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Friday, December 16, 2016

The catch-up coffee: December 16, 2016


News by Britta S, Matt S.

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s regular catch-up news feature. With each issue we will bring you the best news 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)!

Valkyria Revolution is a thing and it will be a vey special thing

SEGA has announced that it is indeed bringing Valkyria Revolution to our shores. Previously called "Valkyria: Azure Revolution," the game will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both physically and digitally (yay, Xbox One actually gets a Japanese game), and also as a digitally-only release on PlayStation Vita. Cue tantrum from people who care more about the format that a game comes in than the actual game getting an actual release.

Related reading: Our review of Valkyria Chronicles Remastered on PlayStation 4.

Here's the features of the game, according to the press release:

  • A Brush with Death - Turning the tide of battle in Valkyria Revolution is Brunhilde, one of the last of the ancient and powerful Valkyrur, magical beings with near limitless power. She's bound by oath to the enemy forces and players will have to figure out how to defeat her.
  • Prepare for LeGION - Valkyria Revolution has a brand new battle system that mixes real-time combat and tactical strategy. Players can take control of the battlefield using brazen combos or cunning tactics and finding a balance between them is the key to excelling in skirmishes.
  • The Ingenuity of War - Through adversity comes great engineering, and with a besieged homeland, players will have upgrade their existing weapons through branching customization paths.
  • A New Painterly Look - Valkyria Revolution has a refined look thanks to the new Gouache rendering engine, giving the graphics a unique canvas texture.
  • Classic Composer - Valkyria Revolution has a vibrant soundtrack brought to life by the incredibly talented composer Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Stella Glow)

Valkyria Chronicles is one of the best games ever made, so any new entries into this series are automatically worth a look, The game will release in the second quarter of next year.

Here's some video of the game in action, not shot by us:



Gun Gun Pixies launches 23 March in Japan

Last month, Compile Heart revealed its upcoming game Gun Gun Pixies, which has you play as a tiny alien girl infiltrating a girls’ dorm. You heard right!

The game’s plot may not make more sense to you than to us ... It revolves around the protagonist’s planet being threatened by another planet and aliens not getting married to each other any more because no one trusts each other. In order to rectify this dire situation, they decide to go to Earth in order to examine how humans live and interact …

The gameplay, however, is easier to follow. It's a third-person gun action adventure game (is that a sub-sub-genre?) with players taking control of an alien space girl whose goal it is to infiltrate a women’s dorm. Getting discovered by a resident results in a game over. Some missions naturally also involve bathing.

Now the release date in Japan has been revealed: 23 March 2017. An additional tidbit was some information about one of the game’s missions, the Maiden Suppression War (or Maiden Crush Warfare) which takes place after a specific turning point in the game. Your aim in this section is to calm down the girls in the dorm after something terrible has happened, all the while avoiding getting "crushed" by the girls. You will have the opportunity to see the girls practising activities like yoga, and eating a popsicle while using an exercise machine. Here are some screenshots and video to enjoy.






This is not a drill! Super Mario Run is out now!

Nintendo's first "real" mobile game, Super Mario Run, is now officially available on the Apple App store. Free to download, the game lets you play three levels before asking you to fork over $15 Australian for the full game.

This is a "runner" game, where players don't control the direction of Mario (he automatically runs), but they can control how and when he jumps. Early impressions are very positive, and the level design is quite spectacular.

Anyhow, grab yourself a copy and get playing.


The catch-up coffee: December 16, 2016
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