Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: iPhone

Shin Megami Tensei makes its English debut today, out for iOS

Shin Megami Tensei (iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Shin Megami Tensei fans will finally—finally!—get the chance to play the original release with an official translation today. Correction: some fans. Shin Megami Tensei, the one that started it all, is now available on App Stores worldwide for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (4th gen or later), and iPad; iOS 4.3 is required. The 40-plus-hour dungeon crawler features many of the elements that have made the series so popular, including the ability to negotiate and recruit demons, character choices that impact the ending, and contrasting alignment scales. As an added bonus, from today through March 31, the game will be reduced from its original price of $7.99 to $5.99.

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GSF spreads to mobiles, tablets in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas (Amazon, Android, iOS, PS2, PSN, Xbox) Amazon, Android, and iOS Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has launched for Android, Amazon Kindle HDX, and iOS. The mobile version sports re-mastered visuals with enhanced lighting, an expanded color palette, and touched-up character models. The Android version also supports USB and Bluetooth controllers, including the MOGA series, while iOS 7 users can take advantage of ‘Made for’ iOS controllers. All versions support Rockstar Games Social Club, which allows for stat tracking and multi-device, cross-platform saving via the cloud.

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Updated Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas heading to mobile devices

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Mobile gamers will be able to hit the streets of San Andreas soon. Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be launching next month for select Android, Amazon Kindle, iOS, and Windows Mobile devices. The new version will feature dynamic shadows, an expanded color palette, a longer draw distance, and improved character and car models. In addition to the graphical upgrades, San Andreas will feature a reworked checkpoint system, controller support for iOS7, and new touch controls, including contextual control options to only display buttons when needed and three different control schemes.

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Tommo and Sega to release Genesis, Saturn, Game Gear iPhone kit

Tommo Sega (Periph) iPhone Accessories - Sega Saturn Duo

Tommo will be releasing a line of themed iPhone 5 and 5s covers, along with a Bluetooth speaker and Power Partner battery charges, based on several Sega systems. The cases will launch later this month and include a Genesis System-themed case, along with a Genesis Controller case, Game Gear Classic case, and a Saturn Classic case, each for $24.99. Following in December is the $89.99 Bluetooth 4.0-compatible Sega Genesis Speaker, which will feature “stereo sound, NFC, AptX, and Multi-paring support, a built-in rechargeable battery, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.“ Around the same time, Tommo will launch the Genesis and Saturn Power Partner battery chargers, which will have a laser-engraved hardware-themed design, dual charging ports, a bonus retro-style protective case, and a custom travel pouch, each for $69.99.

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PlayStation 4 day-one 300 MB patch, PlayStation App detailed

PlayStation 4 (System) Day One Patch Announcement - Set

Sony has announced a day-one patch for PS4. The 300 MB update, detailed below, will allow access for a variety of features, including Remote Play for playing games on PS Vita, Second Screen for using smartphones and tablets as additional screens, a screen- and video-capturing utility, eight-user party chat, and the play-as-you-download feature. Surprisingly, the ability to play DVDs and Blu-ray video discs requires users to go online beforehand. Sony also announced that suspend/resume mode, among other features, will be unavailable at launch, either out the box or post patch.

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Samurai Shodown II mobile updated with new mode, MOGA support

Samurai Shodown 2 (Android, iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new update has launched for the Android and iOS versions of Samurai Shodown II. The free download adds the new Training Mode to both versions, and the Android version also receives support for the MOGA controller. To celebrate the update, SNK has lowered the game’s price by 50% to $3.99 for a limited time.

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Call of Duty storms App Store with Call of Duty: Strike Team

Call of Duty Strike Force (iOS) App Store Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

iOS received its Call of Duty debut today with the release of Call of Duty: Strike Team. The latest from developer The Blast Furnace is the first mobile entry for the series, and it’s also the first to prominently feature a focus on shifting perspectives. Players are tasked with commanding a squad of up to four Strike Team members, customizing their skills and gear, in hot spots around the globe. A third-person perspective allows commanders to get a better view of the battlefield, while a first-person view offers a ground-level view of the action. Strike Team includes a story-driven, single-player campaign, Survival Mode, and leaderboard support.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn goes live for PC and PS3

The Final Fantasy series is taking another stab at the MMO genre today with the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Available for PC and PS3, A Realm Reborn allows players of both versions to venture together in a new storyline that takes place five years after the realm of Eorzea was laid waste by the Primal known as Bahamut. Players can now change their abilities, role, and skills using the Armory System, which allows for them to excel in multiple roles using only one character. Characters will switch to one of the 19 different classes by changing their equipped gear, and nine different jobs will unlock as they progress. Players can form Free Companies to go on story-driven quests, ride alongside their comrades into battle on a personal companion chocobo, and fight in open-world battles with other players.

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Mobile versions of Grand Theft Auto series, Max Payne now on sale

Rockstar Mobile (Android, iOS) App Store and Google Play Sale - Header

From today until July 30, gamers can snag a number of mobile versions of Rockstar titles at a discounted price. The studio has announced a limited-time promotion that drops the price of Grand Theft Auto III, Chinatown Wars, and Vice City to $2.99 apiece and Max Payne for $1.99. The price drop is good for both Android and iOS versions.

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Sine Mora launches for iOS, available soon for Android

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Sine Mora, the time-jumping side-scrolling shooter from Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture, is available for iOS and will soon launch for Android. Ported by Pocket Scientists, the mobile versions feature the same strange characters and storyline that has made the current releases such standouts in the genre. As one of several anthropomorphic pilots, players must take down enemies and avoid getting hit in order to store up enough time to see each chapter through to its end.

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