Upcoming video game releases: ‘Styx: Shards of Darkness,’ ‘Danganronpa 1-2’

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 — In the lead up to massive March release “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” there’s the joy of being a stinky, sneaky goblin in “Styx: Shards of Darkness” and off-kilter high school murder mystery conspiracy collection “Danganronpa 1•2: Reload.”

Styx: Shards of Darkness
Date: March 14
Systems: PS4, XBO, WinPC

Sneak ‘em up predecessor “Styx: Master of Shadows” won plaudits, punching above its studio’s perceived weight with impressive visuals, enjoyable characters, and its commitment toward stealth-first approaches as wily goblin Styx on an amnesiac’s mission into a massive human stronghold. French studio Cyanide has another opportunity to impress with this sequel, in which Styx must use all his powers of avoidance to slink through an enemy-infested city.

‘Danganronpa 1•2 Reload’ — high school conspiracies and talking teddies. — Picture courtesy of NIS America via AFP-Relaxnews
‘Danganronpa 1•2 Reload’ — high school conspiracies and talking teddies. — Picture courtesy of NIS America via AFP-Relaxnews

Danganronpa 1•2: Reload
Dates: March 14 (North America,) March 17 (European regions,) May 18 (Japan)
System: PlayStation 4

Two murder mysteries in which students at Hope’s Peak Academy have to participate in a deadly game, and one of them, controlled by the player, has the opportunity to find out who is behind the crimes before it’s too late. Previously released on PlayStation Portable, Vita, and Windows, Mac and Linux, now made available ahead of an international “Danganronpa 3” release towards the end of 2017.

Mass Effect: Andromeda
Dates: March 21 (North America,) March 23 (International)
Systems: PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One

Grand science fiction epic that appears to have taken notice of a trend towards exploratory themes since the original “Mass Effect” trilogy concluded in 2012. Players become either Scott or Sara Ryder, twins with a family interest in an excursion to find a suitable colony planet. The franchise typically leans on both action and conversation, detailed supporting characters, and involving plotlines.

Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey
Date: March 24
Systems: PlayStation 4 Xbox One, iOS

A three-stranded story that takes place in (and in between) a near-future earth and an old-world fantasy realm, with three distinct characters -- Zoë Castillo, April Ryan, and Kian Alvane, returning from well received mid-2000s prequel “Dreamfall: The Longest Journey,” though pre-existing familiarity isn’t necessary. Previously released on PC, Mac and Linux after a successful 2013 crowdfunding campaign.
redthreadgames.com/games/chapters — AFP-Relaxnews

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