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Checkpoint Chat

By Checkpoint Chat
Checkpoint Chat is an invitation to an all new gaming conversation. Hosted by seasoned writers Alessandro Barbosa (Gamespot, Critical Hit) and Matthew Figueira (Critical Hit), indulge yourself in discussion about games being played right now, weekly news and conversations with you, a listener.
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Episode 128 - Poggers Mood
Checkpoint Chat is BACK and bursting at the seams to discuss all the holiday gaming goodness, including Ghost of Tsushima, Cyberpunk 2077, and, of course, more Bloodborne. Also, what happened to the Poggers dude? LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
January 11, 2021
Episode 127 - GOTY 2020
It's the final episode of the year so let's celebrate with our top games from 2020, including Hades, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Half-Life Alyx, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more!
December 14, 2020
Episode 126 - Dangerous Squid Heads
This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about PlayStation exclusives again with Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls all wrapped up. Then with the Game Awards on the horizon, which nominees are going to take home the Keighley gold? LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
December 7, 2020
Animal Crossing's Most PAWTASTIC Island! - New Horizons Island Tour
In this special episode of Checkpoint Chat, we speak to Michaela Bussey, a dedicated Animal Crossing New Horizons player who has carefully curated a collection of cat and dog villagers and designed her island beautifully around them. How tough is it getting the villagers you want, and how does the community help out? All that and more in this special interview! To see more, be sure to follow Michaela on Instagram: Thanks to Nintendo South Africa for sponsoring this interview, and to Michaela for being such a welcoming host. Check out the Nintendo South Africa Discord for more: FULL TOUR ON YOUTUBE: MORE CHECKPOINT CHAT:
November 26, 2020
Episode 125 - Fleetwood Chat
This week on a fleet-free Checkpoint Chat, it's still the season of the PS5 as Matty waxes lyrical about Demon's Souls, Astro's Playroom, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and more. Sandy is just glad that thing is still quiet. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
November 23, 2020
Episode 124 - PS5's Good, Very Good, And Just A Little Ugly
This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about Sony's PlayStation 5! Demon's Souls! Astro's Playroom! Cold War! No cold storage! It's all here on your primer for the big PS5 launch this November. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
November 17, 2020
Episode 123 - Mom's Spaghetti
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty grab their drinking horns and dive head-first into Assassin's Creed Valhalla. There's also ALL THE NEWS on PS5 and Xbox Series X reviews as launch day approaches. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
November 9, 2020
Episode 122 - Give Me The Club, Boy
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy grabs some fish 'n chips in Watch Dogs: Legion, Matty murders thousands of Bokoblins in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and the pair discuss a busy week for Cyberpunk 2077 and PS5. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
November 4, 2020
The Spookiest Animal Crossing Island! - New Horizons Island Tour
In this special episode of Checkpoint Chat, we speak to Jacky, an ultra-talented Animal Crossing New Horizons player who has designed a gorgeous Halloween-themed island. What sort of work goes into this? How welcoming has the South African community been? All that and more in this special interview! Thanks to Nintendo South Africa for sponsoring this interview, and to Jacky for being such a welcoming host. Check out the Nintendo South Africa Discord for more: FULL TOUR ON YOUTUBE: MORE CHECKPOINT CHAT:
October 31, 2020
Episode 121 - Raw Moisture
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy is a hazardous wizard in spell-casting roguelite Noita, Matty rekindles his love for Super Mario Galaxy, and the pair discuss the big changes to the PlayStation 5's UI. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
October 19, 2020
Episode 120 - Perfectly Splendid
This week in Checkpoint Chat, the Hades bug has bitten Matty as he hops between that and spooky multiplayer game Phasmophobia. Sandy explores the memories of the dead in I Am Dead, while the pair discuss just how THICC the PS5 is. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
October 12, 2020
Episode 119 - Messing With Fludd
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty gets wet with Super Mario Sunshine, Sandy has finally escaped hell in Hades, and the pair discuss the jarring change to Peter Parker in Marvel's Spider-Man. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
October 5, 2020
Episode 118 - Little Digital Miracles
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty is engrossed with Mario old and new, finishing Paper Mario: The Origami King and diving into Mario 64. Sandy is preoccupied with escaping Hell in Hades, and the pair discuss the HUGE news of Microsoft purchasing Bethesda. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
September 28, 2020
Episode 117 - Red Molly Yellow Molly
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matthew teaches you how to lie with all of his experience in Among Us, while Sandy desperately tries to escape hell in Hades. Also, How aggressive is that PS5 pricing? Damn!  LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube:  See our official website:
September 21, 2020
Episode 116 - Millennials, Assemble
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty and Sandy suit-up in Marvel's Avengers, Sandy finds comfort in Minecraft Dungeons, and Matty has finally finished Spider-Man. Also, we FINALLY have some next-gen console prices! LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
September 14, 2020
Episode 115 - Meow Mario
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy checks in with cozy puzzler The Last Campfire and relaxing management sim Spiritfarer, while Matty shreds nostalgia with Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 Remaster. Plus, Mario is having a birthday! LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
September 7, 2020
Episode 114 - Batty Family
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy goes fast in Project Cars 3, Matty has claimed glory as one of a few players to ever finish PogoStuck, and the pair break down the long and exciting opening to Gamescom. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
August 31, 2020
Episode 113 - 2 Goose 2 Furious
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy finds solace in ferrying the dead in Spiritfarer, while Matty is back on his Spider-Man bullshit while making good progress in Pogostuck.  LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
August 24, 2020
Episode 112 - Hairy Pluto
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty has a glowing review for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice while pulling his hair out over Pogostuck. Sandy is exploring Mass Effect Andromeda and getting his feet wet with Final Fantasy XIV. Also, HALO INFINITE GOT DELAYED? LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
August 17, 2020
Episode 111 - Sausage Champion
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty waddle to victory in Fall Guys. Sandy checks in on Horizon Zero Dawn's disappointing PC port, while Matty is pleasantly surprised by his time with the Avengers Beta, LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: See our official website:
August 10, 2020
Episode 110 - Super Lit Thistles
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty share their stories of surviving giant spiders in Grounded, and how great the Obsidian game is already. Matty checks in with Hellblade and Paper Mario, while Sandy is revisiting Halo 2 and punching some grunts, Check out our YouTube page to LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE if you want: Also see our official website:
August 3, 2020
Episode 109 - Kung-Fu Teddy Bear
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy lives out a horror fantasy with Carrion, while Matty checks in with a martial arts teddy bear in Pokemon: Isle of Armor, deceives some friends in Unfortunate Spacemen, and stretches his arms with Min-Min in Super Smash Bros. The pair also dive deep into that uneven Xbox Games Showcase. Follow and rate us on Spotify: Follow us and subscribe to our Youtube channel:
July 27, 2020
Episode 108 - Jam Corgis
This week on Checkoint Chat, Sandy and Matty dive into the virtual world of Hyper Scape and continue to be impressed by Trackmania. Sandy has some words on the disappointing Rocket Arena, and Matty is back on that Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon grind. Check us out on YouTube! Like, subscribe, and enjoy: Give us a rating on Spotify! It helps us reach more listeners:
July 20, 2020
Episode 107 - Rock Out With Your Lute Out
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty finally gets to talk about Ghost of Tsushima, from its engrossing open-world to riveting combat. Sandy checks in briefly on Bloodborne again, and the pair are hooked on the new Trackmania. Never travel without your lute.
July 14, 2020
Episode 106 - Big Cog
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy is speedy with his new addiction to Trackmania, while also working through Bloodborne again. Matty is playing a certain samurai game, but can only talk about Xenoblade Chronicles. Where do you get your post-apocalyptic protein?
July 6, 2020
Episode 105 - Googly-Eyed Octopus
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty have a long, spoiler-filled chat about The Last of Us Part 2 (00:09:00 - 01:00:00), the pair discuss the demise of Microsoft's Mixer, and we're finally getting a sequel to Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped? 
June 29, 2020
Episode 104 - So Sassy
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty dive deep into The Last of Us Part 2 (no spoilers), before briefly touching on Valorant, Bloodborne and Pokémon Sword and Shield.  (The Last of Us Part 2 discussion ends at 55 minutes)
June 22, 2020
Episode 103 - Hey Look, It's A PlayStation 5
This week on Checkpoint Chat, it's all about the PlayStation 5 as Sandy and Matty round-up all the new game reveals from the not-E3 event. Matty checks in with Xenoblade Chronicles too, while Sandy briefly touches on his time with The Last of Us Part 2. It's definitely not a console for ants.
June 15, 2020
Episode 102 - Swinging A Cat
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy is finishing off his time with Assassin's Creed Origins in Sinai, Matty chases that Final Fantasy VII Remake platinum while starting with Xenoblade Chronicles, and the pair discuss a very different looking June schedule.
June 8, 2020
Episode 101 - Dalmatians
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty round out their thoughts on Crucible, Matty is chasing a Final Fantasy VII Remake platinum, and the pair dive deep into all that Sony and PS5 news. Blaf, blaf.
June 1, 2020
Episode 100 - Centenary Chatters
On this, the 100th episode of Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty celebrate the milestone with chats about good and bad multiplayer shooters, namely Left4Dead 2 and Amazon's Crucible. The pair then have exciting announcements about the podcast's future on YouTube and the new Checkpoint Chat website.
May 25, 2020
Episode 99 - Airborne Hacker
This week on Checkpoint Chat, it's a spoiler-free gushing over the endings of Half-Life: Alyx and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, after which Sandy talks about his love for Assassin's Creed Origins and Matty encounters a hacker in The Forest.
May 18, 2020
Episode 98 - The Armsy Strikes Back
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy is getting closer to unravelling the secrets of Half-Life: Alyx, Matty gets to hug an Armsy in The Forest, and the pair are pretty much done with Predator: Hunting Grounds. Stay home. Stay safe.
May 11, 2020
Episode 97 - Mud Up
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy has the wasteland blues after his time with Fallout 76, Matty is still in love with Final Fantasy VII Remake, and the pair try their hand at hunting a Predator in Predator: Hunting Grounds. Stay home. Stay safe.
May 5, 2020
Episode 96 - My Favourite Bush
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty get excited about bushes in Animal Crossing, Matty has slain the demons of DOOM Eternal and lived to tell the tale, and Sandy isn't having a great time in Fallout 76. Stay home. Stay safe.
April 27, 2020
Episode 95 - That DOOT Guy
This week on a technically challenging Checkpoint Chat, Matty has razed hell and finished DOOM Eternal, Sandy is getting nostalgic with Half-Life 2 and Midgar is still calling in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Stay home. Stay Safe.
April 20, 2020
Episode 94 - Reactor Lockdown
As the lockdown continues so do the games, as this week on Checkpoint Chat Matty has his first taste of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Sandy returns to City 17 in Half-Life 2 and the pair do a 180 on Resident Evil 3 Remake, a game they both love now. Stay home. Stay safe.
April 13, 2020
Episode 93 - Nemesis of the Month
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty escape isolation with a trip to Raccoon City in Resident Evil 3, the pair gush even more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and are you the best person for the job in Nintendo's Good Job!? Stay. At. Home
April 6, 2020
Episode 92 - Lockdown Ludo
On the first remotely-recorded episode of Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty discuss lockdown and the games keeping them entertained, including DOOM Eternal, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps.  We're here to keep you entertained in isolation.
March 30, 2020
Episode 91 - Nemesis Visited My Island
This week on a socially distanced Checkpoint Chat, Sandy starts his second job managing an island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, while Matty gets chased by Nemesis in Resident Evil 3 Remake's Demo. The pair also have THOUGHTS on Call of Duty: Warzone. Stay safe and elbow bump.
March 23, 2020
Episode 90 - Zucchini Hill Zone
As Checkpoint Chat inches closer to one hundred, Sandy is dropping all over the place in Call of Duty: Warzone and finally getting to Symphony of the Night, while Matty is in love with Ori and the Will of the Wisps.  Fuck that tree.
March 16, 2020
Episode 89 - Dreamy Cloud
This week in Checkpoint Chat, news games are a thing again as Sandy checks out Black Mesa and dives back into the loot grind of The Division 2, while Matty is enamoured with Undertale and the pair gush over how amazing the Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo is.
March 9, 2020
Episode 88 - Wet Rival
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty shares his disappointment with his Pokemon Shield rival, but celebrates all the friends he made along the way. In Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, Sandy made no friends, and is pretty happy to be done with it. Always be the best rival you can be. Punch a pal.
March 2, 2020
Episode 87 - MotherMeower
This week on an intimate Checkpoint Chat, Matty recounts all of his deaths now that he's bested Dark Souls III, while Sandy is still loving and hating Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem in equal helpings. Censor all the swears with a meow.
February 24, 2020
Episode 86 - Swindled Over Monster
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty is cleaning house in Pokemon Shield and reaching the end of his Dark Souls III run, while Sandy has dived back into Dead Cells and check out you new Diablo fix, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem. Also buy two Monsters. Always.
February 17, 2020
Episode 85 - Underage Ice-Cream Eating
Checkpoint Chat is back after a short sabbatical, but most of the games are the same. Sandy is still chipping away at Celeste while taking time to be a tablet ninja in Kunai, while Matty is getting good at Dark Souls III with some occasional breaks for Pokemon Shield. If you're under 18, you can't have ice-cream. Sorry, that's the law.
February 10, 2020
Episode 84 - The Other 20 Questions
Remember when we answered those 20 Questions (more or less)? This week Sandy and Matty answer the rest, including choosing between PvP and PvE, the best gaming best friend and more.
January 27, 2020
Episode 83 - Night Sandies
Backlogs are the name of the game on this week’s Checkpoint Chat. Sandy is addicted to Celeste and chipping away at more Frostpunk, while Matty is still slinking around in Luigi’s Mansion 3 after finishing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (spoilers until 25:00).
January 20, 2020
Episode 82 - 2020 Vision
It's been a busy festive season with Sandy recounting his time with Control and Ori and the Blind Forest, while Matty force pulls a lightsaber and slices through stormtroopers during his time with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
January 14, 2020
Episode 81 - Checkpoint Chat's GOTY 2019
You didn't think we'd end the year without a Game of the Year? Matty and Sandy gather to discuss the ten best games they've each played this year, which doesn't apply exclusively to games that launched in 2019. It's our podcast, we make the rules. Fight us.
December 30, 2019
Episode 80 - Talking Naughty Dog with Neilan Naicker
This week on a special episode of Checkpoint Chat, Matty and Sandy are joined by a friend of the podcast, Neilan Naicker, who shares insights about his nine years at Naughty Dog, what it is a Technical Artist does and which project has been the most rewarding in his tenure. Make sure to follow Neilan on Twitter (@Neilan), and his own fantastic podcast about incredible boardgames (@brdgamebarrage).
December 23, 2019
Episode 79 - Elephants with Infinite Trunks
It's nearly the end of the year but Matty and Sandy are looking to let up just yet, with impressions on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and a genre combination indie title called Supermash. There's also loads of news to get through from State of Play, Nindies and The Game Awards. Just don't pick a fight with an elephant this week.
December 16, 2019
Episode 78 - Heart of the Cards
This week on a chilly Checkpoint Chat, Sandy pulls out his crown to talk about King of Cards, the latest expansion to Shovel Knight, while Matty is off hunting ghosts in the amazing Luigi's Mansion 3. Believe in the heart of the cards.
December 9, 2019
Episode 77 - Ice Cold Blue Milk
As the year draws to a close Matty continues to find new wonders to behold in Death Stranding, as Sandy finally finds a groove with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The pair then discuss good gaming drinks and why Nesquik is just the best.
December 2, 2019
Episode 76 - VR Headcrabs
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty puts on his FedEx cap and updates us on his Death Stranding progress, while Sandy taps into the Force and delivers impressions on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Also, this podcast is now old enough to have a new Half-Life game announcement as news! Sleep tight, Gordon
November 25, 2019
Episode 75 - Intimacy Adventure
On an intimate episode of Checkpoint Chat, Matty gets sweaty with Ring Fit Adventure and flexes his button mashing thumbs with Ultimate Alliance 3. Sandy gushes about his love for The Outer Worlds and finds a rhythm with the addictive Spin Rhythm XD. You don't know someone until you have to share a microphone with them.
November 18, 2019
Episode 74 - Singing in the Timefall
This week on a stacked episode of Checkpoint Chat, Matty and Sandy dig deep into their experiences with Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding, encounter spooky delights in Luigi's Mansion and go dark with Modern Warfare.  It's A LOT.
November 11, 2019
Episode 73 - 20 Questions
On this special episode of Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty play a game of 20 Questions (give or take) which helps them delve into their gaming habits and hates. 
October 29, 2019
Episode 72 - Finger Guns with the Grim Reaper
Spooktober is in full swing so it's fitting that Sandy hit the dance floor with a grim reaper in Felix the Reaper, while sending others to the underworld in Call of Duty Mobile. Matty is used trivia for murder and played a bunch of other new mini-games in Jack Box Party Pack 6, which you definitely should get a party around for. SPOOOOOKY
October 21, 2019
Episode 71 - Casa Figueira
This week on a roadshow episode of Checkpoint Chat, Sandy's made three new friends in Trine 4 and learnt to think like the Baba Yaga in John Wick Hex, while Matty has discovered just why Titanfall 2 is one of the best shooters you haven't played. Cats harmed us in the making of this episode.
October 14, 2019
Episode 70 - eCheckpoint eChat
Movement is the name of the game this week on Checkpoint Chat, as Sandy checks out the improved platforming of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair and Matty checks in with the frantic football of PES 2020. Ain't no chance he's hitting any headers with that hair though.
October 7, 2019
Episode 69 - NICE
In this week's extra nice episode of the nicest podcast on the internet, Matty and Sandy check in with the adorable Link's Awakening, discuss some issues with game sharing on the Switch Lite and giggle far too much because, well, we made it folks. *Marcus Fenix voice* NICE!
September 30, 2019
Episode 68 - Fruity Arcade
This week on a busy weekend for Checkpoint Chat, Sandy checks in again with Gears 5 and is learning to love it more and more, Matty is being pleasantly challenged by Celeste's Farewell DLC and the pair discuss how Apple Arcade is a peek into the future for video games. Just don't mix up your fruits.
September 23, 2019
Episode 67 - Why do you think I came all this way?
It's really feeling like the end of the year now and Checkpoint Chat is feeling it with some hot takes on hot games. Sandy chats about his disappointment with Man of Medan and how Gears 5 is blowing him away, while Matty is still hooked on good Mario Maker 2 levels and is diving into Celeste again for its final new Chapter. If you're here, we glad you came all this way *stares*.
September 16, 2019
Episode 66 - Flappy Mario
Back to the weekly Checkpoint bullshit, Sandy takes a trip through spooky woods in Blair Witch and gets anxious in Wilmot's Warehouse, while Matty is deep into the whimsical levels of custom Mario Maker 2 stages.  SEND US YOUR LEVELS.
September 9, 2019
Episode 65 - Funko Popping This House
Sandy and Matty aren't as busy with new releases this week, with Matty finally getting his hands dirty with Mario Maker 2 and Sandy seeing just how bad Gears POP! can really be. Press POP to vreem.
September 2, 2019
Episode 64 - Astral Chain on the Astral Plane
After a brief delay to avoid the embargo police, Sandy and Matty are here to fill you in on a host of brand spanking new games including Control, Astral Chain, Remnant: From the Ashes and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It took 64 episodes but we're finally current.
August 27, 2019
Episode 63 - Gucci Coin
When Matty and Sandy aren't debating the legitimacy of a Gucci cryptocurrency, the pair check in on the haunting puzzle platformer DARQ and the best smoke spots in Counter-Strike. Gamescom is also this week so the pair also discuss what to look out for. Stay Gucci.
August 19, 2019
Episode 62 - Pencil Shaped Nipples
In a distinctly retor-flavoured episode of Checkpoint Chat, Sandy checks in with the original DOOM now that it's out on Nintendo Switch, while Matty takes the chance to break down the first three Super Mario Bros. and explains why they're such classics. No nipple submissions please.
August 5, 2019
Episode 61 - Execute Directive Ban Anime
This week on Checkpoint Chat things are the opposite of what they should be, as Matty checks in on the very recent Wolfenstein Youngblood while Sandy visits the much older Hyper Light Drifter among chats about thatgamecompany's Sky and Valve's very old Counter-Strike. Oh and we ban anime. Because someone had to.
July 29, 2019
Episode 60 - Radioactive Marios
It’s blisteringly cold but Sandy and Matty have convened around a heater to talk about swinging through New York as Spider-Man and making devilishly difficult levels in Mario Maker 2. The pair also discuss more about Nintendo’s new Switch plans and cry over the lack of listener questions.
July 22, 2019
Episode 59 - Burn your slime
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty is back to his destructive bullshit and playing DOTA 2 again, but also making time for a delightful party game where he’s bad at lying. Sandy is deep in Dragon Quest Builders 2 and just loves hitting those blue slimes. Burn your slimes before they rise again
July 16, 2019
Episode 58 - Turtleneck Gang
Matty is out again this week, so Sandy is joined by Turtleneck Gang founder Glenn Kisela to talk about pretty much every game that's come out in the past five years. Seriously Glenn has been catching up. Keep those Oprah memes in check.
July 8, 2019
Episode 57 - Abandonment Issues
WE'RE BACK! The busy month of June is nearly behind us, but Matty found a lot of time to play Sekiro and Crypt of the Necrodancer, while Sandy dived into Cadence of Hyrule and hit the apex in F1 2019.  Matty is abandoning us again though how rude.
July 1, 2019
Episode 56 - E3 Guessapalooza
It's E3 week and you know what that means! Wild, inaccurate guesses for each of the press conferences, as Sandy and Matty both gush about their dream reveals and first looks at some new games.  What are your wildest guesses? Let us know!
June 9, 2019
Episode 55 - Inglorious Void Bastards
We're back from a small week break and better than ever! Matty has finally plunged into Sekiro and is really damn good at it, while Sandy loved shooting foul-mouthed aliens in Void Bastards. News is also packed this week as E3 approaches fast! If you listen really loudly, you can almost see this podcast.
June 3, 2019
Episode 54 - Mad Max: Dreary Road
READY FOR THE APOCALYPSE? You shouldn't be, as Matty and Sandy dive into the disappointing sequel Rage 2 and breakdown how many of its elements just don't work. The pair also discuss just ridiculous a Microsoft and Sony partnership sounds, and then answer just one single question. Just one. We're sad.
May 21, 2019
Episode 53 - Walker, Post-Apocalyptic Ranger
The releases have finally slowed down for a week, letting Sandy dive head first into Sekiro Shadows Die Twice for death after death after frustrating death. Speaking of, Matty is back to his bullshit in Celeste as he tackles the hardcore B-Sides, and the pair check in on a busy week of video game news. Just keep walking...and shooting.
May 13, 2019
Episode 52 - Living in a Sonic Paradise
Still not over that awful Sonic trailer? Neither are we, but Sandy makes some space to talk about a much better zombie shooter in World War Z, while Matty is still hacking away at Days Gone. Then the pair combo up their fatalities and chat about how incredible Mortal Kombat 11 is (terrible working conditions aside). GET OVER HERE...and listen to this great show.
May 6, 2019
Episode 51 - Deek on a Leash
It's all about those freakers this week on Checkpoint Chat, as Sandy and Matty dive deep into their time with Sony's latest exclusive, Days Gone. There's also a light sprinkle of Mortal Kombat 11 before the pair go over the week's news and answer the most important question: Chocolate or Strawberry Nesquik? Stay tuned to our social channels for a chance to win your own copy of Days Gone later this week!
April 29, 2019
Episode 50 - Half Century Hero
WE REACHED 50! This week on Checkpoint Chat we're celebrating without cake, finally getting the chance to delve into both Katana Zero and SteamWorld Quest as they fight for your attention in a packed April. Matty is neck deep in Resident Evil 2 finally as well, and just waiting got X to give it to him. What should we do for 100? Definitely not lying cake.
April 23, 2019
Episode 49 - Giving You Wings
It's a quiet week at Checkpoint Chat, but only because Matty and Sandy are playing lots of games that they can't talk about yet. Matty did scale Celeste finally and Sandy is jazzed about Jedi Fallen Order, so don't leave just yet. We also have a lot of Red Bull. A LOT.
April 15, 2019
Episode 48 - Compression Socks
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty is back (and married!) and he's brought with him thoughts on Celeste and how great the 2018 platformer is. Sandy dives into the simple and delightful puzzle game Islanders, and the pair discuss the fiery debate surrounding Sekiro, difficulty options and accessibility.  Never take your shoes off during a flight.
April 8, 2019
Episode 47 - What are the best 10 games of all time?
Ask us tomorrow and these might all be different, but today Matty and Sandy dive into their own personal top 10 games of all time, including appearance from Portal 2, Journey, God of War and more! What's your list? Let us know on Twitter (@CheckpointChat) or via email (
March 27, 2019
Episode 46 - A good cat named Goose
This week on Checkpoint Chat we're hitting both ends of the spectrum, as Matty checks in with the oldest NES Classics on the Nintendo Switch while Sandy is getting stylish with a trio of handsome boys in Devil May Cry V.  SAVAGE! SADISTIC! SANDY!
March 18, 2019
Episode 45 - Bungee Jumps in Alcohol Alley
March is unrelenting and so is Checkpoint Chat! This week Matty doesn't get kidnapped but he does have to listen to Sandy gush about Ethereal and the sometimes flawed investigative thriller, The Occupation. The pair check in on a busy week of news (yes, there's some shitty news again) before diving into even more great games coming out this month. Don't bungee jump drunk. Or at all. ever
March 11, 2019
Episode 44 - Where we droppin', Tetrominos?
Releases have finally slowed down this week on Checkpoint Chat, letting both Matty and Sandy finally check in with Tetris 99 and its ridiculous rules. Matty has also started his journey on the spooky island of The Forest, and the pair discuss an eventful week of hot gaming news. Time to master the T-Spin bois.
March 4, 2019
Episode 43 - A Hunter's Dream
It's a stacked week of Checkpoint Chat, as Matty finishes Bloodborne and immediately starts again, Sandy is disappointed by Anthem and the pair discuss the crazy antics of Trials Rising.   Bunny hop your way over to us for the week! 
February 26, 2019
Episode 42 - Crackdown Smackdown
Please take our listener survey - This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty are still in love with Apex Legends and seeking more wins. Sandy is dipping his toes into Metro Exodus, to scrub off the disappointment of Crackdown 3. And the pair chat about Activision and how aimless the publisher seems to be.
February 18, 2019
Episode 41 - Zzzzzzzzziplines Deployed
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Apex Legends is the talk of the town and both Matty and Sandy have been deeply addicted to Respawn's surprising Battle Royale. Sandy checks in with Astroneer again before the pair run down a bonkers list of games out this week. Just remember, Pathfinder is bae.
February 11, 2019
Episode 40 - Piranha the Powerful Pot Plant
This week on a packed episode of Checkpoint Chat, Sandy takes to the colourful stars of Astroneer, Matty keeps us updated on his progress with Bloodborne and the pair gush about how great Piranha Plant is in Smash Ultimate. Don't let anyone tell you a plant can't kick your ass.
February 5, 2019
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy revisits the spooky hallways of Raccoon City's Police Department, and tries to steer clear of Mr. X. Matty touches on his triumphs in Bloodborne before the pair buckle in for a busy week ahead filled with great game releases. Leon? LEON!? LEEEEEEOOOOON!
January 28, 2019
Episode 38 - Checkpoint Scene Investigation
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy takes an unpleasant visit to the grindy shores of Portia, Matty is getting through Bloodborne one death at a time and the pair dive deep into the strange, disturbing after hours dealings of Gearbox's CEO. Guess you can say this podcast isn't...a one trick pony. YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHH
January 21, 2019
Episode 37 - Back in Black
We're back from the long, relaxing festive season and ready to kick ass in 2019! Sandy and Matty recap some of the games that kept them cozy during the holidays, including Persona 5, NieR Automata, Jackbox Party Pack and Super Smash Ultimate.  It's not old if it's new to someone, right?
January 14, 2019
Episode 36 - The Checkpoint Chat Games of the Year
It's that time of the year so Matty and Sandy have sat down to discuss their personal five favourite Games of the Year. Or, games they've played this year. Some of us are still a little behind on that backlog, you understand right?
December 17, 2018
Episode 35 - Super Smashing Kirby
We're all about Smashing this week, with Nintendo's big new "Everybody's Here" fighter releasing on Switch. Matty and Sandy discuss who they're favourite Smash fighters are, while also briefly discussing Battlefield V and Pokemon GO. King K. Rool ain't got nothing on this podcast.
December 10, 2018
Episode 34 - Cat Tales, AWOO-HOO
Without getting that Ducktales theme song stuck in your head (too late), Matty and Sandy discuss how Cat Tales isn't really just Stardew Valley with cats. Sandy then praises Pokemon Let's Go (and only calls Eevee shit once), while also washing out the taste of Fallout 76 with a return to Fallout 4.
December 3, 2018
Episode 33 - What is this? A Game Award?
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy waxes lyrical about Beat Saber for PSVR, and recounts all the calories he's burnt playing it. The pair then discuss the imminent Game Awards at length, making bold predictions on who will take home the most honours. We round things out as always with weekly news and questions!
November 27, 2018
Episode 32 - Eevee Disrespected My Personal Space
In this week's controversial episode of Checkpoint Chat, Sandy discusses his disdain for Eevee while enjoying the murderous trappings of Hitman 2. Matty dives back into Horizon Zero Dawn and comes back unsurprised at how great The Frozen Wilds is, and the pair discuss Sony's plans to skip E3 2019 and what it means for the show. Eevee is garbage and you can't make us change our minds about it.
November 19, 2018
Episode 31 - The Bland Undead
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty boasts about how great he is at Soul Calibur VI, Sandy gushes over Tetris Effect again and the pair discuss how bad Overkill's The Walking Dead is after so many years in development. If the undead could listen to a podcast, it would be this one.
November 12, 2018
Episode 30 - Sneak Spider on my Bonnet
This week's jam-packed episode of Checkpoint Chat dives deep into Diablo III on Switch, Fallout 76's Beta, Tetris Effect and how a hacker helped Matty progress in Fortnite. Just be careful of sneaky spiders crawling through any open air vents. It happens.
November 5, 2018
Episode 29 - Robotic Pet Sematary
Checkpoint Chat is back and busier than ever, as Sandy checks in on both Gwent and the incredible Thronebreaker from The Witcher universe and praises its great storytelling. Matty finally dives deep into his time with Horizon Zero Dawn, and Sandy explains how Red Dead Redemption 2 feels rather boring right now. Never try revive your dead pet robots. It doesn't end well.
October 29, 2018
Episode 28 - Baked Custard Tarts
Matty returns on this week's episode of Checkpoint Chat, just to tell everyone how done he is with Dead Cells after finishing it on Hard Mode. Sandy explains the random bullshit that powers Super Mario Party, before the pair celebrate Sony finally announcing PSN name changes. Don't ever take StArKiLlEr_360 friends. It's cursed.
October 15, 2018
Episode 27 - The Exotic Belgian Waffle
With Matty away this week, Sandy is joined by his Destiny 2 Fireteam pal Glenn Kisela as the two dive deep into the extraordinary Forsaken expansion. Then there's some brief touches on the weekly news, including the crumbling of Telltale, the state of esports and more! This is your exotic podcast drop for the week, please don't dismantle it.
October 8, 2018
Episode 26 - The Greatest Escape
This week on a sneaky, early episode of Checkpoint Chat, Matty brings in the spookiest month of the year with a check-in on Dead by Daylight while Sandy can't get enough of swinging in Spider-Man. The pair discuss the fires at Telltale and how to pull off the greatest cross-country escape ever. Just don't do E like Mickey Mouse kids, alright?
October 1, 2018
Episode 25 - Get Ada Here Leon
This week on Checkpoint Chat we discuss how disappointing Shadow of the Tomb Raider is as a concluding chapter to Lara Croft's revival. We also touch on the great new look for Ada Wong in Resident Evil 2 Remake and just how hard it is to make games in this volatile industry. LEOOOOOOOOOOOON!
September 24, 2018
Episode 24 - Good podcast, great podcast
This week of Checkpoint Chat is bursting at the seams, as we check in with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V, Call of Duty Blackout and Spider-Man. There's also lots of pizza talk, so come full. Good podcast, great podcast.
September 17, 2018
Episode 23 - Random Drug Searches
When we're not being questioned by the paw patrol this week on Checkpoint Chat, we dive into the cures that Two Point Hospital brings to your soul, the ending of Dead Cell, a discussion about how Persona 5 just never ends and what games are great for an introduction to gaming. I swear we aren't hiding any narcotics in the McFlurry. Seriously.
September 10, 2018
Episode 22 - Pimple on my nipple
When we're not talking about what we found in the shower, this week of Checkpoint Chat dives into more Hollow Knight with a brief DLC discussion, we lament the many lives and hours we've lost to the incredible Dead Cells and argue over whether we want to cancel pre-orders of stupid puddles. When in doubt, pop it out.
September 3, 2018
Episode 21 - Nero shredding on a half-pipe
In this week's episode of Checkpoint Chat it's all about Gamescom and the amazing show that took place last week. Sandy and Matty discuss Sekiro, Devil May Cry V, Nvidia's new ray-tracing tech and loads more! There's also a bit of Hollow Knight again because holy shit that game.
August 27, 2018
Episode 20 - The Hollow Knight that stole my Dead Cells
This week it's all about Metroidvanias (or ones that pretend to be) on Checkpoint Chat, as Sandy recounts hundreds of deaths in Dead Cells before joining Matty in a chorus of praise for Hollow Knight. We also discuss our least favourite genres, a WHOLE BUNCH of new games out this week and just what the hell is going on in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you haven't clicked play by now you've not missed anything yet. Pity.
August 20, 2018
Episode 19 - This was not plagarised
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy forgets to take his Joy and relives the horrors of We Happy Few. Matty is ecstatic with Horizon Zero Dawn and its photo mode, and the pair discuss which games had deep emotional impacts on them. Rest assured though that none of this content is stolen. Who would we even steal it from?
August 13, 2018
Episode 18 - Heart of a Red Bull and Vodka teenager
Before Matty dies from drinking Red Bull and Vodka he checks back in on God of War and discusses how fair the Platinum trophy feels. Sandy jettisons back into No Man's Sky and finds some refined, but still rough edges, and the pair finally tackle their most complex listener question yet: What makes the perfect pizza? Aside from ones with pineapple of course.
August 6, 2018
Episode 17 - Shooting Point Blanks
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty and Sandy discuss the crazy cool new season of Fortnite and how they're both back into the Battle Royale shooter. Hollow Knight is holding a devilishly brutal boss called Hornet that Sandy loves to hate, and Matty helps remind everyone that Point Blank existed. As always we end with gaming news and answer all your great questions! Just avoid those crossbones bombs, please.
July 31, 2018
Episode 16 - Nightmares filled with 8-bit Toad
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty details his weird adventures through the bug-infested kingdoms of Hollow Knight, Sandy does his best Captain Toad impression and the two discuss if there really is space for senseless violence in videogames anymore. Remember to keep your impressions higher than 8-bit!
July 23, 2018
Episode 15 - Ethically stealing
In this latest episode of Checkpoint Chat we stay on brand and open up the show with a lengthy discussion on a game nearly a decade old, with Matty gushing over Bayonetta. Sandy explains why level design is so crucial in games like Mega Man before we both discuss how to ethically steal from a store. Just don't follow our advice. Most of the time.
July 16, 2018
Episode 14 - I Hate Playing Tetris
This week on Checkpoint Chat is filled with coloured blocks and funky beats as Sandy gushes over Lumines (and hates on Tetris), while Matty explains what a bastard Waluigi is in Mario Tennis Aces. Waaaaaaaaaadon't you give it a listen? Also Tetris is horrible and you should feel bad for liking it.
July 9, 2018
Episode 13 - The Best and Worst of E3 2018
We're back from an overly long break (sorry!) and we've got those good good E3 scoops! Well, maybe not scoops but we did see a bunch of great games at E3 2018, so Sandy and Matty wrap-up each conference, showing and title at the show for a comprehensive retrospective on a weird year for E3.
July 2, 2018
Episode 12 - Come Here and Give Armsy a Hug
This week on Checkpoint Chat Sandy breakdowns how incredible The Forest is, and his love hate relationships with Armsy. Matty brings up one of the best Final Fantasy games ever made before they both dive into the massive changes Battlefield V is making. Never play Footsy Footsy with an Armsy...Armsy.
May 28, 2018
Episode 11 - The E3 Prediction Extravaganza
This week is all about E3, with Matty and Sandy diving deep into what each publisher might bring to the table. Will Microsoft finally turn the corner? Can Sony keep up the momentum? Is Nintendo going to have another great year? We also touch on State of Decay 2 and how average it is, as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII and Battlefield V. Checkpoint Chat also wants to reveal our new Battle Royale mode: One hundred afros parachute onto an island. You get the rest.
May 21, 2018
Episode 10 - We're in a timeline with RAGE 2
Matty basically takes over this week, talking about his time with the incredible God of War and equally impressive Bayonetta. Sandy touches on his time with The Forest while waiting for embargoes to fall, and we get really excited about E3 in a couple of weeks! Also it's our birthday. This is how podcast birthdays work, right?
May 14, 2018
Episode 9 - Keep an eye on that spider
While Matty manages to escape the hell of living with bathroom spiders, he chats about his parting thoughts on The Last Guardian and how it made him cry. Sandy is a terrible person in Frostpunk, we chat about the big changes coming to Fortnite and what games we'd make (if we could). Let's make Pink Apron a thing though, kay?
May 8, 2018
Episode 8 - The Fig who finished The Witcher
WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT? Matthew has finally finished The Witcher 3, so we get super spoilery about its ending and themes. Sandy checks in with a look at the depressingly brilliant Frostpunk, we chat about a whole bunch of great games out this week and wonder just how great games this generation have been by being critical of their legacy. Always pick Triss, dear friends. Don't listen to Yen and her lies.
April 30, 2018
Episode 7 - BOY! Listen to this podcast!
This week on a (slighty) delayed episode, Matty is so, so close to finishing The Witcher 3 while Sandy can't get over how good God of War is. We remember The Forest and champion Vermintide 2 as the next big Left4Dead game, while also discussing how bad single-player shooters are in the wake of Call of Duty cancelling the mode for Black Ops 4. Also don't keep Red Bull so close to recording equipment. Or at least don't drink like Sandy, the idiot.
April 23, 2018
Episode 6 - BioShock in Benoni
After an unforeseen week off, Sandy and Matty return to share stories of Trico being an asshole, how unbelievably incredible God of War is, excitement and reservations over Nintendo Labo and answers to a whole bunch of your questions!
April 16, 2018
Episode 5 - Hungover Family Planning
On another jam-packed episode of Checkpoint Chat, Matty nurses Sandy's hangover with more ramblings about mobile Final Fantasy games, they both chat about how unbelievably addicted they are to Fortnite again, Sandy is disappointed by Far Cry 5 and just how much adventuring can you fit into a single Minit? Also, don't ask to take our podcast on a date. We'll fight you.
April 2, 2018
Episode 4 - Never Ignore a Moving Bush
This week Sandy and Matty get personal over some Fortnite stories, Sandy explains how Sea of Thieves is like a hotel bathroom, we check back into Persona 5 and Matty gushes over those sweet Nintendo Switch sales. Just be sure to always check your bush.
March 26, 2018
Episode 3 - Final Fantasy Ponzi Scheme
On a rainy episode of Checkpoint Chat, Matty fills us in on his adventures in Novigrad while Sandy gives details the closest game to Portal 3 we're ever going to get. Then we dive into some Final Fantasy for smartphones, how Fortnite is blowing up and answer your questions! Just don't fall for any Ponzi Schemes this week, ok?
March 19, 2018
Episode 2 - Time Travelling Traffic
Avoiding literal bullets to get this recorded, Matty and Sandy touch on a whole range of new games they've been playing including Florence, Into the Breach and Furi. Then get caught up with all the announcements from Nintendo's Direct last week, and join in calling out Blizzard's bullshit response to that obvious Diablo III Switch tease. Just don't time travel to the East. Traffic awaits.
March 12, 2018
Episode 1 - Swole King Dedede
It's the very first full episode of Checkpoint Chat! Matty chats about his obsession with The Witcher 3 and cursed trees, Sandy gushes over PSVR game Moss and the pair look back on a wildly successful first year for the Nintendo Switch. Also where does King Dedede hit the gym? Damn son.
March 5, 2018
Episode 0 - Close to that road named after that singer
So you've stumbled upon this great new podcast and don't know what it is? Alessandro and Matthew introduce you to their new baby - Checkpoint Chat - and ramble about all the lovely things this show will center on. Gaming, pop culture, current news and you, of course.
March 2, 2018