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Arcade dogfighter Luftrausers on Vita, PS3, PC, Mac, Linux all at once

Publisher Devolver Digital has announced Vlambeer’s chaotic 2D dogfighter, Luftrausers, will launch simultaneously on PS Vita, PS3, PC, Mac and Linux later this year. “Hope to have a date soon,” the announcement tweet adds.

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Slim PS Vita system coming to North America this spring

Sony’s redesigned handheld to launch alongside a port of Borderlands 2 this spring, for $ 200 — making it the last territory to get the new version of the handheld. …


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Indie Vita Title Murasaki Baby Confirmed for North America

Sony has confirmed that the odd indie title Murasaki Baby, to which we first were introduced at Gamescom 2013, will be coming to North America. The title is in development at Italian studio Ovosonico.

In Murasaki Baby, players are responsible for guiding a young girl through her strange dream world. Using the Vita’s touch screen, you’ll take her hand and change the mood of the world to solve puzzles. 

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If you’re planning on attending IndieCade East in New York City this weekend, you’ll have a chance to get your hands on the title. Murasaki Baby is due out later this year. You can read our hands-on impressions from Gamescom 2013 here.

[Source: PlayStation]

 

Our Take
Murasaki Baby appears to have some interesting puzzles to complement its dark aesthetic. The Vita has become home to unique experiences, and I’m always glad to find one that takes advantage of the handheld’s features.

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[Update] That Slimmer Vita Is Coming To North America With Borderlands 2 In Tow

Sony has announced that the slim PlayStation Vita that is already confirmed for Japan and Europe will be coming to North America. Europe is getting it with a bundle of indie games. North America gets to shoot and loot.

Sony announced at a Los Angeles press briefing that the new, thinner Vita is coming in a Borderlands 2 bundle. The package will be coming this spring for $ 199.

The new Vita will come with an 8GB memory card in addition to the 1GB of onboard storage. The new Vita does drop the OLED screen in favor of an LCD screen, though.

Borderlands 2 for Vita comes with six DLC packs: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Psycho Character Class, Mechromancer Character Class, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1, and the Collector’s Edition Pack. No word yet on the remaining DLC that has been released for the other versions of the title. If you're a PlayStation 3 Borderlands 2 player though, you'll be happy to know that the Vita version supports cross-save so you can move your progress back and forth between the versions.

 

Our Take
This is a smart bundle, especially as Borderlands 2 has a significant fan base. I’m still hoping to hear more about the DLC that comes with the new, portable version.

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Sly Cooper Collection Coming To Vita In May

Sony is stepping up its back catalog conversion to portable form. In addition to the God of War Collection on track for May, Sony is reading Sly Cooper’s three PlayStation 2 games.

The Sly Cooper Collection will arrive on May 27th. The most recent title in the series, Thieves in Time, was released on the Vita also. 

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Our Take
These collections certainly flesh out the Vita’s upcoming first-party release list. I’m hopeful that we’ll also hear about portable versions of other series, including Uncharted and inFamous. 

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Borderlands 2 hits Vita in spring, alongside slim Vita US launch

Borderlands 2 is coming to PS Vita in the spring, Sony head of hardware marketing John Koller announced at a PlayStation event in Santa Monica today. A God of War collection and a Sly Cooper collection are also on their way to Vita. The God of War…
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Final Fantasy X/X-2 Gets Vita Pre-Order Bonus, New Trailer

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. Square Enix is celebrating with a new, romantic trailer for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

In addition to this touching look at Tidus and Yuna, Square Enix has revealed a pre-order bonus for the Vita installment of the two-game bundle. Those that pre-order will get three illustrated cards. The portable version includes Final Fantasy X on the game card and a download voucher for Final Fantasy X-2, redeemable from the PlayStation Store.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 will arrive for PlayStation 3 and Vita on March 18, 2013. If you’re interested in a collector’s edition for the PS3 version (available only from the Square Enix online store), you can read up on it here.

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Chaotic 2D shooter Gunslugs hits PlayStation Vita this month

Pascal Bestebroer, also known as indie developer Orangepixel, is bringing Gunslugs to the PS Vita later this month. Abstraction Games will help out with the Vita port.

Gunslugs is a chaotic 2D shooter with randomly generated levels. Bestebroer says…
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Get A New Look At The Vita Version Of Frozen Synapse Tactics

Many tactics games boil down to a series of individual unit turns, making characters more like chess pieces than combatants on the field of battle. Frozen Synapse Tactics elevates combat, forcing players to consider how opponents will move.

Mode 7’s strategy title began life on PC, and a number of enhancements are being made to bring it to the Vita. One of the big changes is a shift away from traditional menus to an easier to navigate wheel.

Mode 7 is also taking some of the guesswork out of move planning by adding a dynamic cone of vision. Moves can also be assigned to the opposing team as a way to explore how a turn might play out. Since moves can be plotted, tested, and reconfigured multiple times before locking in, this provides a chance to see how your second-guessing will be realized.

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Frozen Synapse is currently in alpha, as you’ll see in the video. No release date has been announced, but based on what we’re seeing, the title is shaping up to fit in nicely in the Vita’s growing indie library.

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Velocity 2X blends shmups with Metroid platforming on PS4, Vita

Indie developer FuturLab has detailed Velocity Ultra’s upcoming PlayStation 4 and PS Vita sequel Velocity 2X, showcasing an in-progress alpha version in the newly launched trailer above.

While its predecessor Velocity Ultra was an overhead-view…
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