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Sony's Vita might be Back on Track

At Gamescom in Cologne today, Sony started its presentation by doting on its new and still unsuccessful portable, the Playstation Vita. We saw many of the same games at E3 earlier in the year, but a couple new and promising IPs were thrown into the mix.

Tearaway, Media Molecule's newest creation, is a brand new action adventure title which has a crisp "paper" theme that takes advantage of the Vita's touch screen and back touch pad for new gameplay elements. It looks like a unique, fun take on the platforming genre reminiscent of early 3D classics like Banjo-Kazooie or Mario 64.

A new Killzone is in the works for the handheld, too, for more "hardcore" fans. There's also still the handheld Assassin's Creed Liberation, featuring a female lead character for the first time in that series. LittleBigPlanet Vita is still shooting for Holiday release, alongside the new AC game.

Sony also announced a new feature called "Cross-buy" which will allow users to buy PS3 games and receive the same game free on the PS Vita if the game is available on both platforms. This is known to apply first to the Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, followed by Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force.

Meanwhile, PSOne classics are expected to become available on the Vita August 28.

With this kind of support for Vita, it looks like Sony may be capable of pulling ahead with their new handheld. A price drop would help a great deal, but these upcoming additions to the library need to prove themselves first.

On the PS3 side Sony showed off its upcoming holiday release titles, and announced 3 new games that will appear down the line (most likely next year): Rain, Until Dawn, and Puppeteer. Rain is about a boy who is invisible unless he walks through the rain, and it looks like a solid action game. Until Dawn is meant to mimic teenage horror movies and is playable with Playstation Move. Puppeteer is a quirky platformer that shows some promise with gameplay that might remind some of Kirby.