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Gamescom 2016 - A closer look at MADfinger's Shadowgun Legends

Legend, indeed.

Gamescom 2016 - A closer look at MADfinger's Shadowgun Legends
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Most people don't quite see what AAA on mobile could, or rather should, be. Shadowgun Legends by MADfinger Games however knocks it out of the park and sets the bar very high.

Coming to mobile and NVIDIA SHIELD, Shadowgun is a Destiny-esque first person shooter that combines all of the best bits from MADfinger's previous games. You play as an idolised figure who, despite living with fame like a Hollywood superstar, just wants to kill a hostile alien race.

If you ignore the game's striking visuals for a second, one of the most impressive features is its crafting. Your armour and your guns can be broken apart and re-assembled in a ton of different ways (that's roughly hundreds of gun combinations and thousands of armour combinations).

With the game's MMO stature there's your Main story mode and your Raid Missions (which host between two and ten players). The gameplay seems pretty straight forward but according to Shadowgun Legends' developer, the bosses of the game are extremely difficult to beat, requiring tactical efforts as opposed to brute force and big guns.

Another thing I love about it is that though it has the classic RPG elements, it doesn't build up walls you can't cross when choosing your skills. The only rule is that you can't unlock all of them, so you've got to choose your passive and active skills wisely. Other than that, you can set yourself up to be a total mongrel if you want to.

Okay, back to the visuals for just a second and let me just nerd out a little on how gorgeous this game is. Running at 60 FPS on NVIDIA SHIELD and around 50 FPS on tablet, the textures, real-time reflections, and shadows are absolutely ace – quite easily on par with some of the PC and console AAA games that hit the market this year.

I could waffle all day about Shadowgun Legends and how passionate their dev team is, but I'll be good. You can expect the game around the first quarter of 2017 for NVIDIA SHIELD, iOS, and Android, and amazingly it'll be free to play with IAPs.

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