Drakengard 3, the gruesome yet beautiful action title from Access Games, is now available on PlayStation 3. Players will now be able to discover the true story behind anti-hero protagonist Zero's quest to kill her five sisters, the sisters who have brought peace to the regions of the world. Judging by the themes that have been shared in various pre-launch marketing, the journey will be a bloody, unfortunate mess where no one comes out the victor.
The actual legs of that journey will involve lots and lots of hack and slash gameplay. Judging from the launch trailer that publisher Square Enix provided to go along with the release announcement, players will fight both Dynasty Warriors-tier dumb AI soldiers and giant, perhaps more intelligent, creatures of sorts. Here's hoping that combat won't be ridiculously spammy, but I have low expectations in this regard.
The reason to play Access Games titles isn't necessarily for the combat. Rather, it's for the meaning to be discovered behind the gameplay. Sure, these sorts of titles from Japan tend to be thick with tropes, but Drakengard's creative director Taro Yoko... he gets it. The man provided an interview where he discusses at length how he battled with death in video games and how it's taken for granted. It was enough to make my expectations of the game jump a notch. We'll see how his feelings translate into gameplay, however.
Pick up Drakengard 3 right now for PlayStation 3, available both digitally and via retail. The standard edition of the game costs $49.99, while the Collector's Edition is $64.99 and includes the Japanese voice DLC, a prologue DLC pack, and a bunch of other digital good. The Collector's Edition will only be available digitally on the PlayStation Network.