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Hands-on Preview with ‘Predators’, Should be Releasing Today

Predators is an upcoming movie game in collaboration with Fox Entertainment and Chillingo, along with Angry Mob Games, who also have developed Guerrilla Bob.  With that said, I was able to get a hands-on preview of the game pretty close to the release date, and I’m pretty excited to say that this is one of the bloodiest, most action-packed games I’ve ever played.

If you’re like me and love movies such as Saving Private Ryan and 300, then this is definitely a game to look forward to.  It has a numerous amount of fighting combos, along with around 7 or 8 different weapons.  You also have the ability to upgrade the damage and stats of each weapon using the points you accrue from each mission.

There are a total of 23 missions included in the game, and it took me around 2 hours to reach mission 11.  While it doesn’t seem like a very long time, I think it will be enough to satisfy your inner beast.

Included in the final build was also Chillingo’s Crystal social platform, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise.  Achievements are included if that interests you, and online leaderboards are available for each mission.

It’s definitely one of the best-looking games I’ve seen in terms of player models, and it will be launched as a universal binary.  What does that mean?  That means that the game will run in full resolution with the iPad and the iPhone, so you won’t have to double the pixels to run Predators on your iPad.

Predators is slated to be released today, so stay tuned for our full review.

New Gameplay Details for ‘Vampire Origins’

We reported that Vampire Origins has been submitted into the App Store, and they’ve finally decided to release the gameplay details.  Along with the gameplay details, the story has also been revealed, telling about how a man’s bride was murdered by a vampire, leading to the man’s decision to destroy all the evil in the world.

The story goes on to state how Vincent, the vampire hunter, wages war against all vampires, creatures that have “destroyed all that was good in the world”.  This sounds very similar to a classic horror novel, and revenge is always a nice motivation for killers.

Here are some of the gameplay details:

  • Take control of Vincent in the most intense survival horror ever to hit the iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Dark gothic atmosphere with exquisite 3D environments.
  • Detailed character models and gripping realism.
  • Four weapons available to fend off the vampiric hordes.
  • Thrilling boss fights based on actual sword fighting techniques.
  • Multiple control methods: Dual-stick or touchscreen interface.
  • Three stages of detailed story-driven gameplay, or try your luck in Survival Mode.
  • Full Crystal integration including challenges, achievements leaderboards and social networking.
  • Take control of Vincent in the most intense survival horror ever to hit the iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Dark gothic atmosphere with exquisite 3D environments.
  • Detailed character models and gripping realism.
  • Four weapons available to fend off the vampiric hordes.
  • Thrilling boss fights based on actual sword fighting techniques.
  • Multiple control methods: Dual-stick or touchscreen interface.
  • Three stages of detailed story-driven gameplay, or try your luck in Survival Mode.
  • Full Crystal integration including challenges, achievements leaderboards and social networking.

I’m definitely excited to get my hands on this title, and it looks to be shaping up quite nicely.  If this is the first time you’ve heard of the game, check out the screenshots here along with the trailer embedded below.

Hands-On with Assault Squadron: Best Top-Down Shooter Out There?

Most top-down shooters on the iPhone have been defined by one word so far: suck.  They’re boring, bland, generic, etc. etc.  The only top-down shooter I’ve ever enjoyed on a mobile phone was on an old Sony Ericsson a couple of years ago, and I played that game until my battery died.  While I can’t remember the name of the game, it was one of the first and best top-down shooter I have ever played.

So why hasn’t it been successful on the iPhone?  I know there have been many such as iFighter, Sky Force Reloaded, and Siberian Strike; but I’ve never enjoyed any of them as much as I have Assault Squadron.  Wowza, this is one shooter that should definitely be on your wish list.

The build I received was still well into the beta stage, but still, I had a lot of fun with it.  The included controls were touch, and while I had some slight problems with them, I still enjoyed the game very much.  There weren’t tilt controls included in the options, but of course, the game is still a ways off from being submitted.

One of the most impressive features or things that I noticed about Assault Squadron were the voiceovers.  The voiceovers sounded professional, clean-cut, and extremely… intense.  You can hear some guy talking over a walkie talkie (or whatever they have in the future), and I was more than impressed with the professional voiceovers.

Along with that, Assault Squadron is extremely polished.  There are dozens of impressive cutscenes along with wonderful 2.5D graphics.  I couldn’t help but think to myself, “What a good looking, professional looking game.”

Only one word can describe Assault Squadron: impressive.  Of all the top-down shooters that I’ve played on the iPhone, this one seems to be one of the best.  I had a blast with it, and with tons of content, boss battles, and an interesting weapon upgrade system; I can see this becoming a home run.

But it’s not all about top-down shooting.  While I enjoyed the top-down aspect much more, there are levels in which you must take the side view of all ships, or in other words, a side-scrolling shooter.  At first, I thought the developers were trying a bit too hard to make the game different from the rest, then I realized that it’s not too bad after all.

Even with the beta build I played, I was more than impressed.  Look for this bomb to drop into the App Store late this month or early April.  And when I mean look, I mean it.  It can also be assumed that Assault Squadron will implement Chillingo’s Crystal social platform.

The Hero Review: Saving Babies, All in a Days Work

The Hero by Chillingo and Traplight Games flew into the app store this week. As the name suggests, you play as “The Hero,” charged with saving the city from all kinds of bad guys, putting out fires, exterminating insects, high fiving your fans, and just all in all being a great superhero. Oh yeah, you get to save a few parachuting babies in your travels.

Graphically The Hero is a work of spectacular piece of art. Lots of tiny details are included and even on the small screen readily apparent. From the fire escapes to the signs on the buildings, nothing is overlooked. Even your fans are visually sharp as they wave to you flying by, awaiting their high five. This Hero needs to be his own public relations agent you see, and in the hustle and bustle of saving the city, needs to find the time to high five his adoring fans to keep his fame points high. Doesn’t seem fair that after all the Hero does for the city he has to keep his reputation and fame high, but lose faith with the city residents and it’s mission over. So those fans are what keeps the Hero going.

Not only do the fans keep the Hero’s fame points high, they also provide the fuel for three special super powers that help the Hero in his quest to rid the city of the evil that lurks around every corner.

Lots of content abounds with Chillingo’s Crystal Integration jam packed with awards and online leaderboards. A campaign mode with 15 different quests to solve unlocks a survival mode along the way. But at it’s very core is a fun game that allows you to lose yourself in the fantasy world and if only for a few minutes at a time, you can be the Hero that saves the city.

Likes:

Graphics: As mentioned, this game is a work of art. No detail is left unturned and it’s very evident that a lot of work and attention went into making this game a beautiful sight. The sounds from the residents and the flashing cars when the Hero accidentally crashes are a nice distraction.

Storyline: With 15 missions assigned by the Chief of Police and constant reminders from Ms Rose regarding your reputation and do’s and don’ts, there is a theme that carries from one mission to the next. Interspersed with humor, subtlety and cleverness is cute bantering that should not be skipped. The reminder, in the form of a reprimand, not to destroy the residents vehicles was especially funny.

Controls: You control the Hero with either a virtual joystick or by tilt control. The virtual joystick is very responsive and since I am not a fan of tilt control found the choice refreshing. Boost and power up buttons are located on the screen as well, and little indicators are visible showing you how close you are to activating these power ups. A nice touch. Directing you are colored arrows on the screen, each color a different threat level. These are very helpful to guide you to the most imminent places of danger in the city. My one wish would be that the Hero could turn a little quicker. Sometimes my turns felt like high wire aerial acrobatics moving from one place to another. A bit more precision would be welcomed in this area.

Dislikes:

Mission Progress: While during each mission there is an update of the percent of the mission you have finished as you progress, some sort of steady progress bar would be helpful to indicate how close you are to fulfilling the mission requirements. Juggling your fame in the form of high fiving your fans, putting out fires, catching babies, and catching bad guys of one sort or another is pretty hard work, so it would be great to gauge how close you are to the end of each mission. A few times I completed the mission with merely one more high five, so some kind of clarification on that would be appreciated.

Overall, The Hero will have you clamoring for more as you will feel you need to save the city from more ill wills. Good thing this Hero is around for what appears to be the unluckiest city in the world, and he is prepared to fend off a variety of evils to keep its residents safe. Working to unlock all the achievements will lead you back to playing more and more and with that will come the satisfaction of a job well done. And heck, saving all the babies in their parachutes is reward in and of itself.

The Hero was developed by Chillingo and Traplight Games. Version 1.0 was reviewed on my 2g iPod Touch with OS 3.x. Its current selling price is $1.99.


Final Gameplay Trailer for ‘Radio Flare Redux’

We’ve been following Radio Flare Redux quite closely, and the final gameplay trailer for the shoot-em-up has been released.  It shows off more of the gameplay along with the controls, and while I’m still a little bit confused, it looks to be shaping up quite nicely.

It can be assumed that Radio Flare Redux will also implement Chillingo’s Crystal social platform, which has been implemented into most of it’s existing games along with its upcoming.  And like the previous version, Radio Flare Redux will be based on the music and the beat, both of which seem to be a strong selling point.

From our previous article:

  • Play to the music’s beat as your spacecraft moves and shoots in rhythm. Target enemies and see them pulsate and explode to the tune of each song. Radio Flare REDUX makes music an interactive experience.
  • With 33 diverse planet levels based on licensed techno, club and house tracks by internationally renowned DJs. An unprecedented level of audio immersion is guaranteed.
  • Club-style visuals and fast-paced fights combine to create a synesthetic cosmic adventure for your ears and fingertips.
  • Play with either Drag or Joystick options to pilot your ship as it powers through space, dodging opponents and surrounded by music.
  • Gain stars to unlock new planets and take on missions that challenge your knack for rhythm. Unlock a Musical Toy sequencer that lets you arrange sound effects in rhythm and a Visualizer mode that lets you cruise through a level without enemies to enjoy the stimulating graphics and music.
  • Explore space with friends and compare your scores and results with Chillingo’s dynamic social gaming network!
  • Use the screen capture feature to tweet your gameplay screenshots and brag of your achievements!

We can’t wait to get our hands on this title, and it looks to be shaping out quite nicely.  And without further ado, here is the final gameplay trailer we’ve all been waiting for.  Price is still yet to be determined.