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Has E3 Lost Its Spark Or Is The Magic Still There?

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.
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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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Why Do We Expect Budget Prices For Indie Titles?

Last Week ‘No Man’s Sky‘, the epic space adventure from ‘Hello Games’ finally got a release date and will be launching on June 21st on PlayStation 4 and PC.  The PC version, will cost £39.99/$59.99, according to listings on GOG and Steam while the PS4 version will cost £49.99/$59.99 and a special package, the Explorer’s Edition, will be available for $149.99 exclusively at iam8bit.com.

With the announcement came internet criticism as some felt the price was too high for this title but we say that this old way of thinking – ‘it’s an indie game so I expect to pay £20/$30 for it’ – needs to end and we need to stop placing games in brackets just because the size of the development team.

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Does Firefight Now Make Halo 5 The Complete Multiplayer Package?

This week the Sparks, with help from our friends at Globegig Media are trying something a little different, we go in front of the camera to bring you the first ever video version of the Lost Spark Podcast.  Please let us know in the YouTube comments what you think.

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Unravel the Hidden Xbox Gem, EA Access – Is It Enough To Open Your Wallet?

The first gaming gem of 2016, Unravel is less than a month away (releases 9th February) and EA Access is offering subscribers 10 hours of unrestricted access to this adorable title 5 days ahead of it’s release date as well as a 10% discount – this is just one of many enticements EA have offered Xbox gamers since EA Access launched back in August 2014 and costing no more than a pumpkin spice latte per month, is EA Access a hidden gem? Continue reading

Does HTC Vive Have An Extra Christmas Present For Us?

In true holiday fashion, The Sparks embark on their first Christmas episode (warning, WE SING!) but with the release of The Force Awakens Darren and Antony’s Christmas takes a backseat to the new Star Wars movie but don’t worry we are totally spoiler free! Continue reading

PlayStation VR – Stick Men or Next Gen?

In a week dominated by news from both the Video Game Awards and the PlayStation Experience, the Sparks, along with plenty of bearded banter from guest Spark James Thomas (@BIGsheep) breakdown the new games announcements, gameplay trailers and VR news.

We got to see PSVR in action and that was fantastic but when you compare the live demo showing a Discs of Tron inspired vector game that didn’t truly look that impressive, to the likes of Eagles Flight, shown (but not played) from Ubisoft. It made the Sparks wonder what the true early VR experience will be, will it be breathtaking visuals and immersion, or will we get much more functional graphics at first with the immersion being the main hook?

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If Star Wars Battlefront had followed the PES Freemium Model Would You Rejoice?

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So, Konami have announced a freemium version of PES 2016 for the PS4. It’s an ‘entry level’ version of the game and so it’s quite light on content but you can try it for free and if you like it and want more you can add to it with micro transactions. The usual thing really, almost like a kind of demo with added expansion via microtransactions. Continue reading

Halo 5: Grumblings – Don’t Locke the Chief Behind Convoluted Story…

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The Sparks are back!  As the dust settles on Sanghelios Darren and Antony discuss Halo 5: Guardians. Was it enjoyable? Was it a true Halo game? And is the leaning away from time playing Master Chief a boon or a blemish on the series?

Plus, in light of recent sales figures showing PS4 outselling Xbox One by a significant margin, the Sparks debate what the fundamental reason is here, we know games sell consoles but is PS4 widening the gap on it’s technical prowess alone?

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Everybody’s in Rapture with Rare – Which Replay Title Are You Going Nuts & Bolts About?

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In this week’s podcast the Sparks give you their hands-on impression from the first few hours of the Playstation exclusive ‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture‘.  We celebrate Rare Replay hitting the top spot in the UK all formats chart, Rare’s first number 1 since 1998. We also discuss pre-owned games and a digital future, ask if promotion campaigns are too long and debate the Xbox Cloud finally flexing its muscles in Crackdown 3. Plus Darren hangs up his boots as he finally conquers Witcher 3, hear his final (non-spoiler) report. Continue reading