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Favorite Four: Video Game Companion Apps

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 8th, 2012

Many of us don't solely game on our iPhones or iPads, we game on consoles and PCs, too. Coinciding with that is one of the most exciting developments when it comes to iOS: apps that tie into other games. Whether it be through providing the latest match statistics while on the move, or through providing a new and cool way of controlling a console, there are some great crossovers going on. We take a look at the four best out there at the moment.

My Xbox Live
My Xbox Live ably demonstrates just how an official app for a console should deal with things. It leaves the currently EU only Official Playstation app behind in terms of functionality. Users can easily track and compare their achievements, change their Xbox Live avatar and check in with friends, all via the app. Most excitingly, iPad users can control their Xbox 360 with the app with media controls as well as access to a quick list of recent console activity.

World of Warcraft Mobile Armory
Despite a lull in subscriber numbers, World of Warcraft has continued to dominate the hearts and free time of many MMO gamers. The Mobile Armory means that even away from your PC, you can't escape the allure of the game. The app provides a way to view all your characters, along with stats, equipment and achievements. Guild stats and the in-game calendar are also viewable, so there's no excuse to miss that all-important raid. For the aspiring auctioneer, it's also possible to view how the latest auctions are progressing.

Call of Duty Elite
The biggest multiplayer FPS of them all? Maybe. Call of Duty Elite requires an Elite subscription but the app provides a plethora of statistics to make it worthwhile. Users can review recent matches, check how they're improving over time and what areas of the game they need to work on, such as if they excel at a particular weapon or not. It's also possible to view and edit custom classes, ready to implement when you're back in front of a console or PC.

Halo Waypoint
Another hugely popular multiplayer FPS is Halo. Unlike Call of Duty, there's no need for a separate subscription, users can dive right into Halo Waypoint. The app provides similar stats, offering game history breakdowns, campaign progress, weapon stats, as well as overhead views of all the maps. Challenges can also be created and tracked from the app, making it an ideal tool to dabble in during a lunch break.

New Xbox Interactivity Comes to iOS

Posted by Blake Grundman on July 18th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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Lately Microsoft has been making serious strides in the iOS development space.  One such example was their recent release of the official Xbox LIVE companion app, My Xbox LIVE.  At first the tool was mainly for viewing Xbox LIVE messages, gamerscore and avatars, but now things finally seem to be taking a turn for the more interactive.

As part of their sixth update to the application, functionality has now been patched in to actually remote control and interact with the console from the iPad.  Granted the remote control abilities are limited to multimedia playback and they do not apply to the iPhone version, but at least it is a baby step towards Microsoft eventual SmartGlass feature set.  It remains to be seen if the My Xbox LIVE software will actually be the vehicle for launching the initiative down the road but as far as we are concerned, any kind of convergence across the platforms is a move in the right direction.

Either way, if you own an Xbox and an iPad there is really no reason not to check the app out anyway, considering it is free.  Give it a look.  Who knows?  You might be surprised at what you find.

Hot Apps for 12/12/11

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on December 12th, 2011

Every day, there's a war. A war for app store dominance. We're here to report on that war for you, our daily reader. What's that you say? You want the latest intelligence on the hot new trending apps each day? We got it, right here, for you.

Shantae: Risky's Revenge (Full) - Platformer with echoes of Castlevania and Metroid

Sarge HD - 2D Action Brawler, full voice acting cut scenes

Age Of Empire - Real time strategy set in the middle ages

Assassin's Creed Recollection - Board game for iPad based on popular console games

My Xbox LIVE - Official Microsoft client for iOS

Today's Hot New Apps

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on December 9th, 2011

What are the hottest trending apps this morning? We're glad you asked. These are the apps that, for one reason or another, have risen to the top today, and are trending hard on sites across the web. What other hot apps do you see, today? Let us know in the comments.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies - Activision Publishing, Inc.
Zombies are hot right now, as are military shooter sims. Here's the best of both worlds in one tidy iOS Universal package. Gun down those nasty undead soldiers, soldier!

My Xbox LIVE - Microsoft Corporation
If endlessly comparing yourself to others isn't as unhealthy as it sounds, grabbing Microsoft's gaming leaderboard juggernaut for your iPhone is a great idea. So is hopping into the LIVE games ub to learn about the latest games and apps, accessing Xbox Spotlight feeds and getting breatking news from XBox LIVE - all from your iOS device.

Grabatron & Grabatron for iPad - Future Games of London
Filled with ennui at the thought of bothering yet another pygmie? Take to the skies with a UFO, terrorizing the puny humans who cower in your path. Toss cows, abduct people; it's all up to you. This one comes in two flavors - small and iPad large.

Cyberpunk Shooting Training - Digital Jokers Games
With a protagonist named Gibson (hello, @greatdismal!), how can you go wrong? Help him prepare for the (as yet, upcoming) most difficult mission ever with this shooting training simulator, chock full of 80s era cyberpunk goodness.

Dimensions - Adventures in the Multiverse - Reality Jockey Ltd
Enter a dimension of sight, and sound...The developers took the second part of that old Twilight Zone intro to heart with this new soundscape app, urging us to listen to our environment in new and interesting ways. This app not only changes the sounds around you - a mic enabled headset is required - but contextualizes the experience within the app. A new way of playing, to be sure.