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Renaissance Blood THD Hits The Google Play Store, Tegra 3 Powers This Fun Rail-Shooter

We have sung the praises of the Tegra 3 quad-core chipset, and one of the biggest strengths of it is the muscle that it can put into mobile games. The latest game to take advantage of all this processing power is Renaissance Blood THD that just hit the Play Store today. The story sets you in times long ago, just after Leonardo Da Vinci has passed away, and you are scouring the ancient worlds trying to find the blueprints to his final machine.

You’re decked out with a crossbow, with unlimited ammo, a hammer for smashing things and people and a gun (which is assumed Da Vinci made since guns weren’t exactly around at this time period.) Once you know your mission, there are no shortage of baddies and bosses to mow down.

But there still remains the problem of on-screen controls. The game is relieved of some of the angst because since it is on-rails, you don’t have to look around, the game does it for you. But even still, trying to aim under duress is still not a fun experience. The graphics are good, but don’t think that these are on-par with an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. At it’s best, the game looks like a PSP game, or an early 360 game if I’m being generous.

When you do get somewhat control of the shooting mechanics the game can get pretty intense but I found myself getting beat up repeatedly because my thumb was in the wrong place. ┬áThe game overall is pretty fun, its easy to drop in and kill some people and then be on your way. I would recommend the game to anyone looking for a good shooter on the tablet because it’s one of the best so far. But there is still lots of room for improvement. The game can be picked up for a pretty fair price of $3.99 in the Play Store.


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  • This makes me excited for the future of gaming. Why would anyone buy a Vita anymore?

  • El El Kool J

    Alot of these games freeze or just shut down and go back to the home screen on my transformer tab?

  • drparty

    Any way to make this work on the Gnexus? Chainfire?

  • anon

    I was planning on picking this up, but rails are for games at the arcade. I want to move freely. Speaking of which I was at the arcade last week and it is full of games that look like they were designed for a tablet or phone and just adapted. I guess we are getting some cross-over bleed type thing.

  • Knlegend1

    Rail?????? Count me out!!!

    • JoshGroff

      I like arcade shooters.

      There’s nothing wrong with just having to aim and shoot, like Dead Space on the Wii, Area 51 and other classic shooters, and that Resident Evil game for the Wii.

      • Knlegend1

        Yeah I hated those games. I was too disappointed in those games. I really wanted to like RE on Wii but I felt it was a waste of time. But…like you to each his own though. Oh and deadspace I didn’t even give it a chance because it was on rails.

        • JoshGroff

          The weird thing about Dead Space is only the Wii version is on rails, or so I was told, and they made 2 controllable. Not saying I don’t prefer free roam, I love RPGs for that, but I do like the occasional sit back and shoot game.

  • Erick

    meh, I’m going to hold off on excitement for the Tegra3 till I see it in action.

    For all the hoopla on the Tegra2, I found it to be underwhelming in practice. It’s implementation on my old Droid X2 made the phone, surprisingly, less fluid when accessing RAM.

    I’m sure they made improvements, but having been burned by NVidia’s engineering in the past a few times (shoddy video cards in laptop, questionable implementation in the Tegra2) I’m going to hold off till I see one in practice first…

  • Looks kinda cool, reminds me of the arcade games that pull you around like Time Crisis.

    • JoshGroff

      Exactly, and the graphics are reminiscent of older arcade shooters. If they make a Tegra 2 version before I decide to upgrade my Xoom, than I’ll certainly enjoy playing it.