Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

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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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

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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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

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

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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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3DS

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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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir art book sample, English trailer released

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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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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

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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PlayStation 4 News

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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3DS

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Storybook Edition’s art print released

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

Atlus has revealed the art print that will be included with the Storybook Edition of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The print will feature Alice along with her cat Socrates and measure 7.25”x10”. The remaining goodies will include a 64-page hardcover art book, a ‘potion recipe’ T-shirt, and an outer box to store everything. The Storybook version is limited to PS4.

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PlayStation 4 News

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen now available digitally for PC

Dragons Dogma Dark Arisen (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) PC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Capcom’s open-world action role-playing game Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen has launched for PC. The expanded re-release of Dragon’s Dogma, released in 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360, has been updated with Steam support, including Achievements and additional controller options, updated visuals, and support for 4K. Dark Arisen includes all of the content from the original game as well as a new area, Bitterblack Isle, that adds new enemies, quests, weapons, and armor.

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PC News

Rebel Galaxy now available on Live for Xbox One

Rebel Galaxy (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Xbox One Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Double Damage Games’ space-based action role-playing game Rebel Galaxy has launched for Xbox One. Already available for PC and PS4, Rebel Galaxy is described as a “swashbuckling space opera” that allows players to explore a sandbox-style open game world as they acquire ships, upgrade their crafts’ capabilities, and interact with aliens. Players can take on the role of a merchant, privateer, or resident celestial good guy as they negotiate, trade, and hunt pirates.

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Xbox One News