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The 12 Best Games on the iPhone

You’ve got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App Store—it’s a jungle, full of deadly spiders, wild animals, and bad games. Here, let us help you. Advertisement Below, we’ve listed the 12 games we feel are a great starting point for iPhone gaming. You can also watch the video above for a rundown. Hitman games are famous for their open-ended sandboxes. At their best, they let you creep around a party or a museum, find your target, and creatively take them out. Hitman GO… doesn’t really do that. What it does do, however, is offer a bunch of smart, tightly designed puzzles that gradually become more complicated as you go, but are never too complicated to finish off in the space of a single bus ride. With its stripped down board-game aesthetic and abstract violence, it may not look much like a Hitman game, but it still manages to capture the series’ meticulous, satisfying nature. Advertisement A Good Match For: Hitman fans, puzzle fiends, people READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Best Martial Arts Movie Fights Of All Time

From karate chops to roundhouse kicks, cinema has seen its share of martial arts fights. Now, it’s time to look at the ones that come out on top when the others went down for the count. The best, if you like. Advertisement This article was originally published on February 11, 2015. Obviously, making a list like this is quite a task. Saying one fight is better than another is subjective. And it would be so easy to make a laundry list that consists only of Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, and Jet Li fights. That I have not done. Sorry! Advertisement Instead, this is comprised of a variety of different fights from over the years from different actors and directors in order to distill these scenes into a larger, all-encompassing best list. The scenes included show either a high level of martial arts skill, or in the case of some (I’m looking at you, Tarantino), an unabashed love of the genre itself. If there are scenes I have missed, forgotten, or simply ignored, add them in the comments section below. Also note that some of the descriptions contain spoilers, so if you see a movie you haven’t seen yet but plan…

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The 12 Best Games For The PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation Vita is something of an oddity—a pricy, powerful portable gaming console adrift in a sea of smartphones, touchscreen controls, and inexpensive app-store games. All the same, we have a fondness for Sony’s beefy handheld, and the many unusual games you can play on it. Advertisement The Vita gives us a handheld machine with sticks, touch panels, lots of buttons, lots of online features and, oh yeah, graphical horsepower like we’ve never seen before in a gaming handheld. It lets you stream PS4 games remotely, which can actually work really well under the right circumstances. It also allows you to download and play select PSP games, the best of which sit comfortably next to their higher-resolution Vita brothers and sisters. So, what must you play on this thing? Start with these games. Making brilliant use of this portable platform and busting with imagination, Tearaway is a Vita dream come true. At its most basic, the game is a basic 3D platformer set in a world that appears to be made of construction paper. The trick is that the people of this world appear to be aware of you. They can see you, thanks to the Vita’s front-facing camera streaming…

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The Nine Best Movie Shootouts

Bang! Bang! For years now, movie makers have been thrilling audiences with blazes of bullets. Some shootouts are better than others. These are the best. Advertisement These particular ones were selected on the basis of their technical bravado as well as their impact on other movies—and even video games. The following movies are listed chronologically and not in order of importance. (Note: This article was originally published on 1/31/2015.) Advertisement Be aware that these are the best shootouts, and not pistol duels. Mexican standoffs would also fall under duels, and the difference between shootouts and duels is that tension is built up with the characters pointing weapons at each other, and the actual shooting is ultimately a release. Conversely, for shootouts, the tension comes from the act of shooting. This explains the lack of iconic Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino scenes, which will probably be revisited in another Best list. The Lady from Shanghai (1947) Hailed as a failure upon release, The Lady from Shanghai has since grown in stature. Much of the esteem given to the film is in due to its now-famous hall of mirrors shootout. Director Orson Welles put a visually stunning and surreal spin on what…

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The Best Strategy Games On PC

The PC is home to just about every type of video game under the sun, but few are as quintessentially PC as strategy games. Advertisement Because it’s such a popular (and important) type of game for the platform, and because I’ve spent way too much time playing them over the past few years, I thought I’d help folks out by putting together a list of what I consider to be the very best strategy games for the very best system to play them on. So what counts as a strategy game? That’s a good question. One that, thanks to video gaming’s ceaseless drive to remove all meaning from its genre names, we may never be able to settle on. The lines blur so much between “strategy” and “RTS” and “grand strategy” and “management” and “simulation” that I’ve tried to restrict this list to games that, well, most people would simply agree (through a gut feeling) were OK with being called “strategy games”. Advertisement Here, then, are the best games to play if you feel like taking charge of something, ruining an economy and/or driving an army across the fields of your enemies. CIVILIZATION V What more can I say? A…

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

You’re heading to the store to get an Xbox One right now, and need to know which games to get. Or you’re at work or in school, daydreaming about what you want to play next. Or maybe you’re suiting up for a battle in the console war, cinching on your armor and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Microsoft’s new console. We are here to help. Advertisement These days there are more good Xbox One games than ever, with new contenders arriving all the time. In the list below, we’ve listed the games we recommend for Microsoft’s machine. We will, of course, continue to update the list regularly as more games are released for the Xbox One. We’ve capped the list at 12, and in the months and years to come will remove old games to make way for new, better entries. Here goes… Rise of the Tomb Raider does much of what its predecessor did: It gives us a relatable, less superhuman Lara Croft and sets her loose in a hostile environment with only her wits and a pickaxe to stay alive. While the story may not be ultimately as gripping or…

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The 12 Best Games for the Wii U

Hail, ye Nintendo faithful! Loyal folk that you are, a Wii U now rests beneath your TV. The console’s now been around for a couple years, and it’s amassed a fairly lineup stable of good games. Advertisement Check out the list below for the games that make the Wii U shine. The great EAD Tokyo studio makes their Wii U debut with Super Mario 3D World, a game as attractive and fun as those others. It’s a hell of a time, an enjoyable hybrid of the more linear, classic side-scrolling Mario games and the go-anywhere 3D Mario games like Super Mario 64. Advertisement You can play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach or Toad or, with friends in the same room, all four at once. Some of the game might feel familiar, but this is not one of those safe New Super Mario games. Yes, there are plenty of goombas to hit and fireballs to throw. There’s also a lot that feels fresh. A Good Match for: People bored of standard Mario fare who want something more experimental than the New Super Mario Bros. games. Not a Good Match For: People hungry for a game that makes the most of the…

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The 12 Best Games on the 3DS

Ah, the Nintendo 3DS. The days when we weren’t sure about Nintendo’s handheld are long since behind us. Four years after the original 3DS launched, there’s a new version with better 3D, improved controls, and of course, a wealth of excellent games to play. Advertisement Below, find our 12 favorite games for the 3DS. All of these games will play on the original 3DS, the 2DS, and the New 3DS. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you’ll decorate and expand a house, fish and catch bugs, and assume a number of mayoral duties—all while you make a bunch of new, quirky friends. Who knew that a sleepy town of anthropomorphic animals could be so fulfilling? Advertisement A Good Match For: Self-directed gamers with a strong, child-like sense of wonder and a penchant for creativity. You’re given a house and a whole town to play with, along with charming villagers. What will you do with it all, how will your personality shine? Not a Good Match For: Those who want something fast-paced. This isn’t a game you’ll want to run in, and most of the exciting things tend to happen “tomorrow.” Anything worthwhile requires patience in this game. Read our review. Watch…