Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Dark Souls II getting three chapter packs, The Lost Crowns trilogy

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) Lost Crowns Trilogy DLC Announcement - Screenshot 1

Three new chapters have been announced for Dark Souls II. Bandai Namco has announced that FromSoftware is currently developing three downloadable packs, dubbed the The Lost Crowns trilogy: Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King. The packs will drop on July 22, August 26, and September 24. Each will be available separately for $9.99 for console and PC and as a bundle for $24.99 as part of a Steam season pass for PC. The packs will add new areas, enemies, and bosses, with the first entry tasking players with exploring underground caverns dotted with pyramids in search of the crowns once owned by King Vendrick.

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Drakengard 3 costume, music, and mission DLC packs released

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 3

Drakengard 3 received several downloadable packs today, adding new missions, music, and costumes. Fans of the original will be able to reduce damage taken by 5% in Furiae’s Garb for $2.99, while fans of Drakengard 2 can reduce stamina loss by sporting the Eris’s Garb pack for $2.99. A music pack for $1.99, the Intoner Arrange Tracks, replaces the tunes played while Zero is in Intoner Mode. The biggest additions are the five Sister Prologues. Each $5.99 chapter (Zero, Two, Three, Four, and Five) includes a playable level and unique weapons, while a $29.99 bundle includes all five plus a bonus prologue for One.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

Zero makes her debut, Drakengard 3 launches in stores and online

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has launched Drakengard 3 in stores and online for PS3. As a prequel to the first Drakengard, players will venture around a medieval world in search of six beings known as Intoners. These demigods are the younger sister of protagonist Zero, who is on a mission to kill them, and her motives will be revealed as each is tracked down. In addition to the standard version, a Digital Collector’s Edition comes bundled with all of the extra downloadable content, which includes One’s Prologue, the Japanese voice pack, a giant baby hat (from the original Drakengard) for the dragon, Nier costumes, and six PSN themes.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

The President needs you! Bombshell announced for PC, PS4

Bombshell (PC, PS4) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Rise of the Triad (2013) creators 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment have announced a new action title, Bombshell. The top-down action role-playing game is scheduled to come out early next year for PC and PS4. As Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, players will fight their way across four planets to save the US President from aliens. Those damn dirty ap—aliens. Aliens. Damn dirty aliens.

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Battle Princess of Arcadias to wage war on PSN this June

Battle Princess of Arcadias (PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has announced that they will be bringing the side-scrolling beat ‘em up Battle Princess of Arcadias to North America this summer. The PSN–exclusive action RPG will launch on June 17 for PS3 and feature “an extensive upgrade system” that will allow players to unlock new weapons, characters, skills, and abilities through combat. As Battle Princess Plume, who is undoubtedly as vicious as her name, players will recruit soldiers and destroy the hordes of monsters that have overrun the Kingdom of Schwert. Vae victis!

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PlayStation 3 News

Linux gamers invited to save Jorvik with release of Depths of Peril

Depths of Peril (PC) Linux Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Soldak’s action RPG Depths of Peril is now available for Linux. As the protector of the city of Jorvik, players must set out into the dangerous countryside to secure the town. Players must compete against other leaders for rule of the city by completing quests that will have them battling dangerous monsters and seeking out infamous villains. Faction leaders will help or get in the way of the player’s progress as their relationships evolve throughout the campaign.

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Natural Doctrine coming to North America for PS3, PS4 and PS Vita

Natural Doctrine (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) NA Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has added a new strategy role-playing game to their 2014 line-up, Natural Doctrine. The Kadokawa Game Studio-developed release will send players into the caves and ruins near the fortress city of Feste to battle a new evil while collecting a valuable material known as Pluton. Physical and digital releases are planned for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita with dual voice tracks and support for both cross-play and cross-save.

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(PlayStation 3 Review) Dark Souls II

(PlayStation 3 Review) Dark Souls II

“… a must for any action fan who enjoys testing their mettle.”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

Duty calls! The Witch and the Hundred Knight out now for PS3

The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3) Dec Screenshots - Screenshot 5

The witch has sent her summons, and it’s time to take up your battered arms and head into battle. As the Hundred Night in NIS’ latest action RPG for PS3, The Witch and the Hundred Knight, players must fulfill their contract with the swamp witch Metallia by expanding her domain throughout the lands of Medea. Would-be heroes must be defeated, protective pillars crushed, and nearby villages raided if her toxic realm is to spread.

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PlayStation 3 News

The Angel of Death nears with launch of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Diablo III Reaper of Souls (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 5

Evil forces are once again in need of smiting today with the launch of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The expansion adds the new Crusader hero, who joins the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard from the original release, a new increased level cap (70), randomized Bounty challenges, the Mystic artisan for more loot customization, randomized dungeons within the Nephalem Rifts, and a new Adventure Mode for free exploration. Act V will have players facing off against Malthael, the Angel of Death. In anticipation of Reader of Souls, a new update went live for the base game, which revamped the loot system, increased the number of options for forming Clans and Communities, and expanded the Paragon progression system.

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