Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo, pre-order bonus go live

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Lightning returns today, literally. Square Enix has announced that the first playable demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will launch later today for PS3 and is available now for 360 Live Gold members. Live Silver members will have to wait until January 28. The demo features a battle-heavy trip through the Yusnaa palace alongside Snow. For players that activate the Outworld feature and submit their score for the final fight against Zaltys, the Siegfried outfit will be unlocked in the full version. As an extra bonus, the PSN version will include the Utsusemi Garb DLC in the demo and full version, which includes the Heavenly Fan weapon and the Kaminari shield.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Life’s a grind in new The Witch and the Hundred Knight screenshots

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NIS has released some new screens from their upcoming action RPG for PS3 The Witch and the Hundred Knight. The latest shots reveal more of what is in store for The Hundred Knight as he battles the enemies of the evil Swap Witch Metallia, who commands her seemingly loyal servant to expand her domain throughout all of Medea. Check below the screens for a shot of the reverse cover packaging.

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PlayStation 3 News

New Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII making-of video released

Square Enix has released a new behind-the-scenes feature for Lighting Returns. The latest entry, titled “Inside the Square – The Making of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII”, was filmed at the studio’s headquarters in Tokyo and is narrated by Lightning’s voice across Ali Hillis. The video, clocking in at nearly six and a half minutes long, looks at the work of being done by character designer Tetsuya Nomura and the trials faced by the composers who were tasked with putting together the new score.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients demo, full version launch

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Drox Operative’s first expansion, Invasion of the Ancients, is now available for download, as its demo. The Ancients were the races that dominated the galaxy before the Drox rose to power, but who later fell to the Drox and their Operatives. Now that the Drox are no more, the Ancients have returned for revenge, and the remaining Operatives are their prime target. Their return brings with it 19 playable subraces, new quests, new components, military and production space stations, the new Scavenger race, and new Legion, Overlord, and Talon monsters.

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PC News

(Xbox 360 Review) How to Survive

(Xbox 360 Review) How to Survive

“… might not have the most exciting cast, but it can certainly deliver some satisfying zombie-slaying combat.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

The arena awaits! Action RPG Forced now available on Steam

Forced (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Indie developer BetaDwarf’s latest action RPG Forced has hit Steam for Mac, Linux, and Windows PC. In an arena with up to four players or solo in a single-player campaign, players will be able to choose one of four distinct gladiators to battle waves of enemies and navigate trap- and puzzle-filled arenas. Players can also mark their targets, allowing them to later consume the marks to activate skills or deal more damage.

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PC News

Update 1.029 launches for Drox Operative

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Work continues on Soldak’s excellent space-based action-RPG Drox Operative, and now players can download the latest update: patch 1.029. Recent updates have continued to refine the base system as well as add support for controllers, and the latest patch follows suit. Some of the tweaks include trap damage increased by 50%, new warnings for mandatory quests, and Trade Pacts visible when race icons are highlighted. The full list of changes is available below, and the patch can be downloaded here.

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PC News

Drakengard 3 coming to PS3 in 2014 for PS3, new media released

The Drakengard role-playing series will return next year with Drakengard 3 for PS3. Square Enix has announced that the next entry will take place in a medieval world that is in chaos after its protectors, six goddess sisters, turn on one another. Players will uncover the truth behind why the eldest sister attempted to murder the youngest in a journey filled with hack-and-slash ground combat and aerial combat on the back of a dragon.

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PlayStation 3 News

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII screens, Outerworld revealed

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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