PlayStation gamescom Roundup: Walking With Dinosaurs, Puppeteer, PS1 Classics on Vita and more

Sony’s gamescom press conference is over, and it’s time to round up what happened that didn’t hit the blog’s front page sooner.

First off, Sony’s family-oriented augmented reality accessory for Move, Wonderbook, just got a new story in addition to Digg’s Nightcrawler, named Walking with Dinosaurs. From Supermassive Games and BBC comes a new story that lets players interact with extinct dinosaurs, from T-Rexes to Allosauruses. Sony did announce that Disney has signed on with Wonderbook, but there’s no word on what might come of the deal. Sony also showed footage of the upcoming Harry Potter Wonderbook game, Book of Spells.

SCE Japan’s PSN game Rain was given a trailer, showing a boy who’s become invisible and can only be seen in the rain (you know, like Hollow Man, as Joystiq pointed out). Rain is the game’s working title, and no release date was given.

Announced as well is a new IP from Sony Japan Studio named Puppeteer, a platformer about a boy who’s whisked away to a magical world and is transformed into a puppet. His head is then bitten off, which both strangely and sensibly enough gives him the power to change heads. In the world, reminiscent of LittleBigPlanet, the boy uses magical scissors to fight enemies and cut through fabric. No release date was given.

And speaking of LittleBigPlanet, Sony announced that the Vita version of the game will be released on September 19 and will also come bundled with the PS Vita for $307 in North America and €249 in Europe.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified was given some extra screen time at the end of the conference, revealing that Nuketown will make a return to multiplayer. The game will also feature 4-on-4 multiplayer matches over WiFi, new maps, and a covert single player campaign.

Sony also announced a new PlayStation 3 budget range named PlayStation 3 Essentials, bringing 3 great games to the market at a low cost: Uncharted 3, inFAMOUS, and LittleBigPlanet for €19.99 ($24.99) each.

LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule announced their new IP, bringing the paper world of Tearaway to the PS Vita. The core feature of the 3D platformer, as explained by Media Molecule’s Alex Evans, is drawing on paper. The game stars Iota, a little paper character who has a message for you, but to find out what it is you have to get him out into the real world. Iota travels by papercraft, which you control with your fingers. You’ll have to help out Iota as he takes on enemies, as he can’t do it all by himself. To bounce Iota higher and help him fight multiple enemies, you touch the back of the Vita to make drums beat.

Players can also tap the back of the vita to break their fingers through the paper ground, smashing enemies. Areas of the world can also be painted with the Vita’s camera by taking a picture of a pattern. You can also shout into the microphone to make Iota shout too. The game also has AR features allowing the Vita’s camera to come into play, laying the camera’s view over the papercraft world.

And probably the best news of all for some of you guys: PlayStation Classics like Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider will be available for the PS Vita starting on August 28.

Sony looks like they’re really going to turn things around with the Vita for the best, and hopefully sales will pickup steam!


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