Black Friday: Iron Man 2 (App Store)

Iron Man 2 on sale
Iron Man 2 on sale

Rocket into the action as Iron Man in the official movie game. With Iron Man now a worldwide hero, Tony Stark is the top weapons contractor for the government, and the top target for his enemies who have developed their own high-tech weaponry. On the ground and in the skies, Iron Man will go head-to-head against Ultimo, Firepower, Whiplash and armies of other foes who want to take him down. But who is really pulling the strings of this sudden onslaught against Iron Man? He’ll need the help of War Machine and S.H.I.E.L.D. to defeat them all.

Download Iron Man 2 on iTunes

Black Friday: Hero of Sparta 2 (App Store)

Hero of Sparta II on sale
Hero of Sparta II on sale

Argos is finally back! The popular Spartan saga continues on the iPhone, following the huge success of its revolutionary first opus. Sailing back from Hell after many battles, Argos finally reaches the shores of his homeland, Sparta. But no human leaves the kingdom of Hades alive without consequences. A new odyssey begins for our hero – a journey that will force him face the gods, his fate and his own choices to answer for his arrogance!

Hero of Sparta II on iTunes

Black Friday: Brothers in Arms 2 (App Store)

Brothers in Arms 2 on sale
Brothers in Arms 2 on sale

The highly acclaimed Brothers in Arms series returns for its most compelling battle yet amidst the fires of WWII. Play the solo Story mode or battle with up to 5 friends in multiplayer conflicts across 5 locations in Africa, Europe and the Pacific. Each environment and character is beautifully rendered in realistic 3D, making the action more lifelike as you dive and duck from cover to cover and assault the enemy. Pick up machine guns, bazookas, sniper rifles, flamethrowers and more, or jump inside a tank, vehicle and even a glider as you press your way through enemy lines.

Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front on iTunes
Brothers in Arms:  Hour of Heroes on iTunes

Call of Duty Black Ops: quickscoping

Were you looking for information on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2? View sniper gameplay from an official pre-launch event over on Gaming-Headsets.co.uk.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - available November 13th 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – available November 13th 2012

Anyone who has played Call of Duty: Black Ops online will know the game has been riddled with problems since launch. However, I am pleased to note that developers Treyarch have already released a number of patches in an attempt to fix these. I could talk about these in some detail but it will be easier if you watch this video from WoodysGamerTag.

The actual point of this post is to talk about quickscoping. If you’re new to the series, quickscoping is a technique used by snipers which allows them to play aggressively as opposed to sitting (camping) in an obscure corner of the map picking off unsuspecting victims.

People complain that quickscoping in unrealistic – yet they fail to comment on the lack of realism when they respawn 5 seconds after being shot / stabbed / blown up.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 you had 10 different classes to customise. On my PSN account, 9 of these had the Intervention Sniper Rifle as my primary weapon – so as you can probably fathom I’m a big fan of quickscoping 🙂

Contrary to what you will hear online, quickscoping should not be used exclusively. The point of the technique is to enable you to move around strategic positions on the map and stay alive in the event you come up against someone running a fully automatic assault rifle, light or sub-machine gun.

For reasons unknown Treyarch despise the quickscoping community and did everything they could to remove it from the game. As far as Treyarch are concerned, if you’re holding a sniper rifle you should not be able to compete toe to toe with any other kind of weapon. Personally I think this was a big mistake and Treyarch are already feeling the wrath of millions of keyboard warriors on their forums at CallofDuty.com.

Treyarch addressed the ability to quickscope by doing two things:

1) It now takes a full working week for the sniper scope to appear on-screen; and
2) Once it does appear, it wobbles randomly for almost a second.

The effect of this is that most people now choose to arm themselves with a fully automatic weapon, thus removing an element of variety from the game. In my eyes this makes it less fun however I’ll still try and master the bolt-action sniper rifles…..

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

In my review of  Sleep Talk Recorder, I mentioned a related app called Sleep Cycle Alarm clock, by Maciek Drejak Labs.

Sleep Cycle Alarm now supports iTunes music
Sleep Cycle Alarm now supports iTunes music

The application works on the theory that we don’t sleep in a linear fashion. Instead, we have a period of deep sleep surrounded by clyclical phases of light sleep and dreaming.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock uses the iPhones built in gyroscope to monitor your movement during the night and thus determine when you are in the light phase of sleep. By playing an alarm when you are in the light phase, as opposed to dreaming or deep sleep, you wake up feeling refreshed. The alarm comes in gradually over a 30 minute period to prevent the effects of a harsh wake up call.

Maciek Drejak Labs, developers of Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, have updated the application  so that it now allows you to select music from your iPod as opposed to the (awful) pre-loaded alarm sounds. This update is fantastic and having used the application numerous times I can confirm it does help you to wake up feeling refreshed.

You can download [geo-in country=”uk” note=””]Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock on iTunes[/geo-in] [geo-out country=”uk” note=””]Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock on iTunes[/geo-out].

Angry Birds pipped by Sleep Talk Recorder

Were you looking for Angry Birds alarm clocks? Click here for further details.

Sleep Talk Recorder
Sleep Talk Recorder

I was surprised to see that Angry Birds is no longer the number one paid application on the iTunes App Store; it has been ousted by a novel application from a Swedish company, called Sleep Talk Recorder.

The idea of the application is to capture the random things people say in their sleep. You set the application to record before you enter the land of nod and it will then activate each and every time you make some noise. In the morning you are then presented with a list of sound clips, meaning you don’t have to listen to a whole night’s recording to find the points of interest.

Unfortunately there is no way of telling whether or not this application will be of any great interest until you actually use it. Children tend to sleep talk more than adults but from the reviews on the App Store it is apparent many of us old folk have plenty to say in the night.

The only downside of Sleep Talk Recorder is that it doesn’t support multi-tasking so sometimes it will crash if you use your iPhone as an Alarm. It also means you can’t run Sleep Cycle but then that doesn’t support multi-tasking either!

You can download [geo-in country=”uk” note=””]Sleep Talk Recorder on iTunes[/geo-in] [geo-out country=”uk” note=””]Sleep Talk Recorder on iTunes[/geo-out].