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Tim Cook irked a lot of hardcore gamers when he proclaimed iPad owners considered their tablet to be their favourite gaming device.CNET’s Jeff Bakalar rightly chastised Apple’s marketing spin:
…it downplays your intelligence as a consumer, leading you to believe that a new iPad is capable of delivering an experience that trumps that of a home console.
Bakalar said the iPad is “just a portable tablet to play casual games” like Angry Birds or Draw Something.
He’s not alone. A lot of hardcore gamers scoff at the notion that the iPad, or any tablet device, could one day replace consoles like the Xbox or the Playstation.
What is becoming clear though, is that it’s time to stop suggesting that the iPad is only for playing casual games. It’s not. A lot of the games built for iOS devices offer gameplay experiences that are just as good as the ones on our home console, and they do it for a lot cheaper too.
Gaming consoles like the Xbox are not dead but, they do have some friendly competition from mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.
Need proof? We picked out a bunch of iPad games for hardcore gamers.
In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard 'a global terrorist organisation threatens the world balance. Only one team can prevent this: The Rainbow Unit! '
The game is a well-done first person shooter game for your tablet.
Chaos Rings II is very well done and fans of titles like Final Fantasy will appreciate this game.
The storyline for this game is moulded by your choices as you try to save the world, and the one you love.
The Arkham Universe has made its way to the iPad and fans of Batman titles won't be disappointed.
In Batman Arkham City Lockdown it's up to you to capture the inmates who have escaped while also trying to defeat an army of henchman.
The OnLive cloud gaming service is going to get better at delivering great gaming experiences on mobile devices.
OnLive is a cloud gaming service that delivers your favourite console games like Saints Row and Assassins Creed from the cloud to your PC, Mac, TV, and mobile devices.
An app and a controller that can be purchased with the service give you a more traditional console feel and as the service gets better, so will the gaming experience on your iPad.
Check out a review of OnLive here.
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