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Video: KickBeat Hands-On for PlayStation Vita: It's All in the Mind

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108w ago - Social Media Manager Sid Shuman is here with a fresh hands-on video showcasing KickBeat for PlayStation Vita below today.

To quote: At first blush, you could be forgiven for thinking that KickBeat is a new riff on Beats, that seminal PSP downloadable gem that transformed your MP3 collection into an engaging button-tapping rhythm challenge.

Much like Beats, KickBeat awards you points for accurately tapping combinations of the four face buttons (or four quadrants on the front touchscreen) in time to the music and subtle visual cues.

But KickBeat is a far more ambitious game, both mechanically and aesthetically. Abandoning the abstract icons that clutter the interfaces of many music games, KickBeat reimagines the rhythm game as a chop-socky fighting scene with an agile protagonist battling hordes of incoming goons in a circular arena.

Each successive hit you land yields a bigger bonus multiplayer and more points, while missing an incoming attack diminishes your life meter. The game ramps up slowly but surely.

Smacking down the most basic yellow enemy type is easy enough, but the action quickly accelerates as new enemies types are introduced - red enemies attack from two places at once, while blue aggressors come in with a tricky one-two combo.

Before...
 

Sony: Dust 514 Neocom PS Vita App Promises MMO on The Go

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108w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton announced today that the upcoming Dust 514 Neocom PS Vita application promises MMO on the go for fans.

To quote: Looking for a little more depth from your FPS? Hugely ambitious free-to-play sci-fi shooter Dust 514 might be just the ticket. CCP's PlayStation 3 exclusive sits alongside its enormously popular PC space MMO Eve Online, with players' actions in one game directly affecting the environment in the other.

See our recent post from the Icelandic developer for more on exactly how this plays out.

The third string to the whole intriguing project is Dust 514 Neocom - a companion PS Vita app that lets you interact with various systems from the PlayStation 3 game directly from your handheld.

In search of a little more information on exactly how it works, we collared CCP Creative Director Atli Mars Sveinsson and Marketing Director Cameron Payne at last week's Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany.

"It's a companion app to the PS3 game," explains Payne. "It brings all the customisation, community and commerce features onto the Vita. There's no direct gameplay but you can use pretty much all the features that...
 

New Sony PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of August 20, 2012

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108w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez is here with the new Sony PS3 and PSN releases for the upcoming week today, as follows:

On PS3 this week, the war on planet Cybertron rages on in this second chapter of the phenomenally successful action game series. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron takes fans through the final, darkest hours of the civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons as they fight for control of their dying planet, ultimately leading to their storied exodus from home.

On PSN, Retro/Grade is an innovative game that fuses the white knuckle thrills and over the top visuals of a shooter with the broad appeal of a rhythm game.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater both receive the full digital treatment and arrive on PSN for PS3 and PS Vita. Enjoy this week's The Drop.

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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron - With the stakes higher and scale bigger than ever, fans will control an unprecedented assortment of Transformers characters armed with authentic transformation designed around their unique abilities, including Grimlock's nearly indestructible T-Rex form and the legendary Combaticons forming into the colossal Bruticus.

Taking the franchise's competitive online...
 

Atlus Announces Fans Can Cover PS Vita in Persona 4 Golden

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108w ago - Atlus Manager of Public Relations and Sales Aram Jabbari has announced this weekend that fans can cover their PS Vita in Persona 4 Golden if they pre-order.

Below are the details, to quote: The kind of loving Persona 4 Golden can offer your PS Vita, however- apart from it being one of the best RPGs ever made, delivering 100+ hours of addictive goodness, et cetera- might be something you'll want to share with the world.

We're incredibly excited- nay, elated--NO WAIT, WE'RE EXCITALATED- to reveal the Persona 4 Golden Vita Skin, a special FREE gift for fans who pre-order P4G at a participating retailer while very limited supplies last.

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"The skin adorns your Vita with the stylish, vibrant aesthetics of Persona 4 while protecting it from small scratches and dust. It is easy to apply and won't leave any residue when removed.

Also included are 8 exclusive matching wallpapers, each featuring a main character from P4G and all designed to perfectly coordinate with the protective skin.

Manufactured in Japan by Dezaegg, this Vita skin is the same one made available to Japanese fans, down to the use of the original title for the game, Persona 4: The Golden. The P4G Vita Skin will not be made available for individual sale in North...
 

Video: Gamescom Hands-on: Assassin's Creed III Liberation PS Vita

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109w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared a hands-on look at Assassin's Creed III Liberation for PS Vita from Gamescom 2012 today.

To quote: Here at gamescom 2012, [Register or Login to view links] finally granted hands-on access to its newest assassin, Aveline, star of Assassin's Creed III Liberation.

In this video, story writer Richard Farrese walks us through some of the new features found in PS Vita's first entry in the series.

Liberation takes full advantage of the new Assassin's Creed III game engine and its simplified control scheme. Gone are the days of leaning on the shoulder button and playing defense during encounters.

Press Square for melee attacks, hold and release Triangle to aim and fire ranged weapons, Circle counters, X is used for block-breakers and other moves. It's a bit of an adjustment to begin thinking offense first in an Assassin's Creed game, but ultimately it's likely to be seen as an improvement.

Ubisoft is taking advantage of PS Vita's touchscreen in logical ways: tapping the screen brings up a split weapon wheel where you can select melee weapons (machete, hidden blades) on the left and ranged weapons (blowgun, whip) on the right.



 
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