Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Namco Bandai Games

Dark Souls II launches on Steam, now available for PC

Dark Souls 2 (360, PC, PS3) PC Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 6

PC gamers now get their turn to rage at the pitiless void with the launch of Dark Souls II. Available through Steam, the follow-up to the 2011 original features the same type of enigmatic storyline, surreal environments, and action-RPG-style gameplay as its predecessor. The PC version also features increased texture resolution, an improved frame rate, and support for keyboard-and-mouse controls and gamepads.

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(PlayStation 3 Review) Dark Souls II

(PlayStation 3 Review) Dark Souls II

“… a must for any action fan who enjoys testing their mettle.”

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New Soulcalibur Lost Swords screens reveal the return of Hilde

Soulcalibur Lost Swords (PS3) Hilde Announcement - Screenshot 1

Hilde, the embattled heir to the Kingdom of Wolfkrone, will be returning to Soulcalibur this spring with the launch of the free-to-play Lost Swords. Last seen in Soulcalibur V, a handful of new screenshots were released showing her in action as she continues on her quest to destroy Soul Edge and secure her realm.

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Dark Souls II now out for 360 and PS3, break out the stress balls

The 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Dark Souls II are now in stores. The famed tough-as-nails action-RPG series, which began in 2010 with the Atlus-published Demon’s Souls, returns with the same controller-gripping difficult, integrated multiplayer, and grim atmosphere that has made it such a hit. Series creator FromSoftware continues their role at the helm, adding to the sequel “improved visuals, life-like animations and dynamic lighting” while retaining “the game’s core tenants to provide challenging gameplay and deliver true emotional elation from each hard-fought victory.”

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(PlayStation 3 Review) Tales of Symphonia Chronicles

(PlayStation 3 Review) Tales of Symphonia Chronicles

“… collects updated versions of the fantastic Tales of Symphonia and the decent Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World into a low-priced set that is hard to resist.”

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle dated, plus pre-order extras

JoJos Bizarre Adventure (PS3) Preorder DLC Announcement - Screenshot 1

CyberConnect2′s upcoming fighter JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle will be going for sale on April 29. As previously announced, the game will be available digitally and as a limited boxed version sold only through Amazon and Club Namco. For those wanting to pre-order, it was also revealed today that both outlets are each offering their own unique bonus in the form of a downloadable character. Club Namco has the salesman-turned-killer Yoshikage Kira, while Amazon is offering the portly trickster Shigekiyo Yangu.

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Dark Souls II launching for PC on April 25, screenshots released

Dark Souls 2 (360, PC, PS3) PC Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai has handed PC gamers their marching orders to be suited up to take down Dark Souls II on April 25. The PC version can be pre-ordered today from Amazon, ClubNamco, Steam, and GameStop as either a standard edition or as a collector’s edition, though the latter isn’t available through Steam. Pre-ordering will allow access to the Black Armor Weapons Pack, detailed below, as well as a digital artbook, a download of the soundtrack, and a digital comic book. Additionally, the computer version will feature higher texture resolution and increased framerates, plus support for gamepads.

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Tales of Symphonia Chronicles launching tomorrow, trailer released

Namco Bandai has released a new trailer for the release of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles. The PS3 set includes the GameCube entry Tales of Symphonia and its Wii follow-up, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. Chronicles adds the original Japanese voice-overs, new art during Mystic Artes attacks, and new costumes as well as a new casino area for Tales of Symphonia.

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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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Dark Souls II Black Armor, Collector’s editions get pre-order extras

Dark Souls II (360, PS3) Weapon Set Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai has announced that gamers who pre-order Black Souls II Black Armor Edition or the Collector’s Edition will receive a voucher for the Black Armor Weapons Pack. The set, detailed below, includes five weapon and shield sets, with kit ranging from maces to daggers, such as the Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield and the Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield. The release emphasized that the voucher will not be included in the standard version.

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