Animal Crossing’s Fall Update, Amazon Targets Cloud Gaming

Today: Animal Crossing: New Horizons might just save Halloween digitally this year
– Amazon enters the cloud gaming arena with Luna
– Capcom’s hoping to get Resident Evil 8 working on current gen consoles

Animal Crossing's Halloween-themed festivities start next week!

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online Day 2 round-up

It’s now Day 2 of the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online event, which is a lot busier than it was yesterday as it’s streamed three presentations to continue the annual convention in Japan.

Two more full days remain for Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online

Today’s schedule includes SEGA and Capcom amongst its hourly streamed segments which means some high profile games are hopefully getting some sneak peeks and fresh details. These presentations do tend to focus on one game at a time when hosted by larger publishers and studios.

Resident Evil: Capcom focused on Resident Evil Village and revealed it might not be exclusive to next-gen as producer Tsuyoshi Kanda stated they would “do our best” to reach this generation. “While Resident Evil Village is being developed specifically for next-generation consoles and PC, we’re looking into delivering the experience on Xbox One and PS4 as well,” said Kanda-san.

Virtua Fighter: SEGA meanwhile has teased a new Virtua Fighter project, or more specifically something called ‘Virtua Fighter x esports’. They provided a short montage trailer but didn’t go into much detail about anything. It was CEO Haruki Satomi who teased it following the end of the stream, celebrating 60 years of the company.

What was Rayman M called in North America?

a) Rayman Arena
b) Rayman Mega
c) Rayman Rush
d) Rayman Trouble

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten and the forbidden wooden horse

The 2011 tactical RPG Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten from Nippon Ichi Software used to be a bit more tortuous when it came to capturing prisoners. Early images of the game showed the use of a medieval device known as a wooden horse, which is painful for captives as it uses a person’s body weight against them in a very sensitive area.

However this was replaced likely due to the problems it would cause with the Japanese ratings board CERO, as it would have led to a higher rating. If you happen to speak with Laharl, who was the protagonist from the original Disgaea, he’ll say his scarf is actually a part of his body which contradicts Disgaea Infinite where he can remove it.

Torture is fine unless it hurts your CERO rating

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13 Sentinels PlayStation 4 Codes and Artbook

You have a chance to nab a 13 Sentinels code for PlayStation 4 if you refer DailyBits to a friend! Use our widget to start earning referrals, which you can build up throughout the year to increase your chance of being selected.

13 Sentinels is releasing tomorrow on PlayStation 4 for $59.99 or £49.99, and we’ve got codes to hand out this week, with the giveaway ending this Friday. One lucky winner will also get the Artbook!

13 Sentinels Aegis Rim comes with an art book for one of our lucky subscribers

Vanillaware, the storytellers behind Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown, craft a sci-fi mystery epic spanning thirteen intertwining stories. Uncover the truth and delve into a 2D sidescrolling adventure featuring gorgeous art and environments. Battle the kaiju in fast-paced, top-down combat. Customize the Sentinels with an arsenal of mechsuit weaponry, and fight to defend humanity!

Crysis Remastered Review

Version tested: PC
Developer: Crytek, Saber Interactive

Over a decade ago, Crytek released a game that pushed PC hardware to the absolute limit. Their creation, an action-packed FPS that gave players a lethal nanosuit and unleashed them into a beautiful sandbox, raised the bar for PC gaming. Crysis returns this year in its glorious remastered form, boasting high-quality textures, new graphical features, and ray tracing, but we can’t help but feel disappointed by all the features that have been cut.

While this version of Crysis definitely sees an improvement in the visuals department, there are a few omissions that seem very strange. There’s no option to save and load states while playing, meaning if you particularly enjoy a specific section of the game, you cannot replay it without going through the entire mission again. A number of PC-exclusive features have been removed, like the lean function and grenade quick throw.

The reason why the remastered version lost a lot of these features is down to the port. The developers based this port on the console version, which was compromised from the beginning in order to get it running on low-end hardware. Though this is disappointing for fans that played the original game, there’s still a lot to enjoy. The fact that it runs without any issues gives it a big advantage over the original, which struggles to boot up on some builds.

This is Crysis Remastered running on the ‘high’ preset! There’s two above this!

When Crysis launched back in 2007, it set a new standard for visuals and created a benchmark for people to test their hardware on. Crysis Remastered is no different, sporting ray-tracing and 8K textures for any setups that can withstand that level of stress. Fortunately, this game is fully playable without any of the bells and whistles. If you don’t own one of those fancy RTX cards, you’ll be pleased to know Crysis Remastered is fully playable on modest hardware.

Crysis Remastered does a decent job of showing PC gamers today what they missed out on 13 years ago. The sandbox nature of Crysis continues to hold up well, and the suit powers lend themselves to some unforgettable moments. That being said, this port is far from what a lot of people were expecting when it was announced back in April. The fact that the game was delayed due to the disappointing graphics says everything. Sadly, this port feels more like a rushed job than a labour of love.

The PC version is available on the Epic Games Store for $29.99/£27.99.

Thumbs up

  • The Crysis suit is so much fun
  • A good test for any new graphics cards

Thumbs down

  • Aliens are the worst part of the game
  • Lots of features cut from the original version

7/10 Recommended

Amazon Luna cloud gaming platform supports iOS as well as Amazon devices

Amazon is finally rolling out its cloud gaming service it calls Amazon Luna, and confirms it also supports iOS devices alongside Amazon devices like Fire TV.

Amazon Luna is currently only available in the United States

If you have a such an Amazon device hooked up to a smart TV then you’ll be ready to enjoy Amazon Luna, although you can also use the service through PC and Mac. They went to the trouble of building an iOS friendly web app so you can use Luna outside of the Apple App Store, unlike its rivals Google Stadia and even Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Luna launch: Support for Android is coming later. “We created Luna to make it easy to play great games on the devices customers already own and love,” said Amazon’s Marc Whitten. “It’s day one for Luna. We are excited to work with gamers, streamers, and publishers like Ubisoft and Remedy Entertainment to build a great gaming experience for everyone.”

Twitch play: US users can apply for early access to Luna which fully launches after this initial test period. Select titles will support 4K and 60 frames per second, and you’ll be able to launch straight into Amazon Luna through Twitch, which is owned by the company. There’s also an Amazon Luna Controller that will be sold at an introductory price of $50.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ fall update, themed Switch and amiibo Cards Series 1-4

Quite a bit of news for island life sim Animal Crossing: New Horizons today, as we’re due a big fall update, getting a themed Nintendo Switch, and restocking amiibo cards.

Spooky free fall update from Nintendo out September 30

“Players who enjoyed their islands during the spring and summer will find new ways to play when they experience the new festive activities that fall has to offer,” said Nintendo of America’s Nick Chavez. The fall update has a whole host of in-game events in the run up to Halloween.

Fall update highlights

  • Halloween preparation with costumes, candy and more
  • Growable pumpkins useable in “pumpkin-based DIY projects”
  • Revisit favourite dreams of other islands via a new list system
  • Halloween Night Celebrations October 31 @ 5.00pm local time
  • NookLink App Update in October to perform Reactions to visitors

Switch stock: The official Animal Crossing: New Horizons themed Nintendo Switch is “heading back to participating retailers” such as GameStop. It will carry a suggested retail price of $300 and it features “pastel green and blue” Joy-Con controllers, paired with a white Nintendo Switch dock with images of Tom Nook and Nooklings Timmy and Tommy.

Deck shuffle: Also getting a restock are the amiibo Cards Series 1-4 “returning to select retailers” and will be priced around $6 per pack. These special amiibo cards are supported by the game and “allow you to invite characters to live on the island, among other features.” The fall update will arrive September 30 for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Half-Life: Alyx gets a Bioshock-themed makeover

Bioshock is not coming to VR headsets anytime soon, however, there’s nothing to stop Bioshock from heading to Half-Life: Alyx. Level designer Wim Buytaert, has unveiled his latest creation: Return to Rapture. This Bioshock-themed level introduces the world of Rapture to the Half-Life universe, asking the question “what would happen if the Combine discovered the whereabouts of Rapture”?

Your goal is to stop the Combine from reaching Andrew Ryan’s precious suitcase which contains the secrets to ADAM and the Plasmids. Buytaert mentioned he would consider creating an entire campaign in this style if there was enough demand for it. If you don’t have a VR headset but want to know what you are missing out on, Willhart over on YouTube has uploaded his playthrough of the level for people to check out.

Minecraft PSVR launches as a free update for PS4 players

Minecraft runs on just about everything at this point, but there was one glaring omission that Mojang Studios has recently put right. Minecraft finally has PSVR support, taking advantage of the headset to drop players into its blocky world. The best part? If you already own Minecraft on PS4, you’ll receive its PSVR version free of charge, by simply downloading the latest update.

New modes include ‘Immersive Mode’ and ‘Living Room Mode’ to give players the freedom to play however they choose. ‘Immersive Mode’ allows you to virtually step into Minecraft’s world, whereas ‘Living Room Mode’ fixes the gameplay on a screen ahead of you—this is recommended for players that tend to suffer with motion sickness. If you’re interested to see how that may look, it’s certainly worth watching the Minecraft PSVR launch trailer. If you don’t yet own Minecraft on PS4 its just $19.99/£12.99 on the PlayStation Store.

Oculus Quest 2 pre-orders spill into October and November

If you didn’t manage to secure your Oculus Quest 2 pre-order when Oculus launched its store page on September 16, it looks as though you’ll have to wait a few weeks longer to get your hands on it. The Oculus Quest 2 will be available from October 13, but keen VR fans in the US and UK will have to wait until October/November to snag one of the new headsets.

At the time of writing, pre-ordering the 64GB version of the Oculus Quest 2 displays an estimated delivery date of October 20. Interestingly, the pricey 256GB variant has an even longer lead time, pushing the delivery date to November 3. If you’re hoping to pick up some accessories to accompany your shiny new headset, it’s advisable to grab those sooner rather than later as these are also flying off Oculus’ virtual shelves.

What was Rayman M called in North America?

ANSWER: Rayman Arena!

Don’t worry, I forgot this existed too

While the Rayman series is beloved for its platforming goodness, there are some attempts to mix things up with mixed results. One such example is Rayman M: a title focused on multiplayer battles and races. There was even a PS1 port called Rayman Rush that promptly removed most of the non-racing content. The game received meddling review scores and has been pretty much forgotten by the general populace.

But why was the name changed in the States? The most straightforward theory would be to prevent confusion. Since the ESRB has the M rating for mature games, they probably didn’t want people to think the game itself was rated M. While that hasn’t been confirmed, it is one of the more reasonable suggestions.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.

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