Tag Archives: PS4

Duck These Microtransactions!

In this week’s podcast the Sparks break down all of the recent crazy microtransactions news: Have Konami out ‘horse-armoured’ Bethesda with their new Mother Base insurance policy!? Is Destiny about to open the floodgates with their newly introduced “Silver” currency? If only there was an insurance policy we could get that protected us all against against this seemingly unstoppable barrage of cash siphons, or are the gamers who dislike this practice really in the vocal minority?

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Gamescom Conference Analysis – Are Sony Getting Complacent or Running Scared?

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, at the Xbox gamescom 2015 Briefing on Tuesday, 4 August 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz for Microsoft)

This week it’s Gamescom! So of course Antony and Darren discuss all the news that has come to light from the Microsoft and EA conferences. The highs and lows, the faves and the frowns all come under the Sparks’ microscope and the lack of a presence from Sony is discussed at length, can they keep their edge on promises alone and does their absence signify the start of a turning of the tide?

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Journey: When Games Become Art – a personal interpretation

By Darren Whitham (@dazwhitham) on 22nd July 2015

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Having just sat down and played through the excellent game Journey once again on my PS4 after it being released yesterday I can unequivocally state that the game has lost none of its charm nor magic. In fact it retains both and in great proportions. The game is an absolute joy to play and no small part of its genius is down to the open ended nature of the story that just begs the player to theorize about the purpose of the protagonists eponymous Journey. So much so that after being swept away once more in ThatGameCompany’s world and thoroughly enjoying the experience that Jenova Chen’s design combined with Austin Wintory’s stunning score deliver to the player, I could not resist putting finger to keyboard to try and capture how the playthrough made me feel, how it captivated me and how I believe the story of Journey unfolds through the eyes of the central character…

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Let’s Talk No Man’s Sky

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In this week’s episode the Sparks talk about the biggest launch of 2015 so far and get nerdy about the first look of a long awaited Spark favourite – No Man’s Sky.

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