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Monday, April 18, 2016

Catch-up coffee Monday: April 18

News by Lindsay M.

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 (and our favourite news anchor, Dee Dee)!

Open up! This Is The Police!

I may be sitting here giggling over my own terrible joke in the headline, but let’s get serious. Dead serious. I jest, I jest! Really though, This Is The Police is described as a moral choice strategy adventure. Something about that long-winded genre reminds me of Life Is Strange, although I’m quite certain that is where the comparison between games will end. In the game, the player takes on the roll of Jack Boyd (voiced by Duke Nukem’s Jon St. John), the chief of police in Freeburg. Following decades of loyal service, Boyd’s been told he’s fired and has 180 days left on the job. He needs to have half a million dollars in his bank account before that time is up for some reason, so it becomes a juggling act between his cop job and his criminal work to make that money a reality. This Is The Police will be out this summer as a digital release for PC, Mac, and Linux; Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will get versions soon after that.

SMT IV: Final gets a new name for its Western release

Shin Megami Tensei IV’s final chapter (aptly titled “Final” in Japan”) is coming to North America and Europe this summer under the title Apocalypse. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is the last chapter in Atlus' SMT IV series of games — exclusively for the 3DS — but can easily be played without any prior knowledge of the series. Apocalypse is an RPG that claims over 60 hours of gameplay where players negotiate, recruit, and battle demons. The above announcement trailer shows zero actual gameplay, so for more of that check out the first look we got at SMT IV Final for its Japanese release.

Corpse Party coming to 3DS and PC

Wow, two 3DS stories in a row (kind of); it’s madness in here! The original version of Corpse Party is being remastered for its 3DS release and released later this year as a Back to School Edition physical release and a digital release. The Back to School Edition will include miniature figurines and an 80-minute soundtrack CD. The 3DS edition of the game includes redrawn sprites, new music and art stills, and four new extra chapters. Corpse Party is also expanding to PC, with a digital release set for 25 April. Corpse Party on PC is a direct localization of the original game and will not include any of the extras that the 3DS version will have, AKA I know which one I’ll be picking up! While waiting for either version to release, pass the time reading our review of the most recent game in the series, Blood Drive.

Holmes gets more action in Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

I can’t stop (won’t stop?) raving about Frogware’s take on Sherlock Holmes and this new trailer showing some actual gameplay makes me even more excited for the next game, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter. The game is the first to really include action sequences, some of which are teased in the above and aforementioned trailer. There seems to be a touch more of the occult in this game versus its predecessors; with a clairvoyant moving in next door to Holmes, séances and rituals fights logic and rationalism while discovering the truth behind a young girl names Katelyn. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter will be out for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 10 June.

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: April 18
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