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Shadowgun Review: Looks Pretty, Plays Pretty Ugly

Shadowgun.  It marks the arrival of an entirely new Unity engine that provides never before seen graphics on a mobile device.  And Shadowgun does a great job of demonstrating the new Unity engine, but that’s just about it.

Featuring a couple of guns, uninspiring, scripted enemy soldiers, and a repeatedly tap-to-kill type of gameplay, Shadowgun doesn’t give me anything to really praise other than the graphics.  Yeah, the gameplay is a bit more advanced compared to the likes of Rage, but the gameplay is still lacking a lot, especially compared to games such as Modern Combat 2 and NOVA.

It looks absolutely fantastic, but I don’t give a damn about looks when it’s boring.

Likes

Graphics: Like I mentioned before, the graphics are absolutely fantastic.  I will give credit where credit is due, and I must give props to the developers for some great graphics.  The shading, lighting, detail, and character models are unprecedented, and I think I can safely say that these are the best graphics I have seen on my iPhone.  

Universal: I’ve noticed that more and more developers are going with universal apps, and I cannot be more than happy with their decision.  And it’s good to see Madfinger Games joining that group of developers because I just love universal apps.  For any developers reading, be sure to take note.

Dislikes

Repetitive: If there’s one problem that I would point out with this game (which there aren’t), I would have to say that it’s its repetitiveness.  You’re doing the same thing in each level: shoot the enemies, reach the boss, rinse, and repeat.  There isn’t much variety, you gain new weapons much to slowly, and it isn’t all that difficult.  While it’s cool for the first five minutes, it tends to get boring really quickly.

Artificial Intelligence: The AI for Shadowgun is pitiful to say the least.  They’re all scripted to run behind certain barriers, and they don’t do a very convincing job of acting like they want to kill you.  On the normal difficulty, I seldom found them actually shooting; most of the time, they would be hiding behind pillars and barriers waiting for me to kill them.  The AI is unintelligent, for lack of a better word, and if you’re looking for a shooter similar to Modern Combat or even Brothers in Arms, you won’t find it here.

Shadowgun is a bit more than a tech demo, but it’s a lot less than an actual game.  You basically do the same thing for every level, with little variety or creation in the objectives, and I was bored after 15 minutes of play.  Like I said before, it looks absolutely fantastic.  But, looks aren’t everything in the App Store.

Shadowgun was developed by Madfinger Games, and I played through version 1.0.4 on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2.  The price is $4.99.

9mm Review: Violent, Vulgar, and Volatile

The App Store isn’t a stranger to the likes of “gangster” games; Gameloft has released their own in Gangstar and Gangstar 2, and Rockstar has also released Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the iPhone and iPad.

And in the vein of these gangster-like games comes an all new title from Gameloft dubbed 9mm, a game in which you play bad cop, defeating all the gangsters and criminals in your way to ultimately save you and your team from death.

Looking at 9mm from a graphical standpoint, I would have to say that it’s quite impressive, although I’ve come to expect these types of graphics when reviewing Gameloft games.  One marked improvement above the rest, though, lies in the voice acting.  Now don’t get me wrong, the voice acting still needs a little bit of work, but it’s a very large improvement from the past, and the characters actually sound like they would in real life.

Of course, being a universal app always helps along with the inclusion of online multiplayer.  And the story isn’t too shabby either.

But be warned: this is one of the most vulgar games I’ve played on the App Store.  This is definitely not a game that should be bought for your 10-year old son’s birthday, and I’m not even sure I should be playing this game at times.  I’m not too bothered by vulgar language and such, but when there are unnecessary doses of four-lettered words, it does seem to get a little bit of an annoyance.

Still, 9mm packs some great graphics, an interesting storyline, and quite an interesting online multiplayer mode.

Likes

Voice-acting: I love when game developers approve on their next games, and while Gameloft took quite a while to shore up their voice-acting, they seem to be headed in the right direction with 9mm.  I wouldn’t say that the voice acting is spotless, but it’s enough to sit there normally without cringing at the sound of out-of-place tones and such.

Online multiplayer/universal: I think both of these points really speak for themselves; the inclusion of online multiplayer and being a universal app has been quite a staple in Gameloft’s recent games, and I just have to commend them for that.  Their Gameloft Live servers seem to have improved tremendously, overcoming it’s infancy and becoming one of the smoothest online multiplayer experiences on the iOS.  As for being a universal app, you can’t really say much about it other than the fact that you love it.  No more buying a game twice — one for your iPhone and one for your iPad — it’s now packed into one, convenient download, along with being, technically, half the price.  All in all, both the online multiplayer and universal are a winning combination for the consumer.

Action-packed: If there’s one thing that 9mm provides, it’s action.  The shooting scenes are quite exhilarating, the weapon selection is extensive, and the action itself seems to never end (which in this case is a good thing).  While I wouldn’t call it the most action-packed game in the App Store, I would have to say that 9mm is up there.  So if you’re looking for thrills and chills, 9mm is really the way to go.

Dislikes

Vulgarity: Like I mentioned before, vulgar language doesn’t really bother me too much.  But when it’s every other word, it really becomes unnecessary to use so much colorful language in such a short sentence.  This is totally subjective here; if you can compromise and deal with it that’s fine with me.  It’s just a warning to all purchasing that there’s a lot of language in here that may just not be suitable for everyone out there.

Short campaign: The campaign isn’t too long, lasting a mere 3-4 hours.  There is online multiplayer to add some more playing time to the game overall, but the campaign is a bit short.

9mm includes some improved voice-acting, great online multiplayer, an interesting storyline, and an overall action-packed adventure that is sure to entice third-person shooter fans.  Just note that the game isn’t for everyone, and I personally thought the amount of language in this game was really unnecessary.

9mm was developed by Gameloft, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPad 2.  The price is $6.99.

Gameloft Releases ‘9mm’ to the App Store, Bad Cops and Gangsters Galore

Gameloft‘s much anticipated third-person action game 9mm has just been released into the App Store.

Boasting of six different crime-fighting locations, 9mm also contains pistols, shotguns, submachine guns, machine guns, and more.

It also includes online multiplayer for up to 12 people across 4 maps, presumably using Gameloft Live for all the online action.  9mm also includes soundtracks from Freeway & Jake One, Beanie Sigel, and Apathy, with Freeway & Jake One even making a special appearance within the game.

If that’s not enough to convince you, Gameloft has added universal support, so you don’t have to buy the same game twice for your iOS devices.

9mm is available now on the App Store for $6.99.

Video Footage of ‘Afterlife: Ground Zero’ Leaked, More Unreal Engine 3 Goodness Headed our Way

The media’s (which includes us, I guess) fascination with the Unreal Engine 3 has gotten us to document every single Unreal Engine 3 news we can find, but this is one game that has gotten me more and more intrigued the more and more I watch the video.

Codenamed Afterlife: Ground Zero, Trendy Entertainment (yes, the same peeps who created Dungeon Defender) are planning on creating a third-person shooter game with different playable classes, tons of RPG elements, killer enemies, a wealth of replayability, and co-op play.

But hold your horses before getting too excited: the game is far from being released, with the UI slapped together in 24 hours, and nothing in the video seems to be final.  Still, the graphics are enough to make your jaw drop a few inches, and we’re definitely looking forward to a closer look at the game once it’s playable.

‘Exo-Planet Elite’: Online Third-Person Shooter for iPhone Released

SGN‘s online multiplayer third-person shooter has been released for the iPhone after first being released for the iPad.  While the graphics have been significantly toned down to run on the iPhone, the gameplay seems to remain the same.  I’ll presume that the iPhone version will also be played against people playing on the iPad, providing some sort of “cross-platform” multiplayer.

Features include the following:

  • The first 3rd-Person shooter played in zero-gravity!
  • Play Capture the Flag, Death Match, or Gauntlet on unique, dedicated high-orbital platforms!
  • Inhabit a powerful exo-suit with magnetic boots to navigate the void!
  • Sling your way into enemy territory with a high-strength magnetic grapple!
  • Win matches to earn scrip and upgrade your exo-suit, gear, and weapons!
  • Play 1v1 over Bluetooth
  • Play 2v2 Online over WiFi or 3G
  • Compete against iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad players, all in the same arena!

Exo-Planet Elite is available on the iPhone now for $4.99.