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Clean the streets of drug lords in 9mm HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook

9mm HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook
By Zach Gilbert on 22 May 2012 04:14 pm EDT
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“City thugs and drug lords are no match in 9mm HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook”

Picture yourself as an inner city cop, but you’re no normal cop, you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty and bend the laws to get things done your way. Gameloft has launched yet another title on the BlackBerry PlayBook called 9mm HD. In 9mm HD, you play a cop named John "Loose" Kannon, and with a small arsenal of guns attempt to clean up the streets of the drug lords and other city crime. The game features HD quality graphics, superb character acting, and more. Continue reading for the full review of 9mm for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The Review

Developer: Gameloft Version (at time of review): 1.0.0
File Size: 860 MB OS Requirements: Tablet 1.0.7 or higher
Cost: $.99 Website: http://www.gameloft.com

When we live in a world where mobile gaming is almost becoming more popular than our “old” home based consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, developers continue to push the boundaries. As many may know, Gameloft is no stranger to HD graphics, and of course the BlackBerry PlayBook. So when I saw one of their best selling titles 9mm HD launch on the PlayBook I was excited to dive in. Weighing in at over 800 megabytes, I knew it was going to be a visual feast.
Game features
  • Dive headlong into stylish gunfights where you’ll jump, shoot and fire clip after clip in stunning slow-motion stunts to take out rooms full of criminals.
  • Catch gang leaders and informants alive, chasing them through the city streets and taking them aside for a not-so-friendly chat in the interrogation challenge.
  • Go online to join friends and other opponents in Free for All and Team Deathmatch gunfights for up to 12 players on 4 different maps.
  • Become engrossed in the dark story of gang wars, crooked cops and betrayal that will take you through 12 levels and lead you from the dankest slums all the way to Mexico.
  • Arm yourself with an arsenal of weapons, including a pistol, shotgun, submachine gun, grenade launcher and more.
  • A hip-hop/rap soundtrack that intensifies the tone of the game, including established artists such as Apathy, Beanie Sigel, Freeway & Jake One.

Visuals

9mm HD graphics
With Gameloft, you expect HD visuals and high levels of detail, and they don’t disappoint in 9mm HD on the PlayBook. Each world is seemingly crafted with attention to what the player will do and what they will see. As you get out of your car in the first level, you are presented with a full city. It doesn’t matter which way you look, the world is completed with people, cars, trees, and other buildings. While I did notice a few graphical anomalies where a light would flicker, it certainly wasn’t a deal breaker.

Controls

9mm HD controls
There actually isn’t that many variations of controls for touch screen games, and in 9mm HD Gameloft chose to go with the commonly used dual joysticks. Where they provide a differentiation factor for controls is in the location. With the left joystick you don’t have a set location, the joystick is wherever you place your finger. Giving you the option to have the control anywhere allows you to stay committed to the tasks at hand, freeing you from worrying if you’ll place the thumb in the right spot during that heated shootout. The left side of the screen will control where you are looking, and contains no joystick per se. The whole right side becomes a touch area almost like a mouse pad on your laptop computer.

In-game settings

9mm HD settings
A topic I like to cover in game reviews is the in-game settings that the developer has offered. Within the 9mm HD settings page, you will have access to a few categories like language, controls, sound, advanced settings, and help. With each of the 5 headings you will be presented with a few more options, like adjusting the volume or changing how the controls work inside the game. A setting that some may have wanted to see would have been ‘Gore On/Off’, but I guess you are expected to know what you’re getting yourself into when you read the game description.

Storyline


If you’re looking for a game where the story alone will keep you playing, look no further as the story in 9mm provides you with just that.

During the gameplay, you will follow a cop named John "Loose" Kannon around the streets of a city in which the gangs and druglords have taken over, but that won't stop John. John is the type of cop that will do what he needs to clean up the streets of his city, and for once in for all reclaim his city. In the game you will be presented with opportunities, but be carful that you, yourself don’t get caught up in the mess.

What I will say is my synopsis doesn’t do the game justice; you’ll just have to download it and give it a whirl on your own.

Online Multiplayer


9mm HD online

Yes, you have read correctly, 9mm does indeed feature an online multiplayer over the Gameloft Live system. The online multiplayer will allow you to play against those on the various platforms that the game is available on. It also features two different online modes; one being Free for all, which is a mode where everyone is to fend for themselves, everyone is an enemy and the other is cops ‘n’ gangstas. In the cops ‘n’ gangstas mode, there are two sides and each will need to fight to the end, what side wins is up to the better team. I’m a true believer that adding multiplayer to a game increases its stickiness and adds to the games replay value.

The Good

  • Stunning HD visuals
  • Captivating storyline
  • Excellent replay value
  • Online multiplayer 

The Bad

  • Few, but odd graphical glitches
  • Current glitch does not allow you to save game progress

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a game that will push the boundries of any current shooter on the BlackBerry PlayBook, look no further than 9mm HD from Gameloft. With the online multiplayer, stunning HD graphics, and intriguing story line, you are bound to spend countless hours arched over the PlayBook's screen. While during my review I did notice that the game had a few graphical glitches, I wouldn’t put too much weight on this as a negative. But one thing that is a cause for concern is the inability to save game progress, so make sure you play it all or wait for a patch. 9mm HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook is undeniably worth the download and can be found in BlackBerry App World.

9mm HD
by Gameloft

The Good

Stunning visuals, online multiplayer, and a captivating storyline make 9mm HD by Gameloft a welcomed title to the BlackBerry PlayBook. The multiplayer definitely adds to the stickiness of the game and will have a home on my PlayBook for some time.

The Bad

There really isn’t much bad to say about 9mm HD. The only thing I noticed worth putting into the “bad” section was the graphic issue I experienced. Though they were few and far between, it’s something that shouldn’t be there. There also seems to be a glitch that doesn't allow the game to save your progress, hopefully something that gets fixed in an update.

Conclusion

While there were a few graphical issues the over all gameplay, graphics, and of course the gore make this game a download worth while.

Purchase 9mm HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Reader comments

Clean the streets of drug lords in 9mm HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook

21 Comments

Thanks for pointing that out. While reviewing I assumed that I hadn't hit the in game check point. The review has been updated and hopefully Gameloft will update the game and correct this issue. I'll keep to online for now.

unfortunatly not the bug in the game . . . it's full of bugs just reinstalled it hope that fixes some but if not . . . gameloft did a bad job on it

Can't wait to play this but I've literally gotten installation errors every time I've tried. Download goes fine, but crapping out during install.

This game is hot see you guys in two player land

And once again thanks to the devs up at game loft for porting all these great games to PlayBook keep them coming and ill keep paying

Hi @sexyboy31,

Alex from RIM here. I’d like to join you in your thanks for Gameloft and others for bringing some awesome games to the PlayBook – and there are more on the way with BlackBerry 10 on the horizon. In addition to the eleven games that Gameloft announced at BlackBerry World earlier this month, including Shark Dash and Ice Age Village, it’s been really cool to get a first-hand look at several other games and apps our developers are preparing for the BlackBerry 10 platform.

For the latest developer happenings, keep a close eye on our Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog: http://bbry.lv/bsbpYQ.

Cheers,

Alex, RIM Social Media Team

I would buy this game in a second IF you could pause. Until then I'll wait ont the sidelines.... Is it really that hard to have autosave?? There other games do...... #Bold & #Playbook owner

You may want to go ahead and buy now and wait for an update later. This seems to be part of Gamelofts 99cent sale which should be ending any day now

Read the reviews on appworld and guess will wait for the save option to be updated. Hope. Crackberry will let us know when the update is available.
Cheers.

For $1 I think it's worth it & just wait for the updates to fix all the bugs, might have to pick this game up tonight when I get home from work.

Where's our little friend that likes to bitch and moan about PlayBook apps being more expensive than the same app on Android or Apple now that it's reversed? Hmm...$6.99 on Android/Apple $0.99 on PlayBook