I despise in-app purchases. Micro transactions are a blight on the gaming industry, even if they are what's keeping half the publishers afloat. Still, far too many people are plagued by unintentional bills, and almost no game is safe from the constant plea for more money. Apple already changed the classification from "free" to "get" on the store, but now they've gone a step further.
I love Oddworld. It’s easily one of the most imaginative places I’ve ever had the joy of experiencing in titles like Abe’s Odyssey and Abe’s Exodus. One venture to that crazy place I missed entirely was Stranger’s Wrath. The game came out way back in 2005 on the original Xbox, and was then ported to PC and PlayStation 3 in 2011. It’s now coming to iOS.
Despite being a broken, glitchy mess online, Battlefield 4 is still a technically stunning (and demanding) game. It’s on the other side of the visual spectrum, pushing hardware to the limit for photo-realistic representation. You would never expect to get something like Battlefield 4 on a mobile device. Well at least that’s what I thought yesterday.
I never thought I’d need a tablet until I got an iPad a few years ago. That not so little device opened up a ton of new working and multitasking options to me, especially in tandem with my iPhone and MacBook. It seems like the world is in love with iPads, which happens to be Apples best selling product. Good thing another two are on the way.
That is, the trading card game version of that popular battle monster franchise. Vague headlines, hooooooooooooo!
You know what this world lacks? I’ll give you a hint: it starts with a “MMM” and ends with an “OBA”. Those games are just so far and few between these days! Luckily, a brand new one was unveiled along with the new range of Apple products last night. Are you ready for Vainglory?
I absolutely adore puzzle games. There's little in this world that can better the feeling of solving a particular puzzle that I've been stumped by for hours. A wave of satisfaction that feels incredible rewarding, only made better by the appearance of another challenge. Like I said, I love puzzles, and that's why I'm already in love with Cadence.
By far the best technical innovation that I saw at Gamescom was Skylanders on iPad. Geoff had already raved about it, but when I saw it for myself I was duly impressed. During an interview, we demoed it so you can see for yourself just how cool it is.
Last week 2K began teasing something to do with BioShock. Many of us thought they were ready to continue with the franchise after the closure of Irrational Games earlier this year. Not only did their announcement yesterday shoot those rumors down in flames, they revealed a port that no one really saw coming.
There’s a long weekend coming up, and some travelling to do on the horizon no doubt. Need some entertainment, and happen to be tired of reaching three stars on veteran in Kingdom Rush? Well good news, because Blizzard’s insanely addictive Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now out globally for the iPad.
Sometimes, the platform truly makes the game. Sure, almost anything could be played on PC or console. But I have a feeling that when Hearthstone makes its home on iPad, it will be unstoppable. I mean, it got Darryn addicted - and now certain regions can share in his obsession.
When it comes to guilty pleasure games, Surgeon Simulator is at the top of my list. The things I’ve done to the human body in that grisly game defy all manner of comprehension. Funnily enough, it didn’t leave me feeling squeamish at all. But a dentist mode? I am f$#%ing terrified of dipping into that mode.
It seems like almost everyone has an iPhone, iPod or iPad these days. I actually had one of the early iPods back in the day. That thing was a brick, but I loved it. Now it seems that maybe I would love the Vita in the same way, if we believe PlayStation UK's Managing Director, Fergal Gara.
Mobile gaming is huge. I think we sometimes forget just how many people play games on their phones, and fork out big money for the privilege of doing so. Apple has revealed that 2013 was their best ever year for the App Store, raking in a lot of money, usually $1 at a time.
Out of all the games that Blizzard is busy with right now, Heroes of Warcraft: Hearthstone could be their biggest and most surprising hit. It’s a card game for everyone, and it’s ridiculously addictive. And when it hits mobile devices, I might never lift my head away from my iPad ever again.