Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII screens, Outerworld revealed

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) October Screenshots - Screenshot 1

A new set of screenshots for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII shows more of the crew in action as well as more of the formerly chipper Oerba Dia Vanille. Vanille is a key figure in the upcoming spin-off, as her newfound ability to hear the voices of the dead is prized by the Order, who watches over her in Luxerion. In addition to the new images, Square Enix also revealed the Outerworld service, an online feature that will allow player to submit battle scores, messages, and snapshots to social media sites.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Cross-Play coming to Atlus beat ‘em up Dragon’s Crown

Dragons Crown (PS3, PSVita) April Screens Announcement - Screenshot 2

Atlus has announced that a new Cross-Play-enabling update for Dragon’s Crown will be launching in North America as well as Japan. Vanillaware’s beat ‘em up was released on both PS3 and PS Vita, but until now, gamers haven’t had a way to venture forth into the wilds with one another. That will all change soon, but just how soon is unknown as a release date for the patch wasn’t revealed. To celebrate the news, Atlus is knocking off $10 from either version for this week only.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut shipping to retail Oct. 22

Square Enix has announced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut, the one-time Wii U exclusive, will launch on October 22 for 360, PC, PS3, and Wii U. A Mac OS X version is slated for release “in the near future.” The Director’s Cut adds Miiverse integration and GamePad support for the Wii U version, Smartglass support for the 360 version, and PS Vita touchscreen support for the PS3 version. A host of general improvements and extras are slated to be included as well, such as the Missing Link DLC, developer commentary, overhauled boss fights, and refined graphics, control, and AI.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

(PlayStation 3) Diablo III

(PlayStation 3) Diablo III

“… worth the wait.”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

Death to the Titans! Ascend: Hand of Kul launches for 360

Ascend Hand of Kul (360) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has released a new free-to-play action-RPG for 360, Signal Studios’ Ascend: Hand of Kul. As creations and servants of the gods, players control the massive mighty warriors known as Caos to do battle against the immortal Titans. Not a good spot to find oneself in. But in addition to battling the Titans, players must also defend against attacks from other players to establish themselves in the wider battle that takes place on multiple planes. Caos troops can interfere in the worlds of their rivals with Crusade Spells, and even sacrifice themselves to create a new, stronger character.

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Xbox 360 News

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer reveals a touch of FFX

Square Enix released a new video for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. The latest footage showcases Lightning’s Spira’s Summoner gear, the same outfit worn by Final Fantasy X’s Yuna, one of the 80-plus different costumes planned for launch. This isn’t the first series-inspired costume, either: a special Cloud Strife outfit pack was announced earlier this summer as a pre-order bonus.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Soldak launches update 1.024 for Drox Operative

Drox Operative (Mac, PC) Steam Greenlight Announcement - Screenshot 5

A new patch has gone live for Soldak’s action-RPG Drox Operative. As with previous updates, 1.024 adds a variety of tweaks, such as the Shadow’s spy trait now affecting espionage and sabotage, Drox Guild quests now rewarding more credits and XP, and ancient quests popping up more frequently. The full list of changes is available below, and the patch can be found here.

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PC News

The Witch and the Hundred Knight coming to North America in 2014

The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3) NA Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has announced that they will be publishing their new PS3 action-RPG, The Witch and the Hundred Knight, in North America. Scheduled for release early next year, players will take on the role of the Hundred Knight, a servant of the Swamp Witch known as Metallia. Confined to the reaches of her poisonous swamp, her goal is to spread her realm throughout the lands of Medea, and as her only connection with the outside world, players must traverse the lands to battle her enemies and destroy the Pillars that contain her. But just how long the knight remains under her control remains to be seen.

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PlayStation 3 News

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls revealed with trailer, screenshots

Blizzard had bad news for Gamescom attendees: defeating Diablo has only made things worse. After the Lord of Terror was felled, a new evil was born, and players will have to venture forth to face it in the upcoming Diablo III expansion Reaper of Souls. The Archangel of Wisdom, Malthael, has returned as the Angel of Death and taken possession of the essence of the Prime Evil, the Black Soulstone. Players must defeat Malthael and retrieve the stone as one of the original classes or as the new Crusader. The incorruptible brawlers don heavy armor, wield heavy weapons, and have access to battle magic to weaken enemies and enhance friends.

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PC News

Square Enix adds Windows Phone 8 support for Chaos Rings

Chaos Rings (Windows Phone) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 4

Square Enix has released a new version of Chaos Rings compatible with Windows Phone 8. Chaos Rings, originally launched back in March with support for Windows Phone 7.5, is an action-RPG that finds couples set against one another for the prize of immortality.

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