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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 243 - The Game Awards 2023 Predictions

December 4th, 2023


Award season is back! This week on Checkpoint Chat, we look into our crystal balls to offer (hopefully) accurate predictions on this year's The Game …

Episode 242 - Bottomless Bacon Milkshakes

November 27th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat is chockfull of games as we uncover disappointment in Modern Warfare III, thick atmosphere in Alan Wake 2, more …

Episode 241 - No, Not That Venom

November 13th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we've finally wrapped up Spider-Man 2 so enjoy a deep, spoiler-riddled dive into one of this years biggest games. Elsewhere, Grand Theft Auto 6 is about to be announced, and Modern Warfare …

Episode 240 - Cinnamon Faces

November 6th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we've finally finished Ghostrunner 2, and Spider-Man 2 continues to keep us entertained. What's up with all that Bungie …

Episode 239 - Ganon Hates Durians

November 6th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, the splendor of Super Mario Bros. Wonder still has us enthralled, while the precise action of Ghostrunner II has our blood pumping. Neither of them has durians so are they even that …

Episode 238 - RPG Ecstasy

October 23rd, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, two of the biggest games of the year have stolen our attention as we share impressions of both Spider-Man 2 and Super …

Episode 237 - Always Be On Wi-Fi

October 16th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty delve into another 2023 indie darling as the pair gush over Cocoon. Elsewhere, Matty has finished and enjoyed Assassin's Creed Mirage, while Sandy is just starting out and …

Episode 236 - Casio Calculator

October 9th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty revisit their thoughts on Forza Motorsport and Assassin's Creed Mirage respectively, while also checking-in again on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Mortal …

Bonus Episode - Assassin's Creed Mirage & Forza Motorsport Reviews

October 4th, 2023


On this bonus episode of Checkpoint Chat, Matty explores the origins of Basim and the shift back to basics in Assassin's Creed Mirage, while Alessandro hits the tarmac in one of the most exhilarating racing games in …

Episode 235 - Transformer Procreation

October 2nd, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, the avalanche of games is just getting started as we wrap up thoughts on Starfield, Mortal Kombat 1, El Paso, …

Episode 234 - Electric Hands

September 25th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, khaos ensues as the kombatants of Mortal Kombat 1 reconvene for another outlandish tale, Cyberpunk 2077 and its 2.0 update make a strong first impression, and Microsoft is planning what …

Episode 233 - Amazon Kettles

September 11th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we continue our adventures in the great unknown with loads more talk about Starfield, while Matthew has taken a wrong turn into the world of gatcha and Final Fantasy in Final Fantasy VII: …

Episode 232 - Painting the Sistine Chapel

September 4th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we venture into the vast unknown with initial impressions of Bethesda's latest IP, Starfield. Then, Matthew has finally finished Final Fantasy XVI, so we dive deep into the game's many …

Episode 231 - Lube Your Spacebar

August 28th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat we're taking stock on the massive games still set to release in 2023, including Starfield, Alan Wake 2, Spider-Man 2, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Forza Motorsport, Mortal Kombat 1, and many …

Episode 230 - Irresponsible Fishing Device

August 21st, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, releases are still stagnant so how's about even more progress in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom? Also, Modern Warfare 3 wants you to remember No Russian, Zelda's blood moon has a …

Episode 229 - Live, Laugh, Link

August 14th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, the trials and tribulations of Link and Clive continue with check-ins on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and …

Episode 228 - A PC For Ants

August 7th, 2023


Checkpoint Chat is finally back! After nearly two months away, we're bursting to chat about Final Fantasy XVI, Viewfinder, The Legend of Zelda: Tears …

Episode 227 - Sheep With Guns

June 12th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we are getting strong Bloodborne vibes from the Lies of P demo, Diablo IV is absolutely amazing on Steam Deck, The …

Episode 226 - Reverso

June 5th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, it's all Diablo IV and Street Fighter 6 again but this time from the reverse perspectives as last time out. Are both …

Episode 225 - Linkquid Snake

May 30th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat new games are bursting out of the seams with Street Fighter 6 proving to be the return to form we all hoped for and …

Episode 224 - Kindle Papercuts

May 22nd, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we're neck deep in the enchanting world of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Mortal Kombat is …

Episode 223 - Fusion Dance

May 15th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, one of the biggest games of the year is here as we take a look at the opening hours of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Star Wars Jedi Survivor is shaping up as a perfect sequel, …

Episode 222 - Crazy Beans

May 1st, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, war goes mobile with the re-introduction of Advance Wars on Nintendo Switch, Horizon Forbidden West's Burning Shores DLC makes a good case for the future of the series, and Resident Evil 4 …

Episode 221 - Cup Board

April 24th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Los Angeles is entirely underwater as Aloy continues her bid to save the world in Horizon Forbidden West: The Burning Shores, Samus Aran is puzzling around pirates in Metroid Prime …

Episode 220 - Chibi Steroids

April 10th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Doom Slayer is so cute and small but still ready to rev that chainsaw in Mighty Doom, things aren't so great with The Last of Us Part I on PC right now, and Resident Evil 4 continues to …

Episode 219 - Viva Las Plagas

April 3rd, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Leon's here and suplexes are back on the menu in Resident Evil 4 Remake, Bayonetta takes a turn for the cute in …

Episode 218 - Dust Too

March 27th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we take to the seas and uncover the horrors underneath the waves in Dredge, turns out no one really can hear you scream in Dead Space, and Dead Cells continues to be the roguelite to beat …

Episode 217 - Baby Face

March 13th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, no cows are safe in an early look at Resident Evil 4 Remake, space is still creepy in the Dead Space remake, and Cereza …

Episode 216 - Wo Long Tea

March 6th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, controller's get sweaty as Team Ninja's latest starts stressing our abilities in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, Atomic Heart …

Episode 215 - Russian Bear

February 27th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we're still enjoying our travels back in time to a technologically advanced USSR in Atomic Heart, we've played around …

Episode 214 - Padel Heart

February 20th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat we're deep in the Soviet Union fighting rebellious robots in Atomic Heart, the magic had faded fast in Hogwarts Legacy, …

Episode 213 - Kick It

February 13th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat, magic is burst at the seams with looks at both Forspoken and Hogwarts Legacy, but not before we dive into the rhythmic GOTY contender, Hi-Fi Rush.

Episode 212 - Less Big

January 30th, 2023


This week on Checkpoint Chat there's a whole bunch of games new and old to get through, including Hi-Fi Rush, Forspoken, Final Fantasy Crisis Core: …

Episode 211 - Bearded Dragons

January 23rd, 2023


Checkpoint Chat is back for 2023 (finally), and we've brought along a menagerie of games we played over the break including Signalis, Final Fantasy …

Episode 210 - Game of the Year 2022

December 12th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about Game of the Year 2022! Join us for our personal Top 5 games lists, consisting of some expected favourites and complete outliers to round off a great year in gaming.  

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Episode 209 - Sun's Out, Guns Out

December 5th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, it's awards season so we try and predict all 31 winners of this year's Game Awards ahead of the show. Who will come out on top between Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarök, Tunic, Stray, …

Episode 208 - Galloping Motorbike

November 28th, 2022


This week on a stacked episode of Checkpoint Chat, we touch on God of War Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PC, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, …

Episode 207 - Emotional Pellet

November 14th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat the new games keep rolling in with Bayonetta 3 and Sonic Frontiers taking up our attention this time. We're also still …

Episode 206 - Brother

November 7th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we've collectively pours dozens of hours into God of War Ragnarök and weigh in on the highly anticipated sequel, cards …

Episode 205 - Cat Knees

October 31st, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, the release flood runs rampant with a preview of God of War: Ragnarok, a review of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's campaign, and a little dip into the Marvel Snap pond of card game good …

Episode 204 - Weaponized Cows

October 24th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we take a disappointing glide through the streets of Gotham in Gotham Knights, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is an incredibly clever sequel, and there's loads of promise in the opening …

Episode 203 - Keyboard Shooters

October 17th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we delve into the appropriately disgusting but disappointingly frustrating Scorn, land some punches in the Street Fighter 6 Online Beta, and dissect just what is going wrong with Overwatch …

Episode 202 - Scorching Tumbleweed

October 10th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we evade the heat by standing in chilly queues in Overwatch 2, while also visiting a simpler (and deadlier) time in A Plague Tale: Innocence. 

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Episode 201 - Majestic Nemesis

October 3rd, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we get rhythmic with the Doom-styled shooter of Metal: Hellsinger, take a visit to Kamurocho in Yakuza 0, and dissect how the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is shaping up based on its …

Episode 200 - Elden Lords

September 26th, 2022


We've finally made it to Episode 200 of Checkpoint Chat, so to celebrate we're taking a deep dive into Elden Ring, get lost in the visual mayhem of Hyper Demon, style it up as squid kids in Splatoon 3, and lots more.

Episode 199 - Trumpet Dough

August 29th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we've finished up Saints Row and found it to be a strange, confusing thing, there's still some more fun to have in Elden Ring, and just what is Sony doing with the rising PS5 prices?

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Episode 198 - Strawberry Road

August 22nd, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we dive into the world of the rebooted Saints Row, chomp down on some delicious cake in Kirby's Dream Buffet, and answer all of your lovely questions.

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Episode 197 - Spider Cult

August 15th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we check out Spider-Man Remastered in all its glory on PC, start a cult in Cult of the Lamb, and continue our …

Episode 196 - Eating Fidough

August 8th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we get down with the anime in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, everything needs to be cleaned in Powerwash Simulator, and would …

Episode 195 - Tubby Pink Sauce

August 1st, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we're deep into the tiles again with Into The Breach, speedrunning Stray is the new coolness on the block, and Teenage …

Episode 194 - Warm Tyres

July 25th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we get down with the purring and gush about Stray again, the tyres are burning red in Forza Horizon 5's newest Hot Wheels expansion, and is The Last of Us Part 1 worth another $70?

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Episode 193 - Post-Apocalyptic Meows

July 19th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we meow on command with post-apocalyptic cat adventure Stray, new monsters are our prey in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, and hot damn Metroid Dread is still some fire.


Episode 192 - Crab Claw

July 11th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we hunt down new monsters to craft better weapons in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, there's another check-in on Elden Ring, and the news machine is back in overdrive again!


Episode 191 - Pimp My Acquisition

July 4th, 2022


This week on a rare in-person Checkpoint Chat, we get racing with F1 22, build up relationships in battle in Fire Emblem: Three Hopes, track down some monsters in Monster Hunter: Rise and Sunbreak, and relive the …

Episode 190 - Throwing Hands

June 27th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we get properly freaked out by spider hands in Elden Ring, throw foot soldiers at the screen in TMNT: Shredder's …

Episode 189 - Gun Trees

June 20th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat we travel back in time with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, have a vibe check-in with Fortnite and Elden Ring, and score some hatricks in Mario Strikers: Battle League. 

Episode 188 - Critical Failure

June 13th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we've put a lot more hours into Diablo Immortal and it's still good? The Summer Game Fest has also kicked off and Keighley's opening night had some big games to get excited about. Also, …

Episode 187 - LeChonk Chops

June 6th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat we're clicking demons and collecting loot in Diablo Immortal, Fortnite is real different without building, and hooboy …

Episode 186 - Souls Space

May 30th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we've got firm concluding thoughts on rhythm action game Soundfall, space Soulslike Dolmen, and a whole bunch of talk …

Episode 185 - Bonus Kitten Content

May 23rd, 2022


We're back and so are all the games! This week on Checkpoint Chat, we touch on Elden Ring, Lumines, Dolmen, Moonlighter, and Soundfall (which is a …

Episode 184 - Sweet Haloumi

May 2nd, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we dive into space mines with Deep Rock Galactic, get physical with Nintendo Switch Sports, dissect what best fits in Kirby's mouth with The Forgotten Land, and juggle two jobs with …

Episode 183 - Bad Knees

April 25th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we break everything in sight during a tour through Teardown, conspire to overthrow governments in Road 96, and touch on the lingering effects of both Metroid Dread and Rogue Legacy.

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Episode 182 - Easter Echidnas

April 18th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we wax lyrical about Tunic and revisit childhood memories with Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. There's also some …

Episode 181 - Irradiated Turtles

April 4th, 2022


We're back and so are the games! This week on Checkpoint Chat we check out Ghostwire: Tokyo, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and the latest Xbox Game Pass hit, Tunic!

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Episode 180 - Nevergreen Trees

March 21st, 2022


This week on a deja-vu episode of Checkpoint Chat, we're still talking about the gigantic games we're playing including Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, and more. 

Episode 179 - Reverse Oprah

March 14th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we get our car collections on in Gran Turismo 7, while also checking in with the never-ending playthroughs of both …

Episode 178 - Ring Your Elders

March 7th, 2022


This week on day/night episode of Checkpoint Chat, we unravel the mysteries of Elden Ring and breakdown why it's the first game to actually learn from Breath of the Wild, while also examining how Horizon Forbidden West …

Episode 177 - Packing Heat In That Gi

February 28th, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we finally have the chance to talk about our time with Valve's Steam Deck while also checking in on Horizon Forbidden West after a lot more time with the sequel. Also, have you seen Ryu's …

Episode 176 - Whatcha Buyin'

February 21st, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty travel to the distant future with Horizon Forbidden West, while also checking-in on the martial art …

Episode 175 - You Wouldn't Eat A Car

February 14th, 2022


We're back and it's a packed week on Checkpoint Chat as we check out Pokemon Arceus, Dark Souls III, Dying Light 2, and more. Also did you see what …

Episode 174 - Cigarette Lighter Boi

January 31st, 2022


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we dive into the dangerous caverns of Spelunky 2, travel back in time to catch those pocket monsters in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and we check out some of the improvements made to two …

Episode 173 - New Year, New Monopoly

January 24th, 2022


Checkpoint Chat is back, and we've got a truckload of games to talk about that kept us busy during the holidays, including Halo: Infinite, Dead …

Episode 172 - Checkpoint Chat's Game of the Year 2021

December 20th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat we're celebrating the greatest games of a stacked 2021, talking through stand-out hits like Chicory, Monster Hunter: Rise, Returnal, Deathloop, Outer Wilds, and...Symphony of the Night?

Episode 171 - Milk Cooling Your PC

December 13th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we're back to being humanity's last hope in Halo Infinite's campaign, The Matrix Unreal Engine 5 demo is mind-blowing, and The Game Awards showed us an exciting future for new games coming …

Episode 170 - Game Awards Bingo

December 6th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, it's awards season for those darn videogames, with the annual Game Awards taking place. Who do we think will win? 12 Minutes? Definitely not.

Episode 169 - Nice Halo

November 29th, 2021


This week in a century and nice Checkpoint Chat, Halo Infinite is good and it's just a massive surprise, It Takes Two is worming its way into our hearts, and Activision remains a terrible place.

Episode 168 - Gucci Xbox Gang

November 15th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we take unboxing to a new level with the charming Unpacking, World War II has to be ended again in Call of Duty: Vanguard, and just what the hell is up with those Grand Theft Auto remasters?

Episode 167 - Floating Tortoises

November 8th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we take the scenic route though Mexico in Forza Horizon 5, endure bullshit dice rolls in Mario Party Superstars, and …

Episode 166 - Metacurse

November 1st, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, it's time to get familiar with a new crew of space pirates in Guardians of the Galaxy, there's heads to be popped in Back 4 Blood, and Facebook is called what now?

Episode 165 - Review-Bombing A Fridge

October 25th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat we unravel all the secrets that Metroid Dread holds, shoot thousands of zombies in the head in Back 4 Blood, and make …

Should You Buy The Nintendo Switch OLED? - Sponsored Episode

October 18th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, and sponsored by Nintendo South Africa, we dive into the Nintendo Switch OLED and why this seemingly small upgrade can …

Episode 164 - Metroid Dread-ing The Week

October 11th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we curl up into a ball and hunt some aliens with Metroid Dread, explore the mysteries of the universe with Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye, and just blow shit up in Far Cry 6.

Episode 163 - Driving In The Rain

October 4th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we dive into new mysteries with Outer Wilds and Echoes of the Eye, gawk at the surprisingly entrancing Kena: Bridges of Spirits, and breakdown why Diablo II just isn't all that fun 20 years …

Episode 162 - Be My Podcast Daddy

September 26th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy travels to the past for good and bad in Diablo II: Resurrected, while Matty has turned the tutorial corner in Tales of Arise and just can't get enough of those cute rot creatures in …

Episode 161 - Put My BB In Monster

September 20th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about LOOPS again as Matty dives into his experience with Arkane's Deathloop. We also touch on Diablo II, who is still playing Overwatch, and what if your fingers were your tongue. …

Episode 160 - Live, Laugh, Wario

September 13th, 2021


This week on a stacked episode of Checkpoint Chat, we've been playing endless runs of Deathloop ahead of release, plunged into the depths of World War II again with Call of Duty: Vanguard, and plucked statue armpit hair …

Episode 159 - Psychoception

September 6th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we dive into the brains of Psychonauts 2, revisit the gorgeous landscapes of Ghost of Tsushima and its latest expansion, and is Destiny 2 finally calling us back to it?

Episode 158 - Toilet Desserts

August 30th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat we're stuck in a time loop as we dive into deep spoilers for 12 Minutes and Outer Wilds. We also take a quick trip to Iki Island with Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut, and break down all …

Episode 157 - Red Jam Tent

August 23rd, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, there's alien that need hunting in Aliens: Fireteam Elite, ancient Roman empires to save in The Forgotten City, and just what the hell has happened to Halo Infinite?

Episode 156 - Teaching Romans The Memes

August 16th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we visit an ancient civilization in The Forgotten City, tease all sorts of ghosts in Phasmaphobia, and remember just how amazing Def Jam: Fight for New York was.

Episode 155 - Check 4 Point

August 9th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we shoot zombies that aren't called zombies in Back 4 Blood, Matty takes multiple shots at the bar with Maneater, Raji, …

Episode 154 - Duelling An Orangutan

August 2nd, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat we take some quick shots of games at the bar, touching on Microsoft Flight Simulator, Death's Door, Trackmania, …

Episode 153 - Sleeping In The Shower

July 26th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we reap souls as a crow in Death's Door, destroy rivals on the road in Trackmania, and curse the poor controls in The …

Episode 152 - Weaponised Monsties

July 19th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat we dive into big spoilers for Final Fantasy VII Remake, make weapons out of children in Monster Hunter Stories 2, and discuss what scares us the most (it's spiders).

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Episode 151 - War Elephants

July 12th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty has FEELINGS on Chicory, Sandy is so very close to the heartbreaking end of Final Fantasy VII Remake, and the …

Episode 150 - Air Horn Celebrations

July 5th, 2021


This week on an auspicious Checkpoint Chat we dive into the colourful, striking world of Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Matty achieved platinum glory in …

Episode 149 - Super Bogey Rush

June 28th, 2021


This week on a par for the course episode, we check out Mario Golf: Super Rush and spend some time on the green, kitchen chaos in Overcooked 2, and …

Episode 148 - Emotional Piano Chord

June 21st, 2021


It's back to actual games this week on Checkpoint Chat, with discussions on Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, and...wait we're doing Breath of the Wild again?

Episode 147 - E3 CHAOS

June 15th, 2021


It's the best time of the year, again, with E3 2021 delivering some incredible showcases. We talk through all the big announcements at keynotes from Xbox, Summer Games Fest, Ubisoft, and Square Enix--what we loved, what …

Episode 146 - Who Is Going To Win E3 2021?

June 7th, 2021


'Tis the season for be predicting games, as Checkpoint Chat runs through the full E3 2021 schedule with all our hopes and dreams for big game …

Episode 145 - If You Can Dodge A Wrench

May 31st, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat we dive into the red ball mayhem of Knockout City, create unique looking characters in Miitopia, check in on the gorgeous Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and check out a flurry of pre-E3 game …

Episode 144 - Give Me Back My Baby

May 17th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Resident Evil Village is another fine show of form from Capcom, New Pokemon Snap offers some cheerful fun, Bravely …

Episode 143 - Racing Into The Sun

May 3rd, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, we're stuck in another loop with more Returnal talk, Microsoft and Sony are making BANK with new consoles, and Ratchet …

Episode 142 - Deep Thought Holes

April 26th, 2021


This week on Chekpoint Chat, things get groundhog again with a pre-release preview of PS5 exclusive, Returnal, as well as a short trip to Resident Evil Village's creepy new setting. Matty and Sandy then answer the …

Episode 141 - Intimate Switch Time

April 19th, 2021


It’s déjà vu on Checkpoint Chat, as Resident Evil Remake and Monster Hunter Rise are on the menu again. But how about those big PS5 changes finally?

Episode 140 - Waist-High Cover

April 12th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, there’s more Monsters that need Hunting in Rise, Outriders feels like a game from another time, and Resident Evil still …

Episode 139 - Fluffy Monster Dango

April 6th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about Monster Hunter Rise as both Sandy and Matty are engrossed by the Nintendo Switch's latest exclusive. …

Episode 138 - There's Monsters That Need Hunting

March 29th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about hunting down some beasts as Sandy and Matty dive head-first in Monster Hunter Rise. The Formula 1 season …

Episode 137 - Honey, I Shrunk The Loop

March 22nd, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, things get recursive with Loop Hero, we calculate the risks of Bravely Default 2, and just what horrors await in Little …

Episode 136 - Master Chief And Doom Guy Walk Into A Bar

March 15th, 2021


"Doom Guy, you son of a bitch!" This week on Checkpoint Chat, someone finally finished Sekiro, there's some Fights in Tight Spaces, and Mario 3D  World is an all-time classic. Plus, Microsoft and Bethesda are finally …

Episode 135 - Potassium-Powered Gaming

March 8th, 2021


Checkpoint Chat is back with Persona 5 Strikers, Super Mario 3D Land And What Bowser's Fury means for the future of the plumber. Also, PlayStation is …

Episode 134 - That Good, Good Nostalgia

February 22nd, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat the news has finally kicked into gear with announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct and BlizzCon 2021. Then the pair dive into Astral Chain, Sekiro, and even a touch of Minecraft.


Episode 133 - Now You See Us

February 15th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, it's a toss up between challenging platform Blue Fire, a nostalgic return to Super Mario 3D World, and another deep-dive into Sekiro. Plus, we're on video now!


Episode 132 - I Take My Horror Medium Rare

February 8th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, things get weird and spooky with a deep dive of The Medium, Sandy tries a bunch of performance patches on PS5, and Matty just loves punishing himself with Celeste.


Episode 131 - To The Moon

February 1st, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, backlogs continue to be busted with discussions on Dishonored 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Yakuza 0, and more. …

Episode 130 - Drink Your Lasagna

January 25th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat, backlogs are being blown away with visits to Resident Evil 7, Dishonored 2, Celeste and a bunch of PlayStation Platinums!


Episode 129 - Sephiroth's Fett Pack

January 19th, 2021


This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about From Software, from the Demon's Souls remake and Bloodborne: The Old Hunters. Also, what about those new …

Episode 128 - Poggers Mood

January 11th, 2021


Checkpoint Chat is BACK and bursting at the seams to discuss all the holiday gaming goodness, including Ghost of Tsushima, Cyberpunk 2077, and, of …

Episode 127 - GOTY 2020

December 14th, 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!

Episode 126 - Dangerous Squid Heads

December 7th, 2020


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 …

Animal Crossing's Most PAWTASTIC Island! - New Horizons Island Tour

November 26th, 2020


In this special episode of Checkpoint Chat, we speak to Michaela Bussey, a dedicated Animal Crossing New Horizons player who has carefully curated a …

Episode 125 - Fleetwood Chat

November 23rd, 2020


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: …

Episode 124 - PS5's Good, Very Good, And Just A Little Ugly

November 17th, 2020


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 …

Episode 123 - Mom's Spaghetti

November 9th, 2020


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.


Episode 122 - Give Me The Club, Boy

November 4th, 2020


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 …

The Spookiest Animal Crossing Island! - New Horizons Island Tour

October 31st, 2020


In this special episode of Checkpoint Chat, we speak to Jacky, an ultra-talented Animal Crossing New Horizons player who has designed a gorgeous …

Episode 121 - Raw Moisture

October 19th, 2020


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.


Episode 120 - Perfectly Splendid

October 12th, 2020


This week in Checkpoint Chat, the Hades bug has bitten Matty as he hops between that and spooky multiplayer game Phasmophobia. Sandy explores the …

Episode 119 - Messing With Fludd

October 5th, 2020


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.


Episode 118 - Little Digital Miracles

September 28th, 2020


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 …

Episode 117 - Red Molly Yellow Molly

September 21st, 2020


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! 


Episode 116 - Millennials, Assemble

September 14th, 2020


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 …

Episode 115 - Meow Mario

September 7th, 2020


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 …

Episode 114 - Batty Family

August 31st, 2020


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.


Episode 113 - 2 Goose 2 Furious

August 24th, 2020


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 …

Episode 112 - Hairy Pluto

August 17th, 2020


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty has a glowing review for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice while pulling his hair out over Pogostuck. Sandy is …

Episode 111 - Sausage Champion

August 10th, 2020


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,


Episode 110 - Super Lit Thistles

August 3rd, 2020


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 …

Episode 109 - Kung-Fu Teddy Bear

July 27th, 2020


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 …

Episode 108 - Jam Corgis

July 20th, 2020


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 …

Episode 107 - Rock Out With Your Lute Out

July 14th, 2020


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 …

Episode 106 - Big Cog

July 6th, 2020


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.

Episode 105 - Googly-Eyed Octopus

June 29th, 2020


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 …

Episode 104 - So Sassy

June 22nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 103 - Hey Look, It's A PlayStation 5

June 15th, 2020


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 …

Episode 102 - Swinging A Cat

June 8th, 2020


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 …

Episode 101 - Dalmatians

June 1st, 2020


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.

Episode 100 - Centenary Chatters

May 25th, 2020


On this, the 100th episode of Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty celebrate the milestone with chats about good and bad multiplayer shooters, namely …

Episode 99 - Airborne Hacker

May 18th, 2020


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 …

Episode 98 - The Armsy Strikes Back

May 11th, 2020


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. …

Episode 97 - Mud Up

May 5th, 2020


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 …

Episode 96 - My Favourite Bush

April 27th, 2020


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 …

Episode 95 - That DOOT Guy

April 20th, 2020


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 …

Episode 94 - Reactor Lockdown

April 13th, 2020


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 …

Episode 93 - Nemesis of the Month

April 6th, 2020


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 …

Episode 92 - Lockdown Ludo

March 30th, 2020


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 …

Episode 91 - Nemesis Visited My Island

March 23rd, 2020


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 …

Episode 90 - Zucchini Hill Zone

March 16th, 2020


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. 

Episode 89 - Dreamy Cloud

March 9th, 2020


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 …

Episode 88 - Wet Rival

March 2nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 87 - MotherMeower

February 24th, 2020


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 …

Episode 86 - Swindled Over Monster

February 17th, 2020


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 …

Episode 85 - Underage Ice-Cream Eating

February 10th, 2020


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 …

Episode 84 - The Other 20 Questions

January 27th, 2020


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.

Episode 83 - Night Sandies

January 20th, 2020


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 …

Episode 82 - 2020 Vision

January 14th, 2020


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 …

Episode 81 - Checkpoint Chat's GOTY 2019

December 30th, 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 …

Episode 80 - Talking Naughty Dog with Neilan Naicker

December 23rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 79 - Elephants with Infinite Trunks

December 16th, 2019


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 …

Episode 78 - Heart of the Cards

December 9th, 2019


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 …

Episode 77 - Ice Cold Blue Milk

December 2nd, 2019


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: …

Episode 76 - VR Headcrabs

November 25th, 2019


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 …

Episode 75 - Intimacy Adventure

November 18th, 2019


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 …

Episode 74 - Singing in the Timefall

November 11th, 2019


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 …

Episode 73 - 20 Questions

October 29th, 2019


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. 

Episode 72 - Finger Guns with the Grim Reaper

October 21st, 2019


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 …

Episode 71 - Casa Figueira

October 14th, 2019


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 …

Episode 70 - eCheckpoint eChat

October 7th, 2019


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 …

Episode 69 - NICE

September 30th, 2019


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 …

Episode 68 - Fruity Arcade

September 23rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 67 - Why do you think I came all this way?

September 16th, 2019


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 …

Episode 66 - Flappy Mario

September 9th, 2019


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 …

Episode 65 - Funko Popping This House

September 2nd, 2019


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.

Episode 64 - Astral Chain on the Astral Plane

August 27th, 2019


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, …

Episode 63 - Gucci Coin

August 19th, 2019


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 …

Episode 62 - Pencil Shaped Nipples

August 5th, 2019


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 …

Episode 61 - Execute Directive Ban Anime

July 29th, 2019


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 …

Episode 60 - Radioactive Marios

July 22nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 59 - Burn your slime

July 16th, 2019


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 …

Episode 58 - Turtleneck Gang

July 8th, 2019


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 …

Episode 57 - Abandonment Issues

July 1st, 2019


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 …

Episode 56 - E3 Guessapalooza

June 9th, 2019


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 …

Episode 55 - Inglorious Void Bastards

June 3rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 54 - Mad Max: Dreary Road

May 21st, 2019


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 …

Episode 53 - Walker, Post-Apocalyptic Ranger

May 13th, 2019


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 …

Episode 52 - Living in a Sonic Paradise

May 6th, 2019


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 …

Episode 51 - Deek on a Leash

April 29th, 2019


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 …

Episode 50 - Half Century Hero

April 23rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 49 - Giving You Wings

April 15th, 2019


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 …

Episode 48 - Compression Socks

April 8th, 2019


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 …

Episode 47 - What are the best 10 games of all time?

March 27th, 2019


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 …

Episode 46 - A good cat named Goose

March 18th, 2019


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 …

Episode 45 - Bungee Jumps in Alcohol Alley

March 11th, 2019


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 …

Episode 44 - Where we droppin', Tetrominos?

March 4th, 2019


Releases have finally slowed down this week on Checkpoint Chat, letting both Matty and Sandy finally check in with Tetris 99 and its ridiculous …

Episode 43 - A Hunter's Dream

February 26th, 2019


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 …

Episode 42 - Crackdown Smackdown

February 18th, 2019


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Episode 41 - Zzzzzzzzziplines Deployed

February 11th, 2019


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 …

Episode 40 - Piranha the Powerful Pot Plant

February 5th, 2019


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 …


January 28th, 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 …

Episode 38 - Checkpoint Scene Investigation

January 21st, 2019


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 …

Episode 37 - Back in Black

January 14th, 2019


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 …

Episode 36 - The Checkpoint Chat Games of the Year

December 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 35 - Super Smashing Kirby

December 10th, 2018


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 …

Episode 34 - Cat Tales, AWOO-HOO

December 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 33 - What is this? A Game Award?

November 27th, 2018


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 …

Episode 32 - Eevee Disrespected My Personal Space

November 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 31 - The Bland Undead

November 12th, 2018


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 …

Episode 30 - Sneak Spider on my Bonnet

November 5th, 2018


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 …

Episode 29 - Robotic Pet Sematary

October 29th, 2018


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 …

Episode 28 - Baked Custard Tarts

October 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 27 - The Exotic Belgian Waffle

October 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 26 - The Greatest Escape

October 1st, 2018


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 …

Episode 25 - Get Ada Here Leon

September 24th, 2018


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 …

Episode 24 - Good podcast, great podcast

September 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 23 - Random Drug Searches

September 10th, 2018


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, …

Episode 22 - Pimple on my nipple

September 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 21 - Nero shredding on a half-pipe

August 27th, 2018


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 …

Episode 20 - The Hollow Knight that stole my Dead Cells

August 20th, 2018


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 …

Episode 19 - This was not plagarised

August 13th, 2018


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 …

Episode 18 - Heart of a Red Bull and Vodka teenager

August 6th, 2018


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 …

Episode 17 - Shooting Point Blanks

July 31st, 2018


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. …

Episode 16 - Nightmares filled with 8-bit Toad

July 23rd, 2018


This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty details his weird adventures through the bug-infested kingdoms of Hollow Knight, Sandy does his best Captain Toad …

Episode 15 - Ethically stealing

July 16th, 2018


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 …

Episode 14 - I Hate Playing Tetris

July 9th, 2018


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 …

Episode 13 - The Best and Worst of E3 2018

July 2nd, 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 …

Episode 12 - Come Here and Give Armsy a Hug

May 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 11 - The E3 Prediction Extravaganza

May 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 10 - We're in a timeline with RAGE 2

May 14th, 2018


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 …

Episode 9 - Keep an eye on that spider

May 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 8 - The Fig who finished The Witcher

April 30th, 2018


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 …

Episode 7 - BOY! Listen to this podcast!

April 23rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 6 - BioShock in Benoni

April 16th, 2018


After an unforeseen week off, Sandy and Matty return to share stories of Trico being an asshole, how unbelievably incredible God of War is, …

Episode 5 - Hungover Family Planning

April 2nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 4 - Never Ignore a Moving Bush

March 26th, 2018


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 …

Episode 3 - Final Fantasy Ponzi Scheme

March 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 2 - Time Travelling Traffic

March 12th, 2018


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 …

Episode 1 - Swole King Dedede

March 5th, 2018


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 …

Episode 0 - Close to that road named after that singer

March 2nd, 2018


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. …

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Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
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Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens