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5 cool things we learned from the Pokemon Sun and Moon demo

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 cool things we learned from the Pokemon Sun and Moon demo

Pokemon Sun and Moon are mere weeks away from release! And to get us all excited, a special demo version was released on the Nintendo eShop today. But what have we learned, now we've played it? Well, these five lessons, that's what. 1. 3D is gone completely When the 3DS was released, Nintendo made a huge deal about how 3D was going to change gaming forever. While the technology inside the device is impressive - especially in the New variants - that bold claim has never really come to fruition. It certainly hasn't changed the way we play games, with pretty much every other developer having given up on the tech in favour of VR. And Pokemon was one of the highest profile franchises to start…

4 better cowboy games than Red Dead Redemption

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 better cowboy games than Red Dead Redemption

You're probably already aware, but Rockstar - developer of hit games like Manhunt 2 and Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (plus some rubbish indie game called Grand Theft Auto) - has been teasing a successor to its hugely successful 2010 cowboy sim Red Dead Redemption. I don't know why it was successful, mind you. It was 25 hours of shooting chickens and riding horses to the middle of nowhere. Not exactly my idea of fun. But anyway. For some reason people are excited for what looks to be a sequel. But there are better cowboy games out there, I swear to you. Take a look at these four cowboy / western games that are infinitely better than Red Dead Redemption 2 will ever be. 2-Bit Cowboy…

4 reasons why Red Dead Redemption 2 would be better on mobile than console

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 reasons why Red Dead Redemption 2 would be better on mobile than console

Remember Red Dead Redemption? The horribly overrated open world game released in 2010 that was basically Grand Theft Auto but not as good? Well it looks like we'll soon be forced to endure a sequel. Developer Rockstar is teasing what looks like a second (alright, technically third) entry in the Red Dead franchise. So far we have the R* logo on a red background, and more recently a picture of seven men walking towards us at sunset. Not exactly conclusive evidence, but it's hard to imagine this indicating anything else. Let's take the plunge and take the torment as read - let's imagine there really is a Red Dead game coming next year. Wouldn't it be better on mobile? You don't agree?…

3 reasons why you shouldn't buy PSVR!

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 reasons why you shouldn't buy PSVR!

Finally. FINALLY! After what feels like a lifetime of waiting, a VR headset is at last available to the public. What's that? Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive have been out for months now? And nobody's noticed? Oh. And Nintendo kinda did VR with the Virtual Boy back in 1995? And that failed too? Oh. Well then. Maybe PSVR will do better? In all seriousness, PSVR is the most likely of all of them to succeed: it has the backing not only of Sony, but also a huge existing platform and the market leader of the current generation in the PS4 and PlayStation brand as a whole. You don't need another expensive box to use PSVR, you don't need to build a £1000 PC, you don't need any huge technical…

More boardgames that deserve the Really Bad Chess treatment

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
More boardgames that deserve the Really Bad Chess treatment

Really Bad Chess is a really good game that’s sort of like chess if you only vaguely understand the concept of chess. It’s worth picking up, it’s out now, so give it a crack, see what happens. But it also got me thinking - what other classic boardgames should get the Really Bad treatment on mobile? I mean that’s the sort of question we’re all asking ourselves right now, yeah? Eh, I’m tired, let’s just get on with this. Really Bad Monopoly To be honest when I play Monopoly it’s really bad anyway. I mean I’m pretty much the worst venture capitalist ever, I just want everyone to be happy. Here have my money, buy yourself something nice…

4 iPad and iPhone games you could play instead of Pokemon Sun and Moon

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 iPad and iPhone games you could play instead of Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon is coming out soon. Lots of other sites are posting hands-on previews and all that standard hype-cycle nonsense. Not here at AppSpy though, oh my word no. I mean there are two reasons for that. First I haven’t played the stupid game, and second we’re an iOS focused site so it wouldn’t really make any sense to try and get content out of a game we don’t cover. Or would it…? If, like us, you think that the only proper gaming on the go involves playing on a device that you can make phone calls with, then this is the Pokemon Sun and Moon article for you. Because it’s about games that are a bit like Pokemon Sun and Moon that you can play…

5 mobile games that would work brilliantly in VR

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 mobile games that would work brilliantly in VR

VR is big business nowadays. Because apparently everyone wants to strap some goggles to their face and open themselves up the very real danger of their friends stealing all of their stuff while they’re gaming. Anyway, mobile VR is a thing as well. I’ve heard about it, I’ve used it, and damn it all I’m going to write a listy feature about it right now because I can’t think of anything else to write about. Also everyone’s talking about PlayStation VR. So that’s like a link I guess. So here are some iPad and iPhone games that I’d like to be able to play with my eyes. Or something like that. I don’t know it’s been a very long day. AG…

5 iPhone and iPad games you could play instead of Gears of War 4

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 iPhone and iPad games you could play instead of Gears of War 4

I actually quite like the Gears of War franchise. Like, it’s pretty much my definition of a guilty pleasure, and one of the few things that might actually make me consider buying an Xbox One. I’m not going to, but at least I’m considering it. Anyway, this frankly spectacular preamble is to lead us into the fact that Gears of War 4 came out yesterday. Or the day before. I haven’t really been paying attention if I’m honest. Anyway you can’t play Gear of War 4 on mobile, because of reasons. But you can play some games on mobile that are a bit like Gears of War 4. Here’s a list of them. Enjoy it. Or don’t, that’s entirely your perogative.…

Games other than Pokemon GO politicians should be playing in parliament

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Games other than Pokemon GO politicians should be playing in parliament

The Norwegian Prime Minister has played Pokemon GO in parliament not once, not three times, but twice. Which is pretty cool. It must be nice to have a Prime Minister that plays games and isn’t instigating overtly fascist policies. Ho hum. Anyway it got me thinking about which mobile games politicians could play when they’re supposed to be doing important but boring things like running the country. That’s not even that big of a logical leap, it just sort of made sense. So here’s a list of the ones I thought of in the time I pointed my brain in the direction of that particular problem. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, because quite frankly that would be co…

4 mobile games you could play instead of Mafia III

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 mobile games you could play instead of Mafia III

Mafia III has just come out on consoles. I’m only telling you this because this part of the article is an introduction to the themes we’re going to be dealing with later on. I was pretty sure you already knew that Mafia III was out on consoles, you’re smart you are. Anyway, Mafia III isn’t out on mobile. Well, there’s a free to play RPG version but I’m not counting that because, well who counts things like that? No one cool, that’s for sure. And you and me? We’re super cool. So I thought I’d make you a list of games that are a bit like Mafia III that you CAN play on your phone or tablet. Because that just seemed like a good id…

3 ways VR will take over your life

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 2 months ago
3 ways VR will take over your life

Virtual Reality dominates any and all discussion in the games industry right now. Every game seems to have a VR port or expansion on the way. And for good reason - most who've tried it think VR could be the next big step for gaming, akin to the switch from 2D to 3D in the 1990s. VR has its fair share of naysayers, of course, as does anything. There are still people who believe FIFA is better than PES, for example. Some people never learn. But while VR is impressive from a gaming perspective, and adds a new layer of immersion, it's the technology's non gaming possibilities that excite me. Could we be using an Oculus Rift to speak to our relatives on the other side of the world in 10 years'…

The 3 best Android phones available in 2016 - Does the Pixel make the cut?

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 2 months ago
The 3 best Android phones available in 2016 - Does the Pixel make the cut?

Are you a fan of slightly glitchy interfaces? Love holding cheap materials in your hand? Like your devices in the explodey variety? Then you'll love Android phones! Nah, I'm kidding - Android is alright. I've got nothing against them. I've got one myself, in fact, because I can't afford an iPhone. Oh well. But if your heart's set on getting a 'Droid, or you just can't quite scrape enough together to go for an iPhone, then check out our list of the best Android phones out there today. Google Pixel Cost: £599 / £719 Where better to start than what Google hopes is the iPhone's new nemesis? The Pixel comes with iPhone grade prices, but also iPhone grade specs. It's armed wit…

4 ways Apple can HIT BACK at Google after the Pixel reveal

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 2 months ago
4 ways Apple can HIT BACK at Google after the Pixel reveal

This week, Google finally revealed its much anticipated follow up to the Nexus: the Pixel phone. The consensus seems to be that Google has built a genuine challenger to the iPhone. I mean, of course they have - they look exactly the same! Some people, however, seem to think the Pixel is pointless. That the point of an Android phone is to be cheap, and that anyone who's spending £599 on a piece of metal to go in their pocket is going to spend it on Apple's hunk o' junk. There's definitely an argument to be had there, but we think the Pixel is gorgeous, and finally offers stiff, big money, big profile, big spec, big everything competition to the iPhone. Given all that then, how can A…

Bioware's RPGs ranked from worst to best

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 2 months ago
Bioware's RPGs ranked from worst to best

Do you like endless fetch quests? Love sub-par combat? Are you a horny teenager looking to love it up with a virtual vixen? Then you'll love Bioware's RPGs! Bioware RPGs have been sending fans to sleep for years, but I'm afraid I've got some sad news for all you mobile players out there - Jade Empire, Bioware's 2005 RPG originally released for the Xbox - is now on iPad. I know, I'm sorry. To celebrate (commiserate), we're going to rank the major Bioware RPG series from the past few years from worst to best. Strap yourselves in! 5. Dragon Age Listen, Dragon Age is rubbish. It's dull, trite, and nonsensical trash. I don't know about you, but I am so so bored of mages and dwarves and ye…

Miaou Moon is about a cat in space, hilarity ensues

Feature By Oscar Dayus, 2 months ago
Miaou Moon is about a cat in space, hilarity ensues

What on Earth is Miaou Moon? Well, it's a cat on the Moon! Check out Oscar's (@dayusz) quick look…