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Max Payne Mobile iOS Review: RockStar Classic, Modern Average

Posted by -Jet- on April 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I have to admit that I have a certain bias towards anything and everything Grand Theft Auto and Rockstar, and in turn, was enough for me to look past the sheer age of GTA 3. Max Payne is a different story. While I certainly enjoyed playing the game on the PS2, it never struck me in the back like GTA 3. Needless to say though, Max Payne Mobile puts that irrational hate in a box, as it easily returns me back to the days where video games couldn't hypnotize you with next-gen graphics. Days when gameplay mattered.

In it's own right, Max Payne is gorgeous. On both iPhone 4S and iPad 2 (I don't have an iPad 3 unfortunately to test on), the game shines like a jewel. While certainly not as much as Gameloft's 9mm to say (a copy of the newer Max Payne games), it does manage to be somewhat decent. 

And that is where the game fails at. Where as Gangstar could never top Grand Theft Auto 3, 9mm greatly over-shadows Max Payne. Gameplay wise, though the controls can be personalized, I never felt like they worked, most particularly during slow-motion scenes against your various dim-witted thugs. At the same time, the effect itself will seem out-dated to those used to Next-Gen media. 

But I don't think that was what Max Payne is meant to be. What it is meant to be is a mere example on ow Rockstar changed the game, and how it is able to keep this tradition, with faitful ports. I can't say that younger audiences will enjoy the game, but if you loved Max Payne back in the early 00's, it will feel like a burst of nonstalgia. 

The game is also slated for an Android release, which I can only expect to have controller support like GTA 3 is. If you are like me, and want the feel of playing on a console, you better prepare your Tegra device, cause you'll definetly like this.

Max Payne Android Comes April 26th

Mass Effect Infiltrator iOS review

Posted by -Jet- on April 2, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Mass Effect has seen its share of popularity these past months, and to keep it up, Electronic Arts and Bioware have been kindful enough to consider the under-represented population of the iPhone an iPad community. To show us their love, a 3d Mass Effect has finally reached the portable platform, and it hits hard.

Basically, the story puts you in the place of the rogue agent Randall Enzo, on an agenda to destroy the pro-human organization known as Cerberus. In order to enact his overthrow, Enzo namely infiltrates the Cerberus prison facility in order to rescue the poor and defenseless aliens held their, who have been subject to a number of horrible experiments.

If the title didn't hint off enough, most of your time in the game will be spent either ducking cover, blasting enemies, or trudging down the long but graphically inspired sectors of the Cerberus facility. What this does mean for the Mass-Effect-Addict is that there will be no woman for Enzo to "mess with" (though it doesn't seem like Enzo would try to if their were). In fact, there are barely any RPG elements at all, a key hallmark that gave Mass Effect its popularity amongst shooters. Of all the moments in this glorified campaign, the only real choices you really get are the fate of the scientist and a few dialogue/action options. 

As for the gameplay, the game developer tries its best to make the process simplified, and fails. Instead of just giving us a few virtual buttons to cover, all leaps of faiths are all controlled by touch swipes and gestures. This whole process simply over-complicates the whole shooter formula, and simply looks unnatural when you are trying to land a perfect movie-style dodge and roll from an explosion (you'll most likely die due to unresponsive controls).

Aiming at enemies is also a new perspective to look into. Instead of spraying the battlefield like your in Modern Warfare 2, you can actually only aim at 1 enemy at a time, through a lock-on system that lets you point to your next victim. This both works effectively, and makes you feel more like a specialized infiltrator than a slightly-off grunt.

Graphically, if you've played Dead Space or N.O.V.A 2, you have a good idea of how the game looks. On a 4S and an iPad 2, the performance feels smoother than butter, but my old and cynical iPod 4g has had touch times trying to process this monster.

Overall, the game is a pretty decent game, one that really only deserves the popularity it deserves because of its signature name. While certainly above iOS standards, the game still doesn't stack up against games such as N.O.V.A 2, Modern Combat, and Battlefield 2. The game is at currently slated at $6.99, but whether you think the odds stack over the evens is really more of your choice. In my opinion, its just barely worth it.

Quick iOS Review: Swordigo

Posted by -Jet- on April 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After my monthly hiatus from the world of iPhone gaming (and JetStream Games for that reason), I have had the pleasure of stumbling over my new fiancee, Swordigo, by the same people who gave us Crafted (who were too overwhelmed at the time to send me an early release). What seems like such a simple idea and process actually turned out to be one of the smoothest, fastest, and action packed games on our small and simple friend the iPhone. Swordigo is the long awaited heir to the Zelda iOS throne. Gamers bow down and show your alliegence.

Some would say I was being a little over-dramatic for an iPhone game. Which might be true. But those old enough to remember Link 2 would instantly realize the game's similarity. Swordigo starts off with a familiar green suited warrior being tasked with finding the 4 shards to rebuild the ancient Magiblade (cough%&^*Master-Sword#*) in order to defeat an evil warlock and bring peace to the world.

So yeah. You've heard this formula before. But other than Gameloft's Ocarina of Time "parody" Sacred Oddysey, mobile gamers haven't had the best luck quenching their thirst for the series that changed the lives of RPG fans all over the world. 

But what prevents this from being a mere copy? Well imagine a 2.5d remake of Zelda 2, with the option to customize your character, smoother sword-play, and in my opinion, a more likeable character set. The game has its share of humor, and brings that signature difficulty to a new level, making this game a task, but not impossible. 

So what is the lesson to be learned from this short article you have just now observed? Get Swordigo, definetly if you are like me and feel like you can't survive another day without the master sword and a familiar green tuniced warrior of light on your iOS screen.

Six Guns by Gameloft Review: The Revenge of the Freemium

Posted by -Jet- on December 20, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Gameloft, in its quest to increase its popularity, has given into the temptations of freemium gaming. This normally wouldn't be a problem. If the game blew me away the way most of Glu Interactive's does. Instead, the 800 Mb download is an app riddled with graphic problems, poor gameplay mechanics, and an overall sinister revenue model.

Yes that's right, I liked this game hardly at all.

For one, the graphics. The game is compatible with phones dating back to the 3GS, but you might as well not even worry about it. Without an iPad 2 or an iPhone 4S, the textures and everything are downgraded to 2008 iOS style graphics that almost made my eyes bleed.

On the plus side though, the game looked fantastically stunning performing on the iPad 2.  

Gameplay wise, you start to expose the full brawn of the game's ugliness. I felt, while playing the game, that the camera was oddly positioned. And after getting through my quick rendition of the game, my hunch was confirmed.  Your character takes up a majority of the screen, which makes targeting your enemy more perplexing than the ordinary third-person shooter.

At the same time, aiming presents its own problem.  Gunning down hordes of enemy is not easy, as the lock-on targeting system frequently shifts between different enemies. One minute you might be anticipating an ambush on a mis-guided crook, the next minute, your gun is aimed towards the muscled thug with the huge  rifle ready to take you down.

When looking at the full variety of missions in the game, your missions are limited. Most of them involve either escorting a random civiliian out of a demon infested cave, or raiding some hut filled with some outlaws. And unlike the Gangstar series, this feeling is represented neither as fun or entertaining.

For the most part, the open world would have been a big bonus for me. But that is not the case, as most of the world is barren, and there is no real reason to actually walk around the landscape. Besides the occassional ambush or rabid coyote attack, there isn't a real purpose to it. 

Killing people in the game doesn't solve anything either, as most of the NPC's are fragile and almost dead anyway.

The game is slated as free, but don't let the title fool you. You may get around a couple of hours in, but as soon as you run out of ammo, its time to fork up money.  You do have the option to wait a while for your ammo to reload, but that pretty much distracts from the point. The process is stupid, and Gameloft should just return to where its good at, nice $6.99-4.99 mobile games. 

Overall, most of you will override my opinions based either on the fact that the game is by Gameloft, or because the game is free. That is fine, but just let me be the one who warns you before you start clearing space for this massive download.

Hero of Sparta 2 NOT Free

Posted by -Jet- on December 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


*Update*  As it turns out, Gameloft turns away from the idea of making such a prominent Hack-N-Slash game freemium, and you no longer have to worry about those pesky ads. Look to the skys and thank Gameloft.


I had the misfortune of already purchasing the game, but those who felt that the game was not worth the wait can have a real taste at the Titan slaying action you all remember from the God of War series. Though the game is free, you do however have to suffer through a plethora of various and random advertisements. A noble cause by Gameloft, but not a flawless one.

Gangstar Rio City of Saints 0.99 Sale!

Posted by -Jet- on December 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Featuring as 9mm took over three months to have its own 0.99 cent sale, I was kind of suprised to see the game go for such a cheap price. Well, December is the time for sharing, so I guess Gameloft had some sort of change of heart. If you have 0.99 cents, this game holds its own pretty darn well.

Check it out!

DC Universe Online Gets Holiday Update

Posted by -Jet- on December 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

As if DC Universe Online was not absurd enough, WB Games has released another update for the steadily going Free-to-Play game, focusing on this years Holdiay season. Larfleeze (leader of the Orange Lanterns) apparently hates Santa, and has stolen Christmas, and its up to you to retrieve those stolen presents and ham, while defeating some of Larfleeze's sinster Orange monsters.

And don't worry villains. Apparently the Joker, Lex Luther and Circe all celebrate the Holdiay season, and you don't want to be the one killed when the Joker doesn't recieve his Winter Rocket-Launcher on Christmas Day.

Best Fighting iPhone Games of All Time

Posted by -Jet- on December 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Truly great iPhone games are little and few, so if you are having a hard time, look no further than here for the best fighting games on the iPhone!


Blades of Fury

1. Blades of Fury by Gameloft

This Soul Calibur inspired app by Gameloft captures the fantastical aura of the Soul series, with nice combat, customizable controls, and a decent cast of fighters. This is one of the only 3D fighters on the App Store, and is the only one who I feel does it perfectly right. If you want to buy the game, you should probably buy the Gameloft Action pack (which comes with the two additional games "Hero of Sparta" and "Brothers in Arms".

 Street Fighter IV - iPhone

2. Street Fighters IV

Capcom has never been great at graphics, but what it does do right is the gameplay, capturing the escence of the classic fighter. Fighting roster is that of a regular Street Fighter game, and features a campaign mode, survival mode, and a multiplayer mode. 

If you are looking for more Street Fighter, also check out Street Fighters IV: Volt and Street Fighters 2.

Bruce Lee: Dragon Warrior

3. Bruce Lee: Dragon Warrior

Perhaps as one of the best looking fighting games on the appstore, you would be amazed. Its gameplay only rivals Blades of Fury, and the sheer amount of classic "Hiyaa's" make you remember those good ol' days watching no-sync Kung-Fu films. The style itself reminds me of the 3D Street Fighters's.

4. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

This mildly gory image up top describes Mortal Kombat in its fullest. Those mature and older will love this game's dedicated roster of fighters (including the show-stoppers Scorpion and Sub-Zero), and a host of spine-removing fatalities that will remind you of the days playing The Mortal Kombat Trilogy.

Difficulty level is insane (when playing Grandmaster difficulty), and Shao Khan requires a bit of extra cheating. But that hardly matters. Get it while it's cheap.


There are certainly more games, and feel free to recommend them in the comments, but as for me, these are the ones that truly shined.


Best Action Games for the iOS

Posted by -Jet- on December 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (1)

To continue our plight into the best games of the iPhone, lets take a look at one of the most profitable genres of all time: Action and Hack n' Slash. Starting with Devil May Cry and God of War, this series has entertained young and old gamers for more than a decade (if you count Legacy of Kain, the date gets larger).  Yes my friends, that same genre is present on your cellular phones and devices, and in many cases, better than on consoles.

1. Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands

OnLive Viewer works wonders, as now you don't have to wait another couple years for Gameloft to port the more-than-fantastic entry over to your portable. Awesome storyline, breath-taking leaps of faith, and flexible movement gives you the perfect chance to quench that thirst you've been developing since "Warrior Within".  Graphics are spectacular, but the touch controls can cause you a problem in the long run. 

Get the demo now using the OnLive viewer, or buy the game for retail price. Also available on the OnLive viewer is "Prince of Persia 2008". Thanks Ubisoft!

Hero of Sparta 2

2.  Hero of Sparta 2

The original Hero of Sparta didn't exactly attract customers, but Hero of Sparta 2 all changed that for Gameloft. Taking a new perspective on the series (complete multiperspective 3D) and improved combat makes it one of the iPhone and iPad's most beloved and polished off games to date.

3. Batman Arkham Asylum

OnLive lives up to its potential of bringing top games onto a relatively small devices. Batman Arkham Asylum is that prime example. The jewel shined on the PS3, and know you can bring around this gem wherever you go, without a disc or a hunking PS3.

Arkham City is also available through OnLive.

Spider-Man: Total Mayhem

4.Spiderman: Total Mayhem by Gameloft

Spider-Man Total Mayhem may be Gameloft's best action adventure game ever, combining acrobatic combat and slow motion combat with a classic beat-em up formula. The controls work perfectly (and can even be adjusted), and the action keeps you kept up in the game. The game is pretty long too.

5. Devil May Cry 4: Refrain

This port may not feature the graphics of a Gameloft game, but it does stay pretty faithful to its original with stylized combat, awesome non-stop combos, and epic boss battles. The story is almost exactly the same (except the storyline is told through pictures, not cut-scenes). Devil Trigger Nero and Dante also give you something to work towards. 


If anything, these games are the only reason to not chuck your iPhone at the wall in frustration.  

Check them out if you're suffering for Hack-N-Slash Withdrawal


Top Open World iOS Games

Posted by -Jet- on December 11, 2011 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Christmas is coming, which leads to iTunes gift cards, and so on. So to lead you young and innocent iOS buyers to the right side, we are ready to develop a list of all your soon-to-be-favorite games. With the addition of the OnLive Viewer, this list is certain to less limited than you thought...


1. BackStab by Gameloft

Perhaps my favorite iPhone game, BackStab is that iPhone Assassin's Creed game you've been waiting for. Not to go into detail, but you basically start out running around a 16th century Europe, and end fighting off zombies, evil wizards, and other random supernatural villans. Cool weapons such as the Bio-Bomb will make sure your stay in the four large cities is a fun one.

2. Batman Arkham City

So you wonder "How is Batman Arkham City on the iPhone?". Well, using the Onlive App (For now, only iPad) you can stream the PS3/ Xbox 360 classic straight on to your mobile device. For those who haven't seen the game, you pretty much get to roam Arkham City as the flying-mammal inspired super-hero. 

3. Assassin's Creed Revelations by Ubisoft

In a similar deal as Batman Arkham City, you can stream the  game straight onto your iPad, and play away. Explore the wide world of Assassin's Creed, and uncover those secrets that have been bothering the backside of your head for a couple of years. Graphics make BackStab (see #1) look like a piece of deformed popcorn.

4. Gangstar Rio: City of Saints by Gameloft

Released pretty recently, Gameloft's final entry into the Gangstar series does almost everything right. Awesome graphics, deadly weapons, customizable character. The only thing I feel I should warn you about is the police battles and difficulty. If you aren't used to losing in a video game, well this will most likely be your day. Missions can be difficult without a bit of strategy.

For those used to the police confrontations made popular in the second entry, these have changed (if anything become more realistic). Escaping the police is so much harder, and without a sufficient supply of ammo, you will most likely end up massacred. 

5. Grand Theft Auto 3

Coming December 15th, Grand Theft Auto 3 gives Gangstar Rio a much needed run for its money. I can't tell you if the port is good as of now, but if the game stays faithful to the PS2 original, I can honestly say that the game will rock your mind (if your 18 or older).


There are certainly more Open-World games, but as for right now, these are the best.