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Just Add Water's upcoming HD remake of the original Oddworld game now has a full title: Oddworld: Abe's Odyssee New N' Tasty! The developer's Stewart Gilray, along with series creator Lorne Lanning, revealed the news in a public demo event at Eurogamer Expo 2012 (via Eurogamer).

The pair confirmed that the game is largely the same as it was in 1997, with most of the changes on the play side made to accommodate the new scrolling world, an update of the original's flip screens. Also new is a quick save feature, puzzles that have been modified to be "friendlier to gamers," and a tweaked camera that shows off more of the 3D world.

You can see the presentation embedded above, starting at around the 15-minute mark. Oddworld: Abe's Odyssee New N' Tasty! is expected to arrive for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and PS Vita in fall 2013.

Earth Defense Force 2017 For Vita To Be Localized

The just-released PlayStation Vita port of Earth Defense Force 2017 is now officially confirmed for a North American release as well, via D3 Publisher's official Facebook page for the game (via Joystiq). The Vita port of the previously Xbox 360-exclusive third-person action game was confirmed only recently for a fall 2012 release in Japan, but D3 Publisher avoided confirmation of any wider release until now.

There's not much more to go on at the moment. Taking a peek at the series' official Twitter feed reveals that a version of the game is coming to Europe as well. The port should be landing outside of Japan sometime this "winter," which presumably means early 2013. We'll keep you posted as more details emerge.

Before the words "Tea Party" were co-opted by little girls and a U.S. political faction, they refered to an act of rebellion that took place in Boston on 1773, some civil disobedience that set off a revolution. Assassin's Creed 3 is bringing the tea party back, and this trailer hints at "another revolution. The one that mattered."

Mattered more than the revolutionary war? I don't know about you, but I'm primed for this game.

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Phantasy Star Online 2 For PS Vita Is Confirmed As Free-To-Play

We've got some new details on the upcoming PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2, which launched in Japan for Windows PCs on July 4, 2012. The Vita version, which is set to arrive sometime in 2013, will bea free-to-play offering, as members of the game's dev team revealed during a Q&A at Tokyo Game Show 2012 (via Siliconera).

The online-only action-RPG will also support cross-platform play between the Vita and PC versions of the game, at least to a limited extent. It seems that only parts of a server will allow for this functionality, though how that plays out in the game itself remains to be seen. PSO2 will also only allow for one game account per Vita memory card, though that's not exactly a surprise what with a recent firmware update having done away with support for multiple accounts on a single card.

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation

Jake "Tricorne" Gaskill got his hands on the PC Vita version of Assassin's Creed 3, at Tokyo Game Show and brought back a preview. Here's a bit of his Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation preview to whet your appetite.

"Naturally, the build on display at TGS was in Japanese, so I have no idea what the point of this particular mission was, but seeing as I only have a few minutes anyway, story wasn’t at the top of my priorities list. After checking in with a nearby contact, a giant circle popped up on my radar, marking the location of the fort I was to infiltrate, peppered with red dots indicating all the guards in need of a right stabbing. Since I didn’t have time to fully pursue the mission, I focused mainly on testing out more of the traversal elements and some of the new momentum takedowns (because they are just too damn satisfying.)"

Read the rest of our Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation preview.


Want to know how you can improve your fighting skills in Street Fighter X Tekken on the PS Vita? Watch the Tokyo Game Show 2012 trailer below for Street Fighter X Tekken PS Vita and learn the easy steps on how to become the ultimate fighter.

Pay attention; the tips in the video elow could be the difference between glorious victory and humiliating defeat.

Street Fighter X Tekken PS Vita Tokyo Game Show 2012 Trailer »

 Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus 2 Announced For PS Vita

Team Ninja announced last night that they will be bringing Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus 2 to the PS Vita early in 2013.

The first game in the Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus series did well for Sony in the past, so it makes sense Sony and Team Ninja would bring more Ryu to gamers.

With Ninja Gaiden Clans for the mobile and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge both on their way, are you feeling a Ninja Gaiden overload? Or is Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus 2 exactly the game your PS Vita needed?

Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Nintendo Wii

Vanillaware's gorgeous action side-scroller Muramasa: The Demon Blade is carving its way from the Wii to the PlayStation Vita, with a port due in early 2013 (via Joystiq). It's only confirmed for release in Japan at this point, arriving on March 28, 2013, but this one seems a likely candidate for U.S. release, what with the Wii game being available here already.

Sony revealed the port at its Tokyo Game Show 2012 press conference, adding that fans can expect to enjoy DLC along with the original 2009 release. All of which sounds great, though not great enough to overlook the fact that the Vita's post-launch library of NEW games is still exceedingly small and not growing quickly enough.

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Sony promised in recent months that PlayStation Plus support would be coming to the PS Vita, and now it's making good. The annual subscription service that was previously exclusive to PlayStation 3 will officially offer subscriber benefits on the handheld starting in November 2012.

Current PS Plus subscribers will be able to take advantage of Vita offers as well and new subscriptions will enjoy benefits on both platforms, a press release confirms. There's no mention yet of what the initial lineup of Instant Game Collection titles will be, but you'll be able to sign up with either a three-month commitment ($17.99) or a full year subscription ($49.99).

LittleBigPlanet Vita

LittleBigPlanet fans get a little treat this week, with Sony officially lifting the September 25, 2012 street date on United Front Games' LittleBigPlanet Vita and allowing retailers to start selling the game as soon as they have it in stock, a PlayStation Blog post confirms. So even though the game wasn't supposed to be out until next week, you can buy it right now.

There's a tiny catch though: since the release is coming a week earlier than anyone had originally prepared for, the game's online functionality isn't quite ready for primetime yet. According to Sony, the servers will go live starting tomorrow, September 18, 2012. It's not clear exactly which stores are selling the game early, so you might want to call ahead before you head out to pick up a copy for yourself.

Not fully sold yet? Want to know more? Then look no further than our LittleBigPlanet Vita review!

LittleBigPlanet For The Vita Verdict


Posted September 12, 2012 - By Nikole Zivalich

LittleBigPlanet Vita

LittleBigPlanet is back, and this time you'll be able to create your own world in the palm of your hand. LittleBigPlanet for the PS Vita combines everything you loved about the PS3 title with the Vita's touch controls. But does this title bring something new to the table?

Here's a piece of our LittleBigPlanet PS Vita review.

The core of the gameplay remains the same, but the inclusion of the Vita’s front and rear touch open up a whole new world of gameplay possibilities. There are sections of the game that require you to use the rear touch pad exclusively to guide your character around a level, but it is imprecise and requires you to hold the Vita in a weird way to avoid resting your fingers on the rear touchpad while playing. Unfortunately, while there are times that the front and rear touch is used really well, it’s mostly used for pushing certain blocks into the background and foreground, rather than for anything innovative.

For the final verdict, check out our LittleBigPlanet PS Vita review.


Double Dragon: Neon Coming To XBLA And PSN

Sony's latest PlayStation Plus update brings some new bonuses for subscribers, including free downloads of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and the just-released Double Dragon: Neon, as well as early access to Sega's HD remake of Jet Set Radio and a 10 percent subscriber discount. All of this is part of the September 11, 2012 update, so you should see the changes in the PS Store at some point today if you haven't already.

Double Dragon: Neon and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World are both $9.99 for non-PS Plus subscribers. PlayStation Blog's Morgan Haro confirms in the update news post's comments section that the free Pilgrim download does NOT include the Knives Chau DLC release. He also mentions that he's not sure if Jet Set Radio will be a cross-buy game for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita; the Vita version is still a few weeks away from release.

Sony previously confirmed that PS Plus subscriber benefits would be coming to the Vita before the end of 2012, but it seems that this latest update isn't the one to introduce the expanded offering.

PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale Character Leak? Shadow Of The Colossus, LocoRoco And Kat

PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale screens have leaked possibly confirming a new character and level for Sony's brawler. All Games Beta has an image of Kat, which appears to be leaked from the official site. The other image, which is blurry even by cellphone photo standards, appears to be taken in a LocoRoco stage. The image shows Kat from the Vita game Gravity Rush as a playable character. The level mash-up appears to be from Shadow of the Colossus too. Some blogs are even speculating that the inclusion of the Colossus means Ico could be a playable character. You can see the image after the break.

Tokyo Game Show is coming up, I bet Sony will be announcing more PlayStation All-Stars details there!

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Ico HD Running On PS Vita Is PS3 Remote Play Illusion

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida messed with fans' heads in a tweet showing what appeared to be the HD remake of Ico for PlayStation 3 running on a PS Vita. The image actually turned out to be the PS2 gem from Team Ico running on Sony's handheld via the PS3's Remote Play feature, he confirmed in a subsequent tweet (via Polygon). Sike!

While still cool, a Remote Play Ico on the Vita is, as Yoshida called it, a "tease" of what the Vita could with more backwards compatibility. Sony's already putting out backcatalog hits like Ratchet & Clank and God of War in HD remake collections that would be great on the handheld. Yoshida promised to reveal "more info soon" about the upcoming patch for Ico HD, a patch that presumably also includes support for the game's packed in companion piece, Shadow of the Colossus.

Sony has revealed three more fighters for their upcoming brawler, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale. Let's have a nice warm welcome for Heavenly Sword’s Nariko, and MediEvil’s Daniel Fortesque.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale "Nariko" Trailer »

Yesterday Sony revealed a gameplay trailer for another character, Metal Gear's Raiden. Check it out!

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