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Gameloft 9mm Android Review – running on HTC Desire S [HD video]

October 29, 2011

Happy Saturday people, today I’ve got a special review of Gameloft’s fantastic 9mm game. Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Gameloft have been hyping 9mm up for the last few months so when it was released I obviously just blindly paid £3 for it and downloaded it straight away.

Have I been burnt by my silliness? No, it seems not.

Let’s get this out the way with first – 9mm is as close to Grand Theft Auto as you’re going to get on an Android phone (until Rockstar actually release Grand Theft Auto for Android).

The game put you in the rather lovely leather suit of one John Kannon who is the leader of a special team of hardened cops. John and the gang don’t mind bending the rules when it comes to dealing out justice and it is just this which lands them in trouble.

After killing off the brother of a local gang lord and stealing millions of dollars of drug money; Kannon and his colleagues become the target of revenge.

When Kannon’s family start getting threatened it’s more than enough to convince Kannon he’s going to have to take down the leader of the gang who’s hunting them and put an end to the violence.

Sound: 8/10

The attention to detail in this game is some of the best I’ve seen in a mobile game. Whether you’re walking past a burning bin or hearing the sound of your enemy’s head being blown off Gameloft have really outdone themselves here.

The music in-game (although not something I’d personally listen to) really does help to add to the atmosphere of the game. Intense gun battles are backed up by fast paced tunes and when the panic is over the music fades out and goes to some of the more relaxing rap/hip-hop sounds.

Graphics: 10/10

The graphics in this game are….*cough*….the graphics are really….*cough*….sorry; the graphics in 9mm are the best I have seen on a mobile game. Huge 3D environments look as good as anything you’d have seen on a high-end console 3/4 years ago. The lighting effects cast shadows well and the sun will blind your vision if you happen to peer into it.

The main characters are all animated well with good detail to their bodies John Kannon and his crew all look the part and so do the main bad guys. Some of the less important characters however can look a bit more basic but that’s to be expected really. I was quite surprised Kannon’s wife was not better drawn but perhaps she’s just ugly.

Controls: 7/10

The controls do take quite a bit of getting used to. Moving with your left thumb and looking around with your right is natural but you have to keep swiping around with your right thumb to get your character to look where you want him to. For a beginner this may be difficult but after some trial and error you can find a system that works for you. The thing that helps you along the way is the slow-mo mode. Once in this mode you have time to aim at your targets with pinpoint accuracy and this really helps get you out of some sticky situations.

The weapon select/reload in the top-right although handy is also a bit annoying. When scrolling through your arsenal you cannot keep scrolling one way to get back to the start; this can leave you in a sticky situation every now and then but you’ll soon learn the hard way.

Gameplay 8/10:

The game plays very well. The story is fluid and navigating your way round the levels is easy. Having a Max Payne-esque slow-mo mode adds another dimension to your battles. Whether you’re diving sideways to shoot some guys through a doorway in the room next door or throwing yourself back to avoid an explosion these Matrix-style jumps are really something.

Another nice addition to the game is QTEs – Quick Time Events as seen in other games (namely Shenmue if you’re old enough). Think of them as interactive cut scenes – although you’re not directly moving your character you determine the outcome of the scene by performing actions that are prompted on-screen. You may have to jump over an on-coming car or duck under an oncoming punch but these keep you on your toes and keep you involved in the game.

9mm even has online multiplayer for you and your friends (or drug-dealing enemies) to compete on. There are currently two different game modes – Free For All and Cops  & Robbers. I found the multiplayer quite frustrating at first – namely because I’m crap – but you seem to be able to be killed in just a bullet or two which when you’re used to flying through the air with your leg practically blown off in the single player mode is a bit harsh.

One tip I can give you is to use your left thumb in the top left of the screen to aim your weapon and then your right thumb to shoot. Using your right thumb to do both just doesn’t give you enough time and I can bet your foes have already worked that one out.

OVERALL 86%

The story as previously mentioned is really good. Although a bit over the top it’s interesting and keeps you wanting to come back for some more Kannon action.

With ideas taken from Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto and Duke Nukem (namely Kannon’s voice acting) this puts 9mm in another league.

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Free Gameloft games!

October 14, 2011

Gameloft currently have a sale on each day where you can download one of their Android HR games for free!

Each game is only available for 2 hours however so you’d better be quick!

First up is Let’s Golf 2: Click here on your phone’s browser

Gameloft’s Valentine’s £1 Android app sale

February 11, 2011

Wow, try and say that quickly 5 times in a row!

Mre to the point, Gameloft have a sale on their Android apps up to and including the 14th February – ahh how romantic!

What better way is there to tell someone you love them than to buy an app for your own pleasure?

One caveat however is that the sale isn’t through the Android Market. Strange I know. You actually have to go through Gameloft’s mobile Android site ( http://bit.ly/g5oMvN ) to get the deals which is a bit of an annoyance.

The other odd thing is that there are games on their mobile site that aren’t in the Android Market. The full list includes:

Real Football 2011 HD
UNO HD
Tom Clancey’s Splinter Cell Conviction HD
Let’s Golf 2 HD
Asphalt 5 HD
Sherk Kart HD
GT Racing: Motor Academy HD
Fishing Kings HD
Tom Clancey’s H.A.W.X. HD
Let’s Golf HD

Each game costs just £1 and if you’re wondering whether you can re-download the game when you wipe your phone then the answer, according to the FAQs, is yes. You can re-download the games for up to 3 years but you have to do it through their site. I think 3 years is more than long enough – will we even be using our HTC Desires in 3 years time? Probably not, we’ll have our HTC Desire 4s by then 😉


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