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Mass Effect, NBA Jam, Real Racing, Tiger Woods arrive on Windows Phone as Nokia exclusives

According to our source at Microsoft, there won’t be a general Xbox Windows Phone release this week. That could be because N.O.V.A. 3 still hasn’t passed certification yet (as Gameloft has informed us) and neither has anything else, or maybe Microsoft just wants Xbox fans focused on the Xbox One this week instead of their phones.

Don’t fret, though! Non-Nokia owners just got two new Xbox Windows Phone titles to choose from: Spy Mouse and Trivial Pursuit. And Nokia owners, boy is this a good week for you…

Nokia and Electronic Arts have just released not one, two, or even three new games. That’s right, FOUR new Nokia exclusives rolled in overnight: Mass Effect: Infiltrator (requires Windows Phone 8), NBA Jam, Real Racing 2, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. In other words, most of the big games we’ve been looking forward to since EA and Nokia first announced their partnership!

The only bad news: Windows Phone 8 users with 512 MB RAM devices can't play any of these games, while Nokia WP7 users can. Weirdness...

Mass Effect Infiltrator

Mass Effect: Infiltrator for Windows Phone 8

How fitting that the Mass Effect series, which started life on the Xbox 360 before branching out to other platforms has finally arrived on Windows Phone 8. Infiltrator is a side story to the main trilogy of games. It stars a Cerberus Agent named Randall Ezno (Ezno? I bet he got teased in school) who rebels against his employers when he discovers they’ve been up to no good.

As a companion game, Infiltrator focuses solely on the series’ third-person shooting and combat instead of its RPG elements. You move by swiping your left thumb and look and aim with your right thumb, not unlike twin-stick shooters and even Modern Combat 4. But the aiming and shooting is much easier here than in Gameloft’s FPS games because you can tap enemies to lock onto them and then just aim at specific parts of their bodies to fire – no separate shooting button, thankfully.

Mass Effect: Infiltrator for Windows Phone 8

Ezno’s health recharges over time, but he’s bound to die if you don’t take cover. Actually attaching to cover can be difficult, though popping out to shoot and jumping to other pieces of cover works better. He also gets various weapons and Biotics (spells/powers) with which to kill anyone who disagrees with him. These weapons and powers, as well as melee abilities and armor can be upgraded with credits earned during gameplay. Like other Nokia exclusives, all four of these games lack the IAPs found in their iOS originals.

As the second Windows Phone 8-exclusive Nokia EA game (also the second $7 one), Infiltrator features fairly detailed 3D graphics and lavish production values. The story and even weapon descriptions in the store are fully voiced, so other than the pure combat focus, this feels just like a real Mass Effect game. Players sometimes get to choose between Paragon (good) and Renegade (bad) actions as well. Each choice can lead to a different ending and Achievement, so make sure you don’t mix and match before you’ve unlocked both endings.

Mass Effect: Infiltrator – Windows Phone 8 - $6.99 – 476 MB – Store Link

QR: Mass Effect

NBA Jam

NBA Jam for Windows Phone

The classic arcade basketball arrives on Windows Phone in fine form! Instead of 5-on-5, NBA Jam is a 2-on-2 game. This keeps the game much simpler and easier to follow than traditional basketball simulations. The whole thing boasts a fine sense of humor, with digitized player heads atop tiny bodies and the silly, iconic voice samples of announcer Tim Kitzrow. Boomshakalaka, indeed!

Choose from all 30 NBA teams before heading to the court. Each team has several real players to choose from, each with different stats. Not all players start out unlocked; you’ll need to earn Achievements to unlock the rest.

NBA Jam for Windows Phone

The Windows Phone version offers both virtual and swipe-based controls. I didn’t try swipes, but the virtual controls work like a charm. A virtual stick on the thumb controls running, while three buttons on the right represent shooting/blocking, stealing, and fire (a speed burst). Instead of having to hold two buttons at once to shoot while using fire, you just hit fire and then slide your thumb to the shoot button – a fine solution for touch screen gameplay.

NBA Jam offers three game modes: Play Now (single game), Classic Campaign (a series of matches), and local Wi-Fi multiplayer. Quarters can be set to two, three, or five minutes, so games take 8-20 minutes, depending on player preference. From my brief time so far, it looks like fans of the original arcade game will love playing this version on the go.

NBA Jam – Windows Phone 7 or 8 - $2.99 – 211 MB – Store Link

QR: NBA Jam

Real Racing 2

Real Racing 2 for Windows Phone

Windows Phone finally has a simulation-oriented racing game (think more Forza Motorsport than Project Gotham Racing) now that Real Racing 2 (also known as the last good Real Racing game) has arrived. For better or worse, it’s also a Windows Phone 7 game, so the graphics don't come close to matching Asphalt 7's beauty. But this game does provide a full and realistic cockpit view, which actually ends up being a very immersive way to play instead of a hindrance.

At the start of the game, you’ll choose between buying a 2010 Volvo C30 R-Design or 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI for your first car. Yes, all 30 licensed cars are 2010 or earlier models since that’s when Real Racing 2 originally came out.

Real Racing 2 for Windows Phone

From there, you’ll select from a variety of events in Career mode. Events have restrictions on what types of vehicles can enter them, just like Forza. Some events host up to 16 AI racers, while others involve just two or four cars. They pay in either money (used to buy upgrades) or rep. Career contains 50 events and a total of 89 unique races, so Real Racing 2 should provide a lengthy racing experience.

The game offers several control options, including tilt, steering via virtual touch-screen wheel, or steering by touching the sides of the screen. Acceleration can be automatic or manual, while braking remains manually controlled. As with any racing game, I recommend touch-screen controls for their superior accuracy compared to tilt.

Real Racing 2 supports local Wi-Fi multiplayer, although one reader reports that Wi-Fi  didn’t work when he tested it with two phones. Let us know your experience in the comments, won’t you?

Real Racing 2– Windows Phone 7 or 8 - $4.99 – 243 MB – Store Link

QR: Real Racing 2

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Tiger Woods 12 for Windows Phone

It might not be FIFA, but the Tiger Woods series is another heavy hitter from EA Sports. Before heading to the links, you can create up to three golfers, choosing their gender, skin color, and style and color of clothing. These are realistic looking custom golfers as opposed to the cartoonish, premade characters found in Gameloft’s Let’s Golf 2. Stat upgrades can then be purchased with in-game funds, giving you control over how your golfer develops.

From there, aspiring golfers can participate in the PGA Tour career mode, which simulates a full year of golfing events based on the in-game calendar. Tiger Challenge mode contains a variety of individual events for players to purchase and participate in, though these must presumably be unlocked first in the PGA Tour. All events cost funds to enter, so you can’t just spend everything on character upgrades.

Tiger Woods 12 for Windows Phone

Tiger Woods 12 brings its own unique aiming system that differs from Let’s Golf 2’s more traditional system. After choosing the spot to aim for, you’ll draw a line down to select the power of your swing and then draw it back up to hit the ball. The straightness of the line determines the accuracy and spin of your shot. It takes a little getting used to, but certainly adds an extra degree of realism compared to just stopping a meter like other golf games.

This one supports local Wi-Fi multiplayer as well, but we’ve had the same report of the mode not working. Can any of you guys test it and report back to us?

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12– Windows Phone 7 or 8 - $2.99 – 225 MB – Store Link


QR: Tiger Woods 12

Thanks to TNT Judbud and Marcel of InsideGames.Ch for the tip!

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Mass Effect, NBA Jam, Real Racing, Tiger Woods arrive on Windows Phone as Nokia exclusives

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They will but it won't sell if most of the people around the globe font have premium devices or ways to pay for them, if u haven't noticed they appeal to the US first usually where NFL, and NBA are kings and is growing worldwide. Overseas games by both leagues is becoming the new norm

I guess but USA is part of the reason FIFA is most sold game its/soccer the fastest growing sport in the USA

The game sells but I wouldn't say fastest growing sport, especially not in the south we play the game cuz its fun we have no clue about actual soccer, the players or teams. NBA and NFL are the big dollars, advertising, the playoffs, the Superbowl is practically a holiday

Regardless in the south has no soccer team its northern states play FIFA the states that play major league soccer fastest growing sport in USA average 30 thousand people each game Seattle sounders 50 thousand people every home game. It takes Time soccer will take the south too its already the world number #1 sport no sport has even half the fans of soccer FIFA can never go wrong facts.

Yea facts can't go wrong Americans spend more timing watching, researching, investing and going to #1 football games #2 baseball #3 basketball #4 hockey #5 soccer so ur facts aren't adding up

Chelsea vs Manchester united a regular season game has more views on tv and more people in the stadium than your super bowl. Smh football/soccer the #1 sport. Americans make their own sport cool but NFL and baseball put together still can't compare to a game that almost the whole world watch including millions of soccer fans in America....smh

This "soccer is growing fast in the US" is a myth. No one watches attends MLS games, no one sells their merchandise... sports shows (ESPN, etc.) rarely even mention them... Sorry but soccer will never make it in America beyond the immigrant population.

Finally someone understands I watch ESPN all day and nite and the only time I see soccer is the world cup, or David Beckham,yet its growing

You know Windows Phone are worldwide right? In fact as far as I know they're not even selling all that well in the USA. So it really does not matter how big or small Football is there. Some of you Americans actually LIKE to live up to your stereotypes..

WAS the fastest growing. Its dying down. Not hard to grow fast when you start with almost nothing. It will NEVER surpass NFL or MLB in the U.S....just like the NFL or MLB will never surpass soccer in Europe.

Wow 1 new team and MLS is taking over the US, and US is still at the top of WP sold, the percent is low but we buy the hell out some premium phones here.

NBA jam sounds interesting, haven't played an NBA game since NBA Street 2 back in the day ... The soundtrack got me hooked, especially Eric Sermon's react lol .
I will check out later when the exclusivity period expires ...

I bought Mass Effect for my XOOM last July (for 25¢) & I still haven't played it yet lol

I love how these people with these bottom lvl phones complain because it doesn't do the same as a phone that's several hundred dollars more, like comparing a $200 Acer laptop versus a $1500 Sony series. Yet y'all want for bigger better games with what memory??????

I agree with you, but when some or most of the these games run on WP7 with the same/lower specs it starts to become understandable.

Ok dummy smh you sound real smart......retard if you had enough to get sg3 why would you get low end lumia. Think about that retard.

The graphics on the WP version look noticeably worse. This is because it's a WP7 game and constrained by the weaker EP7 hardware specs. It's not unplayable at all though. I dig the gameplay a lot.

Thanks Paul.
 
I downloaded the trial, I like the gameplay but the graphics worries me. This was firmly set to be my first app purchase (No, I'm not a miser, I just never needed to buy an app yet) considering how muc I love RR3 on my roommate's Nexus 7, even though I hate the IAP and would have much rather outright bought the game without a second thought.
I even compared them to the Android versions, the graphics is noticeably wirse IMO. :(
 
I might buy an android or IOS tablet solely for gaming on the move, but WP is where I'm staying for my phone :)

Honestly if they had released real racing 3, there would be people complaining that they didn't release the more fair and balanced real racing 2. Lol, sometimes I don't want on this planet anymore

No main Xbox game this week? Oh well, I've been left high and dry before. But FOUR Nokia exclusives in one week with absolutely nothing coming out for the rest of us?
This is merely an observation and not a complaint, but I'm starting to feel like there's a civil war going on within WP's ecosystem of devices. It's not good that a user can pay up for a great 1gb ram device like the 8x and still get stiff-armed like this because his device doesn't have "Nokia" engraved on the front of it. HTC and Samsung really have to get on the ball... -_-

Nokia is simply offering incentives to buy their brand, because they are dedicated to the OS. Its also evident in their advertising, the other manufacturers... not so much.
No civil war, just dedication vs not.

I agree, but just offer it to the other phones at a much higher premium. Not everyone could get a high end Nokia, because up until a week ago it was AT&T or nothing.

There is a glitch with real racing. If you download just the demo, do a few races, then buy the game. As soon as you exit the game you lose your progress.

So make sure you completely exit the game after buying it.

you want good WP8 games? get a high end WP8 with 1GB RAM and lots of stockage, that's it and stop complaining. Low end devices will get low end games.
I bought the L820 instead of the L620 because I knew that the 620 has very limited hardware configuration.

Dual core, 1 GB of RAM, 3D support, then I except good looking games not like old retro.
Real Racing 3 it's depend of Microsoft strategy... We need this game like a customers but Microsoft say no.

Wow, Real Racing 2 looks awful. Mass Effect has me somewhat curious. I might have been more interested in Tiger Woods if it did have more of a cartoony look like Let's Golf.

But they're EA games so I'll likely pass on them all.

I remember playing Real Racing 2 back when i got my iPod touch 4th gen newly around december 2010.
 
Can't believe its been 2.5 years already.

The truth of the matter is that key titles such as these should be readily available for all Windows Phone 8 users, even those on 512MB RAM. If the limitation has something to do with the way WP utilizes memory, then MS should fix it and align with whatever its competitors are doing. Look, I love WP, the Samsung Focus was my first smartphone and I bought in December 2010, from there I've used the Lumia 710 and the 920. I am speaking from personal investment in MS here (L920, Surface Pro, Office 365 for business, etc), and I can bring out a list of key things MS needs to address in order to push this platform forward, and I daresay, make the most out of the NT kernel. For starters, we shouldn't be leaving our fellow WP users behind!

This is such BS!!!! What's the freaking point of me having a HTC 8X If everything will be exclusive for only Lumia devices. I'm going back to android

why did you bought the HTC if you knew that all (if not most) new WP8 games and apps are gonna Nokia exclusives?

WP8 is out since last october with Nokia L920 and L820, so you should have known that when you bought the HTC

This is crazy. Microsoft shouldn't allow this. Or perhaps they should rename the OS to Nokia Windows Phone and cut out all the other manufacturers.

Yeah, after freely giving their navigation and music service to the whole platform, they might as well give these exclusives up too, because all the hard work and negotiations that pulled off the deals were at the behest of the other lazy-assed OEMs anyway. Perhaps they could also chuck in the Pureview camera technology too, so that there wouldn't be a single distinguishing reason to get a premium Nokia device.

Get over yourselves. It's like asking Google to force Samsung into making available the extra apps and functionality on their phones.

Maybe they'll update theses games for 512mb of ram support. Could be possible that only the 1gbs versions were ready and they wanted to go ahead and release them now. Microsoft and Nokia I hope so. 

Nokia - the best. Now we need - Dead Space, Worms, Metalstorm, Mortal Kombat, Tekken 3, Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxy, GTA (3, VS, SA), Max Pain, Samurai 3, Galaxy on Fire, Tetris (tron), Real Racing 3,
 
Apps - Nike+ (run, training, basketball),  Mint, Instagram, Autodesk DWG, Audi MMI, MySpace, and 3d real maps for Nokia maps :)

Christmas has indeed come early. With so many games coming available, is it possible Paul to include a numeric rating (maybe 1-5) with your reviews? Would certainly help filter out the bad stuff.
 
 

really?.....none of this game can play in my Lumia 520. Oh, c'mon.....even my iPod 4th with 256MB can play this game!. Why....this happening to us!

NBA JAM here I come!! Thanks Nokia you're the best on supporting your devices and bringing exclusives.

Lol, if I had an HTC or Samsung I would be soooooooo pissed off right now. It's not only games its other things as well. Them companys aren't doing anything. Go Nokia.

well if apps are made by nokia and they are exlusice that is ok and more then ok its gr8 because every phone should have some apps like nokia is doing, but for games i dont understand and 4 of them, wp8 needs games like this at this times so its bad for wp8, i hope this doesnot continue :(
but i am glad to see nokia rise again :D

The point is that people who want these games and own a Nokia can buy them, while non-Nokia owners see them and wish they had a Nokia. Nokia and EA don't need to give the games away for them to act as an incentive.

I understand that. But maybe not free. I have a question though is there really that many people that shell out 6.99 for a game versus one that is 99 or 1.99? I know for me id love one of these games but I can't see spending that much for something I'm only gonna play for a week or at most two weeks. I personally think they would get more buyers into Nokia if they made the exclusives at least better priced. I do agree that at least Nokia is making a push which is something nothing short of amazing so I can't knock them there. I have a l920 but personally seeing a game priced high wouldn't want me to jump ship from another device brand just to play a game. Again that's just me.

More exclusive games we non Nokia people have to wait for. When I buy a windows phone I don't want to have to base my purchase on exclusives. Its not a game console for Christ sake. I should be able to walk in and buy the phone that I prefer the look and feel of without worrying about that stuff.

Nokia phones are nice but are to thick and bulky for my taste. I'll stick with my sleek 8x and wait for the exclusive bs to stop

Bought NBA Jam, I know this is unrelated but Hockey Nations Power Play deserves your money too if you are a sports fan. Its the best sports game for WP up until NBA Jams release.

Wow 2011 is looking to be a great year for us! I mean only one of those games is from 2010 but it'll do. Oh wait....
Seriously if your going to do dirty ports of old games, show us some respect by making them run on all devices regardless of RAM size. Geez they run perfectly fine on older hardware on other platforms from YEARS ago.

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