Persona 5 Strikers Confirmed for Feb, Cyberpunk Critic Scores

Today: Kojima wanted to make horror, but invented the stealth genre instead —  Persona 5 coming to PC and consoles early next year — Looks like Crash Bandicoot 4 will be followed by Spyro the Dragon 4

Cyberpunk 2077 review round-up

The time has finally come: Cyberpunk 2077 will bathe us in its neon glow in just two days, as it has already washed over those lucky few journalists who have spent the last few weeks in Night City.

High praise for CD Projekt RED’s latest

  • Digital Spy (Score 5/5) – ”…Cyberpunk 2077 is a fantastic game that we have never experienced before, and is a window into the future of next-gen gaming and what it's capable of. We are addicted to its world and everything in it, and we don't mind risking our reputation saying that it's easily our game of the decade, despite it missing out on the Video Game Awards for 2020…”
  • God is a Geek (Score 10/10) – ”Despite a few flaws, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most consistently astounding pieces of media I've ever had the pleasure of consuming.”
  • VG247 (Score 5/5) – ”In the midst of such intense anticipation and scrutiny, it’s easy to get carried away with what Cyberpunk 2077 could have been. The final experience might be more familiar than many predicted, with plenty of elements that aren’t perfect, but it's dripping with detail and engaging stories. With so much to see and do, Cyberpunk 2077 is the kind of RPG where you blink and hours go by, which is just what we need to finish off 2020.”
  • GamesRadar+ (Score 5/5) – ”What Cyberpunk 2077 lacks in campaign length, it makes up for with breadth and soul, offering a world of intrigue and violence unlike any other.”
  • IGN (Score 9/10) – ”…It’s a shame that frustratingly frequent bugs can occasionally kill an otherwise well-set mood, but Cyberpunk 2077’s impressively flexible design makes it a truly remarkable RPG.”
  • PCGamesN (Score 9/10) – ”Groundbreaking, but not quite as much as you're hoping it is. Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't surpass its brilliant influences, but in Night City, Johnny Silverhand, and its chilling vision of hyper-capitalism, it claims territory of its own.”
  • Game Informer (Score 9/10) – ”…Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t overstay its welcome with its critical-path story, and invites players to jack in and stay for hundreds of hours of unique content should they want to. It didn't blow me away like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but is still a hell of an opening to what will hopefully be a new series.”
  • PC Gamer (Score 78/100) – ”Some nice characters and stories nested in an astounding open world, undercut by jarring bugs at every turn.”
  • Gamespot (Score 3/5) – ”I think that Cyberpunk 2077 delivers the big-budget gaming thrills that many people are looking for. But it falls short in a few key areas for me, and a lot of that comes as a byproduct of its ambition.”

Which Street Fighter character inspired Big Band in Skullgirls?

a) Twelve
b) Q
c) Dudley
d) Necro

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.

Ghosts and monsters gave us Metal Gear

The original Metal Gear for MSX might never have happened if it wasn’t for Castlevania and Ghosts’n Goblins, according to Hideo Kojima. At the time, Kojima actually wanted to make a horror-themed game, but Konami felt the market was already saturated.

The Metal Gear weapon didn’t appear in the NES version

Kojima went back to the drawing board, and came up with Metal Gear. The stealth design was informed by the technical limitations of the MSX console, since the hardware was too limited to handle many enemies firing at once without severe slowdowns.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Several events for Pokémon Masters EX

Pokémon appears to have entered winter hibernation, and there’s not that much going on at the moment. There are some new events for Pokémon Masters EX and the Players Cup II has started in Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Plenty to keep busy with in Pokemon Masters EX

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Deck the Halls event until December 10th
    • Erika (Holidays) & Comfey and Skyla (Holidays) & Togekiss Sync Pairs
  • Legendary Arena Regirock event until December 21st
  • Sync Pair Scout for Brendan & Treecko & Dawn & Turtwig
  • The Beast That Devours The Sun event until December 21st.
    • Main Character & Solgaleo Sync Pair

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • The online circuit Players Cup II has begun
    • VGC and TCG Region Finals are underway
    • Grand Finals are due next week

Persona 5 Strikers confirmed for the west

Atlus West has announced that Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is coming westwards under the name Persona 5 Strikers.

Dynasty Warriors and Persona on a road trip together

Persona 5 Strikers will feature both English and Japanese voice-overs, and will launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Switch on February 23rd.

Dynasty Persona: The game is a Musou take on the Persona series, much the same way Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a Musou take on the Zelda series. That means you get to fight off gigantic hordes of fodder enemies while applying some light strategy to the overall battle.

Official trailer: “A summer vacation with close friends takes a sudden turn as a distorted reality emerges; reveal the truth and redeem the hearts of those imprisoned at the center of the crisis!” That doesn't exactly explain much, but fortunately the announcement trailer shows off a bit of gameplay.

As we head into the end of the year, we're going to be giving away a PlayStation 5 to one lucky reader. The winner will be revealed in the Christmas eve issue of DailyBits.

You can find out more about this giveaway on our dedicated page.

Here’s the Giveaway Code for Week 50, which will allow you to gain more points: 5444

Which Street Fighter character inspired Big Band in Skullgirls?

ANSWER: Q!

I'm...Abomination...

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is, perhaps unfairly, one of the less recognized sequels to Street Fighter II – but it has earned considerable cult status over time, and had a big impact on fighting game design. For example, Skullgirls pays homage to Q with the fighter Big Band, a heavy brawler with a trenchcoat and heavy emphasis on parrying.

Q is – surprise, surprise – a heavy brawler with a trenchcoat and a heavy emphasis on parrying, but not much else is known about him except that the CIA is after him. No age, no nationality and no motives. He hasn’t appeared in any Street Fighter games since, so maybe the CIA finally caught up to him?

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