Five Excellent 64-bit iOS Games
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Mobile gaming is a juggernaut, as we're all well aware, and it's only improving by the day. With the advent of the iPhone 5S's 64-bit processor, the devices have more power than ever, ensuring each new gaming release harnesses it in new and efficient ways. The future is now, and we're seeing some particularly excellent games that could never have been possible only a few years ago. We've got a rundown of ten games that make proper use of the 64-bit processor, with glorious graphics, gorgeous framerate, and gameplay that some devices haven't even dreamt of yet. Have you played any of these, and if so, which ones are your favorites?
Infinity Blade III
The third entry in the sprawling Infinity Blade III saga concludes the trilogy, ending the series with a bang. It is, without a doubt, the best-looking iOS 7 title to date, combining slick combat with touch-and-swipe duels that require the fastest of reflexes and an eye for battle. This time around you control one of two fighters, Siris and Isa, in two stand-alone campaigns that weave together in an intriguing narrative. It's the poster child for what the iPhone 5S can do, and if you're looking for a benchmark to see how your device stacks up, this is it, by far.
Real Racing 3
EA's flagship racing title careens to iOS devices with style and substance, on a freemium model that allows you to pay what you want to compete in races with 69 officially-licensed cars across licensed tracks. Completing the game will come at a high price, but once you've paid the entry fee you can see how beautiful the 64-bit processor can make these real-world cars. Maintain and service your own Audis and Porsches and care for your own ride while basking in their glossy paint, the sun shining on their hoods as you whiz by the competition, and take in the scenery as you race into the night. Real Racing 3 is an excellent showcase for what your tech can really do.
Deus Ex: The Fall
Deus Ex: The Fall is an iOS adventure that pushes the limits of what can be done on powerful handheld devices It's very much a spinoff, with much of the infrastructure of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but it also manages to stand on its own two feet as a stealth action game that can show off the capabilities of the iPad and iPhone as veritable gaming powerhouses. You won't be checking in with Adam Jensen this time around, however, as the game effectively serves as a sequel to James Swallow's Deus Ex: Icarus Effect novel. Ben Saxon, a member of a private military organization, is recruited to a special platoon known as the Tyrants. What seems like a promotion at first is soon revealed to be something much more sinister. This plot twist leads into a stunning journey through Costa Rica with Saxon and partner Anna Kelso as they try to keep themselves alive and out of hot water. The twist as far as graphical capabilities go? It looks every bit as good as a console title.
Call of Duty: Strike Team
Call of Duty: Strike Team is a brand new Call of Duty adventure set in the Black Ops II universe. It's a robust offering with plenty to sink your teeth into, refusing to fall victim to the typical pitfalls these types of games do. Strike Team follows a squad out to do battle with Cordis Die, another wacky terrorist organization looking to wreak havoc on the free world. When doesn't that happen in these games, right? But you won't be jumping on board for the story, anyway. You'll enjoy blazing through the single-player campaign, obviously optimized for mobile devices, almost as much as taking in the visuals.
Everyone could use another licensed racer in their life, and Asphalt 8 fits the bill nicely. Gameloft is known for their high-quality alternatives to more expensive games, and they've outdone themselves with Asphalt 8 and its selection of cars, tracks, and environments that look as though they've been peeled straight from real life and transplanted into your iPhone 5. Amaze your friends with silky-smooth physics and driving satisfaction that only the latest and greatest processor can deliver.