Gaming Roundup: Republique Represents True Advancement In Mobile Gaming

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Developer Camouflaj’s episodic mobile game, Republique, is receiving rave reviews from every corner, and is garnering significant buzz as a worthy candidate to be considered the best mobile game ever, to date. The game, a stealth survivor horror effort set within a violently oppressive surveillance state, follows the attempt of one woman to break free of the constraints of her totalitarian environment.

Republique stars Rena Strober as the escaping girl, Hope, and Jennifer Hale, best known for her fantastic take on FemShep in the Mass Effect series, as Hope’s mentor. The game casts the player into the role of a hacker attempting to help Hope break free of a facility named Metamorphosis, into which she was born and raised. In a uniquely meta and timely take on surveillance, your phone or tablet acts as a window into Hope’s world, and gameplay consists of the player assuming control of computers, cameras, and alarm systems to help guide Hope’s escape and to monitor her progress. Accordingly, Republique utilizes a highly refined and intuitive stealth-based touch gameplay system that integrates so seamlessly into the game that you forget you’re playing on a mobile device—high praise, indeed.

Republique is available now on iOS devices everywhere.

In other gaming news this week, AC IV’s first DLC, Freedom Cry, takes some bold steps, Firefly Online gets a launch date, and Fallout 4 may be further away than imagined. Read on!

  • Diablo III’s first expansion, Reaper of Souls, now has a release date. Take on Death itself on March 25, 2014.
  • Fallout 4 may be coming, but if Bethesda’s holiday card is any indication, it won’t be next year.
  • Will you be able to solo your way through Bungie’s upcoming MMO shooter, Destiny? Sort of, says developer Jason Jones.
  • A lucky wave of 300 Steam Machine beta users got their hands on the device recently, and the dissections have begun! Nothing revolutionary in terms of hardware, mind you, but the differentiation will lie in the peripherals and the OS.
  • Developer Wizet’s wildly popular free-to-play MMORPG MapleStory is getting a sequel, and it’s looking mighty pretty so far.

  • Firefly Online hits the mobile scene (as well as Macs and PCs) in Summer 2014. Expect a small-scale social RPG that with any luck might lead to something more robust down the road.
  • Assassin’s Creed IV’s first DLC, Freedom Cry, walks a fine line in dealing with the ugly history of slavery of the slave trade across the Caribbean, but apparently does an admirable job of reconciling history and fiction in a game setting.
  • Enjoy your holidays, Dear Reader! We’ll see you in the New Year.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

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