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Pocket rocket.

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MotorStorm RC Review

MotorStorm RC Review

Pocket rocket.

This gem of an arcade racer is the pleasant surprise of PlayStation Vita's bulging and generally high-quality launch line-up. It's also an absolute steal at under a fiver from the PlayStation Store (or six euros, but sadly no dollars yet - it's due for release in North America on March 6th). But that's not even the half of it. MotorStorm RC is a revival of a sadly neglected sub-genre of racing games - and a bite-sized vision of Sony's cross-platform future, because it's on PS3 too.

It's also a valiant rally from Evolution, the Sony-owned studio whose loud and proud MotorStorm: Apocalypse was all but sunk by a terrible real-life coincidence last year. Humbled but undaunted, a small team at Evolution shrunk the MotorStorm series' off-road vehicles down to radio-controlled models for this top-down racer, and remade its epic locations out of cardboard boxes, mud, tyres and chalk.

The result looks and plays a lot like the classic Micro Machines, or Mashed if you have a shorter memory (or, if you have a slightly longer one, that magnificent arcade cab of the late 1980s, Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road). You look down on a compact track from above and steer little cars around it, firing them off ramps, round banking and over bumps and around hazards.

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There are times when it feels like everything's changing and nothing is certain. This week is a particular case in point in the UK, with the launch of a remarkable new piece of gaming hardware - PlayStation Vita - clashing with a games retail market in a state of alarming disarray. At this critical juncture, it seems very significant that once you have your Vita, you need never walk into a shop to buy games for it again; its entire software line-up will always be available for direct download.

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Sony details "one price" Vita/PS3 cross-play content

MotorStorm! Hustle Kings! WipEout! UMVC3!

Sony has detailed its "one price" Vita/PS3 cross-play offers.

Cross-play is possible with PS Vita launch games MotorStorm RC, Hustle Kings, Top Darts, and WipEout 2048.

When you buy MotorStorm RC you will be able to play it on PS3 and Vita at no additional cost, Sony said.

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Clever Game Pricing, Not Just Games, Is Key to Vita's Success

The last piece to the Vita puzzle is perhaps the most important.

Sony's cards are on the table at last. All six of them, in fact, as part of the WAAR (wide area augmented reality) feature Vita developers have been banging on about recently, with the console able to register up to six cards at once to create fancy AR experiences on the fly.

Sony: PlayStation Vita will break UK launch record

Sony: PlayStation Vita will break UK launch record

Euro boss Ryan "pretty certain" of a sell-out.

It's six years old and still the UK's fastest-selling games console at launch - but Sony is betting big on PSP's successor, telling Eurogamer: "We will beat that with Vita."

"We're planning for a condition of success," PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan told us last week in London. "Launch quantities will sell out - I think that's looking pretty certain".

Pressed on whether he believed that meant Vita would beat PSP's figure, Ryan said: "Subject to supply, yes, it is our belief that we will beat that with Vita."

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Sony planning "more tailored approach" to Vita game pricing

Multiple price-points expected, but publisher confident it can "sustain" premium pricing on triple-A games.

Sony plans to offer multiple price-points for Vita software to combat the growing threat of cheap smartphone games to its handheld business, PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan has revealed.

MotorStorm RC, Unit 13 announced for Vita

MotorStorm RC, Unit 13 announced for Vita

UPDATE: More MotorStorm info, first trailer.

UPDATE: More details on MotorStorm RC have appeared courtesy of the PlayStation Blog. Rather than the full racing experience of its predecessors, it features miniature remote-controlled cars.

As the Vita version, it'll also be available for PlayStation 3 users as a PSN download. A single purchase grants you access to both versions.

Take a look at the trailer below for more.

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Sony's PlayStation Vita EU launch line-up

Sony's PlayStation Vita EU launch line-up

Uncharted, new MotorStorm, WipEout headline.

UPDATE According to Sony's PlayStation Blog, Super Stardust Delta and Gravity Rush will also be available from launch.

ORIGINAL STORY: Sony has announced its first party PlayStation Vita launch line-up for Europe.

Among the SCEE-published titles on shelves from 22nd February are Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, ModNation Racers: Road Trip and a previously unannounced MotorStorm title.

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