After years of asking, we finally have our PlayStation phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The Xperia Play comes with a 16GB memory card, which we soon populated with a few games for a quick review and a look at a few of the phone’s features. Our sister site, Mobot, did a more technical review here.
With an aim to improve sales, the price of the device has recently been slashed by almost a half to around £299 for those wishing to purchase the handset on its own. So let’s take a look from a gamer’s perspective at how the device holds up.
FIFA 10: There's a hell of a lot of content here despite it being a mobile version. Management mode, Be a Pro, skill moves, commentary and leagues from all around the world are included. The main issues come from the device itself as the d-pad feels too flat for movement and the analogue pad can only be used for dribbling. Being able to tap a player on-screen to switch to him is a neat touch though. The graphics are of a high standard for portables too.
Modern Combat: Domination was a PS3 exclusive FPS developed by Gameloft that managed to blow the likes of Breach out of the water thanks to great mechanics and a ludicrously low price tag. Brendan awarded it 8/10 in our full review. However, Gameloft have announced that their shooter is now available on the most unlikely of download marketplaces: the Mac App Store. It'll set you back £7.49, which is a bit of a bargain.
Considering that there's no word of a PC or Xbox Live Arcade release, we're a little surprised to see Modern Combat: Domination turning up on Macs... but then again, Gameloft have serious pedigree developing for iOS. More to the point, the Mac needs every action game it can get - and they may have just found a perfect niche.
UPDATE: As far as a PC version is concerned, Gameloft has nothing to announce... but my source informs me that they're "always looking at new platforms for our games." I'll keep an eye on it.
Gameloft's N.O.V.A. franchise is generally considered to be the best FPS series on the iPhone, and you can read full reviews of the original and sequel over at our mobile sister site. However, Gameloft have ported the multiplayer portion of the experience over to Facebook; using a downloadable Unity Engine Web Player to offer a host of maps, content and weapons in your browser.
As a freemium download, expect a fair amount of this content to be unlockable with Facebook Credits - though frankly, there's plenty of stuff for free.
Gameloft, a leading global publisher of digital and social games, released one of its flagship franchises in an original Facebook version titled N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance: Elite. This game is the first established FPS franchise to be developed specifically for this social network.
Surprisingly, it's really rather good. Let us know what you make of it!
Modern Combat: Domination might have one of the most uninspiring titles around (what is it with FPS games and bland monikers? – Ed.) but it kicks a whole bunch of ass. If you don’t believe me, check out Brendan’s glowing Modern Combat: Domination review and revel in its appraisal of Gameloft’s glorious gunplay.
Here's the short version from Brendan's review:
A great buy for any FPS fan, especially if you get a kick out of the little guys starting fights with the big boys. Move support is a big plus if you’ve got the skills (and patience) but you’ll enjoy it most with a pad as you’ll be more comfortable playing it long into the night.
Six gameplay modes, 72 ranks to work your way through, HD graphics and a nice handful of maps make MC:D a little more than your run of the mill arcade shooter.
Gameloft, being the friendly bunch that they are, have decided to share the love and have given us ten PSN codes (worth £6.29 each) to give away to you lucky people. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is complete the following sentence and pop it in the comments box below:
‘I love Modern Combat more than.........’
Get creative. Get imaginative. Get funky...but not too funky. No multiple entries! We are watching.
NB. The competition will run until the noon on Monday 25th April 2011, after which the winners will be chosen at random.
Good luck everybody!
Gameloft are known for making some of the best mobile games of all time... by plundering the best bits from successful franchises and squeezing them down onto a handset. However, they've just announced a new Android title that will be a timed-exclusive on the Xperia Play - which seems to be as original as it gets. We were wondering when Gameloft were going to make the jump from imitation to innovation, and it seems that Backstab might be heralding the changes.More details below...
Breach, frag and clear here for more details...
Rejoice, Rainbox Six fans! Ubisoft's tactical (and in my opinion, best) Tom Clancy franchise has hit iOS in portable form thanks to the good folks over at Gameloft. I'll have a review for you soon over at Mobot, our mobile sister site, but the full details are below in the meantime. Here's hoping for another next-gen outing before too long. Gameloft are also working on a WoW-style mobile MMO, which has the potential to be crazy addictive even by iPhone standards.
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Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter franchise is the king of iPhone action RPGs - and I recently awarded 5/5 stars to its latest iteration over at our sister site. However, Gameloft aren't content with just sticking to portable platforms and will be bringing the next Dungeon Hunter title over to the Playstation Network as a full exclusive. If you're annoyed about Torchlight's exclusive status and can't wait for Diablo III, consider this your lucky day.
Gameloft are one of the premier mobile gaming studios around, and to celebrate this most cynical of holidays, they want to show Android users some love. Until Valentines Day, every HD Android title has been slashed down to £1- making for a 66% saving across the board. This includes Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Fishing Kings and Spider-man: Total Mayhem; all of which are worth checking out at this price. Visit the link using your Android browser to hit the store!
Don't let the uninspired name put you off, this is a game worth the attention of any online FPS fan. The delightful price of £6.29 gets you five maps and six modes to enjoy that puts the likes of Blacklight: Tango Down to shame.
An old-school approach is taken in regards to your health, take damage and it stays. No health packs or regeneration makes for extra tense matches and balances things out nicely, especially if you manage to get a few shots into an opponent before you get taken down. When you do get killed it shows how much health and armour your killer has left. This works to annoy you further when you see they only had 7% left.
The radar shows recent positions of your opponents as a red blip. A red X marks a corpse, but you can be pretty sure there will be someone close by due to the close nature of most of the game's kills. This isn't a shooter where you're wondering around for ages looking for something to shoot.
From the spawn menu you're presented with a store to purchase your gear for that individual attempt with the chance to choose differently every time you respawn. You're always provided with at least $2400 which is enough to purchase an MP4/shotgun and a grenade, or a pistol, grenade and armour.
You're rewarded extra money for kills, headshots, sprees and objectives so that next time you get to the respawn menu you might want to splash the cash on something with better stats such as an AK-47, helmets, armour and flash-bangs. Of course as soon as you do you know you're going to get shot in the back within seconds of rejoining the fray. On the plus side you can steal weapons from fallen opponents.
Gameloft frequently run sales and giveaways to promote their iPhone apps and games; and they're at it again. They've currently slashed the price of seven games to 59p, which is essentially an 80% saving (compared to their usual retail price of £2.99!). These games should work perfectly well on iOS4, but please drop us a line if you know differently.
Seven games are included in this deal:
So... what to choose? Whilst they're all fairly decent little timewasters, there are a couple of standout titles here that deserve your immediate attention and consideration.
Assassins Creed: Altair's Chronicles is more than a lazy port of the original DS title. Sharpened up with some slick 3D graphics, it's actually a fantastic tech demo of what the iPhone is capable of. Stepping back into the billowing robes and leather boots of master Assassin Altair, you'll scamper around rooftops, avoid platforming pitfalls and, naturally, assassinate a load of templars who never knew what hit them. It's a fun and accessible title, The only real problem is, as usual, the controls- which features a finnicky virtual analog stick that doesn't always do what you'd expect.
NOVA is probably one of the best (if not the best) game on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It's a fully-featured FPS with eyepopping graphics, large weapon selection, excellent pacing and... a functional control sceme (gasp!). A perfect amount of auto-aim compensates for the iPhone's lack of thumbsticks; and 4-player local/internet deathmatches add some serious value to the proceedings. For 59p, I can't recommend NOVA highly enough!
Thanks to AgentSingh at Hot UK Deals
If like me you're easily bored on long distance journeys and find yourself without a book, or you might not want to part with more cash for the latest games at the app store after forking out so much for your iPhone or iPod Touch, then this deal will be of interest to you.
To celebrate their 10th Birthday, Gameloft are giving away one of their iPhone/iPod touch games for free for two hours each day up until 21st May. You'll need to follow their twitter feed in order to find out which games are available and when, but once they become available you'll have a two hour period to log onto the app store and download the game for free.
Now I have to admit, in general I've found the majority of iPhone/iPod games that I've downloaded to be a huge disappointment. Having said that, there have been a few diamonds in the rough, which I only happened to come across because I thought 'Oh why not, its free, you might as well give it a go'.
Bearing that in mind, if you're an iPhone or iPod touch owner, then this is an exceptionally good deal as you've really got nothing to lose by downloading the games and giving them a try, who knows you might end up finding something thats hard to put down.
Thanks to BBGodzilla @ HUKD