Gears 4: A Triumphant Emergence – Is Playing Legacy Games A Prerequisite?

Gears of War 4 released last week to ‘Ultimate Edition’ players and Antony along with co-op partner Nicola (his wife) jumped into the campaign on day one. For anyone sitting on the fence or worrying that this once closed off storyline was getting a sub-standard sequel, fear not. Gears of War 4 ticks all of the boxes, well it actually sticks a frag grenade on the boxes and blows them out of the water!  Antony was happy to report that Gears of War 4 is not only a fitting continuation of the story, it could possibly be the BEST GEARS OF WAR GAME!

With the campaign finished, Antony, Nicola and Gears noob James are about to embark on the hours of fun that is Horde 3.0 – updates to come on next week’s podcast.

Amidst this rousing appreciation for Gears of War 4 from Antony (and the relief at this news from the other Sparks), a listener question prompts an interesting discussion centering upon whether a player would need to play all the games in a given series in order to enjoy the newest shiny instalment. The question posed was directly regarding Gears of War 4 but the Sparks opened this up generally assessing the need to play all instalments in any series to be able to feel part of a fully rounded gaming experience. From a business point of view, it makes sense that games should be designed to be jumped in at any time in a series to keep that cash coming in but does that apply to all, or any games? And could catering to the newcomer harvest resentment in the gamers who have been there for the long haul?

This week the Sparks have been playing Forza Horizon 3 with Darren (@DazWhitham), James (@BIGsheep) and Antony (@ChessmanUK) all playing this fantastic racer both off and online.  The online is where Forza Horizon 3 really ramps up the fun, with Adventures, PvP and online racing delivering hours of laughter.

Forza really is a ton of fun and has converted the less car game minded Darren and James to it’s special brand of racing fun. If you loved the likes of Burnout or long for the feeling of Project Gotham Racing series gave players back in the day, then look no further – Forza Horizon 3 delivers all this and much more in this content overloaded, bright, fun and beautiful race-fest!

Don’t forget, if you would like to join the fun and race with or against the Sparks online you can join the Gamers of the Lost Spark Car Club, once unlocked you can search for ‘GoLS’ and join the racing elite (well almost!)

Also our very own Dazza has finished off his first piece of Pixel Art and is so proud we couldn’t help but display his work here for posterity. This is a version of the Vic Viper of Nemesis / Gladius fame, one of the first arcade games that really stood out for Daz in his formative years.

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In this week’s VR News Desk PlayStationVR is getting closer Antony’s excitement is reaching fever pitch.

In readiness for VR Thursday (PSVR launches on Thursday 13th October) Antony has pre-ordered and downloaded the following VR titles:

  • Batman VR (of course!)
  • 100ft Robot Golf
  • SUPERHYPERCUBE
  • Volume
  • PlayStation VR Worlds

We also have a wealth of other news in VR, including our visit to ‘Oculus Corner’ in which we discuss further massive investment in the platform by Facebook, a new untethered Oculus prototype codenamed Santa Cruz and the new Oculus Touch controllers being announced for pre-order.

Listen to next week’s Lost Spark Podcast for a full review and eyes-on with PlayStation VR

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