Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action

Dark Souls II trailer Hollow Lullaby gives gamers a pep talk

A new Dark Souls II trailer has been released to help steel the anxious adventurer. The new footage, titled Hollow Lullaby, runs for over a little over a minute and reveals only a few more snippets of what will be awaiting players on March 11. Nothing like a virtual pat on the back to let you know that you’re in for some pain.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Deep Silver to release Sacred 3 this summer for consoles, PC

Sacred 3 (360, PC, PS3) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Digital adventurers will be able to delve once again into the wilds of the Sacred universe this summer with the release of Sacred 3. The latest installment will feature the same action-RPG gameplay as its predecessors, a cast of unique fighters, who each have access to their own skill trees, and a new character, Malakhim. All versions, console and PC, will also feature drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer for two players offline and up to four online.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut in development for PS4, Xbox One

Strike Suit Zero Director's Cut (PS3, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Born Read Games’ stylish sci-fi- and mech-themed action title Strike Suit Zero is heading to next-gen consoles in the form of a new Director’s Cut edition. The PS4 and Xbox One versions will include all of the downloadable content currently available for the PC release as well as updated models, an improved graphics engine, and the always-nebulous “more.”

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Wolfenstein: The New Order launching May, gets Doom beta bonus

Bethesda has announced that the seminal first-person shooter series Wolfenstein will return later this year. Wolfenstein: The New Order, currently in development at MachineGames, will launch on May 20 for consoles and PC. And in addition to a new trailer, it was also revealed that it will be bringing an old friend to the party: Doom. As a pre-order bonus for gamers who get in early for Wolfenstein, Bethesda will be sending out beta invites for the upcoming latest installment of Doom.

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Lords of Shadow 2 PSN gets Mirror of Fate HD as pre-order bonus

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 (360, PS3) Mirror of Fate HD Preorder Bonus Announcement - Screenshot 1

Virtual Draculas can turn the tide on themselves with a new pre-order bonus for the digital version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for PS3, a copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD via PSN. To further sweeten the pot, Konami is also tossing in a Lords of Shadow 2 Dynamic Theme. Mirror of Fate, once a 3DS exclusive, is a prequel to the original Lords of Shadow that follows the quests of Trevor and Simon Belot against Dracula as well as introduces a new character who makes their return in the sequel, the Toymaker.

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PlayStation 3 News

Strider double jumps, dashes way onto PSN, Xbox Live

Strider (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Console Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The new plasma-scarf-sporting Hiryu is hitting the streets of Kazakh City today with the release of Strider. The Double Helix-developed entry continues the series’ style of fast-paced, side-scrolling combat, as Hiryu bounces and dashes around obstacles and slices his way through enemies. In addition to the story, players will also be able to tackle Beacon Run, a speed-run-style mode, and the wave-based Survival Mode.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance being livestreamed, heading to console

Action-adventure RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance has been announced for PS4 and Xbox One. Developer Warhorse Studios has revealed that Microsoft and Sony have both approved the title for their respective systems, and to celebrate, the developers are currently livestreaming a gameplay session. The rewards have also been updated accordingly, with tiers featuring a digital copy being open to either platform, depending on backer preference, and boxed rewards now including console copies (with goodies). Beta access remains for Linux, Mac, and Windows only, but the release notes that console betas might be added later. The game’s current Kickstarter campaign has exceeded its original goal several times over.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark to bridge game, film universes

Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark (360, 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

As has become franchise tradition, Activision will be releasing a Transformers game tie-in alongside the latest film, Age of Extinction. The newest game, Rise of the Dark Spark, will include over 40 playable characters from both film and Cybertron universes as each side battles to attain the Dark Spark. Rise of the Dark Spark will be set after the films as well as High Moon Studios’ War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron with a campaign that jumps between worlds and factions but features similar gameplay and modes as before, including Escalation. New additions include a revamped leveling system with persistent character development and an upgradeable defense system.

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Ryse: Son of Rome sale announced, Mars’ Chosen Pack DLC dated

Ryse Son of Rome (Xbox One) Mars Chosen Pack Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Crytek is gearing up for Ryse: Son of Rome’s next downloadable multiplayer add-on, Mars’ Chosen Pack. Announced for a February 28 release, the new expansion will add five new maps, a new co-op mode, and a new skin. The new maps include Dockyard, Firestorm, Courtyard, Pyramid, and Obelisk. The first two maps are being added and the third optimized for the new Survival Mode, while the latter pair will bring the exotic wilds of Egypt to Arena Mode. The new skin will be a soldier-centric addition, dubbed the Legionary.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Ellie returns to the beginning today in The Last of Us: Left Behind

The Last of Us (PS3) Left Behind Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Fans of The Last of Us can see what happened to Ellie before she met Joel today in a new single-player downloadable prologue, Left Behind. The Naughty Dog-developed add-on explores Ellie’s relationship with her friend Riley as the two attend school in the Boston quarantine zone and later decide whether to stay in the zone or join the Fireflys. Despite being set before The Last of Us, you’re going to want to finish it before playing Left Behind. And if you haven’t played The Last of Us yet, go ahead and free up a weekend and get to it.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News