Even by the standards of post-apocalyptic shooters, game worlds don't come much bleaker than the one glimpsed in Metro: Last Light. Two decades after a nuclear war, the remnants of humanity huddle deep underground in the Moscow Metro, where stations have become a loose network of city-states increasingly consumed by war between communists and neo-Nazis. The surface is a toxic ruin haunted by literal ghosts of the past. Horrifying mutants are out for blood, bullets are currency, and Artyom — the series' nominal hero — inadvertently destroyed what may have been humanity's last hope in the previous game.
Ubisoft, the Europe-based publisher known for properties such as Rayman, Splinter Cell, and Assassin’s Creed, recently revealed a new spate of upcoming games--including several that are making their way to iOS and other mobile platforms. If you want to pillage the high seas, pull off some insane stunts, or engage in some classic platforming action, Ubisoft may have just what you're looking for.
When you're seeking a quick burst of interactive entertainment on your Mac, there's no place more convenient to find it than the built-in Mac App Store. While its diverse offerings include the latest and greatest big-budget affairs at appropriately sizable prices, Apple's Mac storefront also features a wide array of low-priced offerings. Not all such offerings are worthwhile affairs, but many thankfully are, and we've scoured the listings to find the best of the bunch. Check out our picks below for the 25 best Mac App Store games available today, and be sure to keep an eye out as we update this list in the months to come.
Shopping for school supplies is rough, and they just don't make Lisa Frank stickers like they used to. It's that time of year for back to school sales at J.C. Penney, and for the smell of fresh spiral notebooks to fill the air. For all of your scholarly pursuits, relevant or otherwise, we've got another grab bag here to fill you in on some of the smaller apps you might have missed.
PAX Prime, Seattle's annual expo of all things gaming-related, drew some big crowds over the weekend — and while much of the focus was on PC and console games brought to the show by big publishers, there were plenty of promising iOS games on display, too. Not surprisingly, some of the most interesting ones came from independent developers. Turn-based strategy, RPGs, racing, and rhythm games were all on display for attendees to see firsthand — but if you didn't get to go, be sure to check out our favorites.
A badger cub is lying on the floor of a cave, deathly grey and lethargic, starving to death, and surrounded by whining, whimpering siblings. The mother badger digs up a nearby turnip and dutifully feeds her cub. At it eats, color floods back into its furry, striped body, and the rejuvenated clan sets off in search of a more sustainable den. The first thirty seconds of Shelter, a new Mac stealth game from the Swedish outfit Might & Delight, tell players everything they'll need to know in the adventure ahead: Food is scarce and death is plentiful, and your clutch of badger cubs will fade – figuratively and literally – if not regularly plied with carrots, radishes, mole rats, and frogs.
Our first monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during the month of August, with a total of 24 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full, scored critique and find the link to purchase each game. August was headlined by intriguing Mac adventures like BioShock Infinite and Gone Home, while iOS highlights included Asphalt 8: Airborne, Rymdkapsel, and Plants vs. Zombies 2, but there's plenty more fresh gaming action found within.
If you put much stock in Metacritic, Bioshock Infinite is the best (or at least best-reviewed) PC game of 2013 so far. Set in Columbia, a sprawling steampunk metropolis floating in the clouds, it's at once a beautiful achievement in world-building; a moving sci-fi story populated by memorable characters; a thinking man's ultraviolent shoot-'em-up; and an unflinchingly brutal critique of the myth and reality of America at the dawn of the 20th century. And this Thursday, five months after its release on other platforms, it arrives on Mac (presumably via Sky-Hook and with guns blazing).
It's been an awfully long time since there was a new entry in the Ultima series, and even longer since the venerable RPG franchise was on an Apple platform. Its reappearance on iOS – as a free-to-play game, no less – might seem like a low-key comeback for a property that once helped pioneer computer role-playing games, but underneath its casual-looking exterior lurks a fun (if simple) dungeon-crawling MMO.
It's difficult to describe the premise of Papers, Please without making it seem crushingly dull; in some ways, it is. Manning a tiny office, your job is to slowly process a huge line of travelers at the newly opened border of a fictional Eastern Bloc country, checking their papers for discrepancies and rejecting or accepting them depending on whether everything's in order. You're paid by the number of visitors you admit during the few minutes you're open, but make too many mistakes (or "mistakes," whether they're to help someone unfortunate or earn yourself a few easy credits), and you'll be fined — which, given your hand-to-mouth existence, could spell the difference between life and death for your family at home.