Depending on your point of view, Gameloft has either been quietly paying homage to a host of modern gaming classics, or shamelessly ripping them off. We openly subscribe to the former notion; the mobile gaming landscape would be significantly less sexy without Gameloft.
The Paris-based developer has a plethora of big name licenses under its belt, including Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, CSI, Spider Man and James Cameron’s Avatar, but it’s those rip-offs that we have a real soft spot for. We’ve reviewed a bunch of ‘em, and it’s not uncommon for them to get full marks.
Which brings me neatly onto the theme of this feature: our favourite Gameloft games. As with most of our list-based rambling, these titles appear in no particular order. In fact, maybe I’ll write them up alphabetically. Why not?
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Rush is essentially Burnout, which means balls-out arcade-style racing action. As in the Burnout series, you’re encouraged to drive like a maniac and ram your opponents off the road whenever possible. Great stuff.
As Jon mentioned in the HD review, the iPad version looks great, but you might find your arms get a little sore with extended play.
Modern Combat is one of Gameloft’s most blatantly named tributes. Indeed, I occasionally have to remind myself which is the original game, and which is Gameloft’s.
Everybody who plays game knows (and probably owns) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the intense First Person Shooter in which you play a soldier. So it’ll come as no surprise when I describe Gameloft’s Modern Combat as an intense First Person Shooter in which you play a soldier.
Jon looked at Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus in particular, and praised its visuals, controls and, er, FPS-ness. It’s pretty good, like.
More FPS action here, and this time it’s the awesome Halo getting the Gameloft treatment. The Halo series is arguably one of the best of all time, and certainly one of the most successful. Does it work on the small screen? Damn straight, it does.
While Modern Combat is all about gritty realism (it’s pretty much the closest you’ll get to war without enlisting), N.O.V.A. – or Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance to use its full title – is all about blasting space aliens with massive guns. Brilliant.
It was a fairly ballsy manoeuvre from Gameloft in attempting to replicate Uncharted – one the most critically acclaimed games in the PS3’s history – for mobile gamers.
Well, it wouldn’t be on this list if the gamble hadn’t paid off. How do you do it, Gameloft?
Third person shooting, running and climbing are the order of the day. It’s a bit like Tomb Raider meets Assassin’s Creed.
As Jon noted, there’s both good and bad news for iPad owners. The controls are a little awkward, but – on the plus side – it looks as great as you’d expect.