Papercraft Pumpkins & Pig Riding!
I'm currently exploring Tearaway, the much-anticipated PS Vita platformer from Media Molecule. Problem is, though, Sony provided us with one of the most generous preview builds I've tested in a long time, and getting a handle on it is taking an age.
Thankfully the Vita takes screenshots. To tide you over, here's a bizarre photo diary of my journey so far, presented by the inestimable Dealspwn McLogoface. Because he's got a Dealspwn logo on his... well, you know.
At the beginning of the game, you're introduced into the world by way of the front-facing camera. You can choose your gender and set the skin tone balance settings, and also use your Vita as a shaving mirror. I need to shave.
Erm, I also need to see a dentist apparently. Ooh-err. It's the colour balance, I swear - that's a white wall behind me. Excuse me while I ring a hygienist just in case.
Iota is fairly helpless in combat, at least to start with, but you can give enemies the finger. Or two! Awful puns aside, punching through into the game world via the rear trackpad feels fantastic.
Every once in a while, you'll unlock papercraft blueprints to print out and make yourself! Fun!
Dealspwn McLogoface is born. You can customise Iota with a huge range of unlockable accessories, or make your own in an amazing editing suite complete with pencil and scissors.
Behold! I'm making a banana.
Actually, no, maybe it's a rubbish boat.
Nope. It's a hat.
Then I met a pig. Here he is, look. I gave him an extra eye so he looks edgy and stands out in nightclubs. I wear a crown for precisely that reason.
Then I took a picture.
Then I rode him, because all the cool origami figures were doing it.
Ooh look, a Pumpkin! He wants to look terrifying to scare away crows blocking your path, so what could be scarier than a cat muzzle. Peep his crazy eyes. WooOoOooOOoo. You can even record a spooky scream for him with the microphone - I made him say "Dealspwn." Because I am nothing without my work.
In case you were wondering, Tearaway is utterly beautiful. LittleBigPlanet is fuzzy and soft, but Media Molecule are all about sharp edges and stark colours now. It's lovely. Also, there's hurdy-gurdy dubstep and mushrooms that move 1:1 with your thumbsticks.
Hang on, this isn't Tearaway. It's Valhalla Knights 3, which I'm also reviewing on Vita. I'll be having a very strongly-worded rant about its portrayal of female characters, by the way.
And now I'm all angry and depressed at the state of the industry. Not the right mood to talk about Tearaway, not by a long shot. Stay tuned for our full hands-on preview, wherein I'll actually attempt to convey some useful facts and impressions about the game!