Week of 12-29-14
5. Inferno 2
Sequel to the critically-acclaimed shmup/RPG hybrid, Inferno 1, which was well reviewed in Hardcore Droid, Inferno 2 is yet even more badass. This massive game boasts 80 levels, tons and tons of enemies, and a huge amount of interesting upgrades. The controls can be a little difficult with this game, especially since you cannot fire one of your weapons while moving, but the impressive amount of action makes up for it. We say: Check it out. You’ll find it difficult to set it back down.
4. Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders
This beautifully rendered WWII air combat game is so detailed with every possible aspect of the WWII dog fight experience that we’ll be blown away. While in combat, you will find that things can get a bit chaotic due to the large amount of teammates and enemies rocketing past you. The controls can be difficult to manipulate and take a long time to get used to, but otherwise this game, once you get used to the controls is a blast. What’s more, it has a ton of exciting features, including multiplayer, a campaign mode, a survival mode, and even capture the flag, and free for all games. If you go in for the actions and the WWII theme, you’ll be in your glory.
3. Half Life 2 Episode One
An actual Android port of the seminal, classic PC Game, Half Life 2: Episode One would have reached our number one spot had it not specifically required a controller to play and runs exclusively on NVIDIA SHIELD tablet and nothing else. The entire game is broken up between combat-oriented challenges and physics-based puzzles. All objects carefully follow the laws of gravity, friction, and buoyancy, making these puzzles challenging, yet fun. The newly enhanced AI is far more efficient in this episode. Here’s hoping the incredible game makes its way to other high end devices before 2015 is out.
This sci-fi RPG is by the makers of the acclaimed mobile RPGs Aralon: Sword and Shadow and Ravensword: Shadowlands, two RPGs that always make it to our RPG Best Of lists, bringing high hopes for Crescent Moon Games’ newest titles. In Exiles, you are tasked with exploring an alien planet, discovering its secrets and defeating the aliens you encounter. As per usual for an RPG, you can customize your character’s gender and class, gather loot, and customize your weapons through upgrades. There are full night and day cycles, with real-time shadows, making this already impressive looking 3D game look even better. Judging by its predecessors alone, we have a hard time imagining this as being anything but great.
1. Knights of the Old Republic
KOTOR is now a port of the greatest single-player Star Wars RPG ever made. Bioware’s seminal, classic is currently being offered at 50% off to celebrate its launch on Android. The download is large, but the wait is well worth it because this is KOTOR at the end of the day, and the amount of content for a mobile RPG is absolutely dizzying. It would be advisable to get this game on a large tablet if possible, because things can get a little crazy, in terms of functional swipe controls. Thankfully, however, it is controller compatible. Bear in mind this is the original KOTOR. The real deal; thus you can customize your character and equipment, build your own Lightsaber, and explore vast maps— This time around, KOTOR even has achievements. If you have the tablet for it, you definitely do not want to miss this one.