Activision released Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies for iOS today. The title will feature gameplay identical to the console versions of COD: tackle waves of creepy zombies, make money for kills, spend money to repair barricades, upgrade weapons, and SURVIVE! The only difference will be the lack of physical controls. Instead, the game features on screen joysticks and buttons, but the traditional buttons for shooting, throwing grenades, and crouching remain.
Bonus content includes achievements and Dead-Ops Arcade, a hidden mini-game hidden in Black Ops. The game also supports 4-players online.
The title was released today, and is available in the app store for ~$6.99 US. Only 1 map is currently available, but future updates will include free maps. For fans already addicted to this franchise, the iOS version looks equally addicting.
PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC will be getting a new family-friendly racing game soon!
Using an acrade-style top-down view, racers speed around the tracks, find shortcuts, and stop for pit stops.
The game will feature 9 tracks set across the globe, 20 vehicles with 8 skins and 4 classes of car, local multiplayer and online leaderboards, and arcade-based track obstacles, like cones and exploding barrels.
When I think of arcade-styled, top-down racers, I think of the arcade classic Super Off Road, a game that I could never get the hang of. There’s something about turning the wheel right to go left that I could never figure out, even if it was meant to be somewhat realistic.
Still, if it can live up to its visual promises, this will be a strong game to add to your harddrive.
BurgerTime World Tour – The Second Opinion…
BurgerTime World Tour offers an authentic arcade remake in every sense of the word. A remixed version of the old intro song greets players at the title screen, and nearly every element from the 1982 arcade classic is brought back to life for the modern gamer. Peter Pepper and his old enemies of pabulum bring the scent of nostalgia to your nostrils as well as anybody could possibly hope for, but it still leaves that bittersweet arcade game taste in your mouth at the end of the day.
In the simpler gaming era of the 80s and 90s, it was perfectly valid for a game to be void of any storyline at all. Peter Pepper (who shows up in cutscenes even if you decide to play with your avatar) was a chef, whose specialty happened to be oversize hamburgers. He walked over each ingredient in order to make it fall down columns in order to complete the finished sandwich. Perfectly regular human behavior. Nowadays, though, you need motivation. Why does Chef Pepper have a feud with these irascible veggies? Evidently, we need to know the answer to that, as demonstrated through painful cutscenes and just plain silly interactions between characters. Silly is the keyword, though, as the slapstick and general dimwitted fun present throughout would certainly be enjoyable for a younger audience.
The graphical updates are on par with the retro feel that the title clings to, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The entire style of the game is based around that classic arcade feel; the music lends a hand here as well, chiming the player along as they jump and climb past pickles and peppers to plop patties past a plethora of …obstacles. Additionally, the gameplay itself feels reminiscent of a classic quarter-play title. There is a legitimate challenge to be had in World Tour, and a lot of it can be attributed to intelligent level design and enemy AI. A five-star rating is equate to a near-perfect run, which adds plenty of re-playability to those looking to top the Xbox Live leaderboards (sidenote: absent is the ability to view the leaderboards directly after completing a level).
As much as this remake succeeds, it still seems better suited for a joystick rig. A slight delay in movement resulting from the use of a thumbstick on a standard Xbox controller can create a microscopic delay often resulting in critical errors in a game of this style. The jump button is occasionally less-than-ideal with its response time, frequently leading to similar issues. Invisible walls and texture glitches often block inconspicuous areas of various levels. Boss battles feel tautological, and seemingly add nothing outside of a justification of their inclusion in the storyline. Despite these flaws, though, the gameplay remains strong as its core.
Overall, BurgerTime World Tour offers a refreshing look at a classic arcade title. Fans of the first game will find an entertaining, family-friendly experience for a reasonable price on the Xbox Live Arcade, while newcomers may be able to overlook some minor issues in order to lose themselves to a simpler time, when games could be fun in spite of themselves.
FINAL SCORE: 7/10