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Minecraft: Pocket Edition Plans Include Crafting, Mobs, Actual Game Stuff

Those who have Minecraft: Pocket Edition -- doesn't matter if it's the iOS or Android version -- have probably noticed that there's not so much going on with it yet. Longtime fans of the blocky world-building game would probably compare it to the early days of the PC game, when there was little more to do than just... build stuff.

Mojang is aware of Pocket Edition's feature shortcomings, and is working to correct that. A new blog post on the company's website runs through some of the planned additions, in-game features like mobs and an inventory system as well as behind-the-scenes fixes to make everything run better. You can get the full breakdown on Mojang's website, or just hit the jump for some friendly bullet points.

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Grand Theft Auto 3 Anniversary Release Date Revealed

Hey, video game criminals: Grand Theft Auto 3: 10 Year Anniversary Edition has a release date. You'll be able to play it on your "new generation" Android or iOS on December 15th and it's only $4.99.  That means you can own one of the most important games ever made for less than 5 bucks!

Below the cut, you'll find the full list of devices that will support the game at launch, as well as a screenshot that shows off GTA 3: 10 Year Anniversary Edition phone interface.

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Infinity Blade 2

If you haven’t picked up Epic Games and ChAIR Entertainment’s Infinity Blade 2, you’re missing out on the hottest sequel this side of mobile gaming. You can catch up on our full review if you haven’t read it yet, and if you decide to pick it up, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you get the most out of your IB2 experience.

A lot’s changed since the original Infinity Blade, including deeper combat, customizable weapons, armor and accessories, and a less linear map for you to explore. Let’s jump into Siris’ world and make you an unstoppable force.

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Infinity Blade 2

The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Zombies Comes To iOS

Treyarch Call of Duty games stand apart from Infinity Ward's own releases for many reasons, but the Black Ops dev's Zombies mode is one of the biggest. The World at War take on a walking dead-filled, wave-based survival mode was released in bite-sized form for iOS devices in November 2009 and now Activision is following it up with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies.

The game hits the App Store today with a price of $6.99. Only one of the FPS maps is included, Kino Der Toten, but the app also includes Dead Ops Arcade, the unlockable, zombified dual-stick shooter from the 2010 console and PC game. Multiplayer is supported too, for up to four players, with a new voice chat feature also available. Dead Ops spans 50 levels, and the press release announcement mentions that "more features, upgrades and maps" are coming.

I always have a tough time playing FPS games on an iThing's touchscreen, but Dead Ops seems like a perfect fit for the mobile platform. Hopefully the promised expansions add more to that in addition to the expected console map releases.

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Skyrim

For all of its many issues, both the hilarious ones and the glaring ones, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim continues to steal hearts, minds and hours from the gaming world this holiday season thanks to its epic scale and its abundance of dragons. That map though... fast travel is great, but there's just SO MUCH to Skyrim that the world map is often inadequate for keeping track of locations that don't get fast travel markers.

Enter the upcoming (and completely FREE) iOS app, Dragon Shout. It's an interactive Skyrim map which lets users drop as many markers as they'd like into the world, and even annotate them for easier reference. Eventually, the plan is to update the app with some community features like marker sharing and pictures. It's a free download for iPhone and iPad, and it should be out "within the next couple of days," according to Touch Arcade. You can also check out the app's official website for more information.

Source: Touch Arcade

 

Desert Bus For Hope Ready For Fourth Ride

"Desert Bus" is finally available on Android, iPhone and iPad. The cult favorite game, developed by Penn and Teller and originally released on the Sega CD, puts players in control of a bus driving through the desert between Tucson and Las Vegas. The bus does not go over 45 miles per hour. The road is perfectly straight. There is no pause button. There is no traffic. The trip is in real time. At the end of an eight hour ride, the player is awarded a single point, and must then drive back. Don't think you can just leave it plugged in to drive by itself, either. Your bus pulls to the right.

It's only $.99, so I think you should download it, play it, and let me know how it goes. All the proceeds from the app’s sales go to this year’s Desert Bus For Hope event, which raises money for gamer charity Child’s Play.

The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

MOVIECAT
iOS (iPhone/iPod Touch) $1.99 | iOS (iPad) $2.99 | iOS (Lite) FREE | Android (Universal) $1.99

G4's Knuckle Up: The Best Mobile Games - Week of November 21

I hadn’t heard of MovieCat before last week... but now that I know it exists, I’ve lost many hours to it. Yes, it’s old (it was released over a year ago); however, with Thanksgiving weekend upon us, many of us geeks will be relegated to spending it in the  company of family. And if you’re like my family, we love a little competition.

MovieCat combines two of my favorite things in this world: movie trivia, and cats. Seriously. While that might seem completely insane, it somehow all works, and so well that I found myself wishing there were actual cat versions of some of the movie scenes and costumes you’ll see while playing the game. This game will charm the hell out of you.
With a two player pass-and-play mode, question packs, and just flat-out fun gameplay, pick this one up for the holidays and play with your friends and family. If you’re a movie trivia buff, you’ll go crazy for MovieCat, so don’t miss out on it.

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The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

GREED CORP

iOS (Universal) $4.99 | Android FREE

Sometimes, steampunk is really overdone these days; fortunately, Greed Corp manages to strike a perfect balance between a steampunk look and great gameplay on both Android and iOS. This is a fantastic turn-based strategy game with some interesting twists, and even if you’ve played it on XBLA, PS3, or PC, you’ll want to pick it up on your favorite mobile device.

There’s standard strategy fare like harvesters, cannons, and units to build, but Greed Corp ups the ante significantly by utilizing a land collapsing mechanic; that is, each time your harvesters pull resources at the start of your turn, the land crumbles a bit more. Run out of resources and that part of the grid falls into the abyss, taking any units placed on it, never to be seen again. It’s a relatively small tweak, but makes a huge difference in gameplay and strategy.

The single player campaign in Greed Corp is excellent, and offers a fun 1920’s style soundtrack to play to. In addition, the multiplayer provides local, online, computer or any combination of the three to face off against. You won’t regret this one.

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Sony's Jack Tretton Interview Not Happening, But PS3 Slim Appearing On X-Play 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony is considering launching an online video streaming service aimed at competing with cable and satellite to bring you television.

The corporation has reportedly spoken to several big media and entertainment companies, including NBCUniversal (hey, that's us!), News Corp. and Discovery Communications, with aims toward carrying their TV networks over the Internet to Sony devices.  Theoretically, this could mean you'll be able to use your PlayStation 3, as well as Sony televisions and blu-ray players, to watch a variety of television shows.

The talks, apparently, may end in Sony offering niche-channels, as opposed to the huge channel packages of big cable providers. A cable killer? It remains to be seen.

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The Indie Games of 2011

Every year, there are more amazing indie games that slip through your fingers than titles on store shelves. If anything, this year proved that these small development teams have yet to exhaust their endless supply of creativity or passion for making great games. With the holidays quickly approaching, I figured that this would be an opportune time to remind you of some of the incredible titles released early this year for Steam. Knowing Gabe and the rest of the crew there, you’ll be able to pick up most of these titles for only a couple of bucks very soon. Winter sales are coming.

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The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer number of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

ELDER SIGN: OMENS

iOS (iPhone/iPod Touch) $3.99 | iOS (iPad) $6.99 | Android $3.99

Yes, I’m aware that by making this my GotW, you’re all now aware of how big a geek I am. If you love the tabletop game Arkham Horror, you know how creepy and awesome good tabletop gaming can be, but with around 700 tokens, cards, and markers, it’s definitely time consuming to play out a full game. Creator Fantasy Flight Games recognized this and created Elder Sign, a more compact experience, and from that, comes Elder Sign: Omens, the most awesome tabletop-to-tablet translation of a game I’ve ever played.

Obviously, explaining the concept of a tabletop game is best left to tutorials and how-to videos on YouTube, but you’re attempting to keep Azathoth (one of Lovecraft’s Ancient Ones) from awakening. To do this, you’ll have to assemble a team of 1-4 members from a field of 16. Each character has their own bonuses, sanity, stamina, and other pros and cons, so choose wisely. The game is set in a museum, where you’ll take missions and attempt to complete them by rolling the virtual dice and matching the symbols.

Even if you don’t play tabletop games (or they intimidate you, but you’ve always wanted to try one), Elder Sign: Omens makes it fun and fairly easy to pick up and play. There are tutorial videos to help you get started (it definitely helped me), but overall, this is an absolutely brilliant translation of a tabletop game without all the pieces to clean up (or lose, which I’ve done). Fantasy Flight, you’ve got my permission to make more iOS versions of your games!

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The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Aquaria for iPad Teaser Trailer from Kert Gartner on Vimeo.

AQUARIA

iOS (Universal): $4.99

Truth be told, I was skeptical of Aquaria at first. At first glance, it seemed like a silly, cutesy underwater adventure for girls; however, after sitting down and playing it, I’m happy to jam my foot in my mouth, as Aquaria is an incredible title worth the accolades it’s raking in. Imagine parts from classic franchises and old 16- and 32- bit games like Metroid, Castlevania, and Ecco the Dolphin stitched together to create a game that’s one of the loveliest and deepest games I’ve played yet on the iPad.

You control Naija, a beautiful sea creature who’s suddenly rocked by the notion that she’s all alone in the world after encountering a strange being. She sets out to discover a world (named “The Verse”), and quickly learns it’s not all filled with peaceful denizens. The game’s controls are excellently ported from PC to touchscreen, and there is a mechanic that allows Naija to use the Verse by singing various songs.

It’s easily apparent how much love and care went into crafting this game, from the lonely yet rich expanse of the ocean, to the soundtrack, to Naija’s voiceovers. Beautiful to its core, Aquaria will remind you why you love the adventure genre.

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The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

WHALE TRAIL (iOS)

iOS: $0.99

If you’ve been following Knuckle Up, you’ve probably noticed I am obsessed with two things in particular: zombie games and weird, colorful games that make you go, “WTF.” Whale Trail falls into the latter category, and it’s so much colorful WTF fun, you’ll feel like you’ve eaten a bag of magic mushrooms while also dropping acid. You play as Willow the Whale, a cute little whale looking to escape the clutches of the very dark and evil Baron von Barry by taking to the skies.

“But that’s not real,” you say. “Whale’s can’t fly, you madwoman!” You’re absolutely right. That’s why you have to collect colorful orbs mid-flight to keep fueling your crazy journey through the heavens. Oh, and you have to avoid mean storm clouds and collect stars, too. Did I mention this game reminds me of a Japanese game show?

Even though the game seems basic, it quickly becomes apparent it’s the kind of game that’s very easy to play, but tough to master. It’s very reminiscent of Tiny Wings, but I found Whale Trail to be even more fun and cheerful. This game is, hands-down, a must buy for anyone with an iOS device.

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Batman: Arkham City

If you're someone who loves video games then you and I probably had the same experience this weekend: hours spent in front of the TV, fighting crime and righting wrongs in Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham City. The game features a confounding number of Riddler challenges (which we have a Riddler Trophy Location Guide), puzzles scattered throughout the open world that number in the hundreds. It's hard enough finding them all, let alone solving them. Fortunately, a new iOS app has you covered.

The Batman: Arkham City Official Map App is available on iTunes as a universal app for $2.99. The game's open world is broken into discrete, selectable maps by neighborhood and indoor locations, with players able to select and obtain solutions for individual puzzles. As anyone who has already explored Arkham City knows, the challenge often isn't in finding the puzzle, but in solving it.

Source: iTunes

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