Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Final Fantasy XV – Episode Gladiolus, March Update released

Final Fantasy XV’s first character-focused downloadable pack has been released. Episode Gladiolus adds a new storyline from the perspective of Noctis’ friend Gladiolus, set during the period when he disappears from the main campaign in a new area of Eos. He has access to a Valor and Rage system that utilizes a style based around blocking and counterattacking, and gains access to special items that can be carried back over to the main game. After completing the episode, players will also be able to access two new modes: Final Trial and Score Attack. A second, free update adds cutscenes to improve Chapter 13 as well as an additional route for players to take, along with new magic and extra areas.

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Nier: Automata launches on Steam for Windows PC

Square Enix and PlatinumGames’ co-developed entry in the Nier series has been released for PC. Battle androids 2B, 9S, and A2 are being sent to Earth to reclaim it for humanity after a devastating invasion by aliens and their machine army has led to mankind fleeing to the Moon. An extensive look at the game was released prior to the launch of the PS4 version with Exploring Earth’s Distant Future – 30 Minutes of Uninterrupted Gameplay. The PC version is available through Steam.

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The Surge gets combat-heavy CG trailer, Stronger, Faster, Tougher

After last week’s 14-minute-long gameplay trailer, The Surge is getting the CG treatment. Deck13’s action role-playing game is set to go live in May, and the latest video, titled Stronger, Faster, Tougher, features gory combat in scripted encounters set throughout the CREO complex.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Ys Origin

“… delivers a thoroughly satisfying adventure with fast, addictive combat and a surprisingly engaging story.”

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Nine new screenshots released from Dark Souls III: The Ringed City

Bandai Namco has sent out nine screens from the final downloadable expansion of Dark Souls III, The Ringed City. In the titular Ringed City, players will be seek out the Slave Knight Gael in search of the Dark Soul of Humanity. More of the quest can be seen in the latest images, which “highlight the lost wanderers, royal residents, and fearsome beasts that inhabit the fabled city at the end of the world.”

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Reclaim Earth for humanity in Nier: Automata, now available for PS4

Battle androids 2B, 9S and A2 are reporting in with the release of Nier: Automata for PS4. Co-developed with PlatinumGames, the latest entry finds androids battling machines that have overrun the planet in order to secure it for the remaining humans. A launch trailer, below, offers an overview, but for a lengthy look at the game, check out Exploring Earth’s Distant Future – 30 Minutes of Uninterrupted Gameplay. To celebrate the release, Square Enix has released two free PS4 themes showing off the main characters in their flight suits. Check them out on the PS Store here and here.

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PlayStation 4 News

See nearly 30 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay from Nier: Automata

It’s never a bad time for more Nier, and today, Square Enix has released an extended look at the upcoming Nier: Automata. How “extended” is extended? Twenty-seven minutes and forty-nine seconds, that’s how extended. The video, titled Exploring Earth’s Distant Future – 30 Minutes of Uninterrupted Gameplay, offers an overview of the game’s mechanics and world. Some of the items featured include the Reliquary System, which allows players to return to where they were defeated for buffs or an ally; 17 of the Pod Skills that the robot companions can utilize during battle; how to gain new buffs and abilities using the Plug-in-Chip System; and the Riding System, which allows players to ride boars (of course).

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Arsenal of Elegant Destruction highlights Nier: Automata’s combat

Nier: Automata’s combat system is highlighted in a new gameplay trailer. With the game nearing its release date, Square Enix is showing off the weapon-based combat system in a new video from co-developer PlatinumGames, Arsenal of Elegant Destruction. Included is a demonstration of the game’s combo-extension mechanic that allows players to alternate between four weapon types on the fly, including bracers, spears, and swords.

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Corpse Party, Grandia II, Trails in the Sky, more on sale at GOG.com

GOG.com has kicked off their latest promo, the Kawaii Sale. The themed event encompasses games made in and inspired by Japan. Discounts range between 50% to 75% off, and titles include Corpse Party, Grandia II, Gurumin, Hatoful Boyfriend, Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and Way of the Samurai 4. The sale will add even more goodies on Friday, and is scheduled to run through next Monday.

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Deck13 narrates 14 minutes of gameplay from The Surge

Deck13 has released 14 more minutes of gameplay from The Surge. The footage is accompanied by commentary by designer Adam Hetenyi, who talks viewers through the abandoned laboratories that they will explore in the upcoming action role-playing game. Within their exoskeleton, players will battle strange creatures and use a limb-targeting combat system to either deliver a death blow or preserve an appendage to further augment their own suit.

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