Category Archives: E3 Expo 2014

E3 2014: A Roundup of the Many MFi Game Controllers from the Show

I expected we'd see a lot of mobile gaming stuff at E3 this year, as even though mobile still plays second fiddle to all the console and PC gaming stuff at the show, its presence has only been growing year after year. What I didn't expect is the ridiculous number of MFi controllers that would be on the E3 show floor. After the initial announcement of the MFi controller program at WWDC last summer, and the long lead-up to them finally being available later in the year, we really thought that controlling your iOS games with physical controllers would be the next big thing. Well, whether it has to do with the fairly high prices of the controllers that have been released thus far, the spotty build qualities, or that people just plain aren't interested in them, MFi controllers have not taken off like we thought they would...

E3 2014: Hands on with Epic's 'Zen Garden'

If you were watching the WWDC keynote or read anything about it afterwards, Epic's Zen Garden is likely old news. It's a tech demo that Epic put together to show off just how much more you can do with graphics in iOS games when you use iOS 8's new Metal feature, which allows developers to push existing iOS hardware way further. Like all tech demos, particularly those shown at an event like a keynote, it's natural to be at least a little skeptical about whether or not what you're seeing is real...

The Mad Catz C.T.R.L i was available (and playable) on the show floor, but deep inside of the bowels of E3 we managed to track down the Micro version of the same controller. What's weird is they both feel great, and of the controllers we've seen at E3, the Mad Catz entries seem to be our favorite. Solid construction, good button feel, and a neat clamp system for your phone make for some winning devices:..

Hori might not be a name you're familiar with if you're not in the fighting game scene, but the make some pretty amazing fight sticks and now apparently are getting in to the MFi controller market. Like the Stratus XL, this is a non-functional demo unit, but it still feels great in the hands:..

Continuing the crazy controller news, we managed to track down a prototype unit of the Steelseries Stratus XL. Just as we expected, it feels great in your hands and feels way more substantial than the tiny Stratus. Since it isn't a working unit, there's not much to say regarding how it functions, but, it's still neat seeing it in real life...

Joining the MFi controller party is the UK-based accessory manufacture Big Ben Interactive. They had two controllers to demo, although we weren't able to get working units to try. Still, we get a brief little hands-on with them so you can get an idea of what they're like. The pull apart one seems cool, and the other one feels a lot like a small PlayStation controller:..

The Telltale booth had this amazing virtual pinball machine set up in the corner, and running on it was the upcoming Zen Pinball table that features The Walking Dead. It was just as good as all the other recent Zen Pinball tables, but having it in an actual pinball table form factor instead of on an iPad was really sweet. The glare in this video sort of sucks, but, that's E3 for ya'...

E3 2014: Hands on with Snail Games' 'Taichi Panda'

Taichi Panda was another game hidden away in the corner of an E3 booth that no one seemed to care about. Who knows what it'll be like when it actually launches, but the first impressions we had seemed pretty positive- Particularly in the couple minutes we played it. It's basically a really tight controlling dungeon crawler-y brawler game, check out the video:..

The status of the Mad Catz C.T.R.L i has been pretty mysterious since it was first announced back in February, but we actually managed to track one down at E3. It feels surprisingly sturdy compared to the other iOS controllers we've seen, and it's really hard to find much to complain about with it. It takes normal batteries instead of having a rechargeable setup, which might be a down side depending on how you look at it...

E3 2014: Hands on with 'Godfire: Rise of Prometheus'

There's been a lot going on with Godfire: Rise of Prometheus lately in the release teasing department, but we got a chance to play it on the floor at E3 today and it's super cool. It looked great, and played a lot like God of War, which is a really good thing...

E3 2014: Hands on with Gameloft's 'Spiderman Unlimited'

At this point in the App Store, we've had endless just-about-everythings… But what about an endless web slinger? Well, Spiderman Unlimited isn't exactly that, but, rather, a lane-based running game that features the one and only Spiderman. That's cool, right?..

Over in the tiny mobile area of EA's massive E3 booth, EA Sports was showing off their arcadey take on golf King of the Course [Free], which they launched worldwide earlier in the day to coincide with the start of E3. Despite the normal free-to-play-isms like power-ups and in-game currency, King of the Course is actually a surprisingly fun (and incredibly unrealistic) way to play golf, and it seems really well suited to mobile...

Very early this year the Signal RP one controller was announced, and at the time it was the only full-size iOS controller in the works. We got a look at it at E3, and, well, it's a controller. It still feels pretty prototype-y, as the rear trigger buttons seem particularly flimsy:..

We don't usually spend too much time on Android stuff, but we saw this on the E3 show floor and figured the form factor was interesting if nothing else. Basically, it's a spring loaded clamp that you spread open and moosh your phone in the middle. It's like a controller case, but because it contracts in on itself when not in use it's way more portable...

E3 2014: Hands on with Gameloft's 'Dungeon Gems'

It seems like everyone and their brother is making a Puzzle & Dragons spinoff, and Gameloft certainly isn't going to be left out. To be fair, their game, Dungeon Gems does look pretty cool with all sorts of 3D graphics and the like, but, does the world need another one of these? Only time will tell...

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