Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: RPG

Grab some friends and swords, Dragon Age: Inquisition gets co-op

A new co-op dungeon-crawler multiplayer mode has been announced for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Up to four players will be able to work with one another to complete special cooperative quests that are separate from the storyline. While in the dungeons, players will be able to salvage items, craft new armor and weapons, gather loot, and unlock up to 12 characters. Each of the characters will be from one of three classes: Mage, Rogue, and Warrior. PAX attendees will get a chance to try the multiplayer first hand at the Xbox Booths in North Hall, Booths 412, 422, and 432 on the fourth floor, from August 29 to September 1.

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

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

Fairy Fencer F gets over a dozen combat-centric screenshots

Fairy Fencer F (PS3) Late August Screenshots - Screenshot 1

As Fairy Fencer F’s September ship date nears, NIS has released more screenshots from the upcoming turn-based role-playing game. The latest batch includes over a dozen shots of combat, with an emphasis on the special Fairize merging technique. The Compile Heart-developed title will feature players vying for the weapons of the gods, along with character art by Tsunako, characters based on concept art by Yoshitaka Amano, and music by Nobuo Uematsu.

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PlayStation 3 News

(PlayStation 2 Review) Suikoden V

(PlayStation 2 Review) Suikoden V

“… exactly what was needed to bring the series back into good standing after its disappointing predecessor.”

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Legacy Reviews, PlayStation 2 Reviews

Wasteland 2 development wraps, final version to launch next month

Wasteland 2 (PC) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

The post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 2 will launch on September 19, according to developer inXile. The crowd-funded title has been available for several months to early backers in test form, but next month marks its final release in both digital and physical formats. The announcement also noted that the studio has used earnings from early sales, as well as some dosh chipped in by CEO Brian Fargo, has allowed the studio to double the title’s budget to over $5 million.

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PC News

Upcoming Wii U RPG Alphadia Genesis detailed, screens released

Alphadia Genesis (Wii U) Cast Detail - Screenshot 1

Natsume has detailed the cast from their upcoming Wii U role-playing game, Alphadia Genesis. This entry marks the series debut in North American, and is currently available for Android and iOS, and to get everyone up to speed, a detailed list of the primary players has been released along with some screenshots of everyone in action. The storyline picks up 15 years after the end of the Energi Wars, a series of battles that saw the introduction of clones as weapons, as the two belligerents, Augustine and Archleign, continue to work together for peace.

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Wii U

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

Play a reviewer covering Always Sometimes Monsters in new demo

Always Sometimes Monsters (PC) New Demo Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

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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PC 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