It’s still not easy to handle the spidery (though well-balanced) control scheme, but Modern Combat 5: Blackout proves once again that tablets and phones can do console-style first-person shooters with aplomb. As with its predecessors, Blackout sports cutting-edge graphics, a generic but solid single-player campaign, and a deep multiplayer experience.
It’s been some time since we last heard about Modern Combat 5, the latest in Gameloft’s iPhone and iPad military shooter series. In fact, we played the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo last June and came away impressed by the brief demo, and it was slated to debut last fall — but it never appeared. Now the newly branded Modern Combat 5: Blackout is “coming soon” to iOS, says the publisher, which revealed additional details about the game’s single-player campaign today.
Even by the relatively low standards of movie tie-in games, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a weak entry. It makes a strong first impression with vibrant graphics in an open-world setting, but absolutely everything else about it is underwhelming, bland, or outright frustrating. Most of the problems are fundamental and extend from the game’s own lofty ambitions. An open-world setting demands that Spidey swing freely, which works just fine so long as he’s heading in a straight line.
Marvel Comics’ latest film adaptation, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has been receiving rave reviews in the run up to its release this Friday. Gameloft’s universal iOS beat-‘em-up of the same name has a fair bit going for it, as well, with solid presentation and quite a bit of content, but ultimately doesn’t captivate over the long haul. Spreading a small number of game mechanics and levels as thin as possible muddles what could have been a pretty strong action affair.
Microsoft Office for iPad is here, and by all accounts, the apps are pretty spectacular, with many critics calling them well worth the wait. One detail lost amongst the excitement is that the iPhone version is actually now free, while the iPad version requires an annual Office 365 subscription to edit files. Microsoft wasn't the only big news on Thursday, however, so read on and close out the work week with some other stories you might have missed...
Gameloft surely hopes that GT Racing 2’s flashy lighting and obsessively modeled licensed cars will make it stand out from — or at least keep pace with — a recent surge of App Store racing sims, notably genre leader Real Racing 3. Lens flares and dust effects are well and good, but GT Racing 2’s visual fidelity threatens to overshadow its real strength: as free-to-play racers go, it’s got great controls. GT Racing 2 doesn’t reinvent the iOS racing control scheme, but it executes it better than most of its competitors.
Thor is one truly badass warrior, but even his trusty hammer, electrifying moves, and a gaggle of armored cohorts to summon into battle can't quite save his latest jaunt from feeling a bit rickety around the edges. On a visual level, Thor: The Dark World is certainly an attractive-looking top-down brawler, which sends you through beautiful 3D environments to smash up evildoers and demonic beasts. Unfortunately, pushy microtransactions and shaky combat break the spell early on.
Marvel's latest Thor adventure hammers its way into movie theaters this Friday, but the folks at Gameloft are already taking iOS and Android gamers all the way to Asgard with an official game based on the new film.
By the eighth entry across nine years, you usually know what to expect from a game franchise – and in the case of Gameloft's Asphalt, that typically meant solid but inconsistent production values, and decent arcade-style racing action that never quite matched the flashy console games it emulated. It was "pretty good – for a mobile racer," but Asphalt 8: Airborne finally sheds that qualifier, and essentially feels like a reboot in terms of quality. It's actually rather amazing, especially for a mere dollar.
Like its predecessors, Gangstar Vegas takes many of its cues from popular open-world action games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row, offering plenty of story-driven missions and a large setting to explore. As such, you can expect to drive around in stolen cars, engage in gunfights with random thugs, and perhaps even run over a pedestrian or two. It may not win any awards for innovation or originality, but this robust copycat offers plenty of pick-up-and-play entertainment if you can overcome its unreliable controls.