If you haven't heard yet, the brave adventurous lads over at Tested were busy tearing apart Apple's latest must-have device the iPad over the weekend. All well and good if you want to see the silicon guts of yet another obscenely priced doohickey (and you do, right?), but what if you just wanted to see some games on the thing? Not talking Trism or Mafia Wars here. Real video games.
Here's Capcom's first stab at iPad gaming: Resident Evil 4. Perhaps you've heard of it.
Predictably, this just looks like a slightly enhanced version of the existing iPhone version, though Capcom touts these features as being upgraded over that one. Still doesn't exactly sound (or look) like it reaches parity with the console originals though.
- High-resolution graphics optimized for the iPad’s larger display.
- “Visual Pad” control system makes gameplay a fluid and intuitive experience. Players can engage in running gun fights against crowds of enemies, climb ladders, equip binoculars and jump out windows.
- 3rd person perspective camera for a panoramic view of the action.
- Shake the iPad to reload.
- Play through “Story Mode” to unlock ”Mercenary Mode”, a separate game mode with pre-set goals, weapons and conditions.
- “Coin Shoot” shooting gallery mode where the where the goal is to destroy as many blue coins as possible within the time limit.
- A total of five difficulty levels: “Beginner”, ”Normal”, ”Professional”, ”Hell” and “Extreme”
I hear that onscreen control business is the same technique being used in the new iPad version of Geometry Wars as well. Can an iPad-upgraded version of Street Fighter IV be far behind?
I was in an Apple Store over the weekend that had stacks of the thing sitting behind the counter, which made me stop and think for roughly 2.478634 seconds about throwing down and leaving with one. But since I already own a MacBook and an iPhone, I realized there aren't enough turtlenecks hanging in my closet to justify yet another Apple product. Who among you did take the plunge with an iPad this weekend, and who bought some games on it? How's the experience holding up for you so far?
Hey, while we're still sort of loosely talking about Resident Evil (and while I'm rambling), take a look at the trailer for the next RE flick that came out of Wondercon this past weekend.