“I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.”
As any kid who’s ever tried to play with his pet guinea pig and his pet snake at the same time can tell you, two things that you love don’t always go great together. Call of Duty: Strike Team is two beautifully rendered, lavishly produced games joined together into one wobbly Franken-game that never really figures out what it’s supposed to be.
That’s not to say that Strike Team is entirely without merit, however. The combination may not sit comfortably, but it’s probably worth experiencing for most folks.
Arma Tactics for Chumby coming before the end of the year.
Someday they’re going to ask you: “Where were you on iOS Tactical Game Stealth Release Day?”, and you’ll take the electro-cigar out of your robo-mouth and say, “I was on Pocket Tactics.”
This morning we were ambushed by the release of Call of Duty: Strike Team, a highly-varnished shooter/RTS hybrid for iOS. Either everyone working on that game is extraordinarily disciplined or they were all lobotomized because there wasn’t a peep that that thing was coming and it’s clearly been in development for months.
Shock number 1: Out of nowhere, there’s a Call of Duty game up on the App Store. Shock number 2: it appears to be.. pretty awesome?
I’m still parsing this out but Call of Duty: Strike Team is a first-person-shooter, of course, but it’s also a top-down strategy game where you coordinate your squad’s movements via an overhead “Drone View” — you seem to be able to swap viewpoints at your leisure. Everything I’ve seen suggests high production values and tons of content. It’s a premium-priced game at seven bucks.
We’ve been burned by traditional publishers dumping pretty but ultimately shallow shovelware on the App Store before (yes, Borderlands Legends, we’re talking about you), but Call of Duty: Strike Team appears to be the real deal. I’ll tell you more once I’ve played it myself.
Tanktastic gets slightly more modern than WoT with its tank selection.
I don’t want you to think that I’ve had some sort of thematic epiphany and it’s going to be all tanks, all the time around here, but I’ve got one more armored combat game to show you.
Tanktastic sounds like a promotion at H&M but it’s actually a multiplayer armored combat shooter for iOS & Android. From the trailer, it looks considerably more primitive than World of Tanks but it has the virtue of being available now without the use of a flux capacitor. It does appear to hit most of the big notes that WoT does: collectible tanks, 3D combat, that sort of thing.
I guess we’re in the midst of an epidemic of mobile World of Tanks clones: the guys in the comments yesterday alerted me to the existence of Chillingo’s Iron Force, though their impressions weren’t exactly positive. Watch the trailer for Tanktastic after the jump. Continue reading…
Now if we just stay calm, no one’s gonna be harmed by the huge bomb that’s gonna explode any minute.
Gun Media’s iOS squad tactical game Breach & Clear is getting new content in an update going live next week. Next Thursday the game will add missions set in Freiburg, Germany where the action will move outdoors for the first time.
Gun says that we can expect the new spaces to feature “open forested areas” and “mysterious compounds”. They can’t be too mysterious, right? I mean, it’s not like Cthulhu or Jimmy Hoffa is going to be in there. It’s “terrorists”, yeah? I’m putting my money on compounds full of “terrorists”.
Besides the new wide open spaces, the update will add new enemy types like snipers and shotgunners, which should add some welcome variety to Breach & Clear’s gameplay. A new game mode called Bomb Defusal sounds a bit like a shooter’s horde mode, where you have to fend off waves of enemies as one member of your team cuts the red wire.
UPDATE: Spoke with Gun Media’s Ronnie Hobbs to ask him if this update was free or not — he said it was. Hobbs also reminded me that post-release updates have added a replay feature to the game, something a lot of folks had been asking for in the comments around here.
Can a detective go the whole day without griping about the boss?
How would you like to play a supernatural detective thriller point-and-click adventure? As FBI agent Erica Reed you’ll pursue Boston’s latest serial killer, grapple with your emergent psychic powers, and grieve for your past traumas.
Sound good? It should also sound familiar if you played Cognition: Episode 1. I really enjoyed the first title, and I’m pleased to see the sequel features the same strong points. Regrettably it presents the same flaw, too—an inordinately contrived plot that strains adult credulity, and thus is at odds with the game’s graphic violence, profanity and other adult elements—and it’s the kind of flaw that gets worse with repetition.
“Sir, do you have a minute to talk about the environment?”
Breach & Clear is a tight, focused laser beam of a game — at least part of it, anyway. Presumably, the special forces foursomes under your command had all manner of adventures in the run-up to the moment where they kick down the doors of the enemy compound and start shooting — but that’s none of your concern. In Breach & Clear, you are a specialist who operates in the moments between the doors being busting open and the last target slumping to the floor.
Around that central proposition, publishers Gun Media and developers Mighty Rabbit (the makers of Saturday Morning RPG) have wrapped layers and layers of the progressive content unlocking that conventional wisdom has told us modern gamers expect: RPG leveling for your troops, weapon customization, cosmetic doo-dads. It’s a slickly-produced, highly appealing package — and my biggest complaint is that the game actually doesn’t need a lot of it.
When you get back from this sortie we’re going to have a long chat about “camouflage” and what that word means.
At some point when I wasn’t looking, Sky Gamblers became a big mobile gaming franchise. This may not be news to you lot but tonight’s release of Sky Gamblers Cold War marks the fourth iOS installment of the flight sim series. As an action game, it’s just a bit outside of our usual editorial bullseye but it hits a lot of the right numbers with its emphasis on historical aircraft.
The new Sky Gamblers game is set in an alternate universe where the Cold War goes hot and some Pentagon pencil-pusher decides that the YF-12 program is a good use of your precious tax dollars after all. The trailer for that (and the rest of of tonight’s releases) awaits you after the jump.