Available On: Android, iOS
This is one of the best games on the Android platform. If you didn’t think Gameloft was a good developer, it might be time to rethink that opinion. Wild Blood is one of Gameloft’s new games using the Unreal Engine, which provides some outstandingly beautiful graphics on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor devices. Now, a lot of these huge Android games are heading towards the $6.99 price range, and this is one of those games, but it does offer loads of content that does justify the price, in my opinion. The graphics alone in Wild Blood might even be worth the $6.99, but that really depends what you are looking for out of a game. Some might prefer gameplay over graphics and others might prefer graphics over gameplay and etc.
Wild Blood’s art style reminds me of World of Warcraft, while at the same time has some elements of the original Guild Wars in it. This may have not been their intention, but they really did a dang great job at capturing it.This isn’t bad by any means, but it does make the graphics look really nice, and if you’ve ever played World of Warcraft before, perhaps you could call it nostalgic as well.
I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about Action RPG’s being optimized for touch controls. It really ruins the immersion of the story behind the game, and I personally, like seeing the enemy and environment in front of me, as opposed to my hand swiftly trying to slice the enemy on the screen. That said, I didn’t really enjoy this game solely because of that. I think I would enjoy it a whole lot more if I went out and got a Bluetooth controller. The touch controls for this type of game is just not good. It’s not only Gameloft’s problem though, it’s just how the genre works in general.
What is cool about Wild Blood is that it takes on a historical background and then adapts it to their fantasy world they have created. It’s actually pretty awesome, and while it isn’t historically accurate, it does offer some really strong story elements thus providing an extremely fun Action RPG. I personally can’t get past how beautiful the graphics are. To be honest, it’s something that you probably haven’t seen on the Android platform, and if more companies start heading towards Android and iOS development specifically, this could just pave the way to encourage others to start heading towards more realism in their graphics.
For $6.99, this game offers loads of content, a whole lot more than what you would find in The Dark Knight Rises, or really any of Gameloft’s past games. If you have the money and time, I would highly suggest giving Wild Blood a look. You will not regret your purchase at all (unless of course, you don’t like the controls as I had mentioned a bit earlier in this review).
I can only imagine what this game would look like on an iPad with a Retina display.