Star Wars Battlefront II, Will The Controversy Stop Gamers Buying A Great Game?

It’s episode 110 of the Lost Spark Podcast.  This week Steve and Antony wade into the hottest of hot topics; Star Wars Battlefront 2 and the controversy surrounding the game up to it’s launch.  Antony shares his thoughts after an extensive play-through of the both the campaign, which is really good and the multiplayer.

Steve and Antony talk about loot boxes; can they be implemented correctly, not leave the gamers feeling like cash cows and have EA spoiled another Star Wars Title?

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Xbox One, Is X Really Gonna Give It To Ya?

On the show this week Antony (@ChessmanUK) is joined by two new Sparks; ‘Friend of the Show’ Manny (@Manuel_Garcia) and from D-pad Joy‘s, Steve (@ste_carter91).

This week we discuss the newly released Xbox One X and give our hands on impressions of ‘the world’s most powerful console’, does the Xbox One X live up to the hype and does Forza 7 look so shiny it will hurt your eyes; join the Sparks for episode 109 and find out. Continue reading

Middle Earth: Shadow of War – Review

2014’s Lord of the Rings action game Shadow of Mordor turned out to be a huge surprise for many. Beneath the fairly banal character-action trappings and the grim predictability of the setting, Monolith’s ground-breaking “Nemesis” AI system breathed a new layer of life into what would otherwise have been another rote open-world collect-em-up with Batman-styled combat.

Nemesis changed everything. No longer were your orc foes simply fodder for the in-game upgrade treadmill, but now they had personality, weaknesses, strengths and a long memory; growing in combat skill with every failed encounter and crushing your spirit with well-voiced and pithy putdowns when you next stumbled on their path. Plotting to take down a particularly annoying orc was a joy; stalking across the map, preying on its weakness and then choosing just the right environment and skillset to finish the job. Monolith’s mouthy foes managed to make enemy encounters personal, and that made them matter.

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Super Mario Odyssey, Paris Games Week, and Animal Crossing

James (@BIGsheep) joins Antony (@ChessmanUK) for a bumper show packed with Super Mario Odyssey hands-on, Stardew Valley and Picross chatter,

Also on the podcast this week we breakdown the latest gaming news including PlayStation’s press conference at Paris Games Week and the free games for November on both Xbox and PlayStation. Continue reading

Does the Loot Crate Invasion Need Regulation?

In this week’s collection of fun and hi-jinx from the gaming world, Antony and Darren discuss the games of the moment and the news and mood from across the bewildering bubble that is our games industry.

A blind eye could not be turned any longer as Antony and Dazza discuss the hot topic of the moment – the Loot Crate. Not a new innovation by any means but it does seem that in recent times, this method of monetisation seems to be more and more in the public eye as these innocent looking Crates seem to be unstoppably seeping into every premium title you can shake a stick at.

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The Gourmet Gaming Edition

Welcome to this week’s podcast as the guys get over excited about food to game with, gushing  forth about pizza’s of both the savoury and sweet persuasion, using the sous vide style to make the best steak ever to feed you up before a gaming session and top it all of with a hearty swirl of biscuit syrup! It’s gastro-gaming fusion! A combination that can’t be beaten! Or have they just played too much Overcooked!

The one and only, James ‘The Brand’ Thomas (@BIGSheep) joins us this week fresh from EGX and gives us the lowdown (along with Antony) on this fine UK event.

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A Date With Destiny

This week on the Lost Spark Podcast the guys go hands on with the fantastic titles that have released over the last few weeks. Listen to full hands-on impressions of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battles, Life is Strange: Before the Storm and Destiny 2.

Listen in to James and Antony as they return to the world of Destiny and co-op their way through the fantastic new campaign and discuss best methods to get ‘Raid ready’

Also this week on the podcast James and Antony go ‘spatular free’ with Darren away and deep dive into the new Great British Bake Off and discuss the changes and the first 3 weeks of baking goodness.

In the news section this week, as well as a bevy of Nintendo news there was briefly cross-platform play in Fortnite between users on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, over the weekend, Polygon reported and Epic Games confirmed today.

Gamers in the Fortnite subreddit spotted what they thought was cross-console play in the co-op sandbox survival game over the weekend. While others were skeptical that Xbox One users and PlayStation 4 users were in fact playing together (thinking someone had mistaken a PC gamertag for an Xbox Live handle), an Epic representative said this afternoon that that’s exactly what was happening.

“We had a configuration issue and it has now been corrected,” the spokesperson said.

This is unusual because, while Microsoft opened the Xbox platform to cross-platform play last year beginning with Rocket League, Sony has been resistant to letting PlayStation 4 gamers share an ecosystem with Xbox One.

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Ol’ Blue Skies is Back

If there’s a universal truth among video game players of a certain age, it’s that we all, from time to time, find some small comfort in wallowing in the nostalgic history of our pastime. We live in what could credibly be argued as the best era for access to new and diverse video games, and yet the list of re-visited and remade franchises grows longer by the year. Remasters sit happily alongside retro-styled pixel art indie games in the upper echelons of the charts, and historical collections such as Rare Replay manage to showcase both the genuine original articles alongside their jazzed-up and polished modern re-imaginings.

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Nindies and Nidhoggs

Welcome to another episode of the Lost Spark podcast. This week we have a bumper packed show with a bevy of all the latest news from this week in gaming. With thoughts on the Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition selling out pretty much everywhere worldwide and Microsoft’s elation and commitment to fulfill demand, all the games coming in September from PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold, right through to employees of KFC being trapped in a room by Colonel Sanders until they learn the hallowed Chicken Mastery in VR.

There’s also a good look at the latest Nintendo Nindies Summer Showcase that aired an hour before recording with a look at the highlights from the selection of over 20 titles for Switch that Nintendo packed into just 22 minutes.

Antony gets to grips with Nidhogg 2 and discovers, much to Dazza’s chagrin that he is in fact the lord and master of the game. Destined to forever wear the beloved Nidhogg Crown encrusted with jewels and claymation body parts and leaving Dazza shaking his head in fury at having Antony dance upon his face with his feet just one too many times. It really is some top notch non stop fun.

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Xbox One X, All Kit And No Caboodle

This weeks’ episode of The Lost Spark Podcast delves into Gamescom, the Microsoft conference and the gaps left in the foreseeable future for Xbox One X.

With the 90 minute show managing to reveal almost nothing that wasn’t already known  and attempting to whet our appetite’s with warmed up footage that’s been around since E3, the common feeling from ardent and expectant fans has been one of disappointment.

Over at Spark Towers, we pride ourselves on an objective positivity as we dissect the industry we love, but in this case, although we fight for it, there’s an unmistakable air of underwhelmed surprise.

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