Madfinger has proven in the past that it nail visuals. Take a gander at its last release, Samurai II: Vengeance [$2.99]. The gameplay was incredibly repetitive, but the overall fidelity and rock sold 60 fps framerate were inspiring. It caught eyes on its look factor alone, and I’m thinking the studio is shooting for a similar kind of clamor for its latest game, the just-announced Shadowgun.

Shadowgun is a third-person shooter with a focus on “tactical action.” You’ll play as the grizzled bounty hunter John Slade in the bombed-out, future world of 2350. The task is to find and “hunt down” a geneticist who must have done something vile to warrant having such a large man on his tail.

Wait, perhaps he’s in trouble because he’s playing god in his fortress. Like a cyber Dr. Moreau, this geneticist is breeding mutants, cyborgs and other ‘enhanced’ humanoids.

Is this thing on? The visuals are still clogging your synapses, aren’t they? And with good reason -- this game looks stellar. MADFINGER says its ‘ushering in a new visual standard for handheld gaming,’ after all.

But, I’ve got some doubts about these shots. The perspective shown is pulled a little too far and to the right to be of any use to the player. Also, there’s a certain sharpness that I have yet to see in any iPad or iPhone game. Madfinger tells us that it, as we’re guessing, didn't pull these images directly from the target device. However, it also says that these are indeed indicative of what you’ll see on your platform.

We’ve followed up for more clarification.

Regardless, we’ll be keeping our eyes on Shadowgun -- as a whole, that is -- and will probably give you some impressions down the line.

No price or release date (other than a '2011' window) has been announced at the moment.

  • E_Domina

    so its going to be a little like Killzone then in third person? That would be pretty cool

  • http://blog.lwry.me/ Matthew L.

    Hot damn. I need that game. Now.

  • Fredrik Jackson

    Are you sure this is for iOS? Awesome graphics!

    • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

      I've read in other places that this was for tegra 2 devices and other tegra processors, I've read that this is for iOS for the first time here at toucharcade

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Simmons/508333845 Tyler Simmons

    3rd person killzone?
    more like iOS Gears o' War
    love the unreal technology,
    can't wait for more games
    to license the rights to use it!!

    • LBG

      This is using the Unity engine, not the unreal engine.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure what you mean by "The perspective shown is pulled a little too far and to the right to be of any use to the player."
    It looks like you can see everything in front of you that you might want to see. Plus, it frees up the edges of the screen (especially the lower left corner) for on-screen controls that don't block any of the action. Maybe an analog control for movement in the lower left and either gyro (with reticle) or tap control for shooting? Screen seems set up well for that.

    "Tactical" implies the action might be a little slower/more measured anyway.

    • Slembcke

      He means the shot looks purposefully posed. Th camera isn't pointing in the same direction as the player is looking or aiming and it has a weird tilt to it.

      If you look close you'll also notice the crazy amounts of anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. So while the game running on the device might look pretty similar, this is the difference between med-high and ultra-high settings in a game perhaps.

      • Anonymous

        I understand the doubt over how genuine the screenshot is, but the sentence I quoted was implying the camera angle is somehow un-useful for gameplay, which I'm not seeing. If anything, to me, it appears to provide room for controls in a way that won't obscure gameplay.

  • Jon

    Damn, this looks amazing.

  • Furtin

    Its no ingame iOS Screenshot, thats for shure. But oh my Gosh! Bring it on! Give it at least Dead Space graphics and I'm so sold!

  • TigerXtreme69

    I really hope the focus is on 'tactical' here. I would love to see some metal gear ike gameplay out of this. I've been looking for a true stealth action game ever since I realized that the official metal gear game was a tap and shoot affair.

  • Akira01

    This is for Tegra 2, not iOS....
    he ho....Apple ?

    • Anonymous

      The dev says iOS, but I suppose random-guy-on-Internet knows best!

      (As linked in artiicle; and also http://mobile.twitter.com/madfingergames/status/73405901733756928)

      • Anonymous

        Well, to be fair, the developer is sort of confusing on this matter. They say that it is a Tegra 2/3 exclusive but then say that it is coming to iOS somewhere else.

      • AngryAnt

        It's a Unity game. It runs on both.

  • touchpalm.com

    Oh that's just jaw dropping

  • Guest

    The funny thing is had this been announced as a UE3 game there would be like +40 comments in this post

  • Anonymous

    Just checked and yes this is coming to iOS, sweet!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

    If it is supposed to look this good for the Tegra 2, I cant wait to see how it is optimized for the A5 and the PowerVR SGX543 MP2 in the iPad 2. Andetech already proven that that A5 is far more powerful than the Tegra 2 in terms of graphical performance, so this will be an exciting wait.

    • Rexoverbey

      Since the iphone/ipad have half the RAM the textures will look like ass.  Also the synthetic benchmarks against the Tegra 2 were done at much higher resolution (1280x768 Xoom vs 1024x768 ipad2), w/ lower-res tegra 2 phones this should run better than ipad2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

    If it is supposed to look this good for the Tegra 2, I cant wait to see how it is optimized for the A5 and the PowerVR SGX543 MP2 in the iPad 2. Andetech already proven that that A5 is far more powerful than the Tegra 2 in terms of graphical performance, so this will be an exciting wait.

  • Summoner_viclu

    Its a fucking copy of gears of war.....