These days, portable gaming is a big deal.

EA has listed "handheld/mobile" releases for both DICE's Battlefield 3 and BioWare's Mass Effect 3 . Now, they could only be referring to spin-off titles for the iPhone or Android, but there is the slight possibility that we could be looking at Nintendo 3DS or Sony NGP releases. The latter might be powerful enough to run both full next-gen titles (although we imagine even the NGP couldn't quite handle the insanity that will be Battlefield 3 ). Both "handheld/mobile" versions of the games in question are slated to arrive at about the same time as their full counterparts: Q4 2011 for DICE's shooter and Q1 2012 for the epic RPG. I can't imagine who would want to play ME3 on a freakin' iPhone, but whatever. I know I'm out of the loop.

We'll have to learn a bit more about the NGP's planned launch schedule before making any further predictions.

Related Game(s): Battlefield 3 , Mass Effect 3

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Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

The most inferior version of Battlefield 3.

Doppel
Doppel
9 years ago

Gameplay > Extreme PC Graphics

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

The gameplay will be just as good if not better on the PC depending on your preference. I like the mouse and key board for FPS more than a game pad.

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

I think that there are too many fingers unused on a controller compared with a keyboard. the ring, pinky and maybe the middle finger are just there to hold the controller. depending on the success of ngp, it can really create new gameplay.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

True enough, godsman, but at the same time, I think back to what Insomniac had to say at the inception of their 'Click' division.

Games are too complex, often forcing the player to use eight buttons and two analogue sticks almost as soon as the game is begun. While this poses no issue to veteran and 'core' gamers, it really does become a problem when trying to draw a ner set of people into the hobby. Sure, fingers are unused, but if it means an added layer of complexity and ingrained difficulty for all players, and not just casuals, then how is the requirement of using more a good thing?

That being said, I hope that the NGP does allow for new gameplay techniques. There's really no reason for it not to, considering the myriad of input options. But if it comes down to blowing into the microphone to simulate blowing up a balloon, that's where I'm crossing the line.
Peace.

___________
___________
9 years ago

no blowing into your console, it may damage it!

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Judging from release dates and the fact that NGP and 3DS are stil very very new pieces of tech, i dont see it happening.

If these games were to be full awesome games on the NGP and were similar to their PS3 brother, holy moly that would be an epic launch lineup next to uncharted and modnation!!!

Battlefield 3 on a handheld!?!? Even if it is downsized slightly, if the gameplay is the same as the conse version (cept with touch screen functionality) that would make me go out and buy am NGP day 1!!!

TheCrazyMerc
TheCrazyMerc
9 years ago

Well, would really like to see it on NGP. I dont know about 3DS becuz of the lack of controls. But I would love to play it.

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
9 years ago

Yeah nintendo will end up having the short end of the stick because of their choice to not have a second analog stick and rely on a gyro instead… Which is stupid if you ask me… When you move the console you lose the 3D so… If I use the gyro I have to turn my 3D off? lame XD

3DS will end up like the Wii and won't be getting all the good multiplats or they will get em with lesser controls XD I guess the only 3DS games im looking foward to will be some remakes and omg POKEMON haha

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

I don't know about this… they may be able to push the beast but to get the full effect of a game like Battlefield it should stay firmly on the PC and consoles.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

They'll make the games the best they can be on PC and consoles and just dumb them down for all other planned platforms.

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
9 years ago

Yeah and well since the screen is much smaller on the ngp they will not require high res textures so won't that take a big load off?

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

what software will the ngp have that sets it apart from the ps3? it's going to need some content of its own.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Did you check out Little Rascals?

I think it's a good idea to get big name franchises to help push the NGP on launch, then once there's a large base start pushing new franchises and games designed for the NGP exclusively.

I trust Sony. They know what they're doing. It's not like if MS were to release a handheld gaming device, all that would be on it are Live Aracade ports, Gears, Fable, Forza and Halo portable. Problem is, the ignorant masses would still buy it, even if Halo and Gears portable were the only good games on it.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Any 3DS versions would be a joke. The NGP, on the other hand, might work nicely, especially when having dual analog support.

I won't underestimate the power of future handheld technology.

I have an iPhone 3GS and I'm utterly blown away by how good Infinity Blade looks. We're talking razor sharp looking UE3 quality graphics. It has to be seen in person to be appreciated.Now, it's a fairly simple game, linear etc. But the fact that this coming from a flipping cell phone? I can only imagine what a dedicated gaming handheld device that's larger in dimensions could churn out. This will be an interesting market to watch and see develop. Even Sony seems to think that a big future of their gaming market is with the handhelds.. perhaps they know something we don't.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Both of these games would greatly increase NGP units sold on release day.
Wonder what kind of features they'd implement to make them stand apart from their console brethren??

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Would be better if it was the NGP. Kind of silly and gimmicky to put games like Mass Effect and Battlefield on cell phones.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

… Well, seeing their "Dragon Age" game on Facebook I'd not be too surprised. ūüėÄ

But it's just a gimmic indeed. I'll bet it's not even the same developers behind it. It can't be.

That being said… ME on NGP? Oh yes please ma'am. I'd friggin' buy a NGP first day was a Mass Effect bundled with it. And I am not kidding.


Last edited by Beamboom on 5/6/2011 11:39:11 AM

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

I need to start saving for the NGP!!! BTW I already pre-ordered Battlefield 3. It's going to be one hell of a game!

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

I don't mind the idea, it is something to think about, and plus I thinks the NGP has THE POWER!!!. And the 3G brings you some multiplayer action. It has all the controls as the Duel Shock 3

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

this is off topic. there's articles up at cvg and the sixthaxis pointing to a possible xbox 720 e3 reveal this year. supposedly, ea already has the hardware in house, and is working on games.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 5/6/2011 12:09:46 PM

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
9 years ago

No deal, M$. Fool me once…

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

I feel worried for Sony that they're gonna wait too long for the PS4. I hope not. I want nothing but success for Sony.

bebestorm
bebestorm
9 years ago

Im not interested in playing Mass Effect 3 on any small screen. NGP should have its own exclusive games. If NGP has the same games as the ps3 there's no reason for me purchase one.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Probably little spinoff shooters, nothing to see here folks.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

But… But ME isn't a shooter. It's a boner-feeday RPG, I tells ya. >.>

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

lol, well it is, really. Like Ben said it's RPG at its heart. I had some good RPG fun with ME2 but I expect portable spinoffs to throw that goodness away as they always do (3rd Birthday)

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

isn't ngp supposed to be as advanced if not more than the PS3. If so BF3 and ME3 should run fine on it.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Comparatively speaking. It can't push the same level of detail as the PS3 would be able to, but the smaller screen size and resolution enables graphics to be pushed to a level VERY reminiscent of the current home consoles. Of course, if Epic can strip down UE3 to run on the iPhone, then there's no reason that DICE can't do the same with Frostbite 2.0 and the NGP.
Peace.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Of course there is potential for this to be quite good, but as most other commenters have stated, this may well be a slippery slope. The NGP needs dedicated software, as opposed to just ports. If that means spin-offs, then so be it.

Nevertheless, I'd buy a Battlefield for the NGP before the CoD that's supposed to be coming out for it. I just hope that the device follows in the footsteps of the PSP and is laden with RPGs.
Peace.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

While it would be awesome if these were included for the NGP, any other handheld would be nonsense.

Therefore I'm guessing we're looking at silly mini game style versions for phones and the like.

Deathb4Dishonor
Deathb4Dishonor
9 years ago

I don't mind playing some uncharted on the go for the NGP


Last edited by Deathb4Dishonor on 5/6/2011 2:27:39 PM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

You write as though you've already done so.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Nice Tifa pic btw. Send or link me the full image ūüėČ


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/6/2011 3:56:03 PM

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Mass Effect 3 would be great on a handheld! RPGs make great portable games. Hope it's the NGP – stylus' are lame. =^.^=

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

I'd much rather have new content than ports. There'll be no reason for me to buy the NGP if all we get is ports. Let's just hope the Uncharted, Resistance, and Killzone games aren't ports like these ones apparently will be.

___________
___________
9 years ago

they said mobile games since when is the NGP a mobile?
it will be for the ios, was inevitable EA already have battlefield bad company 2, mirrors edge and dead space on there.
id love to see ME3 and BF3 on my ipad 2!