We've covered them all by month, now it's time to choose our favorite four. Here's the best four games we've played on our i0S devices in 2012.
The year in app gaming has been pretty phenomenal. There have been great crossovers from many favorite console games, unbelievable advancements in design and an apparent takeover in all of our lives. Apple just announced its annual list of the top free, paid and grossing apps of 2012, and understandably seven of the ten highest grossing iPad apps were games. We’ve reviewed a lot of games this year, but we’re cutting the list down to a clean four. Just don’t expect us to review Angry Birds Space; we can’t believe that franchise is still around.
Mass Effect: Infiltrator
Developers at BioWare knew they’d have to follow up the highly popular Mass Effect franchise with something, but no fan was expecting a completely new chapter to the story just for iOS! Running parallel to the Mass Effect 3 storyline, you play the role of Cerberus agent Randall Ezno battling through a base to deliver incriminatory evidence to the Alliance. What’s cool about Infiltrator is that whatever points you accumulate while playing on your iPad (it was one of the few games that were optimized for the new iPad’s retina display) you can then tranfer over to your Galactic Readiness Rating on your console.
Max Payne Mobile
It’s been about a decade since we last saw Max Payne, the tenacious neo-noir character that blasted his way through our hearts all those years ago. He’s never left our minds, though; as of 2011 the Max Payne game franchise had sold over 7.5 million copies, which is a pretty incredible feat. With the release of Max Payne 3 this year, they also put out the original game in all of its gritty glory through iOS. There’s not much to explain; it’s still the same old Max Payne out for revenge.
It may be the fact that you’re able to drive vehicles throughout the game or it may have been the six multiplayer modes that kept us interested. Whatever the case, we found ourselves playing a lot of N.O.V.A. 3 this year in our spare time. The graphics were exemplary, the story was interesting and the gameplay, which took place in ten different galaxies, was really addictive. Oh, and did we mention that you’re able to jump into a vehicle with another gamer if you’re in multiplayer mode? Yeah, I think we have a thing for cars.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Speaking of cars, wasn’t Need for Speed awesome? Our own Gamer Next Door took a liking to it when she went to the track to drive some of the cars featured in the game. What was so impressive about Need for Speed was its ability to transfer points through a new CloudCompete technology designed to let gamers pick up where they left off at home when they are on the go. Being able to keep playing anywhere is terrifyingly addictive but is definitely the dawn of a new way of gaming.