What does a good-looking, yet buggy and monotonous game like Shadowgun [$7.99] really need? It needs extremely ambitious multiplayer, apparently. Madfinger Games has announced that it’ll launch bits and pieces of the game’s slated competitive online component in waves. First up: cross-platform team and regular deathmatch. Next up: more exotic, though still un-announced modes.

Love or hate the game, you have to appreciate the scope of what Madfinger is working within as it continues to try to raise the bar with Shadowgun.

What’s kinda striking us as funny is that there’s no ETA on this update. Generally speaking, that’s a bad sign. We rarely see iOS game competitive components release after launch and if they do, they launch a long, long time after initial game release. Hold on to your butts, in other words.

[Via Pocket Gamer]

  • Vince

    There was some negativity in this post, expect some outlash. :]

    in 5.4.3....

  • Anonymous

    How about this...

    I'm waiting for a sale to buy it!

  • xSoLaRiZeD

    Finally. A multiplayer feature! This will give me a reason why I wasted $8. Don't really care if it's gonna take a long time since I have Gears of War 3 to kill time anyways :P
    Might post a video of it after I'm done with my campaign walkthroughs for this game. Here's the first 3 levels I did if anyone wants to see :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqzvkdMeRd8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptIIhkNW3nU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKbF6g0q92U

    • theRPGNOOB

      Why would you play shadowgun over Gears of War 3?

  • SMP

    I dont need another team deathmatch game, so Im not even going to consider this.

  • Anonymous

    The TouchArcade coverage of this game is starting to irritate me now. Sure it needs an update and sure it's a bit samey but you seem to be going too far with your snidey comments - it's gone from 'repetitive' to 'monotonous' in 24 hours. The day it came out you said 'Just go download it now'. So what gives?

    If people are disappointed with the game it's because you hyped it up so much with your coverage and hands on preview that everyone's expectations were ridiculously high.

    • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

      We actually spent a lot of time questioning the game. We're not marketers. Also, you might want to pay attention to the context of that "just go download it" line.

      • ReasonableGuy

        I agree with callmericado, its was hyped up beyond belief, and when its was released you guys were like, the graphics are good but its repetitive. And according to this new articles, that is completely uneccessary, its "monotonous." Love touch arcade, but stop commenting on every little thing madfinger says.

      • SMP

        Dont mistake previews and news articles of bits and pieces of a game for final impressions, a lot of people do so, but its a completely superficial way to judge a game.

      • ReasonableGuy

        Yeah...I learned that from Touch Arcade's articles about Shadowgun.  Thank goodness I'm smart and didn't waste 7.99 for this game, especially because it doesn't have multiplayer.  I'll buy it when it goes on sale, as every game does, when it has multiplayer.  This is the first time I have been dissapointed by Touch Arcade.  I expect more from this website.

      • SMP

        Im not quite sure what the TouchArcade reviewer is to blame for. This isnt the stock market, he's not misleading people into buying stocks while he's selling them, he simply had his say about a video game.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.  The whole point of gaming is to get excited and have fun, why wouldn't people get excited about previews?  Everyone (should) know though that the real test is when the game is actually released and we get to play the thing.  Seems a bit ridiculous to blame the reviewers here for anything other than doing their jobs.
        It's funny too, because nowhere did toucharcade say it was a horrible game.  If anything they presented a balanced review of the game with it's pros and cons and some people just got angry that the cons were pointed out.  Looks like we're seeing a classic case of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-purchase_rationalization here if anything, otherwise known as fanboyism.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-D-Dunn/679068624 James D. Dunn

      I think he just went to the other guy's "review" and right clicked for synonyms.

  • Leegames

    I absolutely love this game. That doesn't make TAs review wrong. I can just easily live with the problems as I am having way too much fun. Reminds me of the golden days when I first got Gears. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-D-Dunn/679068624 James D. Dunn

      Agreed, finished it this morning. Going to play through it again on Hard mode.
      This is a bit off of what I usually do. No matter what the cost, if I finish a game, I'm usually done with it. So, in no way do I feel I wasted my 8$. Even without MultiPlayer, I have had (and will continue to have) a great time with this game.

  • Anonymous

    WARNING OPINION FOLLOWS

    This announcement does seem to be a bit of a panic to reign in the negative responses this game has had. (And I'm not just talking about the TA review. I've seen criticism of the bugs and samey gameplay all over the web since it was released.)
    I'm not going to hold my breath for multiplayer.

  • Akira01

    I love this game and found the review very harsh.
    Repetitive ? Yes, as GOW, as Tetris, as ...90% of games today.
    Mootonous ? Why, there are boss, there are good shooting phase, level design is well balanced...
    Buggy ? On my iPhone 4, nothing to say.
    I don't foud this game boring, or repetitive, or bad...this is for me one of the best action game for the iOS platform, by far...

  • Akira01

    I love this game and found the review very harsh.
    Repetitive ? Yes, as GOW, as Tetris, as ...90% of games today.
    Mootonous ? Why, there are boss, there are good shooting phase, level design is well balanced...
    Buggy ? On my iPhone 4, nothing to say.
    I don't foud this game boring, or repetitive, or bad...this is for me one of the best action game for the iOS platform, by far...

    • SMP

      All games are more or less repetitive,its a problem when its noticeable, if the game is fun and engaging, its not.

      • Akira01

        For me, the game is fun...so what ?

      • SMP

        Then theres nothing to complain about

      • SMP

        I dont think anyone is telling you youre not allowed to enjoy Shadowgun, or any game for that matter, nor should anyone. There's no reason to get defensive at this website.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    I have no interest in multi-player, particularly on an iPhone. As for Shadowgun I've been trying to play through it but the combination of the repetitive gameplay and the worst music of all time is making it difficult. I suspect it will be deleted before I reach the end.

    It'd survive longer if I could just mute the music. Quite how anyone though it was acceptable to put such painfully awful sounds into a game is beyond me.

    • theRPGNOOB

       Agreed, the music is so f****** awful that we should make a petition to remove the music from the game.

      • Quest

        You can do this in options...

  • JohnnyJ301

    Forget all the hype. It's a good game. 2 years ago, I was playing touch tanks, iOS has come along way.

  • JohnnyJ301

    Forget all the hype. It's a good game. 2 years ago, I was playing touch tanks, iOS has come along way.

    • Mystery

      Hell yes, awesome point, I agree.

    • Bennehftw

      Eh then you might as well say that about any other game in the gaming industry.

      Nintendo has come a long way from thier crappy nintendo games to the next era of video games but that doesn't mean some of the next gen games still aren't shitty games.

      Games should be judged by the current time period to their fellow games. Not to previous games. Especially when were trying to move forward not backward.

      Graphically the game is moving forward but thats about it.

      • JohnnyJ301

        Your reading to much into my post. I personally like this game a lot. To me this isn't a shitty game. So I will clarify this according to today's standards, I think this is a great game. Smooth gameplay, doesn't crash on my device at all, I like the fact that it is a strategic shooter is some areas.

      • JohnnyJ301

        Your reading to much into my post. I personally like this game a lot. To me this isn't a shitty game. So I will clarify this according to today's standards, I think this is a great game. Smooth gameplay, doesn't crash on my device at all, I like the fact that it is a strategic shooter is some areas.

  • Russiaone

    Sorry, but this entire post reads like Madfinger stole your bike. All you had to offer was that they were going to release multi-player DLC. That's all. No need for the snarky comments about monotony, et al.

    • Anonymous

      Yes exactly. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-D-Dunn/679068624 James D. Dunn

      Agreed.

    • ReasonableGuy

      I know right!  They made all those unecesary  comments for no reason. Seriously, what is the point of saying that?  There is none, that's the problem.

      • theRPGNOOB

         Madfinger did not bribe them like Halfbrick did so jetpack joyride would get a good review.

  • *Sincere*

    y does TA have to be so pessimistic just lest Madfinger games update the game and see what happens..

  • Iseptimus

    Yes your coverage of this game is getting stupid.  I have not had one crash or glitch in the entire time I have played it on my iPad2, iPhone4 or iPod Touch 4.

    It may be the bit repetitive but so is Gears, Halo etc.  30 seconds, rinse, repeat.

    • ReasonableGuy

      I have not bought the game yet but you are exactly right

  • ReasonableGuy

    TA has to stop posting how great games are before they actually get released. It's their MO (method of operatoin) but is stupid. If you hype and hype how a game will be great, every one is expecting it to be great, and if it falls short, everyone will be mad. They are already doing that again, look at the Shantae's Risky Revenge" post. "It looks great!" is what they said. HOW DO YOU KNOW??? It hasn't been released. TA is great , but they have to stop doing this.

    • theRPGNOOB

       They are stating there opinions on how the DEMO looks so far not the final product. If you do not want there opinion on there website then you shouldn't be reading news in the first place. 

      • ReasonableGuy

        Then whats the freaking point of telling us what the preview looks like? This website should tells us what features the games will have , when they're coming out, and reviews of them when they do.  Use some common sense people.

      • SMP

        You're telling me youve never played a demo, or seen gamplay footage youve gotten excited only to be disappointed by the game itself? Use your own common sense, and keep your own perceptions in check.

      • ReasonableGuy

        No I haven't played a demo or watched gameplay footage before something comes out for that reason: it might disapoint me. I think we can all just be patient, wait till the game comes out, and then proclaim to the world if its good or not.

      • theRPGNOOB

         This site is about IOS gaming news and previews. If you think you will be disapoint you then why are you here? GTFO 

      • SMP

        Which is what they did? Again, do not mistake previews and new for final impressions, those consist of two completely different mindsets. And there's nothing wrong with looking forward to something or being disappointed, You shouldnt have a reclusive mindset about a game because youre afraid of what a review will, really whether a game is worth checking out is for you to decide, not the reviewer

      • theRPGNOOB

         Because we may want to know what the final product is going to look and play like? 

      • theRPGNOOB

         *FACEPLAM* that's what previews are for.

    • Blahwordsblah

      MO stands for modus operandi, actually. 'mode of operation' is a weak translation...

  • Billy-Pilgrim

    Have you guys ever heard of an opinion?

  • Chris1a

    Hey Brad, what did you think of ShadowGuns single player mode? You'r one of few good reviewers/critics here. Always a pleasure to read your articles etc dude.

    • theRPGNOOB

       The single-player is pretty weak. Take my advice, Just play NOVA2

  • Chris1a

    is the concensus with the TA staff that this game is overhyped bs?

    • ReasonableGuy

      It looks like it.  And the ironic part is they did the overhyping, and now their saying its bad. Hypocrits... or should I say Hype-ocrits. 

      • theRPGNOOB

         Don't you dare start this argument again after you got owned in a debate with SMP and I.

      • ReasonableGuy

        Whoa..I'm the one starting an argument?  Ok I'll be the mature one and ignore that comment. BTW I have gotten more likes than you, so really you shouldn't be talking.

      • theRPGNOOB

         Oh so because there are a lot of TA haters in this comment thread you are the winner? Get your head out of your ass. And as I recall you were the first person to go OMG TA sucks for thinking a game looks good so far even though thats there MOTHER FUCKING JOB! 

      • SMP

        Whoa, no, no, this is a site about games, not politics. Everybody, knock it off, youre talking about video games here.

      • ReasonableGuy

        Yea seriously dude, calm down.

      • ReasonableGuy

        Actually theRPGNOOB, I said in my first comment that I loved TA, but  I was dissapointed in their coverage of this new game. Get your facts right before you use vulgar language for no reason.

      • theRPGNOOB

         Good im glad we have an understanding. Now if you excuse TROLLLOLOLOLOLLOLOLLOLLOLLOOOLOOOLLOOOL! Just kidding:)

  • ADR

    Shadowgun 1.0.2 update is out now and it fixed most of the crash problems, so I hope TA would ease up a bit on this game now. I couldn't understand why TA would look down so much on this game while praising games like Jetpack Joyride like it's the second coming of Christ. I'd rather see more hardcore games on the app store than the usual kiddie ones.   

    • ReasonableGuy

      That is a good point. I agree with you.

    • theRPGNOOB

       Agreed, i am tired of this casual gamer shit.

    • Anonymous

      'second coming of Christ",  I died.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OH3TVTZJ4SCPYDWTAQEKW4NREE Stephen

    They should have made this for 4th gen devices only! like Infinity Blade, so we did'nt have to hear all the " it keeps crashing people" crying, I've had no crashes on a Ipod touch 4G 32 gig, apon completing

  • ReasonableGuy

    Is the last article that TA has posted about the elite collection of games? Thats the most recent one on my computer and I'm wondering if its not updating. Thank you for replying in advance.

  • Ta = joke

    "I couldn't understand why TA would look down so much on this game while praising games like Jetpack Joyride like it's the second coming of Christ."
    Answer:
    "Madfinger did not bribe them like Halfbrick did so jetpack joyride would get a good review."

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, weird. Update out already addressing performance/crash issues for older devices, etc. Waiting on update to this post, since they were pretty negative about ETAs and the like...no MP yet, but the performance improvements must count for something...

  • PJ Haight

    I don't see what any issues are here. They just gave their honest opinions towards the game. I'll tell you what, I love the game bunches, it blows a lot of my other apps out of the water as far as quality goes. Great graphics, great storyline, and there's going to be multiplayer soon, right? The icing on the cake. In my opinion it's worth $8