This week amongst the usual wealth of gaming and tech news that the Sparks’ discuss the glory days of E3 are lovingly looked back on. Have the best days of this core gaming event passed us by and will E3 return to former glory this year or in future? Antony and Darren swap stories of enjoying the conferences of E3’s past, chat about how they feel that it really is a core gaming event still, that brings not just the press but also the gaming community along for the ride causing a level of excitement they are sure could only happen in gaming.
As more big players drop out of the main event though, a tremor of worry rears its head – could the best of E3 already be behind us? Let’s hope not. Continue reading →
Sad news hit this week regarding Disney pulling the plug on not only their ‘Toys to Life’ development but also closing down their gaming division completely resulting in the loss of approximately 300 jobs. Is this move simply a reaction by Disney to a recent financial shortfall or could the decision have been contributed to by Disney making the decision that creating games is just no longer a profitable path? Shocking news from an entertainment behemoth like this one.
The Sparks discuss this news and speculate as to whether Disney Infinity reaching its zenith could be an early indicator of a decrease in interest across the board of the Toys to Life market, signifying the decline of Skylanders and even Lego Dimensions. Or is this just an isolated move contained within entertainment powerhouse Disney as a damage control measure, in light of the company missing its financial goals for the year that caused their stock to fall 6 percent?
Antony and Darren look therein for a silver lining and hope that a move to licensing out IP’s to external parties may lead to gamers getting more licensed games than ever before and cross their fingers that the quality will remain on the level of the likes of EA’s handling of Star Wars Battlefront. Here’s hoping this is not the start of a slippery slope for Disney – surely an impossibility! Continue reading →
With Sony announcing that Uncharted 4’s Multiplayer experience will be underpinned by a new philosophy of ‘Fairness First’ the Sparks are stunned and elated to hear that all future maps and modes will be included in the game for free and that vanity and gameplay in-game store items will all be attainable by gameplay.
Yes, it’s exactly how it should be done and is it not a shame that this action is such a surprise? It really shows how the industry has changed over the years. Check out the core philosophies involved in more detail here.
With a huge industry player throwing down the gauntlet and getting back to basics with regard to how unlocks should be earned, will others follow and lead us off this path we have found ourselves on?
Excitement and speculation is rife regarding Nintendo’s latest console and has been for months now. At last though, we have been given an official release date and some information that rather than helps us with what to expect, rather prepares us for what not to expect. So, we have a March release date and that’s great to know. We can all look forward to getting more official information on the run up to release. It will also give purchasers of the PSVR time for their wallets to cool off before taking the next gaming plunge should they choose to. Also, we have been furnished with the tidings that the new Legend of Zelda game will not be on Wii U in time for Christmas and it will in fact be releasing next year, at the same time as the NX version.
This raises some questions with the Sparks:
Is this a repetition of what happened with Twilight Princess and could the development of a Wii U version mean that the NX version is held back? With the lack of love and attention that the Wii U has had over its life it seems surprising that a new Zelda game should be anything but exclusive to Nintendo’s new system. A benchmark game to fly the flag of the new console’s abilities, unimpeded by another version that may hold it back. Surely this should have been planned as an exclucive? An NX-clusive if you like (sorry).
Now then, what about what not to expect, well, lets not expect the NX to make an appearance at E3 as that is not scheduled to happen and lets not expect any blockbuster releases for the Christmas season on the Wii U, unless Paper Mario – Colour Splash gets you all tingly.
The first ever Lost Spark Game of the Year podcast is here! Games have been played (and played) and the votes are in. 2015 was a fantastic year for games but which titles got Antony and Darren excited this year?
In this week’s news section The Sparks chat about Uncharted 4’s slip to April 2016 and speculate on what could be causing the delay – a final polish after seeing Rise of the Tomb Raider in action or perhaps even some kind of VR mode? Yes, we can dream!
Also, Radio 1 finally acknowledges gaming and PlayStation release their PS Plus games for January 2016.
In this week’s exciting edition of the Lost Spark Podcast we talk all things Sony with some great announcements about Paris Games Week and The PlayStation Experience and try and predict what they have in store for us. Should we temper our excitement to avoid disappointment or will Sony blow us away!
We also dissect the news about the interesting competitor to Kickstarter, Project Fig and look at the key differences between the two and get nerdy about the re-release of an old classic.
Darren starts his journey in to Metal Gear Solid 5 at Ground Zero(s), buys an Ewok and shares just how amazing it feels to hold the Worlds Second Place in Rare Replay’s Jetpac Snapshot Challenge.