Moving Forward: Will Hello Games Escape the Shadow of No Man’s Sky?

As the festive season draws near and the nights are closing in, why not relax, pour yourself something that’ll warm those cockles and allow the Sparks’ to welcome the start of December with all the gaming news from the last week and this!

This week, in light of the No Man’s Sky Foundation update being released, Antony and Darren turn their attentions to what lesson can be learned from the disappointing release of No Man’s Sky and ruminate on whether any of that excitement and enthusiasm that the game basked in prior to release can be salvaged by this comprehensive update.

Looking very much like a list of fixes taken straight from the cries of the community, this update fixes many gameplay issues such as improving inventory management, adding Base Building (yippee!) and also giving players the option to select different game modes – Normal, Creative and Survival. See more detail here.

The news brings with it a touch of sadness as the guys can’t help but wish that the game had just been held back until this time. Thinking that perhaps the inclusion of these features in the final release could have mitigated the reception the game has received and perhaps garnered a different legacy in the minds of gamers.

While on the subject of the legacy of No Man’s Sky, the Sparks go on to discuss the effect that this release may have had on the Studio’s name and drilling down, on the reputations of the staff themselves. Could the clamour surrounding one of the most hyped up games ever mean that Hello Games would need to rebrand itself or change it’s name for other projects, or can hard work and a dedication to making the game great via more updates of the type just released allow bygones to be forgiven and pave the way to a product that makes the initial disappointments fade slowly away?

Additionally in this weeks action packed podcast, there’s a feeling of youthful vigour in the air as  a pair of games the guys have been waiting for since the dawn of gaming itself (well a good stretch of years anyway) have finally (one is a week away) arrived!

Yes, what else could it be but that long yearned for duo of distraction Final Fantasy VX and of course The Last Guardian.

FFXV was first revealed on May 8th 2006 when the PS3 wasn’t even out!!! And the Last Guardian folows closely in th ewaiting stakes having been in development since 2007!!!

The arrival of these too long awaited and hopefully masterful pieces of game design are both with us and only days away, with this relisation taking years off the Sparks, who feel like they are back in the the glory days with fresh faced and naive anticipation taking centre stage in a more innocent age of expectation!

This year’s Game Awards 2016 are just hours away or by the time you’ve read this they will have already happened. Awards will be given away and oh so many “WORLD EXCLUSIVE”‘s  will have been unleashed into the wild.

This year the Sparks are predicting the winners, competing for nothing but their honour and pride, the Sparks have committed their choices and only time will tell before we see which Spark comes out on top.  Join us next week for the results.

The Blizzard Mountain Expansion for Forza Horizon 3 is coming on Dec 13th and bringing with it a Forza first – snow, ice, extreme elevations and blizzards in glorious HDR to challenge players in their quest to become the King of the Mountain. Set amidst extreme alpine settings, players will explore a snowy mountain playground in eight new vehicles and plenty of new ‘cheevos for Forza fans to unlock.

The Blizzard Mountain Expansion for Forza Horizon 3 is available separately or as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass, which gives players discounted access to two expansions for £29.00/$34.99. Ultimate Edition owners receive a £10/$10 discount on the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass if purchased before the end of 2016.

Coming to PS Plus this December (available from Dec. 6th) are the following great looking titles for PlayStation 4, PS3 and PS Vita:

  • Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4)
  • Invisible, Inc. (PS4)
  • Hyper Void (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Tiny Troopers Join Ops (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Color Guardians (PS4, PS Vita)
  • VVVVVV (PS Vita)

Stand out titles this month for Darren and Antony are Invisible, Inc., Hyper Void and Stories: The Path of Destinies.

If you want more information on some of the items in this weeks Podcast here are some handy links:

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No Man’s Sky Update

Letter from Fumito Ueda

Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain

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