We learned earlier this week that Konami's upcoming PlayStation Vita, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, takes a sharp left turn away from the series' survival horror roots in favor of top-down action with RPG elements. A new trailer explores how it all works, as you can see above.
The winners of Gamescom 2011 have been announced and include prolific AAA titles like Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Fifa 12. The winners were chosen by an independent expert jury from the field of publishing and media and they chose the best products.
The winners came from a total of eight categories: Best PC Game, Best Console Game, Best Mobile Game, Best Online Game, Best Browser Game, Best Family Game, Best Hardware/Hardware Accessories, and Best of Gamescom (selected by the jury from all categories).
And the winners are...
The adorably awesome PlayStation 3 exclusive LittleBigPlanet is coming to the PlayStation Vita and it makes use of every facet of Sony's new handheld. Whether you're using the touch controls, the back touch controls, or the tilt controls, the mini-games in LittleBigPlanet Vita are sure to please all LBP fans.
"The tech demo level that developer Media Molecule has put together for LittleBigPlanet Vita shows off almost every facet of the console and it does so with real style. The touch controls, for example, lets you move green-colored blocks around the environment. This lets you do things like move platforms around for Sackboy to climb onto, spin wheels for him to cling onto, and drag back a catapult which shoots him into the air in a little wooden vessel with a flag tail behind him spelling "LBP." Meanwhile, tilt controls help the stitched hero to scoot down a wire, slide blocks down a gradient, and so on."
Those who have been paying attention already have a pretty rough idea of what the guts of the PlayStation Vita are looking like. And that's enough for most of us.
Not the tech junkies though. They want model numbers, resolutions, supported AV formats, memory rundowns... all of the mumbo jumbo that, stewed together, puts console-style gaming into the palm of your hand. Those people should hit the jump and check out the newly released Vita specs from Sony.
Konami's Silent Hill series has the formula nailed down for delivering interactive horror successfully, a mix of creepy environments, terrifying monstrosities, limited resources and a focus on one character's solo journey in each game. Interestingly, the latter two ingredients seem to have been done away with for Silent Hill: Book of Memories, the first appearance for the series on Sony's incoming PlayStation Vita platform.
There's a new generation of handheld gaming systems these days. Between the Nintendo 3DS offering glasses-free 3D and the PlayStation Vita with its gorgeous OLED screen and dual analog sticks, gaming in your pocket has matured past the point of casual time wasters. But are you buying them? In this week's Soapbox, Adam Sessler discusses the stumbling blocks that handheld gaming may face on the road to success. Did you buy a 3DS? Are you going to pre-order the Vita?
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Sony showed off Reality Fighters, a fighting game for the PS Vita, during their Gamescom presentation today. The portable console will use its camera and touch screen to its full potential to incorporate augmented reality into a fighting game. During Sony's Gamescom press event SCE execs Andy House and Jim Ryan were the test subjects and fought to the death. Okay, they didn't fight to the death but the battle was intense. We'll have more details on Reality Fighters soon.
Does this sound like a game you'd be interested in?
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Escape Plan, a new PlayStation Vita game, was announced today at the Sony PlayStation Press Conference at Gamescom 2011. A black and white puzzle platformer for the new handheld console, Escape Plan allows you to try and lead two characters through a series of obstacles with one goal: escape the rooms and don't die.
Escape Plan has a shaded noir feel, and looks sort of like a combination of Limbo and Machinarium. With a twist of humor, the two main characters resemble blobs wrapped in black rubber and can inflate and deflate in order to help them through the puzzles. The first thought that came to my mind was that they looked like they were wearing gimp suits for children, but maybe that just indicates my own personal problems.
In Escape Plan for the PS Vita, you lead Laarge and Lil' as they try and escape rooms filled with all sorts of exciting dangers like giant hammers, electrical currents, falling safes, and other things designed to squash and thwart your attempts.
Sony is definitely focusing on flushing out the offerings for its new handheld, and Escape Plan looks like it will appeal to a wide range of gamers by bringing a bit of humor and challenging puzzles to the Vita.
Sony has announced Resistance: Burning Skies for the PlayStation Vita during their GamesCom 2011 press conference. The game is a first-person shooter being developed by Nihilistic Studios. Resistance: Burning Skies will feature Tom Riley, a fireman in a time set before Resistance 2, just as the Chimera invade the east coast of the United States.
The demo featured an axe-wielding Riley on Ellis Island, where the US government is researching Chimeran technology. You'll be able to use all sorts of weapons via a weapon wheel from the Resistance series like the Carbine, and they'll have alternate fire. You'll also be able to use the Vita's touchscreen to target enemies and fire off grenades.
The game will also features a new automated cover system. The final, most awesome thing that the demo showed off was the brand new Chimeran Chain Gun. With this crazy powerful gun, Riley was tearing up all sorts of enemies on the rooftops of New York.
No release date was announced for Resistance: Burning Skies but as we get more information on the title we'll be sure to share it with you.
Sony announced a bunch of games for its PlayStation Vita at E3 this year, but a port of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 was definitely not among them. You'd remember if it was, largely because that's pretty awesome news. A port may be happening though, if a now-removed listing on Amazon France is to be believed.
Sony confirmed only yesterday the unfortunate news that the PlayStation Vita won't be coming to the U.S. or Europe this year. "Early 2012" is all we have to go on right now, but that timetable's going to get a lot more specific next month at Tokyo Game Show. That's where the release date will be confirmed, Sony has revealed (via VG247).
SCE Japan president Hiroshi Kawano confirmed the TGS reveal in a blog post yesterday, adding that the date is already "finalized." That's frustrating, right? Don't worry. Given Sony's secret-keeping track record, we should have a leaked release date in a matter of hours.
5th Cell's series of wordy puzzle games may be due for another release soon, as a domain registration belonging to Warner Bros. points to something called Scribblenauts Remix. The news comes from the Twitter feed of superannuation, who proves again that he possesses detective skills that rival Batman's.
With two Nintendo DS Scribblenauts games in the bank, I think it's likely that this tite will land on a different platform, or more than one, between the 3DS, Vita and mobile operating systems. I suppose a console release is possible too, but all of the portable platforms seem more suited to this type of game. The title's "Remix" certainly suggests a move somewhere.
What do you think? Are we getting another Scribblenauts game or is this actually just the start of 5th Cell's secret campaign to redefine every word in the english dictionary?
Bad news for my fellow Americans and our friends across the pond in Europe. There will be no PlayStation Vita for us this year. Sony's Kaz Hirai revealed that the handheld gaming device will launch in Japan by Christmas, but the rest of the world will be waiting until 2012, an AP report reveals.
Sony has revealed that the new online modes for their new portable, the PlayStation Vita, will be called Near, Party, LiveArea, and Activity.
According to Sony Europe manager of R&D, Phil Rogers, Near is a location-based gifting system that can be compared to the Nintendo 3DS' SpotPass. "What Near does is it allows users to discover each other, leave gifts for each other and essentially find out more about games," said Rogers.
"You can see where people are in relation to your location, their five most recently played games and also gifts that they've registered. This is fairly cool because it exposes users to games they might not have heard of and you can see how popular those games are and how people are rating them."
ZEN Studios struck a nerve among gamers with its Marvel Pinball downloadable release for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Fusing two things that are awesome -- namely, superpowers and pinball -- the game has been praised for its elaborate tables and beautiful visuals. And now, finally, it's coming to other platforms.
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