NVIDIA’s Android-based handheld gaming console Shield has received a massive update that brings with it several important new features. The first one is the update to Android 4.3 from the 4.2 on the previous build. Android 4.3, as you may know, brings things such as Bluetooth Smart support, improved text input and OpenGL ES 3.0, among other things (although Tegra 4 in the Shield doesn’t actually support OpenGL ES 3.0).
NVIDIA has also updated the game streaming support on the Shield. Now called GameStream, it lets you stream from 109 titles (at the time of writing) from your PC running an NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU to your Shield. You can also connect your Shield to a TV and play the Shield games on the big screen in Full HD. Read more »
Last year’s Dead Trigger was quite a decent game. The gameplay was fun for most parts and the graphics looked amazing for that time, or even by today’s standards, for that matter. However, the experience was sullied due to overzealous in-app purchase options that a lot of people took offense to, especially since the game was paid. Eventually the game went free, so then there were fewer reasons to complain.
This year’s Dead Trigger 2 tries to take things up a notch by improving upon every aspect of it’s predecessor. As an added precaution, it is free from the start. With such a low price tag, it’s going to be tough to hold much against it but let’s see how it is anyway. Read more »
If you’re an Angry Birds fan and have a Windows Phone 8 smartphone then there is some good news for you. Rovio has made some of the Angry Birds titles free on the Windows Phone Store for a limited time.
Now the choice of games is not consistent across regions get the original Angry Birds, along with the two Star Wars themed games for free, certain other regions are also getting the Angry Birds Rio game for free. Read more »
Madfinger Games has released the sequel to the popular first person shooter Dead Trigger. Called Dead Trigger 2, the new game features the same first person zombie killing action but this time you won’t be playing alone.
While the original game was single player only, the new one is actually a multiplayer game, an MMOFPS, if you will. Here, you join several other players around the world to take down on the zombies. The game is never-ending as such as the story progresses in real time, whether you are playing or not. Read more »
We’ve seen a number of Android-based consoles crop up, but why buy a separate device when you already have a beefy chipset in your phone? Sony has added DUALSHOCK 3 support (that’s the PlaStation 3 controller) to several of its Xperia devices to enable a more console-like gaming experience.
Playing with the DUALSHOCK 3 controller frees up the screen of the device to just render the graphics of the game, which is great if you’re using the Xperia Tablet Z or you can use an Xperia phone hooked up to a TV. Read more »
As it turns out Windows 8.1 update may cause some trouble with popular action games. If you update to Windows 8.1 you may experience severe mouse lag on Call of Duty, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Metro 2033 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.
Various users are reporting on Reddit they’ve started to experience mouse lag after they updated to Windows 8.1. Read more »
Sony wants to tickle your nostalgia bone with a promo video of the PlayStations over the years that shows how many avid players grew up with the console. “This is for the Players” says the video as it shows quick peeks of games you’ve played in the past and the games you’ll play on the upcoming PlayStation 4.
The video is very well made (a long tradition for PlayStation ads), with no apparent cuts – the camera just spins around showing a growing London through the window and growing friends in the room, who bond over playing the latest PlayStation games. Read more »
If you’re a PC gamer (or just a geek in general), you may have heard of the term V-sync. It works by delaying the image frame update until the vertical blanking interval of the display, so that there is no overlapping of frames that leads to screen tearing. While this does eliminate screen tearing, it causes performance issues with low framerate and a jerky mouse response. This leads to most people choosing to keep it disabled to get higher framerate and response at reduced visual quality.
The problem today is that LCD monitors usually have a fixed panel refresh rate of 60Hz and unless the GPU is attaining anything other than 60fps, the result is less than ideal performance. Current V-sync technology makes the GPU run through hoops to match its speed with the display’s refresh rate. This is where NVIDIA’s G-SYNC comes in. Read more »
If you’re a fan of burning rubber on mobile and happen to be an iOS user then you’d be pleased to find that today Asphalt 8 Airborne, the latest title of the game, has gone free on iOS.
Android gamers don’t get to enjoy the same spoils, sadly, and this isn’t even the first time the game has gone free on iDevices. Read more »
As if the delays for the much anticipated sequel to the original Plants vs. Zombies weren’t enough, EA decided to push back the Android release of Plants vs. Zombies 2 even further to an unspecified date.
That unspecified date happened to be yesterday as the Android version of the game was finally released on the Play Store. Read more »
The Angry Birds franchise is one of the most popular arcade games for mobile platforms in recent times. Rovio, the folks behind Angry Birds, is coming out with a new series dubbed Angry Birds Go!
The upcoming series of Angry Birds comes with a completely new style of gameplay that features the high-octane downhill racing with upgradable karts and as usual, a ton of characters with unique special powers. Read more »
Warner Bros has announced the release date of Batman: Arkham Origins to be October 25. The newest entry will be available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC and for the first time on Android and iOS platforms.
Batman: Arkham Origins will debut on iOS before makings its way to the Android eco-system during the holiday season. Read more »
One of the most fun category of games on the mobile platform is endless runners. While these may be deemed too simple on consoles or on the PC, their minimal control system makes them ideal for the touchscreen-based devices, not to mention they have proven to be enormously addictive and great for quick playthroughs when you have some time to spare.
Some great examples would be the many variations of Temple Run, Canabalt, Jetpack Joyride and several other games inspired from these. Today we will be looking at one called Headless that literally takes the saying ‘running around like a headless chicken’ and makes an endless running game out of it. Let’s see if it’s more than just a clever concept. Read more »
The Cave is a new puzzle game by the creator of the critically acclaimed Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island games. The game was first released on consoles and PC and was later ported over to iOS with optimizations for the touchscreen.
The Cave features seven different characters, each with a unique ability and you play with three at any time and solve puzzles using their individual skills, often used simultaneously. The premise is fun and the game is great on the console/PC. Let’s see how well that has translated over to the mobile platform. Read more »
Square Enix’s director and producer Takashi Tokita confirmed the popular Final Fantasy VI will be launching on Android and iOS this fall. The game won’t be just a port though, Square Enix will make a few changes including a visual facelift.
Final Fantasy VI will launch after the Final Fantasy IV: The After Years expansion is released later this year. Read more »