The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 135 – Mummy Gammon

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E3 2019 Spectacular!

This week we do a deep dive into E3 2019, and are joined by our pal Kii! We each go through our top 5 things from this years E3 conference (sort of) and do some honourable mentions too! Some of the main games we speak about are The Avengers, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Switch, Crypt of the Necrodancer – Cadence of Hyrule, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel, The Witcher 3 on Switch, Spiritfarer, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Cyberpunk 2077Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ghostwire: Tokyo and Astral Chain.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer and Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky/Tuca and Bertie and Black Mirror Season 5 on Netflix/Hollow Night on Nintendo Switch

Ian The Scar by China Miéville and Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes/Chernobyl by HBO and Sky/Horizon Zero Dawn on Playstation 4

Kii – The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu/Russian Doll on Netflix/The Gardens Between on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 114 – E3 2018 Spectacular

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This week we chat about Star Wars trolls, the His Dark Materials casting for the upcoming BBC adaptation, and Chloe Dykstra’s abuse story that has been connected to Chris Hardwick.

Screentime – E3 2018

This week we talk for a long long time about this year’s E3, the big yearly video games expo in California. We go through our general thought on the expo, and each of the big presentations and what we liked (or didn’t like!). Here are the links to the presentations and the specific games we spend time talking about!

EA: Anthem (gameplay), Sea of SolitudeUnravel Two

Square Enix: Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter WorldBabylon’s FallShadow of the Tomb Raider

Ubisoft: Beyond Good and Evil 2Skull & Bones (gameplay), TransferenceMario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure,  Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (gameplay), Starlink: Battle for Atlas

BethesdaWolfenstein: YoungbloodDoom EternalSkyrim Very Special EditionFallout 76The Elder Scrolls VIStarfield

Nintendo: Fire Emblem Three HousesSuper Smash Bros Ultimate

Xbox: Halo InfiniteMetro ExodusWe Happy FewDevil May Cry 5Jump ForceGears 5Cyberpunk 2077SekiroTunic

Playstation: The Last of Us Part IIGhost of TsushimaResident Evil 2 remakeSpider-ManDeath Stranding

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge/Atlanta on FOX/Destiny 2 Expansion II Warmind on PS4
Kii206 Bones by Kathy Reichs/Queer Eye on Netflix/The Darkside Detective on Steam

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 81 – Ninth Year is the Charm

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Big News

This week we chatted about The Last Jedi, Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who, Colossal, The Avengers Project from Marvel, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, The Batman movie and Mass Effect Andromeda again.

 

No Screentime or main talking point this week, but next time we’ll be talking about the Lego Batman movie.

 

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam – Welcome to Night Vale by Joesph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor/A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix/still playing Final Fantasy XV on PS4
Ian – The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi/X-Files/No Man’s Sky/Battlefield 1/Shadow of the Colossus on PS4

 

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5 Games to Look Forward to in 2016

Nath sometimes writes for the site. This is one of those times.

2015 was a brilliant year for gaming. Fallout 4, Arkham Knight, MGSV:The Phantom Pain to name a few. But what have we got in store for us in 2016? This article will show the games I am personally looking forward to this year. Some may be from my list last year as release dates may have been pushed back or we will have been lied to.

I won’t lie this is a tough article to write as there are a lot of games coming next year that have piqued my interest. However I believe these top 5 are the ones I believe will hopefully make 2016 another fantastic year for gaming.

5. Quantum Break

From developers Remedy Entertainment (Max Payne), this game starts off my top 5 for 2016. Xbox One exclusive, where the main character is able to stop and manipulate time in order to try and correct a failed time travel experiment. It features Dominic Monaghan (Merry from LOTR) as the main character Jack Joyce which is a promising start, but the unique feature about this game is that it comes with a TV show as well. The live-action show plays at the end of each segment and it will be personalised depending on the choices you have made throughout that segment.

This game has a high risk, high reward factor within it. It could be seen as the next step in gaming or seen as gimmick that never takes off, but regardless of that, the gameplay trailers for it look absolutely spectacular.

The release date is 05/04/16 in the UK. It will be safe to say that I will be reviewing this game at some point in the new year, just hope it doesn’t disappoint.

 

4. For Honor

Firstly it’s spelt Honour but I will skip over it for the time being. Developed by Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed) it is a 3rd person melee game that pits Vikings, Knights and Samurais against each other. It looks like a Dynasty Warrior type game but with MMO thrown in.

Ubisoft have said that each faction will have it’s own unique special abilities. They have also said it will use the analogue sticks to control movements and actions in battle. Could be complicated to handle, but we all enjoy a challenge. I do have one question though: do I choose Viking or Samurai? No one wants to be a Knight, they suck.

There is no official release date yet, but apparently it is sometime in 2016. It will be available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

 

3. Battleborn

The only way I can describe this game is complete and utter madness. Developed by Gearbox Software (Borderlands) it is an online 1st person shooter where you choose between 25 characters and then go all out crazy to destroy each other. Each character has their own abilities, for example, 1 character has a mini-gun but is slow to move, another character has a sword, but is quick and nimble.

The gameplay trailers look amazing, definitely a game I will be purchasing next year, just got to hope that everything isn’t one-sided with certain characters.

It is expected to come out on 03/05/16, however it has already been pushed back once. It is available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC, however PS4 users will hopefully have a Beta to play early next year.

 

2. Final Fantasy 15

This was on my list last year, however it wasn’t released. To be honest I will be surprised if it is released in 2016. However nonetheless, it is still a game to look forward to.

The game will be set in an open world which means you can freely travel about in a car or on a Chocobo (yay). There are also day and night cycles in the game and 1 day equals to 1 hour of gameplay time, you can sleep in hotels and campsites however to change the time. Also the monsters you encounter depend on the time of day too.

The game will be available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One and the director has said the release date will be before 2017 but I’m not pinning my hopes on it.

 

1. Doom

Yes I know it’s another one from last year, but still it should be out this year according to Bethesda.

If you’ve seen the gameplay trailer for this game then you’ll understand why it’s number 1. I remember playing the first Doom when I was younger (great parenting by the way) and I loved it. When Doom 3 came out, I was so excited about it and loved every minute of it as they didn’t try and change anything. All it needed was a fresh coat of paint or in this case, more up-to-date graphics.

There will be a single player and mulitplayer mode, but it’s the single player I’m looking forward to the most. The trailer shows the main character, shooting, chainsawing, punching and kicking demons until they die. Apparently there many different ways to melee the demons in this game. I really hope it’s much like the Doom of old and that they haven’t changed much because it could be a huge disappoint if they do.

Release date is apparently Spring 2016 and it is available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Nath

Top 5 Games That Desperately Need a Remake

Nath sometimes writes for the site. This is one of those times.

Seeing as 2015 will probably be seen as the year of the remake, with so many films and games being reproduced with younger actors (in some cases better actors) and older games going through an HD makeover. However, I do feel some brilliant games from the past are being left behind. Here is a list of games I believe need a HD remake. I have not included any games that have a remake coming up such as Pokemon or Final Fantasy 7 because they would be in the list otherwise.

5. Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Technically this is a remake of the granddad of first person shooters (sort of), however it makes the list because it is truly a fantastic FPS. You start off escaping a castle and helping the resistance fight against the Nazi’s but throw in some Nazi occult factions, zombies and genetically made super soldiers, you have some absolutely fantastic and hilarious battles on your hand. There are also 2 stealth missions too, and proper stealth missions. If the alarm is raised then it is game over.

The multiplayer was also brilliant, you could choose to be a commander, medic, engineer or soldier and if you are attacking a base, most of the time you have to blow up an objective whilst the other team defends it. There are also capture the flag options too.

This game was a particular favourite of mine, even my dad loved playing it (albeit with cheat codes) and it does need a remake. The Wolfenstein games that followed had nothing to do with the original storylines and seem to have gone off on a somewhat weird tangent.

Chances of this happening – 2 electric legless mutants out of 10. Probably not going to happen for a few reasons. iD is now owned by Bethesda and they are concentrating on the Doom franchise more than this one, and there have been 2 mediocre games that have followed this one so it is probably unlikely that it will happen.

 

4. Oddworld: Stanger’s Wrath

OK now we are getting a bit more serious. Stranger’s Wrath is an absolute hidden gem from the creators that brought you Abe’s Oddysee and Exoddus, two absolutely fantastic games. Now with Oddysee already getting a remake and apparently Exoddus is in the works (which I will be getting), surely this game deserves it.

Set in a Wild West version of Oddworld, Stranger is a bounty hunter who is also trying to uncover his identity. Quite simple really, but the gameplay is absolutely fantastic. A mixture of first person shooter and third person action and adventure.

This game did port to mobile devices but I found it too difficult to control. It needs a good old fashioned controller.

Chances of this happening – 7 slingshotted bugs out of 10. With other Oddworld games in the making, it is probably very likely, however it is not as popular as the other Oddworld games.

 

3. Metal Gear Solid

Of course this game needs a remake, it would be amazing to play the original storyline again but with a bit more stealth and the first person shooter aspect enabled for it. Everyone has to admit the storyline to this game is epic, as well as the characters introduced. Solid Snake, Liquid Snake, Revolver Ocelot, Sniper Wolf etc.

Coupled with some great voice acting and brilliant gameplay, this game is well deserving of a remake. I believe it is better than some of the sequels it spawned too. The likelihood of this happening is about 1 “!” out of 10. Hideo Kojima (producer of the series) seems to be no longer working for Konami and Konami seem to be interviewing for new staff to take over the series. They even barred Hideo from accepting a reward for MGSV at the 2015 Games Awards. Such a shame, but there’s always hope.

 

2. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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This game fully deserves a remake, I can’t stress that enough. This is probably the first game I played with amazing voice acting incorporated. Might be a bit difficult to do it now seeing as the guy who voiced the Elder God is dead (same guy who voiced Frolo form Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, don’t ask me how I know that) however the whole point of a remake is to remake it. I imagine we can find a new voice for the Elder God.

Regardless of this, as well as quality voice acting, the storyline is brilliant. Vampire who out-evolves his master is cast aside and thrown into a 1000 year oblivion. Then rescued by an Elder God to enact his revenge. What more can you ask for? It is absolutely brilliant, The series intertwines with the Blood Omen series and is finally finished off in Defiance with an absolutely brilliant ending.

I have already written a “Why haven’t you played this” review of it. Honestly get yourself a Playstation, get this game and play it.

Chances of this happening – 2 dimension shifts out of 10. Made by Eidos Interactive, now defunct but owned by Square Enix Europe and let’s face it, they have more important remakes going on at the moment.

 

1. Chrono Trigger

I’m putting this as number 1 whether people like it or not. This game deserves a remake and people have been trying. There was even a few fan made remakes created before Square Enix came along with their cease and desist orders and promptly put an end to the production. I’m no business man, but if there are fan games being made, surely there is a demand for the remake.

Again this is a game I have reviewed previously, however I’m mentioning it again for a reason: because it is brilliant. Arguably one of the best RPG storylines ever, with a fantastic battle system. Each character having an element assigned to them and also the prospect to combine their abilities in order to unleash some devastating attacks.

Chances of this happening – 6 time travel gurus out of 10. With Square Enix taking so long to create a Final Fantasy 7 remake, I think this game is a long way off it’s remake, but it may only be a matter of time before this graces our screens again.

 

Nath

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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Why the hell haven’t you played Chrono Trigger yet?

Every few weeks I will write an article on what I believe to be the best games you need to play before you die. These are games from all platforms and all differing in genre and gameplay, whether you play them or not is completely up to you, but I’d recommend it – Nath

I imagine most of you has played this, but I’m putting it in any way as it is one of the best RPG games ever made. The characters, storyline and gameplay are absolutely fantastic and it has 14 different endings! That means you can play it 14 times, how epic is that!

 

It was first released in 1995 for the SNES by Square, now known as Square Enix, it has gone to be redeveloped for the Playstation 1, Nintendo DS and Smartphones. You play the silent protagonist called Crono, who has large red spiky hair and is armed with a sabre and lives in 1000AD. You go visit the Millennial Fair in town to see your friend’s experiment with someone you bumped into and basically everything goes to shit because otherwise there would be no game. You have to go back in time and rescue your friend but whilst that happens, you end up being transported forward in time to 2300 AD where the apocalypse has happened and friend you bumped into decide it would be better to try to stop this from happening. Basically a giant shit storm and you have to be the good guys and stop Fallout 3 from becoming a thing.

The is the premise of the game, your party travels backwards and forwards through time in order to prevent the apocalypse from occurring. Simple storyline for an RPG game, but the way it engrosses you is brilliant as you are constantly wondering where you’ll end up next and what might happen in each era you visit. All the characters are from different eras too, Chrono, Lucca and Marle are from the present. You later find Robo the robot (not very imaginative) from the future, Ayla from the prehistoric age and finally Frog, a talking frog with a sword. That’s a frog with a sword. You shouldn’t need any convincing.

The gameplay is simple, easy to understand and very fun. Each character has their own magic element, but when a new technique is learnt, they can be combined with other characters to make extremely powerful combos. Some are done with 2 characters and some with all 3.

I know some of you may be thinking that the graphics aren’t great, but if the storyline and the gameplay is solid then graphics don’t matter. Seriously, this game is worth your time and energy. I genuinely believe it is up there as one of the greatest RPG games ever created. Happy cycloning.

Nath