It’s a time when Gamers worldwide are suffering from the most delightful of troubling problems, a severe bout of too many games. The stars don’t align this way often, but rarely, when the moon shines in the 16th quarter and the stars fall upon each other blurring the celestial axis, a time of plenty is triggered for the hallowed gaming ones. A time of constant quality games pouring forth from all directions. A time of joy and delight as we decide what fantastic diversion we want to get swept away with next. A time of working out how we are going to manage to play all these games before the next one comes hurtling along. A time to manage those gaming finances. A time of, yeah actually, too many games.The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild
Of course, we shouldn’t cry out in dismay at being troubled by so many delightful distractions and of course, we can wait. Every game doesn’t absolutely have to be consumed on release day does it? Of course not, but for some gamers out there an influx of fantastic games, whilst being a wonderful thing, can also be fraught with pondering, calculating and decision. Which game to get? Is only one open world required or do others provide enough distinctive difference to justify a purchase at the same time and what about the time? Being hit with many a 40 / 50 / 60 hour (and in many cases beyond) game can back a dedicated gamer to the wall with the important (and nice) decision of just what is the best use of their time and money. Which game is the one to go for or can they all be squeezed in at once and if such an undertaking is undertaken, is there a risk of rushing them and perhaps not enjoying them as much as if they were all treated individually?
And so, this week in episode 83 of your Lost Spark Podcast the guys discuss this (admittedly rather pleasing) problem and ask if Mass Effect Andromeda will have what it takes to pull us out of our Horizon Zero Dawn / Zelda Breath of the Wild reverie’s and dazzle us enough to jump ship from far flung fantasy to sci-fi space drama. For those who are members of EA Access they can jump in as soon as 16th March in the UK, so the temptation is real and strong. Or will time juggling or just plain old fashioned waiting be the answer to this wonderful dilemma of drowning in a sea of great titles.
Pacing has never seemed to be a strong point in the industry but if this steady flow of games was spaced out a little more we could have gamed all the way through the traditional summer games drought and have just finished the likes of Mass Effect Andromeda and be staring right at the Holiday Season line up. Either way, it looks like an inevitable backlog build up may occur for many.
With Nier Automata and Persona 5 racing right up around the corner towards us, it looks like having a great selection to choose from in the top tier gaming category is not going to end soon and for all the choices (and oh such hardships) that brings, I think we can all agree it’s a great time to be a gamer.
This week in ‘What We’ve Been Playing‘ the Sparks have been enjoying their time in the open world wonders of both Horizon Zero Dawn and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Daz has been trying out the free PS Plus title, Disc Jam! Has it got what it takes to become the next Rocket League, listen to this week’s pod to find out.
Last week Sony announced that PlayStation Now will only stream games to your PS4 and Windows PC, removing support for PS Vita, PS3 and all other smart devices.
And this week they announced that PS Now’s catalog is set to grow even further, as they include a new platform: PlayStation 4 games. All of the games in the service, including PS4 games, will be included with a single PS Now subscription.
In the next few weeks Sony will kick off a private test with PS4 games on PS Now. If you’re an active PS Now subscriber, keep an eye on your email in case you get an invitation, is this a move to counter Microsoft’s Netflix for Gaming announcement or a step forward in the digital only revolution?
In the ‘VR News Desk‘ this week we talk about Farpoint for PSVR. The game is due to launch launch in the US on 16th May, with a European release a day later. Farpoint will be available as a standalone title or gamers can purchase it in a bundle with the Aim controller. On its own – either as a physical or digital copy – Farpoint will retail for $49.99 USD/£49.99 GBP. While the bundle will cost a whopping $79.99/£74.99.
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