We’re hurtling headlong towards the end of the year and it’s time to start getting excited about what 2010 holds in store for iPhone gamers. There are way too many fantastic games coming out to list here, but we have picked ten of the most interesting and amazing looking titles to get you counting down the days till the ticker clicks into double figures. So long 2009, it’s been fun, bring on 2010! Also, check out Top 10 iPhone Racing Games for 2009
GTA: Chinatown wars
The announcement of GTA: Chinatown Wars for the iPhone was proof, if ever there were any needed, that the time for debating whether or not the iPhone was a bonafidee handheld console was officially over. Irksomely, the original Q4 2009 release window is perilously close to slipping and with no comment forthcoming from Rockstar, it seems very likely that the title will fall back into 2010. Still, gives us something to look forward to in the new year – here‚Äôs hoping Rockstar manages to harness the best of the iPhone‚Äôs interface options to make it nice and simple to play. Here’s the trailer of the DS version to whet your appetite
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter
The trailer for this epic looking dino-themed effort doesn‚Äôt give much away, but Ukranian developer, Tatem, has revealed that you will be able to sneak up on the cold blooded prehistoric giants, before offing them with one of six different weapons. Presumably those weapons are going to be devastatingly powerful and based on what looks like an open world environment, Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter may well offer something that other developers haven‚Äôt dared try yet. Definitely one for meat eaters.
After being buried by an avalanche of mediocre imitators, EA‚Äôs larger than life snowboarding franchise is well overdue for a comeback. And what better platform than the iPhone to use as a test bed. Not much is known about what sort of form the game will take, but with Shaun White Snow Boarding getting the jump with a release last month, the pace has now been set. The SSX series has always thrived on multiplayer so fingers crossed there will be some decent online modes.
Low Grav Racer 2
An early App Store darling is now set to reappear courtesy of talented Scottish developer, Cobra Mobile. With no release date announced as yet, a 2010 release is pretty much assured. The game has never made any secrets about its love of the excellent Sony Liverpool series, Wipeout, so it will be interesting to see how Cobra Mobile attempts to go head to head with the world‚Äôs premier anti-grav racing franchise. We‚Äôre expecting more tracks, tarted up visuals, an online mode and maybe even a souped up 3GS version. If you‚Äôre reading Cobra Mobile, please, make it so.
Need for Speed: Shift
After the fantastic Need for Speed: Undercover, it‚Äôs hard to imagine that the sequel will be anything less than fantastic. Adopting an innovative cockpit view and sporting an updated car roster and HUD, Need for Speed: Shift could well dominate the racing genre on the App Store from early in the new year. Though still thoroughly of the pick up and play variety, Shift is positioning itself as more of a sim type driving experience than its predecessor, so petrol heads can get elbow deep in tuning options between races. There are head to head online races mooted too – the only thing we don‚Äôt like is that it isn‚Äôt out now.
Sketch Nation Shooter
Now this is a very interesting idea. Sketch Nation Shooter allows you to draw your own characters, which you can then photograph with the iPhone‚Äôs camera and play with in the game. The technology that developer Engineous has developed for the title is very impressive and is set to be put to use for a range of different releases throughout 2010, that go beyond the initial shoot-em-up set up. Looks like it could be something very special – here‚Äôs hoping the game doesn‚Äôt succumb to being a mere tech demo.
Project: Forgotten Memories
With a razor sharp narrative from promising outsourcing company, Pure Square Go, as well as an engine from Psychoz Interactive that defies all expectations of what is graphically possible on a standard iPhone, Project Forgotten Memories is definitely one to watch for 2010. Plot details are currently scant, but we do know that it is set in a hospital and that the project has attracted talent that has worked on the likes of Far Cry 2 and Killzone 2. Are we excited about this one? Yes. Will we be scared by it? Almost certainly.
Though it stringently denies such criticisms, it‚Äôs clear that Gameloft isn‚Äôt shy about taking cues from the biggest home console franchises for its roster of titles. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery however, so if the developers working on N.O.V.A. are as keen on the Halo series as they appear to be, then this FPS is going to be a winner. It‚Äôs a graphical powerhouse, even if it is splattered with luminescent toyland hues and heart-stopping set-pieces are promised. There‚Äôs a ten mission campaign and an online deathmatch mode already confirmed. Could N.O.V.A. be the title that finally makes FPS games fun on the iPhone? We‚Äôll have to wait till 2010 to find out.
UPDATE: It seems Gameloft has locked and loaded faster than we thought and NOVA is out now (Dec 17th). First impressions are good and we are working on a review now. Check back later to get the full lowdown on one of the iPhone’s most keenly anticipated shooters.
Our full N.O.V.A Review is ready.
Skies of Glory
Most flight games on the iPhone have been centred around modern aeronautical technology. Indeed, by cutting it‚Äôs teeth with the fantastic (and hugely successful) modern dog-fighting title, F.A.S.T., developer SGN is already experienced with the intricacies of the genre. By sticking to the battles, locations and aircraft of World War II, Skies of Glory could do for dogfighting on iPhone what Medal of Honor did for FPS games on the PS2 way back in 2002. The video is certainly impressive and showcases a variety that‚Äôs often lacking in this type of game. It should be coming in to land early in 2010 so get your flight jackets at the ready.
Who wouldn‚Äôt want another opportunity to hang out with Faith and her rooftop antics? The iPhone version of the game looks gorgeous, though in order to accommodate the device‚Äôs interface, has adopted a new side-scrolling perspective. All that glorious free running is in there though and so long as the controls are kept simple and fluid, there‚Äôs no reason why this franchise shouldn‚Äôt become a recurring fixture in the iPhone‚Äôs revolving door release schedules. One more thing, EA, if you‚Äôre reading, do makes sure you don‚Äôt go in too high with the price for this one. You can try 2D flash version of this game http://mirrorsedge2d.com
So, those are the games we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2010. Rest assured, given that some of the best titles probably haven’t even been announced yet, 2010 is going to be a vintage year for iPhone gaming. If there are any titles that you, the readers, can’t wait for that are not featured in this list, why not start a discussion below and let us know. In the meantime, the wait for these beauties continues…