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Sony launches PlayStation Vita sale to celebrate console's first birthday

Sony launches PlayStation Vita sale to celebrate console's first birthday

Up to 50% off games, with further discounts for Plus subs.

PlayStation Vita is nearing its first birthday, and to celebrate Sony has launched a decent sale on games.

The sale starts tomorrow, 6th February and runs for two weeks. There's up to 50 per cent off Vita games, with further discounts for PS Plus subscribers.

Highlights include PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for £15, Rayman Origins for £15 and Everybody's Golf for seven quid.

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PlayStation Vita games: where's cheapest?

Eurogamer investigates the best prices for Vita's launch line-up.

Picking up a PlayStation Vita tonight? Already checked for the cheapest Vita retailer? You'll probably want some Vita games then.

Everybody's Golf Vita Review

Everybody's Golf Vita Review

A good walk improved.

As predictable as a new Ridge Racer, an iteration of Everybody's Golf accompanies the launch of new Sony hardware with solid dependability. Not that 'iteration' is really the right term here. Even Sony and developer Clap Hanz acknowledge the lack of innovation with this new release in the series by not bothering to add anything to the vanilla title.

Neither has the core of the game been touched in its move to touch-screen. Those Vita-exclusive features that do make an appearance - including a humorous option to pick up and move your golfer for tee-off by pinching the front and back screens as their legs flail in your grip - are gimmicky and thin.

You can poke at the few animals that stick their heads up before scarpering into the undergrowth, swipe at the screen to create a gust of wind and select the odd menu option with a tap. The only meaningful new interaction allows you to gain extra yards on tee-off if you quickly tilt the Vita backwards at point of impact (incredibly difficult to pull off) - but otherwise the designers have found little inspiration in meeting the idiosyncrasies of Sony's new hardware.

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Sony on Vita sales:

Sony reckons PlayStation Vita got off to "a good start" in Japan, and doesn't foresee "any problems" selling the handheld in February.

Life-to-date Japanese Vita sales are 535,423, by Media Create's working. The handheld looked to be off to a flyer after posting first-week sales of 321,407 units.

But Vita quickly ran out of steam, and sales slumped as low as 15,000 units a week. Vita only managed to claw back higher seven-day sales than PSP last week. And they were a far cry from Nintendo's 3DS total, which has been more than four-times Vita's tally in recent weeks.

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Everybody's Golf

Everybody's Golf

Everybody should buy it.

We're sure there's a solid, sound reason why Sony Europe has effectively washed its hands of the Everybody's Golf series in Europe over the past five years. Okay we're not - the only good excuse we can think of is that Sony's localisation team were too busy hooked on this giddily addictive rival to Tiger Woods to ever actually get round to releasing Everybody's Golf 3. Whatever. Big-headed anime-styled golfing action is back on these shores at last and the world feels like a better place because of it.

With this pick-up-and-play series having been absent over here for so long, it's a real joy to rediscover its charms. Not only is it a great game in its own right, but the biggest thrill is the realisation of how perfect a match it is for the particular demands of handheld gaming - and that's not something we've been able to say with too many PSP games to date.

Got wood?

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