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Rhythm Heaven Creator Wants To See The Series On Switch

The Nintendo Switch has brought a myriad of older game series onto the current generation, Tsunku. The creator of Rhythm Heaven, is hoping his game will be added to the list.

Known as Rhythm Paradise in Europe and Rhythm World in Korea, the Rhythm Heaven series originally began on the Gameboy Advance and continued through to the Nintendo DS. The single-player party game has a small cult following, like many other Nintendo developed titles in the past.

Players must beat a randomized set of the fifty rhythm minigames that make up the game. To beat a level, the player must achieve at least a ‘Just OK’ or ‘OK’ rank, or replay the level until they do so.

Each level has its own rules and required using a stylus to tap on the touch screen in time to the music. For the series to move onto the Switch, some system and gameplay changes will need to be made.

Tsunku has called out to fans to “Raise your voice together” in support of the series being picked up by Nintendo for a re-release or new title. Ultimately, the choice is up to Nintendo.

Recently, Nintendo announced Disco Elysium will be ported for a Switch release, after the huge success the series had on PC. Here at GameSpot, we gave the game a 10/10. Hopefully Rhythm Heaven is next on the list to be ported.

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Valorant guide: How to play Sova the initiator – Daily Esports

Sova is one of the 12 starting agents in Riot Games’ newest FPS title, Valorant. As a Russian hawkeye, Sova should be used as an initiator for your team. If you’re the type of player that wants to be aggressive while not going in blind, Sova is for you. His abilities allow both him and his teammates to be aggressive while also positioning themselves for defense. His abilities are Recon Bolt, Shock Bolt, Owl Drone, and Hunter’s Fury.

Signature ability: Recon Bolt

Sova’s signature ability that you start off with is Recon Bolt. Similarly to Overwatch’s Hanzo, Sova’s arrow can be fired to reveal the enemy’s position. You can bounce the arrow once or twice by clicking the right mouse button. However, watch where you’re aiming your arrow; there’s a chance it could bounce back and reveal nothing. Additionally, the arrow has a charge bar that allows you to gauge the distance you want your arrow to go.

Basic ability 1: Shock Bolt

Sova’s first basic ability, Shock Bolt, allows you to shoot a bolt into any given area. The explosive bolt emits a damaging pulse of static energy upon impact. This basic ability is similar to that of Reza, whose bombs do a similar action without being projected by an arrow.

Both Shock and Recon Bolt have the same animation as shown above.

Basic ability 2: Owl Drone

Sova’s second basic ability, Owl Drone, allows you to send a drone into the air to scan the area ahead of you. Using this drone, you can reveal the position of enemies by shooting a bolt at them. This ability does not do damage and is solely to gain information.

Ultimate: Hunter’s Fury

Sova’s ultimate, Hunter’s Fury, allows you to fire up to three deadly energy blasts that spear across the entire map. Each hit, an enemy takes heavy damage and their position is marked.

While playing Sova, it’s best if you position yourself in a corridor at the beginning of the game. This way you can use your Recon Bolt to scout out the enemy team. The information gained by the Recon Bolt will either allow your team to push forward or relocate to another spike site. Additionally, if you see enemies on your Recon Bolt, you can then use your Shock Bolt to deal damage to anyone who might be hiding behind doors or crates.

If there are enemies grouped up in a particular area, it would be best for you to use your Hunter’s Fury. Using your ult will do damage to anyone in the way of the blast of energy. Any enemy hit by your ultimate will also be marked, allowing you to take two additional shots. If your Recon Bolt isn’t available, you could use your Owl Drone to scout out areas that your Recon Bolt can’t reach. However, you’ll need to purchase your Owl Drone at the beginning of the round.

Final thoughts

  • Sova is great for getting your team into either offensive or defensive position at the start of the game.
  • Hunter’s Fury can sometimes be hard to hit, especially if you’re not aware of the enemy’s position. Though with three charges, the inability to see the enemy makes up for it.
  • Sova’s Shock Bolt is a great way to attack people who are hiding behind walls or other objects.
  • Recon Bolt is by far the most useful ability in the game. The ability to see behind walls and additionally see the enemy’s movements gives you an added advantage.

Who’s your favorite agent in Valorant? Let us know in the comments. Follow Daily Esports for all your Valorant guides and news.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Responds To COVID-19 Crisis

The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has issued a statement regarding the impact of the COVID-19 global crisis on its business. In the company’s latest earnings report, the Polish company said it does not expect the pandemic to have a significant impact on its business for the upcoming period and beyond, though it could impact how people buy games.

CDPR said it took “preventative action” to try to mitigate the the spread of the disease, which included moving most of its employees to a work-from-home setup (a skeleton crew remains at the office to work on critical tasks on a rotating shift basis), cancelling business travel, and forbidding people to enter the company’s offices who came from overseas.

More specifically, CDPR pointed out that it canceled all of its scheduled appearances at trade shows and conferences, including PAX East and GDC. Additionally, it conducted business meetings virtually instead of in-person. What’s more, before employees were sent home, CDPR installed hand sanitizer stations and increased the air ventilation at its studio.

CDPR also beefed up its technical infrastructure to help its teams work from home. On the subject of working from home, which began on March 16, CDPR management said the teams continue to work efficiently and all projects remain on schedule.

With teams now working from home, CDPR also introduced special safeguards to protect their games. All hard drives are encrypted, and employees are using a VPN that makes use of “specialized hardware” bought specifically for this.

In regards to the impact of COVID-19 on game sales, CDPR said it does not expect to see a material negative impact. The “vast majority” of CDPR’s game sales already are digital, making the business “largely impervious to the current circumstances.”

Physical game sales, however, are expected to be down as local governments order people to stay home. CDPR said it has yet to get reports from its physical distribution partners, but it expects sales of physical games to fall. The upside, CDPR said, is that as more people work from home, they might change their purchasing habits to skew more toward digital and away from physical.

In other news, CDPR announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is approaching 30 million in sales, with PC leading the way as the most popular platform.

CDPR’s next game is Cyberpunk 2077, which is slated to launch in September for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The company has not announced sales projections for the game, nor did it say if the COVID-19 crisis will have any impact on its plans to release the game on schedule.

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Take Up to 88% Off on The Sims 4 Game and Expansion Packs on Amazon Now

Need to take a little breather from the real world? Great news—PC game codes for The Sims 4 and all its expansion and Game Packs are currently up to 88 percent off on Amazon.

The base game is currently priced at $4.99. Most expansions, which include new locations and a plethora of cosmetics, jobs, and interactions for Simmers to enjoy, are going for half off at $19.99. Game Packs like Outdoor Retreat, Spa Day, and Strangerville are $14.99 each.

Before getting too eager though, players should be aware that Amazon’s sale page states that this deal is limited to customers in the USA. Furthermore, the codes are nonrefundable and nonreturnable, so if you find that being an A-list celebrity in The Sims 4 isn’t to your liking, you won’t be able to get your money back.

Stuff Packs are not on sale on Amazon at this time. However, it seems as though this sale is happening concurrently on Origin, EA Games’ distribution site. Expansions and Game Packs on Origin are up to 85 percent off. Unlike Amazon, where Game Packs and expansions aren’t rolled together, Origin is offering a flat discount on bundling certain expansions. That might be more appealing to a gamer with a good idea of what they want from The Sims 4.

For those wanting to escape to a reality, where the worst you’ll have to endure is abruptly malfunctioning appliances and maybe a surprise visit from the Grim Reaper, this sale could not come at a better time. Better move fast, though – whether on Amazon or Origin, it ends April 9th.

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ESPN to broadcast LCS Spring Split Playoffs

ESPN has entered a broadcasting partnership with Riot Games to air the LCS Spring Split Playoffs, starting on April 8th.

As part of the deal, ESPN will serve as the official linear and authenticated streaming platform in the United States for the remainder of the competition.

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The deal will kick off with 100 Thieves playing TSM, with the action being broadcast live on both ESPN.com and the ESPN application – the latter of which will house VODs of each game “immediately following competition.” All matches that follow will be aired live on ESPN2.

John Lasker, Vice President of Digital Programming at ESPN, spoke on the decision in a release: “We’re excited to work with Riot Games to create innovative content opportunities around this amazing franchise system. Showcasing one of the most popular esports in the world with the LCS’ Spring Split playoffs allows ESPN to serve new audiences.”

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Earlier this year, Riot Games expanded its partnership with Nielsen to implement a new viewership system for the LCS. Entitled ‘live+,’ the system measures VOD viewership “more accurately than ever before.”

Chris Greeley, LCS Commissioner at Riot Games, added: “Now more than ever, coming together to watch and enjoy elite competitive gaming has the power to unite us as a community. We’re thrilled to bring the very best of the LCS to new audiences and existing fans through this partnership and look forward to some high-skill games on the Rift as we crown a new Spring champion.”

Esports Insider says: Considering there’s a drought when it comes to traditional sports, it was expected to see ESPN embrace esports in such a way for the foreseeable future. LCS is a big deal in North America, understandably, so it seems like a sensible choice for the company. We hope it pulls major numbers!

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Valorant guide: How to customize your crosshair – Daily Esports

Crosshair customization is just one of the many features in Riot Games’ new first-person shooter Valorant. Those who have connected their Riot accounts to their Twitch received the opportunity to obtain a beta key. The keys can be earned by watching certain Valorant streams that have drops enabled.

Once you’ve achieved access to one of these elusive beta keys, you’ll be brought to a brief tutorial on how everything works. After you’ve completed the tutorial, the game will boot you to the main menu screen, as shown below. This is where you’ll access the store, lobbies, and most importantly, the settings.

In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, you’ll find a white box that looks like the Valorant symbol. You should see three tabs appear below the title which includes: settings, support, and the about tab.

Changing your crosshair color

Upon opening the settings, you’ll be taken to another screen that has several options regarding the settings. Here, we’re looking at the crosshair customization tab located in the middle.

Above the settings, you should see an image and a crosshair in the middle of it. This is your example of what exactly your crosshair will look like in-game. As a result, you don’t have to get into a game just to see if your settings are how you like them.

The first setting allows you to change the color of your crosshair. By default, the crosshair color has been set to white. As you change the color, the image above the settings will turn to whatever color you’ve chosen. The list of available crosshair colors is as follows: white, green, yellow-green, green-yellow, yellow, cyan, pink, and red.

Customizing further

Below the crosshair color is the outline settings. Here the game allows you to change the opacity and thickness, as well as toggle the outline. Play around with these settings in order to see what fits you best.

After the outline settings, you’ll find the dot settings. This feature allows you to change the opacity and thickness of the dot, too. And if you’d prefer to have no dot in the center at all, you can turn it off.

Lastly, at the very bottom, you’ll see the setting to ‘fade crosshair with firing error’. When turned on, this setting widens your crosshair as you shoot. Switching it off will keep your crosshair at the default size.

Have you gotten into Valorant yet? Let us know in the comments! To keep up with further Valorant coverage, make sure to stay tuned to Daily Esports.

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Shoutout to my insomniac Animal Crossing villagers in these trying times

The other day, I saw a tweet that joked that 4 a.m. was the new 1 a.m. With folks staying indoors, and anxieties piling high, it seems that nearly everyone I know is having trouble sleeping lately. And while Animal Crossing: New Horizons might be the latest sensation, playing the life simulator at night is a vastly different experience.

At night in Animal Crossing, things slow down. Shops close, and villagers go to sleep — well, most villagers. On my island, I can always count on two villagers to be awake no matter what time it is: Shari, the cheerful monkey, and Raymond the snobby cat.

By the end of the day, I’ve already spoken to both of these characters a million times; they’ve run out of things to say to me. They’ll joke that we keep running into each other, or that they need to get a publicist. So mostly, I just watch them go about their business without me.

Raymond likes to water the plants outside of my town hall. Sometimes, he just stands in the middle of the tulips and looks up at the moon. Once, I caught him plopped down in the middle of a bridge at 2 a.m. I pulled out my in-game camera app and zoomed in on his face as my character stepped out of the frame. It’s remarkable how many expressions Animal Crossing characters have. Raymond would sigh, close his eyes, frown. Maybe he didn’t need to say anything to me, after all.

Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Shari the monkey is more of a mystery to me. Often I’ll catch her drinking “vacation juice” by the beach, looking out to the water. It worries me that she’s drinking alone so late at night. But she also looks peaceful, and who am I to say what’s appropriate right now? The other night, I was eating ice cream at 3 a.m. We take our pleasures where we can.

Mostly, though, Shari makes me laugh. Once, I caught her in the rain, standing in the plaza, busting it to “K.K. Ska” at 2 a.m. She kept going for like an hour. I didn’t ask why, because really, who hasn’t been there before?

Actually, Shari loves to belt it at night, when nobody can hear her. She doesn’t even need music; I’ve caught her singing to herself under a cherry blossom tree with no music player in sight. Maybe it calms her down to sing. That’s how I’m interpreting it, anyway.

Mostly, it’s these two that I see in the twilight hours, but sometimes I catch other folks, too. Yesterday, Pango the anteater was in her PJs outside her house. She told me that she couldn’t sleep, so she was doing some laps around her house. I recently also got a couple of new villagers, though it’s too early for me to know what their schedules are like. I’m already having fun bothering them at night, though.

Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Being a night owl in Animal Crossing used to have downsides in earlier installments, but recently, I’ve been enjoying it. Maybe I’ll catch a shooting star. Maybe I’ll see Wisp the ghost, afraid out of his mind, yet always carrying the goods. Mostly, though, it’s about watching my villagers out on their own, doing whatever they want, without any of my input, in the middle of the night. That’s what I love the most — somehow, it makes me feel closer to them.

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Last Chance To Get This Wacky Free Game At Epic

Family-friendly games filled with lots of laughs are ideal right about now as we practice social distancing. A new multiplayer physics game published by the prolific TinyBuild Games looks to provide just that. Totally Reliable Delivery Service released today on PS4, Xbox One Switch, PC, and mobile, and you can pick it up free of charge until tomorrow, April 8 at the Epic Games Store.

Developed by We’re Five Games, Totally Reliable Delivery Service drops you and three friends–either locally or online–on a sandbox island. Your job is to deliver packages across the open world by any means necessary. Cartoonish visuals and a ragdoll physics engine ensure that Totally Reliable Delivery Service doesn’t take itself too seriously–or seriously at all, really. Essentially, you’re terrible at your job by design.

You can neglect your job duties to play with all of the interactive toys and objects scattered across the world. The game features a plethora of vehicles, including fully operational dune buggies, golf carts, planes, helicopters, and boats–just be prepared for mishaps like getting launched 100 feet from your vehicle.

Make sure to pick up Totally Reliable Delivery Service at Epic before it’s back to its regular $15 price on April 8. Of course, this absurd co-op game isn’t the only free game on the Epic Games Store right now. Figment, Tormenter x Punisher, and World War Z are free to claim until tomorrow, April 2. Drawful 2 is free until April 9 and will be joined by both Gone Home and Hob starting tomorrow. For even more freebies, check out our roundup of every free game available now.

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Echo VR To Get Open Beta On Quest Before Launch

The Oculus Quest port of Echo VR is taking a little longer than we’d hoped, but you’ll have a chance to try the game before you pick it up.

Ready at Dawn this week shared a roadmap on the way to release on the anticipated multiplayer game. It starts with the first Closed Alpha, which got underway at the end of March. This phase is aimed at testing high-level play. Then there will be a second Alpha test that will add more experienced players to the game to test public matches.

Following that, there will be a Closed Beta for those that signed up (which you can do right here). This will include Tutorials, VS. AI, the Lobby, and Echo Arena. Then, finally, there will be an Open Beta that anyone can join. After Beta testing is done, the game will finally be ready for launch.

Notably, the developer didn’t attach any dates to its roadmap. “This means if testing goes well on one phase, we may immediately roll into another phase as soon as we are able,” the developer reasoned, “or we might stay a little longer in a phase to further evaluate feedback and address issues to ensure we make Echo VR as fun and comfortable for players on Rift and Quest.”

Whatever decision leads to the smoothest final package possible is fine with us.

Elsewhere, Ready at Dawn is also working on the next instalment of the single-player of the Echo franchise, Lone Echo II. It’s due to hit Oculus Rift this year, and we can’t wait to see more of it.

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Giant Mechs Come To No Man's Sky

No Man’s Sky has continued to update post release with numerous patches and content drops. Starting today, the Exo Mech Update allows players to pilot the Minotaur Exocraft (a suit/exocraft hybrid) complete with shields and defenses to handle hostile environments. Plow through extreme temperatures, radiation, and more.

You have a jetpack on your craft as well, allowing you to blast through the air at high speeds. Along with the mech, there are a multitude of other tweaks in this update as well, you can check them out at the official site here. Oh, and check out this spiffy new trailer showcasing the new mechs!

 

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