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The Nvidia SHIELD Android PC is one fancy piece of kit. By playing both Android and PC games, it's bringing PC gaming into a new world - that of your living room's massive TV - and Nvidia know that performance needs to be flawless. That's why Nvidia has spent time enhancing a selection of the PC's biggest and best games to ensure they work at their best on SHIELD. What are these games? Let us be your guide through the ten PC games that are going to play amazing on Nvidia SHIELD.
Almost as astounding as the fact that this landmark title can now be played on a tablet is how well it has aged. Over a decade since its original release, it remains a bona fide classic and a shining light of the first person shooter genre. Grab it for under a tenner.
Despite loosely emanating from the same universe as Half-Life, this stylishly cerebral affair dispatches with blood, violence and horror and replaces them with mind-bending puzzles of increasing complexity. Expect death-defying leaps of logic, lateral thinking, emotionless robotic commentary and head-scratching puzzlement. Also features cake. Or does it?
Once the benchmark by which modern PCs were gauged, this graphically intensive sandbox shooter’s appearance on SHIELD is testament to the power of the tablet. Again featuring the flexible nanosuit, it enables you to adapt to a variety of environments, including an urban rainforest in New York.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
A spin-off from the core series, the grammatically abhorrent Revengeance is set four years after Metal Gear Solid 4. Starring a katana-wielding cyborg called Raiden, traditional stealth elements are overlooked in favour of a more hack and slash approach. Out goes hiding in a cardboard box, in comes violent dismemberment.
The original Borderlands was a quirky first person RPG set in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Set five years later, this critically-acclaimed sequel doesn’t stray far from the template and is again a hugely compelling affair where completing just one more quest can lead to late nights, sometimes turning into early mornings...
Doom 3: BFG Edition
While it may not have had the genre-defining impact of the original, Doom 3 was still a solid continuation of the series with a nod towards survival horror. The BFG (look it up) Edition boasts enhanced graphics and sound as well as a host of welcome extras.
Something of a poster boy for the brave new world of indie games, the heavily stylised Limbo is a 2D side-scrolling platform game with puzzle elements. While it may not test the tablet’s graphical boundaries, the bleak monochrome visuals and ambient sounds may convince onlookers that it’s art.
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
Appearing in the slender category of genuinely good Star Wars games, many consider this to be the zenith of the franchise’s interactive output. Developed by genre specialist Bioware, it’s a traditional roleplaying game in which at some point you will inevitably have to choose between the light and dark side of the Force. Which will you wield?
The Talos Principle
Philosophical first person puzzle games may be a genre of one, but even more remarkable is the fact that it was developed by the Croatian outfit behind the preposterously over-the-top shooter, Serious Sam. Something of a change of pace, you awake in a baffling world of ancient ruins and modern technology.
World War II keeps on giving, and this Massively Multiplayer Online affair takes to the skies with some 350 different aircraft as well as a slew of ground vehicles. As with all titles, NVIDIA is porting the game so should ensure you don’t lose your connection during that crucial dogfight.
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