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Is Xbox Game Pass The Right Price For You?

After a fairly short trial period, Microsoft have announced that the ‘Xbox Game Pass’ is now live for all Xbox Live Gold members, starting with a free 14 day trial, Xbox Gold members can now access over 100 Xbox 360, ID @ Xbox and Xbox One titles for the requested coin of £7.99/$9.99 per month.

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The 2016 Gamers of The Lost Spark New Year Special

Yep, it’s the end of our first full year of podcasting and so in true gaming pundit form, the Eye of Spark Towers shines out and focuses on the games of 2016 in our 2nd Game of the Year Extravaganza.

It’s gonna be captivating, even enrapture-vating!

But firstly, in the spirit of the New Year descending upon us, here’s a brief retrospective and some offerings of thanks;

Since starting off in May 2015 the Sparks have grown considerably and we are really proud of what we have created, realising our ambition of creating a positive, energetic and objective look into the world of video games and associated technology through our eyes – gamer eyes.

We are absolutely delighted with the brand that we have created – just the two of us – and seeing the show reaching a wider audience over the last year and a half or so has been a real source of joy and excitement for us. It’s a real hard struggle to make a dream a reality especially when starting with nothing. Everything we have done has been voluntary and out of our spare time and with no commercial aid. We are formed on the basis of our iron gaming wills alone!

Special thanks must also, of course, go out to the fantastic James Thomas (@BIGsheep) for agreeing to guest on our show many moons ago now and for enjoying it so much that he has become a regular on the show. For all the appearances and all the input – Thanks James!

Of course, most importantly, we would like to thank You. Our listeners. For turning up, for listening in, for getting involved and helping us grow. Any venture of this type is nothing without an audience and so the biggest appreciation and thanks go to you. We will strive to continue to develop content for you to enjoy and trust us when we say it really is our pleasure to be out there for your listening pleasure. Thanks Guys!

This is our 75th Podcast and interestingly if you were insane enough to play them back in one ginormous playlist, it would run for… 181 hours!

That’s almost 7 and a half days worth of pure gaming chat, speculation and laughter encapsulating the last year and a half. It’s an achievement we are incredibly proud to look back on.

This week, Antony, James and Darren take the time to give the results of their top 3 games of the year after the difficult job of whittling down the many quality titles in what has been a solid year of gaming across the main platforms.

Tune in, not only hear the guys top 3 games of 2016 but also the results of these other challenging categories posed to the guys. Not an easy task and one which certainly caused a head scratch or two in the process of winner picking:

  • Honourable Mention
  • 2016 Missed Opportunity
  • Biggest Disappointment
  • Biggest High Point
  • 2017 Prediction

So, welcome one and all, join in the fun and take a listen and if you like what you hear, stick with us through 2017 – it’s gonna be one heck of a year!

Don’t forget If you would like to give us a rating or a review on iTunes then we have this handy link for you, click here to jump to iTunes review for the Lost Spark Podcast!

Gaming Rapture, Is The Bioshock Collection Worthy Of A Double-Dip?

This week, the Sparks discuss all the latest goings on in the games world and spend a good degree of time remembering and appreciating the Bioshock franchise after the announcement of The Bioshock Collection; a HD remaster of the series, Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and the awesome Bioshock Infinite all complete with DLC.

Join us on a nostalgic stroll down the lane of some of the most enjoyable and atmospheric environments that gamers’ dared to tread, from the depths of Rapture to the heights of the air city of Columbia, that first encounter with a Big Daddy, that harrowing original Bioshock trailer and much more.

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Would Scorpio Owners Ever Be Content With Xbox One Holding Them Back?

With E3 behind us and the news of the future of our beloved hobby fresh in our minds, the Sparks discuss the new hardware announcements from Microsoft’s conference and attempt to iron out the mixed messages we received as part of these exciting announcements.

Coming to terms with these changes early on within a generations lifespan is something the Sparks are coming around too and with acceptance comes enthusiasm for the new tech we have been promised.

An interesting question worth asking that doesn’t really apply to the Xbox One S is that, with the Scorpio being so much more powerful than the Xbox One, can Microsoft really stand by their promise that no one will be left behind and indeed should they?

Obviously it’s all conjecture, but once the Scorpio has been released and there has been a fair take up of the hardware by consumers, doesn’t it stand to reason that slowly but surely, these adopters of such a powerful unit will start to desire games developed specifically to make the most out of the behemoth they have purchased?

It may be that to do the 4K @60fps for currently planned Xbox One games the Scorpio’s power is needed and is probably fully utilised in order to output these mammoth resolutions. However, as the dust settles, will Scorpio gamers become annoyed with muddy textures beneath their 4K gaming experience? Will they pine and beseech Microsoft to concentrate on some Scorpio exclusives in order for them to fully realise the power of the beast? And would Microsoft yield to such demand?

Could that be the plan all along? Microsoft quell the shouts of unfair and too soon from the current generations loyal purchasers with the promise that no one will be left behind but they see, that once the Scorpio user base grows there will be demand there for software taking exclusive advantage of the Scorpio’s hardware and pushing the boundaries of this new console. Perhaps they have planned to ‘reluctantly’ buckle under this demand and boom – the Next Gen Starts Here.

Time will tell as always, but of one thing we have no doubt at all, the first year of Xbox Scorpio is going to be very interesting indeed.
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The Lost Art of Surprise – Do Pre-Show Leaks Take The Shine Off E3?

This week James Thomas (@BIGSheep) joins Antony and Darren on the Pod adding his unique mix of insight and critique that just, well, simply classes up the whole affair to be frank.

With E3 almost upon us, the excitement at Spark Towers is tangible and so, of course, a fair chunk of debate time is allocated to discussing and dissecting what treats will be scattered before us at next weeks show and at the pre show conferences.

Taking a layer of sheen off things though is the now usual and ever increasing (at least, so it seems) number of leaks in the run up to the event.

Are these leaks truly uncontainable? Or could they be some kind of industry PR orchestrated attempt at hitting us with news in a way that makes it seem more exciting? If that is the case, then we could expect that all the great news would indeed be held back for the big conferences over the E3 week of gaming goodness.

E3 Expo in Los Angeles

If that is the case, well, that’s all well and good but here’s an idea, in fact no, a plea, from the Sparks and indeed any gamers that will join in the cry.

Legitimate or not – Please try to plug those leaks before E3! #dontleakE3

For gamers all around the world E3 has always been such an exciting time and never more so than nowadays when, thanks to the awesome evolution of technology, this hallowed event has also evolved. From its humble beginnings as a primarily business affair, to a much more exciting and inclusive event that is available for fans to watch live along with the press, to share in the anticipation, excitement and delivery of the gaming news that will shape the next year of our beloved hobby.

So please, leave the surprises alone and keep the leaks away.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an E3 with out the Lost Spark E3 Predictions, so this week Darren, Antony and James running through some possible , some crazy and some down right awesome predictions for the celebration that is E3 2016.

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After All This Time Can The Last Guardian Still Impress?

This week, along with many other questions about the mysteries of the gaming world, we ask the question that chills us to our very bone – what if The Last Guardian was so over ambitious at it’s first reveal way back when, that all it could ever do was meet an expectation set almost ten years ago?

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Naughty Dog Does DLC Right – Will Others Follow?

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?

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Should Legend of Zelda Be An NX-clusive?

This week joining the Sparks from the choppy waters of the @PiratePortRadio podcast, it’s Abstractacas.

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.

Here’s hoping for a better 2017 for Nintendo.

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Gears of War 4 Release Date Announced – Will We See the Return Of Marcus?

The next chapter of the awesomely chunky Gears of War is coming this year.  This week Entertainment Weekly exclusively released the launch dates and the cover art. Gears of War 4 will launch globally Oct. 11 on Xbox One.

Gears of War 4 will feature split-screen co-op on ALL modes of the game, which is great news as this was missing from Microsoft’s big launch of 2015, Halo 5 Guardians.

Set 25 years after the conclusion of the trilogy, Gears 4 features three new characters (JD Fenix, Kait Diaz, and Del Walker) and shows some new weapons, new enemies, and if you look closely, a statuesque cameo by a familiar face from the franchise – let’s hope we see MUCH more of the great Marcus Fenix. Continue reading

Is Rocket League’s Xbox One Release Helped or Hindered by Being Ex PS-Plus?

In this week’s episode, Antony and Darren discuss the anticipated release of the acclaimed Rocket League on Xbox One and ponder over whether the fact that the game launched as a free PS Plus title would help it sell over on Microsoft’s platform due to the love furnished upon it at that time, or could this legacy make potential buyers hesitate to part with their cash in the hope that as it was free over on PS4 it won’t be long to become free on Xbox One… Is there an equation here? Desire vs Patience?

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