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.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.
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.