Application Review: Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

[IMG]Gameloft | 1.98 GB | $ 6.99

The Modern Combat series has always been the closest that iOS has gotten to a true first person shooter. With each iteration of the game, we have seen gradual improvements, better graphics, and enhanced gameplay. Modern Combat remains one of the well-polished shooters on the App Store, their 4th iteration goes a little further to try to improve upon the 3rd.   (more…)

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Application Review: Wild Blood

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Gameloft | 771.1 MB | $ 6.99

A little while ago, Gameloft announced that they were beginning to develop a number of games with the Unreal Engine. As would be expected, this information spread around and everyone was wondering what games would use them and how good they would be. It turns out that Wild Blood was going to be one of these. It’s a hack and slash adventure game. (more…)

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Application Review: Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation

The US is under attack, KPR forces have taken control of American cities, and as an American soldier, you must fight to reclaim your country and take out the enemy’s leader. Sound familiar? Well it should sound a lot like the Modern Warfare series, except with KPR thrown in to replace Russian Ultranationalists and Zakhaev wherever needed. That’s exactly what this game is in a nutshell; Gameloft’s take on a series that Infinity Ward isn’t planning to port to mobile devices.  Read on for the full review: (more…)

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Application Review: 9mm

The Glock is a standard issued 9mm gun released to the police force to protect and serve. Though not the strongest of guns, it becomes enough to protect and disarm when the time comes. In 9mm, it becomes your best friend or worst enemy. The icon of the game shows of a fancier Glock 26 9mm gun on it. 9mm is a game developed by the gaming giant Gamefoft about a police officer trying to get to the bottom of a coke lord. Recently, the offset of Gameloft games have been stellar if not great. However, could this over-hyped game not live up to its publicity it was given? Does the gameplay, graphics, audio, replay and overall value suite what you are given? (more…)

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App Review: Starfront: Collision

Gangstar, Near Orbit Vangard Alliance, Modern Combat, Let’s Golf, Hero of Sparta, Guitar Rock Tour, GT Racing Motor Academy, Eternal Legacy, Sacred Odyssey, Star Battalion and Shadow Guardian all have something in common. Besides all being developed by the iOS game giant Gameloft, they are all clones of well known games like Grand Theft Auto, Halo, Call of Duty, Hot Shots Golf, God of War, Rock Band, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, Zelda, Lylat Wars and Uncharted. Gameloft has one more game to add to this vast list of clones, Starfront: Collision, which is a Starcraft clone.

Developed in 1998 by Blizzard, Starcraft hit huge success with its great gameplay and compelling storyline. Gameloft’s Starfront: Collision lives up to such a famous, well-known game, or will it end up being a careless attempt at a remake. Gameloft actually did a great job with this game with its grand gameplay, ample audio, tremendous replay value, and great value for your hard-earned pennies. The graphics, however, are rushed and are not to par with other Gameloft titles.

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App Review: Shadow Guardian

In Shadow Guardian, you play as Jason Call, the protagonist in the game. You begin the story tied up as Novik tries to figure out how you tracked him down with a computer that his lab team built for him. He will be using that computer to retrieve your memories from you. As each memory comes in, you actually play as the protagonist in that memory.

Shadow Guardian is a third-person, tactical-shooter and strategic-platformer all smashed into one unique game. It is often referred to as a clone of the PS3 game, Uncharted. This game has rich gameplay, breathtaking graphics, action-packed audio, offers lots for your money, and has some replay value.

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All Hail Openfeint

Many of the larger developers chose to go alone and set up social networking portals to provide a hub for their own gaming communities to compare achievements, scores, chat and make challenges.  Ngmoco set up Plus+ and Gameloft started Live.  However the gaming network that stands out and connects the rest is AuroraFeint’s Openfeint network.  Openfeint’s only real competitor is Chillingo’s Crystal, which is good but has been slow to be implemented by developers since it’s launch mid-2009.

Openfeint truly connects you while other social gaming networks either ‘dis-connect’ you by virtue of their smaller catalogue or, as in Crystal’s case, were just a bit too late on the scene.  Its success is evidenced by the range and quality of games that use it.  It connects players of TAITO’s Space Invaders Infinity Gene, the classic Fieldrunners, Origin8′s Sentinel series and, new shining star on the touchscreen gaming scene, Trenches.  And if you don’t own at least one of these then where have you been?

In early January Openfeint launched their standalone app. It allows you to manage your Openfeint profile, import friends from Twitter and Facebook, manage your games, check out your and your friends’ scores and achievements, issue challenges, chat and much, much more.  If that hasn’t hooked you to downloading it then consider that every day they highlight either an Openfeint connected free game of note or offer a paid game for free (today it’s a great chopper game called Apache Lander, yesterday it was the basic but highly addictive A Christmas Santa).  And to boot the Openfeint app is free.

So Gameloft, Chillingo, Ngmoco and other social network providers, get on the bus.  Have a quiet word with Openfeint and get your networks linked in with theirs. You know it makes sense.  Openfeint tag themselves ‘the coolest thing since sliced awesome’ and the hype stands up.  iPtF community gamers who want to hook up with like-minded individuals, can post their Openfeint IDs in the thread here.

Openfeint App – App Store Link

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[MR Team Review] Gang$tar: West Coast Hustle

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The definitive iPod touch Fans MR Team review of the hottest game of the moment, Gameloft’s third person 3D crime fest, Gang$tar: West Coast Hustle.

Gang$tar is a third-person sandbox game set on the USA’s West Coast  in 15 blocks of a Los Angeles based landscape.   The game pays homage to Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series and has many direct comparisons, though Gang$tars is a stripped down customised version of the concept modded for the pick-up-and-play gaming style of the iPhone and iPod touch audience.

Full review and scoring after the break.

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First Gang$tar Member Review Up!

Game aficionado and ‘forum superstar‘ [sic] SumDaii has a rapidfire review out on Gameloft’s latest offering Gang$tar: West Coast Hustle, the highly anticipated and well hyped 3D GTA clone released just yesterday for the iPhone and iPod touch.

His full review follows after the break.

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Gang$tar hits the App Store

The long awaited and heavily hyped GTA wannabee Gang$tar: West Coast Hustle hit the App Store a few hours ago.  Publisher Gameloft are offering some serious value for money as they have priced this groundbreaking game at the relatively low level of $6.99, which is great value for gamers but really pressures the overall industry and we expect some pricing shock waves to be felt from this going forward.  More after the break…

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