The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 112 – Snippy Snippy

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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This week we chat about the Monster Hunter film announcements and some of the US TV cancellations.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett and Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker/Parks and Recreation again/Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch
Ian – The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time Book 1) by Robert Jordan/Dungeons and Dragons 2: Wrath of the Dragon God and a load of Bigfoot documentaries/God of War on PS4 and Fortnite

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So Pokemon and Dark Souls Walked into a Bar…

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Kii got her hands on the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo. Here’s what she thought!

Once upon a time, (On the 14th of January) I sat down and watched Nintendo Direct where I saw the Nintendo President Mr Iwata happily stand there and tell us all what Nintendo are up to for the next few months. This Nintendo Direct was about the 3DS and Wii-U releases for the upcoming year, and whilst I was enraptured by many of the titles on offer, one obviously grabbed my attention. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

As I’m sure many of you remember from my previous articles, I friggin love Monster Hunter and I’ve been excited for the western release of MH 4 Ultimate since I got my little mits on it at EGX. The biggest piece of news about my beloved franchise in the Nintendo Direct was that there would be a demo available at the end of the showing, however, this demo was by invite email only. The emails were being sent out when show was finished. And we got an email! Woohoo! So now, let me tell you about the demo.

01PictureFirstly, there are two new weapons the Insect Glaive and the Charge Blade. The Charge Blade I personally don’t find too much of a difference between that and that Charge Axe, however it’s nice to have more choice for flexible options if that’s the kind of weapon you like to play with. With the Insect Glaive you get a little insect buddy who you can send out to hit the Monster and bring back a buff for you so now he’s my best friend.

The demo on ‘Experienced’ or ‘I know how to play’ mode gives you three options to hunt. The Great Jaggi (Which is like the Rattata of the larger monsters), the Tetsucabra (Giant armoured frog thing) and the Gore Magala (Minor death dragon of doom). Myself, my partner and our housemate worked our way through them all (via Demo access to the Local Multiplayer) trying out the different weapons and admiring the armour that the game decided to put us in. As you can imagine, the monsters increase in difficultly and it was nice to have a really challenging hunt in the demo version, even if it did royally kick our asses, as well as the more chilled out kind of hunts that you would expect in the early game of the full version.

One of the new features that has made the biggest difference was the climbing and ledge jumping mechanic. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to make that big of an impact but being able to climb up cliff faces has really opened up the map areas and made them feel a lot bigger. Because of this extra vastness, the monster battles are much more mobile and it feels much less ‘stand in one place and hit the thing’. In particular, the frog-like Tetsucabra would jump further up the mountain to get away from us and we would scramble after it hoping that it didn’t get a chance for a breather.

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Ledge jumping also adds something fresh to the combat as you can now jump on the back of the monster and cling for dear life whilst stabbing it between the shoulder blades. I was pleasantly surprised by how this tested your teamwork since it was pretty ease to smack your friend in the face and throw them off whilst trying to blindly hit your foe.

Something that this demo provided that the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demo did not, was a Beginner mode. This makes the game far more accessible to those who have never played it before. MH3U was my first game of the franchise and my partner suggested that it would be a game we could enjoy together so I gave it a go and I was immediately lost. It resulted in him sitting at my shoulder and telling me what to do until I got the hang of it. Thankfully, for people that position in this game, you can boot the demo up in beginner with multiplayer and you’re set.

During Beginner mode the helpful Guild Clerk tells you some bit about the game, explains that she’s marked the monster that you’re hunting on the map and she also pauses the combat to explain what the monster is trying to do (whilst this sounds annoying, it only occurs about twice). Beginner also does not allow you access to the Gore Magala because why would you? He’d burn you to a blackened crisp and send you home in a match box and you’d never buy the game. My main gripe with beginner mode is that the Weapon tutorials are a bit too much info at once and could do with being staggered. Even for someone who knows the game, I found the info dump a little overwhelming. If I were to nit-pick, I’d also say that in Beginner, you don’t really get hurt and your stamina doesn’t deplete. Whilst I understand that it’s to up the enjoyment for new people, I feel it will be a bit jarring for people to start the lower levels of the actual game and find their stamina gone and their arse being handed to them.

All in all, I feel that the demo is great. I had fun playing it, I like the new weapons and the armour that they showed off was ornate and cool looking to the point I want to find what monster it came from. I’m not going to lie, I was going to buy the game anyway. But the demo has secured in my mind that it will be a worth-while purchase as although the formula for the game is unchanged, kill something then wear it, there are enough new things to keep it fresh and interesting.

One day we will meet again Gore Magala and on that day I will wear you as a fine hat.

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~ Kii

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 23 – The Case of ‘The Mountain’

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we had a special guest in the form of Kii Smith, our games contributor and resident Nintendian. We all chat about Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, casting news from the Agent Carter series and Tarantino having entertaining hissy fits, while Adam realises he may be deeply attracted to Jon Hamm, Kii hasn’t had a day off since London was invented, and for once Gary is the one who tries to start a feud with a celebrity, only this time it is a celebrated children’s author

Gary in 60 seconds this week was the Sci-Fi classic ‘Wing Commander’, starring Freddie Prince Jr.

The main talking point this week was the EGX video games expo that took place in London last weekend, that Adam and Kii were lucky enough to get press passes to attend on the Friday and had the chance to check out a load of upcoming games. They chat about their experience of the expo and their favourite games  they tried out.

If you have any thoughts. questions or opinions anything this week 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.


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Kill it so I can wear it

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The problem with playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate almost exclusively in multiplayer is when I return to my solo game I’m pretty much THE shit. For those of you that don’t know, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a game where you hunt monsters (ironic, I know) and when you’ve killed or captured them, you get bits of them which you can make into weapons and armour. It’s like pokemon, if you were the one beating the crap out of Pikachu, then making a sword out of him and proceeding to beat the crap out of his mates with your new zappy sword. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has three tiers: Low Rank, High Rank and the Holy Grail of G Rank. Because I’ve racked up nearly 200 hours playtime, almost exclusively in multiplayer, I made G rank my bitch quite a while ago and am currently wearing some kind of demonic overlord as a fine hat. Cue me returning back to my solo village and the townspeople are being terrorised by something that I wore as a shoe twelve levels ago.

Whilst the single player is fun and engaging, it’s the multiplayer that really shines for me in this game. Not because I get to pwn all the n00bs online as MH3U is a purely PvE game, but because I get to play with my friends in my living room. It’s understandable as to why this game is on Nintendo consoles since it incorporates something Nintendo adores; being physically social with people whilst gaming.

Part of the great functionality between the Wii-U and the 3DS really gets to show off in this franchise. I have Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on my (Pikachu) 3DS XL (suck it) and my partner has the game on our Wii-U. However will we play together?? OH WAIT THEY THOUGHT OF THAT. The Wii-U acts as a hub which up to three 3DS handhelds can connect to and Lo! You’re all in the same lobby and can run around beating things in the face with their brethren to your heart’s content! Again, it plays into the game’s hands as Monster Hunter is not afraid to use ‘old skool’ difficulty when it comes to big monsters. You’re fighting a poisonous dragon, it’s not going to be easy thus it’s great to have a friend around to distract it (read: Be bait) so you can chug and antidote.

I personally think that more games need to abuse this feature. I can’t count the number of times we’ve ended up having a pizza party with everyone playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate whilst we hunt the thing the lowest level person wants to wear next. A lot. Because Brachydios needs to drop that damn gem so I can upgrade my Dual Swords DAMMIT!

 

Kii