Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

(PlayStation 3 Review) Dragon’s Crown

(PlayStation 3 Review) Dragon’s Crown

“… another feather in Vanillaware’s crowded cap.”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

(PS Vita Review) Dragon’s Crown

(PS Vita Review) Dragon’s Crown

” … another feather in Vanillaware’s crowded cap.”

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PS Vita Reviews

Chaos Rings moves from App Store to PSN, now available for PS Vita

Chaos Rings (PS Vita) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Chaos Rings, Square Enix’s action-RPG that debuted for iOS in 2010, is now available for PS Vita. The download-only release features four pairs of men and women who are made to fight to the death. Each duo’s storyline intersects with one another, and each character is voiced by Japanese voice actors. A sequel, Chaos Rings II, launched last year for iPad.

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PlayStation Vita News

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen now available on Games on Demand

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (360, PS3) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 7

Capcom’s fantastic action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen has launched on Live Games on Demand for $39.99. The re-release of 2012′s Dragon’s Dogma includes the base game plus over 100 new weapons and pieces of armor, new skills and augments, as well as a new area, Bitterblack Isle. The island includes new high-level quests and enemies, and is accessible from the game’s starting area.

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Xbox 360 News

Drox Operative updated, controller support added and improved

Drox Operative (PC) Beta Patch 1.016 Announcement - Screenshot 1

Two new patches have gone live for space-based action-RPG Drox Operative. The latest official update, 1.015, adds controller support, while the newest beta patch, 1.016, includes a number of additional tweaks. Details for both 1.015 and 1.016 are available below. Some of the beta patch’s changes include the ability for planets to build and transfer ships to other planets, new ancient race dialog, and various fixes for icons and text. The new update also addresses some controller-related issues.

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PC News

Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients available for pre-order

Drox Operative (Mac, PC) Invasion of the Ancients Preorder Announcement - Header

Soldak has announced that the first expansion to their space-based action-RPG Drox Operative, Ancients, is now available for pre-order. The Mac and Windows add-on features the return of the Ancient races who were expelled by the Drox before they turned on and were in turn crushed by their Operatives. Now that the Ancients have returned, they are looking for revenge, and the Drox Operatives are in their sights. Ancients includes new quests, new components, new monsters, and a new race, the Scavengers. Gamers who pre-order will receive access to the latest beta build as well as 10% off the regular price of $9.99.

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PC News

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII new Japan Expo trailer released

A new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been released. It originally premiered at the Japan Expo, and now Square Enix has made it available worldwide. The nearly two-minute video reveals Lightning’s task of having to lead lost souls to a new world, as well as a little more of exploration and combat.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Lightning Returns gets Cloud Strife outfit pack pre-order bonus

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) Cloud DLC Preorder Bonus Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has announced that players who pre-order Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will receive a day-one downloadable outfit pack that features Cloud Strife’s Soldier 1st Class uniform. The drop will also include Cloud’s Buster Sword, Soldier’s Band, and Final Fantasy VII’s Victory Fanfare theme and finishing animation. The outfit will bestow special abilities as well, but just what those abilities are weren’t revealed. A few preliminary screens were released to show how Lightning might look in the final uniform, and a few extra shots were added for good measure.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Muramasa Rebirth ships to retail for PS Vita

Muramasa Rebirth (PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Muramasa Rebirth, an enhanced re-release of Vanillaware’s 2009 Wii action-RPG, has shipped to retail for PS Vita. In Muramasa, players must scour Japan for the 108 demon blades, searching in the east as the ninja Kisuke and in the west as the possessed princess Momohime. The PS Vita version features updated visuals, two modes of play (hack-and-slash and traditional), and access to upcoming character and scenario downloadable content.

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PlayStation Vita News

Beta patch 1.012 released for Drox Operative

Drox Operative (Mac, PC) Beta Patch 1012 Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new beta patch has launched for Soldak’s space-based action-RPG Drox Operative. The 1.012 beta patch features a significant number of tweaks. A few of the adjustments include races paying less for players to break treaties, ancients and bounty hunters dropping better loot, races at war with the player refusing to sell jump gate activations, and lesser-habitable planets being more difficult for races to colonize. Over two dozen of the changes have been listed below, and the full patch notes can be found here.

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