Mass Effect Infiltrator: Doing The Franchise Proud
EA and Iron Monkey hope to bring the thrilling console experience to smart phones.
The New York Giants are Super Bowl champions, Chronicle won last weekend's box office...
...and FINALLY, Mass Effect...has come back...to iOS.
Franchise publisher, Electronic Arts, first brought the series to iPhone in 2009 with Mass Effect Galaxy, a top down and story driven adventure that failed to capture the intensity of the console experience.
That'll hopefully change with Mass Effect Infiltrator, an over the shoulder third person shooter that not only looks incredible running on the iPad, but also plays similar to its big brother, Mass Effect 3, both titles speeding to consumers March 6.
Think of this game as a companion of sorts to the big budget Xbox 360, PS3 and PC title, as players rescue prisoners from a well-guarded Cerberus base and snag valuable rewards transferred to ME3's Galaxy at War system, thanks in part to what EA calls a Galactic Readiness rating, influencing Commander Shepard's battle against the Reapers while unlocking weapons along the way.
From what we can tell, the app stars a new character to the Mass Effect universe named Randall Ezno, who takes down enemies using four weapons, an assault rifle, sniper rifle, heavy laser and shotgun. To swap these deadly toys, gamers press and hold an icon located on the top right of the screen, wait for the inventory to appear and then slide to the desired gun.
In fact, the same can also be said of Randall's abilities, which sit on the top left. Although we didn't have the chance to try them all, Cloak (makes the hero temporarily invisible) proved valuable during firefights.
Speaking of which, the game sort of plays like most third person titles on the App Store, with players maneuvering Randall with a virtual analog stick and manipulating the camera on the right side of the screen.
Shooting, however, occurs automatically. All you need to do is tap an enemy, wait for Randall to pop out from behind cover and maneuver a targeting reticule over the desired soldier.
As for taking cover, you can tap an object to stick to it, then swipe upwards to vault.
Perform well, and you'll earn in-game currency to purchase upgrades, as well as a maximum of three stars a piece for Style, Time and Health.
Personally, we found Infiltrator to be an enjoyable run and gun action romp that is without question one of the more eye popping games on the App Store, with large hulking mechs, superb weapon, character and environment detail; the first board features a fortress stretching to the heavens.
That said, there's still a ways to go in regards to polish. The game suffered from kinks that restricted us from moving and firing the selected weapon, forcing us to reboot.
On the positive side, developer Iron Monkey still has a few weeks to stamp out the bugs and make Mass Effect: Infiltrator one of the premier games on the App Store. Expect a review shortly following its release.