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NVIDIA's Tegra 4 platform raised a few eyebrows at CES, and a few more at Mobile World Congress. Now we're finally getting to see some compelling evidence of the chipset's superiority over Tegra 3and its current-gen competitors. But while NVIDIA is making a name for itself in the mobile OEM space, its bread and butter will always be gaming. So without further ado, here are a few of the first games that are taking advantage of Tegra 4 hardware.

Dead on Arrival 2

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Not to be confused with Dead Trigger 2, Dead on Arrival 2 is the sequel to the top-down shooter already available on Google Play. The sequel adds dynamic, destructible environments, not to mention a whole lot of pretty - it's probably the best-looking of this first batch of Tegra 4 games. Note the use of environmental physics in the video below - zombies rag-doll when killed, and even stick to the walls when you pull out the crossbow.

Codex: The Warrior

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Codex falls into the same broad category as Infinity Blade and Blood & Glory: one-on-one, reactive fighting with RPG elements. There's a rather heavy-handed story about a war in Heaven, demons, divine fighters, yadda yadda. Developer Devclan and Playbean claims that Tegra 4 enables dynamic shadows and HDR lighting on the muscle-bound hero and hulking bad guys.

Burn, Zombie, Burn!

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Already a sleeper favorite on the PC and PS3, this top-down shooter says it all in the title. The gameplay is your basic hoard-based shooter: kill as many undead as you can with a handful of weapons before they inevitably eat you. This one's less about showing up other mobile games than getting the look to match that of its Steam and console contemporaries. Developer Tick Tock games gets extra points for naming the main character Bruce. 

Carie: Blood Mansion

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Developer Neowiz is planning a general Android release for over-the-shoulder shooter Carie: Blood Mansion, but Tegra users will get enhanced graphics and an extra level. Enhanced textures, plus smoke and fire effects, take center stage in this haunted house shoot-em-up. The protagonist and aesthetic remind me of American McGee's Alice.

Zombie Driver

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We reviewed the PC pilgrim Zombie Driver last year and liked it a lot, and the THD game will get an updated version for Tegra 4 devices. The graphics were already pretty great, but the dynamic lighting shown off in these screenshots brings the game pretty close to the PC version.


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This Hot Shots-inspired game is already on the Play Store (where it's getting a pretty poor reception) but will get a graphical boost when played on Tegra 4 hardware. New effects include dynamic lighting, soft shadows, bloom, and lens flare. The side-by-side screenshot comparisons are pretty compelling.

To be honest, I was hoping for a bit more after NVIDIA's jaw-dropping Tegra 4 presentation with Dead Trigger 2. Zombie Driver and Dead on Arrival 2 look fantastic, but a lot of the other games could be handled by current-generation hardware. We should be seeing more games as Tegra 4 devices come closer to release, and a positive inundation of games around E3 in the summer. Oh, and developers: take it easy with the zombies, will ya?


Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Takeuchi

    Do these Tegra games really matter anymore? There aren't any Tegra 4 or Ti4 (Tegra 3 really with increased clock speed & extra GPU core) products available in the near future. If CES & MWC is any indication, OEMs aren't picking up Tegra 4 at all.... Let me know once an OEM releases a Tegra 4 tablet or phone. So far, the only way to 'play' these Tegra 4 games are through Project Shield....

    • kamiller42

      CES and MWC would not be an indication as the chipset was just recently announced. Tegra 4 devices will arrive this summer.

      • Takeuchi

        Exynos 5 quad (or octa) and Snapdragon 600 & 800 were just announced as well. Better yet, both were announced 1 day after Tegra 4 unveiling in CES.....

        However, OEMs have announced Snapdragon 600 & 800 devices already for Q2+ release (which will arrive in spring to summer) & Galaxy S4 might carry Exynos 5 octa. For Tegra 4 devices to arrive in summer... those devices should be getting announced in CES & MWC.

        • kamiller42

          Tegra might have been announced then but wasn't revealed until a week or so ago. It was announced Tegra devices will show up fiscal Q2. ZTE, an OEM, is one manufacturer building on Tegra 4. Asus has announced support for Tegra 4, supposed to show off at MWC. Vizio, an OEM, showed off a 10" Tegra 4 tablet. http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/vizio-10-inch-tegra/4505-3126_7-35567328.html

          And on and on... It's there if you follow this stuff.

          • Takeuchi

            Vizio tablet is one device (their 7 in. tablet will be based on Tegra 3). ZTE is supposedly building a Tegra 4 phone (most likely T4i) for Chinese market for mid 2013 release. Asus has announced support but hasn't unveiled any product. Toshiba is the only other possible OEM to release a T4 product. However, Nvidia is losing ground to even Mediatek SoC....


            So, that is one tablet and phones that won't get released in the states. Anyways, for summer release... these T4 devices should be announced at either CES or MWC. Otherwise, these supposed products from Asus won't see the light til late summer or fall (by which, the market will be flooded by Snapdragon 800 devices & Exynos 5 devices... can't even call it the "fastest" SoC either).

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Ugh, I assume this means more and more THD exclusives?

    • Sean Lumly

      I doubt that, at least for this generation. Considering the overwhelming number of devices that will use Snapdragon in 2013, and the infinitesimal count that has been announced to feature the Tegra 4, I can't see many sane developer creating THD exclusives.

      THD 'exclusive' effects are another matter. I hope developers implement setting switches for more, and more-demanding effects ala the PC.

  • IncCo

    Stop with the tegra fragmentation already!

  • Craig M

    Thanks Jeremiah :)

  • Christopher Redden

    Doublesix Games made Burn Zombie Burn and it was them that named the character Bruce.