The catch-up coffee: Thursday, November 1, 2018

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News by Lindsay M. and 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)!

The Shapeshifting Detective’s release trailer is here

By Lindsay M., News Editor

The FMV title from D’Avekki Studios isn’t due for release until November 6, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the impending launch of The Shapeshifting Detective by watching this new release trailer:

The Shapeshifting Detective puts the player in the role of the, well, shapeshifting detective. You’re trying to solve the murder of Dorota Shaw, and the prime suspects are all tarot readers. You can shapeshift into other characters to dig up new information, or refuse to talk at the perfect times to unlock secret conversations.

The game will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are open now via Steam, PSN (Europe), and Xbox, offering a 20% pre-launch discount.

Yo-Kai Watch 3 has a release date!

By Matt S., Editor-in-Chief

It’s like Pokemon, but better. Ooooooooooooh, I can hear you all fuming at me all the way over the Internet. Okay, well, regardless of which you think is actually better, the latest installment in the Yo-Kai Watch series has a firm release date; it’s landing on December 8 for the Nintendo 3DS.

This one promises the same sense of light-hearted humour as the predecessors, but with an entirely revamped combat system. As described in the press release:

The reimagined battle system is the most exciting and tactical in the series to date, so players will have to think and act fast if they’re to win. Using the new Tactics Board, players have the freedom to place their three preferred Yo-kai anywhere on a 3×3 grid. Yo-kai positioned on the front row will see their physical attacks become stronger and will protect Yo-kai behind them. Players can also place Yo-kai next to each other to trigger Linking effects, resulting in combo attacks. There are lots of possible combinations so experiment with different Yo-kai to discover your perfect team.

It also offers players an entirely different setting (quite clearly based on the United States), and, as such, a completely different kind of story to what’s come in the past. I know it’s odd that a Nintendo 3DS title would be shaping up as one of the most exciting releases for any month in 2018, but as December is a quieter month, the fact this one has 600 monsters to collect, train, and battle means that Yo-Kai Watch 3 is going to be a truly mammoth experience. Just perfect for people who dust off November’s Pokemon release on Switch.

Don’t forget to grab your Phantasy Star classic on Nintendo Switch now

By Matt S., Editor-in-Chief

SEGA’s Phantasy Star has never quite been granted the same respect as Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, but it is a very fine JRPG series indeed, especially in those early eras. In fact, the original Phantasy Star was a downright cracking game for its time.

Now you can experience it for yourself on your Nintendo Switch. SEGA Ages: Phantasy Star will set you back less than $10, and for that money you get a delightful mix of top-down world exploration with first person dungeon crawling. And you get a challenge. A very, very stiff challenge.

There’s additional features that have been added to this version too. There’s a mapping option for those first person dungeon sequences, which wasn’t present in the original, and because it wasn’t there, it was so easy to get very lost when dungeon delving (this feature can be turned off for purists). There’s also a bestiary and various other bonus features.

Nintendo’s next Direct to focus, again, on Smash Bros.

By Lindsay M., News Editor

Lord knows what the minds over at Nintendo have planned to fill an entire 40 minutes on a single game due out next month, but that’s what’s happening. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct will stream at 23:00 JST today, November 1. It will feature director Masahiro Sakurai.

To watch the Direct live in the region of your choice, here are the links:

Following the Direct, stay tuned for Nintendo Treehouse: Live, featuring gameplay from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Yoshi’s Crafted World, and Diablo III: Eternal Edition.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is due for release on November 4.

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