Sep 29 AT 3:23 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

5 upcoming Android games I’m looking forward to playing on my quad-core tablet


Are you ready for the next wave of high-end Android games? Recent releases like N.O.V.A. 2 and 9mm have raised the bar on what we expect, but new hardware from NVIDIA, Samsung, and Qualcomm will finally be able to deliver those PS3 graphics we talked about years ago. We are expecting the first quad-core devices powered by NVIDIA’s Kal-El to be available in the coming months, so check out our top 5 Android games we are looking forward to this year. 

5. Gangstar Rio: City of Saints

City of Saints will be the third installment of Gameloft’s Gangstar series, which borrows heavily from Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row. If you like big persistent world titles with open-ended gameplay, then Gangstar Rio is one to watch for later this year.

4. Bladeslinger

Bladeslinger is a new mobile title currently in development by Luma Arcade. Games site IGN reveals that Bladeslinger is 3rd-person action brawler, set against a unique sci-fi Western setting. The game will feature both ranged and hand-to-hand combat systems, along with gesture based puzzles. The developer announced there will be a Tegra-optimized version in Q4 2011, so look for this game soon on Tegra Zone.

3. Max Payne

Max Payne first debuted for the PC back in 2001, but Rockstar games is refreshing the title for mobile devices to promote their new console title Max Payne 3 (see trailer above). We don’t know much about the title yet or how it will compare with the original, but look for Max Payne to come to Android later this year.

2. Shadowgun

Shadowgun has long been at the top of our most-wanted list since developer MadFinger games announced they would release a special version optimized for NVIDIA’s quad-core Kal-El. The title just launched for iOS devices yesterday and we expect an Android version for Tegra 2 devices to appear in the coming months.

1. Modern Combat 3

From the early days of Android, Gameloft has always been one of my favorite publishers. They have the most development teams working on Android games and their Modern Combat series has delivered some of the best combat action we have ever seen on a smartphone. Modern Combat 3 promises next-gen high quality visuals, large scale war on 13 new missions, 12-player multi-player, and immersive cinematics.

Feedback: Which upcoming Android game are you looking forward to the most? Were there any blockbuster titles that we left off our list? Chime in the comments below.

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  • inviolable

    I had no idea Max Payne was coming to mobile. Too bad it’s not the original.

  • Interpol91

    Taylor, your top five are definitely my top five. Great games and I can’t wait to see other great games be developed for Kal-El and other advanced processors!!

  • HackNet

    I would probably say Shadowgun. The graphics seem a little better than MC3

    • Jasonhunterx

      Max Payne is made by rockstar they are famous for great graphics

      • Nickson

        Actually Rockstar its known for its large open persistent worlds and there subpar graphics.

  • Jasonhunterx

    5 Upcoming Android games im looking foward to play on my single core phone

  • Dirge

    Modern Combat 3 reminds me of a mix of CoD and Battlefield.

  • Gone

    BTW Madfinger confirmed on their twitter that Shadowgun would be released in early October!! So we shouldn’t have to wait too long for it!!

  • Mark

    A tablet will NEVER be able to replicate the same feedback and satisfaction from playing on a PC or console. Why? Touch. It’s a horrible form of control that only works for simple games like Angry Birds or Plants vs Zombies. Tried to play Modern Combat and just couldn’t get into it.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Android 3.x supports wired and wireless controllers. You can use about any controller out there to play games as long as the developer supports it.

      • BlueScreenJunky

        Sure, but if you’re going to play with a keyboard and mouse, (which I doubt will be supported by these games, but we’ll see), you may as well play on PC.

    • manideep

      den plz stop talkn abt android coz u dun deserve it and tablet ha plz dun tlk u r fit fr al those big fat pc

  • teecruz

    Max Payne is going to be awesome. I Love Rockstar Games!
    Honestly, I’d take any developer over Gameloft right now.
    Gameloft’s been having a free ride.
    too bad, their trip is about to end thanks to their unnecessary fragmentation.

    If I were developer, I’d hit Android full on! :)
    like tonka/dinosaur/bull dozing truck!

  • Bob

    Besides these latest and greatest games, I look forward to playing my old time favorites that are unfortunately still PC-only. Things like Rome Total War and other Total War series. The alternatives I’ve seen so far did not convince me. Will there ever be a way to simply play my PC games on my tablet (a high-performance emulator perhaps)?

  • SherlockHomeboy

    This is truly the future. Can you imagine a future Google TV box running ICS that allows you to plug in a controller and play console comparable games? Keep at it Google!

  • AndreM_B

    5. Gran theft Auto
    4. Red Dead Redemption, on Crack.
    3. Max Payne.
    2. Mass Effect.
    1. Modern Warfare.

    • Eric

      I get all of them except for your number 2. Mass Effect??? Have you even picked up Mass Effect before? It’s more akin to Gears of War (bald space “marine” [read: bounty hunter] and all).
      To be fair, though, 5 is a given (the developers aren’t coy about their inspiration).
      And 4 is kind of a stretch (western = RDR?), but I’m willing to agree for the sake of argument.


    I can’t wait for them to come out! hope modern combat isn’t as slow as the 2 one

  • manideep

    Can any 1 plz say me how to play novd hd on my xperia mini st15i does it suport it