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Polarbit Partners With Red Bull For Red Bull X-Fighters 2012, A Freestyle Motocross Game

Polarbit is known for their popular Reckless Racing series, and now they are exploring beyond car racing with Red Bull for Red Bull X-Fighters 2012, a freestyle motocross game. The premise of the game is to be the best freestyle motocross rider by doing mid-air tricks and stunts on your bike. Different gestures perform different tricks while you accelerate and steer with on-screen controls.

Typically, sponsored games are never quite top echelon when it comes to gameplay and features, but Red Bull X-Fighters 2012 seems to be a notch above.

Hit the break for screenshots, a list of features, and gameplay video.

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NVIDIA Announces TegraZone Player Choice Winners

The results are in for NVIDIA‘s first annual Players Choice Awards. NVIDIA tallied fan votes for games in the following categories:  Best Graphics, Best Gameplay and Best Overall. Many great games were available to choose from, including Dark Meadow, Shadowgun THD, Grand Theft Auto III, Riptide GP, Soulcraft THD and more.

Some tough choices, but the fans have spoken. It was almost a clean sweep by Rockstar.

Best Graphics – Shadowgun THD
With its water, damage, aging, and particle effects, Shadowgun THD had little competition in the Best Graphics category.

Best Gameplay – Grand Theft Auto III
GTA III and Shadowgun THD were battling it out in this category, but thanks to full-on game controller support, Rockstar’s game came out ahead.

Best Overall – Grand Theft Auto III
Again, GTA III and Shadowgun THD came to blows for Best Overall. With full 3D stereo on Tegra devices that support 3D, plus the previously mentioned game controller support, GTA III took the crown as Best Overall Game.


Congrats to all two winners!

source: nvidia



Square Enix officially announces Tegra 3-optimized Demons’ Score

Square Enix just posted their presser announcing their upcoming Tegra 3 -optimized title, Demons’ Score. It’s a breakbeat action game that seemlessly fuses music and battles and it was developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 to produce high-quality 3D graphics.

“What’s more, the soundtrack has been composed by a number of musicians renowned in the Japanese music industry including Kohei Tanaka, known for his work on the Sakura Wars series, and Yoko Shimomura, whose accomplishments include work on the Kingdom Hearts series.”

The premise is Serenity is just your average college girl, but when her father goes missing, she sets out to find him at the lab facility where he works. All Hell breaks loose when she lays hands on the Demons’ Score, a mysterious program that allows her body to be possessed by various demons. Where did her father disappear to? What’s the mystery behind the Demons’ Score? Serenity’s battle begins with the thunderous tunes of Hell!

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Renaissance Blood THD now in the Google Play Store and TegraZone

Renaissance Blood THD is the latest game to hit the TegraZone. Built on Unreal Mobile Engine and Tegra 3 optimized, it’s a “House of the Dead” style FPS developed by Bridea and published by NCsoft. It takes place in the Renaissance era and the object is to find the final blueprint that the great Leonardo da Vinci left behind. After Leonard DaVinci’s death, heroes of Renaissance started to fight a battle for capturing “DaVinci machine” which DaVinci designed. Immerse yourself in a world where science and alchemy set the rules, and battle your way through a slew of mobs with spectacular weapons inspired by Da Vinci’s inventions.

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Say Goodbye To Game Lag On The HTC One X

Owners of the HTC One X have been complaining about occasional lag during game play on a device that shouldn’t be lagging at all (despite previous issues with Sense lag). What’s causing it? XDA contributor hamdir has put together a tutorial to not only explain why this is happening, but also how to fix it.

First, the reason it lags. It has to do with the number of cores in use and how some apps don’t get access to all the cores. Additionally, the cores that are being accessed are not always running at the highest clock speed. hamdir puts it like this:

The stock CPU governor on the One X keeps ramping up and down the clocks during games which is the main cause of bad frame rate

The fix for this is simple, but requires a rooted phone. If you’re rooted and running stock, simply download an app called System Tuner from the Play Store and do the following:

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Grand Theft Auto III is only 99 cents this weekend in the Google Play Store

The very popular Grand Theft Auto III is on sale this weekend in the Google Play Store. It’s normally priced at $4.99, which in my opinion is already a great price, but starting today through May 28th, you can grab it for .99 cents. That is an absolute steal and if you’ve ever had fun playing GTA in the past, you must go and grab it.

I admit the touch screen controls are a little difficult, but its compatible with game controllers so you can grab the OnLive controller or the Logitech F710. It just so happens we are giving away the Logitech controller as part of our ASUS Transfomer Pad Prize Pack giveaway. Hit the break for download links.

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In Case You Forgot: Because We May Sale Is Officially On Until June 1st

Hopefully you all haven’t forgotten the best way to kick off the holiday weekend— but in case you have, we’ll give you a quick reminder of what it is. You may recall we mentioned how Because We May would be celebrating the successes of games from various developers by creating a massive week-long sale of select titles starting today in the Play Store. Well, the sale is officially on and gamers are flocking to app stores to grab premium games as we speak. Originally there was 39 titles planned for the Google Play Store, but now there are 61 titles. Oh and the list of titles are a doozy too. Hit the break for the complete list.

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Play Store Newbie Review: Reiner Knizia’s Skyline [Brain & Puzzle]

Reiner Knizia has designed a lot of games over the years and the latest installment is Skyline. It hit the Google Play Store recently and I took it for a test drive. I’m a huge fan of puzzle games so I was intrigued. At first I did have a hard time understanding how it all worked, but as soon as I got the hang of it, I found that I couldn’t put it down.

It’s sort of like a Sudoku game in that there is a grid and you can’t have like objects in the same row. You are given a certain amount of buildings that you have to place on the grid. The buildings range from 1 floor to 4 floors. The object is to place the buildings along the grid so that from certain vantage points you can only see a particular number of buildings. As I mentioned you can’t have more than one building in a particular row, but there are parks which aren’t subject to that rule. It’s really hard to explain, which is why I did a hands on video. I guess the developer had the same problem because there really isn’t much of a a description on the Play Store page.

There is a free version, which includes the 1st level of 14 puzzles. The full unlocked version is .99cents and unlocks 3 more levels or 42 more puzzles. If you’re doing the math, the game consists of 56 puzzles across 4 levels. I found the first level to be fairly easy, but things get pretty tough with the 2nd level.

Hit the break for the hands on and download links

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Dozens of games to go on sale May 24th through June 1st in the Google Play Store ‘Because We May’

How about a really hot gaming sale to kick of your Memorial Day Weekend? Because We May is celebrating those app stores that give developers the ability to price their accomplishments however they wish. As a result there are 39 titles that will go on sale between May 24 and June 1 in the Google Play Store. It’s not limited to the Play Store as you will also find a bunch other titles for the iOS App Store, Steam, the Mac App Store, and others.

There still could be even more games by the time the 24th rolls around since developers have until the 22nd to jump onboard. So far the list has some really good titles like World of Goo, Shadowgun, Riptide GP, and Osmos. This is a great opportunity to try out some new games. Unfortunately we don’t have the sale prices yet, but hit the break for the complete Google Play Store list along with links for each game.

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