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Touch Controls in Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition on PS Vita

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142w ago - SEGA Executive Producer Mie Kumagai has detailed the touch controls in Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition on the PS Vita today.

To quote: When we were developing the game we wanted to incorporate the new features of the Vita into Virtua Tennis as much as we possibly could, whilst obviously making the best game possible.

One of the key features for the PlayStation Vita is front and rear touch. Virtua Tennis takes full advantage of this technology and allows players to play the most precise and responsive shots with a touch of their fingertips.

With a single touch of the screen you can tell the player where exactly to move to on the court, before taking one of a variety of shots by swiping your finger across the screen towards the area of the court you wish to hit the ball to.

A simple forward slide with your finger will play a top spin shot, a backward slide will play a backspin shot and a sharp backwards movement followed by a forward slide will play a lob shot.

Virtua Tennis also includes a match momentum system which rewards players for good shots by slowly filling the match momentum bar.  Once your match momentum bar has completely filled up you can also play a 'special' shot by hitting the shot with two fingers.

There is also the option...
 

Video: Hands-On: Mortal Kombat for PlayStation Vita Preview

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142w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman shared a hands-on video preview today of Mortal Kombat for the PlayStation Vita handheld.

To quote: I've got good news, and I've got good news. First, the good news: Based on my recent hands-on play sessions, Mortal Kombat on PS Vita plays identically to its PS3 counterpart.

That means fluid 60 frames-per-second fighting, lush presentation, and every bit of content from the console version. That includes the critically acclaimed Story mode, a full character roster, the Krypt, the works.

I also tried out a series of local (non-internet) Wifi multiplayer matches, and I'm happy to report that the game felt smooth and responsive with no perceptible lag. If you're skeptical, watch the video above to see local multiplayer - and my hairy, hairy paws - in action.

Now for the good news: The PS Vita version adds an ambitious array of extra content, starting with every piece of DLC ever released on PS3. That means you'll be able to play as Freddy Krueger, Kenshi, Rain, and Skarlet from day one, and select MK1 and MK2 retro-styled costumes to drape over your male and female ninja characters.





The Vita version sweetens the pot with 15 more exclusive costumes,...
 

New PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of January 30, 2012

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143w ago - Sony's Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez is here with the new PS3 and PSN releases for the upcoming week today, as follows:

Twisted Metal is nearly here, and to celebrate the return of our beloved PlayStation franchise, we've sweetened up this week's The Drop with a demo on PSN.

Get your skills checked and in-order just in-time for our big Twisted Metal community [Register or Login to view links] on Thursday, February 2nd.

Blu-ray releases make their triumphant return this week with a sequel, to a sequel. Final Fantasy XIII-2 changes things up with an adventure to search for the missing Lightning.

New heroes join returning warriors in the fray that is SoulCalibur V. Wield a butterfly design-inspired sword and an arsenal of guns to decimate waves of ungodly enemies in the not-too-distant future in NeverDead.

On the digital front, guide fluid through several booby trapped mazes, in the physics based and puzzle/platform game, Puddle. The full PS3 version of Madden NFL 12, brings all 32 teams, stadiums and all your favorite player in the league to PSN.

Join Hiro, the smallest hero on the biggest adventure, as he embarks on an epic and electrifying quest to restore harmony to a world on the brink of...
 

Sony Announces 3 Ways to Win a PS Vita Early From Taco Bell

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143w ago - Sony Marketing Alliances Manager Jill Erb has announced today three ways that fans can win a PS Vita handheld console early from Taco Bell as detailed below.

To quote: A few weeks back I shared the big news that you would soon have the chance to win your PlayStation Vita only at Taco Bell before it hits retail this February 22nd.

Well, it's official! Starting now through March 11th, PlayStation and Taco Bell are giving you three ways to win your PS Vita: Unlock the Box, Battle, and Boast. On average, one winner will be selected every 15 minutes through March, so there are a lot of chances to win! Here's how:

Unlock the Box: Head to your local Taco Bell today to pick up a specially marked $5 Big Box - which includes a Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Crunchy Taco, Burrito Supreme and medium fountain drink. You'll see a code printed on the top of the box; enter that code at [Register or Login to view links] for a chance to win your PS Vita!

Battle: We worked with Taco Bell to develop an exclusive Augmented Reality game based on the upcoming PS Vita game Reality Fighters. You can play Reality Fighters Dojo by downloading Taco Bell's new mobile app for your Android or iOS device.

Then pick up your specially marked Taco Bell $5...
 

Video: Ubisoft on Michael Jackson The Experience for PS Vita

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143w ago - Ubisoft PR Specialist Alex Monney is here with a video peek at reliving pop history this weekend with Michael Jackson The Experience for the PlayStation Vita handheld.

To quote: I started at Ubisoft around the time that we launched the first iterations of [Register or Login to view links].

Being a longtime fan of the King of Pop, I always hoped that I could experience the game on the road. With Michael Jackson The Experience coming to PS Vita on February 14th, my wish has been granted!

In Michael Jackson The Experience, you'll experience the King of Pop's chart-topping tracks as you draw shapes and tap on both of PS Vita's multi touch pads to the beat and choreography of the Michael Jackson avatar.

You'll play through 15 HD scenes inspired by Michael Jackson's iconic music videos and short films, including "[Register or Login to view links]", "[Register or Login to view links]", "[Register or Login to view links]" and many more, all with high-definition quality graphics.

Master each of those performances and unlock collectibles and rewards, including alternative outfits and special effects....
 
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