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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.
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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.
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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: it's our five year anniversary. To celebrate, we hear from Mariah Carey and share our chicken wing recipes. Matt and Joe share updates from Destiny 2 and what it's like to complete a Nightfall Strike. Matt takes control of enemy orcs in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Marc and Ben type their way to adventure with Stories Untold. Marc explores his nightmares in a MarcGame™ called Faith and grows his bond with digital monsters. Ben has a taste of chicken and kills a really, really big thing. We hear the results of the great Vampire/Werewolf war and find out if loot boxes are gambling. Then, to close us out, we prepare our trip to Japan for the greatest collaboration between two worlds in this century.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: It's basically the 1930s. Matt and Joe played a lot of a little bit of Cuphead and are completely in love with its presentation and gameplay. We also played a lot more Destiny 2 and feel good about preparing for the raid. Joe remembers games that he doesn't like to play while Matt finds his new go-to Switch game. Hear some thoughts on the PAX demo of Shovel Knight: King of Cards and how Yacht Club Games is shaping up to make yet another great entry in its Shovel Knight series. We learn about the departure of PlayStation heads and the revival of twelve-year-old multiplayer servers. Then, we talk briefly about the movies and what we can expect to see coming down the pipeline. All that and more on this video game podcast about video games.
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This week on The Free Cheese, can we go out and kill tonight? It's October and everything is perfect. In a weird turn of events, we talk about Destiny 2 - a lot of Destiny 2 - as Joe and Matt begin their journey. Matt plays a bit of Golf Story and finds it more charming than expected. He's also seen Ending A of NieR: Automata and lived to tell about it. Marc goes in deep with the Nonary games, finding every possible ending and still looking for secrets within. Ben gets stuck in Metroid and we try to help him out, but really he's just loving Fallout: New Vegas. We talk a little bit about the SNES Classic and some developer interviews that coincided with its release. Then, we dive into the future of the internet and what the years ahead have in store for more than just how we play video games.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we find the weirdest mascot. Joe has been playing more Let It Die for the first time in a while, finding excitement on the twenty-third floor and hunting through the depths of SR-388 in Metroid: Samus Returns. Marc goes full Marc as he discovers his Game of the Year, Fight'N Rage, and he finally starts 999. Matt catches up with NieR: Automata's robot party and then tries out a new position in NHL. We talk about the actual, real way that PlayStation and Xbox players can actually play together -- and how Microsoft boss says that it's cool. We throw back a little to the Mario 128 demo that debuted with the GameCube. Then, we close it up with a look at Rare and its fifteen years under Microsoft's arm.
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Category:general -- 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.
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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.
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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

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:18am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

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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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.
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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...
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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.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_194.mp3
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.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_193.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_192.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_191.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_190.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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

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.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_188.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_187.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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?

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_186.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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...

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_185.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_184.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_183.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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.


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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: Marc kills Callie.

We return to the basics with our regularly scheduled Now Playing. Marc returns to Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, Matt finds weird things in Bloodborne, and Joe defeats a man with nails for a beard in Let It Die.

During Show and Tell, we talk about the latest Nintendo Direct, all about Fire Emblem.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_181.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We get all Switched up on our way to New Donk City.

Marc spent his last week running through the random games installed on his 3DS while Matt edged his way through another nightmare section in Bloodborne. Joe thinks he finally understands Let It Die as he makes it a few floors higher and discovers the Jackals.

After the break, we delve into the entire Nintendo Switch Presentation and react to what Nintendo showed off on January 12. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_180.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We go to McDonald's five years ago.

Joe starts us off with a tale from a New York trip several years back and we listen to a woman eat ice cream.

We spent some time in the last week playing Diablo III, Bloodborne, and Frog Fractions, and yes, we're pretty sure it's 2017.

Lastly, we make predictions about the upcoming Nintendo Switch presentation.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_179.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:54am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we know what happens next.

Joe, Marc, and Matt gather in the new year to talk about what is going to happen over the next twelve months. We, along with some friends, make five predictions each about the world of video games in the year 2017.

Since we last met, Matt finally entered the world of Bloodborne and began to learn what makes it so great. Marc served drinks and lived in the future, convincing us all to buy VA-11 HALL-A. Joe gets back to the basics with Street Fighter V.

We recommend some games to purchase in the final moments of the Steam Winter Sale, and share some plans for The Free Cheese in 2017.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_178.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT