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Games

  • 5 of the best FPS for iOS

    Shooters are the defining benchmark for consoles. How has this bombastic genre translated to iOS? We take a look at the current kings of the hill for iPad and iPhone. N.O.V.A. 2 – US$6.99 Halo-inspired N.O.V.A. 2 is a blueprint for how other FPS’ should be made for iOS. The game is nothing short of inspired, with some of the most frantic shooting action on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Graphics-wise, N.O.V.A. 2 is hard to top and while it may not make use of the Unreal engine, its own proprietary engine manages to knock out the action at a...

  • Tegra 3 GPU delivers console-level gaming to your mobile device

    Tablet and mobile gaming, the final frontier. Can mobile gaming surpass consoles with the Tegra 3 GPU? Nvidia hopes so, and with the advent of the Fujitsu quad core Tegra 3 prototype phone, mobile gaming is about to get a kick up its ass. The Mobile World Conference is the venue for Tegra 3 goodness and a barrage of titles has been unveiled. Games which have been announced include Sonic the Hedgehog Episode...

  • 5 Games that would make great films

    Game adaptations: the forbidden sin. Hardly done well, and well worth missing. Despite the watchable Silent Hill and fun Resident Evil series, the rest are just plain awful. So let’s not focus on game movies that already exist, but rather take a look at five great games that would translate well to the big screen. Portal The Game Portal is one of the most creative first person uh, shooters, to have come out in the last decade. Portal took environmental puzzles to the next level; it actually built them into the game-mechanics with the portal gun. Originally a mod of the Half-Life...

  • Kickstarting a Double Fine Adventure

    The most successful Kickstarter pledge is under way -- happening right now folks. And what a pledge it is -- the promise of an original adventure game, a fringe genre by today’s standards -- backed by you and me, the fans. Could this be a new direction for gaming publishing forever? Probably not, but it does send a message to big publishers – that there are alternatives to getting funded and distributed, so what are you gonna do about it? And that is the question everyone should be asking: how will the middle men of the gaming industry adapt? The Big...

  • Gearburn picks: 5 Great social games for iOS

    Social games: the end of hardcore gaming or its untimely saviour? Decide for yourself as we look at the top social games for iOS, which are all incidentally, free to play. CityVille Hometown Zynga, the kings of copying original titles, know how to reel the suckers in. CityVille Hometown, an updated version of FarmVille, offers little in the way of innovations, but has the same emotional hook which reels users in for that elusive “one more game”. Users or “residents” remain active by engaging with in-game characters, who just happen to be Facebook friends building their own neighbouring communities. Players are...

  • Guinness World Records names Black Ops as ‘best game ending’

    The Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition has named Call of Duty: Black Ops the game with the "best ending ever". The game topped a poll of well over 13 000 gamers. Gas Deaves, Guinness World Records Gamers Edition editor, speaks out on the choices. "Everyone has an opinion on how to end a game whether it's an epic boss fight, a clever plot twist or a 90-minute movie. This list recognises some...

  • The Last of Us: A Preview

    The Uncharted series has wrapped up; Nathan Drake has cracked his last crack, a wise one nonetheless. Naughty Dog fans whispered the world over, a quiver in their voices: "what will we do without Uncharted? Where will our next block-buster action game come from? What does life mean?" To those fans: get a life... and then get on board the hype-train for The Last of Us -- Naughty Dog’s upcoming third-person survival-horror action-adventure title. What a mouthful, kinda like Nathan Drake’s wisecracks. The game is shrouded in mystery: development began secretly while Naughty Dog was simultaneously working on Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception....

  • Gearburn’s Pick: Best RPG’s for the iPhone, iPad

    Games on the iPhone and iPad are challenging traditional handheld gaming systems such as the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. One of the reasons for this is that they offer instant gaming gratification and inherently low-cost gaming titles -- most games are generally priced under US$1. The Apple devices own most genres, neatly encompassing shooters, driving sims, fighters and role-playing games into its catalogues. Sure, Skyrim may be light-years away from appearing on the iDevices, but these games are ideal time wasters with hours of fun to be had. What then are the dominant RPG’s on the iPhone and iPad?...

  • 5 Great puzzlers for iOS

    Touch technology has given new life to the puzzler. Phones and tablets afford these games a crisp resolution that puts Mario to shame, great sound through your headphones, and a compactness that means you can solve away anywhere you are. It is this new intimacy of gaming that inspires our list of the top five iOS puzzle games. Contre Jour -- artistic design for the eyeball in everyone Hot on the heels of Cut the Rope, comes publisher Chillingo’s latest offering -- Contre Jour. Put on your headphones and indulge in an interactive experience that is both challenging and a...

  • Xbox Live may be coming to Android and iOS

    Microsoft could be on the verge of launching Xbox Live for devices running Android and iOS. The move has the potential to put the Redmond-based company’s online gaming service into the hands of a vast number of new customers. To date, Xbox Live has only been available on phones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS -- which holds a relatively small share of the smartphone market. Speaking to Forbes, a Microsoft representative recently...