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Dragon Quest Heroes is coming West, but are Square Enix just testing us?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action RPGs, Dragon Quest Heroes, PS4 games, Square Enix

Dragon Quest Heroes is coming West, but are Square Enix just testing us?

Rejoice, JRPG fans, because Dragon Quest Heroes has been confirmed for a Western release on PS4.

In the first action-RPG to bear the series' name, players must rise up against insurmountable odds, challenging swarms of enemies and conquering gigantic monsters designed by world-renowned artist Akira Toriyama. Interestingly, Omega Force (the team responsible for many Samurai Warriors titles) will also be helping out with development, bringing their expertise with hack & slash action to the party.

It's been years since a full-fat Dragon Quest title came West (heck, we've pretty much had to make do with DQIX: Sentinels Of Starry Skies on DS) and frankly we can't wait.

This is fantastic news. Obviously. But the more I think about it, the more I can't help but ask a couple of niggling questions. Why now? Why this game in particular: the first hack & slash title in the franchise rather than Dragon Quest XIII or X? Is this actually the game we want? The answer, perhaps, is that Square Enix are using it to test the waters -- and to test us in particular.

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Cheapest price yet for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix - £14.95

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix, PS3 games

Cheapest price yet for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix - £14.95

Save yourself a few quid with this deal for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix for £14.95 on PS3 - the cheapest price yet. That's a lot of Disney/Square-Enix mashup for your money.

If you're yet to pick up Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix, you can pick it up at Base for £10.99.

Like the first collection, we’re getting the fancy pants versions of the games that were previously not seen on these shores. So you can look forward to Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the formerly PSP-only Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix. A compilation of HD’d (yes, it is a word) cutscenes from the Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (not a word) has also been included to attempt to bring you up to date with the complex branching plotlines as the series has spread like wildfire across numerous consoles and handhelds. I’d be surprised if Kingdom Hearts III arrives this year, but even so, you better get cracking. Oh and Square, feel free to include Pixar stuff over Frozen, that snowman twerp is not joining my party.

Diablo III from £31.68 on PS4/XO is worth every penny

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Diablo III from £31.68 on PS4/XO is worth every penny

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has held its value incredibly well since release, but this  voucher code makes it the cheapest around on both formats by £3-£8. PS4 buyers can simply use the code to bring the price down to £31.69. XO buyers will have to add a cheap item (from the same seller) to their basket to take the initial price over £40 so they can use the £10 off a £40 purchase. Maybe filter the lowest prices of their DVDs and find something you fancy. The cheapest is an animated Batman movie at £2.09.

I'm 70 hours in and yet to get bored with Diablo III on PS4. It's the co-op that's really pulled me in though, and I can't think of a game that I've played more in couch co-op since Street of Rage 2. With controls perfectly mapped to the controller, this was well worth the wait on consoles.

Cheapest price yet for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix - £14.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix, PS3 games

Cheapest price yet for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix - £14.99

Save yourself a few quid with this deal for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix for £14.99 on PS3 - the cheapest price yet. That's a lot of Disney/Square-Enix mashup for your money.

If you're yet to pick up Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix, you can pick it up at the same site for £10.99.

Like the first collection, we’re getting the fancy pants versions of the games that were previously not seen on these shores. So you can look forward to Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the formerly PSP-only Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix. A compilation of HD’d (yes, it is a word) cutscenes from the Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (not a word) has also been included to attempt to bring you up to date with the complex branching plotlines as the series has spread like wildfire across numerous consoles and handhelds. I’d be surprised if Kingdom Hearts III arrives this year, but even so, you better get cracking. Oh and Square, feel free to include Pixar stuff over Frozen, that snowman twerp is not joining my party.

Get Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix for £17.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix, PS3 games

Get Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix for £17.99

Save yourself a few quid with this deal for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix for £17.99 on PS3. That's a lot of Disney/Square-Enix mashup for your money.

Like the first collection, we’re getting the fancy pants versions of the games that were previously not seen on these shores. So you can look forward to Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the formerly PSP-only Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix. A compilation of HD’d (yes, it is a word) cutscenes from the Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (not a word) has also been included to attempt to bring you up to date with the complex branching plotlines as the series has spread like wildfire across numerous consoles and handhelds. I’d be surprised if Kingdom Hearts III arrives this year, but even so, you better get cracking. Oh and Square, feel free to include Pixar stuff over Frozen, that snowman twerp is not joining my party.

Tales of Xillia is a Xilliant RPG for £14.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, PS3 games, Tales of Xillia

Tales of Xillia is a Xilliant RPG for £14.99

£14.99 is arguably the cheapest price I've seen for Tales of Xillia. This deal is a fiver cheaper than the next best price too.

Tales of Xillia is an action-orientated JRPG with lots of magic-infused melee combat with a tactical edge as you team up with party-members for unique attacks. This is the perfect tonic to soothe the pain left by Square's fumbled FFXIII series. Check out my full review here.

Save £20 and grab Tales of Graces f for £10.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Action RPGs, PS3 games, Tales of Graces f

Save £20 and grab Tales of Graces f for £10.99

Tales of Graces f is tremendous value for money at £10.99 and should keep you going for a while. With most sites still trying to sell the game for over £30, you can probably make your money back on eBay when you're done too.

The Tales of series has excelled on PS3, with a vibrant anime style and action-packed RPG gameplay making for a neat change of pace compared to the genre's usual turn-based battles. Have a look at Matt's review.

Diablo III is the PS4's best co-op title and it's only £25

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Action RPGs, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PS4 games

Diablo III is the PS4's best co-op title and it's only £25

UPDATE: It's also available for £20 on the Xbox One at Cex.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has held its value incredibly well since release, but this is the cheapest price I've sen for it yet. This is for a preowned copy, but with stores healthily spread around the country, you're easily covered if there are any issues.

I'm 70 hours in and yet to get bored with Diablo III on PS4. It's the co-op that's really pulled me in though, and I can't think of a game that I've played more in couch co-op since Street of Rage 2. With controls perfectly mapped to the controller, this was well worth the wait on consoles.

Thanks to PaulJennings.

Save £10 and Get Diablo III for £30 on PS4/XO

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Save £10 and Get Diablo III for £30 on PS4/XO

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has held its value incredibly well since release, but this is one of the cheapest prices I've seen for it, On the plus side, I'm 70 hours in and yet to get bored. Awesome fun in local co-op too.

Thanks to asterix2000.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix's available for £19.98

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Action RPGs, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix, PS3 games

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix's available for £19.98

This deal is £3 cheaper than the one I posted yesterday in my Next Week's Releases roundup. Retailers are supposed to be upgrading pre-orders to the Limited Edition (with pin badge) for free, but there's no mention of it here. If you want to make sure you get the badge though, Amazon are selling the Limited Edition for £24.

Like last year's collection, we’re getting the fancy pants versions of the games that were previously not seen on these shores. So you can look forward to Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the formerly PSP-only Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix. A compilation of HD’d (yes, it is a word) cutscenes from the Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (not a word) has also been included to attempt to bring you up to date with the complex branching plotlines as the series has spread like wildfire across numerous consoles and handhelds. I’d be surprised if Kingdom Hearts III arrives next year, but even so, you better get cracking. Oh and Square, feel free to include Pixar stuff over Frozen, that snowman twerp is not joining my party.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Get Diablo 3 on PC for just £9.99 from CDKeys

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Blizzard Entertainment, Diablo 3, Games deals, PC games

Get Diablo 3 on PC for just £9.99 from CDKeys

Hot on the heels of Blizzard's sale, CDKeys have slashed the price of their listing for Diablo 3. By bringing it to the £10 mark, it undercuts the next cheapest deal by £6.

The improvements to the game since it's original release have made Diablo 3 a much more fun and rewarding experience. Admittedly, the better content (and class) are reserved for the Reaper of Souls expansion, but for the asking price here it's definitely worth a look.

Get Diablo 3: Ultimate Edition on PS4 / Xbox One for just £32.99 from Amazon

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Blizzard Entertainment, Games deals, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Get Diablo 3: Ultimate Edition on PS4 / Xbox One for just £32.99 from Amazon

This isn't a part of the on-going Black Friday countdown flash deals, but this listing is one of the cheapest we've seen for the current-gen versions of Diablo 3. Overall, there's a saving of around £5 compared to the next best deal elsewhere for both consoles.

The transition from PC to console has been expertly done by Blizzard, as we discuss in our review. The fact it comes with all the content (and fixes) that have been produced since the original launch makes this version of Diablo 3 great value for money. More to the point, it's lots of fun - especially in local co-op. Thanks to  slento86 @ HUKD!

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Action RPGs, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, The Sunday Seven, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

If you patiently waited all that time for the new-gen version of Diablo III you may be wondering what all the fuss is about Adventure Mode. Well, after you finish the campaign mode, you’ll be wanting to bag some serious XP and loot to keep the game feeling fresh and getting to Level 70 so you can explore the Paragon system and maybe start on a few new characters to share the additional benefits of your first demon slaying hero. So why not take a look at this week’s Sunday Seven which has a few starter tips to get you going on the next part of your quest for epic loot in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Naturally, we’d love to hear any hints you’d like to share too.

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

Bounties

Before diving into Rifts, you’ll need to complete a few bounties. Access the map, choose an act and then visit any of the locations with an exclamation mark. These quests task you with killing a mini-boss at the end or finding an item. If you finish five bounties in one continuous session, you may be in line to receive a bonus in the form of a bag full of loot and gems and a large haul of XP, usually a few million, which you’ll need on your way to Lv. 70 so you can start playing around with Paragon stats.

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The Sunday Seven - Beginner Tips for Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Action RPGs, Diablo III, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PS4 games, The Sunday Seven, Xbox One Games

The Sunday Seven - Beginner Tips for Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

So, you patiently waited for the PS4/XO version of Diablo III, or Diablo III Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition if we’re going with the full name. This new edition is stuffed with extra content, like the Reaper of Souls expansion, but you’re going to have to do some serious levelling before you can look the reaper in the eye.

So for those of you that didn’t play the original Diablo III to death two years ago, we’ve put together seven top tips for all you new adventurers out there to make your life that little bit easier. Naturally, we’d love to hear any hints you might have whether you’re a Diablo regular or a newb with a hot tip.

The Sunday Seven - Beginner Tips for Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Pick a simple class first

The Barbarian is the simplest class to start with, as they’re more melee-focused compared to the fancy-pants wizards. Why not take advantage of the Crusader though for added depth? The Crusaders are playable for the whole game now, after previously only being available in the expansion. Go on, they’re pretty badass.

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The Witcher 2 Can't be Missed on 360 for £4.94

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition, Xbox 360 games

The Witcher 2 Can't be Missed on 360 for £4.94

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings | XBLA
£4.94 (Save £9) | Price ComparisonReview

We're really excited here at Dealspwn for The Witcher III next year on the new consoles and PC and we bet you are too every time you see some new footage. While you wait, why not check out the critically acclaimed second game that was only released on the PC and 360? The recent sale on XBLA sees the game priced in super-cheap PC territory at £4.94. Sure, it's over 7 GB, but it's also £9 cheaper than the best price I can find for the physical edition. Sold.

Soul Sacrifice Delta Review | Soul Mates?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action RPGs, Comcept, Games reviews, Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, SCEE, Sony Japan Studio

Soul Sacrifice Delta Review | Soul Mates?

Platform: PS Vita (PSN, £23.99)

Developer: Comcept

Publisher: SCEE

Reviewing Soul Sacrifice Delta is like getting back with an ex. We were so good together during our intense love affair last year, even if things eventually fizzled after a few heady months. For the life of me I can't remember why we split up in the first place.

We've fallen straight back into our old routine: killing monsters in compact arenas with a diverse selection of spells and abilities. Soul Sacrifice condenses the monster hunting gameplay of... well, Monster Hunter... into a more straightforward and muscular format, with pick-up-and-play brawls against hordes of demonic fiends and enormous bosses; each boasting their own unique attacks, themes and tragic backstories. It's a compelling mix of twitchy hack & slash action with a focus on ranged spells and summons, constantly challenging players to make tough choices in the heat of battle as foes press the advantage.

Soul Sacrifice Delta Review | Soul Mates?

Do you sacrifice an enemy to gain more spell power? Do you sacrifice your own skin for more damage? Will you sacrifice your friends to win a tough engagement? The core remains the same mix of punishment and progression, constantly evolving your playstyle, tweaking builds, crushing through a wealth of content and eventually becoming powerful enough to beat the final adversary, and we get along just as well as when when Brendan reviewed it last May.

Seriously, though, why did we split up? It must have been important. I'm sure it'll come to me as I lie in this filthy maggot-encrusted cage.

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Snap up Dragon's Crown on PS Vita for only £19.99 at GAME

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Beat ‘em ups, Capcom, Dragon's Crown, PS Vita games, RPGs
Snap up Dragon's Crown on PS Vita for only £19.99 at GAME

Dragon's Crown | GAME | £19.99
Price ComparisonReview

We've been waiting for a price drop on Dragon's Crown to take it below the £20 mark as it's been holding its value rather impressively, and now GAME have delivered. We'd go so far as to say that the PS Vita version is probably a bit better than the PS3 equivalent that to the immediacy of the touchscreen and, if you have an original console, that OLED magnificence. Brendan had a blast with this surprisingly deep action RPG, and you should definitely give his review a read.

Thanks to PIMPed at HotUkDeals.

The Witch And The Hundred Knight Review | Swamp Thing

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action RPGs, Nippon Ichi Software, NIS America, PS3, PS3 games, Reef Entertainment, RPG

The Witch And The Hundred Knight Review | Swamp Thing

Platform: PS3

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Publisher: NIS America | Reef Entertainment

Being imprisoned in a poisonous swamp all your life is likely to leave you bitter and twisted, so it's no surprise that Swamp Witch Metallia is thoroughly fed up with her lot. The evil mage finally decides that enough is enough, resolving to turn the entire world into a swamp with the help of a demonic ally from the realms beyond. Through the darkest of magicks, she summons the legendary Hundred Knight, the most powerful demon in all existence.

Who turns out to be an adorable diminutive creature with a cheerful smile, gangly arms and cuddly round body who frankly cries out for a great big hug. Can this loveable blob of demon-stuff really become Metallia's weapon of retribution?

The Witch And The Hundred Knight Review | Swamp Thing

The stage is set for great things. Hailing from the developers behind the Disgaea series, The Witch And The Hundred Knight promised to merge the hectic hack & slash combat of an action RPG with the deep layered systems of a more strategic title, tied together with the quirky off-the-wall hijinks we expect from the boutique studio. What could possibly... no, scratch that.

I was tempted to play the tired old "what could possibly go wrong?" card here, but you're savvy enough to see where this is going. Sadly, despite getting a lot right, The Witch And The Hundred Knight is held back by Nippon Ichi' relative genre inexperience and the shocking depravity of its leading lady.

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Ys: Memories Of Celceta Review | Ys-y Going

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action RPGs, JRPG, Nihon Falcom, NIS America, PS Vita, PS Vita games, Reef Entertainment

Ys: Memories Of Celceta Review | Ys-y Going

Platform: PS Vita

Developer: Nihon Falcom Corporation

Publisher: NIS America | Reef Entertainment

Are you sick and tired of JRPGs leading you by the nose from cutscene to cutscene? Do you hear the call of adventure, but crave the thrill of fast and fluid combat? Do you own a PlayStation Vita?

If you answered 'yes' on all counts, Ys: Memories Of Celceta probably deserves to make its way onto your shopping list. This ground-up remake of Ys 4 puts us into the well-worn boots of Adol Cristin, which are definitely made for walking. Having found himself in a frontier town on the edge of civilization with a convenient case of amnesia, the rakish explorer discovers that he lost his memories while mapping the legendary forest of Celceta, so teams up with an old friend and plunges back into the unknown. With little save a sword, a mercenary information dealer and a blank map for company, the scene is set for a genuine adventure.

Ys: Memories Of Celceta Review | Ys-y Going

Celceta is an enormous tract of land, an intricate and confusing labyrinth of glades, swamps, tunnels and ruins that's somewhat reminiscent of a massively expanded Monster Hunter title. Most JRPGs would immediately funnel you down a preset path, but Memories Of Celceta is cut from a different cloth, simply thrusting an empty map into your hands and suggesting, perhaps, that you ought to check over there when you have the time. Most of the game simply revolves around the satisfaction of filling this map in, of discovering new areas, new places, new faces and eventually piecing Adol's memory back together.

And romping through hordes of foes with one of the most responsive combat systems we've seen from the series yet, if not the entire sub-genre in recent years.

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How to Survive £2.99 at GMG on PC

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, PC games

How to Survive £2.99 at GMG on PC

How To Survive | Green Man Gaming | £2.99 | Review

At the original £10+ price tag this was a bit pricey, but the game's a steal right now for £2.99 with GMG giving you 50p credit back when your purchase it. There's at least ten hours of tropical islands to explore, enjoyable melee and ranged combat, and a moreish RPG grind to keep you foraging for new zombie-killing tools.

Thanks to Webhead at HotUkDeals.