Despite the game being nearly two years old – 28th February is the anniversary – it is still a racing force to be reckoned with across many devices. The computations for the AI, premium textures for car models, circuits and surroundings, and the calculations required to continually provide an enjoyable racing experience still push newer smartphones and tablets.
The latest iteration of the massively successful Modern Combat series comes in the form of Blackout. The FPS has been lauded by critics for its fast, Call-of Duty inspired gameplay, immersive multiplayer, short missions and notable lack of in-app purchasing.
I’ve always been a fan of the Deer Hunter series. Deer Hunter 2014 is exactly how it sounds: you hunt digital deer and other animals with powerful weaponry. You shoot, you win. Shoot a protected species, you lose.
As for performance, it is HD, and best experienced on anything featuring a Snapdragon 800 and upwards, whilst the A7 ARM chip also makes for an immersive gun-toting time in the wilderness of your office cubicle.
The very latest processors will lap it up. The Tegra K1, Snapdragon 805 and Exynos 5433 will give constant 1080p gaming without any stutters, as will the A8 ARM chip featured in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus – but remember to watch your battery, it can be a deceptive power guzzler.
EA have done well to make this backward compatible with previous iOS and Android generations, but on flagship devices it really comes alive as the graphics, player and stadium textures, and passing and movement becoming more fluid. Even the commentary sounds better.
The latest and greatest have pure computing power on their side when it comes to the high-performance simulation required by FIFA. Yes, you can play it on an older device, but it’s probably not worth the lag that comes with.
The big simulation requires some proper computational power to keep it running smoothly. You can zoom in on enemy tanks to take sniper-style shots, disabling armour or turrets, or rapidly speed (if your tank can actually do that) across the terrain to assist embattled allies. These features, amongst others, require more power than you might eke out of an iPhone 4S or similar Android model.
Saying that, it does feature native support for larger resolutions which really brings home the effort RockstarThe 8 Best Rockstar Games Of All TimeThe 8 Best Rockstar Games Of All TimeRockstar Games is more than just Grand Theft Auto, and its back catalog of titles deserves a closer look. What follows is a list of the best titles Rockstar Games has released so far.Read More put into the port: enhanced shadows, greater draw-distance, richer depth of colour, and a nice range of character and vehicle tweaks make it a GTA you want to return to.
Just as the original was worth dropping $40 on, the mobile port is also worth parting with your cash. Your device and your eyes will thank you.
It looks great across top-end devices. My OnePlus One loved the graphics upgrade from the original Anomaly, and my iPad2 also handled it5 Must-Have Strategy Games For iPad [iOS]5 Must-Have Strategy Games For iPad [iOS]Touch controls are great for games that require thought rather than quick, twitch movement. You can plot moves, activate abilities and direct units all with the touch of…well, your touch. You’d expect that to mean...Read More admirably. As many reviewers have noted, it doesn’t rewrite the rule book on tower defense, but it certainly turns a few pages. Well worth some playtime on the current generation of flagships.
If you believe your device can handle more, and is rootedTake Control: Android Rooting GuideTake Control: Android Rooting GuideAs of the writing of this guide, approximately 80% of the world's population owns their own cellphone. Out of those, 1.08 billion are smartphones.Read More, you can use GLTools from the Play Store to load a GPU profile on your device, effectively telling your GPU to be better than it is, squeezing every last ounce of performance from its millions of transistors. There are numerous profiles included in the download, though you might have to experiment to find a match between device, game and profile.
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