Every week on The Free Cheese Podcast, we begin with a segment called Now Playing where we talk about the games that we’ve been spending time with. In this article, we’re bringing a bit of that conversation to the written word because it isn’t dead yet.

We’ll share what we’ve been playing and we encourage you to ask questions or share your own thoughts on what you’ve been playing in the comments.

 I finally beat Mass Effect: Andromeda this week. I’m not going to go into much detail, as I will have a review posting at some point and I’ve talked about it enough on the podcast the past few weeks. Beating the game has freed my gaming time and I have moved on to something that has some real potential to be great. I’m happy to say that I’m finally playing Prey.

I’m not far at all in the game. I don’t even think I’ve beaten the hour demo portion of the game that was put out to the public. However, I can already feel this game putting its hooks into me. I don’t like spiders and things of that nature but the mimics aren’t bothering me as much as I thought they would. The game is going for an uneasy feeling more so a horror feeling so far and that is a pleasant direction. It has this Bioshock feeling of desolation and emptiness, but you aren’t ever alone when it comes to the enemy. The fact the mimics can transform with anything in the world creates a sense of fear in the player and I find myself hitting everything with a wrench never knowing where one is. Prey is going to be a game I find myself getting lost in and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

 Recently, I went with some friends to celebrate a birthday at a summer house with an amazing water front. There’s not much reception there nor any wifi so we decided play the Switch.

Sitting on the floor up close to a small tv, we played just about every mode in Arms as well as Puyo Puyo Tetris. I switched to handheld mode for the three of us to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. On the ride home I decided to play Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers with my friend. We didn’t have a proper mount for the Switch so we just had it sitting on top of a lump of covers and pillows while rested against the back of the driver’s seat. It worked.

I got to utilize the Switch in just about every way Nintendo allows for in a small amount of time and it was perfect.

Next stop: rooftop party.

After a week of bad scheduling and an inability to play many games, I finally spent some time playing this week. Primarily, I’ve sunk myself into Wolfenstein: The New Order, after it went on sale following the announcement of its sequel.

Spawning from id Software, this was at first getting my hopes up for something more like DOOM. However, Wolfenstein: The New Order takes a different pace and focuses more on a solid story as foundation with shooting segments acting as puzzles to solve. Every moment of combat is laid out within an area, each equipped with places to hide, cover, discover secrets, and leave yourself vulnerable. Finding the right combination of these things will grant success in the end.

I don’t play many first-person shooters anymore but Wolfenstein has been reminding me why I should. I’m usually not great at combat in these games but there is a solid variety of weapons that are easy to use from the hip that give you a nifty little red-colored reticle when you are lined up for murder. It makes it easy for me to feel empowered in a genre where I normally flounder.

I’m just about at the end of the game at this point. I won’t say where specifically, because this game- well, this game goes places. I think that if you’re like me and have yet to grab a copy of the game, now is the time. Dive in and get ready for the sequel in October.

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Joe is the creator of The Free Cheese. He eats a lot of pizza and takes thousands of pictures of his pugs Oswald and Earl every day. He has a disorder that causes him to believe that he is Batman and his favorite video game is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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