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Monday, December 21, 2015

Catch-up coffee Monday: December 21


Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly news feature, Catch-up coffee Monday. Each Monday we will bring you the best news from the previous week that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us!

Want a certain PS2 game on PS4? Sony is listening...

Sony announced a little while back that it was bringing PS2 game emulation to PS4. In fact, eight games have already dropped for it, including a trio of Grand Theft Auto games and Dark Cloud. But if there’s something specific you’re waiting on, Dave Thach of PlayStation Worldwide Studio wants to hear from you. Taking to Twitter for suggestions, he asks that PlayStation users Tweet what PS2 games they would like to see available on PS4 using the hashtag #ps2ps4. What are you waiting for? Get tweeting!

More 360 games are now backwards compatible on the Xbox One


Microsoft has announced 16 titles joining the growing library of Xbox 360 games compatible with the Xbox One. There is something for everyone on this list, from casual arcade games to in-depth adventure games. The games I’m most excited to see are Braid, Fable III, and Ms. Pac-Man. The rest of the games are: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Doritos Crash Course, Halo: Reach, Hydro Thunder, Iron Brigade, Kane & Lynch 2, Motocross Madness, Peggle, Portal: Still Alive, Spelunker, Splosion Man, Ticket to Ride, and Zuma's Revenge.

Minecraft gets a massive content update on consoles



If you find you’ve bored of playing Minecraft on your PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, or Xbox One, you may want to consider picking up that controller again. A huge update has been rolled out to console versions of the game, bringing many elements that PC users have been enjoying for some time now. There are ten new biomes to explore: Birch Forest, Deep Ocean, Extreme Hills+, Forest, Ice Spikes, Mega Taiga, Mesa, Roofed Forest, Savanna, and Snowless Taiga. There are also 20 new Technical Biomes, and new underwater Ocean Monument structures. New mobs include Chicken Jockeys, Elder Guardians, Endermites, Guardians, and Rabbits. But wait, there’s more! The game is adorned with new block types and new flowers. New items can be crafted. Nether portals can be built inside a rectangular frame. Skeletons are afraid of wolves, and will now flee from them. Oh, and watch out - mobs are now capable of swimming.

The Banner Saga coming to consoles next month


The Banner Saga, one of Kickstarter’s earliest success stories, has been a success on both iPad and PC. Now, Stoic is preparing to launch the viking RPG game for consoles: it is expected to be released on January 12th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program). The developers over at Stoic have been working on the port for some time; founder John Watson said in a statement, Porting the game certainly presented technical challenges that we needed to overcome, and gave us an opportunity to redesign the user experience for console controllers. We have managed to merge the story and gameplay from Banner Saga with a refined controller interface to make it a very enjoyable console gaming experience.”


Does any of this news tickle your fancy or make you steaming mad? Let us know in the comments! And meet us again next week for a new edition of Catch-up coffee Monday.

- Lindsay M.
News Editor
Catch-up coffee Monday: December 21
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