Drakengard 3 Nico Nico Live Footage

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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In a recent Nico Nico Live earlier this week, fans were given a chance witness even more of Drakengard 3‘s gameplay. First, we were shown the improved mounted dragon/aerial combat mechanics with Zero’s partner Mikhail. When the game was announced earlier this year, they showed what seemed to be an earlier build of the dragon combat. To many it seemed very poor, at least in a visual stand point. Flash forward to the present and it looks to be that those delays weren’t for nothing. Compared to the original footage and even the original Drakengard‘s dragon combat, it’s looking a lot better all around.

The second footage features largely the same gameplay footage of the previous Nico Nico Live back at this year’s TGS. But this time, Zero dons another outfit; this one comes from Caim, the main protagonist of Drakengard. Besides seeing a more feminine version of the outfit, Caim’s sword is also included–which is quite powerful to say the least. We also get to see a little more of the weapon switching system, chaining attacks with the different weapons, and doing combos. The game’s strategy guide that will be sold along with the game will have the code for Caim’s costume DLC for Zero. You can watch both previews, or even the entire Nico Nico Live broadcast, below.

Drakengard 3 is a PlayStation 3 exclusive and is slated for release in Japan on December 19th of this year, with the Western release being next year with no concrete date at this time. North Americans can purchase the game through Square Enix’s online store — however, word of warning, the website uses Digital River for their shipping services.

Big thanks go out to FlyingWonkey1, for all the uploaded videos.

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  • zeezee

    I’m still a bit bummed that this is a PS3 exclusive. Sure, Nier didn’t sell as well on the XBox 360 but it was very close in North America between the two consoles, from what I’ve read.

    This game really feels like a global release was just an unlikely afterthought, but press coverage from sites (including Operation Rainfall) are what’s leading to the domestic distribution. The S-E online store / Digital River exclusivity is worrisome. I hope that preorders are available until after December, because I’d like to see how this fares in the Japanese reviews first. Low budget isn’t bad, as long as the right team is involved. But S-E really knows how to botch a game these days. Nier seems to have been a fluke involving all the right people from Cavia. et al. Everyone involved seemed to put their best into it, given the circumstances. For me, the result was one of the biggest surprises of this generation and I played through all chapters to the very end.

    • Lazy_Penguin1989

      Sorry for the late reply!

      The whole online store exclusivity and no EU physical copies makes very little sense to me. I understand that this is a gamble for them, and that the whole Japanese website having the short stories -is- the game’s marketing, plus Nico Nico live streams, but those are a given. Plus, none of the titles has exactly blown up the sales charts, including Nier. But taking options away and having only two, and one for something as big a deal as just simply purchasing the game at one’s own leisure has been reduced to trusting a service like Digital River. The same company that screwed so many consumers time and time again I might add.

      And just in general, I don’t see any benefit for allowing only the North American fans to buy said hard copies, but not the PAL region? Are they that incompetent that they only saw themselves selling the game through their website for physical goods? What are they thinking?!

      I sincerely hope, Square Enix reconsiders these decisions. You said it best, the developers at Access Games is putting their all into this title — simply put, the game deserves better.

      – David