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All of the Real Racing Games on Sale, Drive as Crazily as You Want for Less Money

The sheer sound of the name Real Racing gets me creating all types of images and words in my mind: awesome, realistic, graphically ground-breaking… the list can go on and on and on.

And if you haven’t been a part of this ground-breaking experience yet, Firemint has made it a little less of a pop to your wallet by putting its Real Racing games on a sale of up to 80%.

The original Real Racing is $0.99, the HD version is $1.99; Real Racing 2 is put at $4.99, and Real Racing 2 HD at $5.99.  In my personal opinion, if you have an iPad, I suggest just picking up Real Racing 2 HD, as it’s one of the most technologically-advanced game out so far, along with the fact that it will support the mirror display feature once iOS 5 is released.

And if you own an iPhone, you really cannot go wrong with Real Racing 2, although the original Real Racing is still quite a steal at $0.99.

And if you’re still not convinced, be sure to check out our reviews on the Real Racing titles.

 

‘Infinity Blade’ Getting an Update this Thursday

One of the most beloved games on our devices today, Infinity Blade, is receiving a little bit more love from the developers in the form of an update promised to us since its revealing.

That’s right folks; this Thursday marks the day that Infinity Blade will be receiving the multiplayer treatment, alongside other goodies such as a new Survivor mode, holiday helms, more than two dozen new swords, shields, helmets, and magic rings, new Facebook integration, AND more achievements.

If you haven’t checked out Infinity Blade yet, you can nab it on the App Store for $5.99 (Universal).  Also be sure to check out our review on the game before purchasing.

Gangstar Miami Vindication Review: The First Great iOS Sandbox Game

I remember waiting for Gameloft to release the first Gangstar episode (Gangstar: West Coast Hustle), but I found the game to be a little ahead of its time on the iOS platform.  This was evidenced by the very short draw distances and the overall lack of a very important factor, fun.  Well, I have good news for those of you that felt the same.  I have had a chance to play through nearly all of Gangstar: Miami Vindication, and I find it to be everything that Gangstar: West Coast Hustle was, but it has improved graphics and is a lot more FUN!

In a lot of ways, Gangstar: Miami Vindication reminds me of the fun I had playing GTA: Vice City.  It has a decent (although stereotypical) storyline, and the missions are varied enough to keep almost any gamer entertained for hours.  To get to the point, Gangstar: Miami Vindication is now one of my top three most played games on my iPhone.

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Gameplay: This is the first ‘Like’ I look for in any game.  Is it fun?  Does it keep me engaged?  The answer is a resounding yes to both questions.  Gangstar: Miami Vindication has varied missions (and a lot of them) as well as a fun, lively city.  The first Gangstar seemed a little weak on that front, but this episode of Gangstar makes up for that and then some.

Cars: I have read complaints about the driving controls, but I do not have that problem myself.  There are three schemes total (accelerometer, a wheel, and a bar), and if you can’t find one that works for you, then you should probably practice.  I prefer the wheel driving control, and I really like that Gameloft programmed the cars to remain aligned to the road.  The biggest thing they got right: driving is fun.  I love the physics of driving and find myself taking a motorcycle or race car on a spin just for fun.  You can slide around all over the place with a remarkable amount of precision.

Price: For a game with this depth, I think $6.99 is a steal.  Most $3-$6 games on the app store don’t have nearly as much content.  There are a variety of missions, side-missions, races, and achievements.  If that isn’t enough for you, then you can also roam freely and wreak havoc on the city of Miami.

Dislikes

Glitches: I read one review that claimed Gangstar: Miami Vindication was ‘too big for itself,’ and I see where they were coming from.  There are occasional glitches that pop up throughout the game.  Sometimes the voice-overs may cut out, or text may appear that doesn’t belong, or a texture may randomly change.  While these glitches are not common, they are more prevalent than I would like.  I would like to see Gameloft polish the next rendition a little more.

‘King Factor’: Gangstar (both episodes) still lacks one major element that I look for in a sandbox game: you never really achieve taking over the city.  That is one of the most fun parts of any sandbox game.  As you progress, you own more properties and slowly take over the city.  I don’t feel that Gangstar leaves the player with the same feeling.  If you could collect properties and store cars, the game would be even better than it is.

Gangstar: Miami Vindication is a fantastic sandbox game and is one of my most played iPhone games.  I would recommend it to any fan of sandbox games.  More than that, I would recommend it to any fan of games in general.  One warning; the game does have mature content, so it is not for kids!  This is the first sandbox game that I have rated a ‘Must Have.’  I hope you enjoy it as much as me!

Gangstar: Miami Vindication was developed by Gameloft, and I played through version 1.0.0 on my iPhone 4. The price is $5.99.




‘Infinity Blade’ To Be Updated for iPad 2

The iPad 2 hype is starting to build if it hasn’t already, and I’m starting to get a little bit more excited for what it has in store.

Chair Entertainment, the creators of Infinity Blade for iOS, has announced that it will be updating Infinity Blade with iPad 2-specific optimizations, which could mean anything from Retina-like graphics (even though it doesn’t really sport a Retina display) and many more shades.  Whatever it is, it’s definitely exciting to hear.

One of the most popular gaming apps released to date, the ground-breaking Infinity Blade will be updated tomorrow with new optimizations specifically for iPad 2. Taking advantage of the processing power of iPad 2, Infinity Blade looks and plays better than ever and is the ultimate “show off your iPad 2’s graphics prowess” app!

We’ll have more information as the update is released.  So, who’s excited for that iPad 2?

 

Perfect Cell Review: Sneak Through An Eerie Atmosphere

Perfect Cell is one of those games that I quite frankly haven’t paid much attention to pre-release.

The game starts out as you being a cell, traversing through the levels killing human scientists and soldiers to save other cells and eventually escape the laboratory.  The story isn’t too compelling and doesn’t really play a major role in the game; it’s mostly slicing and dicing, solving somewhat simple environmental puzzles to move into the next sector.

The graphics are one of the main selling points in Perfect Cell and rightfully so, as the game is pitted in a 2.5D environment that reminds me of something along the lines of Shadow Complex, and overall, Perfect Cell isn’t too bad.

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Graphics: Like I mentioned above, the 2.5D graphics really remind me of Shadow Complex.  I do have a problem with the soldiers being all retro-ized—it looks as if the developers just didn’t feel like working on the soldier models—but other than that, the environment is nicely developed.

Controls: The controls aren’t too fancy or too complicated, and they’re made perfectly for the iPhone touchscreen.

GameCenter: I’m probably going to add this as a Like for a while, and you people out there that are reading our reviews are probably getting tired of it.  But hey, I like it.  And there’s a lot of achievements included, which makes me like GameCenter within Perfect Cell even more.

Dislikes

Simplicity: The puzzles are a bit too simple in my opinion.  The first ten levels are basically slicing and turning on all the stations, going back and forth opening doors and such.  It’s pretty predictable, and there’s really no thinking involved.

Nothing more: There’s a campaign-like mode and nothing more.  For $5.99, I expect something more than just one game mode: something on the lines of an arcade mode, an endless mode in which you kill as many humans as possible—I’m not the developer so I don’t have many ideas, but Mobigame really didn’t do much in Perfect Cell when it comes to content.

Humans: I mentioned it above in graphics, but this is something that somewhat bothers me.  I don’t know why they would go with retro character models other than the fact that it’s less work.  It certainly isn’t a design decision as it looks out of place and absolutely horrible.  Maybe I’m being too sensitive here, but hey, I’d like some 2.5D character models.

It’s a great concept hindered by the lack of content and high price.  Until the whole content and price issue is sorted out, I can’t really recommend it to everyone out there.  It is a fun game though, and for those that appreciate unique games, Perfect Cell is definitely one to look into.

Perfect Cell was developed by Mobigame, and I played through version 1.0.5 on my iPhone 4.  The price is $5.99.