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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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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Vita Review

Editor's note: this is an import review of the Japanese version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on PlayStation Vita. The game is released in Europe and the US at the same time as Vita itself on 22nd February.

It took over a decade for the follow-up to Marvel vs. Capcom 2 to arrive, and twelve months on we find ourselves preparing for a third helping of a dish that's traditionally appealed to those with a sweet tooth. Marvel vs. Capcom 3's extended combos, impossible aerial scrapes and on-screen fireworks have made a perfect counterpoint to the more studied and graceful pugilism of Street Fighter.

There's more to it than that, though - much, much more. The former part of Marvel vs. Capcom's formula brings bold colours plastered across a screen that screams with stylised lettering and motion lines, the fighting infused with comic-book intensity.

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Capcom: UMVC3 Vita is a triple-A launch title

Capcom: UMVC3 Vita is a triple-A launch title

Has Heroes and Heralds mode. Share DLC with PS3.

The Vita version of fighting game Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a triple-A launch title, Capcom has claimed.

It's "more than a mere port," the US arm of the Japanese company said on the Capcom Unity website.

UMVC3 on Vita includes all 50 playable characters, all the features of the console version, the new Heroes & Heralds mode, and "a few bells and whistles of its own".

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review

The Weapon X Factor.

A couple of months before the less ultimate version of Marvel vs. Capcom launched, a few colleagues and I were given extensive access to a preview build that was lacking in the usual command lists and training modes, but as a bare-bones taster of what was to come, allowed us to experiment with the fresh combat system without any prior guidance. We were simply presented with a colourful select screen and tasked with figuring out the many technical nuances for ourselves.

This began with a self-set mission to find each character's full repertoire of special moves and hyper combos, which, after a lot of perseverance, led to us discovering Dante's sneaky teleport, Amaterasu's multiple weapon stances and X-23's level three hyper - which despite looking like it just turned her invisible, opened up a highly damaging throw. The focus then moved on to building effective team combinations with assists that covered individual weaknesses, while opening up nasty set-ups and extended combo opportunities. But as pleased as we were with our humble efforts, the real revelations came after the game's release.

There were off-the-bat X-Factor combos that could kill a character in the first few seconds, tricky shenanigans like Magneto's Hyper Gravitation loop and the infamous DHC glitch, which let you reset damage scaling and hit stun. Or at least it used to, as Capcom have removed it from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. And yet, despite a lot of nips, revisions, tucks and additions, the one thing that hasn't changed is that unrivalled sense of experimentation that compels you to push your most impressive combo that one step further.

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FeatureSaturday Soapbox: Something Borrowed

Is the increasing recycling of game assets a cause for concern?

Sometimes it's the flawed ones that make you think the most. During a rare moment of downtime in the disappointing Dead Rising 2: Off The Record, I started considering how developers and publishers reuse content: what represents an acceptable recycling of assets, and what doesn't.

Phoenix Wright, Nova confirmed for UMVC3

Phoenix Wright, Nova confirmed for UMVC3

Gameplay videos unleashed.

Capcom has confirmed Phoenix Wright and Nova as playable characters in upcoming fighting game Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Popular Capcom character Phoenix Wright is lifted from the courtroom video game series Ace Attorney. Nova is a Marvel superhero who uses the Nova Force to fly about and fry his enemies with energy beams.

The pair join Doctor Strange, Firebrand, Ghost Rider, Frank West, Hawkeye, Nemesis T-Type, Iron Fist, Strider Hiryu, Rocket Raccoon and Vergil in the new characters list.

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Last month I packed my rucksack with the usual assortment of travelling essentials and made my second pilgrimage to the Eurogamer Expo. And while travelling from the UK's most southerly county isn't exactly cheap or hassle-free, the level of gaming opulence on offer made it worth the while.

Spot "bad-mannered" UMVC3 players

And decide whether you want to play them.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will tell you whether your opponent has "bad network manners" and let you ditch them before an online match begins.

Vita Launch Line-up

FeatureVita Launch Line-up

The best - and more interesting - of Sony's day one releases.

Nintendo may have done its best to spoil Sony's party by announcing that Monster Hunter would be coming to the 3DS, but the air of celebration continues around the Vita. 31 games for the handheld made an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show, and - Monster Hunter aside - it was the biggest pull of the event.

With no firm word of a release date outside of Japan and no region locking for the console's software, there is of course a huge temptation to import Sony's Vita when it comes out in the East on 17th December. 26 games launching alongside the handheld ensure that, unlike this year's 3DS launch, there will be a wealth of options when it comes to picking up games.

Sony's first-party games provide the obvious highlights - and Uncharted: Golden Abyss is as close to an essential purchase as there is for the Vita, both a technical marvel that's perfect for showcasing the console's power as well as an extension of one of this generation's best-loved series.

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FeatureSaturday Soapbox: Pay Up or Shut Up

Why we should stop moaning and spend more on our games.

Last week, John decried the rise of the free-to-play game and, by extension, its cousins in the murky world of digital business models: micro-transactions and downloadable content.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 confirmed

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 confirmed

UPDATE: Full roster leaked?

UPDATE: Joystiq has managed to pull what seems to be the full roster of new fighters directly off the Capcom site.

If the information is correct, the 12 new additions are: Strider, Firebrand, Vergil, Frank West, Phoenix Wright and Nemesis for Capcom; Ghost Rider, Dr Strange, Nova, Rocket Raccoon, Hawkeye and Iron Fist for Marvel.

ORIGINAL STORY: Capcom has officially announced Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

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