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Deus Ex: The Fall Should be a Reason to Love Mobile Gaming, Not Hate It.

Posted by Carter Dotson on June 12th, 2013

When Deus Ex: The Fall was announced as a mobile title, the reaction could be clearly delineated into two camps: mobile gamers intrigued by this deep franchise making its way to mobile, and by 'core' gamers who were outraged that a new Deus Ex game wouldn't be coming to consoles and PC. As if it had to. As if they had a right to it. As if it was somehow a lesser product for being a mobile game.

Make no mistake, mobile gaming is still not fully accepted by gamers. It's a big deal, and those who have had fun with the countless number of creative titles of various scales from all walks of life will know that a fun game is a fun game no matter what platform it's on. But there's still a mindset that mobile gaming is still a lesser form of gaming, and the reaction to Deus Ex: The Fall exposes this ugly truth.

But what is it about this game that makes people so hostile to the very idea of mobile gamers getting a console-quality title on the go? Was it a presumption that since a new Deus Ex title was announced, it had to be for consoles? Still, the disappointment seemed especially amplified in this circumstance. It wasn't just the garden-variety internet trolls who compalin loudly, though: it was high-profile outlets like IGN and even Penny Arcade Report were disappointed. PAR strives for a higher class of gaming coverage, so this still seems uncharacteristic of them.

What IGN's announcement article said before it was changed.

IGN's staffer who wrote the subheadline disparaging mobile, a particular insult to IGN's own mobile coverage, which has been running since back in the days of flip phones. The mobile editor actually changed the headline a day later. Still, whlie they may have a section dedicated to mobile coverage, there's still clearly a mindset that it's something negative.

Despite all the great experiences on mobile devices, in genres both familiar and new, still there is disrespect. is just unfair. The people that make these games are gamers, often long-time ones. I've spoken to many of them. The App Store has provided new opportunities that just weren't there before. I write about mobile games, but I've been a gamer for almost my whole life. Mobile games are legitimate games. That the games are using new interfaces doesn't make them any less so.

The irony is that a game like Deus Ex: The Fall is exactly what will legitimize the platform: this is a deep game that's being released for touchscreen devices. It's not perfect - it uses the flawed dual virtual stick control method along with touchscreen interface elements, but everything about the game sounds like it will live up to what the series has been known for, just in a smaller, more mobile-friendly package. This promises to be a legitimate Deus Ex experience that can be played while waiting for the bus.

And while this may be coming a bit early, mobile gaming getting the 'legitimacy' of controllers and TV gaming is not far away. Apple just approved a controller standard, and there's million of AirPlay-compatible Apple TV devices. On the Android side, where gamepads are already supported, consoles are already making their way out. There's Ouya, GameStick, GamePop, and a million more.

Apple's reference specification for iOS 7 gamepads. Will this be good enough for games like Deus Ex: The Fall for the skeptical? (via Pocket Gamer)

Because if just the presence of Deus Ex on mobile isn't enough, what will be for those who still disrespect mobile?

So for the gamers who still disparage mobile, I say this: give it a chance. Don't be mad that the new Deus Ex is going to be on mobile. Be glad that a new version is coming out, and that a wider audience will be able to experience it. And give mobile gaming a fair shake. It's not all Candy Crush Saga; there are a lot of fun experiences out there in pretty much every genre under the sun. Games are games. Come enjoy these, and let go of your hate!

Gameloft's Blitz Brigade Shoots Its Way Onto The App Store

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 9th, 2013
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHAMPION KILLER :: Read Review »

Blitz Brigade - Online multiplayer shooting action! released today on iOS bringing forth first-person shooter action. Players choose between 5 classes with over 100 different weapons to use in an online battle of up to 12 players. There are also 120 training missions to complete offline, should you choose.

√ 5 classes: Soldier, Gunner, Medic, Sniper, Stealth
√ Control the battlefield in Domination mode
√ Frag everyone in sight in Deathmatch
√ Use 3 different vehicles for a tactical advantage
√ Unique taunts and kill phrases for each character
√ Voice Chat to plan in real time with teammates

Gun Commando Review

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By Carter Dotson on May 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIGHTLY OFF-TARGET
Gun Commando recalls the original wave of first-person shooters, but is far from a perfect game.
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Uberstrike Review

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By Carter Dotson on March 22nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RATHER STRIKING
Uberstrike brings fast-paced FPS action to the masses for free, and it gets a lot right with its controls, gameplay, and free-to-play model.
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Shadow Warrior Review

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By Jennifer Allen on February 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAWED MEMORIES
Nostalgia isn't quite enough to propel this memorable FPS to success when the controls are this dubious.
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CraftedBattle Review

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By Jennifer Allen on February 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAWED CURIOSITY
The foundations are there, but plenty more work needs to be done on this mix of Minecraft and FPS elements.
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Block Ops Review

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By Rob Rich on December 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BACK IN BLOCK
There are tons of diamonds in the rough sprinkled throughout the App Store. Unfortunately, Block Ops is no diamond.
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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour Review

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By Carter Dotson on December 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THOROUGHLY MODERN...AND FAMILIAR
Modern Combat 4 is a military FPS built for mobile devices, and while Gameloft definitely brings exceptional production values to the table, it still is held back by the nature of touchscreen controls.
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Hands-On Video Preview of Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour from Gameloft

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 14th, 2012

Gameloft has a history of making the best first person shooters on iOS. Modern Combat and N.O.V.A. are two amazing console quality shooter franchises. This week we get to tell you about a hands-on we had with the latest FPS from Gameloft, the next version in the Modern Combat series, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. First up, here's the intro sequence to MC4.

While on one level you could say that Modern Combat 4 is just more Modern Combat, is that all bad? I don't think so. Modern Combat is one of the best franchises available on iOS. And in this version Gameloft have truly taken everything in the game to the next level. With amazing Retina graphics, great single player campaign, multiple vehicles, great voice acting, and a deep multiplayer system that has to be seen to be believed.

You'll likely spend as many as 14 hours working through the single player campaign. The multiplayer is where this game really shines. The number of hours that can be spent there is pretty much endless. An amazing array of unlockables, customizations, power up, vehicles, weapons, and multiple play modes seem to go on forever.

Gameloft plans on releasing Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour before the end of the year. If I were a guessing man, I'd guess they will get it out just before Christmas. It's not to be missed.

Total Recall Review

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By Jennifer Allen on August 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: UNINSPIRING
Total Recall is a fairly uneventful and run of the mill linear shooter, despite the story potential.
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Heroes & Generals Enters Closed Beta

Posted by Kevin Stout on May 23rd, 2012

Creators of Hitman, Roto-Moto, has launched a closed beta of their game, Heroes & Generals. The game is a massively multiplayer first-person shooter involving online fighting between the Axis and Allied forces in Europe.

The game involves both strategic elements and first-person shooter (FPS) elements. Each side sends reinforcements, tanks, and other support to battles going on in various cities. The FPS fights don't necessarily have to be even, hence the need for support being sent to each side.

The game is actually a PC game but it will be offering a free companion app to the game called Heroes & Generals: Mobile Command. The app lets users access and view the campaign their playing in the PC version of the game. This includes viewing things like battlefields and supply lines on the map. It also allows players to chat with other players on their team when they aren't even on the PC game - allowing constant communication to continue for a constant online war. A future update to the app will allow users to move and manage assault teams in the game and most other strategy elements (the non-FPS part).

To apply for a key to the closed beta, visit the Heroes & Generals website here.

Wolfenstein 3D Free in Celebration of 20th Anniversary

Posted by Kevin Stout on May 11th, 2012
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Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :: Read Review »

Wolfenstein 3D, the hit classic first-person shooter, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, there are all kinds of perks and free stuff for fans.

Most important of the awesome offers for the anniversary is a price drop for the iOS version of the game, Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum. As of May 9th, the game dropped from $1.99 to free. The game won't be free permanently. It's only on sale for a limited time.

An addition, there's now a browser version of the game launched at Bethesda's website and on the Wolfenstein Facebook page. Upon writing that last sentence, I was immediately distracted by about a half hour of playing Wolfenstein in my browser.

I immediately downloaded the iOS version of Wolfenstein when I heard it was free. I grew up with the game. It was the first first-person shooter I ever played. It may have been the first computer game I ever played. Those looking for some nolstagia over the weekend are in for a treat.

N.O.V.A. 3 Review

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By Carter Dotson on May 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRETTY GOOD NOVA
N.O.V.A. 3 is Gameloft's latest first-person shooter, and it's quite a looker, but does the technical expertise lead to a fun game underneath?
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Bravo Force: Last Stand Review

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By Jennifer Allen on May 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHOOT EM UP THRILLS
Simple yet satisfying FPS fun.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies Review

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By Dan Lee on December 2nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BRAINS!
The popular Call of Duty Zombies mode returns.
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