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Get ready to practice your Spinjitzu as soon as you can, because LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is due for PSVita & 3DS on 27th March. Here is the first look at the keyart for LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin.

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In LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, players will take on the role of their favourite Ninja warriors and use an array of exciting new vehicles, mechs and dragons to battle their way through the Ninjago universe. A new enemy named Ronin enters the game and has the ability to steal the memories of Ninja warriors by using the Obsidian Glaive weapon. Players must locate these weapons and retrieve their powers before Ronin succeeds in completing his evil plans.

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KOEI TECMO Europe has today announced that Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk has launched in Europe for digital download on the PlayStation Vita.

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The first part of developer Gust’s finale to the Atelier Dusk storyline in the beloved Alchemy RPG series, is replete with new features tailored to its fans with dual audio, new costumes, gameplay modes and more.

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Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk tells the tale of Ayesha Altugle, who after the death of her grandfather and the disappearance of her younger sister Nio, now lives alone blending healing cures to sell in her workshop.

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Upon seeing a vision of Nio appearing near her empty grave, Ayesha, convinced she is still alive begins her search to save her.

The enhanced PlayStation Vita version brings new features including dual audio, bosses from Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, new costumes, a hard mode and the Album missions which unlock exclusive costumes and gameplay features and the ability to change party members at any time.

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Additionally, almost all content from the original PlayStation 3 version can be carried over.

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The nostalgia loving nerds of Devolver Digital have partnered with independent developer Abstraction Games and  3D Realms to launch Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

The explosive collection includes the seminal first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D and three wildly themed expansion packs –  Duke Caribbean: Life’s a BeachDuke: Nuclear Winter, and  Duke It Out in D.C.  each with polished visuals, Cross-Play online multiplayer support, and fancy PlayStation trophies.

Duke Nukem 3D originally splashed onto the scene in 1996 with groundbreaking gameplay that blended fast-paced action, unparalleled interactivity, and some of the most memorable quips in gaming history. Duke is a one-man wrecking crew wielding everything from shrink rays to pipe bombs as he brings down an alien invasion from the streets of Los Angeles to a lunar space station.

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition will be available from tomorrow (7th January) on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita for €9.99 and will be free to download for PlayStation Plus members through January.

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Also yesterday at the PlayStation Experience 2014 keynote, a number of awesome titles were announced for the Vita. If you been thinking that the PS Vita is not getting many games then think again, Most of these games won’t be ready until sometime in 2015, fans of the original PlayStation can look forward to Suikoden and Suikoden II coming to the PlayStation Vita through the Playstation Network next week.

Bastion (2015)

The Banner Saga (2015)

Octodad Dadliest Catch (Early 2015)

Towerfall Ascension (Early 2015)

Broken Age (Early 2015)

Super TIME Force Ultra (Out early 2015)

Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Spring 2015)

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In celebration of International Ninja Day,  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced the next instalment of the LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, which comes to the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita in Spring 2015. Developed by TT Fusion, a subsidiary of TT Games, the latest LEGO handheld game delivers an untold story of the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu TV show. 

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“LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin will be the most expansive adventure game through the Ninjago universe that we have ever made to-date,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Kids will get a kick out of playing as their favourite Ninja warriors battling a new enemy with an exciting array of cool vehicles, mechs and even dragons!”

There is a new threat in Ninjago, and his name is Ronin.  With help from his army of dark samurai, Ronin steals the Ninjas’ memories using an ancient weapon called the Obsidian Glaive.  The Ninjas forget how to use their elemental powers, and it is up to the players to help them find their Obisidian weapons, regain their memories and reclaim their powers before Ronin completes his plan and releases an even greater evil on Ninjago.

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In LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin players will battle through iconic locales from the TV series, including the Ice Temple, the Toxic Bogs, and a mysterious new island, as well as visit the mountain village of Spinjago, where the Ninjas are currently training with Grand Sensei Dareth and Sensei Wu.  Using their Spinjitzu abilities, players can unleash their Ninja’s elemental power to smash their way through enemies and solve puzzles.  They can even team up and create multi-elemental builds using the Tornado of Creation.

 

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Next week The Unfinished Swan lands on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

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Sony announced that it’s coming on 28th October for $14.99 in North America. It’s a cross-buy game, so if you’ve already purchased it before, you’ll get access to both versions for free. The PS4 version has been upgraded to 1080p, to really show off its unique visual style. The game functions like a shooter, but rather than bullets you project splotches of paint that help you see your way through the all-white world.

Unfinished Swan was released back  on PlayStation 3 before. The PS4 port was announced in August, with Armature Studio handling the transition instead of the original studio, Giant Sparrow.

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Today (Thursday) a new system software update v3.30 for the PS Vita which will let you personalize the Start and Home screens, along with app icons and background music.

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A few non-game themes will be available from the start: Crystal, Four Seasons, Stitching. Game themes featuring Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Tearaway, and Freedom Wars are on the way. Both game and non-game themes will be available for purchase on the PlayStation Store.

The update will also add Trophy rarity stats, and the ability to send event files to friends to set up game dates.

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Tiny Troopers Joint Ops are Re-balanced for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Tiny Troopers Joint Ops from Wired Productions brings together all the favourite features and more from Tiny Troopers and Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops, who combined, exceeded 8 million downloads.

Tiny Troopers Joint Ops also features an exciting newly designed control scheme exclusive to PlayStation formats, as well as cross save and cross play functionality – Tiny Troopers Joint Ops is anything but small.

Take control of your miniature marines as you battle evil foes from around the world with a multitude of weapons and specialist soldiers.  Collect medals, dog tags and Intel during the course of each mission.  With over 7 hours of gun toting explosive gameplay, Tiny Troopers Joint Ops is miniature warfare on a massive scale!

Tiny Troopers Joint Ops will be available on the Playstation Network this October.

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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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