The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 156 – Rddedredmptntoo

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This week we chat about the Playstation 5 reveal and the teasers for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and Resident Evil VIII, the announcements from the recent Pokémon Presents streams (including New Pokémon Snap!), the Margot Robbie-led Pirates of the Caribbean film, Star Wars Squadrons 

Screentime – Midsommar

This week we review the 2019 film Midsommar. Well, Ian does. Adam ran out of time to watch a film from last year apparently.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – Rosewater by Tade Thompson, The Last Continent (Discworld 22) by Terry Pratchett, and A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time Book 7) by Robert Jordan/What We Do in the Shadows Series 2 on BBC iPlayer/The Last of Us Part II on Playstation 4, and the Pokémon Sword/Shield Isle of Armor DLC

Ian – Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Liquid Crystal Nightingale by Eeleen Lee, and Devolution by Max Brooks/Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix/Call of Duty: Warzone on PS4 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 155 – Sexy Merits

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This week we chat about the trailers for Destiny 2: Beyond Light, The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor, Bill & Ted Face the Music and Tenet, and DC Comics cutting ties with Diamond distribution. We recorded before the PS5 event, so don’t talk about any of that cool stuff!

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta and Rosewater by Tade Thompson/the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover on the CW DC shows/Final Fantasy VII Remake on Playstation 4

Ian – The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien and A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine/Le Bureau des légendes on Youtube/Doom Eternal and Call of Duty: Warzone on PS4 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch

You can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website. Fancy supporting our site? Head on over to our Paypal donation page! It’s completely optional, set your own price! Even £1 helps us with hosting costs and we’d really appreciate it! Cheers!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 154 – Nineteen Thirties?!

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This week we chat about the trailer for The Old Guard, the upcoming release of the Synder Cut of Justice League, and and Ruby Rose’s exit as Batwoman.

Screentime – Snowpiercer (TV series)

This week we review the first episode of the Snowpiercer TV show on Netflix. How does it compare to the film?

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson, and The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèli Clark/Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6, and Gravity Falls again/Final Fantasy VII Remake on Playstation 4

Ian – The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks, and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier/Avatar: The Last Airbender (in French)/Call of Duty: Warzone on PS4 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Paladins on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 153 – Twerky

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This week we chat about the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 remaster, the Unreal 5 tech demo, Taika Waititi directing an upcoming Star Wars film, and The Mandalorian Season 2 casting.

Screentime – Sonic the Hedgehog

This week we review the recent Sonic the Hedgehog film, that due to the pandemic is the 2nd most successful film of the year right now.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – Girl. Woman. Other by Bernadine Evaristo, The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo, and The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson/Westworld Season 3 finale on Sky Atlantic, The Clone Wars finale on Disney+, and Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 on Netflix/Final Fantasy VII Remake on Playstation 4 and Hyper Light Drifter on Nintendo Switch

Ian – Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky/Critical Role (podcast or stream)/Call of Duty: Warzone on PS4 and Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch

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Late Video Game Review – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Nath sometimes reviews games. This is one of those reviews.

Before I start the review, I would like to say a huge thank you for everyone who voted for the video game ideas I posted a couple of months ago, I will hopefully start the project in the new year. I would also like to apologise for the lack of posts over the last few months, moving house and a new job have taken up most of my time. Oh and playing Call of Duty so I’ll crack on. I will be splitting the review into two parts, the single player campaign and the multiplayer.

IMPORTANT, THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

 

So as November has come and gone again, we find ourselves with another release from the latest Call of Duty franchise. I have to say that I have bought nearly every single Call of Duty game that has come out since the first instalment and I do enjoy playing them online and the campaigns. However with the recent releases, it feels as if Activision, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Treyarch are focusing more and more on the multiplayer side of the game. The last decent campaign was probably World at War because of the history aspect as well as some hilarious characters. Ghosts can have a honourable mention too as the campaign was very good, although slightly flawed.

I bet you are all wondering whether Advanced Warfare is living up the hype. Well let’s start with the single player mode and for some strange reason, North Korea has become a super power and is invading South Korea. You play a US marine who is trying to stop the invasion. I’ll firstly say that graphically, this game is beautiful, finally a game that is starting to show how good the Xbox One is. Anyway, you start the game trying to push back the invasion and one thing is made very clear at the start. They have made the game far too easy. The sight you have on your weapon tracks your enemies, which means there is a red figure hiding behind cars etc. so you can track his movements. The grenades you throw as well stop mid air, adjust their flight path and then hit the enemies directly. This is ridiculous, you want to work for the grenade kill, not leave it to some machine. Also you have an exo skeleton that allows you to  double jump and deploy shields. Again too easy.

Anyway so you finish the first level and (SPOILER ALERT) you lose your arm and your best friend. Now at the funeral, the best friend’s dad, KEVIN FREAKING SPACEY, comes to you and offers you an opportunity to work for his private security firm called Atlas and give you a bionic arm in the process. You start tracking a terrorist called Hades (great name) and try to stop him from blowing up all the nuclear plants in the world. Now of course you fail at it so there is a directive for going after the terrorist, however (SPOILER ALERT) you learn that Kevin Spacey totally Keyser Söze’s you, tries to kill you (excellent escape mission by the way) and then proceeds to place himself on the security council at the UN and tries to eradicate the USA under some false pretence that they are not worthy of looking after themselves. Now who didn’t see that coming?

So after you spend ages trying to stop him from destroying the world with a powerful bio-weapon, you eventually beat him (of course you do, why wouldn’t you) in an awesome kind of ending. So the storyline is pretty decent, but somewhat predicatable, the gameplay is good, a hilarious set of weapons can be found throughout the game (one being a Spartan Laser). good mix of all out fighting and stealth missions and various extras such as magnetic climbing walls, grappling Batman-style and driving ridiculous prototype tanks. I would give the campaign mode a 7 broken bionic arms out of 10. Solid, but not world class.

Now the multiplayer mode. Again, I do enjoy playing the multiplayer, however my tactics are somewhat brash which is run around the map and just try and take out as many people as I can. Very effective on Modern Warefare 3 with the PP901M submachine gun. However I have recently turned to sniping thanks to Ghosts, where I was unstoppable on Stormhaven. So I gave the multiplayer a crack and created two classes, one sniper rifle and one assault rifle class. Safe to say it started off very well, however there was a point that made me think Call of Duty have just ripped of Titanfall here. You can run around and double jump everywhere and one of your killstreaks is summoning a titan, albeit not the same size but still pretty unstoppable. The auto grenades have also been replaced with proper grenades which was a good sign, but then they made the exo skeletons more powerful. You can double jump and powerslide everywhere, but you can also deploy large shiny blue shields, cloaks and heal yourself mid battle.

To be honest they have made the multiplayer easier for the noobs who suck at it, as they can now hide and protect themselves, but also makes the normal players so much harder to kill as they are doing the same things. Also it is very annoying when you are shooting someone and they double jump to safety – pricks. However if you do kill them, you do a skeet shooting bonus.

In conclusion, the multiplayer is still fun to play and the maps they have are good, but the addition of the exo skeleton and the perks it has has made the game less enjoyable in my opinion. The whole point of the multiplayer was how realistic it was, by running around, jumping, vaulting walls etc and shooting people in the head and they’ve turned it into a mix of Titanfall, Destiny and Call of Duty. Basically there is too much going on and it has been made far too complicated. I’d give it a 5 double jump assholes out of 10. The futuristic perks need to go.

Nath