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TxK Offers a Beginner's Guide to PS Vita's Trippy New Shooter

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27w ago - Llamasoft Founder Jeff Minter offers a TxK Beginner's Guide to PS Vita's trippy new shooter below today.

To quote: TxK is an arcade-style shooting game. The basic idea is simple: shoot all the enemies that arrive on each playing surface. When the surface is clear or all enemies arrive at the top, the surface explodes and you transition to the next level.

Use the left analog stick or the d-pad to move the player entity left and right (or clockwise and anticlockwise on connected surfaces). Hold down the x button to shoot. Tap the screen to smart bomb. You get one smart bomb per level. When enabled, press the R shoulder button to jump. Collect Powerups to gain score bonuses and capability upgrades.

I'd recommend starting at level 1 while learning the basics. Starting at this level enables labels on many game elements for the first few levels.

Enemies move quite slowly on early levels. Hold down x and move your ship to shoot them.

Collect Powerups by just moving your ship to intercept them as they move up the surface.

It'll be obvious when you successfully collect one!

If enemies arrive at the top don't panic. Your shots come out of the "leg" of your ship that's in the direction of its motion.

Often if you "walk" slowly towards...
 

Llamasoft: TxK Out Today: The History, Development and Gameplay

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27w ago - Llamasoft Founder Jeff Minter confirmed that TxK is out today on PS Vita, with details on the title's history, development and PlayStation Vita gameplay below.

To quote: TxK is the latest in a particular genre of arcade-style shooters which can be described as "neo-retro".

These games are characterised by gameplay inspired by arcade games of old, but take advantage of modern hardware to provide graphics and audio that far surpass anything that was possible back in ancient times.

Often they take as inspiration some aspect of an older display style and, through modern graphics hardware and techniques, seek to create an experience that is evocative of its ancestry but far nicer-looking.

You've all seen games like "[Register or Login to view links]", where the enemies and player characters are made of glowing lines.

These line-based displays go back to an old, obsolete yet beautiful display technology that was used in the arcades, called "vector graphics".

Back then it was not possible to generate pixel-based displays that had a high resolution, and as a result images in games tended to look blocky, as if made out of bricks. "Vector graphics" was a different way of driving a graphics display, causing...
 

Toukiden: The Age of Demons is Out Today on PlayStation Vita

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27w ago - KOEI Co Ltd Producer Kenichi Ogasawara announced that Toukiden: The Age of Demons is out today on PlayStation Vita.

To quote: Today's the day to become a Slayer and save the world from the Oni's destruction!

The most exciting aspect of Toukiden: The Age of Demons is the "targeted destruction system" where players can feel the exhilaration of severing parts of the Oni's body and destroying them. Players can choose from six different weapons, each with their own original attack methods and attributes.

Using powerful attacks to slash, thrust and crush parts of the enormous enemy, I think it might excite the natural instincts of players.

It is difficult to defeat the Oni, however, just by attacking them. By destroying parts of the Oni, the life energy that exists within them will be drawn to the surface. Attacking this life energy will truly damage the Oni.

However, Oni not only possess an enormous life force, they are able to regenerate parts that are cut off - and these regenerated parts become even more powerful.

The severed Oni parts that have fallen to the ground can be permanently destroyed through the Ritual of Purification, and this prevents the body part from being regenerated. Thus, in order to defeat the Oni, the destruction of body...
 

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Out Today on PlayStation Vita

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27w ago - NIS America Marketing Coordinator David Alonzo announced that Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is out today on PlayStation Vita.

To quote: Greetings, doods! It's David again from NIS America here to let you know that the much anticipated title Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is out today in retail and digital form exclusively on PS Vita! If you haven't heard, let me - wait a minute, who's there? What's that crazy looking bear doing here with that hamme.

Hey, kids! David's decided to take a little nap, but your headmaster Monokuma comes bearing some great news! Today's the first day of school for you at Hope's Peak Academy, my super-special, super-elite high school for the best of the best and, since someone's too lazy to do it, I guess I'll have to give you the grand tour of where you'll be trapped - I mean, staying for a while. The whole tour should be quick and painless, so get off your butts already and follow me!





First off, you'll be seeing things through the eyes of Makoto Naegi, who won a ticket into this most prestigious school and is the Ultimate Lucky Student - but that's debatable. Everyone here is the best at what they do, because I've got very high standards and I don't even know why you're here....
 

New PS Vita Model Confirmed for US, Included in Borderlands 2 Bundle

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27w ago - Sony VP of Marketing Home Consoles and Handheld Platforms John Koller officially announced that the PS Vita Slim model is now confirmed for release in North America included in a Borderlands 2 Bundle.

Below are the details, as follows: Hey Vita fans, we've got some great news to share with you today. Since its reveal at the Tokyo Game Show, many of you have asked when the new PlayStation Vita model will be coming to North America.

Today, we're excited to announce the new PS Vita Wi-Fi model (PCH-2000 series) will be available via the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Bundle this Spring.

The bundle will include the new slim PS Vita system in black, the first-person role-playing shooter hit Borderlands 2 with six DLC packs, and an 8GB PS Vita memory card - all for $199.99 (MSRP).

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The new PS Vita Wi-Fi model is approximately 20-percent slimmer and 15-percent lighter than the original version, with rounded edges to fit comfortably in your hands.

The new model comes with 1GB of internal memory...
 
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