Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Adventure

Dark Souls II DLC trilogy ending Sept. 30 with Crown of the Ivory King

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) Crown of the Ivory King DLC Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Ivory King, the final release in the downloadable The Lost Crowns Trilogy, has been officially date for September 30. As with the first two entries, Crown of the Sunken King and Crown of the Old Iron King, the pack will add new environments, enemies, traps, and bosses. After this final journey, those who’ve braved the post-release adventure will claim possession of all the crowns once owned by King Vendrick.

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(Xbox One Review) D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die

(Xbox One Review) D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die

“… simultaneously silly, bewildering, and intriguing.”

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Xbox One Reviews

Hellraid: The Escape to be released for Android on October 2

Hellraid The Escape (Android, iOS) Android Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Hellraid: The Escape, the mobile puzzle-adventure title from Shortbreak Studios and Dead Island developer Techland, will launch for Android on October 2. The Android version will be available for $2.99, with no in-app purchases, for smartphones and tablets. In The Escape, a hint at what’s to come in 2015’s Hellraid for console and PC, players take on the role of an amnesiac who must escape a nightmarish prison. Using notes left by a previous inmate, they must navigate eight chambers filled with traps and puzzles. More puzzles will be released in the coming weeks.

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D4 to bring more Swery (very) soon, launching Friday for Xbox One

D4 (Xbox One) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, the first episode in a new time-travel murder mystery from Deadly Premonition creator Swery, will be available tomorrow. Players will be able to swap between the controller or Kinect, with the latter offering a way to merge player and protagonist David Young with facial recognition and gesture replication. Kinect can be used while seated, or not at all. A ranking system will also show how the player’s moral compass aligned by comparing their actions to other players’ at the end of each episode.

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Shadowgate now on GOG at 20% off, with ringtones and other extras

Shadowgate (PC) Closed Beta Announcement - Screenshot 4

Zojoi’s re-imagining of the classic point-and-click adventure title Shadowgate is now available on GOG.com. To promote the launch, GOG.com is offering a 20% discount on both Mac and Windows versions. The service is also including several digital bonuses: an exclusive comic-style hint book, five wallpapers, and 13 downloadable ringtones taken from the NES version. With those ringtones, it’d be like every call is a mystery waiting to be unraveled!

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(PS Vita Review) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

(PS Vita Review) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

“… a surreal, charming, and at times trying adventure, and it’s one that every PS Vita owner should contemplate adding to their library.”

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PS Vita Reviews

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old King launches for console, PC

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) Lost Crowns Trilogy DLC Announcement - Screenshot 2

Crown of the Old Iron King, the second part in Dark Soul II’s The Lost Crowns downloadable three-part mini-campaign, is now available. The add-on is available for 360, PC, and PS3, supplementing the original game with new enemies, bosses, gear, and locations. Unlike its grim subterranean predecessor, Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old King takes place in the same type of lave-filled and ash-strewn environment as the foreboding Iron Keep from the original game. (Hint: the DLC might be accessible from there.)

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A bit of it all in new Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens

Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair (PS Vita) Mid-August Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has released another round of screenshots from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. The latest set features a little of everything, with shots of dialog, trial mini-games, the rantings of the murderous bear-judge Monokuma, and the saccharine-soaked stuffed rabbit who serves as the students’ teacher, Usami.

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PlayStation Vita News

Play a reviewer covering Always Sometimes Monsters in new demo

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Vagabond Dog has released a new demo for their role-playing adventure title Always Sometimes Monsters. In it, players take on the role of a game reviewer who is attending a launch event, where they will get to chat it up with other writers, the developers, and also play through select portions of the game. After finishing the game, the player will then be able to write about their experience and score the game, which will both determine the game’s success and be shared with other players. For those who enjoy themselves, Steam is currently offering a weekly discount of 50% off.

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Sierra returns with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions and King’s Quest

Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Veteran developer and publisher Sierra has returned, as part of Activision Publishing. The new subsidiary is an indie-focused venture and has already signed two titles, with the first slated to launch this holiday season. The revamped studio’s debut title will be Geometry Wars3: Dimensions from Lucid Games. Dimensions will go “full 3D” and add support for both co-op and versus multiplayer as well as include a single-player campaign comprised of 50 challenges, 10-plus battle modes (five of which are new), and persistent progression. The other release, scheduled to launch in 2015, is a reimagining of the original King’s Quest by The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom developer The Odd Gentlemen. In the new King’s Quest, King Graham regales his granddaughter Gwendolyn with tales from his youth, each filled with the series’ hallmark puzzles and humor.

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