In the penultimate episode until our crowning centenary, episode 99 of the Gamers of the Lost Spark podcast kicks off with the latest ripples from the world of gaming assisted by recurring special guest, James (@BIGsheep) Thomas.
Antony presents us with a section that is so in beta phase that we have called it ‘Beta Corner’. The guys discuss the exciting beta versions of Destiny 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 that are not too far away from our eager reaching gaming hands.
Destiny 2 will be with us first and we’ll get a first proper hands-on with Bungie’s behemoth as part of a beta, which kicks off at the following times (there’s a few intricacies here so pay attention):
- Destiny 2 PS4 Beta early access start time – July 18th, 10am PST / 6pm BST – for those who pre-order
- Destiny 2 Xbox One Beta start time – July 19th, 10am PST / 6pm BST – for those who pre-order
- Destiny 2 Open Beta start time for all players on consoles – July 21st, 10am PST / 6pm BST
- Destiny 2 Beta end time for all players on consoles – July 23rd, 9pm PST / 5am BST – for consoles
- Destiny 2 PC Beta start time – some time in late August
Bungie has confirmed to Eurogamer that the following is in the beta:
- Opening story mission, Homecoming
- Two Crucible modes, Countdown (new to Destiny 2, attack and defend based) and Control (classic zone control)
- Co-operative Strike, The Inverted Spire
- New sub-classes, Warlock (Dawnblade), Hunter (Arcstrider) and Titan (Sentinel)
- Social Space, The Farm (for one hour only on July 23 at 6pm UK time / 10am PST)
- New emblem to unlock in the full game if you play the beta
After digesting the dates, times and the what’s included’s, the guys chat it out about the value of the beta as we know it in the current day and discuss what they think are the pro’s and con’s of this, now commonplace practice. Are there risks it could put a potential buyer off? Could a hyped up gamer get their fill of the experience from a beta alone and then feel a purchase is not required and in contrast, does that matter in comparison to the data and testing that this process affords the developer to deliver the best experience to the buying faithful?
Tune in to hear the full debate.
In the ‘What We’ve Been Playing’ section this week Antony reviews the brand new game from Sand Sailor Studios, Black The Fall. In a time of a gaming lull and as the Sparks search for something new and fresh to play this ‘dystopian puzzle-platformer’ really hits the spot. Seen as a cross between George Orwell’s 1984 and last years ‘must play’ title Inside.
Although Black The Fall treads a somewhat familiar ground it presents you with some great moments and tricky puzzles that have you high-fiving yourself upon completion. Listen to Antony’s full review on this week’s Lost Spark Podcast.
Also this week the guys finally get together to play Mario Kart 8 on the Switch and even though James is still the man to beat, Darren gives him a run for his money, taking the crown on more than one occasion. As for Antony, well he “almost’ pipped James to the post in the last race (James – he really didn’t!).
And as if all that wasn’t enough, you can also get to hear about E3 from the inside, as James recounts his recent experience showcasing Sea of Thieves there and also, in the VR Desk section, you can listen with rapt confusion as the guys discuss Japanese guys marrying their dream anime girls in VR, sealing the nuptials with a beautiful kiss that in reality is a pair of rubber lips held on a stick.
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