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Civilization Revolution 2 Plus Coming To Vita In December

Last generation’s Civilization Revolution introduced the long-running series to console gamers in an extremely accessible way. Its sequel, however, only debuted on smart devices when it was released last year.

On December 3, 2K and Firaxis are expanding it to another platform. Civilization Revolution 2 Plus will arrive on Vita with new leaders and scenarios.

The additions bring a number of Japanese elements into the game from throughout the country’s history. Leaders include Oda Nobunaga, Heihachiro Togo, and Himiko. Civ Rev 2 Plus also introduces Yamato class warships used during World War II.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
As much as I adore the PC Civilization series, I found time for many a game of Civilization Revolution. Games can be played more quickly, which gave me a quick fix when I didn’t want to sit down for a multisession attempt to conquer the world. 

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Report: Sony reducing first-party game dev for PS Vita

During a recent interview with Japanese website 4Gamer, SCE senior vice president, Masayasu Ito, all but confirmed the death of first-party games on the PlayStation Vita. …


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Report: Sony Has No First-Party Vita Games In Development

The writing has been on the wall for some time that Sony isn’t investing in big titles for the Vita. A new report indicates that the company has pulled back even further.

Speaking with Japanese outlet 4Gamer (and translated by Siliconera), Sony executive vice president Masayasu Ito delivered the bad news. “Currently, there are no first party titles that are in development for the PlayStation Vita,” says Ito. “Third party companies are working hard on the PlayStation Vita, so we here at SCE have strategized to focus on our new platform of PlayStation 4.”

When we spoke with Sony president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida at E3, he explained why the company was starting to shift its focus. "The expectation of the graphical quality and size of the world for these type of games have risen after the launch of PlayStation 4,” he said. “The same thing happened with the PSP. People were so excited to be able to play PS2 graphics games on the go. After PS3 launched, expectations grew. The types of games on PSP were not as attractive."

While Sony doesn’t have anything in the pipeline for its own device, that doesn’t mean games are drying up entirely. Many indie studios have opted to port PS3 and PS4 games to the device, while offering cross-buy incentives.

Still coming in the near future are Volume, Sword Art Online: Lost Song, Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Darkest Dungeon, and more. 

[Source: 4Gamer via Siliconera]

 

Our Take
Sony has been slowly backing off the Vita for quite a while now. Unfortunately, that meant that the PlayStation TV met an early demise, too. Decisions like this are what gives me pause about the long-term prospects for PlayStation VR. I love the technology, but I’m not confident Sony will support it long-term.

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X-COM: Enemy Unknown ESRB Rating Points To Vita Release

2012's X-COM: Enemy Unknown saw release on platforms both mobile and home-based, but it never made it to the Vita. It looks that may be changing.

A rating on the ESRB website lists a Vita version of the game and an updated title – X-COM: Enemy Unknown Plus. Outside of those details, not much else is known, The descriptor for the game's content describes nothing new or any new content outside of what was featured in the original release, but those descriptors just look at the content from a ratings perspective.

X-COM 2 is on the way for PC. You can find out more about the game here.

Thanks to Dan Schafer for the news tip!

[Source: ESRB]

 

Our Take
Considering the game saw release on iOS and Android platforms, I'm surprised a Vita version doesn't already exist. I love the Vita and am always excited to see highly-regarded games make their way to the platform – even if they're about three years too late.

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Check Your Email – Sony Vita False Advertising Settlements Arriving

If you were eligible for a settlement in the successful FTC action against Sony over Vita advertising, check your email. You should be receiving information on how to redeem your compensation.

The FTC pursued Sony over false advertising related to the Vita’s remote play feature and online play over 3G (available on some models). The settlement site went live in April, offering eligible Vita owners $ 25 cash, $ 25 in PlayStation Store credit, or one of three game bundles for PlayStation 3 and Vita.

For those opting for store credit or games, your emails should contain redemption codes. We’ve not received word from anyone opting for cash, but if you did, keep your eye on the mail.

 

Our Take
As is often the case with these things, fulfillment takes time. I had almost forgotten about this until I received an email.

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Volume Is Delayed On Vita, But Cross-Buy Still Applies

Mike Bithell has announced that Volume won’t be making its handheld debut tomorrow. The title will hit PlayStation 4 and PC as planned, but the Vita version will be along in a couple of weeks.

For those of you planning on taking advantage of the cross-buy option on Sony systems, you’ll still get the benefit of that offer. Purchasing on PlayStation 4 will entitle you to the Vita version when it’s available.

Bithell says that version is done, but needs a bit of QA and certification before it can be released into the wild. “The party still starts on August 18,” Bithell says. “It’s just that the Vita, the coolest of all the kids, will be arriving a little fashionably late.”

[Source: Mike Bithell]

 

Our Take
While this is certainly unfortunate for those looking to bounce back and forth between the living room and handheld versions tomorrow, this is better than pushing the Vita version out the door too early. The most important part is that cross-buy is still in effect.

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 Arrives On Vita Next Month With Extras

Resident Evil Revelations 2 will make its debut on Vita next month, and it will be the complete package, plus additional content. Originally dated for the ambiguous "summer", the game now has a real release date.

The game will be available for $ 39.99 on August 18, and as opposed to being split apart into episodes as it was on other platforms, on Vita everything is collected in one package. You get all the episodes, two extra episodes, The Struggle and Little Miss, as well as Raid Mode, which includes characters Wesker and Hunk.

The Vita port of the game is being handled by Frima Studio, who recently released the original game, Chariot.

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For our review of Resident Evil Revelation 2, head here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I actually tend to prefer playing games on Vita when it comes to multiplatform releases like this, and I skipped Revelations 2's initial release, so I am looking forward to playing on Vita.

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Earth Defense Force 2 And Corpse Party: Blood Drive Coming To Vita This Fall

XSEED has announced that it will be propping up Sony's handheld this fall. The publisher has announced two titles heading to Vita in the coming months.

First up is Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space. The cheesy name is a perfect fit for the over-the-top B-movie gameplay for which the Earth Defense Force series is known.

Also coming this fall is Corpse Party: Blood Drive, the follow up to Corpse Party and Corpse Party: Book of Shadows. Both Earth Defense Force 2 and Corpse Party: Blood Drive will be released digitally and at retail, with the latter packed with a two-disc soundtrack of tunes from the series and an artbook.

Both games have a loose release window of "fall 2015." We'll update as soon as we have more information.

[Source: XSEED on Facebook]

 

Our Take
I've only played a bit of one Earth Defense Force game and it didn't hook me. Corpse Party on the other hand was a creepy, enjoyable experience. It's not shy about killing off characters, and that makes the story-telling that much more unpredictable.

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch Arrives On Vita This Week

The bizarre cephalopod hiding game, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is making its way to Vita very soon.

Part humor simulator, part patience tester, Octodad: Dadliest Catch
appeared on PC and PlayStation 4 last year, and now it is arriving on Vita. The game will be cross-buy compatible, but not cross-save unfortunately, but will offer a new set of Trophies. The Vita version will also allow players to play co-op on the Vita, with each player handling one side of the Vita.

For our review of the PC version of Octodad, head here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Comes To Vita Tomorrow With Symbiote Suit Spider-Man

Last December at PlayStation Experience, Disney announced it was bringing its toys-to-life game, Infinity, to the handheld scene. Tomorrow, that becomes a reality, as the starter kit arrives at retail.

Included in the starter is a rechargeable bluetooth base, the Spider-Man playset, the same toy box game discs that come with the console starters, and Spider-Man in his symbiote suit. You can use the black-clad Spidey in the console versions, and given the language that he’s “debuting” in the starter, he may be available for purchase later.

The base appears to have only two spots for items (compared to the console base, which two character spots and a playset/other slot). One of these is for a character (and circular discs). The other is for a playset or the hexagonal discs that add terrain, skies, and toys to the toy box. The bundle is priced at $ 59.99. 

For those looking for even more Disney Infinity information, check out our coverage hub. Disney Infinity 3.0 (introducing the Star Wars universe to the series) adorns the June 2015 cover.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
If this works smoothly, it would be a great way for kids to continue their toy box building on the go. That feature gets the most play in my house, and with my son’s adoration of Spider-Man in his symbiote suit, I need to make sure he doesn’t see this on the store shelves.

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