May 17, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Gameloft grabbed headlines when it questioned the economic validity of Android, leading many to wonder if the gaming company would back away from Android to focus on the more profitable iPhone platform. Gameloft soon clarified that it would continue to support Android once there were more powerful devices to support 3D gaming.
The Droid, Nexus One, and now Desire and EVO have shown that Android isn’t lacking powerful hardware. In recognition of that feat, Gameloft has announced that it will offer several 3D gaming titles on “the best smartphones,” including the more-powerful Android devices.
Among those titles available for purchase, for $4.99, at Gameloft.com are:
Asphalt 5 – an action-packed racing game that Androinica.com has favorably-reviewed.
Assassin’s Creed – A mobile version of the hit console game. You are an Assassin and you have some kind of creed I guess.
Dungeon Hunter – In the fantasy world of Gothicus, you must play this action RPG with real-time fights in order to restore order to the world.
Gangstar: West Coast Hustle – Not affiliated with the classic rap group of a similar name, this is like GTA. Roam a massive world to complete missions or just go around the LA city and explore as your rise up in the SoCal gang culture.
HAWX - a near-future game about a military contractor who uses airplanes to fight terrorists.
Hero of Sparta – This 3D adventure game features a Spartan warrior trying to survive his own odyssey with 8 levels of hostile enemies.
Let’s Golf – a 3D golf game with 63 holes and adaptable controls. The game provides hours of play and has the potential to appeal to non-golfers as well.
Modern Combat: Sandstorm - a First-person shooter (FPS) where gamers search several locales to hunt down terrorists in remote deserts.
NOVA – Another FPS with multiplayer support and device-pushing graphics/gameplay. Looks pretty exciting based on previews of the iPhone version.
Real Football 2010 – the world’s game is now on Android thanks to this 3D soccer/football game. Compete in various game modes with up to 245 teams in 8 leagues
Aside from Asphalt 5, I haven’t seen any of these games in the Android Market yet. Gameloft is selling them at http://www.gameloft.com/smartphone