TODAY: What's the one thing you don't want to associate with snakes? — The Pokémon Company finally clears up the Gym Challenge confusion — Finally a release date for Red Dead Redemption on PC
24-hour ‘nature watch’ from Galar region
There’s a special kind of nature watch at the official Pokémon Sword & Shield website right now, featuring a 24-hour live stream from somewhere in Glimwood Tangle. The feed is meant to tease some of the Pokémon we’ll be coming across in the new region of Galar.
“As you can see, Glimwood Tangle is a strange forest where it’s always dark, and you can’t tell if it’s day or night. The glowing mushrooms are the only source of light,” reads a message from Sonia, Professor Magnolia’s assistant.
Sadly no narration by Sir David Attenborough
The live stream is the ultimate teaser for those itching to sink into the latest Pokémon adventure and start catching some of those all-new Pokémon. Maybe there will be more streams ahead of release, introducing all the different parts of Galar?
Pokémon Sword & Shield hits the Switch on November 15th. Remember that you'll need to play both versions to see all the new Pokémon!
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
What is the name of the snake in Yooka-Laylee, who helps you out for a price?
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix gets a little physical
Miss having some good, old-fashioned game packaging gathering dust on your shelf? Well, Limited Run Games has you covered, with physical editions of Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix for PlayStation 4 and Switch. There will be standard and a limited edition, which includes unique box art, an art book, and a soundtrack. Pre-orders start October 29th.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 faction revealed: The Newcomers
Paradox Interactive has revealed the a new major faction from the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. The mysterious Newcomers were founded by a group of Tremere blood mages, and is comprised of mystics, scholars, magicians and madmen. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is scheduled to launch in March next year.
Grand Theft Auto IV was in the Guinness World Records for most voice actors
There’s an awful lot of talking in Grand Theft Auto IV from Rockstar Games. In fact, it's so chatty that it entered the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2009 for having the largest voice cast ever, topping 861 actors, including 174 actors portraying named characters, radio DJs and TV voiceovers.
That leaves 687 voice actors, presumably providing incidental detail like voice clips for pedestrians. Unsurprisingly, Grand Theft Auto IV also had the highest production budget ever, believed to be around $100 million. That turned out to be a sound investment, since it earned about $310 million in sales within 24 hours of its launch on April 29th, 2008.
Sword & Shield has eight gym challenges
There has been a bit of confusion about how many gyms a trainer will need to master to win the game's champion cup, but now we know: Eight, which is pretty standard for Pokémon.
The confusion stemmed from the announcement that there are “18 different types of Gyms” in Galar that provide lore for each new region, so people assumed they would need to conquer 18 different gyms – which turns out not to be the case.
Boulder, Cascade, Thunder, Rainbow, Soul, Marsh, Volcano and Earth – the original 8
The Pokémon Company issued a statement to clear things up: “In each game, Trainers must collect eight Gym Badges to complete the Gym Challenge and earn the opportunity to participate in the Champion Cup.”
Sword & Shield will have different major and minor league gyms, so each version will feature different gym leaders to challenge for badges: “Each version will have eight Gyms and eight Gym Leaders that Trainers can battle for a traditional Gym Challenge experience that fans have enjoyed throughout the Pokémon video game series.”
Pokémon Sword & Shield will be out for Nintendo Switch on November 15th.
Apex Legends gets real creepy as Halloween event details leak
Dataminers have been pillaging secrets from Apex Legends’ upcoming Halloween event, and the start of the third season has made it much more clear what the developers have planned.
There will be an event called Fight or Fright, and there are references to a limited-time-only mode called Shadowfall. The mode will repurpose the old map King's Canyon, which will be spookified for the occasion. It seems to be a solo mode where dead players will rise back up as zombies holding infested loot crates, and will feature a Left 4 Dead-esque end phase where you make your way to an evacuation vessel.
If in doubt, just throw in something eight-legged to creep everyone out
Aside from zombies, there are also a number of spider models and animations, and spider caves are referenced in game files, so Apex Legends is definitely going full-on creepy-crawly. Too bad, arachnophobes. What's worse, it looks like both are going to pop out of loot crates!
It's not clear when the event will start, but dataminer ‘Shrugtal’ happened across some in-game promo videos that will probably be shown soon. Maybe the kids will be too busy with Apex Legends this year to bother with the trick and treating, leaving you to eat all your candy in peace?
PC Red Dead Redemption 2 in November
Rockstar Games have finally announced Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC, and it's just around the corner! Not only will it be out on November 5th, but will feature PC-only enhancements including “graphical and technical” tweaks as well as “new Bounty Hunting Missions, Gang Hideouts, Weapons and more.”
You can order it through the Rockstar Games Launcher from October 9th, and there are bonuses for pre-ordering, including 50 gold bars for Red Dead Online. Other stores open pre-orders on October 23rd, while the Steam release will be in December.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair review round-up
- CGMagazine (Score 9.5/10) - ”Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is essentially a spiritual successor to Donkey Kong Country that ends with a difficult Super Mario Maker-like dungeon. It friggin’ rocks.”
- God is a Geek (Score 9.5/10) - ” Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is one of the best 2D platformers available. If you're looking for something filled with refined gameplay and fun levels, this is it.”
- IGN (Score 8.7/10) - ” Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is an excellent 2D platformer full of surprises and delights for fans nostalgic for the glory days of the genre. With some clever approaches to the final boss fight, the overworld map, and refreshing levels for repeat playthroughs, this one sits in the top tier of platformers just below the likes of modern classics like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.”
- Twinfinite (Score 4/5) - ” In many ways the first Yooka-Laylee felt like the developers were trying to make up for lost time and bring audiences the Banjo Three-ie everyone wanted. With this follow-up, you get a distinct sense that the game has been allowed to breathe and find its own identity, and it’s an overwhelmingly positive thing.”
- DualShockers (Score 7.5/10) - ” Side-scrolling sequel Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has creative ideas, assuming you have the patience to wrangle with its difficulty.”
- Push Square (Score 7/10) - ” A clear improvement on the original, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a pleasant surprise. It struggles to balance difficulty, but the end result is a robust and compelling platformer. It feels much more cohesive than its older brother and, free from the need to play to nostalgia, gives the characters and the world a better identity. It isn't perfect, but it's certainly a step in the right direction for Playtonic Games.”
- GameRevolution (Score 3/5) - ” Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair ends on a puzzlingly frustrating note that heightens its most egregious errors that consist of its imperfect controls and stymied progression system. The botched finale doesn’t make those stumbles any more forgivable and mainly just points them out, but that doesn’t undo its positive qualities.”
Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?
What is the name of the snake in Yooka-Laylee, who helps you out for a price?
Yooka and Laylee are often helped out by the sneaky salesman snake Trowzer, and the recently released Impossible Lair is no different. He wears an Australian-style country hat, a tie and ... a pair of shorts, despite snakes kinda famously not having any legs.
That's because his name is a pun on term "trouser snake", which ... means exactly what you think it means. Remember, these are the developers behind Conker's Bad Fur Day.
In the first Yooka-Laylee game you would encounter Trowzer (it's kinda hard not to think about it, right?) at regular intervals and procure upgrades and new abilities – if you paid him using the quills you find in the levels. He plays a slightly different but no less extortionate role in Impossible Lair: He can open literal pay walls on the overworld map, for a price. Let's pray he keeps those shorts on.
Egress on PC
This week's DailyBits giveaway is an unusual combination of fun things: Cthulhu, Dark Souls and Battle Royale – at once! We are giving away 5 Steam keys for Egress, the multiplayer melee combat game from developer Fazan, where you struggle for survival on an island slowly being reclaimed by the sea... and the Ancient Ones!
All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is to follow Dailybits on Twitter, and we'll also include anyone that follows us on Facebook too, although we'll be posting detailed instructions on how to enter via our Facebook page this Saturday. We will choose five random followers over the course of the week, and each will receive a Steam code for Egress on PC! It couldn't be any easier.
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