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Modern Combat 3 tops iPhone Games of the Week

Oct 27, 2011
Games

Leading the charge this week is Gameloft’s first-person shooter, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation. It’s a pretty impressive Call of Duty look-alike with great production values and a huge multiplayer offering that’ll keep you busy throughout the weekend. But it’s not the only great game we saw this week. There are four other phenomenal contenders […]

Leading the charge this week is Gameloft’s first-person shooter, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation. It’s a pretty impressive Call of Duty look-alike with great production values and a huge multiplayer offering that’ll keep you busy throughout the weekend. But it’s not the only great game we saw this week. There are four other phenomenal contenders you should pick up as well. Read about all of them below.

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation (iPhone, iPad) $6.99

Gameloft’s latest first-person shooter has some astounding graphics and a presentation that might make you think it belongs on today’s video game consoles. In fact, that’s not far off – Modern Combat apes the popular Call of Duty series very well. Like many of Gameloft’s other FPS titles, MC3 uses gyroscopic aiming controls mixed with buttons to give you a pretty smooth shooter experience. It’s brimming with content and features 13 missions in its single-player story and a full online multiplayer mode. Leaderboards, weapons you can customize with new parts, and seven game modes for online play make Modern Combat 3 a pretty good value.

Eve of Impact (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Asteroids are threatening to destroy Earth, and you’re its last line of defense. The end of the world is imminent, and the best hope of humanity is to evacuate the planet while you try to divert asteroids from their impact trajectories by exploding missiles near them. Eve of Impact is simple but beautiful with a great sci-fi aesthetic. It’s probably much better on the iPad – it could use a little more screen real-estate on smaller devices – but for a straightforward arcade experience, there’s something both haunting and mesmerizing about this one, thanks to its great presentation.

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Mage Gauntlet (iPhone, iPad) $2.99

Like The Legend of Zelda series, Mage Gauntlet taps into that action role-playing spirit that made for some fantastic 16-bit games way back in the days of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis. But with some tight, funny writing and plenty of hats to find and try on, Mage Gauntlet differentiates itself as a great iOS experience. Gamers who grew up in the 1990s will feel right at home with Mage Gauntlet’s old-school aesthetic and gameplay, but this one just has a lot of content to offer. It’s all swords and sorcery, and at the end of the day, who could ask for anything more?

Riptide GP (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

I’m usually not one for racing games, but Riptide finds a way to make old things new again by introducing some great-looking water with strong, working physics to the equation. This is a racing title in which you race jet skis. It packs some high-quality 3-D graphics to drive the immersion into the game, along with three different game modes, and mixes a few stunts in with the races to keep things interesting. You can also earn new jet skis as you race and qualify with better times, and best of all, it sports Game Center leaderboards, which helps engender real-life competition. Mostly, though, it’s just fun to bounce off great-looking virtual waves.

Bring Me Sandwiches!! (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

The developers over at Adult Swim Games have kind of cornered the market on weird, slightly dark, hilarious concepts. Bring Me Sandwiches!! is another in a long line of these. You play a fast-food employee who has to serve sandwiches to a monstrous alien in order to keep it happy. Your job in this 2-D platformer is to gather just about anything you can to make sandwiches, but the game also tosses objects at you, and you’ll often include rude people or animals in your entrees. It’s a goofy game with a fun aesthetic and a great premise, and it’s definitely fun to incapacitate annoying teenagers and pile them on to bread slices to feed to a giant alien.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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