This week the man himself (@BigSheep) joins the guys to discuss the gaming news of the moment in episode 90.
It’s a bit of a Nintendo-fest this week as the often visited Nintendo corner grows into the Nintendo-Annex in light of the sheer volume of stories over the last 7 days, in no small part owing to the phenomenal success of the Switch console which is showing no signs of slowing down in it’s meteoric mission from store shelf to gamers pocket.
The guys have been gushing about Breath of the Wild since release and with good reason and it looks like the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is shaping up to be just as much fun and just as successful with a 45% attach rate topping both the UK’s Individual and All Formats charts this week.
After some discussion about if we will see an up to now unrevealed big game on Switch between Arms and Mario Odyssey the conversation turns to ward the reveal of the Zelda Season Pass and the content therein (full details below). With the advent of a full fangled Tingle costume being a genius standout for the Sparks.
The question is, in a game world so big, will people want more, are the revealed features welcome and most importantly, does the lure of this extra content get you tingling enough to part with your rupees?
To hear what the guys think, listen in and enjoy the latest installment of the Lost Spark Podcast.
Whether you have completed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or you are playing it for the first time, the Expansion Pass adds fresh content to your Hylian adventure. The first DLC pack of the Expansion Pass will be available this summer for £17.99/$19.99 (US) with the second coming Winter 2017.
Here is a breakdown of everything The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials has to offer:
- Trial of the Sword: By accessing this location, players can challenge the new Trial of the Sword (previously known as “Cave of Trials Challenge”), where enemies appear one after another. Link starts without any armor or weapons, and if he defeats all of the enemies in the room he can proceed to the next area. Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms for players to complete. When Link clears all of the trials, the true power of the Master Sword will awaken and always be in its glowing powered-up state.
- Hard Mode: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already considered one of the most thrilling games in The Legend of Zelda series, and fans looking for a challenge are in for a treat with the new Hard Mode. In Hard Mode, the “ranks” of enemies in the game are increased (i.e. Red Bokoblins change to Blue), and players might even encounter higher-ranking enemies they wouldn’t find through normal play. Enemies will also slowly recover health in battle, forcing you to defeat them more quickly. They will also more easily spot Link as he approaches them, making these enemies tougher to sneak up on. In addition, floating planks held aloft by balloons will be scattered around Hyrule. By successfully reaching these planks, players can battle enemies and collect treasure.
- Hero’s Path Mode: Exploring Hyrule is exciting, but with such a large world it’s sometimes hard for players to remember where they’ve been. To help with tracking progress, the new Hero’s Path Mode will document every step players take, and mark their path in green on the map. The route taken will be tracked for the player’s last 200 hours of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a timeline. This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have traveled. This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven’t visited in this vast world, and may help players find those Shrines they haven’t encountered yet.
- Travel Medallion: There will be a new treasure chest somewhere in the game world which contains the Travel Medallion. With the Travel Medallion, players can create a temporary new travel point on the map where they are currently standing. Link can then transport himself to that point at any time. Only one travel point can be registered on the map at a time.
- Korok Mask: By finding the new Korok Mask, players will have a much easier time finding Korok locations in the game. When equipped, the mask will shake, indicating that a Korok is hidden somewhere nearby.
- New Equipment: Eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous characters and games in the series will be added to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after downloading the first DLC pack. Once discovered by the player, they will yield equipment themed after fan-favorite games and characters such as Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora’s Mask.
In ‘What We’ve Been Playing‘ this week James, in a Nintendo-y mood due to a weekend filled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch, he has dusted off his Gamecube to play the classic Luigi’s Mansion and now looks to other Gamecube classics to continue the Nintendo high.
Also this week Darren has continued his awesome-trio of games; Zelda, Persona 5 and Sexy Brutale, sharing time equal between these amazing games.
And finally Antony goes hands on with the final part of ‘What Remains of Edith Finch’ and the latest episode from The Walking Dead: New Frontier.
Also in the news this week WipEout Omega Collection goes gold and readies for it’s release on 6th June. WipEout Omega Collection brings together all the content from WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048, enhanced for PS4 Pro and running at a super slick native 4K and 60FPS.
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