Drakengard 3

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Drakengard 3 prologue DLC chapters are out now

Along with some franchise favourite costumes and new tunes.

Square-Enix's bewildering action adventure Drakengard 3 has spawned a wealth of DLC this week with five prologue chapters, a couple of new costumes, and some new music tracks.

Drakengard 3 review

Drakengard 3 review

So Nier, and yet...

Drakengard 3 is a mess. It's baggy, inconsistent, repetitive, scrappy, tonally iffy and beset by a litany of technical failings. And yet at the same time, it's weirdly fascinating; for all its faults, this is a game that tries something different - several things, in fact - and comes close to pulling them off. At the very least, it's flawed in interesting ways, and it will surely find a niche audience that is prepared to defend it to the hilt.

Much of that, of course, could also be said about director Taro Yoko's Nier, which, with the benefit of hindsight, I rated rather harshly in our 6/10 Nier review. Nier was a tragedy with a viciously cruel streak, but it was also surprisingly warm-hearted, particularly in the developing bond between its protagonists. Drakengard 3, by contrast, plays more like a jet-black comedy and is much colder to the touch.

That's chiefly down to our protagonist Zero, who is on a single-minded quest to kill her five magical sisters, ostensibly to steal their powers and become the world's only remaining goddess. Assisted by a juvenile (and oddly incontinent) dragon named Mikhail, she tackles them in reverse numerical order, cutting a bloody swathe through each deity's armies. She's hostile to everyone she meets - even poor, put-upon Mikhail - and ignores any and all pleas for mercy. Soldiers cry out in terror and her sisters beg for forgiveness, but Zero slices them apart without pause. "I don't hate you," she tells one sister, "I just want to kill you."

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Square Enix announces Drakengard 3 Collector's Edition

Square Enix announces Drakengard 3 Collector's Edition

Japanese voice over - but still no disc on these shores.

Square Enix will release a Collector's Edition of PlayStation 3 exclusive action role-playing game Drakengard 3 that includes the Japanese voice over - but not a game disc.

When the publisher announced it planned to release the game on these shores as a PlayStation Store download only, some called for a physical version.

Today Square Enix responded to that feedback by revealing the Ł69.99 Collector's Edition - but it doesn't include a physical copy of the game. Instead in includes a download token which you redeem on the PlayStation Store.

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Drakengard 3 release date announced, opening movie released

PlayStation 3 action role-playing game Drakengard 3 launches in Europe on 21st May 2014, Square Enix has announced.

Drakengard 3 is a prequel to the original set in a medieval world. It fuses RPG systems with hack and slash combat. Oh, and there's a dragon.

In Europe and other PAL territories Drakengard 3 is a digital-only release. In North America a physical version is also available.

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Drakengard 3 gets a debut trailer

Drakengard 3 - or Nier 2 as I like to call it - has received a Japanese debut trailer.

While not officially related to Nier, this third entry in the Drakengard series is directed by Yoko Taro - who helmed the first Drakengard and Nier - and the Japanese 10th Anniversary Edition of Drakengard 3 comes with a story by series scribe Sawako Natori that connects the story between all three Drakengard games and Nier (thanks, AllGamesBeta).

Additionally, Taro told Kotaku that Nier was originally supposed to be Drakengard 3. "For me, Nier is Drakengard 3," he said, noting that there was once plans for Nier and the actual Drakengard 3 to be called Drakengard 3 & 4 respectively.

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