Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: RPG

Hyperdimension Neptunia­ Re;Birth3: V Generation out for PS Vita

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Hyperdimension Neptunia­ Re;Birth3: V Generation—whew!—is out today for PS Vita. The PS TV-compatible remake updates the PS3 version of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory with more scenarios and an expanded story that adds a new character. In additional to all of the previously released downloadable content, this version also has free downloadable content in the form of the Japanese voice-over track and the first PS Vita theme. More themes are available for $0.99 each.


PlayStation Vita News

Tracking down traitors in new Lost Dimension trailer

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Atlus has released a new trailer highlighting the traitors in the player’s midst in Lost Dimension. During each game, players must discover who of the squad are traitors, or risk having to face them during the last battle. Choosing the wrong character not only leaves one more traitor to face but also one less ally to call upon during the final encounter. Players need to delve deep into their squadmates’ minds in order to find out if they’re loyal or ready to turn.


PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Suikoden III now available as a PS2 Classic on PSN for PS3

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Following their release of Suikoden II late last year, Konami has added Suikoden III to PSN as part of the PS2 Classic line. The third entry takes place within the Grasslands around 16 years after its predecessor, during an uneasy peace between the six clans that rule the area and the eastern nation of Harmonia. While some things have been carried over from the first two titles, such as the recruitable 108 Stars of Destiny that are scattered throughout the lands, others have changed quite a bit, namely that the story is now told through three different characters. Each character represents a different side, allowing players to see events from the perspective of a Grasslander as Karaya clan member Hugo, Harmonian as border guard Geddoe, and Zexen as knight Chris Lightfellow.


PlayStation 3 News

Dontnod and Focus Home team up for new RPG, Vampyr

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Dontnod, the studio behind Remember Me and Life Is Strange, is working on a new role-playing game with Focus Home Interactive, Vampyr. The Unreal Engine 4-powered adventure will take players back to early 20th-century Britain as military surgeon-turned-vampire Jonathan E. Reid. As the Spanish flu spreads through the city, players must make their way through the chaos using melee attacks, vampire skills, and firearms as they search for live-saving prey. Any character met can be a victim, and each follows their own routine, which will allow players to decide if they want to trap them to ensure another meal or let them go if their death would cause too much of a commotion.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

(PS Vita Review) Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy

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


PS Vita Reviews

E3 2015: Square Enix – Nier, Star Ocean, Final Fantasy

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To a few (dignified) squeals from the staff, Square Enix announced that Nier is returning for PS4. The working title is Nier New Project, and as with the previous titles in the universe, including the Drakengard series, the game will be an action-heavy role-playing game. Only this time, PlatinumGames will be assisting by “amplifying the action-oriented combat and building a beautifully diverse visual experience that will fully harness the graphical power of the PlayStation 4 system.”


PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Dark Souls III announced for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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Bandai Namco has officially revealed FromSoftware’s next title, Dark Souls III. The “dark and brooding fantasy adventure” is scheduled to launch in early 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Not much else was revealed about the upcoming journey, other than it will be similar to the previous games, with players traveling throughout an interconnected world, avoiding traps, searching out secrets, and battlings monsters and beasts. Though there is a bit of a twist this time around, as players are trying to avoid a looming apocalypse.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

The Bard’s Tale IV reaches $1.25 million Kickstarter funding goal

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After recently announcing that the original trilogy has been added as a tier reward for Bard’s Tale IV’s ongoing Kickstarter campaign, inXile has sent word that they’ve met their funding goal. During the weekend, pledges surpassed the $1.25 million mark. Upcoming stretch goals include an enhanced companion NPC system and two more CNPCs at $1.3 million and an enhanced crafting system at $1.35 million.


PC News

PC and PS4 versions of Tales of Zestiria to launch alongside PS3

Tales of Zestiria (PC, PS3, PS4) PC and PS4 Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Tales series will be expanding its reach into new territories when Tales of Zestiria is released later this year. Ahead of E3, Bandai Namco has sent word that the previously announced PS3 version will be released alongside two others, one for PC and the other for PS4. In Zestiria, players take control of Sorey, a young adventurer ordained to become The Shepard, who must save the land from becoming corrupt by stopping an evil force called Malevolence. New combat mechanics are also being introduced with the new cast, including side dashes and a fusing ability that allows for the creation new elemental artes.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Atlus to bring new 3DS RPG stateside this fall, The Legend of Legacy

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Atlus has announced that they will be bringing over a new 16-bit-style role-playing game for 3DS, The Legend of Legacy. With art from SaGa series illustrator Tomomi Kobayashi, music from SaGa and Final Fantasy XIII alumnus Masashi Hamauzu, and writing from Chrono Trigger scribe Masato Kato, The Legend of Legacy follows seven adventurers who set out to explore the origins behind the mysterious island of Avalon. They each have a different reason to be on the island, but things go awry once they begin to see specters of the former inhabitants. Combat will use a turn-based system focused around a three-member party and mechanics that eschew classes in favor of formations. Atlus will also be balancing the gameplay for the Western release. And to up replayability, each character has their own storyline and ending.