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A love letter to the 8-bit era.

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GTA-inspired indie title shows its bits.

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Retro City Rampage DX is now on Switch

Definitive edition features improved visuals and a wider camera.

Retro City Rampage DX, the definitive version of VBlank's love letter to both 8-bit gaming and Grand Theft Auto, is now on Switch.

Pay what you want for Outlast, Never Alone and Retro City Rampage

Humble Indie Bundle 16 also offers cheap Sunless Sea.

Humble Indie Bundle 16 has launched and it's a good one. Pay what you want to receive Retro City Rampage DX, Outlast, and Never Alone with its Foxtales DLC. You'll even receive an 80 per cent discount on Outlast's Whistleblower DLC in the Humble Store.

Retro City Rampage: DX cruises to 3DS this month

Developer calls it the "definitive" version.

Nostalgia-tinged spoof Retro City Rampage is coming to the European 3DS eShop on 20th February as Retro City Rampage: DX, developer Brain Provinciano has announced. North Americans will receive this updated port tomorrow.

Sony launches indie game category on PlayStation Store

Sony launches indie game category on PlayStation Store

Sony's indie initiative continues.

Sony's indie initiative continues, this time with the launch of an indie game category on the PlayStation Store.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe director of publisher and developer relations Andrew Parsons told the PlayStation Blog that the new indie game area was designed to help indie games gain additional exposure.

"It's an opportunity to showcase the best of these great games for PS3 and PS Vita," he said, "And for this to be constantly refreshed with the latest releases and promotions. It's the first and best place to go for indie content (though of course content can still be found through the normal channels too)."

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Retro City Rampage sells best on Vita, worst on XBLA

Retro City Rampage sells best on Vita, worst on XBLA

UPDATE: Penny Arcade Episode 4 developer expresses interest in putting his upcoming RPGs on Vita, but probably not the PA games.

Update: Penny Arcade Adventures Episodes 3 and 4 developer Robert Boyd of Zeboyd, clarified to Eurogamer that while he is in fact interested in developing for Vita, it's unlikely that his Penny Arcade games will make the cut as the third episode has been out for awhile and the fourth will be out shortly, making it too late to port in time for launch.

"We're investigating Vita development at this time. I don't think Precipice of Darkness 3 & 4 will be coming to the Vita since 3 has already been out for a while and 4 is about to come out (far too late to start a port now without causing major delays)," Boyd explained. "But I think there's a good chance that our next game, CSH, will be PC/Vita at launch (and maybe other platforms as well)."

"We're big fans of the Vita (three of my top 10 games of 2012 were on the Vita (Persona 4 Golden, Gravity Rush, and DJ Max Technika Tune) so we'd like to try to support it if we can figure out the logistics."

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Retro City Rampage EU PSN release date announced

Retro City Rampage launches on the European PlayStation Store next Wednesday, 16th January, creator Brian Provinciano has announced.

The retro-GTA homage launches with Cross-Buy, so if you buy the PS3 version you get the Vita version for free, and vice versa. Cross-Save means you can save your progress to the cloud and continue your game on each system.

The game launched on the US PlayStation Store last year. It's currently available worldwide on PC and Xbox 360. A WiiWare version is in certification and due out this month.

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European version of Retro City Rampage to benefit from additional polish, no plans for a sequel

European PlayStation owners have had to wait for Retro City Rampage, but according to its creator it'll be worth it.

RCR creator Brian Provinciano took to Twitter over the weekend to answer questions from fans. One of these was about the status of the game's release on these shores - it's been out on the US PlayStation Store for two months.

“Will there be a price decrease from the standard price for the extremely delayed RCR EU release?” asked Random Randomness.

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Retro City Rampage misses European PSN release date

Retro City Rampage misses European PSN release date

Assassin's Creed 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted downloadable this week.

Downloadable 8-bit homage Retro City Rampage has missed its promised European release window.

It was due to launch in October - but Sony's just-published list of new European PlayStation store content makes no mention of it. It arrived fine in the US for PlayStation 3 and Vita on 8th October.

Assassin's Creed 3 will be available to download today for £49.99, while Need for Speed: Most Wanted will launch alongside its retail brother on Friday. It'll cost £59.99.

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Retro City Rampage review

Retro City Rampage review

Taking Liberties.

At the simplest level, Retro City Rampage is, well, pretty freakin' simple. It's a gloriously wayward GTA demake in which you steal cars, pull donuts and drive over pedestrians. Oh, and you can then shoot it out with the cops across the length and breadth of a compact open-world metropolis that looks like it could fit inside a good old NES cartridge.

Go deeper, though, and you'll realise there's a rogue strand of Pokémon DNA in the pixel-art and chiptune mix. It's a Pokémon for pop culture references, in fact, and the real pleasure of VBlank's 8-bit charmer is watching thirty years of movies, TV, comic books and video games smooshed together in a manner that manages to be both intricate and strangely throwaway. Can you catch it all?

Many of the references are too good to spoil, but here's one to get you started. Early on in Retro City Rampage I went into a house on the trail of some MacGuffin or other - a typical GTA-type mission. The house belonged to Biffman, however, who's the Retro City version of Batman, and after locking the superhero out of his own gaff using a big red key, I searched the microwave, which the game informed me smelled of rodent, before I was offered a phoneline hint on how best to proceed from there.

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Retro City Rampage will cost $15, and it's worth it

"The race to the bottom is a terrible, terrible thing."

Keenly-anticipated indie GTA pastiche Retro City Rampage will cost $15 when it launches on PC and console download services later this year, and it's worth every penny, so says developer Brian Provinciano.

Trends of 2012: Indie Games

An indie bundle of British developers predicts this year's trends.

In much the same way that the music industry struggles to define indie music, so indie games is a term that's increasingly slippery in the hands. Most would agree that an indie game is one produced without the financial backing of a publisher, but as the lines of sales and distribution blur with each passing year, so the indie label becomes less trustworthy. Your game may be wearing Converse, but does it bleed My Bloody Valentine?

GameCity Discussions: Indie Kids

thatgamecompany's Hunicke and Retro City Rampage on life as an indie.

Everyone's going indie - it's a path that's becoming increasingly well-trodden, and with the rise of Steam, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, striking out on your own is becoming an increasingly viable option for developers.

Making an XBLA Game: The Inside Story

Contracts, exclusivity and outsourced Avatar items.

Canadian developer Brian Provinciano spent two months negotiating his contract with Microsoft to get Retro City Rampage on Xbox Live Arcade. It was, to say the least, a tough process - and one that he could have done without. It delayed the creation of the game, but in the end he thought f*** it, and signed on the bottom line.

Retro City Rampage Preview

Retro City Rampage Preview

Modern classics.

Brian Provinciano loves games. No strange thing for a developer, but his is a more dedicated passion than most. Before we meet outside a Starbucks on a damp Nottingham afternoon, he's just been to the local Game, picking up copies of both Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Their covers differ oh-so-slightly from those sold in his home town of Vancouver, and they're to be added to his collection, another couple of scalps for this committed completist.

It's not just GTA ephemera that Brian collects, though. He's also compiling another compendium, an assortment of memories, inspirations and cherished moments thrown together in a digital scrapbook.

"My original dream was that I wanted to see a version of Grand Theft Auto running on NES hardware," Provinciano, animated by his enthusiasm, says. "That was what excited me." An eccentric hobby, what was then known as Grand Theftendo was worked on in the downtime from Provinciano's day-job working as a programmer at Backbone Entertainment.

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Lego dev confirmed for GameCityNights

Lego dev confirmed for GameCityNights

Jonathan Smith to show Lego Pirates.

TT Games' Jonathan Smith will showcase Lego Pirates of the Caribbean at the next GameCityNights festival event.

Smith will discuss his experience of life at TT Games and reveal what it's like to work with blockbuster franchises such as Star Wars, Batman and Indiana Jones.

Eurogamer's Lego Pirates of the Caribbean review returned an 8/10.

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Retro City Rampage heading to XBLA

Lunatic GTA homage revs its engines.

Insane Grand Theft Auto-inspired WiiWare romp Retro City Rampage is heading to Xbox Live Arcade, its developer has confirmed.