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Imagine, if you will, a company that lives on the philosophy of creating movies that heavily imitate current feature films for the sole purpose of getting a quick buck.

Now apply that philosophy to making games for mobile phones and the iOS.

Thus, you have Gameloft, a developer that of portable titles that are playable and graphically polished but not quite perfect reproductions of titles such as Halo, Final Fantasy XIII, Burnout, Diablo, and many others. They are an offshoot of French megadeveloper Ubisoft (the two companies' founders are brothers), and thus are also responsible for creating portable versions of Ubisoft's franchises, such as Assassin's Creed and Rayman 2.

This formula has made Gameloft one of the most successful mobile developers, but the message Gameloft's success sends makes them one of the most controversial. To console and PC developers, it says that gamers want mobile versions of all these games, and if they don't provide them, someone else will. To other mobile developers, it says that you can be successful simply by copying someone else's idea and doing a half-decent job of it. The actual quality of their games is similarly mixed, characterized by high production values for IOS Games but weak voice acting and story and slightly outdated gameplay mechanics.

Considering that many of the games they rip off of are nowhere to be found on iOS devices (with some exceptions; Grand Theft Auto III, for one, has been released on the iOS and Android), Gameloft is in fact one of the few companies that is making the iPod a competitive gaming device.

They are now moving into downloadable console titles, publishing games like Dungeon Hunter Alliance and Modern Combat for the PlayStation 3, as well as Let's Golf 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.

Their monthly Gameloft Video Podcast can be found on their Youtube page.

Gameloft Title Original Title
Eternal Legacy "our favorite JRPGs" (most of the plot and game mechanics are modeled on Final Fantasy XIII)
Dungeon Hunter Diablo
Blades of FurySoul Calibur
Gang$tar Grand Theft Auto, in both Vice City and San Andreas varieties. The newest game in the series is subtitled "City of Saints".
Guitar Rock Tour Guitar Hero
N.O.V.A[1] Halo, The Conduit
Modern Combat Modern Warfare, occasionally Counter-Strike.
Hero of Sparta God of War
Real Football Pro Evolution Soccer
Sacred Odyssey Zelda and Fable
Shadow Guardian Uncharted
Soul Of Darkness Castlevania
Zombie Infection Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead
GT Racing Gran Turismo
Brain Challenge Brain Age
Star Front: Collision Starcraft
Asphalt Burnout in some titles, Ridge Racer in others
Crystal Monsters Pokémon
Order & Chaos World of Warcraft[2]
Backstab Assassin's Creed's gameplay with the plot of Sharpe
9mm Max Payne crossed with True Crime
Silent Ops Syphon Filter

Notes

  1. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
  2. Gameloft has now copied every single one of Blizzard's games (except for Rock And Roll Racing)
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