Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Dungeon Crawler

(PlayStation Vita Review) Stranger of Sword City

(PlayStation Vita Review) Stranger of Sword City

“… an all-around solid dungeon crawler.”

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PS Vita Reviews

Stranger of Sword City headed to Steam this June for Windows PC

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NIS has announced that their upcoming PS Vita dungeon-crawler Stranger of Sword City will be hitting Steam. Scheduled to launch this June, the PC version will feature a new mode, Picture Gate. The mode will allow players to upload an image to be used in-game for a character portrait. An example was sent along to show off a Prinny that’s been added using the feature. Players awake to find themselves in the city of Escario, the sole survivor of a plane crash. And not only that, but according to the three ruling factions, also the Chosen One. They must use their newfound power to hunt monsters through various labyrinths in order to gather rare crystals that will make them stronger as well as help them find a way home.

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PC News

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse arriving this summer for 3DS

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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, released in Japan as Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final in Japan (changed so that we “understand the game’s epic nature”), has been officially announced for North America. The storyline intersects with the events of 2013’s Shin Megami Tensei IV, and has a few of the same characters, but Atlus notes that no experience with the original is required. Instead of being based on the previous protagonists, Apocalypse is centered on the humans that live within what’s left of Tokyo. As a recently deceased Hunter, players find themselves resurrected after swearing allegiance to the god Dagda. Two paths are open to progress, either anarchy or peace, as Dagda schemes against other gods. Demon fusion returns, and there are plenty to fuse too, as the game features over 450 of them. Fusion is further augmented by skill affinities. In addition to their three demon companions, players are also joined by one of seven partners. Look for Apocalypse this summer.

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3DS

Stranger of Sword City delayed, gets new in-game art option, trailer

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NIS and Experience Inc.’s latest collaboration, Stranger of Sword City, has been delayed a bit and will now launch on April 26. The upcoming dungeon-crawler will also feature a new art option, offering players the choice of two art styles for their in-game graphics. In addition, a new trailer, posted below, was released highlighting some of the characters that the player will meet as they defend the land of Escario.

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PlayStation Vita News

Acttil bringing new dungeon crawler to PS Vita, Ray Gigant

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Acttil has announced that they will be bringing a new dungeon-crawler to PS Vita next spring, Ray Gigant. Developed by Experience Inc., the studio behind Demon Gaze and Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, and published in Japan by Bandai Namco, the upcoming adventure will put players in the shoes of three different characters. The trio offer different points of view as each attempts to save the world from the Gigants and their minions, and by the end, their three journeys will converge as they cross paths. Gigants are massive creatures the size of skyscrapers that are rampaging across the planet, and to defeat them, the characters will have to grow stronger through the evolve tree system and utilize a rhythm-based battle system to add extra damage to their attacks.

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PlayStation Vita News

Screenshots, trailer released from Underworld Ascendant prototype

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Following last spring’s successful Kickstarter campaign, OtherSide Entertainment has released the first look at their sequel to Ultima Underworld, Underworld Ascendant. The studio, founded by Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath, has released screenshots and a trailer from the prototype. The footage follows an unarmed rogue facing off against a Shadow Beast guardian after stealing an artifact. The final version is planned to include three factions (Dark Elves, Dwarves, and “mushroom people”), the Improvisation Engine for greater freedom in solving puzzles, three intertwining classes (fighter, mage, and thief), and extended lore penned by Tracy Hickman.

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PC News

(PlayStation Vita Review) Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal

(PlayStation Vita Review) Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal

“…a good if not excellent dungeon crawler, despite its obsession with titillation and periodic distasteful imagery.”

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PS Vita Reviews

(Nintendo 3DS Review) Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

(Nintendo 3DS Review) Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

” … a thoroughly engaging dungeon crawler that manages to eat away 40 hours with ease.”

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3DS Reviews

(PS Vita Review) Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy

“… disappoints with an opaque interface, middling combat, and poor pacing.”

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PS Vita Reviews

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy now in stores, online for PS Vita

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Experience Inc.’s latest dungeon crawler, Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, is now available for PS Vita. Published by NIS, the Demon Gaze co-developer’s newest title pits players against genetically engineered monsters known as Variants. The beasts are overrunning a near-future Tokyo, and as part of the Xth Squad, players must help to save the city as well as investigate the appearance of portals that lead to a realm known as the Abyss.

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PlayStation Vita News