Out now is the latest port from the GTA series, Liberty City Stories from Rockstar Games. The official press release describes it as:
In Liberty City Stories, former trusted wise guy for the Leone crime family, Toni Cipriani returns home after spending time in hiding for killing a made man. Now, the streets of Liberty City are in turmoil, as warring families vie for control and the town begins to self-destruct under waves of political corruption, organized crime, drug trafficking and union strikes. Deranged hit men, morally depraved tycoons, cynical politicians and even his own mother stand in the way as Toni tries to bring the city under Leone family control.
A growing startup digital publication, AppleMagazine, has been available on Zinio since late 2011. However, just a few days ago the publication has finally hit the Apple Newsstand and is available to download form the App Store as TechLife News. Each issue will set you back $3.99/$4.99, but you can subscribe from within the app if you want additional cost savings.
What makes AppleMagazine or TechLife News stand out is it is really the only publication that focuses on Apple without specifying either iOS devices or Mac products. This means, you will be able to read technical articles explaining Mac or iOS functionality, industry news about Apple in general, and features based on particular products coming from Apple or Apple’s rivals (with comparisons). The other thing that makes it stand out is that it is a current magazine published weekly.
Most other publications only publish once per month, so the news may not be so current anymore by the time the edition hits print shelves or the digital landscape. However, there is a new issue of AppleMagazine every week with up-to-date news and behind-the-scenes info about Apple.
The digital publication started its life in Brazil, but now has a team of graphic designers and writers from all over the world. Each issue is packed with unique content and digital graphic design that is second to none. AppleMagazine/TechLife News is also a publication, like The Daily, that was designed with the iPad in mind as the future device of content consumption and journalism.
Gameloft has released NFL Pro 2012 on the App Store for absolutely zero dollars, a move that I find quite exciting, yet peculiar at the same time. It looks as if the game is similar in style to games such as Smurfs’ Village in that you level up and unlock more objects, plays, and players as you progress.
This is quite an intriguing concept as there haven’t been any sports games in the App Store to use the freemium model yet. What it essentially does is it allows many people to play the game, and it keeps people playing by giving them incentives such as unlocking a new part of the playbook.
Before, Gameloft had tried delving into the freemium model through games such as Starfront, but it didn’t find much success, as many people weren’t too comfortable with the idea (including me). But since then, Gameloft has released freemium titles such as The Oregon Trail: American Settler and Green Farm in order to fit the model more closely.
I’m personally very excited to see how this model works in NFL Pro 2012, and we’ll have some sort of review up soon.
For now, you can check it out yourself in the App Store for free.
UPDATE: NFL Pro 2012 involves buying parts of the playbook through the money you earn. The game itself is extremely slow because of all the play-choosing and buying you have to do, and it’s not really worth it. It basically forces you to use real-world money to actually be good in the game, and it’s overall a quite tedious experience. So if you were thinking about downloading it, don’t go through the trouble. It’s not that great.
With nearly a week remaining until the release of Infinity Blade II on December 1st, Chair has released a new video of some in-game footage alongside describing the visuals. While some parts of it are reminiscent of Apple’s iPhone introduction videos, it does show a lot of gameplay footage, highlighting the shades and lighting that take place within the game.
The first Infinity Blade was released back in 2010, wowing users by its breathtaking graphics using the Epic Unreal Engine 3. We personally loved the game, and although it was a bit repetitive, the gameplay itself was action-packed, well-balanced, and a bit more difficult every time, leading me to keep coming back for more and more until I was able to buy all of the most expensive accessories in the store.
In short, we were mightily impressed with the first one and cannot wait to see what’s in store for the second one.
Infinity Blade II will be released on December 1st for $6.99, and it will be universal. In celebration of Infinity Blade II’s upcoming release, the original has been put on sale for $2.99 (and even though it’s old, I suggest you pick it up).
Namco, the developers and publishers of games such as Pac-Man and Galaga, have put on sale some of their most popular games for Thanksgiving. The sale prices range anywhere from $0.99 to $2.99, and I’ve bolded the games that I personally recommend above the others (please note I haven’t played all of the games mentioned, so there may be some hidden gems that I just haven’t tried out yet).