The catch-up coffee: November 7, 2016

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News by Lindsay M. and Britta 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)!

Nioh’s technical specs announced

Technical news about the highly anticipated action RPG Nioh by Team Ninja was revealed on November 3 on PlayStation Blog. The game will offer these options for frame rate and resolution adjustments on the PS4:

  • PS4 Option 1 — Movie Mode: This mode focuses on resolution over frame rate, offering beautiful high resolution graphics with stable 30fps.
  • PS4 Option 2 — Action Mode: Here the emphasis is on frame rate, providing a stable 60fps.
  • PS4 Option 3 — Movie Mode (Variable frame rate): This option provides high resolution graphics with a variable frame rate that may go over 30fps.

Utilising the PS4 Pro’s capabilities will enable the following settings:

  • PS4 Pro HD display Option 1 — Movie Mode: Stable 1920×1080 resolution with high quality anti-aliasing at 30fps.
  • PS4 Pro HD display Option 2 — Action Mode: Stable 1920×1080 resolution at 60fps.
  • PS4 Pro 4K display Option 1 — Movie Mode: Stable 3840×2160 resolution at 30fps.
  • PS4 Pro 4K display Option 2 — Action Mode: Stable 1920×1080 resolution at 60fps.

Nioh is built around “deep and authentic” samurai combat. It will offer “gruelling encounters with other warriors and supernatural creatures” in a “grotesque vision” of Japan ravaged by civil war. Sony Interactive Entertainment will publish the game in Europe, America and Asia; in Japan Tecmo Koei is handling the release. Nioh is due out worldwide for PlayStation 4 on February 9

Breath of Fire soundtracks available outside of Japan for the first time

Capcom have made the original soundtracks to RPG classics Breath of Fire, Breath of Fire II, and Breath of Fire III available on their store. These were previously only available in Japan. You can download 192 MP3 (V0 bitrate) tracks in one bundle at a price of $14.99. Thank to reader Jonathan C. for the tip!

Kick off 2017 with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King on 3DS

If you crave Dragon Quest on the go but absolutely despite the way its port to iPad forces one to play in portrait mode, you’re in luck: the classic RPG is making its way to the Nintendo 3DS. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is the story The Hero having to clean up the mess left behind by a rogue jester in possession of the king’s sceptre. This isn’t a straight port though, as Nintendo dubs it as a “handheld retelling” and there is new story content, two new playable characters, new side quests, and an alternate ending. Parts of the game have been streamlined to make playing on a handheld console a bit easier, including a Quick-Save function and the Speed Up feature that — surprise surprise — speeds up each encounter. There are also some new capture functions that allow the player to pause the action outside of battles and cutscenes to take a photo; later in the game, players are actually rewarded for taking pictures of certain objects and situations. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King hits the 3ds on January 20.

Free update brings new life to Animal Crossing: New Leaf

I play Animal Crossing games hardcore. I love the series, especially on 3DS. When Nintendo announced a Nintendo Direct for Animal Crossing several weeks ago, I figured it would be about a mobile game for the series — but no, there’s a free update to Animal Crossing: New Leaf that brings new life to a stale game for everyone that has already collected and built just about everything in their town. This update brings amiibo compatibility to the game; both cards and figures can be scanned, an new villagers will move in to the brand new RV campground. The new characters bring in-game consoles, allowing players to access new minigames. A new set of cards will be released on December 2, the same day the physical version of the game will be available with the update already included. Don’t have an amiibo scanner? You won’t be left out as there are other new features, including MEOW coupons earned by completing Town Initiatives, a new storeroom to place all the collectibles that don’t fit with your home’s perfect decor, and a Happy Home Designer link that will read your save data to unlock 20 giant furniture items (yes, GIANT!).

Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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