The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 122 – Fantastic Beats by Dr Dre 2: The Crimes of Johnny Depp

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This week we chat about the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and X-Men Dark Phoenix trailers, the writer of The Witcher series demanding CD Projekt Red pay him more money, Fortnite having an “accident”, the Joker photos, Amazon’s Wheel of Time series and Russian trolls attacking The Last Jedi.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett/Bojack Horseman Season 5 on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4
IanDark Pines by Will Dean/Mad Men and Bojack Horseman Season 5 on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 118 – Actively Fighting Against Someone

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This week we chat about the return of Picard, the new Venom trailer, the Maniac trailer, Ruby Rose being cast as Batwoman for The CW, Twitter allowing bigots and the new Red Dead Redemption II gameplay trailer.

Screentime – Ant-Man and The Wasp

This week we review the latest Marvel film, finally out in the UK after the delayed release! We don’t go heavily into spoilers.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley/Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Amazon/Gravity Rush Remastered on PS4
Ian – The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu/Tomb Raider and Mission Impossible: Fallout/Thumper on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 98 – Dumb in a Smart Way

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This week we chat about The PunisherTomb RaiderStar Wars Battlefront 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers.

Screentime – IT

We review the new IT movie, the rom com starring handsome go-getting Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Iliad by Homer/Star Trek Discovery on Netflix/Destiny 2 on PS4
Ian – The Fifth Season (Broken Earth 1) by N.K. Jemison/Conan the Barbarian on Netflix/Destiny 2 on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 76 – Rush Job

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This week we chatted about the Valerian and Ghost in the Shell trailers, and Marvel announcing that Inhumans will now be a TV show next year.

Screentime – Arrival

This week we reviewed Arrival, the new sci-fi film starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. We do largely avoid spoilers, but if you are massively worried about them then skip 32:51-52:02.

Now Playing 

Adam – The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft & The Avengers Epic Collection Volume 1/30 Rock/Rise of the Tomb Raider & Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture on PS4
Ian – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel & War of the Spider Queen/X-Files & Touch the Skyrim/Skyrim Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 75 – A Two-Week

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This week we chatted about the Mass Effect Andromeda, Wonder Woman, The Flash losing its second director, and the return of Young Justice for Season 3.

Screentime – Doctor Strange

This week we chat about the new Marvel film Doctor Strange, as they enter into the more mystical realms of the Marvel Universe. We do venture into minor spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen it yet then skip 32:38-50:15.

Now Playing 

Adam – Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake/Humans on Channel 4/Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4
Ian – The Collected Stories: The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore/Planet Earth II on BBC1/Star Wars Risk from Hasbro

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EGX 2015 – Day One Round Up: Rise of the Tomb Raider & Star Fox Zero

Adam and Kii once again head to EGX to check out some upcoming video games!

This year EGX is being held at the NEC in Birmingham. While last year’s event at Earl’s Court was impressive and a lot of fun, the NEC’s extra space resulted in a huge improvement in the atmosphere and breathing room of the video games convention. We’ll see what the crowds are like when the people with proper jobs descend over the weekend, but the first day (Thursday) was a far more relaxed affair. Kii and I will be putting up a few articles about the various games we check out throughout the weekend, starting with two that I was excited to have a look at (and queue for about 40 minutes each), Rise of the Tomb Raider and Star Fox Zero.

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Microsoft Xbox One)

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We’ve not exactly made it a secret about how disappointed we were at TLL that the Tomb Raider sequel from Crystal Dynamics was announced to be Xbox exclusive. We were huge fans of the Tomb Raider reboot, and it felt like we were being shut out of the continued experience. However, it now seems that the exclusivity is limited to ‘Holiday 2015’, seeing release in early 2016 on PC and late next year on PS4. It may seem a while to wait for those of us who went with Sony when it came to next-gen, but it is nice to know that we’ll get to play eventually and clearly Microsoft are throwing a lot of support behind Rise of the Tomb Raider which ultimately can only be a good thing.

After around 30-40 minutes of waiting, we managed to get in to the walled off enclosure where they were demoing the game. It was the same as the footage shown off at Gamescom last month, starting with Lara on her way to a cave in Syria. Things go awry, explosions occur, but she manages to get in. Inside are a variety of water-level based puzzles to gain access to a tomb in the centre of the cave, racing against time as armed men set off charges to get to the tomb first.

 

With regards to gameplay, it probably won’t surprise anyone that Rise essentially just builds on the mechanics of its predecessor. Everything runs more smoothly (with fewer quick time events at this point, but I don’t know if that represents the whole game) but is effectively the same. What that means is if you liked the first game, this plays the same but better. This brief episode does seem to already lend credence to the promise of more tomb raiding in this installment, something under-represented in the reboot. Another element that builds on the original game, essentially an origin story that builds the resolve of the young Lara Croft, is how capable Lara has become throughout her adventures, which is particularly nice to see.

Graphically, the game is gorgeous. The first game pushed the last generation to it’s full potential, and the sequel looks to build on that with a truly stunning looking game. The water effects are realistic, and the cinematic scope of the surroundings are very impressive.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is shaping up to be a great follow up to Tomb Raider, with beautiful visuals and hopefully a greater focus on tombs, puzzles and exploration. It may be painful for us PS4 owners, but from what I played it will certainly be worth the wait. For those with an Xbox One or 360, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be out in November.

 

Star Fox Zero (Nintendo Wii U)

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Over in the Nintendo area, we checked out Star Fox Zero on Wii U. We had the chance to give the tutorial a quick spin before heading to the demo on Corneria and then finally giving a space battle a quick go in a dog fight. Full disclosure – I have spent no more time on a Wii U pad since last year when I struggled playing Splatoon. It took me a while to get to grips with it again, but I think by the end I had it down.

 

It’s been a long time since I actually played a Star Fox game, but Zero was a vibrant and high octane experience, feeling retro and fresh at the same time. I did experience a bit of a disconnect between the action on the main screen and the targeting screen on the Wii U gamepad, and it did have to be pointed out to me a few times that I was crashing in to and scraping along the ground while I was staring at the gamepad as I shot a gun emplacement, but once I got the hang of it I was taking down giant spider robots and ships with ease. The boss battle against the large mothership was fairly easy, but I really liked the variety of ways you could take it down, from blowing up the weapons to entering it like the Death Star and shooting the core.

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The space battle at the end was a nice change of pace, and having to try and manoeuvre around behind the enemy to get a shot in was a little trickier. Overall Star Fox Zero was a lot of fun, and it’s coming out on Wii U in Q1 2016.

 

Next up we’ll have some thoughts from Kii on a few more games we checked out on our first day at EGX 2015!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 20 – Panhandling

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

It’s been a while, hasn’t it gentle listeners? Busy lives got in the way for a bit, but now we are back with a new episode for your earballs. This week we briefly chat about a couple of things we missed, like that Deadpool Blur test footage and a few things from San Diego Comic Con, while Gary lifts all the things and Adam somehow creates a wormhole from the IMAX near Waterloo station in London right to Liverpool. Or he has a brain fart and says he saw GotG at the Liverpool IMAX even though he has never actually been to Liverpool.

We had two main talking points this week. The first was last week’s Gamescom, and we talk about (amongst other things) our annoyance over the exclusivity/temporary exclusivity of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quantum Break gameplay, the Silent Hills playable teaser, Alien Isolation and the Bloodborne gameplay footage.

Our second talking point was to briefly chat about our (spoiler free!) reactions to Guardians of the Galaxy, now that we have both seen it. Unsurprisingly, we loved it, and if you haven’t checked it out yet you absolutely should in the cinema.

Finally, we have brought back a segment from our old podcast for your listening pleasure. ‘Gary in 60 Seconds’ returns, and will be a regular feature from now on (unless people hate it, in which case we will do it even more). Pretty simple: each episode one of us will sum up everything about a particular film, picked by the other Lighthouse Keeper the episode before, in 60 seconds or less. Obviously this does mean spoilers will be included, so we will try and avoid films that are recent! This week Gary attempts to summarise ‘Machete Kills’.

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