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Mobile gaming at E3 2014

Mobile gaming made a huge bow at E3 2014. Among the small-screen developers at the show was Gameloft, creator of the hugely popular Asphalt series of racing games – it previewed the next iteration in the franchise here – and massively multiplayer online game developer Snail Games, which aims to pave the way for high-end role-playing games on tablets and smartphones, with the release of Heroes of Gaia. Elsewhere, console-to-mobile games spin-offs continued apace, with EA showcasing the follow-up to its critically acclaimed Hitman GO, in the form of the action-driven Hitman Sniper, as well as unveiling a table-top board game of The Witcher.

Gaming-E3-2014 Mobile gaming at E3 2014

The annual E3 gaming expo is usually dominated by console and PC games developers and manufacturers. This time things were slightly different and the big boys found themselves making room for the little guys – that is, the smaller screens of mobile devices

One mobile game that we’ve devoted a lot of coverage to online, at whatmobile.net, is Godfire: Rise of Prometheus. And rightly so, as this new iOS title boasts some of the best graphics for a small screen that we’ve ever seen – mainly due to its use of the Unreal Engine. The game itself plays out like a cross between God of War and Ryse: Son of Rome – another indication of the trend towards console-style, action-driven games in the mobile sector.

Further evidence of the variety of titles hitting smartphones and slates was provided by several strategy games, among them World of Tanks Blitz – a spin-off of the popular PC game World of Tanks – and Capcom’s RPG Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. The aforementioned Gameloft unveiled a series of blockbuster titles. Outrageously good graphics were witnessed across the board on titles such as the fast-paced first-person shooter Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and on everyone’s favourite high-speed racing game Asphalt, which returns in the form of a mission-based spin-off, Asphalt Overdrive. This year really marked the arrival of mobile gaming at E3. With the industry set to grow significantly over the coming years – some analysts put its revenues at about £17 billion worldwide by 2016 – there’s an exciting future ahead for gaming on mobiles.

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