THE LUNCHBOX – 17/05

The Playstation VR Exclusive Farpoint is almost here with its wacky controller and crazy-space adventure, but let’s see what other snacks we can open up to today!

Here’s a real-life Johnny Depp standing in for the normally animatronic version on the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride at Disneyland.

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild for the Nintendo Switch gets its first Expansion, with DLC pack 1 set for release in the coming months. Pack 1 will include:

    • Trial of the Sword: By accessing this location, you can challenge the new Trial of the Sword (previously known as “Cave of Trials”) where enemies appear one after another. Link starts without any armour or weapons, and if he can defeat all of the enemies in the room, he can proceed to the next area.  Trial of the Sword will include around 45 rooms in total for players to complete. When Link clears all of the trials, the power of the Master Sword will be awakened, and it will always be in its glowing powered-up state while usable.
    • Hard Mode: Fans looking for a new challenge are in for a treat with the new Hard Mode. In Hard Mode, the “ranks” of enemies in the game are increased (i.e. Red Bokoblins change to Blue), and you may even encounter higher-ranking enemies you won’t find through normal play. Enemies will also slowly recover health in battle, forcing you to defeat them more quickly, and will more easily spot Link as he approaches them, making them tougher to sneak up on. In addition, floating planks held aloft by balloons will be scattered around Hyrule. By successfully reaching these planks, players can battle enemies and collect treasure.
    • Hero’s Path Mode: Exploring Hyrule is exciting, but with such a large world it’s sometimes hard for players to remember where they’ve been. To help with tracking progress, the new Hero’s Path Mode will document every step players take and mark their path in green on the map. The route taken will be tracked for the player’s last 200 hours of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a timeline. This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have travelled. This feature will help identify locations in this vast world that haven’t been visited yet, and may help players find those Shrines they haven’t encountered yet.

    • Korok Mask: By finding the new Korok Mask, players will have a much easier time finding Korok locations in the game. When equipped, the mask will shake, indicating that a Korok is hidden somewhere nearby.

    • Travel Medallion: There will be a new treasure chest somewhere in the game world, which contains the Travel Medallion. With the Travel Medallion, players can create a temporary new  travel point on the map where they are currently standing. Link can then transport himself to that point at any time. Only one Travel Medallion travel point can be registered on the map at a time.
    • New Equipment: Eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous characters and games in the series will be added to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after downloading the first DLC pack. Once discovered by the player, they will yield equipment themed after fan-favourite games and characters such as Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora’s Mask.

Legendary Australian rockers WOLFMOTHER present their long awaited Gypsy Caravan Tour this June. In support of their fourth album, Victorious, Wolfmother will play two headline shows in Auckland and Wellington.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now at livenation.co.nz, along with complete tour and ticketing details.

Following a huge response to his worldwide Gang Signs & Prayer album tour, Fuzen is proud to announce STORMZY will be making his highly anticipated New Zealand debut, with headline shows in Auckland and Wellington.

With shows sold out worldwide, don’t miss your chance to see London’s grime superstar on his long awaited New Zealand debut.

Tickets on sale now from theticketfairy.com

The long-running and growing strategy RPG series Fire Emblem will soon see a brand new adventure in the form of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which launches on the Nintendo 3DS on 20th May.

This reimagining of the Japan-exclusive Fire Emblem Gaiden will provide Australian and New Zealand players with the story of long-lost childhood friends Alm and Celica, and their separate quests to bring peace to the land of Valentia.

Aussie-born-and-bred YouTube content creator, OZZY MAN joins the multiplayer action with the Ozzy Man Voice Over Pack for Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

For the first time in New Zealand, the celebrated theatrical production The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will burst into life onstage from the 18 – 22 July 2017 at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, as a part of the Auckland Live Kids Play programme.

More details can be found at Auckland Live Kids Play.

Following a sold out season on London’s West End and various cities across Europe, the UK production of The Simon & Garfunkel Story returns to NZ for a four centre national tour. Playing one night only in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch from 22 – 27 July, the production was a sell-out smash hit in Auckland in 2016 and is back by popular demand.

THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY plays:

WELLINGTON: St James Theatre, Sat 22 July@8pm. Book at Ticketek
AUCKLAND: ASB Theatre, Sun 23 July @7pm. Book at Ticketmaster
DUNEDIN: Regent Theatre, Wed 26 July @8pm. Book at TicketDirect
CHRISTCHURCH: Isaac Theatre Royal, Thurs 27 July @8pm. Book at Ticketek

Massive Theatre Company’s newest emerging artist show Chance To Ignite is shaping up to be a highly physical production which will ignite the spirit and lift the soul, when it premieres at Q Theatre, July 25 – 29, and Mangere Arts Centre, August 2 – 5.

The brand-new show, devised and performed by selected members of the Massive Nui Ensemble, follows a recipe for excellence, bringing together seven brilliant young women and their real stories; adding in a dash of martial arts with boxing and jujitzu, and seasoned with a lot of sass, for the perfect chance to illuminate the world. This is a powerfully strong work that will deliver joy and reveal the truths we so often keep to ourselves. Chance to Ignite is led by a cast of empowered young women aged from 16-25 years, showcasing the passion of youth with wisdom beyond their years.

Chance To Ignite plays:
July 25 – 29 Q Theatre Loft, Auckland CBD, at 7pm
Tickets from Q Theatre. For bookings visit www.qtheatre.co.nz or phone 09 309 9771
August 2 – 5 Mangere Arts Centre, Mangere, at 7pm
Tickets from Eventfinda. For bookings visit www.eventfinda.co.nz or phone 0800 289 849

Tru Blu Entertainment in conjunction with game developer Big Ant Studios, have confirmed the latest title in the acclaimed Rugby League Live series is due to be released in 2017.

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With a greater attention to the finer details and intricacies of the sport, along with precise refinements to the controls, and even more depth to the career mode, it will surely be the best Rugby League video game to date.

The latest RiME production diary is here from Grey Box, Six Foot and independent developer Tequila Works.

Following a sold-out Auckland season in 2016, and a 10-centre tour of the United States, Black Grace and Tour-Makers are proud to tour the critically acclaimed As Night Falls to seven national centres from 22 June – 6 July around Aotearoa.

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As Night Falls plays Taranaki, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Tauranga which can be booked at Ticketek.

As part of Nintendo’s plan to deliver news about upcoming games throughout the year, the company will provide a packed week of activities at the E3 video game show, which runs from 13th to 15th June in Los Angeles. Proceedings will be headlined by the first-ever opportunity to play Super Mario Odyssey, Mario’s upcoming sandbox-style adventure for the Nintendo Switch console, as well as other Nintendo Switch games.

Additional activities at the annual show include a Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 video presentation announcing new details for Nintendo Switch games launching this year, the return of Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3, and tournaments for ARMS and Splatoon 2 livestreamed from the show floor.

Cars 3, the latest in Disney-Pixar’s Cars franchise has a new trailer

LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 is getting an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Players will go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across time from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.

LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available starting November 15, 2017 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, and PC. The game will be released for Nintendo Switch™ this holiday. 

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Aquaman,” helmed by James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7”). Jason Momoa stars in the title role, returning to the character he plays in this fall’s “Justice League.”

The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (upcoming “Baywatch,” Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Atlanna.

Frontier Developments announced the critically acclaimed massively multiplayer space epic Elite Dangerous will launch for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system on July 4th.

Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition will also be available at physical retail stores for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the same day, featuring Elite Dangerous, the Elite Dangerous: Horizons season pass and a bonus 1,000 Frontier Points to spend on in-game cosmetic items.

Big Ben and Kylotonn are pleased to announce the upcoming release of WRC 7, the official video game of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The game will be available this spring on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

Season Two of For Honor™, Shadow & Might, is now available on all platforms.

Shadow & Might will bring new content to For Honor, including two additional heroes, two extra maps, new customization items for all heroes and gameplay updates. Maps and gameplay updates will be free for all players at the start of Season Two.

Available now for season pass holders, the new heroes, the lethal Shinobi and the fierce Centurion, will be available for all players on May 23 for 15,000 Steel each.

SEGA® revealed the third gameplay style in Sonic Forces is a powerful gadget touting customizable character. For the first time in the Sonic series, players can create their own original Hero Character, and customise how the character plays and how it looks. This newly revealed playstyle in Sonic Forces is in addition to the previously revealed fast-paced action of Modern Sonic and the thrilling platforming of Classic Sonic.

And finally here’s the final trailer for some monkeys that take over the planet.

Again.

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