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Uber Poncho – The Red Dead Redemption 2 Review

This week on the Lost Spark Podcast it’s all about Red Dead Redemption 2 as Steve and Antony hitch their horses and take to the mics to talk about their time so far in the Wild West.  Hear Steve and Antony talk about the Good, the amazing world and fantastic story, the Bad, the slow pace of the game so far, and the Ugly, Rockstars’ attempt at HDR.

But that’s not all, we have the full rundown of all the preloaded games for the new PlayStation Classic console, MediEvil’s remake trailer reactions and a run-through of the games coming to PS Plus, Games Pass, and Games with Gold for November.

We also found some time to play the new Story added to Forza Horizon 4’s latest update, hear Antony take on this romp through British racing history.

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MediEvil Remake Trailer

PlayStation Classic

Eurogamer’s Red Dead Redemption 2 HDR Article

USB Travel Charger via Amazon UK

Cowboy Crunch

This week on the Lost Spark Podcast Steve and Antony take to the mics to discuss the latest news around Red Dead Redemption 2 and the comment from Dan Hauser during an interview regarding the Rockstar developers working 100 hour weeks to get Red Dead 2 finished and in our excited gaming hands.

Hands-on impression continue with the mighty Forza Horizon 4 as the guys take to the wintery cotswold roads and discuss another epic Lost Spark Car Club meet up. Also Steve gives us his take on Marvel’s Spider-Man and We Happy Few.

All this and a random reference to a classic British movie, Kes, Beer talk and, of course a recap on the emotional week in the Bake Off tent.

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James’ Cargo Run stream

New Spidey Suits

Overload Of New Shiny

This week on the Lost Spark Podcast Stuart and Antony kick off with some new tech talk. Fresh from AWE Europe expo Stuart chats about 8K screens, Sony’s new Master Series TVs and IMAX presentations at home, prepare for an overload of new shiny!

In the news section this week the guys talk about the next generation of gaming consoles with the announcement of Project xCloud from Microsoft and Sony going on record to say that the PS5 is necessary and currently in the works.

And, it’s finally happening, you will soon(ish) be able to change your PSN name!

Hands-on impressions this week include Super Mario Party, the new Surf ‘n’ Turf DLC for Overcooked 2 and of course the guys are still racing around the beautiful English countryside in Forza Horizon 4 but this time they have brought the Lost Spark Car Club with them, hear Stuart and Antony’s hands-on with the multiplayer mode.

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Project xCloud

PS4 Cross Play Funtime Is Here!

On this week’s bumper edition of the Lost Spark Podcast James and Antony take to the mics to cover all the latest news from the world of gaming.  The guys cover the exciting news that PlayStation has finally joined in on all the cross play fun and are now live with a beta version running in Fortnite.  What game is next? Will we ever see AAA 3rd party titles offering cross platform? Listen in to this week’s podcast to hear the guy’s take on this important first step.

Fresh from EGX James and Antony recap all the great indie titles that they got to play at this years show.  In their quest to seek out awesome new indie games they found great games like ‘What the Golf”, ‘Sketch Showdown’, ‘Phogs’, ‘Sticky Cats’ and lots more.

In ‘What We’ve Been Playing’ James takes on the adventure-puzzle game ‘The Gardens Between’, Antony continues his time with Marvel’s Spider-Man, delving deeper into the story.  Also this week the guys have started playing the first episode of ‘Life is Strange 2’, does this sequel to a Spark favourite live up to the first game? Find out on this week’s Lost Spark Podcast.

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PlayStation Blog Post

Phil’s Wonder Console

This week on the Lost Spark Podcast Steve and Antony chat about Anthem’s single player footage that was shown at PAX, Call of Duty’s player count for their upcoming Battle Royale beta and Antony talks A LOT about the upcoming Spider-Man game including  a breakdown of the story based DLC swinging into Spider-Man this October.

In our hands-on section Steve and Antony breakdown all the latest games that have been released onto Xbox Game Pass and spend a moment to applaud and praise this amazing service from Microsoft. With Game Pass and the newly announced Xbox All Access, a monthly payment scheme for an Xbox, Game Pass and Xbox Live; are we witnessing Microsoft testing how they will approach the next generation Xbox, or as the Sparks have named it, Phil’s Wonder Console (TM)!

Also in hands-on Antony talks about his time with Strange Brigade, a fun yet slightly frustrating take on ‘Left 4 Dead’.

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Spider-Man DLC trailer featuring Black Cat

Fan mock up of Henry Cavil as Geralt

Antony’s ’52 movies in 2018′ list in Letterboxd

Spidey Swings Into September

We’re back!  After a 3 week break the Lost Spark Podcast is back and this week we introduce another new Spark to the every growing podcast family; Stuart from JustAddPopcorn.

This week Stuart joins Antony to discuss the week’s gaming news including the PSVR price drop, the new games for April via Games with Gold and PS Plus, and Spider-Man finally gets a release date.  So listen in to this week’s Lost Spark Podcast for details of the game, the deluxe edition and those spidey costumes.

Also this week Antony and Stuart deep dive into Hope County, Montana and go hands-on with Far Cry 5 and Antony takes to the Sea of Thieves and enjoys every minutes of his piratey adventures.

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Alex Ross Artwork

Spider-Man Special Edition

Sea of Thieves Controller

Home Tech Gallery

Flaming Sheeps and Magical Bunnies

It’s episode 115 of the Lost Spark Podcast and this week Antony and James pull up the mics to talk about the latest gaming news.

In the news this week we have the first details of the new HTC Vive ‘Pro’ fresh from CES 2018, Sony have published the PlayStation 4’s holiday sales figures, and new features and changes to achievements are inbound for Xbox.

Also on the podcast this week James goes hands-on with ‘Albert & Otto’, a Limbo-like atmospheric 2D puzzle platform from ‘K Bros Games’.  Albert & Otto is a story set in 1939 Germany about a boy and his abducted sister’s magical bunny. They embark on a journey to find her, overcoming murderous beasts, lethal puzzles and flaming sheep!!!

All of this and in response to a listener email the Sparks talk about their most anticipated titles for 2018.

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Eurogamer’s most exciting games of 2018

Cap, Crackle and Pop

It’s episode 112 of the Lost Spark Podcast and this week Antony (@ChessmanUK) is joined by ‘The Gaming Yorkshire Pudding’ Steve (@Ste_Carter91).

On this week’s show Steve and Antony discuss a bunch of gaming news stories include the release of a Super Mario cereal!?!? More woes for both EA with Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Activision with Destiny 2.

Also on this week’s podcast we have a breakdown of the less than impressive bonus games for December on both Games with Gold and PS Plus.

And if that’s not enough Steve and Antony have hands-on impressions of DOOM on the Switch, the full Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign and, of course Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.

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Avengers Infinity War Trailer

Mega Ran’s Strangers (Full Album on YouTube)

Nindies and Nidhoggs

Welcome to another episode of the Lost Spark podcast. This week we have a bumper packed show with a bevy of all the latest news from this week in gaming. With thoughts on the Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition selling out pretty much everywhere worldwide and Microsoft’s elation and commitment to fulfill demand, all the games coming in September from PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold, right through to employees of KFC being trapped in a room by Colonel Sanders until they learn the hallowed Chicken Mastery in VR.

There’s also a good look at the latest Nintendo Nindies Summer Showcase that aired an hour before recording with a look at the highlights from the selection of over 20 titles for Switch that Nintendo packed into just 22 minutes.

Antony gets to grips with Nidhogg 2 and discovers, much to Dazza’s chagrin that he is in fact the lord and master of the game. Destined to forever wear the beloved Nidhogg Crown encrusted with jewels and claymation body parts and leaving Dazza shaking his head in fury at having Antony dance upon his face with his feet just one too many times. It really is some top notch non stop fun.

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Could Ties To Xbox One Prevent Us Seeing Scorpio’s True Power?

Welcome to the podcast, and Episode 87 of our weekly show of gaming goodness. Among the rest of the comings and goings in the world of gaming on this week’s pod, there is of course the small matter of Microsoft’s hardware spec reveal of their long awaited and eagerly anticipated Project Scorpio system.

With no games to speak of, this unveiling has concentrated purely on the specifications of the new system. In an unorthodox move by Team Xbox, the reveal was made via games media outlet Digital Foundry rather than Microsoft themselves. A fantastic scoop for the good guys over at Eurogamer and Digital Foundry and a move that indicates, surely, just how confident Microsoft is in their new shiny technology.

That confidence does not seem to have been misplaced as the reports that Richard Leadbetter and his team over at Digital Foundry are optimistic to say the least and seem to vindicate Xbox’s claims that this new machine will hit that dream of not only 4K resolutions but also giving us that beauty at 60fps.

Digging deeper it looks like the guys at Redmond have also baked in improvements to the 1080p community into the Scorpio with what looks like automatic improvements to many legacy games due to the architecture in this new console.

Obviously, the Xbox guys don’t want to alienate all their loyal Xbox One owners and so there has been much use of the word ‘premium’ (read expensive) around this new console and also there has been much made of assuring Xbox One owners that the Scorpio will not be a break off point that leaves them behind. There is a commitment to existing Xbox owners that there will be no Scorpio exclusives – ‘No One Get’s Left Behind’.

This is reassuring and sounds great, it helps soothe the players who feel that it’s too early for a new console in light of previous generations lasting 7 years or so who may otherwise feel rather short changed at this mid-gen update. But could a commitment to keeping those ties to Xbox One, to ensuring that all games will work on the soon to be legacy machine, be counterproductive? Perhaps not now at launch but in the future and will the Xbox One eventually become an albatross holding the new monster that is Scorpio back, keeping it from its true destiny of Scorpio only exclusives?

Obviously, there’s a concern there and a knee jerk reaction would indicate exactly this scenario lurking in Scorpio’s future. An alternative view though would be that we live in a gaming age where the consoles we have already allow for such amazing games that there would be no reason that a game could not run on one of the current consoles. Take Grand Theft Auto V for instance, an absolute behemoth of a title encompassing a wide breadth of gaming systems across a vast open world and using several different gameplay mechanics and all this on the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Since then the game has been refined and improved as it has hit the PC and the next generation of consoles but the game itself is fantastic on the older consoles too. This seems a reasonable argument that any game that comes to the Scorpio will be able to be ported over to the Xbox One, it will just not have those extra bells and whistles in comparison to its new big brother. A move even closer to the world of the PC where, for example you can gain entry to a title using the minimum spec graphics card but you are aware that this will be the same game but a pared back experience in comparison to the Titan X owner.

So, rather than holding Scorpio back, we could see more titles for Xbox One and more innovation on the legacy platform as developers move forward and focus on the Scorpio. In a recent Q&A with Gamasutra, Phil Spencer mentions that it is actually an easier task to tweak a game downward rather than upward – this being the reason that the Scorpio dev-kits have double the memory in them than the consumer Scorpio.  This idea could then not only leave the Scorpio unfettered in future games aimed at it, but also benefit Xbox One players with a gaming experience that may perhaps have not been considered for their system in this new dawn of the Scorpio.

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