The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 141 – Oh Jeffrey

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

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Big News
This week we chat about the trailers for Birds of Prey, The Expanse Season 4 and Rick and Morty Season 4, and the Playstation 5 announcement.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – Maskerade (Discworld 18) by Terry Pratchett and The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza/The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix/The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake on Nintendo Switch

Ian – Rosewater by Tade Thompson and The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker/Fleabag (National Theatre live version)/Untitled Goose Game and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 110 – Red Band

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This week we chat about the trailers for CargoNightflyers and The Rain, Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming imprint at Fox Searchlight, and the Destiny 2 go fast patch.

Screentime- Pacific Rim Uprising

In Screentime this week we review the new giant robots vs giant monsters film Pacific Rim Uprising! If you care about spoilers, we go a little in to them from 42:00-51:05.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson/Star Wars: The Clone Wars (again)/The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch
Ian Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin and The Sellswords Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore/Game Over Man and Bigfoot Country on Netflix/Icewind Dale on iOS

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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 New 3DS: How Kit Procrastinated This Week!

Our pal Kit picked up the new Nintendo 3DS and Zelda Majora’s Mask. Here’s what he thought!

There will be a break from Kick Ass Stories this week. This is entirely because I bought a New 3DS and was busy playing that when I should have been listening to podcasts. I’ll bring back Kick Ass Stories next time with an update of some of my favourites (including the final part of the Mongoose Trilogy!) but for now I’ll just write about my new distraction.

Two weeks ago I popped onto Facebook and saw Nintendo advertising pre-orders for the Majora’s Mask special edition of the New 3DS. As a Zelda/Nintendo fanboy (tattoo and everything) and only having an original 3DS I naturally couldn’t resist as I missed out on their first wave of stock.

£209.99 of money I didn’t really have and the deed was done. A New Majora’s Mask 3DS (digital game included) and Skull Kid statue on their way. This is where my review starts!

I’ll do this in three parts, External Bits (not in that way!) for stuff that isn’t either the Console or the Game.

 

External Bits!

Service: Nintendo have given me fantastic service over the last couple of years. And they didn’t disappoint this time! This was a pre-order for something they said wouldn’t be in stock till an unconfirmed date in the next month or two. I ordered it Wednesday March 25th. Was told on Friday I’d have it by April 1st (I was sceptical too!) but it turned up on March 30th. I was expecting it Mid-April. So can’t fault Nintendo for service at all. 10/10.

Packaging/Design: Much smaller than I expected, the box for the console has some pretty neat artwork on it, though the Skull Kid statue just came in a blank white box. The charger came separately which I didn’t expect but that’s hardly a point either way. Would have been nice for a better statue box but otherwise all good. 8/10.

PackagingSkull Kid: It’s a detailed model sat on my book case doing a very good job of looking creepy. Would have preferred it if they’d made it an Amiibo and not a statue but we can’t have everything, can we? 9/10.

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Overall: 9/10

 

Console!

Design: The console itself looks pretty awesome. I like the artwork, the screen is a vast improvement to what I’m used to, the 3D hurts my eyes less than before but I still only use it for a short while at a time, the two new shoulder buttons are easy to press and generally are very responsive. The new joystick is more of a button than an entire stick as such. It works like those mice you get in the middle of your laptop that no one likes. So far in using it though it’s been perfectly fine. 9/10.

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Set Up: Transferring my profile from my old 3DS system took about 20 minutes, considering this was done by wifi and was a few gigs of information this is pretty impressive. It even has a cute Pikmin animation to go with it! I gave my old 3DS to my (much) better half to keep her distracted from her studies too! 10/10.

Other Features: The Amiibo compatibility hasn’t been something can take advantage of yet outside of scanning them and changing their names. It’s certainly a more powerful console I had before, booting up faster and any internet browsing or general functionality rums that bit smoother. I’ll not take the Amiibo into account in my score though as I have no compatible games yet. 9/10.

General Game Play: All of my old games run very smoothly. They boot up quicker than before and can’t fault them at all. I’ve not tried any New 3DS exclusives yet though. 10/10

Overall: 9.5/10

 

Game!

Graphics: Compared to the N64 version, damn. There has been a huge improvement. It looks great and I’d say the 3D does add something to the game. Playing with it on (when you’ve got it at that point your eyes don’t want to bleed) and both the general game and cut scenes look great. 9.5/10.

Sound: There’s not much I can say on this outside of ‘it’s good!’ The soundtrack is fun and enjoyable, when you put on the masks the screams are creepy, it’s all good. 10/10.

Gameplay: Yes, it is a game I’ve finished before, but fortunately that was over 15 years ago so it’s largely playing as new to me. It’s a favourite Zelda of mine, providing a much darker tone to what you’d usually expect from the series. There is one problem though. Glitches. Around one in ten times I load up the game Link will either fall through the ground into nothingness, the world will flip upside down when I run or I’ll walk through a wall into the background of the graphics. This… isn’t ideal. On this note I’m quite disappointed with Nintendo. They’ve pushed back games before when they’ve either been incomplete or glitchy to finish them properly. I much prefer this than the disappointment when the world starts to fall apart around your character and not in a good way. I found it was a known issue with the game when I looked it up online and there are patches being made. It does run properly once I switch it off and leave it for a while but yeah, try harder next time Nintendo. 7/10. Would have been 10 if it played as it should.

Overall: 8/10.

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I’m very pleased to have the machine, I’m bound to loose many hours on it and it’s re-sparked my enjoyment of 3DS games. Is it worth getting one? Yes if you don’t have a 3DS or only have an old 3DS. If you have a 3DS XL though… then I’m not so sure if it would be worth it. Most of my enjoyment comes from the increased power and screen size the 3DS XL at least offers an upgrade to the original. If you have one wait to see if the right exclusive New 3DS games come out before rushing to your nearest game shop!

Overall-Overall: 8.5/10

HYAAH!: A Hyrule Warriors Review

Our resident Nintendian Kii gives us her verdict on the new Hyrule Warriors game on the Wii U.

I know what you’re thinking, how can Kii possibly be reviewing a game within a year of the release date? Well I’ll tell you. Hyrule Warriors. That’s it. Hyrule Warriors, Kii’s wet dream of a Legend of Zelda game. When Nintendo first announced that they were going to be giving third party companies access to their core franchises I was unsure what to think. Were they giving up on their in-house developers or trying to breathe new life into potentially stale game formats? Whatever the reasoning for their choices I am so friggin happy. Not only did the Tekken team get hold of the new Smash Bros but Koei gleefully ran off with the Legend of Zelda to squirrel it away in the insanity house that births Samurai and Dynasty Warriors.

Omega Force (ω-Force) are famous for the 1 vs 1000 style of game that they have perfected. This is a format that is often repeated by other companies but in my opinion none can hold a candle to Omega Force so it’s understandable that if Nintendo wanted a company to display an outright war in Hyrule, Omega Force were the perfect choice. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a childhood Zelda fan, Twilight Princess was my first hands-on experience with the series and I instantly fell head over heels. Since then I’ve worked my way through the DS games, Minish Cap and the fabled Ocarina of Time. Ocarina was where I met Sheik. In Hyrule Warriors you can play as Sheik. Can you see where this is going?

YOU CAN PLAY AS SHEIK. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT? Actually you can play as a fantastic selection of characters and use a myriad of weapons from all over the Zelda universe which not only makes the game really interesting but great for long term fans. Nintendo, as always, build games with the ability to enjoy them with more people whether that be via the Miiverse or in your own living room. Hyrule Warriors has taken my household by storm, myself, my partner and our housemate all have our favourites and rotate the Game Pad when levels with those characters appear. There’s also co-op using the Wiimote or Wii-U Pro Controller where one player uses the TV and the other exclusively the screen on the game pad.

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But I’m not so blinded with love that I can’t critique the game. The Wiimote controls don’t feel very natural when you’ve been using the game pad and I feel that you’re at a disadvantage if your player 2 doesn’t have the Wii-U Pro Controller. Swinging your arm to do your standard attacks works in the normal Legend of Zelda games, however when your attacks are extremely combo based as Omega Force love to do, it’s hard to know where you are in your inputs. It’s also exhausting with the amount of enemies around. My other issue is a bit of a catch-22, Hyrule Warriors has stayed true to the Zelda standard of nobody having voice actors, solely relying on screen text to display dialogue (including a literal ‘Proxie’ fairy for Link’s speech). Whilst I’m happy that they’ve stuck with the formula, this has reduced the game’s accessibility if you’re playing with someone impaired or a younger child who can’t read as fast. The story is great and it saddens me that some people will miss out on it or even miss in-game instructions through no fault of their own.

On a less in-depth note, it’s beautiful. The character designs are elaborately stunning and the updates to older characters like Impa brought them immediately on par with the newer guys. The other game modes are also fantastic including Adventure Mode where you play to acquire segments of the original Legend of Zelda map. According to the DLC release schedule on the Nintendo e-shop future releases will include Adventure Mode maps for Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess as well as new playable characters, weapons, costumes and game modes. Why yes, I have already bought it.

Hyrule Adventure Mode

With the, quite frankly, ‘iffy’ response to Skyward Sword I feel that Hyrule Warriors has been the adrenaline injection that the Zelda franchise needed. No longer is it a series locked to outsiders who don’t know what a Cucco is and why you NEVER EVER HIT ONE. People who like the Dynasty Warriors style of game are wandering over to see what all the fuss is about and without the prerequisite of having to spend five hours in the water temple utterly lost, less marathon style players are having a look too.

So my final words on Hyrule Warriors are this; If you like The Legend of Zelda, bloody well play it. If you don’t, bloody well play it anyway. Borrow someone else’s, be someone’s Player 2 (but ask to use the Game Pad) or watch a Let’s Play and then just buy it, I guarantee that you’ll have fun.

Now I’m off to stare at Sheik’s butt. I mean, play as a kick-ass ninja who gets 100 KOs in one move (whilst staring at ninja butt).

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