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Video: Soul Sacrifice for PS Vita: Tough Choices, Colossal Bosses

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93w ago - Sony Producer Kumi Yuasa has posted up a video today spotlighting the tough choices and colossal bosses in Soul Sacrifice for PS Vita below.

To quote: Soul Sacrifice is, as its name suggests, a game that asks the player to make an ultimate decision. It happens every time you defeat an enemy, actually - a choice to either save the enemy's soul, or sacrifice it for your own gain.

How you customize your character in this regard is crucial, since you're going to go up against some very large enemies. That scale, and the importance of making the player truly feel it, is at the heart of this piece from composer Wataru Hokoyama:

"An unbelievably gigantic enemy appears before you. For this piece, I focused on bringing out the full potential of a full scale orchestra by using bold orchestration to depict the immeasurable sense of scale of the enemy's size and power. I hope the score will make the players feel like, "there is no way I can beat an enemy with this kind of scale." - Wataru Hokoyama





Because there are gigantic, powerful enemies, it's important to build your character's stats and levels. Your decision of saving or sacrificing will affect what type of character you want to build.
 

PS Vita 4G Patent Surfaces, Rumors of Firmware Update & Price Cut

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93w ago - Following up on Sony's previous announcement, today rumors of a PlayStation Vita 4G design, PS Vita Firmware update and price cut have surfaced from PatentBolt.com (linked above).

Below are the details, as follows: "On February 7, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Sony that is technically about the PlayStation Vita and their new and upcoming connectors.

Sony states that the connectors are for "connecting the electronic apparatus to peripheral apparatuses" at the bottom and side surfaces of the device housing. Sony's patent filing specifically states that the next generation PS Vita will gain USB, HDMI and a power supply connector described as a parallelepiped connector.

New Ports Coming to Sony's PS Vita

As shown in Sony's patent FIG. 2, the electronic apparatus 1 in this example includes connectors 23, 24, 25, 39, and 59 as the plural electronic components. The connector 23 is, for example, a headphone jack.

The connectors 24, 25, and 39 are connectors such as a USB connector or an HDMI connector for transmitting and receiving data between the electronic apparatus 1 and other electronic apparatuses....
 

Video: Ecolibrium: Build An Alien Ecosystem on PS Vita Today

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93w ago - Sony Director Don Mesa of Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation has shared a video showcasing Ecolibrium today, which allows users to build an Alien Ecosystem on PS Vita.

To quote: We hope you've been enjoying all the new gaming applications we've brought to PS Vita recently, like Wake-up Club and the newly released PlayStation Home Arcade.

Today we're excited to tell you about the next one-of-a-kind application you'll be able to check out next week starting today on PS Vita: Ecolibrium.

Ecolibrium puts you in control to grow and maintain a beautiful and foreign ecosystem. You'll be able to raise unique and alien species, design the world to your liking, and explore ecosystems yourself using PS Vita's unique gyroscopic technology. Ecolibrium will also offer Trophy support for you Trophy hunters out there!

Maintaining balance is the key to Ecolibrium. In order to achieve balance in your ecosystem, you must take into account various basic factors, including feeding the creatures, the impact of the seasons and the right proportion of creatures for each link in the food chain.





Maintaining balance will net you Ecopoints, which you can spend by purchasing new specimens (animals,...
 

Video: Piecing Together the Weird World of Tearaway for PS Vita

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94w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has posted up a video today which pieces together the weird world of Tearaway for the PlayStation Vita handheld game console.

Below are the details, to quote: Hopefully you all took the time to enjoy the new trailer for Media Molecule's forthcoming PS Vita adventure, Tearaway, last week. It's one of the loveliest titles inbound for any platform, bursting at the seams with invention, wit and creativity.

We stopped by Mm's Guildford HQ late last month to check up on progress, and grabbed director Rex Crowle for a quick chat about the game's unusual inspirations and influences. Read on to find out more about the eccentric themes that the team are pulling in an effort to make a truly unique video game...

Paper

First things first: paper. The entire game world is built out of the stuff, and you'll be manipulating it with your virtual fingers.

"I think it married together the main things I wanted to do with the game - of it just feeling very tactile and being something you really wanted to hold in your hands," explains Rex.

"And then we also wanted to provide players an interesting way of taking stuff from inside the game, outside the game, so they can build their own version of the experience and expand it out into...
 

Video: Rocketbirds for PS Vita Launches on February 12th, 2013

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94w ago - Sony Producer and Studio Head Sian Yue Tan has announced today alongside a video trailer thatRocketbirds for PS Vita launches on February 12th, 2013.

Below are the details, to quote: Hello again! I'm happy to announce that Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS Vita will be available very soon for download on PSN - February 12th, in fact!

The game is already available in Asia, where it was bundled with the PS Vita over Christmas, while it was also available exclusively to Asian PS Plus members. Since then, it became one of the top three most-downloaded PS Vita games on the [Register or Login to view links] list in Hong Kong, which is awesome!

In this game, you'll take control of Hardboiled Chicken, the original Cock of War (a chicken so tough, he survived being boiled as a fetus), to lead the rebellion against the draconian penguin oppressors to overthrow their hold on Albatropolis! It's an old-school cinematic action-adventure set in the Rocketbirds universe, a world filled with some despicable and often violent birds.





The game sports...
 
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