CounterSpy Review

CounterSpy Review

Sep 30, 2014

I don’t drink, but if I did, it would all be shaken. Not stirred.

We all have a little bit of Bond in us. Deep down, there’s a super spy within us, and veins coursing with the spirit of espionage. For this reason, CounterSpy probably has a leg up on making us happy, and at the very least, it should be interesting to see how the gameplay adds up.

For back story, our super secret agency is C.O.U.N.T.E.R, and it is welcoming our main character, Bishop Five, into its folds. With the use of cutscene dialogue, the developer gives us an overview of the intro mission, Bishop’s CIA roots and that the game is set during the Cold War. The intro guides us right into the gameplay itself, and there we get our first look at the graphics. It’s a zany affair, with stretchy characterizations and a great use of light to effect the environment. The game is set up in a 2D side-scrolling format, with most movements occurring from left to right, and occasional flashes to 3D for special action sequences. Movements and interactions are effected by gestures and taps; for example, swiping makes our guy walk, double swiping makes him run in the swiped direction. There are other controls too, which can make our spy navigate ledges, creep and do melee attacks, crouch and shoot. Altogether, the flexible control set really makes the game shine.

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The gameplay is generally boils down to a set of missions with collected data and materials serving as the waypoints, and plenty of dangers in the person of guards and raised DEFCON levels. The hints system is helpful, and the action is fairly continuous. I like that this isn’t just some simple shooter; in some instances, stealth is the preferred option, and in other scenarios, holding an enemy at gunpoint might be the best option. The game engine seems to adjust well too, using a procedural system that allows missions to not be 100% the same. Success yields cash which can be used for boosts and upgrades in the game store.

All in all, it is a pretty fun game, quite worthy of its Playstation/console roots. It works well, is flexible and does a good job of keeping players engaged. The advertised Playstation/cross platform sync is another cherry on top.

Whether or not one likes it shaken or stirred.

Soulcalibur Released On Google Play

Soulcalibur Released On Google Play

Nov 21, 2013

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I’m finding it hard to not squeal right now, as Namco Bandai Games America has released its awesome weapon-fighting game on Android platform. All the way from PlayStation, and featuring a roster of really unusual characters, with a great number of special moves for each, Soulcalibur is available for purchase from here: Soulcalibur On Google Play.

Knack’s Quest Coming Soon To Android

Knack’s Quest Coming Soon To Android

Nov 15, 2013

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Knack is a PlayStation 4 launch title, with a very unusual main character: a golem made from different parts. For those who don’t yet have a PlayStation 4, you can already get acquainted with the main character in the free-to-play game for mobiles, Knack’s Quest. It’s a match-three puzzler, where players construct Knack from different parts, and unlocking some special content for the main game. It’s available on iOS systems, and will soon be released on Google Play.

Sony PlayStation Experience Coming to Android via Playstation Suite

Sony PlayStation Experience Coming to Android via Playstation Suite

Feb 1, 2011

Boy, oh, boy — the news just keeps getting better and better when it comes to Android and mobile gaming. Last week Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) unveiled its PSP2, and while impressive, it’s the additional news that came with it that has Android users excited. For the first time in PlayStation history, users will be able to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system through the “PlayStation Suite” initiative.

Sony’s Playstation Phone (Prototype) Sporting Android

Sony’s Playstation Phone (Prototype) Sporting Android

Oct 27, 2010

UPDATE: Sony has discredited the Engadget photos, but not whether there will be a PSP Phone.

What will your kids be asking for this Christmas? Like Santa, these recent photos showcased by Engadget represent what may or may not exist. Is this Sony’s Playstation Phone? One thing is for sure, if it is, it’s running Android! Engadget claims this bad boy will have some of the following specs and features:

  • Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) – Even though Gingerbread is supposedly going to be Android 2.3 not 3.0.
  • Custom Sony Market Place – No big surprise there.
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GB of ROM
  • MicroSD card support
  • Screen range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches
  • Long multi-touch touchpad

What do you guys think? There are a lot of obvious flaws in the design and displayed software such as menu options prompting the user to press an A or B button (there are no A and B buttons on this device). Can we just push aside such discrepancies and chock them up to this being a “Prototype?” Would it make sense for Sony to blend together one of their popular gaming platforms with a phone? Will this hurt their PSP business? A lot of questions is what we do have. I believe this may be the prototype and I’m extremely excited that it will be running Android. I just hope they shine this bad boy up and get it ready for prime time.

Engadget is also reporting that this device is heading for a 2010 release but I seriously doubt that’s going to happen based on what I am seeing in these photos. You never know, right? Are you interested in such a device? I can see this being extremely popular with the teens but not sure how many adults will go out and replace their current phones for this one. It will be interesting to see what other features this sports, especially the UI. Then again, by the time this thing hits the stores its hardware may be a little “slow,” considering the way the smartphone market has been advancing lately. So go ahead and get excited but don’t get too excited, ok get excited. What the hell, it is pretty cool. Check out the story on Engadget for more info and photos.

Source: Engadget