The catch-up coffee: Monday, February 27, 2023

Breathing new life into PS Vita games

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Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly catch-up news feature, the catch-up coffee. With each issue I 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 Caligula Effect: Overdose coming PS5

As Matt outlined in his review for the Nintendo Switch version of The Caligula Effect: Overdose, the original game was launched for PS Vita and was a bit rough, so this enhanced remaster was a welcome addition. The game was written by the scenario writer behind the original Persona and Persona 2, and blurs the lines between the virtual world and reality. The aforementioned review states that “the game [is] smart – genius smart – and has thematic and philosophical depth that few other games even come close to.”

Within Mobius, you can forget all the pain of reality and live your best life… but is virtual happiness true happiness? Join the members of the Go-Home Club as they stands up to the overseer program and her devoted supporters as they escape back to reality. Befriend over 500 students in the virtual world to strengthen your skill pool, and use stigmas to enhance your abilities during battle.

Developed by historia and published by NIS America, The Caligula Effect: Overdose will be released for PlayStation 5 sometime this year. It is currently available for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders via the NIS America Online Story come with a set of five art cards.

Otome visual novel Hakuoki: Sweet School Life coming to Nintendo Switch

Originally released for PS Vita in Japan in 2014 – that’s right, two games in a row the originated on PS Vita are getting new life in new platforms! – otome visual novel Hakuoki: Sweet School Life will be released for Nintendo Switch in June… but only in Japan. Watch its opening movie here:

Spring is a season of new beginnings, and sometimes that means new encounters. Hakuou Academy has always been a private school for boys, but now it’s opening up it’s doors to females. Actually, scratch that: its opening for a single female student, Yukimura Chizuru. That’s right, play as the lone girl amongst a sea of high school boys… every heterosexual teenage girl’s dream!

Developed by Design Factory and published by Idea Factory, Hakuoki: Sweet School Life will be released for Nintendo Switch on June 15 (again, only in Japan).

DLC for Swery’s The Good Life is on the way

I’m not going to lie, despite being an early backer of The Good Life on Kickstarter I never actually finished the game. In all honesty, I probably didn’t even come close. There’s a lot to it, with a lot of running around really far in various places, and I just… lost interest. But now, there’s DLC on the way that’s made me think maybe it’s time to give the game another chance; maybe it’s time to return to it.

An image from The Good Life DLC showing Naomi riding a sheep.

The Behind the Secret of Rainy Woods DLC has Naomi playing through 12 new side quests to help the residents of Rainy Woods. She’ll also meet some new people along the way. Help them learn photography, or how to cook. Set up dates. Maybe even save someone’s life! There are many secrets left to uncover in Rainy Woods, and it’s about darned time some come to the light.

Developed by White Owls Inc. and published by PLAYISM, The Good Life is currently available for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. The Behind the Secret of Rainy Woods DLC will be released on March 9. It is paid DLC, so get those wallets ready!

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is rapidly approaching its release

I don’t know how I feel about companies that release launch trailers prior to the game actually launching, but that’s what Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo have done for Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. The game launches later this week, but the launch trailer went up last week. Oh well. To be fair, it also celebrates a demo that’s available from now until March 26 on all platforms the game will be released for, so I suppose I can let it slide this time.

This demo includes two early stages of the game that were left out of the first demo, including Chapter 1 (Village of Calamity) and Chapter 2 (Two Chivalrous Heroes). Both are good examples of combat in a demon-plagued, fantasy Three Kingdoms. An anonymous solider fights his way through waves in monsters and enemy soldiers. Online multiplier is available in the demo, and cleared save data can transfer to the main game and allow players to earn a Crouching Dragon Helmet in-game upon release.

Developed by Team Ninja and published by Koei Tecmo, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will be released for PC via Steam/Microsoft, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, and Xbox One on March 3.

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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