So the iPad is out now if the none stop coverage on practically every single tech blog wasn't enough to clue you in. With the release of Apple's touch pad wonder many games meant to utilize the added power and screen real estate of the iPad have made their appearance including both new titles and upscaled versions of iPhone games. One among them is Resident Evil 4 which, quite frankly, doesn't look all that bad visually.
Capcom ported over RE 4 for the iPhone last year and the end result was a bit lacking on the visual and control side. Since I don't own an iPad I can't say whether the latter issue has improved much with the larger screen, but if you tak a gander at the screen shots Kotaku was kind enough to post its definately apparent that the game benefits from the added rendering capabilities of the iPad.
Resident Evil 4 for iPad is currently available for download on the iPad App. store for $12.99. If anyone gets some hands on time with the game fill us in on what you think.
There's a lot of iPad hysteria on the internet lately but aside from tech blogs bleeding the subject dry there is some noteworthy news on the gaming front. If you're planning on getting an iPad yourself then you might be happy to know that fan favorite adventure game duo, Sam and Max, will have their own game available for purchase on the iPad App. Store.
According to Kotaku, an iPad game titled "Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone" is listed on the store which appears to be an iPad version of "The Devil's Playhouse", a third episodic run of the adventure series. The series is said to run for five episodes released on a monthly basis according to the games developer Telltale.
The listed price on the store is $9.99, meaning that buying each episode as they become available can add up to a fairly pretty penny by the end of the series.
Although some seem skeptical of Apple's new tablet PC, the iPad, indie developer PopCap Games remains optimistic. Although they believe it will be a couple years before it has a major impact, they expect it "will change gaming."
"This is my opinion and I think it's going to be phenomenally successful," said PopCap co-founder John Vechey in an interview with Eurogamer. "I really do. It's very simple; it's not like it has a magical set of features, just a great package.
"I think it will change gaming," he added. "Here's this new device that gets to more people with a really great e-commerce model attached to it. It's really easy to buy on the iPhone -- that's part of what makes it successful.
"The iPad would be perfect for real-time strategy. You can't have this really immersive gaming experience but it may actually be more fun than a lot of different game experiences you can get with a PC or console."
The iPad presents new opportunities for mobile game developers, so one might wonder if it has any impact on handheld gaming devices such as Sony's PSP or Nintendo's DS. According to Sony, Apple's entrance into mobile gaming has actually benefitted them.
"Apple's entrance into the portable gaming space has been a net positive for Sony," said Sony's John Koller, Director Hardware Marketing. "When people want a deeper, richer console, they start playing on a PSP."
So basically they're saying when people get bored of the iPhone or iPad, they'll come to the PSP. That's quite some amazing spin Sony has managed to put on that.
Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its iPad device. While Epic Games' Mark Rein may have liked it, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has called it just a "bigger iPod Touch" -- "no surprises."
Iwata also spoke about Sony's presentation of 3D gaming at this year's CES, expressing that it won't catch on.
"I have doubts whether people will be wearing glasses to play games at home. How is that going to look to other people?" he said. That kind of makes me wonder, does he think people playing the Wii don't look silly? More importantly, Iwata brings up health reasons. There hasn't been any significant studies looking into the effects of prolonged 3D gaming exposure.
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Apple unveiled the iPad yesterday, and there's been a lot of buzz surrounding it. Epic Games' Mark Rein has voiced his opinion in the gadget, saying he's "really impressed." While speaking to Kotaku, Rein said, "I am really impressed with the iPad. The quality of the materials is outstanding. The screen is amazing and the super-sized apps were fantastic. Everything seems to perform really well on the iPad, and I was blown away by the iWork apps – I thought bringing those to iPad was a brilliant move by Apple.
"I was very impressed with the game demos. I was surprised how good they were considering they only had a few weeks with the device. I think iPad will be great for gaming and I suspect we’ll see many games that make use of the differentiated form factor of the iPad."
Apple is planning on launching the iPad at "affordable" price points -- $499 for the 16GB size, $599 for the 32GB size and $699 for the 64GB size. Will the iPad prove to be a viable gaming platform? If it's anything like the iPhone, and it is, it should be.
After almost a decade of rumors and speculation, Steve Jobs has lifted the black satin handkerchief to unveil the iPad. Without further adieu, let’s get to the nitty gritty.