe got the itch for more Final Fantasy and has been dancing to the beat with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call while he waits for Lightning Returns to arrive.
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Save this episode Nintendo detailed some plans for 2017 and beyond in its Spotlight presentation earlier today and we're pretty excited with what was shown. Super Mario Odyssey looks like a weird 3D Mario game that we've been waiting for, while the expansion for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild seems to bring new life into the game after we've moved forward from it. The announcement of Rocket League coming to Nintendo Switch has Matt throwing his credit card once again as Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle had before. Finally, we got a taste into the further future with peeks at gameplay for both Kirby and Yoshi and Nintendo stopped our hearts with a single Metroid Prime 4 logo.
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Save this episode The Year of Dreams becomes the Year of Realities as PlayStation showcases seventeen experiences for E3 2017. We gather after the showcase to discuss Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Horizon: Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds, along with some of the other games coming to PlayStation in 2017. Additionally, we look with PlayStation at what is coming in 2018, and how a lot of the press conference detailed what we can expect in the first half of 2018. We walked away feeling pretty good about what was shown off, but we argue a bit about whether or not we were truly impressed with the show.
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Save this episode Bang bang motherfuckers. Ubisoft took to the stage and fully revealed Mario + Rabbids: Battle Kingdom and it is certainly a game that has piqued our interest. During its E3 2017 conference, the French company also revealed Beyond Good and Evil 2. We saw a little bit of The Crew 2, Assassin's Creed: Origins, and an Olympic tie-in to Steep. We also saw the debut of Skull & Bones, a new naval combat game, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Ubisoft's new toys-to-life game coming next year.
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Save this episode Our very own hometown heroes, Bethesda held its E3 2017 Showcase to detail upcoming games we can expect to play later this year. We were treated to new details on amiibo support for Skyrim on Nintendo Switch, DOOM VFR, Fallout 4 VR, and Quake Champions. We then witnessed the debut of The Evil Within 2, set to launch on October 13th and hopefully terrify us before Halloween. Finally, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus closed the show with a terrifying look into an alternate America.
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Microsoft takes to the stage during E3 2017 to reveal the Xbox One X. Along with the new console, backwards compatibility, Bioware's Anthem, Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, and a whole lot more are talked about. Here, we react to the console itself, its $499 price point, and the reveal when compared to previous console reveals.
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E3 2017 has begun. EA opened the festivities with a press conference showcasing its upcoming games and it left us a little underwhelmed. We recap what the company had to show off and share a little bit about how we felt. Please stop making NBA Live. Thanks, The Free Cheese.
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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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