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.

Over the course of the last two weeks, I haven’t played much outside of what we’ve been recording for the website. It’s been one of those months out of the year where games escape me a bit and I focus more on other forms of media that I’ve neglected. In the last week, I’ve quickly watched the first two seasons of the tv show Mr. Robot. I’ve spent a lot of my free time reading and watching other video game content- primarily the stuff that I’ve been putting off. There’s a lot of really great content coming out of Retronauts these days, now that it’s become a full-fledged project that founder Jeremy Parish is dedicating time to. It’s been neat to watch weird things like his Carto-graphy streams, where he maps out classic games on graph paper like it’s the mid 1980s.

The one thing I’ve really spent some time with, between playing and editing the videos is Sonic Generations. Marc and I have been playing it a bunch and in doing so, I’ve been again reengaged with Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s fortunate for me that we’re just a few days away from the release of Sonic Mania, because I’ve been itching to play a classic Sonic game again. I’ve jumped into a few levels of Sonic 2 and Sonic 3, but I haven’t been able to get truly immersed. I’m really looking forward to what next week brings with a brand new 2D game to explore.

 Once again this week, I haven’t played much. The console I played the most in recent weeks has been my (here we go) New Nintendo 2DS XL. This week has been a lot of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow. This was a Marc™ recommendation on the podcast and he was right on the money telling me to play this game.

In the last nine months I have discovered how good Castlevania games are. There is nothing to me like watching a map become uncovered as I travel through the various sections of the castle. Dawn of Sorrow only adds to this by putting the map on the top screen. I can literally see the map reveal itself as I play. My OCD is really kicking in with this game and I fully plan for this to be a game I see until completion.

This game follows the Symphony of the Night trend of including RPG elements inside of a metroidvania. I’m really digging its style and the setting of Castlevania games really put their hooks in me. As much as I’m enjoying my time with the game right now, I can’t help but be really excited for my first true side-scrolling experience with a Metroid game when Samus Returns releases next month. I’m excited to see the Metroid side of the metroidvania.

While I didn’t spend much time playing this week, I do need to stop typing so I can focus my attention back to where I’ve been focusing most of my attention this week in the tournament of tournaments: The International 7.

Posted by Joe Dix

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.

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