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LittleBigPlanet for the PS Vita Marvel Super Hero Edition features the original game plus a load of additional Marvel content. Included are three exciting mini-games, starring some of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes, 18 Marvel character costumes you can use when dressing your Sackboy or Sackgirl and tons of new items for creating your own levels!

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In the original game, you get to journey and interact with LittleBigPlanet like never before using the touch-feely magic of PS Vita.  The travelling planet of Carnivalia is a jam-packed playground where an Evil Puppeteer has brought doom and gloom. Can you unravel the mystery and restore this troubled planet to its former glory? When you’ve done that, why not try out the create tools and conjure up your own levels and games, then share them with the rest of the world? If you’re not feeling incredibly creative, well that doesn’t matter as there are thousands of levels and games created by others for you to play.

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The Marvel mini-games feature some of the most popular Marvel heroes, Avengers: Ultimate Escape, S.H.I.E.L.D Interceptor and Hero Rush. There are loads of stages to complete and tons of replayability, they really are perfect for bite-sized entertainment on your PS Vita.  If that’s not enough…you get all these costumes to dress up your Sackboy too: Iron Man, Daredevil, Dr. Octopus, Thor, Spider-Man, Elektra, Ghost Rider, Captain America, Venom, Hulk, Punisher, Green Goblin, Black Widow, Star Lord, Iron Fist, Nova, Black Cat and Hawkeye! Plus loads of stickers, decorations, effects and objects to craft your own super hero adventures.

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Marvel Super Hero Edition will be available from 19th November at the RRP of €19.99.

The people behind Table Top Racing provided me a free copy of the game on the PS Vita for review purposes.  Here is my review.

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The people behind Table Top Racing provided me a free copy of the game on the PS Vita for review purposes.  Here is my review.

Table Top Racing is a racing game, similar to Mario Kart, and is available on IOS and Android.  It is also available for the PS Vita and costs $7.99 in the US.  Here is how the game is described by the developer:

Table Top Racing (TTR) is a fast and furious miniaturised combat racing game that pits all manner of crazy cars and automobiles against each other. Welcome to a world of table top race tracks, over-sized obstacles and insane power-ups. TTR might be miniature but don’t be fooled by its size! This little combat racer will knock your giant socks off!

If you’re a Micro Machines or Mario Kart fan – TTR is for you! Challenge yourself to the carnage of 4 player online multiplayer and make your mark on the Global Ranking Boards. Win coins, upgrade vehicles and race in over 30 Special Events.

The Cars are bonkers, the competition fierce and the action relentless. Think you can handle the on-track madness? Well get ready for some white knuckle racing!

Here is a trailer that shows some of the gameplay:

Now that you know what the game is supposed to be like, let’s dive in.

Gameplay

Table Top Racing is reminiscent of Mario Kart on the Wii U; you race around a course in different vehicles, upgrading them as you earn points, and using weapons to fry opponents and ensure the win.  You start out in an ice cream truck; winning races gets you points that you use to purchase upgrades, such as handling improvements and weapons to use during races. I graduated to a micro-bus in later levels, spending my points winnings on upgraded vehicles and vehicle characteristics: Speed, Grip, Acceleration, Armor and Turbo, as illustrated with this screen shot.

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You must earn upgrades in order to be able to win some of the later races, but  had no issues with the lower levels in playing with what comes with the $7.99 purchase price and what I managed to earn winning races.

The graphics reminded me of playing with Matchbox cars on my parent’s furniture as a kid, and I enjoyed the tracks laid out across kitchen tables.  This game takes full advantage of the PS Vita graphics capability, delivering smooth action frames and detailed environments.

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Since Table Top Racing is a port and is also available on Android and IOS, it does not take advantage of the accelerometer that is available on the PS Vita, and that is a drawback.  However, using buttons and the analog joysticks on the Vita to turn and accelerate was easy and provided fun gameplay, and the rear touchpad can be used to provide a look in the rear view mirror.

Completing a race, Table Top Racing gives you feedback on how you did and how many points you earned.  Depending on the race, you might be asked to win outright, or not to finish last, among other goals…achieving those goals sets you up to win the points that you need to upgrade your vehicle and continue the fun.

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There are 8 race tracks, 17 upgradeable cars, 6 gameplay modes and a fun 4-car online race mode exclusive to the PS Vita.  In fact, the publisher states that this game is best played on the PS Vita due to better graphics performance and the enhanced rear touchpad controls.

Check out these screenshots!

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Overall Evaluation

Table Top Racing for PS Vita is a fun port, well worth the $7.99 price.

It’s time for another two minute review, and this one is for the Sony PS Vita CitySlicker Case from Waterfield Designs.

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We have reviewed a number of products from Waterfield Designs in the past, including MacBook Air cases and even bags, and so we thought it was time to review something a little smaller, and hope that we could get the same sort of quality and protection for our Vita.

This is how Waterfield Designs describe the case:

“The slim PS Vita CitySlicker is probably the best-looking case out there for your PS Vita or PS Vita Slim. Made of sturdy ballistic nylon and leather, it’s custom-fitted for your device and provides pockets for commonly-played games you may want to take along. The cushy interior hugs the PS Vita so it doesn’t jostle around. The exterior sports a double-layer leather flap that enriches its look. The back of the case has a stretchable, self-locking zippered pocket to hold more games and ear-buds.”

A Closer Look

The back part of the case has a very easy to use zip which opens up the rear compartment.

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You can easily store your earbuds or something else in the back as it is quite stretchy.

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Even with the Vita in the case it still is quite small.

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When you open up the front flap you have access to the main compartment and also cartridge holders.

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Using the Case

It is very easy to slip your Vita into the main compartment.

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And the same goes for the cartridge holders. There are only five but you could always store some in the back.

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Final Thoughts

Having reviewed a number of Waterfield Design products in the past, I was expecting a certain level of quality, and I wasn’t disappointed. The case is very well made, and feels very good in your hands, it is also very lightweight but at the same time is gives your Vita a lot of protection for when you are carrying it around in your bag.

The front flap opens and closes very easily and locks in place with two studs – it won’t open on it’s own so you don’t need to worry about something falling out! The back has a large zip and you can store whatever you want there, as long as its small. I stored my earbuds there and it didn’t detract from the look of the case.

The front also has five cartridge holders and again these are very secure, so you won’t be losing anything from in there! The Vita slides in very easily into the pouch and is held there very securely.

Overall I was once again very impressed with the amount of effort Waterfield Designs has put into their work, this really is the Vita case to own.

The Sony PS Vita CitySlicker Case is available now in Black, Kiwi, Orange, Camel and Grizzly (which is the one we are reviewing here) and costs $49.

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You can learn more from the Waterfield Designs website.

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The heroes of LEGO Ninjago are ready to battle! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced the release of the high-kicking action-adventure videogame, LEGO  Ninjago: Nindroids, available 1st August in the UK for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Developed by Hellbent Games in partnership with TT Games.

“Adding LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids to our popular LEGO Ninjago franchise is very exciting,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games.  “Hellbent Games has delivered the action game Ninjago fans have been waiting for – with all the characters, comedy and thrills that make the franchise such a success.”

Based on the first five episodes of the animated television series “NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu,” the LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids videogame takes players to New Ninjago City where the Ninja face a technological threat by the evil Digital Overlord and his robotic army of Nindroids.  Playing as their favourite Ninja – Jay, Zane, Cole, Kai or Lloyd – players battle through more than 30 exciting levels with cool vehicles, signature weapons and the new Technoblades, all the while partaking in missions to help save the city.

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Players will recognise their favourite LEGO building sets as they gear up as Samurai X, shoot down enemies in Zane’s Ninjacopter, dodge missiles in the Kai Fighter, pilot Jay’s Thunder Raider, smash up the streets in Cole’s Earth Mech and tear through the forest on Lloyd’s Golden Cycle. Alongside intense combat, players can visit the New Ninjago City Hub, home to Grand Sensei Dareth’s Mojo Dojo, Doomsday Comix and Mr. Noodle’s Noodle Bar.

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Starting from tomorrow (25th July) , GAME, the UK retailer, will launch a range of PS Vita digital full game downloads, available both online and in store. These digital downloads will be available exclusively via the PlayStation Network (PSN) and start from as little as £3.99.

The launch of PS Vita games available as full game downloads comes after the successful launch of the SEGA digital range introduced by GAME in May.

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As part of this latest launch, twenty new and classic PlayStation digital titles will be opened up to gamers for the first time in the UK, including Killzone: Liberation, Crash Bandicoot, Destruction Derby, Limbo and Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
This latest launch, forms part of GAME’s on-going strategy to grow the range of digital downloadable content and will be available to purchase both in-store and online.

With customers able to use their new GAMEwallet to trade-in against the purchase of all products and receive reward points when doing so, GAME provides great value across the whole exclusive PS Vita full game downloads range.

Charlotte Knight, Category Director at GAME commented: “We’re committed to making digital content more accessible for all our customers, helping them to discover all the fantastic digital games out there. We’re really excited about this exclusive partnership with PlayStation, allowing us to provide quality digital content by offering a much larger and more varied selection of titles from the PS Vita back catalogue.
“These digital downloads mean it is now even easier to get gaming by offering our customers the chance to pay both in-store and online as well with the added benefit of trading in.”
For more information visit game.co.uk

In 1993 the world witnessed the birth of a new type of super hero. Now, twenty years later, having already seen successful releases on iOS, PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, independent developer and publisher Team17 are delighted to announce that Superfrog has now made the leap to Android!

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Superfrog HD is an updated version of the classic side-scrolling, 2D platformer, re-imagined with enhanced high definition cartoon style graphics.

In the greatest traditions of fairy tales our story sees a handsome prince turned into a slimy frog by an evil and jealous witch… who, in turn, kidnaps the prince’s bride to be and heads for the hills. Our little green friend happens upon a mystery potion (wow, how lucky was that?). Chugging on the vial, the frog prince is bestowed with amazing powers.

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Determined to defeat the witch our hero sets out on an adventure that, with your help, will lead him to his true love.

You must explore and traverse 24 finely crafted levels and additional boss levels across 6 differently-themed worlds. The goal of each level is to collect a set number of coins, and then reach the exit. The ultimate aim, as ever, is to save the day, beat the witch and get the girl.

Key Features:
• Enhanced HD graphics
• 24 new levels based on the original designs
• Original 1993 level designs available to unlock
• 6 differently themed worlds
• Classic arcade platform gameplay
• Frog Trials – Endless Runner mode

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Superfrog HD will be available for Android via the Google Play Store on the 9th July for just  £1.99 / $2.99 / €2,49.

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Zen Studios has today announced a major update for Zen Pinball 2 for PlayStation 4. The update, which will go live on PS4 on 15th July, brings a host of tables from the PS3 and Vita versions of the game over to the platform.

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The following tables and table packs will be available for download on PS4 starting next week, priced as listed:

  • Marvel Pinball Vengeance and Virtue –Ghost Rider, X-Men, Thor, Moon Knight ($9.99/€9,99/£7.99)
  • Classic Pack –Tesla, V12, Shaman, El Dorado ($9.99/€9,99/£7.99)
  • Fantastic Four ($2.99/€2,99/£2.49)
  • Captain America ($2.99/€2,99/£2.49)
  • Marvel Civil War ($2.99/€2,99/£2.49)
  • Super Street Fighter II Tribute ($2.99/€2,99/£2.49)
  • Mars ($2.49/€2,49/£2.15)
  • Excalibur ($2.49/€2,49/£2.15)

Additionally, players who downloaded any of these tables on PS3 or Vita previously can import them now onto the PS4 version of Zen Pinball 2 at no charge.

“Since we began working on the PS4 version of Zen Pinball 2, we’ve been considering the best possible way to bring all of our tables to PlayStation 4 fans,” said Mel Kirk, VP of Publishing at Zen Studios. “We couldn’t be more pleased to not only bring over the vast majority of fan-favorite tables to the new system, but provide it to them at no additional cost for those who purchased them originally.”

Players looking to utilize cross-platform purchasing for the tables are encouraged to purchase them on either their PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita systems before using the Import Table function from within the PlayStation 4 version of Zen Pinball 2.

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Ubisoft announced that Child of Light, the turn-based RPG set in the magical world of Lemuria, is now available to purchase digitally on PlayStation Vita in standard edition for £11.99/$14.99. A Complete Edition containing all downloadable content is also available in retailand digitally starting today.

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Child of Light is a re-imagining of classic fairytales set against a picturesque background inspired by the watercolor artworks of The Golden Age of Illustration. As a playable poem, Child of Light takes players on an extraordinary journey through the mystical world of Lemuria by putting them in the shoes of Aurora, a young princess who must win back the sun, the moon and the stars held captive by the mysterious Queen of the Night. A return to the classic JRPG, Child of Light blends together platforming and turn-based combat along while providing a rich storyline, robust soundtrack and beautifully-rendered hand drawn art style.

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Child of Light was created by a small team of developers in Montreal using Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework, a powerful engine that lets programmers and artists bring their art to life by allowing original concept art to be inserted directly into the game world. In Child of Light, the effect is that playing becomes akin to stepping into an interactive painting.

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Child of Light is also available to download on Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita and the eShop from Nintendo for the Wii U, and PC Digital.

 

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BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S announced today that ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red is available in Europe and Australasia! This new game is playable on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U! ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red is an action-adventure RPG game developed by Ganbarion Co., Ltd., based on the widely popular and praised ONE PIECE manga created by the renowned mangaka Eiichiro Oda.

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Boasting amazing and exclusive content, this new game offers hours of exciting gameplay where the players’ will happily discover two brand new characters –Red and his follower Pato– through an epic original storyline! Topping that; an all-new mode called Battle Coliseum mode, inspired by the Dressrosa story arc, the characters compete in a tourney to test their battle abilities. During this tournament, the fighters contest in five different battle types:

  • In Battle Royal, the players fight against two mighty opponents or against one mighty foe supported by a swarm of enemies
  • In Duel gamers fight one-on-one against one tough enemy.
  • In Scramble, the contenders compete against a swarm of weaker enemies,
  • The heroes battle against the most dangerous bosses of the ONE PIECE universe in Boss Rush
  • Try the Special Match to challenge your battle skills using preselected characters to win in battles that cannot be witnessed in the One Piece storyline!

Our association with Ganbarion Co. Ltd has been successful for years, yet we prove it again with the release of a high quality ONE PIECE game on 4 different platforms!  Having tons of new first-class content to fulfil all fans’ desires is a true honour and an objective to us, and we are sure that our most enthusiastic followers will enjoy it!” Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy at BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe.

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For all the fans eager to have exclusive items, the Straw Hat Edition offers 10 outfits (Luffy Strong World Adventure outfit and the Anniversary Pack with 9 outfits commemorating Japan’s 15th Anniversary of the One Piece Animated series – this item won’t be sold later!) and a unique quest where the 2 brothers are re-united: “Flame Fist & Straw Hat”.

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The Straw Hat Edition can be purchased from leading retailers, including Amazon.

Surprises aren’t stopping here as BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe created a special Chopper Edition with all of the above items, plus a Key Holder of Chopper, 10 stickers of the Straw Hat Crew members and the game logo, Wall scroll of Chopper, lanyard with Chopper, Artbook and the Takoyaki DLC Pack (3 costumes & 1 quest)!

The Chopper Edition will be available for PS3 only and is only available to purchases from GAME. To pre-order your Chopper Edition.

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Today announced that EA SPORTS FIFA 15 is bringing football to life in stunning visual detail so fans can experience the emotion and intensity of football like never before, on Xbox One, , PlayStation 4, and new this year, PC, now fuelled by EA SPORTS IGNITE. Fans who pre-order FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Edition will receive up to £30+ value of FIFA Ultimate Team content including new EA SPORTS Football Club items and game celebrations.

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With Emotional Intelligence, FIFA 15 models the emotional state of all 22 players on the pitch, giving fans a chance to experience first-hand the attitudes and personalities of the world’s best football players during a match. FIFA 15 players now have a range of emotions that evolve contextually throughout the game based on interactions with opponents and teammates. Each player has an attitude or feeling towards everyone else on the pitch and will react accordingly during the game’s events – frustration after missed passes, anger with hard tackles, and excitement when chances are taken are just some of the over 600 reaction animations that could tell the story of the game.

“We want our fans to feel the highs and lows of the drama that is football, and experience the emotional rollercoaster that plays out during a match,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer, EA SPORTS FIFA. “We’re now able to immerse you in the game and let the story of the match unfold based on new commentary, crowd activity, and the natural reactions of the players, which make every game unique.”

In FIFA 15, Authentic Player Visuals come to life on a Living Pitch where everything is alive and the turf evolves at every step, plant, or slide. For the first time ever, the FIFA development team utilized physically based rendering to bring atmospheres and players to life, further blurring the line between the virtual and real world of football. The new rendering works in combination with a new player model and rigging system to make every athlete look and feel athletic, lean, and true to their natural form. FIFA 15 is played on a Living Pitch where boots and hard slide tackles will leave their mark as each match progresses; players will get mud and dirt on their kits. Other visual details including animated LED ad boards, corner flag and goal frame movement, and realistic atmosphere conditions will keep fans immersed in the game.

“Visually, this is the biggest step the FIFA franchise has ever taken,” said David Rutter. “We set out with the goal of creating atmosphere, players, crowds, and pitches that not only look like they do on match day, but also feel like they do when you play or watch football it’s a level of immersion we’ve never been able to bring to the game before.”

Agility & Control builds on step-based locomotion and delivers an all new level of responsiveness and control to FIFA 15. Tuned player biomechanics cause players to react and move with balance and closer control when in possession of the ball. Precise steps and turns at low speed, and closer control at high speeds will give FIFA 15 fans more control and increased mobility when commanding players on the pitch. New stutters and strides let you cut, sprint, and explode out of turns, and run touch dribbling gives players’ personality that reflects their real self. A new ball physics system models ball movement depending on the spin and the precise contact with the ball. The accurate movement of the ball, combined with the control of the player brings a new level of realism to dribbles, touches, passes, and deflections in FIFA 15.

Off the ball, Man to Man Battles transforms defending in FIFA 15. Players now use full-body defending to separate their man from the ball, while possession tackles will reward great defending, helping defenders keep the ball close to their feet when a challenge is made. New shoulder barges, shirt pulling, and big fall physics allow fans to feel the battle making dispossessing opponents more rewarding than ever.

Opponents and Teammates in FIFA 15 now make decisions just like real athletes. New to FIFA 15, players now have short, medium, and long term objectives that they decide upon as a team and execute using Team Tactics. If a team is up by a goal, they might park the bus, or if they are down a goal, they might try to get it in the mixer to be more direct in attack and secure a last gasp winner. This, along with other Team Tactics and mentality choices, creates emergent and realistic gameplay moments that become part of every game.

FIFA 15 , developed at EA Canada, will release worldwide in September on PC, Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and is available for pre-order now at http://www.origin.com and other retailers. A version of FIFA 15 will also release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita

 

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