Chocobo Sam in Final Fantasy VII Remake. Image courtesy of Square-Enix.

This week, the staff is back to full strength! With COVID-19 keeping everyone at home, esports betting is now available on Draft Kings! Final Fantasy VII Remake is out, and we managed to pry Robbie and Kali away from the controller just long enough to record the show this week. We also hit on the latest news in esports and gaming, and hear from you all who is the character in gaming you just can’t stand. All that and more on this week’s CheckpointXP!

This week on CheckpointXP:

  • (0:00) COVID-19 Update and Esports on Draft Kings– 
    • The cast breaks down the latest goings on due to COVID-19. One of the major changes is esports appearing on Draft Kings. They give their thoughts on how to make some money on CS:GO. Take their advice at your own peril.
  • (12:01)  Final Fantasy VII Remake and Easy Mode
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake is officially here and both Robbie and producer Kali are obsessed. They’ll try to sell James and Weirdbeard on the game. 
    • Then, should games have an easy mode?
  • (24:00) Robbie’s ruined weekend 
    • We all hate going to the dentist, but a trip this weekend ruined Robbie’s plans of playing FF7. When have you had a bad trip to the dentist?
  • (34:00) Memorials and remembrances in video games
    • With the news of a memorial being held in-game for a Final Fantasy XIV player who died of COVID-19, the crew is taking a look at some other examples of memorials and remembrances inside gaming.
  • (43:49) Quarantined house with video game characters
    • As we continue to live in quarantine, it’s got us wondering which five video game characters you’d like to bunker down with.
  • (55:50) Gaming and Esports News – 
  • (1:07:51) Patient Gamer – Psychonauts 
    • On this week’s edition of the Patient Gamer, Ric tells us all the story of Psychonauts.
  • (1:17:51) What game could you play for 24 hours?
    • We check in on social media to find out what character you absolutely hate, plus we ask you to name your favorite strong female villain.

CheckpointXP – Your Home for Esports and Gaming

Looking for something to do while under quarantine? Check out the Shutdown Showdown! It’s a charity APEX Legends tournament benefiting No Kid Hungry. The tournaments are running on Tuesdays throughout April with proceeds going to charity. It’s just $10 to enter and you can enter solo or with your friends. Check it out here!

Check out last week’s episode here!

Lead Image courtesy of Square-Enix