- 12-31-2012, 11:56 AM #26
- 01-02-2013, 09:00 AM #28
- 01-02-2013, 09:18 AM #29
I've been playing Modern Combat 4 on my Nexus for a week or so using a MOGA controller. It's been amazing.
Along with the games, I'm hopeful that there will be a MOGA like controller accessory for WP8. Microsoft could even do it themselves given their foothold in console gaming.
It makes the whole experience much better.
- 01-02-2013, 09:36 AM #30
There will be a tipping point for apps on WP8, and Gameloft may well be it, but don't gloss over the largest issue that many, many people have with WP8. It doesn't serve any purpose at all.
- 01-02-2013, 09:48 AM #31
- 01-02-2013, 10:08 AM #32
- 01-02-2013, 10:12 AM #33
01-02-2013, 10:38 AM #36
- 371 Posts
Having come from Android, I'd say Windows Phone is in a better place than Android was about two years ago. But that isn't saying much as Microsoft now has to face two competitors with very robust marketplaces. Android is further helped by the fact that plenty of SDKs are available to facilitate the porting of games from iOS. I'm not banking much on Gameloft because although they've got decent production values, their games are far from being anything noteworthy. Some of the best games on iOS come from smaller developers.
There are some decent games on Windows Phone, but I'm always reminded about how stark the difference is when I fire up the iPad and visit the App Store. Every couple of weeks there's a deluge of new, legitimately good games. The quality for a lot of these games is incredible. Within every genre there are countless options.
It's an inevitability. Developers go where the userbase is strongest, where success is more of a sure thing. It's hard to commit to an unknown quantity. Windows Phone is just now gaining real traction, which means the games will start showing up later in the year. But the problem is that Microsoft should have pushed harder to bring more to the platform. I can't even find much news on what's coming. I mean, the news of new games from Gameloft go back to early 2012. Those games should have been available in time for the launch of WP8. And what about all the games that have been delisted because of incompatibility with WP8? We're a month and a half in and I think maybe 2 of the 25+ games have been patched and relisted.
The problem is that currently most of the top Windows Phone games come from EA and Gameloft. These are two developers notorious for half-assed ports and then providing atrocious post launch support. I'm not optimistic some of those delisted games will ever be patched. The hope is in the smaller, indie developers but I haven't seen an indication those guys are coming. So far, too many of the indie games on WP phone are crap.
There is good stuff out there, just not enough of it. Thankfully everything else about Windows Phone is good; it makes it easier to be patient. But if Microsoft wants to build it's userbase they're going to work a lot harder and leverage what they've got with the Xbox.
- 01-02-2013, 10:52 AM #37
This. I know Windows Phone 8 is only 2 months old, but they should've learned A LOT from Windows Phone 7.X, and it appears they haven't. All they've done is said "HEY....we've made porting from other platforms available now, and a lot of stuff open to make apps. Now you guys do all the work and we will sit back and watch the apps flood in"; you can't do that. They have to stand out to developers to get them interested in coming to this platform. With all the cash they have, they are not approaching the marketing (to both developers and customers) the right way. They should be offering huge cash prizes for getting apps to the store, as well as cash incentives to get people to trade in their current phone for a Windows Phone device. Tell me ONE person who wouldn't take, say, 25 bucks to trade in their current phone and try Windows Phone for 2 weeks, with the option available to go back to their old phone and keep the money if they didn't like the OS.
Microsoft is, IMHO, being very lazy and expecting the small (VERY SMALL) interest that was paid to Windows Phone 7.X to take off now that Windows Phone 8 "offers more" and push the platform. Add to the fact they are getting rid of the exclusive services/apps we DID have, and they just don't seem to have faith in this platform, and only see it as a 3rd option to just EXIST in the mobile world...
- 01-02-2013, 12:01 PM #40
- 01-02-2013, 12:23 PM #41
Microsoft should personally meet the CEOs of major apps like Instagram etc etc and coerce them into making apps. I know if it was Steve Jobs here he would have personally called up these big developers, held one on one meetings and discussed about getting the job done. I don't know what Ballmer is doing other being loud and obnoxious.
- 01-02-2013, 05:03 PM #42
- 01-02-2013, 10:52 PM #43
- 01-02-2013, 11:46 PM #44
They also said Windows Phone 8 was "now business ready", yet it still can't VPN in or even remote desktop natively...
Last edited by jrdatrackstar1223; 01-03-2013 at 12:03 AM.
01-03-2013, 09:36 AM #45
- 103 Posts
Skype is a mess...Xbox is a mess...no promised games from Gameloft, EA,etc, still waiting on Pandora & Spotify, no Instagram or snapchat....quite a laundry list of failure.
I truly enjoy the WP8 OS and realize devs take time, but the issues above were can't miss types for growth.
- 01-03-2013, 09:57 AM #46
I love the Windows Phone UI, and the whole OS in general, but this is ridiculous. Since the BEGINNING of Windows Phone 7.X, they've promised "this" and "that" and barely delivered. Things like User Suggestions get ignored, obviously, because things with high votes (like VPN) weren't delivered for WP8. Also, things like Nokia Drive being available for EVERYBODY was also a broken promise; how hard is it to put the stupid app on the marketplace for ALL Windows Phone 8 devices, and why would take that "months" after release when it was promised FOR release. It was shown off as a huge, bulletpoint highlight to get people excited for the platform. Now, instead of AT LEAST having the crappy DEFAULT Bing voice turn-by-turn (that was available in the "not compatible because of kernel changes" Windows Phone 7.X), people will now have NO voice turn-by-turn unless they get a Nokia device. Way to go BACKWARDS from Windows Phone 7.X Microsoft....way to go......
They constantly talk about making it "YOUR PHONE", yet they don't take the suggestions from people wanting to make it THEIR phone. Is it REALLY that hard to add the speech-to-text functionality to ALL text fields in the OS; is that REALLY a feature that requires months of effort, or would need serious consideration because "it takes so much time to implement"? Again, this was something that had a high count in the User Suggestions forms. Some of the stuff they miss is like "Really...? You guys wouldn't think to implement that in the OS....?". Again, I understand this OS is only 2 months old, but don't make promises and hype people up, make them wait for months AFTER announcements (when iOS and Android already have what they're promising), then release the product only to say "well, we couldn't get this done in time like we thought we would". When will they realize they have NO WIGGLE ROOM for that crap, and they DO NOT HAVE faithful followers, minus us on this board (the 3% of the entire smartphone population)...
Last edited by jrdatrackstar1223; 01-03-2013 at 10:07 AM.
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