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  • Feral_Argus_X - March 19, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    The one other one I've tried is the P vs Z: Garden Warfare one. It lets a 2nd player view the overmap and provide assistance to their team. Not much fun on its own, but great for non-gamers who want to participate without learning all the shooter mechanics.
  • Feral_Argus_X - March 19, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    I'd like to expand on DR3 a little more. That's the best app I've seen yet, and provided my 1st (of only a few) "wow" moments for this new generation. Getting "called" by a game character who gives you new missions/weapons/plot? And the game seamlessly updates right after that? That's awesome, and hooked me that much deeper. Not to mention full access to your map and other in-game menu options. If more devs utilize the tech this way, I'm in.
  • CitizenWolfie - March 19, 2014 6:01 a.m.

    In fairness the CoD one sounds good. Just a shame I don't play the games anymore
  • CitizenWolfie - March 19, 2014 5:58 a.m.

    I've had a few of these and all have been a bust for me. The Black Flag app won't even sync to my game so it's worse than useless. Smart glass was fine but pointless - I've already got my controller in hand, why drop it to pick up my phone, set up the remote connection and then use it for the same thing as the controller I just put down? And don't even get me started on GTA's iFruit... You know what would suit a companion app? Fallout. Turn my phone into a pip-boy that I can tinker with during actual play (and at work) and I'll happily oblige. Or Bioshock - find an audiolog and it'll stream to your phone instead of on screen.
  • pl4y4h - March 18, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    I find all these and any future ones useless.
  • homestar99 - March 18, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    Second screen gaming is a gimmick. Some apps might be good but at the end of the day it is just another diminishing fad.
  • rainn'sgaydar - March 18, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    I thought the best part of the Mass Effect app was that it dismissed the need to play multiplayer for the good ending. Then I played the multiplayer and realized the worst part of the app was it kept me from the playing the multiplayer. Have to agree about the AC IV app too. Very useful.
  • TurkeyOnRye - March 18, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    I remember in high school reading about scenarios like this before the PS2 was released. They had this great idea in EGM of an online game calling your beeper (yeah, this story ages me) and then you could call the number and get a run down and time of an upcoming online mission. Obviously the idea that our phones would be advanced as they are wasn't even considered in the article, but I love the idea of our games breaking through the screen and inhabit other facets of our lives. Unfortunately, none of the apps above take that leap, but they're still kinda handy... extra maps and stats and all of that.

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