Sunday, June 9, 2013

Vega Racer 2 gaming review

A week back i acquired a korean android phone called the Vega Racer 2(heres that old post). the device's specs were upto gaming spec(as far as non-tegra devices go).



so i proceeded to load up some of the games i've played on my acer tab before.. and heres what i found.

(note: i won't mention games like Angry Birds.. since they obviously play on specs like this)

here are the specs:

Pantech SKY Vega Racer 2 A830S

-Android 4.1

-Dual Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4

-RAM 1GB

-Internal memory 16GB

-dimensions: 68.9mm X 132.4mm X 9.35mm

(4.8" screen)

-screen resolution - 1280x720(HD 720p) 306ppi

-NFC enabled.



-AnTuTu Benchmark score: 10476 (identical to the Galaxy Note)



so heres what i've played and the respective verdicts:



Shooters:



ShadowGun ✩✩✩✩✩

Bombshells Hells Bells ✩✩✩✩✩

Modern Combat3: Fallen Nation ✩✩★★★



Racers and the rest:

Busted✩✩✩✩✩

Shine Runner✩✩✩✩✩

Trial Xtreme 3 ✩✩✩✩✩

Rail Rush✩✩✩✩✩ (i know its a Temple Run clone)

Highway Rider ✩✩✩✩✩



as you can see, i didn't give MC3 5 stars.. even though i'm a fan of the franchise, and have played the preceding games.








this is because it had some serious issues.. but considering that games like ShadowGun,Bombshells and shine runner ran without issues.. i have to believe that the fault is not with the device but with MC3. a quick look at the comments confirms it, i'm not the only one dealing with these issues..



heres what happened:

Issue #1

the game would fc(force close) on launch.. after skimming the comments on the google play page i realised its an issue with "Force GPU rendering" .. basically you have to turn it off for the game to run :bomb: .



actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2

so anyway once you do this the game runs great! the graphics are impressive and highly detailed for a mobile game. here are some more screenshots from the Vega Racer 2



actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2





actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2





actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2



so anyway all seemed fine, and i was happily playing the first level when i noticed that it was becoming uncomfortable to control.. because my fingertips were getting hot! the game really pushes the cpu and gpu on this device.. so anyway i quit after sometime and went to the desktop widgets to check the temperature..



it was at +50˚C !!! :yikes:



actual screenshot from the Vega Racer2



need to do further tests.. but i don't think i've had this heating issues with the other games.



the homescreen wallpaper is from here.



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