The very long awaited X2 Soccer 2010 is arguably the best soccergame on the iPhone. It has the best graphics, animations, AI and controls. Which beats FIFA 10 and RealSoccer 2010.
X2 Soccer 2010 has over 150 club teams to choose from in 10 different leagues, plus international teams from all over the world. This includes U.S. Major League Soccer, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German leagues and more. There are a vast amount of more teams than last years version to play with.
SEGA announced yesterday they’re working on Sonic 4 for the iPhone. However it’s release date it’s delayed until late 2010 SEGA wants to ensure that they deliver the best Sonic experience as possible.
This Sonic release sadly enough isn’t 3D, but a 2D platformer, just like the old Sonic. Don’t think it’ll be a lame remake. Sonic 4 will be released for Wii, DS, PSP, PS3, 360 and I must admit the graphics look pretty good.
“The additional time will allow the Development Team to focus on ensuring overall high-quality throughout the game by continuing to tune, balance, and maintain the kind of polish that an important title like this demands, and ultimately providing fans with an unrivalled classic Sonic feel.”
You can see the trailer here. We’ll keep you updated.
Real soccer fans, and most of all soccer gamers will remember the battle between EA’s FIFA and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer. Well, most game publisher giants have their soccer games featured on the iPhone except Konami.
Along X2 games, EA and Gameloft; Konami wants to show them off how a “real” soccer game should be.
On their blog they said:
And we quickly agreed that we should target the quality of the PSP versions. Firstly because we thought graphics on the PSP looked fabulous, secondly because of the iPhone’s processing speed and display capacities being potentially comparable to those of a “small” PSP
For those who want to see the power of the iPhone’s graphics capabilities, check out this video of X2′s upcoming X2Football 2010 game.
So yes I really can’t wait how it will look. I’m a proud fan of X2′s X2Football but I might give Konami’s masterpiece a try. They haven’t announced any release dates yet. I’ll keep you updated.
If you have been reading engadget.com or gizmodo.com at all this week you would have seen the numerous posts and leaked images about a new iPhone. Well today Gizmodo got their hands on the device for all the world to see. The story goes that the iPhone was found in a bar in Redwood City disguised as an iPhone 3GS, unfortunately for whom ever it was who lost it and is now fired from apple it was not a 3GS.
The most notable difference about the iPhone is that it no longer has the familiar curve of current generation apple products, but rather a flat back featuring what is probably a higher mega pixel camera and a flash. This leads me to think that this is going to be Apples new “style” and I would love to see what a MacBook with this design would look like. The silent toggle appears to be about the same and volume buttons have been redone to be round and separated. One of the more interesting new features is a front facing camera which will mostly be used for an iPhone “iChat” like client that was discovered last week. The SIM card slot has been moved to the right side, probally as a result of the new camera, and now is now the smaller microSIM that is also in the new iPad.
They top of the phone also has what appears to be a small hole located beside the headphone jack, this hole is believed to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation purposes. The bottom is pretty much the same as the current gen iPhone except it has the new metal strip. From what Gizmodo says the screen is apparently a much higher resolution (Lending credit to the rumored iPhone HD name), and that the device has a larger battery. The iPhone supposedly has iPhone OS 4.0 on it but this cannot be confirmed because Apple triggered a kill switch making it a useless monolithic device that wants to connect to itunes.
So what does this all mean? Well it looks like Apple is moving in a new design direction which may or may not carry over to the rest of its product line (what are the new iTouch’s going to look like?). The phone will have a new flash enabled camera (night pictures!) and a front facing camera for video chat. It will feature longer battery life and there will most likely be a 64GB version. As an iPhone 3G owner I cannot wait until June when Apple is expected to announce this.
Apple recently sent out a notice to several media outlets yesterday telling everyone and their mother that they’re holding a new event. What exactly’s in this event? iPhone OS 4.0. That’s what.
It’s no secret that iPhone OS 4.0 will bring major software enhancements to their landmark devices — the iPhone, the iPod touch, and of course, the recently released iPad. But what will it bring exactly? Only Apple can tell us.
Will we finally get the multitasking features other smartphones already have, will Apple incorporate their recent aqusition of online music streaming service LaLa? What about simply unlocking the FM radio already included in both the iPhone and iPod touch. (Perhaps even the iPad?) Time can only tell. Be looking out on popular blog sites such as Engadget come April 8th.
This week the Rogers GSM Monopoly was broken in Canada. Bell and Telus having been working over the past months to get their own GSM network up and running, why would they want to run both network types? Enter the iPhone 3G[s], the hot selling phone for which I haven’t seen an advertisement from Rogers on in a long time. It is selling so good that it doesn’t need advertising. Well needless to say myself and many other Canadians having been waiting to see the prices stack up; the results? Not so good.
Rogers, Bell and TELUS all have the new 3Gs (16GB and 32GB white/Black) and also the cheap 8GB Black 3G. Looking for the best buy on an on contract iPhone? Bell Has the 32GB at $299.95, 16GB at $199.95, and the 8GB at $99.95. Rogers and TELUS both have prices of 32GB at $299.99, 16GB at $199.99, and the 8GB at $99.99. Rogers also has some 16GB 3G iPhone’s kicking around for $149 if you really can’t afford to go 3Gs.
Off contract prices don’t really mean much seen as all three have the iPhone but in the interest of no terms. Rogers: 32GB 3Gs $780, 16GB 3Gs $680, 16GB 3G $730, 8GB 3G $580. TELUS: 32GB 3Gs $799, 16GB 3Gs $699, 8GB 3G $599. Bell doesn’t seem to be offering their iPhones off contract.
In summary, phone prices essentially don’t matter too much once we start looking at plans, but the best deal would be on Rogers. Why? As nice as the 3Gs is the 3G still is an amazing phone, $149 for a 16GB 3G is the slightly better $99 iPhone with 8GB more for $50. What do I recommend? 32GB 3Gs, once you start paying thousands for this phone on contract you might as well shell out a few extra hundreds and go with the big an new.
This is where the fun begins. I was hoping to see some better plans at a cheaper monthly rate, and if that wasn’t going to happen it would have seemed a smart bet on some two year contracts showing up. Unfortunately the wonderful Canadian telecoms have let us down once again. All three only offer the iPhone on the glorious 3 year contracts. This basically means that during your 3 year term there will be two new iPhones released (if we are to believe apple is going to keep releasing an iPhone every year). Once again we are screwed over unless we want to pay off contract prices for the new hardware.
Let’s get to comparisons, the general idea for a plan that I was look at was around 400 minutes, 2GB of data, Nationwide five favorite numbers, if possible an unlimited texting plan on top, and visual voicemail.
To Sum up the monthly bill…
This might be better titles as who loses? You, with no two year contracts in sight and voice/data combos not getting cheaper it’s pretty much up in the air. The best 3 year contract goes to TELUS. With a 2GB data plan combined with one of three voice plans, one of which you can drop the texting add-on if you don’t want video/picture messaging.
It’s funny how the older stuff gets it gets worse. Over a year ago when I picked up my iPhone I got a $35 Canada wide ‘My5’ plan, a 6GB/ month data plan and a $15 Visual voicemail + 250 text add-on. What gives telecoms? Honestly the price of data is going to kill you when you look at getting any modern day smart phone. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CASH, unfortunately as awesome and as main stream as the iPhone is these days it still is a bit of a rich man’s toy. What I hope to see in the future from at least one of the three is a nice two year contract. A great voice plan, say maybe 200 local and 200 long distance minutes? Maybe we throw at least a 4GB plan on top of that, throw in a little visual voice mail and some unlimited picture/video messaging. Then give it to me at around $75/month. I guess we can only hope.
Eliminate is actually very easy on the eyes, from the very beginning it shows a nice loading image will the music starts and it connects to Plus+ and all.
Then we get to the main menu, from here, you have a nice UI that you can easily figure out what to do, but still a few things can confuse you at first. The main things I’m talking about are the WTF button, that is actually there to help you figure out what to do, and what the energy is for. We’ll get to that later though.
Overall, I think the audio is pretty good, I really find the in-game music good and quality unlike some other games (ROCK BAND), The only part I don’t like is the Menus have a horribly annoying background music.
Gameplay & Controls
The gameplay is great, you can versus your friends only in a private match, practice against bots, or even play against people from all over the world.
The concept behind the gameplay is that you are a employee working for Aresenal Megacorp testing there different machines and weapons, the better you do, the higher you rank and the more you can use.
Also, there is another thing that ties into the gameplay, Energy. Energy pretty much is the most important part on leveling, to earn credits, you have to have energy. You can still play, and rack up wins and kills, but you will not receive the credits you collect.
The controls are the same as any other shooter on the iPhone OS. They have a virtual joystick and such, but it is really insensitive unless you turn the sensitivity all the way up. It takes a while to get used to, but you get the hang of it.
Eliminate has unlimited replay value, you can always pick up your iDevice, launch Eliminate and expect something new, every game is a challenge.
It’s free, yes, you can pay for energy, but its not required, it automatically refreshes the energy. But this so far is one of the best iPhone games. NGMOCO has also said they have tons of updates they are already working on, like options for CTF(Capture the Flag) and TDM(Team Death Match), so even if this seems like a game that might even not be too interesting, pick it up and try it out.
This app is very fun/useful. It is most likely worth buying, and has an abundance of good features. There may be few minor setbacks, but the overall good features outweigh them.
Kudos to Jesse for pointing this out, however I thought I’d go into more detail on the subject.
A popular Apple rumor site, 9to5 Mac, is reporting that Apple is on the brisk of releasing an FM radio application for the current models of the iPod touch / iPhone, the networking chip inside the current models of these iDevices is already capable of receiving FM signals (and the newest ones even sending them) however, a software block prevents usage of the hardware and it’s use is limited to communicating with the Nike+ addon, similar to the software block on Bluetooth in the second generation iPod touch.
If you remember correctly, the newest additions in the iPod nano are FM radio and of course the video camera. Now, if Apple’s already using FM radio on the iPod nano, what’s holding back the iPod touch and iPhone? According the 9to5Mac, Apple’s simply extending the tagging feature on mobile iTunes, where you’d be able to tag a song you liked on the radio and instantly purchase it, like the iPod nano’s tagging feature, except more advanced with the iPhone OS’s features. And hopefully we’ll even get to see the Live Pause feature if a iPhone radio app is released.
Even more interestingly, the chip inside the iPhone 3G S and 3rd generation iPod touch allow FM signals to be transmitted also. If Apple plays it’s cards right, we’d no longer have to deal with those Belkin attachments to listen to our iPods wirelessly. With the addition of an FM Radio application with the advanced features that are possible with the iPhone OS, this will eliminate the only advantage the Zune HD has over the iPod touch / iPhone, it’s own radio.
Before I end my post, I’d like to leave you guys with another bit of information, Apple also hasn’t enabled the 802.11N +5GHZ wireless networking(which we also hope to see updated shortly) in its latest iPhone and iPods.
Attention all losers who updated to 3.1.2 – you’re not completely lost just yet. GeoHot (yes, the guy who seems competely obsessed with himself, even to the point where he puts his face as the bootrom image when jailbreaking your iDevice) has released blackra1n a few days ago.
What is this “blackra1n” you might ask? It’s a software unlock for the iPod touch and iPhone. iPod touch 3G owners, this is a semi-tethered jailbreak for you guys, so you have to connect it to a PC and run this each time you want to turn your iPod on.) iPhone users, take heed! This isn’t a baseband unlock, it’s software based. More questions are shot this way asking “What’s baseband, exactly?” Consider it an extension on your iPhone, it’s the part that handles the networking aspects of the iPhone. Kinda like a modem, video card, or any other extension that you might need on your computer. It’s a separate piece of hardware living in the iPhone, who’s firmware differs from the iPhone OS’s firmware.
“Why do I give a damn?” Because if you’ve already upgraded via iTunes to 3.1+, your baseband also got upgraded, and as of now, there’s no way to perform a carrier unlock. So if you were dependent on a carrier unlock to use your phone, and for some reason upgraded, you’re screwed, and you deserve to be.
For those who actually use the carrier your iPhone was intended to be used by (AT&T over here in the states), this doesn’t really matter now does it? So let’s continue on to how to use this unlock.
If you remember a while back, this same GeoHot guy also released purplera1n, an unlock for the iPhone 3G S, when the iPhone Dev-Team was still working on one to upgrade their redsn0w program with. It all came as a surprise really, but man were us hackers pumped… My new iPhone 3G S could now have the joy and open-ness of a jailbroken iPhone, and that’s where it’s at right now, 3.0, jailbroken, with a carrier patch to get MMS. Customized just the way I like it, mobilesubstrate extensions, all my custom apps, and my lovely springboard theme.
Okay, now let’s get down to business… remember, if you’re not on a Apple approved carrier, then blackra1n won’t be able to activate your iPhone. iPod touch users, go ahead with no worries, you don’t even have a baseband that you need to worry about. For a summary of the whole “baseband” thing, here’s a quote from iClarified.
“WARNING: Even though the GeoHot jailbreak supports 3.1.2 do not update if you are on iPhone OS 3.0.1 or 3.0. You will lose your unlock. Use PwnageTool to safely update to 3.1 without performing a baseband update. If you really must have 3.1.2 then wait for the next version of PwnageTool. If you have already updated to 3.1 or 3.1.2 without using PwnageTool then you’ve lost the ability to unlock for the time being. You can now use BlackRa1n to at least regain your jailbreak :)”
So let’s get on to that jailbreak, finally. Download blackra1n from blackra1n.com. Click on the Windows logo at the bottom to download the .exe. Once you’re done with the download, open the program.
It’s now safe to connect your iPhone / iPod touch, gather some dignity and click the giant “make it ra1n” button. If you can’t seem to find it, go jump off a cliff.
Click it, and BAM, there’s the conceited bastard himself, right on your iDevice. Okay, once your iDevice boots to the home screen, there’s a nifty new app called “blackra1n” somewhere on there. Open it, you now have a choice between Cydia, Rock, and Icy. Icy and Cydia are two of the the apps I’m used to, I’ve never used Rock, so if I were you, I’d go with the original and more popular choice, Cydia. You can install all if you’d like though. With your cellular or WiFi network, blackra1n will begin to download and install the application(s) you chose.
Once this is done, you’ll have Cydia (or some other installer) located on your homescreen. You can now use this program to install further hacks and enhancements. Congratulations, you’re on a jailbroken iPhone / iPod touch. Enjoy, and try to resist downloading iSteamy.
If you have any problems, @reply / DM me on Twitter, @AdeptHavok. I’ll help ya. Pinkie promise.
UPDATE: A Mac version of this exploit is now avaliable on the blackra1n website.
Hey guys the Site/Blog might look a little strange if your viewing it from your mobile device over the next few days. I am in the process of adding a mobile theme and revising the mobile forum theme.
Also as an additional notice the forum was down for many hours on Tuesday due to a corrupted table, and I know I was personally unable to repair it for many hours due to classes. If this happens again I would hope someone could have an email sent to any/all of the administrators so one of us can fix the site or notify the others. We don’t want to be deprived of the forum for as long as we were on Tuesday!
Ok so some members were somehow seeing the mobile blog theme on there PCs and it wouldn’t let them switch. The blog theme has been disabled for the time being until I can figure out what was causing the problem. I personally could not get this to happen so if you encountered this problem could you please comment your OS and Browser specs so I can try to duplicate the problem.