THQ started off what turned out to be a very impressive outing for mobile phone gaming at E3 this year, and mobile gaming in general. They have Worms coming out for NGage and exclusive rights to market pro sports teams, so if you want the real guys like you have on your home system then THQ is the only place to go. Also, do you like Defender? Joust? Well, then I know the mobile phone games for you.
What was most impressive about mobile gaming though is how far the graphics have come. Now, Iíll be the first to join criticism of games on mobile phones. Itís like using a Plutonium control rod to kill a bear. Sure itíll work, eventually, but there are better uses for it.
At least thatís what I thought before I saw what THQ, Sprint, Namco, and others have in store for us. Now Iím not converted, there are still control issues, as I have yet to see a phone with good response to the buttons, and anything resembling an action game is laughable in my opinion. What is impressive is how far things have come since last year, graphically at least.
You can now easily get NES comparable images from most cell phones, and Iíve seen 3D, so it is easy to see that the various carriers are getting behind the idea of gaming on phones. This year youíll see lots of old school retreads come to your phone Pac Man, the original Final Fantasy, the aforementioned Joust, Defender and other Midway classics, just to name a few.