Mode 7 are bringing Frozen Synapse over to iPad, and they've delivered a little video showcasing the tablet-based gameplay. We love a bit of the turn-based strategy in FS and we've been clamouring for a tablet port.
The game will be heading to Android devices after the iPad edition launches , and Destructoid reports that the Red DLC will make the jump to both operating systems at some point in the future. Oh, and there'll be cross-platform play too.
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Yes, it's time to start frothing at the gills with excitement, Apple fans! There's a new iPad on the horizon, and it's got ludicrous amounts of space inside.Click here to read more...
Hardware manufacturer Acer's senior VP and president for Europe, Middle East and Africa has rained a little on Microsoft Surface's parade, casting doubts over the chances of success for Microsoft's upcoming tablet, and expressing concerns over Microsoft's focus, whic hcould have a knock-on effect for partners such as Acer.Click here to read more...
Microsoft may be close to revealing a new tablet device if the machinations of the rumour mill are to be believed, with the Xbox manufacturer touted to unveil their new gadget as soon as June 18th.Click here to read more...
Apple has announced a major press event for March 7th, which proclaims that they "have something you really have to see. And touch.” It's being held in the same venue as last year's iPad 2 reveal, so the smart money's on the iPad 3 finally breaking cover after months of rumours and speculation.
I mentioned in my impressions piece for OnLive's UK launch that playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution on an iPad was a pretty gratifying experience for this gadget hound. Sat in a swanky MoreLondon office complex earlier this week, controller in hand, having Batman beat up some goons in Arkham City on a Samsung Galaxy tablet was pretty cool too. But deploying cannons with a touch of my finger in Defence Grid Gold on a Kindle Fire was even better.
OnLive on a tablet - Android only for the moment, with Apple still yet to give OnLive the green light (more on that in a bit) - is a cracking experience. The app is free, as is the copy of LEGO Batman that comes with it. Of the 25 titles that have so far been optimised for touch and gesture inputs, a handful of these - such as Defence Grid Gold and, excitingly, the upcoming debut of L.A. Noire on the service - have been further developed in conjunction with OnLive specifically for this purpose. What that means is that you get a bespoke touch interface designed by the developers themselves.
Elsewhere, as in the aforementioned LEGO Batman for example, there are V-pad overlays for control schemes that will be instantly familiar to anyone who has already dabbled in tablet gaming. The control setups are fairly standard, the screen restriction minimised wherever possible and Grove says that players will be able to customise their interface setups. The default overlay also changes from game to game, optimised through rigorous testing to match the needs for the game in question. That said, playing Darksiders on a Sony Tablet S with a touch interface was pretty horrible, the sheer number of virtual buttons proving rather overwhelming when you don't have the gamer's claw to fall back on. The touch interface does, however, mean that all of the budding artists who made the most of Duke Nukem Forever's whiteboard may have a reason to come back.Click here to read more...
OnLive, Ltd. announced today that it's rolling out a free app across a multitude of mobile platforms, phones and tablets to allow for "console-class gaming" in the palm of your hand. Over 25 top range titles have been adapted to allow for touchscreen control, with the majority of OnLive's 200-strong library playable via the new Wireless Controller.Click here to read more...
Frozen Synapse is one of the very best games of the 2011, which is doubly impressive considering its small Indie roots and brave take on a stagnating genre. We awarded it with a perfect score in our full review (praising its fast-paced strategic action and novel social network infrastructure), and Mode 7 Games have now announced that it's headed to the iPad next year. The PC version will also be continually updated with new features.Click here to read more...
Well, 59p for a chance to carry Worms around with you wherever you go and it's in high definition! Need I say more! Oh, go on then you've twisted my arm. Lets be honest if anybody tells you that they've either never played a Worms game before, or more bizarrely claimed that they've not enjoyed playing Worms, then they're mental. There are plenty of ways to send you opponent to an early grave, and some of my favourite include dropping dynamite on a defenceless enemy, a couple of crafty shotgun blasts to the back, and of course unleashing an exploding sheep on a platoon of troops. Thanks to El_Murph @ HUKD.
The BBC have dropped the prices on all their games on iTunes, so you can now get hold of Top Gear Stunt School for 59p on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, which is over £1.50 cheaper than normal. If you've ever wanted to burn rubber round the Top Gear airfield, or to take part in an utterly ridiculous challenge or two involving top of the range cars, all whilst you're on your commute to work or even covertly under your desk when nobody's looking, then this one's probably for you. Thanks to royals @ HUKD.
Following on from our posts on Tuesday about Capcom cutting their prices on Street Fighter IV across Apple's growing range of touchscreen devices and sending the proceeds to the relief effort in Japan (I've since gone on to buy Street Fighter IV for my iPhone and I can't recommend it highly enough, in fact it may be the most fun I've had with an app), it appears that Pop Cap have decided to follow suit and do the same, by partnering with the Red Cross and slashing the prices on all their iOS games for 48 hours starting this Saturday 19th March and finishing at the end of Sunday 20th March.
This means, that for the weekend at least, you'll be able to get your hands on games like Bejeweled, Bookworm, Chuzzle, Peggle, and Plants vs. Zombies for a fraction of their regular price. This is a great opportunity to get your hands on some fantastic portable games, but more importantly you'll be helping a nation that's desperately in need of assistance. Thanks to chrisvenn @ HUKD. [Kotaku]
Calling all Apple users, not only can you get your hands on a copy of Street Fighter 4 for 59p on your snazzy touch screen devices, you'll also be helping the relief effort in Japan, which makes this a deal you shouldn't ignore. All your favourites are back to battle it out in this latest instalment of the series and as always it's an absolute blast to be a part of. You shouldn't need any more convincing from me, head over to iTunes now, grab a great game for a sum that you'd normally find rattling around your pocket, and help a nation in need. Thanks to ideneroozbayani @ HUKD.
Pokemon Black & White has finally received an English language trailer ahead of its March US release date... and it's actually a very interesting precedent. Previous videos suggest that the gameplay formula has remained unchanged, but this recent video seems to hint at a "new adventure" and storyline this time around. We've been clamouring for a more interesting premise and context for the poaching/inhumane bloodsports for years- and it seems that this latest iteration may be set to deliver.
On the other hand, all this coronation business is probably just going to release a legendary Pokemon that we'll have to catch before hitting Victory Road. With 150 new critters to catch, we probably wouldn't have time for the extra exposition anyway...
One of 2010's biggest controversies stemmed from Ubisoft's 'evil' DRM. Sick of rampant PC piracy, the active Digital Rights Management system forced Assassin's Creed 2 and Splinter Cell: Conviction players (amongst others) to remain constantly connected to the internet... on pain of instant quitting and loss of progress. Despite adding cloud saving functionality and a few other upgrades, this state of affairs was a massive pain in the ass.
Thankfully, Ubi has announced that the DRM no longer requires a constant internet connection to function- just a valid connection during installation. It looks like not ragging on the disenfranchised PC crowd is one of their New Years resolutions... [PC Gamer]
Again with these rumours. Wedbush Morgan is still banging on about the possibility that Activision's set to monetize its Call of Duty multiplayer. This time, they suggest that a premium "second tier" will be imminently added to Call of Duty: Black Ops (adding new features for a higher price) while leaving regular multiplayer free. This would be a sneaky way of getting around their promises to never charge for online multiplayer; akin to EA's Gun Club or BFBC2's VIP membership.
Activision remains a top pick, primarily due to the company’s potential to create and monetize a second tier of multiplayer online gaming for its Call of Duty franchise. - Wedbush Morgan January Newsletter
We'll keep you posted. [Kotaku]
Microsoft is set to deliver its Consumer Electronics Show keynote speech on Wednesday night... and a number of rumours are floating around regarding a new Kinect service. Entitled Avatar Kinect, this new software update will reportedly allow avatars to interact on Xbox Live as well as share social experiences such as ESPN. A few leaked presentation slides suggest that these rumours are probably right on the money, but it remains to be seen whether Avatar Kinect will be a single standalone download or part of a sweeping Kinect update.
Microsoft will be streaming their keynote speech live on their Facebook page- and we'll be keeping a close eye on what transpires. [Glimpsedog]
As Matt mused in the 2010 retrospective, the iPad has become a legitimate gaming platform with one major weakness: the hateful virtual thumbstick. This has been a barrier to entry since the earliest days of iPhone gaming, but the new iFling suction cup peripheral is set to change the way we play forever.
You know, by sticking a thumbstick onto your iPad. We still can't quite work out whether it's complete genius or completely pointless, but I can't believe no-one thought of it sooner!
VG247 have snagged a series of photos displaying one of the PSP2 Dev kits... which means that we can confirm a whole raft of rumoured features.The pics may be grainy, but they clearly display the following:
Note that this is an early version with a 'sliding screen' form factor- though reports indicate that the later models will be a traditional single unit. This change in form factor is apparently due to major overheating in the prototype units, as we've previously reported. [Thanks, VG247]
What isn't visible is the data storage format. Our current bet is still on protected memory sticks and direct PSN downloads.
We recently brought you the skinny on Mutant Bash, the id Tech 5-powered iPhone shooter that provides a first foray into the RAGE universe. It's a fast and furious arcade FPS that focuses on insane combat and crazy combos- and is now available to download for the bargain price of £1.19.
It's compatible with iPhones and the iPad, though it weighs in at a whopping 540MB.
Microsoft's Motion Capture peripheral has been making a splash in our news roundups recently (as well as our full review), and we've got a few more Kinect updates for your delectation.
First of all, despite previously assuring us that Kinect's supply chain was "healthy," Microsoft has warned consumers that the Christmas sales window is closing rapidly. Xbox boss Don Mattrick suggests that you order the peripheral "by the end of this week” if you want it under the Christmas tree. The British supply seems to be fairly healthy at present (with many online retails still stocking for immediate delivery), but if you want to be sure, you might want to get your skates on. [Tech Crunch]
Microsoft has also confirmed that Kinect's video chat functionality will soon be integrated into Lync, their business video conferencing server. It can transmit and receive with PC users as well as the Windows Phone 7... meaning that tough hostile takeovers could be negotiated through a tense game of Rally Ball. [Games Industry]
Finally, Kinect's homebrewed PC drivers have reached a new level. The peripheral already looks like Johnny 5's evil twin... and Philipp Robbel, a student at MIT's Personal Robotics Group, has combined the gadget with a hacked Roomba to create a motion and depth sensing robot. I'll let the footage speak for itself.
Am I the only pundit who thinks that Microsoft isn't playing Kinect's hacked PC functionality to their advantage? The PC crowd represents an entirely new and unexpected target audience for the peripheral and could potentially provide an entirely new (not to mention profitable) commercial venture.
Want to weigh in on Kinect, hacking or awesome robots? Drop us a line in the comments!
If you're lucky enough to have enough disposable income to throw away on an iPad and you're now looking for a couple of games to fire up on its shiny screen, then why not grab a copy of GTA: Chinatown Wars HD seeing as the price of the game has just dropped from £5.99 to £3.99 on iTunes. You'll be taking on the role of Huang Lee, a member of the triads, who's just arrived in Liberty City to name the gangs new leader. Thanks to ManiZ @ HUKD.
Thanks to the release of the Chinese and French versions of the games on Apple's range of touch sensitive wonder toys, the prices for both Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II have been slashed by 55% in the iTunes store. This now means you'll be able to carry around not one but two pretty good retro games wherever you choose to go, provided that you're an Apple user in some form or another and you take advantage of the deal whilst the price is still reduced. Thanks to prettyprincess @ HUKD.
Bring on the trumpets and the baton twirlers and the backflipping dolphins and more fireworks than Guy Fawkes could have ever dreamt of because it's time to announce the competition winners. Three days ago we managed to whittle down the 144 or so entries we received to a shortlist of ten favourites and now that number gets sliced in half once more.
A little note on how we went about doing so: Each staff member was given five votes and to determine the winners it was a simple case of totting up the votes and seeing which titles amassed the most nominations. After the final five had been uncovered, each staff member was then called upon to rank the winners from 1 to 5, with 1 as the most deserving and so on. At the end of that we would have found our winner.
Again, congratulations to everyone who entered, and we may well do one or two imaginative follow-up features envisaging what some of these titles might actually entail should they ever go into production. Big kudos to those ten who made the shortlist, whether through laughter, anticipation or intelligence, you all made this fina lround of voting incredibly difficult indeed!
And so, without further ado, Ladies and Gents, Boys and Girls....I give you, in alphabetical order....The Birthday Blowout Winners!