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MOGA Ace Power iOS 7 Game Controller Review

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Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 7, added the ability for games to support a controller in order to better optimize and play. MOGA has released a brand new ACE Power controller specifically for iOS 7 devices.

The team at MOGA and PowerA were kind enough to send us at charlieINTEL a unit to review.

Design 

The design of this controller is very similar to the Xbox controller – same A B X Y buttons, the analog sticks are placed in a similar style as well. The controller itself is very light – almost unnoticeable when carrying it around. The buttons are easy to find and press, and the control feels nice in the hands.

To get your iOS device in the controller can be a little confusing at first; took me a few tries to get it right, but after you do get it right, it’s very easy to remove/put back in. The controller requires iOS 7 to work.

The controller also has a battery indicator on the right side, and when your device is connected, the controller will charge your device. The battery life of the controller lasted around 5 hours in my testings. The controller comes with a cable to connect and charge the controller itself.

 

Controls 

For testing, I played Call of Duty: Strike Team majority of the time. With this controller the game’s experience only gets better. Strike Team is easier to play, and adds an extra level of usability with the controller. The control layout is very similar to any other Call of Duty game. The controller features four triggers – two left, two right – that are used for shooting, aiming, throwing equipment and tactical equipment. The analog sticks aren’t “clickable”, so when you go up to knife someone, you have to use the touch screen to do so.

Support

There’s a wide variety of games that do support this new controller. Games like Real Racing to Call of Duty. While some games offer great support within the app, some don’t. For example, playing certain games with a tutorial requires you to use the on screen and device functionality. The tutorial portion and some of Flight Theory Flight Simulator is an example. It doesn’t let your use the controller if you use the tutorial or certain other modes. But, I expect, as the device is new, support and compatibility will only get better as developers understand how to fully use the controller technology.

PROS

  • Sleek design
  • Introduces new ways to play mobile games
  • Wide range of games available

CONS

  • Functionality within games sometimes limited
  • Battery could be better
  • Hard to learn what button does what for each game

Overall, the new MOGA Ace Power iOS 7 game controller is a fantastic device. MOGA has gotten the right controller layout and understanding of how gamers play. The controller is a sturdy, sleek device. As more games support this new technology, the controller will keep getting better. MOGA has delivered a fantastic device, and their controller is currently the best one on the market.

4.5/5

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Activision merges Vicarious Visions into Blizzard Entertainment

Activision owned Vicarious Visions will now be part of Blizzard Entertainment division.

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Activision has announced that one of their wholly owned studios, Vicarious Visions, will no longer be part of the Activision Publishing division.

The company has revealed that Vicarious Visions will be fully merged into Blizzard Entertainment division of the company effective immediately.

Vicarious Visions has worked on many titles and projects for Activision, including Skylanders, Destiny franchise, supported development of select Call of Duty games, and more. Most recently, the studio developed and released remasters of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2. The studio was listed as a support developer of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

In a statement to GamesIndustry, Blizzard says the studio becomes a “natural fit” after working on several Blizzard projects behind the scenes for the last several years.

“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [Vicarious Visions] to provide long-term support,” a representative explained to us.

It’s not truly clear how long Vicarious has been supporting Blizzard projects.

Vicarious Visions’ studio head Jen Oneal has been promoted to be Executive VP of Development at Blizzard Entertainment as part of the merger. She will report directly to Blizzard President J. Allen Barrack. All 200 Vicarious Vision employees will be part of Blizzard and work on Blizzard projects.

Her role is being replaced by Simon Ebejer, who was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the studio. It’s not clear what projects within Blizzard they are working on. Blizzard has multiple projects in the works, including Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and more.

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Clever Warzone tricks lets you land without a parachute

A few players have discovered a fun little trick in Call of Duty Warzone that allows them to touch down on Verdansk without a parachute.

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How to land without a parachute in Warzone

There is a useful trick that you can use in a Call of Duty: Warzone match to break your fall while in mid-air. This will allow you to land safely in Verdansk without worrying about deploying your parachute. 

Call of Duty: Warzone will pit you against a ton of other players in a highly competitive Battle Royale match. The instant you land in Verdansk, you’ll have to find ways to get ahead of your enemies through different weapons or gear, scoring killstreaks, and even making use of glitches.

Players have discovered many different maneuvers in the game since its release in March 2020. These grant you an advantage over your opponent, including one that has you take out enemies by firing in mid-air.

This will have you deploy your parachute when you’re near the ground, and is a great way to score kills in mid-air. Now a neat new trick has been discovered that removes the need for a parachute altogether.

Parachutes in Warzone

How to land in Warzone without a parachute

This trick was pointed out by Reddit user Thexer0, who posted a clip of them dropping into Verdansk in the Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit. Here they showed that you are able to land on different surfaces without deploying your parachute.

Al you need to do is try hitting certain edges and surfaces in mid-air to break the fall before landing on your feet. In the clip, the player used a Satellite dish for this purpose, and slid off the curved edge before taking out their weapon.

While this trick is useful, it’s not guaranteed to work unless you’re precise with your landing. If you don’t hit the right type of surface, then you’ll find yourself in a world of hurt. The player pointed this out and mentioned that you should try this “at your own risk.”

That said, this trick is absolutely worth trying out. Other players also commented on the thread about their own attempts at this neat little exploit, and many of them reported that it worked out successfully for them.

One Reddit user said “You can do it as well with some of the telephone/electrical towers,” and another mentioned “It works on stones and stuff too. You gotta land on the edges, something around 45 degrees.”

Parachutes are a vital component in Warzone matches, so you should definitely go for this trick. All it takes to succeed in pulling it off is some practice, along with a ton of patience. You can learn some more helpful tricks in our Warzone tips and tricks guide.

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Treyarch dev Tony Flame’s Twitter account hacked

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On this Christmas morning, Treyarch’s Lead Designer, Tony Flame, has had his Twitter hacked.

A user hacked Tony Flame’s Twitter account in the early morning hours of December 25, and has gone on a posting rampage, including posting racial slurs and more across the account. The hacker is @wixyV3.

We’re not going to showcase posts here with any racial slurs. The Twitter account has been locked by Twitter for the amount of slurs the hackers have posted, per images sent around in Discord servers.

One of the hacked tweets that has gone viral is about SBMM, asking Activision to remove it from his “game” he “worked hard to make.”

The account still remains hacked at this hour, but it does appear that tweets are being blocked from posting at this time. Twitter locked the account due to the content being posted.

Tony Flame’s account is not verified on the platform.

Flame has been active in posting since Black Ops Cold War’s alpha launched back in September. He’s been posting updates and thoughts around what the team is doing in terms of balancing and content updates.

The last tweet from Flame himself was a Merry Christmas post on the night of December 24.

Activision has not stated anything yet on this hack.

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