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Most of E3 this year was dedicated to the consoles. After all, it’s not everyday that Microsoft and Sony go all out and show off next generation hardware for the first time. It’s certainly exciting for gamers the world over.
While everyone was drooling over the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the rest of the video game industry did not stop moving forward. Sadly, people are not talking about the other games shown at the conference as much as they should. Despite all the console wars and next-gen visuals, plenty of quality iOS titles were on display, as long as you knew where to look.
The games that follow are the most exciting games coming to our beloved iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. If you love playing games on the go, you are going to want to keep your eye on these games once they release, because each and every one of them brings something special to the table.
Plants Vs. Zombies 2
Do you remember Popcap’s fantastic spin on the tower defense genre? The original Plants vs. Zombies is one of the most fun, and consequently, best-selling apps in the history of the iPhone, and a sequel is finally on the way.
From the looks of things, the sequel looks to expand on the core gameplay provided in the first game. I doubt it will rewrite the book completely, as the first one was so close to perfect, changing too much could make the game worse. Really, all I am looking for is more PvZ to play, and a sequel is sure to deliver that in a big way.
Deus Ex: The Fall
Hardcore gamers were not especially thrilled with this announcement at first. They mistakenly assumed it would be just a cheap cash in on the game’s name, but all signs point to the opposite.
As it turns out, this game looks to bring everything gamers loved about the console and PC version of the game to mobile. That means there will be shooting, hacking, stealth, and all the downright awesomeness Deus Ex is known for. For gamers looking for AAA-like games on the go, this is most certainly one to keep your eye on, as it has the potential to be an incredible mobile gaming experience.
The Walking Dead: 400 Days
Telltale’s Walking Dead game was by far the most beloved game of 2012. It cleaned up almost every single game of the year award on every website and magazine and now the company has announced that a new episode with a new cast of characters is coming in July, and it will make it to iOS devices.
If you like games with intense stories, difficult decisions that can lead to the loss of characters in your party, and deeply engaging gameplay, you are going to want to grab this. If the quality of the first is any indication, this is going to be a game you need to download on release day.
Ninja Theory, the team responsible for the Devil May Cry franchise, is making its first jump into iOS with Fightback. This highly stylized brawler sees gamers battling it out with all kinds of foes as they wander in from both sides of the screen. Just a quick look at the game and it’s easy to see where the DMC influence comes into play.
The game has been built from the ground up for a touch interface, which could be an early indication that it is going to be worth keeping an eye on. Whenever a major game developer jumps into the iOS scene I take notice, and this cool-looking brawler could be really awesome. Time will tell, but I am keeping my hopes high on this one.
Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar
Ultima is one of the most well-respected RPG franchises from back in the day, so a new version of the game coming to iOS is certainly exciting. To top it off, the game will be free when it releases, so everyone can get their hands on it. The developers say they intend to transform “a classic into the definitive RPG experience on mobile.” Strong words; but if they are right, this could be the RPG to have in the coming year.
The game features co-op play, which could turn out to be a lot of fun. It also features what is shaping up to be an interesting story. It’s hard to say that Ultima has been overly relevant in recent years, but if this game lives up to its potential, it could find itself being a popular name in gaming again.
The Bottom Line
Who says E3 has to be about the big console games? These iOS games shown off at the conference prove that there is still room for awesome mobile gaming experiences, especially as our devices become more and more powerful.
What iOS games from E3 have you the most excited? Hit the comments section below and let us know!