The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 68 – The New Canon

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, and welcome to our first episode with our new co-host Ian Green. Ian is the DM on our D&D podcast, and after 67 episodes of dealing with Skype problems he is stepping in to join Adam in an all-London podcast, so expect sirens. We’ll be keeping some stuff the same, changing or rebranding others, and maybe introducing some new features over the next couple of episodes. We hope you enjoy it!


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News

This week we were largely talking about all of the footage released from this year’s San Diego Comic Con, so we chat about (in varying levels of detail): Wonder WomanJustice LeagueKong: Skull IslandFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemLego BatmanDoctor StrangeLuke CageIron FistThe DefendersThe Great Wall and Blair Witch. Aside from all that SDCC nonsense, we also talk about the problems with Pokémon Go’s updates, No Man’s Sky and the huge number of copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that have been sold.

Screentime – Our tentative title for film and TV reviews and discussion
For the first instalment of Screentime (please, if you can think of a better title let us know!) we are reviewing and discussing Star Trek: Beyond, the 3rd instalment of the rebooted Star Trek movie universe. We go fairly spoiler heavy, so if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want parts of the plot spoiled for you then skip from 43:34-67:10. We go into what we thought of the film, and what worked and didn’t work (or who didn’t work) for us.

Now Playing – Our catchup for what media we have been consuming, the title of which we came up with after recording. We’ll be chatting about what we are reading, watching and playing right now!

Adam Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse/Stranger Things on Netflix/Uncharted 4 on PS4
Ian Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf by R.A. Salvatore/He isn’t watching anything right now/Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 41 – Pretty Rad (E3 2015 Spectacular!)

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

This week we mostly chat about everything we thought looked particularly good at this year’s impressive E3 conferences, and we go through what our favourites were in the Xbox, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Bethesda conferences from this year’s show, while Gary hates on Kingdom Hearts, Adam thinks a lot of games look ‘rad’ (because he is some sort of vampire surfer-bro now) and we really earn that explicit warning with a particularly high volume of swearing.

Here is all the footage we talk about!

Xbox

Halo 5 gameplay, RecoreRise of the Tomb Raider gameplay, Gears of War 4Hololens with Minecraft

Sony

The Last Guardian gameplay, Final Fantasy VII remake reveal, Uncharted 4 gameplay, Horizon Zero Dawn, Star Wars Battlefront gameplay (1 & 2), No Man’s Sky

Nintendo

Star Fox ZeroXenoblade Chronicles X Yoshi’s Woolly World

EA

Mass Effect AndromedaUnravel

Square Enix

NierDeus Ex: Humanity Divided

Ubisoft

South Park: The Fractured But HoleFor HonorTom Clancy’s The Division

Bethesda

Doom gameplay, Fallout 4 gameplay, Dishonoured 2

Let us know what you liked and didn’t like from E3 this year!


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Top 5 Games to Look Forward to in 2015

Nath tells us about the games that he is most looking forward to this year.

Now with the new year under way and the next gen consoles fully cemented in the gaming market, 2015 is looking like a very exciting year for the industry. I have been looking through the releases this year, even the TBA ones that may be put back even further and compiled a list of what I believe to be the best 5 games to look forward to this year.

 

5 – Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV is only number 5 for one reason, apprehension. I love the Final Fantasy series however I feel since Final Fantasy XII, Square Enix have lost their touch with them. I’m not sure what’s been going on, but I have found the storylines, characters and gameplay to be quite weak. Final Fantasy XII just didn’t thrill me at all, Final Fantasy XIII had an annoying storyline and some terrible characters and Final Fantasy XIV sounded like a complete disaster. I played it briefly, but I had invested a lot of time in Final Fantasy XI which I thought was amazing, but they just seem to scrap all the good parts of XI to make a disaster of a game.

(Editors note – Nath played XIV before A Realm Reborn, so maybe they fixed the game. But also maybe don’t release a broken game to begin with, and people won’t lose faith).

So what can we expect from XV? Well a new gameplay trailer has been released and it looks like the turn-based action has gone and they have taken on a sort of Devil May Cry option. This is exciting however the whole point of Final Fantasy was turn-based action, but I will go in with an open mind. I am more excited by this game than the other previous releases, so I am hoping the game lives up to the hype. However, I am annoyed that Square Enix are sitting there and not re-making Final Fantasy VII. It is the game everyone wants and surely you can skip the storyboard as the story doesn’t need altering. Release date is still TBA, but no doubt it could be 2016, here’s hoping it’s this year.

 

4 – Evolve

Evolve is a game I have been following a lot purely because I think the concept is brilliant. The concept is simple, there are 4 classes, Hunter, Support, Medic and Trapper. You must use your unique abilities to hunt, trap and kill a large monster in the game. Sounds pretty boring except the 5th player is the monster and there 4 to choose from Goliath, Kraken, Wraith and Behemoth, and your job is to stop the party from killing you. And that’s just the first game mode. There is also Nest, where you have to kill the monster’s eggs and the monster has to defend them, there’s Rescue where the team have to protect injured survivors, the monster has to kill them, there’s Defend where the team have to defend a power source, the monster has to destroy it and finally Evacuation which is the story mode of the game. All in all it looks likes a very good action-packed co-op game.

The release date is 10th February and you can only get the Behemoth monster if you have pre-ordered the game. Have a look at the trailers and the gameplay of it to see if this game is for you. There will certainly be a review coming for this game at some point.

 

3 – No Man’s Sky

This is a bit of a weird one, however it is one I am looking forward to. It is an open world adventure where you play a space explorer. You can interact with all the flora and fauna on every planet you encounter. There is also hostility and combat within the game too. You’re thinking this sounds like Destiny, however there is one massive catch. It is an infinite universe. Hello Games have created an algorithm that constantly generate planets. In total they have predicted that there will be 18 quintillion planets to explore. That’s 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in total and it would take you 5 billions years to explore them all. The whole point of the game is to get to the centre of the galaxy in order to become an even better space explorer. It can take between 40-100 hours to reach the centre if that is your main focus, but you should explore everything as you make your way to the centre.

This has a TBA release date too. It looks absolutely beautiful, definitely a game to watch out for this year, however you may not be able to play any other game if you try and complete this game.

 

2 – Doom

Now this is where I become a bit of a fanboy. I love Doom, I’ve loved every Doom game that has been released, every add-on. I’ve played every game level of every game, even tried nightmare mode very unsuccessfully but still I love this game. You can imagine how I felt when I heard there was a Doom 4, however it has dawned on me that Doom 4 is a reboot called Doom. I’m not sure if this means that it will be a reboot of the original or whether it is new gameplay, all I know is that iD is now owned by Bethesda so hopefully we can expect some big things. Some rumours have said that there will be sprinting, double jumping and mantling involved and just like the classic games, no regenerating health and no reloading. So we are looking at a reboot but with a few modern traits added. Apparently there was a gameplay trailer showed at Quakecon, however a video hasn’t surfaced yet.

Again this has a TBA release date so I can only assume that it could be pushed back, especially as there isn’t much information about it. However it is something I am hugely excited about. Lets hope there is more news to come.

 

1 – Batman – Arkham Knight

Now this has easily made number 1 on my list. I love the Arkham games. The first game surprised me, I didn’t think it would be any good, however I was wrong, so very wrong. This game was brilliant in so many ways, storyline, graphics and gameplay were fantastic which is rare among games nowadays. Arkham City introduced more villains and bigger area to explore, and was another brilliant game. This is the third instalment of the Arkham series, Origins is from a different developer. Arkham Knight is set in Gotham City, an environment 5 times bigger than Arkham City, the main villains are the Scarecrow, Two-Face, The Penguin, Harley Quinn and the Riddler. Shame there is no Joker, but still, he can’t have all the glory. You also have the Batmobile which is awesome, this allows you to move around the city with ease. There is also a new character created to be an antagonist called the Arkham Knight. I really, truly hope this game will be as good as its predecessors.

This game is scheduled for release on the 6th June this year. This game will certainly be reviewed and probably be the best game I will play this year. We shall see though, there are many other games being released this year that I am sure many other people will be excited about, however this is my top 5 and I will hopefully be able to play all of them thoroughly. I doubt I will have much of a life this year.

Nath

 

What games are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 15 – My Various Failures (E3 Spectacular!)

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse. This week all that was really worth talking about was all the news coming out of E3. So that was our main talking point! We chat about all of the games that really caught our eye this year, and what we are looking forward to the most. We don’t say who “won”, because that is a f*****g stupid concept. Meanwhile Adam gives up on everything and Gary has fun with blu-tack.

Here are most of the games we chat about (the ones we could be bothered to find anyway): Sunset Overdrive, Scalebound, The Division, The Order 1886 (and trailer), Destiny, Splatoon, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, No Man’s Sky, Doom reveal, Bloodborne, Batman: Arkham Knight, Hyrule Warriors, Zelda Wii U.

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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