Mobile gaming has come a long way in recent years, especially when Tegra graphics technology is involved. Today, you can play games on your Android tablet, phone, or Shield device that were once exclusive to PCs and consoles. Here are the 10 best games to go mobile.
■ Half-Life 2: Considered by many to be one of the best games ever made for the PC, Half-Life 2 is faithfully ported over to Android mobile systems and optimized for Tegra technology. You can bring the story of Gordon Freeman's fight against the alien Combine forces with you wherever you go.
■ Portal: Optimized for Tegra, Portal bends physics by allowing players to paint openings on different surfaces and letting them pass through to solve a variety of death defying puzzles. GlaDOS finally breaks free from PCs and consoles, and gets an all new host of test subjects through Android mobile systems.
■ Strike Suit Zero: The excitement of space combat comes to life. Optimized for Tegra technology, Strike Suit Zero throws pilots into the thick of battle, where they'll put their dogfighting skills to the test, and then take on massive capital ships.
■ XCOM: Enemy Within: One of the best strategy games to release for PC and consoles, XCOM: Enemy Within, is now out for Android devices. In the game, you manage an international response team called XCOM, tasked with defending Earth against an imminent alien threat.
■ Civilization Revolution 2: We'll admit to cheating a little bit by listing Civilization Revolution 2, but we would be remiss to exclude it. The game may be developed exclusively for mobile devices, but its predecessor is based on the console release of Civilization Revolution. That, in turn, is a more approachable version of the Civilization series, which is regarded as one of the best PC strategy franchises around.
■ Trine 2: Complete Story: Optimized for the Nvidia Shield Tablet, Trine 2 is a gorgeous adventure where you switch between three characters to solve puzzles across a fantasy world. Faithfully brought over to Android devices from PC and consoles, Trine 2's story and artistry are nothing short of breathtaking.
■ SoulCalibur: The classic 3D fighting game, SoulCalibur first appeared in arcades back in 1998, then it was ported to consoles, and now the eternal tale of swords and souls can be played anywhere. The game fully supports game controllers, making it a must have for Nvidia Shield Portable owners.
■ Rochard: This game has it all: humor, challenging puzzles, and a mysterious ancient alien civilization. Ported from the PC and consoles, Rochard will make great use of Tegra powered devices. The game also requires a gamepad, which makes it perfect for Shield Portable and Shield Controller owners.
■ Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath: Originally released for console systems, and later remastered for the PC, this epic adventure takes you to the dusty wastelands of Western Mudos, where the townsfolk are besieged by outlaws. You play as the Strange, a wandering bounty hunter armed with a critter-firing crossbow. Explore a rich world with enhanced graphics and use either the on-screen controls or a gamepad, like the Nvidia Shield Controller.
■ The Bard's Tale: Originally developed for console systems and later releasing for the PC, The Bard's Tale adds a humorous twist to traditional role-playing adventure. You play as the Bard, a selfish rogue who is growing increasingly tired of pointless side-quests and rat-infested cellars. Using the power of song, you can summon characters to join your side in battle, take damage on your behalf, and then heal them. When you're done playing the old hits, you can pick up a sword and start hacking for yourself on an epic quest for coin and cleavage.