Tearaway Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tearaway RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Don't Ignore the PS Vita, There Are Some Great Niche Games out There https://www.gameskinny.com/a7v64/dont-ignore-the-ps-vita-there-are-some-great-niche-games-out-there https://www.gameskinny.com/a7v64/dont-ignore-the-ps-vita-there-are-some-great-niche-games-out-there Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

PS Vita is a legacy platform for gaming. The handheld didn't sell well due to lack of memory, and the cost of memory cards. The lack of interest killed off 1st party titles, and it suffered from an identity crisis as it contained too many features.

However, the benefit of the PS Vita was that premium games could be played on the go, which was always an interesting prospect. However, there are many people who still love the device.

There are a number of AAA titles that have been available for the PS Vita, but when you can play them on a number of other consoles, they lose their appeal. It's always more interesting to look at the more niche titles in the market. Here are a few that I highly recommended:

1) Project Diva

Project Diva is a rhythm game where the player controls a vocaloid, which are based off of a popular voice synthesizer from Japan. Player can control several different vocaloids, including, but not limited to, Miku Hatsune, Rin and Len Kagamine, and Luka. In effect, it's similar to the Rock Band games.

There are 4 different modes to the game, easy, normal, hard and extreme. The better you play, the more points you receive.  These Diva points can be spent to buff the game, at the expensive of receiving less points. Diva points can also be used to customise the character and their room.  It is a fun game, and great for a party too.

2) Tearaway

Tearaway is a third-person platformer from Media Molecule that really does utilise the very best features of the PS Vita. This includes taking pictures using the camera to add real life images into games and the back panel being used to simulate moving items around with players fingers. The touchscreen can also be used to cut materials.

In the game you play as a messenger on a mission to deliver a unique message to the player. The character is navigated through a paper world to deliver the message and there are enemies and obstacles in the way to delay the messenger. This game looks superb on the PS Vita.

3) Gravity Rush

In this is an action adventure game players control Kat, who has lost her memory, and meets a cat who provides her with the power to control gravity.  Kat uses this power for good to protect people from a gravity storm and also meets her antagonist, Raven.

All of the game mechanics revolve around manipulating gravity, allowing unique movements and navigation. The portable nature allows players to tilt the console to keep items moving, along with using the joystick and the buttons.

There are RPG elements as well, as characters level up, complete side quests, fight villains and explore the open world and new abilities are learnt. The graphics are cel-shaded, which look very appealing and unique when compared to photo realistic games.

4) Luminous Arc Infinity

This is a tactical role playing game, with turn based battles taking place on a grid. Characters called The Nine Pillars of Lapis rule over the world and maintain its order. They use magical power to ensure the world remains preserved. Once a year, there is a special ceremony for Imperial Rites, where people gather to meet the Emperor, but things take a sinister turn when the Amadeus group arrive to derail proceedings.

Players control the protagonist Seed and ensure that he enjoys his everyday life. There are battle briefings, so players choose which character they take along to battle and customise the character's abilities. Battles are turn based and action timings are dependent upon the commands selected during the turn. There is the character's "after break," where the player can get to know characters better, communicate with them, and deepen the bond and understanding of the character.

Luminous Arc Infinity is a great portable RPG on the PS Vita and definitely fits into its intended audience.

5) Chronovolt

This is a puzzle platformer with a steampunk twist. The villainous Scabious has stolen Professor Chase's blueprints and the Chronosphere, which he plans to use for nefarious purposes. There is an element of mental aptitude necessary to complete the puzzles and to complete them quickly enough to be top of the leader board.  

Through manipulating the Chronosphere, players can speed and slow time and send people into other dimensions.  The game has some beautiful locations, including forests and ancient Chinese architecture.

Players control the Chronosphere, guiding it through levels utilising the Vita's touch sensitive motion controls, while using the buttons to navigate the in-game camera . The touch screen menu works extremely well and if players want to improve then there is a great opportunity for replayability.

The PS Vita is now more or less obsolete. So, why bother acquiring AAA games when there is such a wealth of beautiful, slightly more obscure games out there that are excellent and worthy of playing? Don't trade in your Vita just yet, the tactile nature of the Vita and the incredible OLED screen alone make it worthwhile. Paired with the incredible amount of independent games available, it is an excellent item for a whole range of niche games.  But here are many more examples of great Vita games.

What are your niche games you loved on the PS Vita? Go ahead and share them in the comments!

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10 Games Every PSVita Owner Needs https://www.gameskinny.com/ica0m/10-games-every-psvita-owner-needs https://www.gameskinny.com/ica0m/10-games-every-psvita-owner-needs Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:33:15 -0400 Donald Strohman

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1. Uncharted: Golden Abyss

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There's a reason Uncharted has always been a system seller. From the first game in Drake's Fortune, Naughty Dog captured the thrills of what it means to be a treasure hunter. Fighting mercenaries and pirates after the same treasure as you, betrayal after betrayal, and a wise cracking smart ass to follow along the way -- what more would you need in an exploration game?

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With the series' success, developer Sony Bend decided to bring the series over to the PS Vita, and with it spawned the system's killer app. Combining all of the best elements the series had to offer on the PlayStation 3, Uncharted: Golden Abyss absolutely needs to be in every Vita owner's collection. Beautiful graphics, smart dialogue and story, treasure hunting expeditions, it's all here and at home on the PlayStation Vita. It also serves as a great appetizer if you haven't gotten your hands on the fantastic Uncharted 4 just yet.

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Regardless of all ten of the games on this list, the PS Vita is definitely a system worth owning. Perhaps its introduction to the market was too late, but these great titles prove that, despite being abandoned by Sony, it wasn't without its place in the world. And anyone who hasn't quite made the jump yet, we hope this list helps sway you into snatching one up. 

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Did we miss one of your favorites on the PlayStation Vita? Are you a fan on the system and agree it's greatness was too short lived? Be sure to comment below and tell us how you feel about Sony's powerhouse handheld!

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2. Killzone: Mercenary

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Sure, maybe dark dreary space shooters have become the norm in today's market, but Killzone has always been a step above the rest thanks to its fun multiplayer and pushing hardware to its limits. Such is the case with Killzone: Mercenary, which sets itself as one of the PlayStation Vita's best looking, habit forming shooters period.

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Completing missions is bolstered by its fast-paced gameplay that rewards the player in combining kills and performing execution melee attacks. And as masochistic as it sounds, Killzone's death moves are likely some of the most fun ones to date. Every owner of the PS Vita needs to give this game a try, as it serves to be the best FPS the system ever offered to its fan base. 

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3. Tearaway

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From Media Molecule, the creators of Little Big Planet, Tearaway has to be one of the most beautiful and outstanding platforming games to ever grace the video game market. With paper inspired graphics that look like something out of a child's imagination, Tearaway benefits not only from an incredible art style, but also how well it implements the PS Vita's capabilities.

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With gameplay elements that utilize the twin touch screens and gyroscope, Tearaway was perfect proof of what the system was capable of. It's just a shame the Vita didn't last long enough to see more phenomenal titles such as this. 

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4. Gravity Rush

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Sure, this title was eventually ported to the PlayStation 4 (as a way to keep the series alive before the announcement of Gravity Rush 2,) but it's hard to argue that this title truly belongs on the PS Vita handheld system first and foremost.

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Utilizing the PSVita's gyroscope for air combat and puzzles, Gravity Rush was an incredibly inventive and original title to befall Sony's system. With the ability to manipulate and bend the environment to your whim, you'd be hard pressed in finding anything quite like Gravity Rush. It's also great seeing that Japan Studio hasn't given up on the series just yet in bringing it to the PlayStation 4, but it certainly would have been nicer to see it keep the Vita alive. 

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5. Little Big Planet Vita

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A staple in the Sony brand ever since it was conceived for the PlayStation 3, Little Big Planet gave players the freedom to create any level they wanted, all they were limited by was their imagination. So what better way to expand an already great game than by porting it to a powerhouse handheld with a touchscreen to help create levels more freely?

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Sackboy managed to find a great home on the PS Vita, thanks to the acclaim it received from players and critics alike. Even if you already have Little Big Planet on your PS3 or PS4, be sure to check this one out too, I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

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6. Unit 13

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Oh Zipper Interactive, how we miss thee. You gave us some of the best tactical shooters any gamer could have ever asked for. You also happened to give us an addictive third person shooter with Unit 13, a sort of spiritual successor to your beloved SOCOM franchise.

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Containing some of the most thrilling tactical shooting any handheld could ever offer, Unit 13 managed to be a great last hurrah from Zipper Interactive before having to close its doors in 2012. If you happen to see this title sitting on a game store shelf somewhere, do yourself a favor and pick it up. If not for the fun missions or exhilarating shooting, do it for the memory of Zipper. 

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7. Soul Sacrifice

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Easily one of the greatest strengths of the RPG genre are the magical worlds we get explore throughout them. And in the case of Japan Studio's Soul Sacrifice, that world can occasionally be outright terrifying.

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The basic game mechanic of the game is the ability for the player to sacrifice parts of the protagonist's body to unleash destructive attacks. These sacrifices will then be permanently slashed onto the character's body, indicating they are not an unlimited resource to be tapped into. Thanks to its plethora of disturbing-looking creatures and interesting mythos, Soul Sacrifice is one of the system's finest RPG games to date. 

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8. Wipeout 2048

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Wipeout remains one of Sony's longest lasting racing franchises to date, receiving at least one new game on every one of Sony's platforms (currently excluding the PlayStation 4.)

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Released as a launch title for the PlayStation Vita, this futuristic, anti-gravity racing combines high speeds and ridiculous tracks to keep the thrills lasting for all who choose to play. It still remains as one of the system's highest praised racing titles, and anyone looking for some racing mechanics and beautiful graphics will most definitely find it here. 

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9. Freedom Wars

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Most of the new games arriving on Sony's latest handheld have largely been JRPG games. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, but you will occasionally find one that actually makes for an excellent system seller.

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Enter Freedom Wars, an addictive role playing game that combines gun-play and strategy to take down larger scale enemies. Not only does this game provide plenty for players to accomplish in its 30+ hours of campaign length, but it was also the second highest selling game for the PSVita in Japan! You know a game must be worth checking out if an entire country appears to appreciate it. 

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10. Lumines Electronic Symphony

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This long-running puzzle series first found its place on the original PSP, so it only seems fitting one of Lumines' eventual sequels would find a home on the PSP's younger brother. Lumines Electronic Symphony carries over the addictive gameplay with an all new soundtrack devoted to original electric beats.

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If you find yourself in need of a challenging puzzle game on a handheld system, or just have been a long time fan of the series, you definitely can't go wrong here! 

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Oh, the PS Vita -- the little handheld that just quite couldn't. Despite being the most powerful gaming handheld during its release, Sony couldn't quite get the PlayStation Vita rolling, thanks to Nintendo handhelds and smartphones becoming most people's go-to mobile gaming systems. However, those who did fork out the dough for what is likely to be Sony's last handheld system, did manage to find some great games that made the system worth owning. 

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So while the PS Vita's future certainly appears muggy, it did manage to get a substantial fan-base during its golden days, and many of its owners will defend the handheld, despite its less than stellar performance in the market, as being "too much too soon" in today's smartphone dominated market. So if you're still interested in purchasing a PS Vita, or are looking to dust it off once more, here are ten games every owner of the system needs to play.

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Tearaway Unfolded to be released on the PS4 this September https://www.gameskinny.com/n5ecl/tearaway-unfolded-to-be-released-on-the-ps4-this-september https://www.gameskinny.com/n5ecl/tearaway-unfolded-to-be-released-on-the-ps4-this-september Sun, 14 Jun 2015 08:30:02 -0400 girlwonder

The revised version of the PS Vita gem that was released in 2013 is making its way to the PS4 on September 8, 2015. Tearaway Unfolded is an adorable adventure platformer with a unique art style. This game will make use of the DualShock 4 controller in new and inventive ways.

Check out the trailer for the PS4 presented at Gamescom 2014:

If you pre-order Tearaway Unfolded, you will recieve the crafted edition! There will be plenty of fun bonuses included in this edition. You will recieve a shiny Gold Leaf and a shining Gold Stamp to wear on your messenger during your adventure. You also will have access to exclusive God of War and Journey costumes to wear as well.

But that's not all, folks. You also recieve eight custom decorations from the following games:

  • Lemmings
  • Gravity Rush
  • No Man's Sky
  • The Order: 1886
  • God of War
  • Infamous
  • The Last of Us
  • Killzone 

Plus two papercraft plans for Sackboy and Baby Wendigo and a pig crown. To top it all off, they're throwing in the official Tearaway Unfolded soundtrack that'll feature all of the orginal tracks from the game.

Tearaway Unfolded will be on sale for $39.99 and pre-orders are up now! Grab yourseld a copy of the crafted edition and prepare yourself for a very crafty adventure.

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15 Best PS Vita Exclusive Games https://www.gameskinny.com/yclfi/15-best-ps-vita-exclusive-games https://www.gameskinny.com/yclfi/15-best-ps-vita-exclusive-games Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:03:28 -0400 Farrel Nobel

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Tearaway

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You all knew this one was coming at some point in this list. Tearaway is arguably one of THE BEST games on Sony's handheld. Period. It's a game that's made for everyone.

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What makes this game so interesting and so much fun is the claymation-esque and paper-like aesthetic to the game. The way the game uses everything the Vita has to offer from the front touch screen, front and rear cameras and even the rear touch pad just showcases how great and, more importantly, fun games on the Vita can - AND SHOULD - be. 

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Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remastered

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It was a good move porting this PS2 classic to Sony's Vita. It allowed long-time fans of the Final Fantasy series to play one of the series' best games on their handheld, with enhanced graphics and other oh-so-sweet remastered soundtrack. If you even have the slightest interest in trying out JRPGs, or just RPGs in general, Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD is the way to go. 

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Gravity Rush

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Gravity Rush is a game about a superhero who can bend and shift the laws of gravity allowing her to do things superheroes do.. like fly and kill bad guys. 

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The beautiful setting and how it manages to successfully combine the essence of western superheroes with a JRPG setting and mechanics sets this game apart from all the other exclusives out there. It might not have the best looking graphics but the story, characters, and gameplay are what you come to this game for. 

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Soul Sacrifice Delta

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Soul Sacrifice Delta is more than another action adventure game. One of the mechanics that makes this game unique to others is its "save" or "sacrifice" option, where you could sacrifice people to gain more experience points or save them to have them fight alongside them. The choice is not as simple as you think. 

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This is one Vita exclusive that we'll definitely be seeing more of in the future. 

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Muramasa Rebirth

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This port from the Wii came long after it's original and has been a success on the Vita. With it's great art style and even more impressive combat, Muramasa Rebirth compliments Vita's catalogue of exclusives well adding another incentive for non-Vita owners to consider getting one. 

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Take part in this 20-hour journey that takes place in Japan during the age of demons and mystical blades.

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Dragon's Crown

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Dragon's Crown is arguably one of the best action adventure games on the PS Vita. Don't let the 2D nature of this game fool you, gorgeous hand-drawn characters and environments and it's plethora of quests and other things to do in this game make Dragon's Crown a must have for any Vita owner.

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Did I mention there's 4 player co-op? 

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Guacamelee!

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It might not be exclusive, but I included Guacamelee! in this list because of how essential this game is to the Vita experience. 

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Equipped with wrestling moves like the suplex and piledriver, help Juan save El Presidente's daughter from the clutches of evil in this gorgeous and quirky adventure. It's got nice combat, great looking dungeons, and an art style like no other. 

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Sound Shapes

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It might look like another indie puzzler and it might also be available on the PS3 and PS4, but trust me, Sound Shapes is a game that's meant to be played for the Vita. It hits all the right notes with it's pick up and play feel to the whole game. 

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Complete the challenging levels that blend platforming and music into gameplay. This is one game you're going to want to have on the go. 

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Ragnarok Odyssey Ace

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Remember that one crazy successful MMORPG Ragnarok Online? Yeah, those were the good ol' days. 

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Well, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace isn't quite the same thing. It takes on more of a Monster Hunter aesthetic where you hunt together with friends to take down huge beasts, and craft newer and better weapons and armor. 

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In a nutshell, imagine Monster Hunter but in a Ragnarok Online re-skin. Pair up with 3 other friends and go nuts!

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited

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If you miss the days of tactical tile-based strategy games then you might want to look into Disgaea 4. It's everything you want out of a strategy RPG. The combat system is deep, even grinding is actually fun to do, the characters are funny and lovable, the story is quirky and filled with comical dialogue and the gameplay is challenging. 

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It's a strategy RPG gamer's dream all in one cartridge. 

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Wipeout 2048

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One thing that I'd like to see on the Vita because it would go well as an on-the-go type of game is racing games. 

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And what better racer than Wipeout 2048 for said game. This futuristic ship racer takes full advantage of the Vita's graphical capabilities. The controls are tight, visuals look beautiful and the maps look amazing. This is probably the best racing game on the Vita. 

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Tales of Hearts R

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Finally, a Tales of game comes to Sony's Handheld and a pretty good-looking one at that. For those who may not know. Tales of Hearts R is a reimagining of it's Nintendo DS version all complete with a 3D world where you can run around the battle map. No more left-and-right-only situations! 

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If you're looking for a good JRPG game, Tales of Hearts R is one worth looking into. 

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OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

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Perhaps you don't enjoy huge AAA titles that try to do too many things to make the best out of the PS Vita's hardware; that's where you'll get hooked with OlliOlli2.  

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This is a new take on the skateboarding game genre that requires your complete attention and focus. Truly enjoying this game's gameplay is about pulling off the sickest stunts and getting that perfect landing after a long chain of moves. The controls are sharp, gameplay is tight and extremely fun. 

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Uncharted: Golden Abyss

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Golde Abyss is your chance as a PS Vita owner to play as Nathan Drake on the go. This installment of the successful series by Naughty Dog explores the origin story leading up to the first Uncharted title of the trilogy. It doesn't look anywhere as good as the PS3 titles, but it looks pretty darn gorgeous for a handheld game. 

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Persona 4 Golden

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If you didn't get the chance to play this game on the PS2 then the PS Vita counterpart will serve you just fine. Go through the life of a new high school kid while exploring secret dungeons collecting different personas. The story is great with some good voice acting. A solid JRPG experience indeed. 

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It's 2015 and you just bought a Vita huh? Or maybe you think you skipped some good gems? Here's THE list of the PS Vita exclusive (or PlayStation systems exclusive) games you could consider playing if you've got the handheld.

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I do have to note that there isn't suppose to be any particular order to this list so please refrain from going nuts if I didn't put your favorite game in the top 5 or so. And feel free to comment below on the games that I missed, or games you feel should be on this list. 

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What You Should Do With Your PS Vita https://www.gameskinny.com/c0c5g/what-you-should-do-with-your-ps-vita https://www.gameskinny.com/c0c5g/what-you-should-do-with-your-ps-vita Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:38:36 -0400 Farrel Nobel

Ahh yes, the PlayStation Vita. So much hope, so much hype, and as expected, it doesn't match up to consumer expectations. (Those expectations weren't even really high, mind you.)

The Vita debuted back in 2012 with big ambitions. Launch titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Killzone were supposed to be the cannonball dive that Sony needed to jump back into handheld market. Sadly, although these were very good games for the PS Vita (amongst other notables like Gravity Rush and Tearaway), this cannonball dive turns out to be just a tiny splash on Nintendo's radar. 

The 3DS is the main competitor for Sony's handheld system, and the odds are heavily against them. The 3DS has amounted a vast catalogue of games, and not just Mario & Luigi ones either. There was Bravely Default, Fire Emblem: Awakening and the classic Mario Kart 7. Sony's handheld tried to put up a fight with some great titles like Uncharted and Persona 4. But sadly, I just don't think it's enough. 

I'm not writing this to take a cheap shot at Vita owners and tell them their product is a failure. I myself have owned and played the Vita quite a lot, and finished their good games within a few months. Sadly, after the wave of good Vita exclusives passed, there wasn't much else for the handheld. Most of the JRPGs are all in Japanese, and the PlayStation Plus service didn't really crank out any worthwhile games for the Vita either.

         

Hell, the new Tales of Hearts R is just a (pretty good) remaster/remake of the DS version of the same game.

I really wanted to like the Vita, I really did. I was hyped up to play the games it had to offer. And honestly, I had a good time with them. I'm sure that I made the Vita's asking price worth it with the (unfortunately limited) number of games that made Vita stand out. And if anyone is thinking about getting one, I would recommend it to them only if they want to play the exclusive games. Frankly, all their other games, especially the indie titles, are all just ports from another platform (mostly PC and mobile). Perhaps if there were more Vita-only games, the system would be more successful. 

So what should you do with it?

 The answer for me was simple. Trade the Vita for a 3DS. There just weren't enough original Vita games to keep me invested. If you've played Vita games like Persona 4, Final Fantasy X/X-2, Uncharted, Tearaway, Gravity Rush, (which is coming to the PS4, another blow to the Vita) Dragon's Crown and Borderlands 2, then you've experienced the best that the Vita has to offer. Everything else is just indie games that you could probably play on your PS4, or PC. 

I know it sounds like I'm hating on Sony's handheld, but I'm just trying to help gamers make good decisions for their entertainment.

I'm sorry (but not sorry) to all the Vita owners who disagree with me, and if you believe the Vita's an awesome handheld with plenty of great games to come, then good for you. But I'm betting I'm not the only one who has bought the PS Vita and is disappointed with the lack of content compared to the 3DS. I just had the sense to recognize when I've made a bad purchase and need to make a change. I hope all you gamers can too. 

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Underrated, Thy Name is Vita https://www.gameskinny.com/e9cam/underrated-thy-name-is-vita https://www.gameskinny.com/e9cam/underrated-thy-name-is-vita Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:16:10 -0500 Matt Whittaker

In many circles, the PlayStation Vita bears a dark reputation as “the handheld with no games.”

Don’t get me wrong, the amount of blockbuster first and third party exclusives on the system is definitely lacking compared to the much more popular Nintendo 3DS. However, when one takes a look at the entire library on the Vita, its “gameless” reputation simply doesn’t hold water.

I will preface the rest of this opinion piece by flat out saying:

The PlayStation Vita is a failure compared to the 3DS in terms of sales figures.

As of February 22nd, 2014, the Vita sold 7 million units worldwide (according to vgchartz) compared to 43.2 million 3DS units. That is not a typo folks, the Vita has sold less than 1/6 the units the 3DS has sold (the 3DS has almost a year of market-time more than the Vita, but just by looking at the numbers that’s irrelevant). Sony definitely has some serious work to do if they hope to sell even 20 million units by the end of the Vita’s cycle.

While the numbers paint a heinously hideous picture, one simply has to spend a few hours with the Vita to fall in love with the quirky device.

I often find myself playing a major console title and a smaller Vita title concurrently, and I find myself enjoying each game more when I do this. I love AAA console titles for their narratives, scale, graphics, and gameplay; I love Vita titles for their quirkiness, challenge, stress on gameplay over cinematic experience, and portability. I don’t feel the need to play mobile games, as the mobile experiences on Vita are greater than any mobile game I’ve experienced. I am able to satisfy any touchscreen gaming urge I may have (which is maybe once every, I don’t know, millennium), and have the tight, button-based, precision controls I demand from skill based gameplay.

While I feel that everyone who is serious about gaming should have either a console or a gaming PC (don’t worry Master Race, I have your back), a handheld can greatly compliment the games you play on your main system. In terms of accessing the type of handheld content I personally enjoy (opinion alert!), the Vita is the ideal handheld system.

It has fantastic games.

One of the five greatest games I have ever played (Persona 4: Golden) is a Vita exclusive

One of the five greatest games I have ever played (Persona 4: Golden) is a Vita exclusive. I love a well-designed JRPG (as my undying love of the Pokémon series can attest to), so this urge was satisfied by the eighty plus hours I spent with Persona 4: Golden.

If a platformer isn’t going to be ultra-challenging, then I feel it needs to be super charming and quirky. Both Tearaway and Little Big Planet: Vita satisfy this bizarre personal requirement of mine. I am in the camp that firmly believes Tearaway should be packaged with every Vita, as no other title has perfectly demonstrated every feature of the system without feeling gimmicky.

What really stood out about Tearaway, and made it one of my favorite handheld titles of all timewas the way the player was incorporated into the beautiful paper-craft universe. The front camera is used to place the face of the player, charmingly known as “The You,” into the paper world’s sun. If something “scary” (placed in quotations because no sane human will be scared by Tearaway) was happening, I made a scared face. If something joyous was happening, I smiled. This level of emotional interaction added a depth to the game that could not be accomplished without the Vita hardware. 

Little Big Planet: Vita is the definitive entry in the aforementioned series. The precision platforming, combined with the touch and gyro controls, makes the gameplay a joy. If you are a fan of Little Big Planet and haven’t played the Vita version, you are doing yourself a great injustice.

The excellent content on the PlayStation Vita certainly doesn’t come close to ending here.

Want a cinematic, console-esque experience on a handheld? Uncharted: Golden Abyss should be right up your alley (it was the closest thing to a “console game” I’ve ever played on a handheld).

Want to play a sports game? (I sure don’t, but that’s a conversation for a different day.) One can find the acclaimed FIFA and Madden titles in the PlayStation Store.

Want a solid shooter? The grossly underrated Unit 13 will satisfy both first and third person shooting needs, and Killzone: Mercenary will allow players to play a quality first person shooter title online.

Bizarre Japanese visual novels that consistently make you question your sanity more your thing? Look no further than the truly strange Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

All of these games can be great fun, but where I find the greatest enjoyment is in the wealth of quality indie titles available for download (which is definitely the ideal way to get your games on the system).

I could begin naming them, but I’ll be here until I’m 40.

The Vita has had a small revolution as the “indie-system,” and this could not be more true. As I have previously written, indie games are the best place to go if you are looking for developers that take risks in their games.

All of the quirky things you love about indies are beyond present on the Vita, and the tight controls and gorgeous screen allow you to experience them at their best. With PlayStation Plus, one will get a couple of excellent games every month for free, and tons of discounts of the extensive indies available. Because of this, PlayStation makes it affordable to access the incredible lineup on the Vita (once the still annoyingly high cost of entry is paid, mind you).

Obviously this article is completely opinion-based, one could absolutely detest indies and non-Nintendo handhelds.

All I can say is that if you get the chance to fool around with a few quirky games on the PlayStation Vita, I’d be surprised if you didn’t find at least a little joy.

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Our BAFTA Games Awards Predictions: GTAV https://www.gameskinny.com/4wbp6/our-bafta-games-awards-predictions-gtav https://www.gameskinny.com/4wbp6/our-bafta-games-awards-predictions-gtav Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:46:07 -0500 Destrolyn.Bechgeddig

It’s almost time for one of the biggest games awards in the industry, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Games Awards. This prestigious organisation, who also host one of the world’s most prestigious film awards outside of the Oscars, started recognising achievement in video games in its own separate ceremony in 2003. 

This year’s list of nominations don’t really contain many surprises, as 2013 was a stupendous year for video games. But this also means that almost all categories are tightly contested, and trying to predict a winner in each will be tricky. However, we’re going to predicted which awards Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV) might and might not win.

This game has swept up awards across the globe, and there’s no real reason it shouldn’t also do so here, especially as it has raked in no less than NINE nominations.

What It Should Win 

Best Game in 2014

http://www.rockstargames.com/V/It will be very surprising if GTAV doesn’t win this. Yes, there’s some very stiff competition from the likes of The Last of Us and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, but the financial figures and metacritic scores unequivocally makes this the most successful game of all time. 

Action & Adventure

Again, for this is almost a shoe-in for Rockstar’s masterpiece for the same reasons it’s likely to win Best Game in 2014. 

Best British Game in 2014

Despite the series revelling in hallmark American gangster culture, it often surprises everyone that the game is actually 100% British. It’s a shame to see other great British games like Tearaway and LEGO Marvel Superheroes lose out in this category, but what chance do they have? 

What It Might Not Win 

Game Innovation

http://tearaway.mediamolecule.com/This isn’t to say that GTAV isn’t at all innovative. The ability to switch between protagonists at any point between missions, to join them in whatever they might be doing, was something definitely different to how mainstream titles have dealt with character development and narrative progression. 

However, games such as Tearaway made more marked achievements in experimenting with controls and interface. Furthermore, Papers, Please, in its bold remit of being a harsh and unwieldy document simulator, has become one of the most absorbing and surprising games of last year, and therefore most likely to win this category. 

Multiplayer

Multiplayer has been a great addition to GTAV, but it’s not its star quality. When you pit it against the hotly anticipated Dota 2 and the runaway success of World of Tanks, it just doesn’t stack up. 

Story in 2014

http://en.wikipedia.org/Again, whilst GTAV’s story is great, there are just some games that have done much better. The Last of Us is undoubtedly one of the strongest contenders in this category, with its gripping character development and brutally down to earth take of the old hatchet that is zombie survival horror games. 

However, we think that it’s the indie underdogs that might just clinch the prize. Davey Wreden’s unforgiving and sardonic The Stanley Parable was groundbreaking in sending up game design as well as the entire industry. Whilst Gone Home was also groundbreaking for it’s complete lack of linear narrative, with the game experience relying solely on exploration of back story.

Performer in 2014

Kevan BrightingThis is most difficult category to predict. But what we will say is that GTAV's Steven Ogg, who voiced Trevor Phillips, is probably the least likely to pick up this award. When you're up against The Narrator from The Stanley Parable (Kevan Brighting, pictured), Jodie from Beyond: Two Souls (Ellen Page), Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite (Courtnee Draper), and both Joel and and Ellie from The Last of Us (Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson), you've not got much of a chance.

For a full list of nominations for the BAFTA Games Awards 2014, visit http://awards.bafta.org/award/2014/games.

For more information about GTAV, visit www.rockstargames.com/V.

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Tearaway Review https://www.gameskinny.com/gg09i/tearaway-review https://www.gameskinny.com/gg09i/tearaway-review Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:39:43 -0500 Destrolyn.Bechgeddig

The PlayStation (PS) Vita hasn't exactly been the most succesful handheld console of all time; far from it. The reason is that it never really had a great console-defining game to play on it. But thanks to Media Molecule, the minds behind Little Big Planet, that game has finally been made and it's called Tearaway.

In a year that has seen pirates, gangsters, a new generation of consoles, and other games pushing the boundaries of storytelling and how we define gaming, the sheer wealth of creativity and imagination that has poured into Tearaway manages to make it stand out even among the most bedazzling of 2013's behemoths.

Child's Play

It's hard to imagine that a game that is clearly aimed at children has managed to woo a dedicated adult gaming crowd such as us and countless others. By all accounts, there isn't much reason why it should. In essence Tearaway is essentially a basic platformer game. And even then, it's not particularly difficult. There's never a "game over", and even if you die you respawn pretty close by without loosing what progress you've made before your untimely demise.

But that's not to say the game is without challenge. You can just breeze through the game without so much of a snag. If you want to find some the hidden extras, be forewarned that the many of them will push your agility and patience to the limit, and possibly the durability of the PS Vita!

So if the basic gameplay isn't much to write home about, why is this game so great?

All Hands (and Fingers) On Deck!

http://tearaway.mediamolecule.com/

One of the great things that is interesting about the game, and keeps it interesting, is the variety of interaction techniques that you have to employ to play it. Media Molecule have made great work at using all aspects of the PS Vita's interactive features, mainly the tilt control, front touch screen, and touch sensitive back. The front and back facing built-in cameras are also used to lesser extent, but still play a significant part of the game and goes a long way in adding a real sense of wonder and whimsy. Actually playing the game in these various new ways will keep you intrigued throughout, constantly surprising and challenging you like few other consoles have before.

However, this does also contribute to the scintilla of criticism we can give. Sometimes tilting the handset or trying to interact with the touch-sensitive back is fiddly and awkward. But for 90% of the time, it works really well. There's also the usual complaint about frustrating camera pans, but that's something that gaming as a whole still hasn't managed to get right.

Welcome to the Fold

The most wonderful part of the game is the paper art world that Media Molecule have created. It's bright, it's colorful, and its unnecessarily charming. In an era where we've seen graphics become more finely tuned towards super-realism, actual ingenuity and creativity in creating something so bold and unique has not been seen in mainstream gaming for some time, bucking the trend of games merely bettering what they've already achieved.

"[The] actual ingenuity and creativity in creating something so bold and unique has not been seen in mainstream gaming for some time, bucking the trend of games merely bettering what they've already achieved."

The game's world is constantly unexpected. Everything from how rushing water and the wind are simulated using virtual bits of paper to just the entire look and feel is just astonishing. It's been a while since a game has managed to visually excite players into immersing themselves in the game's world and arouse a sense of wanton exploration and discovery. It's simply some of the most beautiful and original game artwork we've seen, and it captivates because of it. Couple that with a sense of fun and humour that's part child-like and part anarchic, and the world comes alive with a gleeful and unshakeable energy.

Overall

What's more, by restoring the colour to people and objects in-game using your character's camera gives you access to printable plans to make your own paper figurines (as pictured). It gives you a reason to go back into the game upon initial play-through and strive towards 100% completion, not that you'll really need much encouragement to do so.

We're very glad that Tearaway has not only met our expectations since our first encounter with it at Eurogamer Expo 2013, but exceeded them. Notably, the graphics now look really great, even on the small (but generous, for a handheld) screen that is the PS Vita. Put along with out a great and unexpectedly intelligent narrative and some great pacing and repeatability, it's an insanely delightful and fuzzy-feeling inducing game.

"If you play this and fail to grin uncontrollably, you probably should get yourself checked out by a doctor."

We'll repeat what we said about it back in September 2013:

"If you play this and fail to grin uncontrollably, you probably should get yourself checked out by a doctor."

Tearaway is available to buy for the PS Vita now. For more information about the game, visit http://tearaway.mediamolecule.com. 

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UK Retailer Zavvi Threatens Customers Who Got Free PS Vita by Mistake https://www.gameskinny.com/cx8ri/uk-retailer-zavvi-threatens-customers-who-got-free-ps-vita-by-mistake https://www.gameskinny.com/cx8ri/uk-retailer-zavvi-threatens-customers-who-got-free-ps-vita-by-mistake Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:27:56 -0500 JohnHeatz

Due to some mistake on the side of UK retailer Zavvi, some customers got a free PS Vita with their Tearaway pre-order, even when they had only pre-ordered the game.

This happened back in October, when Tearaway was released, as Zavvi had two separate pre-orders for it: one being exclusively the game, for £19.99, and the other one being a bundle which brought a PS Vita and Tearaway together for £169.99. In a warehouse confusion, customers who ordered only the game, got the full bundle, saving well over £100.

As soon as the retailer noticed the huge mistake they did, they started to contact the lucky customers, requesting for them to send back the goods they got due to this mistake:

"We are very sorry to inform you that due to an error in our warehouse we have dispatched the incorrect product. We are contacting you in order for us to arrange a collection of the incorrect item which is on the way to you"

That's what the email customers got from Zavvi said.

With this message, most of these lucky customers got to do some research about what the law says when it comes to these sort of situations, so they replied by quoting the following consumers' information:

"The Distance Selling Regulations are very clear on this. If you’ve been sent unsolicited goods, you are entitled to treat them as an unconditional gift and do with them as you choose. You are not required to keep them for any amount of time and you are certainly not required to pay for them. Any attempt to demand payment (by threatening means or otherwise) is unlawful"

Based on this quote, many customers decided to simply not return what they got due to Zavvi's mistake, unleashing the wrath of the retailer, as it was decided to threaten these customers through this letter:

It is even reported by DarkZero that some customers are getting a lot of spam from Zavvi, reminding them that they "must" return the goods they mistakenly got, going to the point of it being through hourly emails.

What would you do if you were one of these customers? Would you return the goods?

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Handheld Gaming: How the 3DS and PS Vita Are Changing Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/ksjnq/handheld-gaming-how-the-3ds-and-ps-vita-are-changing-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/ksjnq/handheld-gaming-how-the-3ds-and-ps-vita-are-changing-gaming Thu, 05 Dec 2013 02:53:03 -0500 Brian Armstrong

My daughter used to ask if she could play some games on my iPhone when we had some time to kill, and I didn't have much of a problem with that because it gave me a good excuse to pull out my PlayStation Vita. But lately, she's been more interested in seeing what I'm doing on the Vita, and her attention, as well as my own, has shifted from mobile games back to the true handheld console gaming platforms.

Thank You, Nintendo

While I don't own a Nintendo 3DS, I do keep a close eye on what they're up to, and this year, the system killed it. The recent The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. It has taken attention away from the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. Obviously, those are selling just fine, but the simple fact that, during the launch window of these two systems, people all over the internet have been talking about how they can't put down their 3DS is amazing. 

Thank You, Sony

Similarly, the PS Vita has resurged thanks to the smart integration with the PlayStation 4, which allows gamers to remote play their PS4 games on their handheld from across the house. Additionally, some remarkable and critically acclaimed titles have released on the system in the last few months which have breathed new life into the handheld device. Tearaway, Ys: Memories of Celceta, and Rainbow Moon have Vita owners ecstatic with their system.

What's the Impact?

So what does this mean in the big picture? PS4 and Xbox One are dominating headlines and websites all over the world, and rightfully so. Both systems are amazing and have impressive launch titles, but strangely enough, they aren't the only story. The 3DS and Vita are experiencing more popularity than ever before; especially the Vita, written off as a dying console by many. But with those new titles and PS4 integration, it seems like the Vita just might be making a bit of a comeback.

Personally, this excites me. I remember fondly the days of the original Gameboy and eventually when I got a Sega Game Gear. These two handheld systems were a huge part of my childhood, and are responsible for some of my favorite gaming memories. Tetris, Final Fantasy, Sonic the Hedgehog, Castle of Illusion, and many others were the focus of my gaming for years. Now that there are two strong handheld consoles available again, I'm starting to get incredibly nostalgic. 

Can This Feeling Last?

Has handheld gaming simply hit a high note amidst a mediocre song? Will 2014's impressive list of next-gen titles destroy any momentum the 3DS and Vita have right now? For the sake of gamers everywhere, I certainly hope not. Gaming is better when there are many excellent choices available. Having a great console in the 3DS means Sony can't throw crappy software at the Vita and expect it to sell just because they're Sony.

Likewise, Microsoft can't half-ass their online service because Sony's PS Plus is such a clear winner when it comes to giving away free games and discounts. The competition forces companies to really invest the time, money, and energy into making each system the very best it can be. 

When game developers and console makers push for excellence, it can only mean good things for the gamers. Competition is the best way to motivate companies to put forth their best product, and it certainly seems like everyone is taking this seriously.

So the next time my daughter wants to play a game on my Vita, I suppose I'll have to let her. I'm certainly not interested in going back to one of the more generic, boring iOS games I played for a while, so perhaps it's time to finally consider shelling out for a 3DS as well. That way, my daughter and I can play games together; both of us on good systems, and she can learn the joys of gaming the same way I did: on the small screen.

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Buy Tearaway Before December 3 and Recieve Awesome Swag https://www.gameskinny.com/cjub8/buy-tearaway-before-december-3-and-recieve-awesome-swag https://www.gameskinny.com/cjub8/buy-tearaway-before-december-3-and-recieve-awesome-swag Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:32:12 -0500 The Ian M

The developers behind the Little Big Planet franchise, Media Molecule, have recently released Tearaway for the PS Vita, it's awesome! If you buy it before December 3 2013, you get awesome stuff! Stuff like:

  • A custom PS Vita Homescreen Wallpaper
  • The Tearaway Soundtrack
  • Bonus Track
  • Iota and Atoi sackboy costumes for Little Big Planet 2, Little Big Planet Vita, and Little Big Planet Karting
  • Iota and Atoi PSN Avatars
  • Piggy Papercraft and custom skin 

You can download the Sountrack on your PS Vita or PS3 but the PSN Iota and Atoi avatars must be downloaded via PS3. The Piggy papercraft is tied to your tearaway.me papercraft account and can be accessed there. 

For those of you that haven't heard, Tearaway is a PS Vita exclusive that was originally due out in October but was delayed to November 22. Set in a world made entirely of paper, staring you and a pair of mysterious narrators as you guide your messenger through a thrilling and exciting story. 

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New Tearaway Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/0eani/new-tearaway-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/0eani/new-tearaway-trailer Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:04:05 -0500 The Ian M

Coming soon from Little Big Planet developer, Media Molecule, is the PlayStation Vita exclusive, Tearaway. The game was made with the Vita's interesting features in mind, including the rear touchpad, gyroscope, microphone and touch screen.

Set in a unique world of paper, Tearaway looks very interesting and is actually one of the reasons why I purchased a PS Vita. 

According to gameplay and audio programmer, Matt Willis, "...the whole concept of Tearaway was built around the Vita." He said Media Molecule wanted to avoid gimmicks.

"Instead of making these things gimmicks we are using them in ways that are intuitive and interesting to the players."

Media Molecule released another trailer last week detailing the audio and music involved in the game. 

For your viewing pleasure, it's embedded below:

Tearaway comes out this week for the PS Vita, and will be bundled with the system, along with Little Big Planet Vita and a 16 GB memory card exclusively in the UK. Prices for the bundle vary under £200.

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Eurogamer Expo 2013: Best In Show https://www.gameskinny.com/cncnk/eurogamer-expo-2013-best-in-show https://www.gameskinny.com/cncnk/eurogamer-expo-2013-best-in-show Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:55:06 -0400 Destrolyn.Bechgeddig

It's been over a full week now since Eurogamer opened its doors to 70,000 visitors at iconic exhibition centre, Earls Court 1 in West London, UK. We've already been running plenty of previews and articles, with a few more to follow next week. But whilst we're here, we'd thought let you know what our pick of the expo were.

Best PlayStation 4 Game

Resogun

With all that AAA developers are throwing at Sony's new megalithic hardware, it's shocking to see some of these shamed by this simple, humble, but extraordinary indie game. Whilst technically this should probably be our "Best Indie Game", the fact that it stands up so incredibly well against big studio releases means we see no reason why it shouldn't have pride and place as our "Best PlayStation 4 Game".

Fast-paced and visually dazzling, it's an utterly addictive hardcore game with the ability to appeal to more casual audience. Fiendishly difficult, and making excellent use of the console's spec, this game is as exciting a release as Killzone: Shadow Fall and Destiny.

Read our full preview here.


Best XBox One Game

Forza 5

Racing games have come a long way since Turbo Outrun. Despite there being numerous titles, all looking and playing rather well, Forza 5 has that little extra special something that really marks this out as a fantastic title.

The worlds look extraordinarily luscious, and the cars handle incredibly smoothly. Not to mention, Turn 10 studios have put joyous little nuances into the game such as vibration in the analogue stick when hitting the rumble strips. Just try not to drool too much over the controller.

Best Indie Game

Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Survival horrors have been around for a long time, and lately it's been nothing but zombies, zombies, and more zombies. But developers Big Robot have seem to decide that tweed-clad killer robots are where it's at and what gamers need, and by George, it's scary.

Procedurally generated maps and exquisite sound design, armed with nothing more than a flask of hot tea and a good dose of British humour you're only able to mostly run like the clappers from your bloodthirsty adversaries. The gameplay is absolutely terrifying and extremely challenging. Yes, it's still in alpha, but it just means that the game can only get better. A marvellously original title.

Biggest Disappointment

Watch_Dogs

It's set to be one of the biggest titles to launch across all platforms this year. With a little over a month until release, there was real hope that expo-goers would get hands-on playtime with this hack, slash, and...er...hack title.

After queuing for up to an hour, curious gamers were shuffled into a large black box to watch someone else play a small part of the game for 15 minutes. It still looks good, but the presentation gave no more insight than what has already been released into the public domain. With time being precious, especially with queues up to two hours for big titles such as Titanfall, this was unanimously considered a waste of everyone's time and might as well not have been at the expo at all.

Highly Commended

Tearaway

We often forget that video games are supposed to be fun and make you smile. Media Molecule, makers of Little Big Planet, haven't forgotten this, and their work on PS Vita's relaunch flagship title is so gleamingly gleeful it's impossible to not like.

Making ingenious use of all the PS Vita's gameplay features, and keeping adults engaged as well as appealing to children, this is nothing short of glorious.

Read our full preview here.


Best Console

PlayStation 4

We have already given an in-depth showdown of the two next-gen titans. But in short, whilst XBox One has some of the better games, what makes the PS4 better is the great sense of variety across mainstream and indie titles being released. Along with better specs than the XBox One, a cheaper launch price, mounting buzz around Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 mobile app, and the upcoming integration with the PS Vita, it's set to really be a great system.

Best Overall Game

Titanfall

With intelligent and dynamic gameplay, switching between various strengths of powerful mechanised armour and nimble and breathtaking parkour running paratroopers, this game not only plays frantically but looks astonishing too. It's a real game-changer for the FPS genre and has wowed critics and gamers alike at every single expo so far. Absolutely stunning, we see no reason to disbelieve or disprove the hype.

Read our full preview here.


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Eurogamer Expo 2013: Preview - Tearaway https://www.gameskinny.com/s5ol6/eurogamer-expo-2013-preview-tearaway https://www.gameskinny.com/s5ol6/eurogamer-expo-2013-preview-tearaway Sat, 28 Sep 2013 07:05:14 -0400 Destrolyn.Bechgeddig

The PlayStation Vita hasn’t been the most successful of peripherals for the PlayStation 3, and neither has it taken off in holding its own as handheld gaming system. Promising to play a much bigger part in mobile gaming, being capable of taking your PS4 games with you (to an extent), may not be quite enough for some to consider purchasing it. However, Tearaway, from the creators of Little Big Planet, may well charm you enough to buy one. 

Paper View 

The first thing that strikes you is the game’s art style. Wonderfully colourful and child-like paper art makes for a brilliant aesthetic and really creates a unappalled sense of whimsy and nostalgia that will beguile adults as much as it will appeal to younger players. 

It’s a breath of vivid fresh air among the battling behemoth launch titles of the next generation. Yes, this makes it look unmistakably like a game that’s designed with children in mind, but you can’t help but feel fuzzy about it yourself. 

Paper Play

This game is essentially the PS Vita game. It makes full use of all of its functionalities; its front facing camera, touch screen, and touch sensitive back. But rather than including each of these bits of technology through shallow gimmickry or bemusing context, it makes them an integral part of the gameplay mechanics. The touch sensitive back, especially, is something players will be using a lot. This adds a new approach and dynamic to what would otherwise be a straight forward platformer. 

And what novelty there is, such as the use of the front facing camera, whilst not completely vital to the game, is incredibly cute. After begrudgingly posing for a photo to be used in-game, it’s a joy to suddenly see it plastered everywhere with the cuddly little characters singing praises at it. Kids will no doubt go overboard for this sort of thing, but as an adult, it’s still rather heart-warming. 

With myriad checkpoints littered across the game too, means that when you die/fail you respawn very close by. This will definitely encourage younger gamers to keep engaged with the game and not baby-ragequit. But it also won’t frustrate adults by having them do too much all over again. It’s not the most challenging of platformers, but it’s accessible and fun without being condescending. 

Paper Cuts 

The only problem with the game is its platform. Yes, Tearaway makes ingenious and brilliant use of the console itself, making this a really unique and charming game, but that’s just one game on the PS Vita. The Vita’s line-up desperately needs more titles with this level of bespoke and ingenious creativity to compliment its unique features. 

If you play this and fail to grin uncontrollably, you probably should get yourself checked out by a doctor.

Furthermore, the game feels like it should be on something bigger than the diminutive screen. Undoubtedly, this would look fantastic on something the size of a tablet and would really give gamers the opportunity to take-in the winsome artwork at a definition that would do it better justice. 

Overall 

The game is incredibly playable and insanely delightful. If anything, its success could well inspire other developers to follow suit and up the viability and demand of Sony’s less than successful project. If you play this and fail to grin uncontrollably, you probably should get yourself checked out by a doctor.

This review was done after experiencing the available demo at Eurogamer Expo 2013. Changes to gameplay may be made before the title's eventual release. To learn more about the game, visit http://tearaway.mediamolecule.com.

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Horizon Press Conference Brings Attention to Indies https://www.gameskinny.com/tmghz/horizon-press-conference-brings-attention-to-indies https://www.gameskinny.com/tmghz/horizon-press-conference-brings-attention-to-indies Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:19:44 -0400 Amanda Wallace

In the category of “news you might’ve missed” is the Horizon press conference. Held at the same time as day 3 of E3, this press conference is brought to viewers by Venus Patrol and Double Fine to attract attention to the up and coming indie scene.

While E3 is designed to hype up the latest hardware and next gen games, Horizon is designed to draw attention to the independent crowd. Some heavy hitters from the independent scene were there, with announcements from Polytron (the makers of Fez), Capy Games (developers of Sword and Sworcery) and Double Fine.

What makes Horizon interesting is the emphasis on independent projects and the innovative community therein. For someone used to watching the shiny E3 press conferences, Horizon’s lower production value with almost the appearance of an academic lecture gives off the hint of earnestness that indie fans love.

Games discussed at this year's Horizon conference were: 

    • Broken Age by Double Fine
    • Below by Capy
    • Tearaway by Media Molecule
    • Sportsfriends by Die Gute Fabrik
    • Mutazione by Die Gute Fabrik
    • Hohokum by Honeyslug
    • Kachina by Little Flag

Hopefully this will be the first of many Horizon conferences. Independent games are, in many ways, at the forefront of game innovation. 

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