Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Vampyr gets its first batch of (dark) screenshots

Vampyre (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Screenshots Announcement - Screenshot 5

Life is Strange and Remember Me developer Dontnod has released the first screenshots from their upcoming action role-playing game Vampyr. As Jonathan Reid, a military surgeon recently turned vampire, players must make their way around 1918 London in the midst of the Spanish flu pandemic. Players will search for clues as to who or what turned them as well as for sustenance. Blood doesn’t just satiate Reid’s hunger but also leads to him unlocking new powers via a skill tree. A key element is on how careful players must be when choosing their targets, as each character is said to have a unique backstory, and their absence will go noticed and have an effect on the world.

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Action-RPG Sadame now available on eShop for 3DS

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Mebius’ action role-playing game Sadame has been released for 3DS. Published by Rising Star Japan, the $14.99 digital release features a tale of four heroes battling their way through over 20 bosses and hordes of enemies during the Senhoku period of Japan. Four classes—Monk, Ninja, Rogue, and Samurai—are represented, and each has their own skill trees, abilities, encounters, and events. Armor and weapons can be shared between characters, and weapons can be upgraded. StreetPass functionality allows other player’s characters to join in and assist with the quest.

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New gameplay trailer released for Dark Souls III

Dark Souls 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Opening Cinema Announcement - Screenshot 4

A new gameplay trailer has gone live for Dark Souls III. The video, titled True Colors of Darkness, runs a little over two minutes and features sweeping shots of several areas, some ominous-looking buildings, a handful of the new enemy types, and some good old melee combat. In a strange bit of marketing synergy, it also has the new version of the song True Colors.

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Combat, skills on display in new Odin Sphere Leifthrasir trailer

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Atlus has released a new trailer and screenshots showcasing Odin Sphere Leifthrasir’s combat and skill systems. Fans of the original will want to take note because the upcoming version will feature nearly 200 new abilities and skills. Drawing on their experience from Dragon’s Crown, the studio has expanded each character’s skillset while also streamlining the leveling system, by having characters and Psyphers level together, and increasing the fluidity of the combo system. For those who prefer the original setup, Classic Mode is being included that retains the visual upgrades but reverts back to the old mechanics.

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Dark Souls III pre-order extras, Dark Souls 360 BC announced

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Bandai Namco is offering several pre-order goodies for Dark Souls III. The Xbox One version comes with a code to download Dark Souls for Xbox 360, which will later be playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility. The code can be redeemed here and will be delivered in 7 to 10 days. The PlayStation 4 version comes with a digital version of the game’s soundtrack, which is scheduled to be available on April 12, and an exclusive system theme. The PC release is accessible through Steam and also comes with a digital version of the soundtrack, plus a discount of $5 for owners of Dark Souls and Dark Souls II. A $84.99 digital deluxe version comes with a season pass as well as another theme for PS4.

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Meet the Samurai from Rising Star’s upcoming action-RPG Sadame

Sadame (3DS) Samurai Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 1

Rising Star has released a new trailer highlighting the Samurai from their upcoming 3DS action-RPG Sadame. The Samurai is one of four characters tasked with taking down invading evil hordes. He takes on the role of the group’s tank, capable of absorbing large amounts of damage while also dealing heavy damage in one-on-one combat with a single sword or to groups by dual wielding. As with the other characters, the Samurai will have access to class-specific items and upgrades.

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Bandai Namco released opening cinematic from Dark Souls III

Dark Souls 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Opening Cinema Announcement - Screenshot 1

Dark Souls III’s intro has been released by Bandai Namco. FromSoftware’s upcoming action role-playing game will once again pit players against streams of diabolical traps and deadly, though quite nice-looking, enemies. The video highlights the characters that players will run across as they fight their way throughout the land of Lothric.

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir art book sample, English trailer released

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) English Trailer Art Book Sample Announcement - Screenshot 1

Atlus has released a new English trailer for Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The video gives a quick overview of the game as well as shows off Vanillaware’s newly hand-redrawn artwork. A sample of the art book that’s being packed with first-print copies and the Storybook Edition has also been made available via Issuu, and posted below.

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Get a look at Odin Sphere Leifthrasir – Storybook Edition’s steel book

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) Steel Book Art Announcement - Screenshot 1 (Art 1)

Atlus has revealed some more artwork from the Storybook Edition of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The art print of Alice and Socrates was released last week, and today the studio has sent the art of Valkyrie Gwendolyn that will appear on the metal slipcase. More VanillaWare art is never a bad thing.

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Final Fantasy Explorers now available for 3DS

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Final Fantasy’s latest handheld adventure, Final Fantasy Explorers, hits stores and digital outlets today for 3DS. The action-heavy role-playing game features over 200 quests that can be tackled solo or online with up to three other players. As players seek the Grand Crystal in the midst of an energy crisis, they will have to face 12 eidolons, but to do so, they can access 20-plus customizable jobs and transform into such series legends as Cloud, Squall, and Tifa.

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