Classic Gaming Comes to Vita
Nnooo is a local Australian games developer based in Sydney, the small developer has had great critical success with WiiWare, iPhone and DSiWare titles over the years. In September 2011 Nnooo released escapeVektor: Chapter 1 for WiiWare, it was extremely popular with its retro 8-bit style and its focus on challenging high score driven levels. Originally planned as a downloadable series of chapters, escapeVektor for PlayStation Vita is the definitive version, housing every chapter of the Vektor series. escapeVektor brings the old school gaming mentality of the 80′s-90′s to current day with great prowess, the game’s style complements the era nicely and feels like a homage to classic gaming. Sure it not without its faults, but those looking to step back in time for a challenging experience will feel like they made the right choice.
Australian games developer Nnooo has announced that their latest game escapeVektor will be released on the PlayStation Vita 19, just in time for the Christmas season. It will be released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and will €9.99/AUD$15.95/NZD$18.90.
If you are unaware escapeVektor is a retro inspired arcade game, you played as Vektor an entity trapped inside the players CPU. You must help Vektor escape by navigating through obstacles and avoiding enemies along the way. By completing levels players will unlock new abilities to help Vektor on his journey; you will also unlock old pieces of code which contain memories of Vektor’s past.
escapeVektor follows last year’s critically acclaimed and award winning release of escapeVektor: Chapter 1. The game was initially planned to be a 4-chapter series, but Nnooo have decided to combine all the chapters into one full fledged PlayStation Vita experience.
Nic Watt, the creative director at Nnooo explained what will be in store for players of escapeVektor, “There are 150 levels in escapeVektor, spread across 27 different worlds, we have also included additional enemies and obstacles, 3 types of online leaderboards and a new Wildcard system” Players will be able to compare their scores for every level with friends, other players in their area and even worldwide. Completing a level for the first time or beating previous high score for that level, will award players with a wildcard. These wildcards can be played before a level and have a chance at doubling players score for that level, however if they do not finish the level, that wildcard is lost and no score multiplayer will take effect.
escapeVektor will also use near functionality to allow players to drop wildcards for others to collect and use in their game. “The game uses the unique features of each handheld device” further explained Watt. “On the PS Vita we use the gyroscope and the touchscreen to adjust the camera angle and move Vektor around in the overworld maps”
Nnooo’s latest project will be released on PlayStation Vita in other markets, with further details to be released. escapeVektor is released in a few days time and it is nice to see Australians working so hard so close to the Holiday season.
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THQ will be showing off their best upcoming games at this year’s EB Games Expo, in Sydney Australia. They have been nominated for 49 awards and winning 18 awards at E3 collectively and THQ will be bringing that quality downunder, with Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light, WWE ‘13 and South Park: Stick of Truth.
After Metro: Last Light’s positive gameplay demo, this will be an Australian first as it makes its way to the Expo. You will be able to follow Artyom as he makes his way through Moscow’s subway system, watch him fight to stay alive against mutant creates in this harsh post-apocalyptic world through a live demo play through.
Australia will also be happy to hear about another exclusive heading their way, with South Park: Stick of Truth thrusting you into the boots of the new kid to arrive in South Park. This demo will feature never-before-seen gameplay as Cartman as his crew takes you through this hilarious adventure.
Step into the boots of the Soviet army taking on German troops on the Eastern Front in Company Heroes 2. This is the follow-up to the original which was the highest rated strategy game of all time. Fully playable to the public for the first time, you will control troops as they fight the freezing weather conditions and the vicious German enemy.
Lastly THQ will present WWE ‘13, the next installment in the WWE franchise. WWE ‘13 will transport you back in time to the Attitude Era, be able to take control of the legends in the business such as The Rock, Stone Cold, D-Generation X and Mankind. Boasting the best wrestling experience to date, WWE ’13 will be experienced first-hand.
Also for those Saints Row: The Third fans, if you come to the THQ booth dressed as one of Steelport’s finest, you will be rewarded with some Saints Row: The Third merchandise for your hard work, in honor of Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package edition. First in best dressed, so look your best.
This year the EB Games Expo will be bigger and better than ever before, taking place Friday October 5th till Sunday October 7th at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.
Jamie Briggs wishes he was still going to the EB Games Expo. When he is not breaking things he also runs Analog Addiction where you can find all his latest reviews, interviews and features and also like them on Facebook. Also follow his daily life on Twitter @AnalogAddiction and his videos on YouTube.