While in-app purchases turned into dopamine-powered cash registers and Candy Crush knock-offs have dominated the App Store gaming scene in recent years, there are occasionally exceptions that show what is possible on the iOS platform and potentially what could haven been the norm. GRID Autosport from Feral Interactive (actually from CodeMasters originally, but ported to iOS by Feral), which was released for the iPhone and iPad a few weeks ago, is one such a example.
Here’s some pretty cool iPad gaming news from today: Bioshock is coming to iOS this summer, and it looks quite good! I don’t like the idea of playing it using the touchscreen (yuck), but it’s games like Bioshock that could really drive Bluetooth controller sales and make the concept more mainstream. Imagine taking a little controller out of your bag, setting up your iPad and Smart Cover on the table in front of you, and loading up a title like Bioshock or Tomb Raider to play for a while.
I realize that, realistically, the games would probably be lower resolution or lower detailed versions of their console counterparts, but I think the iPad could be an incredible gaming device when paired with the right controller. I find that idea much more appealing than shelling out for a gaming-specific console, like the Sony PS Vita.
I would absolutely fork out a good $40 to pay for a decent Logitech or Razer gaming controller with two thumb sticks, triggers, and four face buttons. However, the reality on specialist sites like Afterpad seems to be that a decent controller costs at least $60. Frankly, I’m still happy enough to do my gaming on the PC and Retina MacBook Pro, but I’m intrigued by the idea of having an iPad be a competitor to the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.