Mass Effect: Infiltrator, hands-on: iOS gets its taste of the trilogy

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Mass Effect: Infiltrator, hands-on: iOS gets its taste of the trilogy

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screenshot by Scott Stein)

Hungry for Mass Effect? Buy the console game. As far the simultaneously-released iOS game for iPhone and iPad goes, I’d recommend downloading Dead Space instead.

So, maybe it’s a tiny bit unfair to compare a $60 console game to a $5.99 iOS game, but when the name “Mass Effect” is slapped on a download, there is some expectation of a certain style of game, and a certain level of quality. Mass Effect: Infiltrator is downright beautiful to look at, especially in its opening cinematics: at first, it could cause an onlooker to drop their jaw and proclaim that the iPad is the true inheritor of the future of handheld and even console games.

Well, not so fast. ME: Infiltrator is a shooter, and a basic one at that. The game employs a “duck and cover” mechanic to hide and then pop up and shoot oncoming enemies across a storyline that feels like a self-contained piece of DLC, like reading a “Star Wars” universe short story as opposed to watching “Star Wars.” Your mission follows a rogue Cerberus operative, Randall Ezno, on a journey through a base station on a frozen planet. I played Mass Effect: Infiltrator on an iPad 2, but the universal app can also be played on an iPod Touch or iPhone (iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S, and iPod Touch third- and fourth-gen). It also works on an original … [Read more]

Mass Effect: Infiltrator, hands-on: iOS gets its taste of the trilogy

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