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Episode 3 of Tales from the Borderlands could be the best one yet

Truth be told, after playing Episodes 1 and 2 of Telltale Games’ take on the Borderlands gaming franchise – an episodic mobile game called “Tales from the Borderlands” – I was pumped, because it was such a great game. I was also sad that Telltale Games did one over itself and would probably not be able to sustain the production of the next few episodes, especially as Episode 2 was really great. These are the times that I am glad to be wrong. Episode 3 is here, and it’s a trip… nay, it’s a journey.

Vainglory finally arrives for Android, the mobile MOBA game to have

Super Evil Megacorp – yes, that is a legit name for a game developer company if there ever was one – hit the jackpot when they released Vainglory for iOS in November last year. MOBA gaming is a very popular genre, but it is notoriously difficult to execute for mobile platforms. That said, Vainglory is one of the games that bucked that specific trend, and the devs have deemed it popular enough to be launched on Android.

Mojang is closing down card combat game Scrolls

The real blockbuster news was when Microsoft up and bought game developer Mojang – makers of Minecraft – for USD$2.5 billion. Apparently, Microsoft wanted to build on Mojang’s current moneymaker, which is the Minecraft game. But what of its other games, like the card battle game “Scrolls”? This game went through a highly successful beta and is a relative success story in itself, but Mojang is announcing that it will be shutting the game down by 2016.

Sony Xperia Z4 gets the teardown treatment

There are a lot of things you can say about how Sony did its marketing and sales of its newest flagship – the Sony Xperia Z4, or the Xperia Z3+, or the Xperia Z4v, or however you want to call it. There wasn’t a lot of departure design-wise from its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z3, but a proper teardown will probably show us what the differences are. Fortunately for us, the guys at witrigs.com had the resources to do that for everybody.

Speedy, efficient fingerprint scanner confirmed for the OnePlus 2

When OnePlus revealed that they were going to be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 on their upcoming flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 2 – they also committed to sort of unveiling the phone feature by feature and element by element. Apart from the processor – which is an “improved” version of the embattled Snapdragon 810, they say – they have also let out that the OnePlus 2 will have a USB Type C port. Now, we get another confirmation – OnePlus’s new phone will have a fingerprint scanner.

Stealth action game ‘The SilverBullet’ arrives on Android

There are very few stealth action games in the Google Play Store for mobile worthy of the name, but we think this new game called “The SilverBullet” – from the Korean indie production house Byulbran Studio – could fit the bill. Cool graphics and sophisticated gameplay are what the game offers to hardcore mobile gamers.

BRAWL is basically Bomberman, violently re-imagined

If you grew up in our generation, then you will understand what Bomberman is – that cute game with the animated bomb-laying guy out to finish a seemingly endless number maze levels against similarly cartoon-y villains. It was actually lots of fun. So take that, and then mix it with a horrible slasher movie like “Saw” or “Friday the 13th” and that’s basically what BRAWL is – a fun take on the old maze classic, but very much an adult game for the violence.

GFXBench shows ‘Sony E5663’ device specs, possible Xperia Z4 Compact

GFXBench is one of the best sources for specs of upcoming devices. You’re never really quite sure of which device it is – the manufacturer’s coded names makes sure of that – but you can take an educated guess. And because of the way the benchmark works, we’re given a pretty good picture of what the device is capable of – like this new device from Sony which just might be the Xperia Z4 Compact.

Hugo Barra: Xiaomi handsets will not be in the US anytime soon

China-based device manufacturers Xiaomi may still have aspirations of one day releasing a device for the US market, but that time is not anytime soon, according to Xiaomi Vice President and former Android product spokesperson Hugo Barra. While most of us are waiting for a specific timeframe on Xiaomi’s plans to go stateside, we might have to wait a bit more.

Google ending support for Android Developer Tools in Eclipse

It does look like Google is moving ever forward with Android, this time pointing app developers to its new Android Studio – released last year and has garnered the praise of a lot of developers who got on board. It was only a matter of time before older app development tools would have to be killed off, and that’s what’s happening to Android Developer Tools in Eclipse.
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