Nov 19 AT 2:32 PM Andrew Huff 44 Comments

A closer look at the upcoming wave of Tegra 3 games

Bladeslinger

With the recent official announcement of the quad-core Tegra 3 chipset making its way to Android devices soon, there were also a ton of games mentioned in the press release that a lot of people probably aren’t familiar with. Right now there are over 15+ Tegra 3 games under development and 40+ Tegra Zone games will be available by end of 2011.

With the Asus Transformer Prime not too far off from being released, here is a compilation of most of the games that will be available for Tegra 3 devices. Some of these you already know about such as Sprinkle, Shadowgun and Bladesligner, while others you may not have even heard of before such as DaVinci THD.

Bladeslinger, Shadowgun, Riptide GP

Two titles already available for Tegra 2 Android devices as well as other non-Tegra based devices are Shadowgun and Riptide GP. For those of you who have missed the plethora of articles out there when these games were released, Shadowgun is a third-person shooter that features some pretty impressive console-quality graphics and gameplay. A Tegra 3 optimized version is already in the works.

Riptide GP, on the other hand, is a water racing game where you jump on your jet ski and start racing against computer AI opponents. Graphically and game play wise, this is probably one of the best racing games currently available for Android. Vector Unit is currently working on a Tegra 3 version of Riptide GP which will feature improved graphics and physics including a neat little feature where the water will actually ‘splash’ onto your screen.

Bladeslinger is a hack n’ slash game coming from Luma Arcade that will be making it’s way to Tegra 3 Android devices soon. While this is an action hack n’ slash game, it also features a unique battle system that is based around cards, similar to that of Magic the Gathering but as a much faster pace.

Soulcraft THD

Shown off as a tech demo during CES 2011 at the Nvidia press event, Soulcraft from Mobile Bits is an action-RPG title that will finally be landing on Tegra 3 devices soon. There still isn’t a whole lot of information to go on in regards to Soulcraft THD but it is a great looking title even back when it was being used to show off the dual-core Tegra 2 chip.

Combat Arms: Zombies

Nexon is making a bit more of a push into the Android gaming scene with an upcoming title developed using Unreal Engine 3 called Combat Arms: Zombies. This title is based off their MMOFPS game of a similar name, Combat Arms, but brings in the zombies with it. This will also be an FPS game similar in style to the Call of Duty Zombie mod.

Lost Planet 2

Capcom has been testing out Lost Planet 2 on quad-core Android tablets since Computex 2011 and it seems they are still working on bringing this title to Tegra 3 devices. This is a third-person shooter that takes place on a planet called Eden II and features some pretty impressive visual and game play mechanics which include using vehicles and mechs during combat. Capcom has yet to officially confirm this for Android but you can check out the tech demo of it running on a prototype Tegra 3 tablet from Computex 2011 in the video below at about half way through.

Zombie Driver THD

For those of you who are fans of all things related to zombies, there is another game coming to Tegra 3 devices soon called Zombie Driver THD. Unlike most zombie games where you run around shooting zombies in the face, vehicles will be your weapon of choice in this game. You’ll be able to outfit your vehicles with weapons or just simply mow down a large group of zombies with the vehicle itself by drifting across all their blood. It isn’t just about zombie killing though as you’ll need to rescue survivors as well who are trapped in buildings.

Hamilton’s Great Adventure

Moving away from the shooting and racing games for a moment, Hamilton’s Great Adventure is a co-op puzzle game for one or two players (on the same device) where you are a treasure hunter going by the name of Ernest Hamilton. To solve each stage you will have to use both Mr. Hamilton and his bird, Sasha, to solve the puzzles in each stage, collect the keys and loot before moving onto the next. For those of you who can’t wait to try this game out, you can also grab a copy off Steam.

DaVinci THD

Probably one of the more exciting titles to look forward to when it comes to Tegra 3 games is an MMOFPS called DaVinci THD. The PC version of this game just went into a closed beta and the developers, Bridea Corp., are currently making a version of this fantasy themed MMOFPS for Android as well. Unlike a lot of MMOFPS games that are strictly about PvP in some form or another, DaVinci features both PvP and PvE (Player versus Environment) content for people to blast their way through.

Siegecraft THD

Currently slated for release on Android Tegra 2 devices this month, Siegecraft THD will be getting an enhanced version for Tegra 3 devices as well which will feature high detailed graphics and, like most Tegra 3 games, higher FPS for smoother game play.Siegecraft THD is all about waging siege warfare but instead of being a king of some land and battling out with other nations, you are actually a mercenary for hire who happens to have their own siege army. The three races in the game will be hiring you to go after their enemy’s castles.

Zen Pinball THD

Zen Studios’ upcoming pinball arcade platform called Zen Pinball THD will be landing on both Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 devices soon. The free table that comes with this game, called the Sorcerer’s Lair, has been the one seen on plenty of videos from past events this year where a Tegra 3 prototype tablet has been on display. The tables for Zen Pinball THD will all come with different themes like the Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and the Sorcerer’s Lair for example. All of the tables are fully animated even right down to the smallest details. The Tegra 2 version is slated for release this December 2011.

Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto III

Rockstar Games has a set of titles coming our way soon for Tegra devices in the form of Grand Theft Auto III and Max Payne. Rockstar Games is giving Max Payne a bit of a face lift by improving the graphics to sport a bit more detail with a revamped user interface and will be landing on Tegra 2 devices soon.

Grand Theft Auto III will keep true to it’s console counter-part and will come with all the content the console version had including the ability to pick up hookers and then rob them to get your money back. Rockstar says the Tegra 3 version will have improved visuals with newly created textures, more complex characters with higher polygon count and higher resolution assets from the game’s PC release. This should make the purists out there rather happy. No exact release date has been announce for either title.

The best is yet to come…

This certainly isn’t all the Tegra games coming to Android, but it’s starting to impress.  Other titles slated for arrival soon include Big Top THD by Pitbull Studios, Sprinkle from Medicore, and Jett Tailfin Racers THD from Hoplite Research. IniS also appears to be bringing their once tech demo of Euphoria as a full game as well. Best of all, for those of you who plan to get a Tegra 3 device, all the Tegra 2 games should run on your new quad-core device and will see performance increases as well.

Which upcoming Tegra game are you most looking forward to?

Andrew Huff is a passionate fan of mobile games and runs the site DroidGamers.com

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