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(PlayStation 3 Review) Drakengard 3

(PlayStation 3 Review) Drakengard 3

“… great experience despite not always being a great game.”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

Drakengard 3 costume, music, and mission DLC packs released

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 3

Drakengard 3 received several downloadable packs today, adding new missions, music, and costumes. Fans of the original will be able to reduce damage taken by 5% in Furiae’s Garb for $2.99, while fans of Drakengard 2 can reduce stamina loss by sporting the Eris’s Garb pack for $2.99. A music pack for $1.99, the Intoner Arrange Tracks, replaces the tunes played while Zero is in Intoner Mode. The biggest additions are the five Sister Prologues. Each $5.99 chapter (Zero, Two, Three, Four, and Five) includes a playable level and unique weapons, while a $29.99 bundle includes all five plus a bonus prologue for One.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix coming to North America this year

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Final Mix versions of both Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep are set to hit stores later this year, according to Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix will include new abilities, cutscenes, mini-games, and weapons. Secret boss battles are also being added, as well as the HD remastered cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded. New screenshots were released to coincide with the announcement, and a dozen have been added below.

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King out for Android, iOS

Dragon Quest VIII JourneyoftheCursedKing (Android, iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix is celebrating Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King’s 10th anniversary today with the release of a new version for Android and iOS. As the last survivor of King Trode’s army, Hero, players must find the jester who stole the sovereign’s scepter and caused his downfall. The mobile version features revamped touch-panel control with support for one- or two-hand play and a new battle system allowing for direct or automatic control, plus an auto-run mode, alchemy pot for item creation, and the ability to recruit monsters. According to Square Enix, the mobile version features the same 60-plus-hour campaign as the PlayStation 2 original.

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Android, Apple Handheld

Square Enix releases PC version of Final Fantasy III on Steam

Final Fantasy III (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Another Final Fantasy has made its way to PC today with the release of Final Fantasy III on Steam. Originally released in Japan in 1990, Final Fantasy III not only introduced the popular job system but was also the first in the series to sell over a million copies. The PC version features Steam Trading Cards and Achievements, new graphics for the Job Mastery Cards, 3D visuals, an improved bestiary, and updated story sequences.

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Zero makes her debut, Drakengard 3 launches in stores and online

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has launched Drakengard 3 in stores and online for PS3. As a prequel to the first Drakengard, players will venture around a medieval world in search of six beings known as Intoners. These demigods are the younger sister of protagonist Zero, who is on a mission to kill them, and her motives will be revealed as each is tracked down. In addition to the standard version, a Digital Collector’s Edition comes bundled with all of the extra downloadable content, which includes One’s Prologue, the Japanese voice pack, a giant baby hat (from the original Drakengard) for the dragon, Nier costumes, and six PSN themes.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

The Bell Killer debuts in new Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer

Recently murdered detective Ronan O’Connor begins to realize he’s the latest in a long line of killings in a new trailer for Murdered: Soul Suspect. The Bell Killer video focuses on a killer who is on a spree in Salem and his connection with O’Connor. For a more in-depth look at the game, check out this hour-plus-long video of panel with developer Airtight Games from PAX East 2014.

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Sony debuts Project Morpheus VR headset for PS4 at GDC 2014

Project Morpheus (PS4) Announcement - Set

The Oculus Rift’s competition is getting stiffer with the announcement that Sony is entering the VR fray with a new headset, Project Morpheus. No release date was announced, but the headset will work alongside the PlayStation Camera to give PS4 gamers the feeling “as though they are physically inside the virtual world of a game.” Inertial sensors within the camera and headset will track head rotation so that the game world moves naturally with the player’s motions, and the set will also support the PS Move Motion Controller, with the headset projecting an object in place of the controller. The Morpheus will also use 3D audio technology to produce sounds on the same plane as well as above and below the player.

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PlayStation 4 News

Murdered: Soul Suspect to beat the (undead) streets this June

Murdered Soul Suspect (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix’s upcoming supernatural procedural title from Airtight Games, Murdered: Soul Suspect, will be hitting store shelves on June 3. A pre-order bonus was also announced, an interactive digital strategy map. The map will be accessible on a computer or tablet and serve to help players find all of Salem’s goodies, from quests to Easter Eggs. Players will spend a lot of time roaming the city streets as recently deceased detective Ronan O’Connor, who must travel through the limbo world of Dusk as he searches for his murderer.

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Drakengard 3 interview posted, Wave Two pre-order extras revealed

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 8

Square Enix has announced the second wave of pre-order bonuses for their upcoming role-playing game Drakengard 3. The first set of extras included a voice-over pack that featured the original Japanese track, and now, it’s been revealed that players who pre-order before April 8 will receive the Nier Costume Pack. The set features Kainé and Nier Replicant costumes as well as the Emil Hat for the dragon. For series fans, an interview with Takamasa Shiba, producer for all three Drakengard games, is available below and goes into detail about the world, characters, and eight-year gap between titles. Also, to flesh out events leading up to D3, the first chapter of a prequel novella also released on the game’s official site.

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