Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Bandai Namco Games

(PlayStation Vita Review) Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

(PlayStation Vita Review) Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

” … has a decent combat system but an incomprehensibly bad translation that mars much of the game …”

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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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DLC, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Ace Combat Infinity update adds new crafts, missions, and parts

Ace Combat Infinity (PS3) Update Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new patch has gone live for Ace Combat Infinity. The free-to-play title is being expanded with five new aircraft, an increased level cap for 15 craft, nine new aircraft parts, seven new campaign missions, new special raid missions for Stonehenge and another limited-time mission, and the ability to view rankings for allies and rivals. Full details can be found below.

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PlayStation 3 News

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment now on PSN for PS Vita

Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment (PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, the MMORPG-styled adaptation of the manga and anime series of the same name, has launched on PSN for PS Vita. Players can start on Floor 76 of Aincrad and fight to free themselves in Hollow Fragment or from the beginning with an HD version of the game’s predecessor, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment. Players can also team up with up to three other adventurers via ad-hoc multiplayer. A free downloadable costume pack launched today as well and will be available through November 18. Buyers can also look forward to a downloadable content pack slated to hit PSN next month.

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DLC, PlayStation Vita News

Dimensions collide once more, Tales of Xillia 2 now available for PS3

Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3) June Media Announcement - Screenshot 9

Role-playing fans are getting the chance to continue last year’s excellent Tales of Xillia storyline today with Tales of Xillia 2. The sequel is set a few years after the events of the original and follows the adventures of cooking enthusiast Ludger Kresnik and his new friend Elle Marta. The element of choice is being expanded this time around, with characters, including party members, reacting differently depending on how Ludger handles various conversations and interactions, which will open new progression paths. Players can also quickly choose which of three weapons they wish to use during combat by initiating a Weapon Swap as well as call in allies using the new Cross Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System. Also, fans who have save files from Tales of Graces f or the first Xillia will receive bonus items, while owners of costume DLC for Xillia will be able to access the gear in Xillia 2.

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PlayStation 3 News

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment to get content update, free DLC

Sword Art Online (PS Vita) DLC and Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

Bandai Namco has announced a free DLC Costume Pack for their upcoming MMO-styled role-playing game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. The promotion is slated to run from launch until November 18 and will net gamers a dress shirt, nightie, school swimsuit, and wedding dress. These items will not be available in any other pack after the promotion ends. An extensive content update was also detailed, which will go live on September 23 and introduce a host of (free) changes, including a higher level cap, from 200 to 250, new bosses, new weapons and armor, new quests, and 50 new Hollow missions. Lastly, fans of the anime and manga can look forward to meeting Alberich and Heathcliff.

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DLC, PlayStation Vita News

(PlayStation 3) Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King

(PlayStation 3) Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King

” … marks the beginning of what looks to be a great side story …”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

Sign-up begins for Rise of Incarnates closed beta

Rise of Incarnates (PC) Closed Beta Announcement - Screenshot 1

Upcoming PC free-to-play fighter Rise of Incarnates is scheduled to enter closed beta on August 8. Gamers interested in signing up to access the beta, which will run until 11:50 p.m. (PDT) on August 17, can go here. At launch, the closed beta will include characters Ares, Grim Reaper, Lilith, and Mephistopheles, with Brynhildr set to be added on August 13, as well as two battlegrounds, New York City and Paris. A few purchasable items will be made available for testing out the character-customization system.

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PC News

New extended version of Tekken 7 trailer revealed at Comic-Con

Bandai Namco has released an extended version of the Tekken 7 teaser that was debuted during this year’s Evo. The new cut was shown at the studio’s Fighting Game panel during Comic-Con and runs a little over a minute and a half longer than the original.

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Convention, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King kicks off DLC trilogy

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) Crown of the Sunken King DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The first download pack for Dark Souls II, Crown of the Sunken King, has launched today. The release marks the debut of The Lost Crowns trilogy, a download-only expansion set that adds new enemies, locations, and bosses. Crown of the Sunken King is set in an underground cavern filled with stepped pyramids, within which will be found the first of several prized crowns that were previously owned by King Vendrick.

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