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Table Top Racing Launches on PS Vita Today

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Hi! Nick Burcombe here from Playrise Digital, the team behind Table Top Racing on PS Vita. You may have seen my blog post a couple of weeks ago — hello again, if that’s the case! Table Top Racing is out today, so I’m back to show you guys the brand new launch trailer…

As it’s launch day, I thought I’d give you guys a few tactical tips before you start revving your engines.

First and foremost, make sure you upgrade your car as you progress — otherwise you won’t keep up with the competition. Things get even more interesting when you start experimenting with Weapon-Wheels. In conjunction with the power-ups, the wheel weapons will give you a real strategic advantage, so think carefully about your selection before each race.

There are 17 fully upgradeable cars, all of which come with some cool skins. You start off with a choice between the Whippy Kai-Yay! Ice Cream Van or the Hippy Bathday Campervan, but in no time at all you’ll be upgrading through to the likes of Rally Cars, suped-up pick-up trucks and hyper-cars like the Veloceratti and the Baguetti Carb Injection — we had a lot of fun with the car names.

The on-track intensity increases once you start unlocking some of those higher level Championships. Once you start exploring the Special Events and applying what you’ve learnt about the Weapon-Wheels, you’ll soon discover those three start challenges that seem impossible are achievable with a bit of lateral thinking.

We hope you’ll have a blast playing the ultimate version of Table Top Racing on PlayStation Vita. We can’t wait to start hearing some feedback from you.

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CapJSheridan said:

August 5th, 6:35 am

I was excited that it could be a Micro Machines like game, but it looks pretty weak :(

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 7:29 am

    I hope you get a chance to try it – it’s getting some good review so far ;)

Sonicfan11589 said:

August 5th, 6:37 am

-What is the price and is there a discount for PS Plus subscribers?
-Does the trophy list contain a platinum?

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 7:28 am

    $7.99 and its 20% of PSplus
    This time there isn’t a platinum I’m afraid

endustry94 said:

August 5th, 6:44 am

How well does the game respond in a darker room?

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 7:29 am

    Not sure I know what you mean?

DJ_Tomato said:

August 5th, 6:46 am

I second @SonicFan11589

-What is the price and is there a discount for PS Plus subscribers?
-Does the trophy list contain a platinum?

Personally, no Plat, no buy

RedZepp said:

August 5th, 6:48 am

I was hoping it would be less Mario Kart-y. The environments look nifty, though.

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 7:30 am

    Its the love child of Micromahcine and Mario Karts, with a pinch of one of my old PSOne title, Wipeout thrown in – you’ll sense it if you were a fan of the PSOne versions – even though it’s a very different game :)

g_e_z_a_d_o_n said:

August 5th, 6:58 am

Vita love much appreciated!!

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 7:31 am

    Great device – well impressed with the little beastie

jaspertang said:

August 5th, 7:11 am

I can’t see the game on PSN?

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 7:31 am

    USA today and EU tomorrow.

BlueBl1zzard said:

August 5th, 7:11 am

Hmm…sounds interesting, I may bite depending on the price.

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 7:32 am

    $7.99 with a 20% discount for PSPlus subs

BlueBl1zzard said:

August 5th, 7:14 am

@jaspertang you have to wait for the store to update, which is usually around 2pm PST (5PM EST).

snakeeyes211 said:

August 5th, 7:14 am

Can you share with us the price point of the game so I can start saving up and it does come with a platinum trophy

OtterX said:

August 5th, 7:14 am

I think this looks great! I’ll be picking this up today for sure, I have some Sony Rewards points I need to spend. :)

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 7:32 am

    Thanks OtterX – your support is welcome! Appreciate it.

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Nick Burcombe said:

August 5th, 7:35 am

Maybe I wasn’t clear enough with BlueBlizzard

The price is $7.99 but you can get a 20% discount if you are a PSplus subscriber. So I guess that’s about $6.15 ish

There’s no Platinum in this one I’m afraid.

Over the next few days I’ll pop by here and help with any hints and tips you might need. :)

OtterX said:

August 5th, 7:44 am

Great price point. I do have a question. Any plans for future DLC? Cars, tracks? Also, you said no Plat, but are there at least a couple Golds? Thanks!

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Nick Burcombe said:

August 5th, 7:51 am

Someone has put up a Trophy list here: http://ps3trophies.com/forums/playstation-trophy-news/42703-table-top-racing-playstation-vita-trophy-list.html

Regarding DLC… Well, there’s some other exciting news coming from us shortly. Follow us on twitter or facebook – we hope you’ll like what we have to say.

Jofepz said:

August 5th, 7:58 am

The game looks very pretty and original, reminds me of Twisted Metal and CTR :D

endustry94 said:

August 5th, 8:00 am

@Nick Burcombe

Ignore my comment. I believe I may have had a misconception. With a name like “Table Top Racing” and after viewing the video above, I thought the game was/is AR Play. I have had problems with the AR Play in dark rooms as I usually only have time to play games in the evening.

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 8:45 am

    Oh…I think I know what iOS thing you’re talking about….no this is not an AR game. You can play this in PITCH BLACK :)

GummyCore said:

August 5th, 8:05 am

Is it compatible with Vita TV?

KCJAN123 said:

August 5th, 8:13 am

This is looks really cool, but I just don’t think it’s for me. Is there a trial version/demo?

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

August 5th, 8:16 am

game looks like a lot of fun but i will stick with ModNation Racers..has everything i need in a race kart game.

ElektroDragon said:

August 5th, 8:17 am

Need a demo.

Branzo27 said:

August 5th, 8:25 am

What’s the total download size?

Branzo27 said:

August 5th, 8:26 am

Also is the online mode ad hoc? I noticed in the video the screen was split up? It’s not actually like that in game during online play is it?

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 8:43 am

    No thats just the promo video – it supports both ad-hoc and internet play

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August 5th, 8:34 am


Elvick_ said:

August 5th, 8:34 am

Game looks fun. I assume you retooled the game in order to be less grindy like it is on mobile (to stimulate coin sales)?

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 8:39 am

    The price of all the in-game items are 50% so there’s no grind and of course no adverts. There is IAP for those of you who want to support us, but they are NOT required to finish the game :)

Jenda34 said:

August 5th, 8:38 am

In which is this game better than on mobile ?

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 8:41 am

    The Vita version has both Ad-Hoc and Internet multiplayer – there’s no multi-player in Andorid at all. The Vita one also has double the polygon count for the scenery. Plus, with analogue control sticks you have manual control over the the brake and acceleration (its auto-accelerate on Android). You can also use the center portion of the rear touch panel to “glance back” and see where the competition are.

Elvick_ said:

August 5th, 8:40 am

Figured as much, thanks for the response Nick!

pitolyo said:

August 5th, 9:04 am

Since you mentioned wipEout and Mario kart i might have to buy this . I played wipEout and another game that looked similar to this when I was 4 or 5 . With that said , wipEout means a lot to me . :)

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Nick Burcombe said:

August 5th, 9:30 am

It means a lot to me too :) Great time in my career. We will have some exciting news for you all soon about what we are up to next (gen) ;)

PanTheMan16 said:

August 5th, 9:58 am

Table Top Racing looks fun. Congrats on the Vita release. :)

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 11:08 am

    Thanks – the team enjoyed making it.

HeavyToka said:

August 5th, 10:03 am

Looks like a ton of fun, count me in!

Darth_NODlike said:

August 5th, 10:04 am

Looks great from the trailer. I’ll pick it up later today.

poodude said:

August 5th, 10:28 am

Looks fun. Definitely grabbing it when the Store updates.

gln315on1982 said:

August 5th, 10:45 am

Looks like it can be fun. What are the available camera views? I generally use the bumper camera view.

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    Nick Burcombe said:

    August 5th, 11:11 am

    We have the “mario Kart” above and behind view, then a “Closer” version but still 3rd person and then there’s the ultra-hardcore Retro camera…not recommended if youre trying to ace the game. LOL. We don’t have a “1st person” or bumper camera because of the use of weapons – you can’t judge when to use the defensive weapons if you can see who is around you. :)

UndreyVITA said:

August 5th, 10:48 am

Looks awesome, I’m probably getting it.

Welmosca said:

August 5th, 11:11 am

I bet you guys are Crash fans…..those boxes ha no way to not remember Crash boxes….actually they’re identical to Crash boxes.

Anyway nice trailer…this game looks like that good fun that you could find back on PS1 days and in the early PS2 days.I’ll be getting it…not on launch though…sorry backlog is too big.

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Nick Burcombe said:

August 5th, 11:12 am

Crash is an Iconic character and we love him – consider the boxes a tribute to a missing PS hero.

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Nick Burcombe said:

August 5th, 11:14 am

To all the guys commenting that they are going to get it – thank you – all of you – it means a lot to have support like this. Keep firing the questions in and I promise to answer them where I can. I’ve got to duck out for something to eat now (7:15pm UK time) but fear not, I’ll respond to all your queries over the coming days.

OtterX said:

August 5th, 12:56 pm

I just noticed you guys don’t have screenshots up on the PSN store. If I hadn’t found out about it here on PSBlog, I probably would have passed right over it for this reason. It’s a nice looking game! Show it off! :)

NadMax45 said:

August 5th, 1:07 pm

Looks like a cool game
I’ll buy it tomorrow (I’m from France :)
Is it native resolution?

Thiagots85 said:

August 5th, 2:36 pm

that looks a nice little game….will surely buy when get the chance

Thanks for the vita love!

SpooNManX said:

August 5th, 3:37 pm

Wow… Nick Burcombe is a @&#%$ legend -as Q*bert might say.

Doesn’t anyone realize he is the creator of the one and only Wipeout?!

I have been a huge fan of the Wipeout series since it’s debut on the PSX. Actually, even before that, if you count it’s CGI mock up on the movie Hackers. ;)

I have to say I’ve really enjoyed Table Top Racing on the iPod and can’t wait to play it on the PS Vita since it will be much better with real buttons.

This and Jeff Minter’s TxK have made my purchase of the Vita worth it and I thank you!
Seriously, anyone who remembers Micro Machines with any ounce of fondness will love this.
It will look gorgeous on the Vita as well.


Crosaith said:

August 5th, 3:51 pm

Wow.. this game is a mess. I’ve played for around 10 minutes so far and have encountered two annoying bugs. 1st, I checked out the garage and after checking out some nice cars, the game refused to let me make any selections or exit the menu. Had to force close and re-open app. Checked out garage again and it worked fine. Weird… 2nd problem, I entered championship mode and the game forced me to drive backwards. Changed the camera modes a bit and it didn’t help.. restarted the race a few times and the car flickered a bit and went into a normal driving mode.. fun stuff…. :\

Get your game together guys!!

plaztiksyke said:

August 5th, 4:04 pm

darn, was hoping this was an AR card game :(

Someone needs to make an AR version of echochrome, and an AR tower defense game, for Vita.

Randy_M_Green said:

August 5th, 4:11 pm

Very cool. Reminds me of Re-Volt.

Z-U said:

August 5th, 5:45 pm

Sadly, i can’t log in at the moment on my “author” account but I am Nick Burcombe (logged in on my personal account).

+Crosaith – we’ve never seen any bugs in the front end menu. You can only chose the cars once you have the cash to buy them or your have unlocked them by completing the championships. Secondly, the “drive backwards” you’re experiencing is the fact that you are touching the middle portion of the rear touch pad – this is “glance back” camera and so if you move your fingers to the edges or off the pad you should have a normal view. We purposely didn’t make the whole rear pad the rear view because it was too easy to catch by accident, but the middle 60% will give you the look back and so 20% at the sides shouldn’t affect the camera view.

Hope that helps. Sorry you didn’t have a great first impression. I’ll bring up the menu thing with the team – I don’t recall this ever coming up though.

Z-U said:

August 5th, 5:48 pm

+SpooNManX – kind words (even the Q-bert bit) but, credit where it’s due – there is always a great team behind a great game. And Psygnosis/Studio Liverpool was a truly great place to work back in the early days of PSX development.

Z-U said:

August 5th, 5:49 pm

+OtterX – i’m sure the store will be updated soon. But I’ll bring it up with Ripstone.

shadow71 said:

August 5th, 6:52 pm

Game is pretty decent so far.

WHY THE !@%!#% IS THERE NO MENTION OF CONTROLS IN THE GAME OR THE MANUAL!!?!? There’s a REASON there’s a manual attached to Vita games.

So far I’ve figured out X is accelerate, R trigger is shoot and (annoyingly) the rear touch pad is look back (with no ability to disable that).

The game mentions jumping and that “pickups can be used offensively or defensively”, but I can’t figure out how to jump or fire a rocket backwards (?).

WHERE IS “HOW TO PLAY”?!?! Freaking lazy.

GummyCore said:

August 5th, 7:52 pm

@shadow71, I was going to say that Vita games have digital manuals, which you access from the page that pops up after tapping on the game’s bubble, it’s one of the icons on the top. Then I tried it on the demo version. It’s 6 pages of legal stuff, health warning and such, not a single word on how to play!

Z-U said:

August 6th, 2:11 am

+shadow71 – That’s certainly an oversight on our part – apologies.

The left Analogue stick is steering, the right Analogue stick is Accelerate and Brake. Alternatively you can use the the dpad for steering and X for Accelerate and I think you can use either Square or Circle to brake. The camera can be cycled on Triangle. The rear touch panel only does the rear view on the center portion of the panel – this is so you can hold the Vita without having to worry about touching the edges of the panel by accident.

You can use any combination of analogue or digital – whatever is comfortable.

Top right shoulder fires “Pick ups”, Top left shoulder fire “Weapon Wheels”. The “Jump” comes from the secondary weapon system, the “Weapon Wheels”. You can find them in the garage. Each Wheel has a specific function, be it earning coins or jumping shortcuts. More below.

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