In less than four months we will be sitting in front of our favorite TV, or at our favorite sports bar on Sunday waiting for the kick-off of the first games of the 2012 NFL Season. Also, don’t forget, right about now you’re probably getting your invites to your regular fantasy football league’s (I know I’ve got at least one league invite waiting). So to round it all off, we now need to prepare for EA Sports Madden 13, coming soon. With this latest release of Madden will come a new feature, the ability to manage your teams by way of your Android phone or tablet. We don’t know the full details right now, but we can assume that managing a team would include: Trades, line-up changes and more. What makes this new feature more than welcome? Throughout our work day, if you have a change in mind for your team, without a second thought you can pull out your mobile device and make the management decisions required. This will free up time for gameplay when you power up that PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or even the PS Vita, as the changes will be pushed to your account and you’ll be all set. So stay tuned and get ready for the latest offering from EA Sports, Madden NFL 13.
When it first arrived on the scene back in 1997, Carmageddon was easily the most controversial game of the decade and perhaps the first game to bring video game violence concerns to the public domain. To put it into context for our younger readers, the press reaction for the original Grand Theft Auto was mild in comparison to the outrage caused when Carmageddon was released. The game was actually banned from sale in a number of countries in Europe (the UK being the most high profile) and had to be reworked replacing humans and blood with zombies and green goo. Only after the changes was the game approved for release.
Inspired by the Deathrace 2000 movie, the game throws the gamer into a high velocity, extremely violent race through the city where there are no holds barred. The Android version is a direct port of the original PC version with enhanced high-resolution graphics and refined touch screen controls. Oh and if you were wondering, the Android version will arrive complete with blood and gore. The game will launch for free for a limited time so there’s no excuse not to check out the game that inspired the GTA series. Check out the video below to see what all the fuss was about.
Do you enjoy sinking a birdie putt on the back 9? Wow, I barely know what that means, but if you do, you might enjoy EA Sports‘ latest for Android, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. This looks like it could be a great game for your Android phone or tablet judging by the Play Store description:
- Choose your course and golfer, and play against other scores in PGA TOUR mode
- Take on the Tiger Challenge, consisting of over 20 mini-games designed to test your skills — earn money that can be used to participate in PGA TOUR events.
- Play through PGA TOUR courses, including Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, Hazeltine, Doral, TPC Boston, and Greenbrier
- Play as or alongside 8 pros, including Tiger Woods, Anthony Kim, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Camilo Villegas
- Customize your male or female golfer with skin, shirt, pants, hat, shoes, belts, and gloves
- Go head-to-head against a friend with local WiFi or Bluetooth Multiplayer
- Play the all-new Predator fantasy course
- Play in 4 Game Modes
Not bad for $4.99. There aren’t that many reviews yet, but they are mostly very positive with only a couple of negatives from people saying it wouldn’t play on their device. Too soon to tell if that’s a widespread problem or just isolated cases, but so far the game has a 3.2 out of 5 star rating, which is considered “above average”.
Hit the break for some screenshots and the download link.
You may have noticed as an avid gamer, and game trader, that there are Android tablets available for purchase and/or trade at 200 various locations. Looks like this program has been working out pretty well. GameStop has announce that out of the almost 4,500 locations in the US, it will commence offering Android tablets in 1,600 locations, from various manufacturers. The models specifically noted are the Acer Iconia Tab A200, ASUS TF300T, and the Toshiba Excite 10. These tablets won’t have only the stock apps you’ll normally find with a tablet purchase, but will “include a hand-picked selection of free games”. Tablets are no exception to being able to purchase on trade so this could be a good chance to get a quality tablet on trade for those games you’ve beat 3-4 times and have no more need for. Hit the jump for the full press release.
EA’s latest game in the Google Play Store is Mass Effect Infiltrator, a mobile over-the-shoulder shooter based in the Mass Effect universe. The Play Store description explains the plot.
YOU’RE A CERBERUS AGENT – GONE ROGUE!
As Commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno procures aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far – Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down!
Can you fight your way off the hostile Cerberus base and deliver their secret research to the Alliance?
As a fan of the Mass Effect games on the Xbox 360, this is a must for me, even at a fairly pricey $6.99.
Check out the video and download link after the break.
If you’re a huge fan of classic PC games then you’re in for a surprise. Recently to surface in the Google Play Store is an unofficial port of the classic 1997 game Theme Hospital. The game is available for download now and will run you $1.49. The game can be played on smartphones and tablets alike. The SIMs-esque game offers you the great task of running an entire hospital from nothing into a state of the art and up to date facility with full wards, standard operating rooms, offices and of course, staff members. You’re the boss, so hire and fire as you see fit. Some of the ailments from various patients are rather odd, but nevertheless, your job to cure them. Ready to download? Check out the Google Play Store link below or feel free to use the QR code as well. Let us know what you think of the game in the comments below.
Play Store Download Link
Today, Sega released the Android version of Sonic 4 Episode II exclusively for Tegra 3 devices so I decided to get up early so I could get my Hedgehog on. After playing Episode 1 and totally getting hooked, I was stoked to see what the new THD episode had in store for Android gaming. As I expected, Sega hit this one out of the park. In combination with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Sonic 4 Episode II is a complete blast from the past and well worth the $6.99 it costs in the Google Play Store. It even rivals the original game as it was played on the Sega game console.
If you are anything like me, you played Sonic the Hedgehog in your parents basement for hours on end when you were little and you will take any excuse you can get to relive those days of pure, unadulterated enjoyment. To give you an idea of what you can expect from Sega’s newest Android release, I put together a little demo video of the game in action. Before you go running off to check out the video I also wanted to remind you about our series of NVIDIA contests we are holding. We are giving away 3 separate prize packs over the period of 3 weeks and today is the cut-off for our first giveaway. This week’s prize pack consists of an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a wireless controller from Logitech, and a Jambox speaker. The contest ends tonight at 11:59 EST so be sure to get your entry in soon, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite TegraZone games in the Players Choice Awards. NVIDIA and ASUS are giving away seven of these same Transformer Prize Packs. All you have to do is vote for your favorites TegraZone games for three categorie (Best Gameplay, Best Graphics, and Overall Fun) and you will be automatically entered into the contest.
Okay… now you can go ahead and jump past the break to check out our demo video of the new Sonic game. :-)
Rovio, the creators behind the Angry Birds franchise, is gearing up to release what will most likely be another blockbuster hit for Android gaming. After recently purchasing the rights to the popular iOS game, Casey’s Contraptions, Rovio has plans to release a successor that should appeal to many people on both Android and iOS. In an interview with Finnish TV channel Yle, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said that the “quality pressure is high” and Rovio wants “to maintain the high standard Angry Birds fans have come to enjoy.” Although the game hasn’t been formally announced, Hed confirms that “Amazing Alex” is going to be the name of Rovio’s latest endeavor and a recent amazingalex.com domain purchase is further evidence.
Rovio says this “fun and highly addictive take on the physics puzzler” will launch in the next two months but in the meantime we have a video showing you what you can expect. Jump past the break to see Casey’s Contraptions as it were before Rovio took over the reins. It’s pretty exciting to think how they will add their own twist to the already popular game.
Sony’s Xperia Play has been out now for quite some time and it can still be frustrating when you come across a game and the device’s built-in gamepad isn’t supported. If you are a Xperia Play owner I am sure this is rather frustrating and let me tell you, you aren’t alone. Enter LocNet’s GameKeyboard 2.0, the answer to all your Xperia Play gaming woes. As long as your device has root access, GameKeyboard 2.0 will allow you to map any game’s on-screen controls onto the gamepad instead. Setting up the app has been said to be a bit difficult the first time around but after you get the hang of it everything is smooth sailing. There is even an XDA thread full of experienced users who can lend a hand.
GameKeyboard 2.0 sells for $2.49 in the Google Play Store and if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, jump past the break for download links and to see a quick demo video of the app in action. I have a feeling this is what you hardcore Xperia play gamers have been looking for. If you end up checking it out, be sure to come back here and give us your opinion in the comments.
Remember back in the day when you could play cool PC games like Myst, where your fate was in your hands and it was entirely up to you to figure out what to do next? Well, NVIDIA recently teamed up with Phosphor games to bring us Android lovers a game similar to that but on a much higher level – Dark Meadow: The Pact. Now available for free in the Google Play store, Dark Meadow will provide you hours of nonstop fun all the while enjoying some of the greatest graphics I have seen yet on any Mobile device.
Taking full advantage of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Dark Meadow is powered by the “Unreal Engine” that is responsible for games such as Gears of War and Infinity Blade. It is safe to say that Dark Meadow is approaching console quality gaming and when I played it on the Transformer Prime I never experienced any lag to speak of. This quickly became my most favorite game on Android hands down. I had an opportunity to spend some time with this game over the past day and I’ve compiled a short review and demo video that you should check out after this break.