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Resident Evil Revelations 2 Coming To Vita ‘This Summer’

If you’ve been waiting to play Resident Evil Revelations 2 on the go, you might be wondering what’s going on with that version. Today, Sony director of third party production provided an update on the Vita edition.

Frima Studio, a Canadian developer responsible for Chariot and Zombie Tycoon, is handling the handheld port. Included in the Vita version are the four episodes and single-player raid mode. Online and ad-hoc multiplayer will be patched in after launch.

The Vita version will include gyroscopic targeting to take advantage of the device’s features. It’s currently planned for sometime this summer, but no firm release date (or even a month) has been shared yet.

For more on Resident Evil Revelations 2, check out our review of the console version.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I like the idea of getting the game out before the fall rush (when it will be lost), provided the online raid mode features are patched in quickly. There are apparently more Vita-specific features, and hopefully those are both optional and not intrusive.

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Vita Legal Settlement Offers Live, Terms Have Been Clarified Since 2014 Announcement

Late last year, Sony and the Federal Trade Commission announced a tentative settlement related to Vita advertisements regarding the cross-play feature. The offers for affected consumers are now live (check your email), and they aren’t quite what we were told to expect.

The settlement is open to those United States customers that purchased the handheld prior to July 1, 2012. The FTC deemed them to be deceptive, and while Sony neither accepts nor denies fault as a result of this settlement, you can see for yourself that the claims made in the ad simply aren’t true.

The original announcement in November indicated two options for those able to make a claim. Customers were told they’d be able to choose between $ 25 refund or $ 50 PlayStation Store credit in "select video games and/or services."

Now that the redemption site is live, we see there are three choices:

  • $ 25 cash (in the form of a check sent to your home)
  • $ 25 PlayStation Store credit
  • One of three game bundles ranging in price from approximately $ 66 to $ 100

The three bundles include PlayStation 3 and Vita games. Interestingly, none of them feature cross-play games.

Note that as with most settlements of this type, by accepting one of these offers, you are waiving your right to any future settlement. You can claim your offers here.

(Note: This story originally stated that the proposed FTC settlement promised a $ 50 PSN credit. That was misinterpreted and has been corrected. The headline and body have been clarified, as has the Our Take below.)

 

Our Take
The bundles include some good titles, but the fact that this is a Vita settlement that includes PlayStation 3 games is simply odd. Stranger is that none of these games offer the cross-play feature at the center of this settlement.

Of particular note is the change in the credit offer to narrow the understanding of how Sony views the term "refund." While the cash might be considered a refund, it's hard to equate PlayStation store credit, which can only be used for software (and not accessories, for instance) as a "refund." It's a settlement amount that doesn't have the same flexibility (equating it to retail store credit) as the original purchase method, even when narrowing that scope to just products manufactured and/or sold by Sony's PlayStation arm. You can't return a Vita to the PlayStation Store for a refund, nor can you purchase one there, making "refund" a problematic word in this instance.

The bundles, while well exceeding the $ 50 benchmark are unlikely to be viewed by most as the flexible "select video games" they were expecting. 

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Reader Discussion: Do You Use Remote Play With Your Vita?

One of the coolest benefits of owning a Vita and a PlayStation 4 is the option to remote play games. Do you take advantage of it?

Despite having a lot of love for Wii U and my handhelds because they allow me to play games without monopolizing the TV, remote play is something I have never never been able to take advantage of. I love the idea of playing PlayStation 4 games on a small screen in my hand, but technological limitations have always created a wall. Even if I was sitting on the floor in front of my PlayStation 4, I would get incredible stuttering and unplayable framerates.

I have only tested it a little bit, but the latest update for PlayStation 4 and Vita seem to be helping. If it truly works as advertised now, I see myself using it a lot more.

How about you? Do you use remote play? Or have you been experiencing the same issues I have?

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Reader Discussion: Do You Use Remote Play With Your Vita?

One of the coolest benefits of owning a Vita and a PlayStation 4 is the option to remote play games. Do you take advantage of it?

Despite having a lot of love for Wii U and my handhelds because they allow me to play games without monopolizing the TV, remote play is something I have never never been able to take advantage of. I love the idea of playing PlayStation 4 games on a small screen in my hand, but technological limitations have always created a wall. Even if I was sitting on the floor in front of my PlayStation 4, I would get incredible stuttering and unplayable framerates.

I have only tested it a little bit, but the latest update for PlayStation 4 and Vita seem to be helping. If it truly works as advertised now, I see myself using it a lot more.

How about you? Do you use remote play? Or have you been experiencing the same issues I have?

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LittleBigPlanet Vita Developer Shows Off Suspense-Adventure Title Hunger In New Trailer

Tarsier Studios is known primarily for developing LittleBigPlanet Vita and porting Tearaway to PlayStation 4, but it recently released a trailer for its creepy, totally original game, Hunger.

The game is much different in tone that Tarsier's previous partnerships with Media Molecule and the LittleBigPlanet series. Hunger follows a little girl named Six as she tries to navigate a terrifying facility called The Maw. Tarsier is calling the game a 'suspense-adventure' title and a spiritual successor of sorts to an unreleased game the studio worked on called City of Metronome. The trailer recalls games like Limbo and is unnerving to watch in the best way.

Tarsier has not announced a release window or a platform, but considering the studio's partnership with Sony, PlayStation 4 seems like a pretty good bet.

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For more on the game head here. You can also check out a collection of screens and art in the gallery below.

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JRPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines Gets U.S. Release Date On Vita

Death is certain, but for the clan in JRPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, it comes sooner than you'd expect. With a life span of just two years and the inability to procreate, members of this cursed clan must mate with gods in order to continue their lineage and dungeon crawling ways.

The advantage of mating with a god is that it affects the stats and appearance of your descendant, and with over 100 deities in the game, the choices you make on this front affect your family tree.

Your party of adventurers consists of four members, and there are eight different classes for characters. Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines appears on March 3rd as a digital download on the PlayStation Store for $ 19.99.

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
The Vita is on its last legs, and this kind of low-cost, digital-only way of making games – particularly niche ones like this –  should have been happening all along. It would have made those many months without any games to play on the handheld a lot more interesting.

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Free-To-Play FPS/Card Game Hybrid Deadman’s Cross Now On Vita

Deadman’s Cross came out almost exactly a year ago on IOS and Android and today Square Enix has released a Vita version of the free-to-play hit. Deadman’s Cross mixes first person shooter elements and a card game together and both revolve heavily around zombies. While the mobile versions originally launched with around 100 cards, the Vita edition has 400 cards to collect.

Deadman’s Cross features both co-op and PvP features that works across all three versions of the game. Considering the mobile versions alone attracted 4.7 million downloads, there should be a healthy amount of competition. Cross-save is a feature of Deadman’s Cross, so you can bounce your save around between all three editions of the game.

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The launch trailer above shows off the zombie first-person shooting which you can use to collect all of the different zombie trading cards. The game looks fairly goofy at points with parachuting zombies being a highlight of the trailer. On February 25th, there will be a crossover with Capcom’s Resident Evil Revelations 2, but no further details are known at this time.

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Free-To-Play FPS/Card Game Hybrid Deadman’s Cross Now On Vita

Deadman’s Cross came out almost exactly a year ago on IOS and Android and today Square Enix has released a Vita version of the free-to-play hit. Deadman’s Cross mixes first person shooter elements and a card game together and both revolve heavily around zombies. While the mobile versions originally launched with around 100 cards, the Vita edition has 400 cards to collect.

Deadman’s Cross features both co-op and PvP features that works across all three versions of the game. Considering the mobile versions alone attracted 4.7 million downloads, there should be a healthy amount of competition. Cross-save is a feature of Deadman’s Cross, so you can bounce your save around between all three editions of the game.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

The launch trailer above shows off the zombie first-person shooting which you can use to collect all of the different zombie trading cards. The game looks fairly goofy at points with parachuting zombies being a highlight of the trailer. On February 25th, there will be a crossover with Capcom’s Resident Evil Revelations 2, but no further details are known at this time.

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Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty on Steam next month; Vita, console ports still underway

Just Add Water, developer of Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty, is getting ready to distribute the remaining ports for its revisit of the series’ origins, and Steam users are next in line. A cloud save-compatible version of New ‘n Tasty will be offered on PC, M…
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Toukiden: Kiwami battles fresh Oni on PS4, Vita in March

PlayStation 4 and Vita owners, we’re trusting you to rid us all of the creepy beasts lurking in Toukiden: Kiwami once Koei Tecmo releases physical and digital copies on March 31 in North America and March 27 in Europe. What is that twisted take on fe…
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