Nvidia broadens the Shield's Android game library

— 11:32 AM on August 13, 2015

Seems like just yesterday, we were talking about the Shield's library of native games being on the small side. Nvidia must have heard our pleas, because the company has announced two new games for the Shield, as well as Android TV and Shield-specific updates for several more. These games all look to be a cut above most other games on the Android TV platform, something Nvidia's little console desperately needs.

Killing Floor: Calamity is a top-down, arcade-style shooter take on the PC FPS Killing Floor. After a military cloning experiment apparently goes horribly wrong, it's the player's mission to clean up the mess. You can play with a friend in 2-player co-op mode, at a claimed 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. 

Next up is Windward, which is "an action-filled sandbox game that puts you in control of a ship sailing the high seas of a large procedurally-generated world." Now you know everything that we do. Procedurally-generated worlds are quite the buzzword (buzz-phrase?) nowadays, but it looks like pirates blowing up pirates, and that never gets old. 

This War of Mine is a game that's been taunting me in the Shield Hub as "Coming Soon" for some time. I could finally download it yesterday, but Nvidia is officially announcing it today. TWoM features an interesting twist on war games: players take the role of ordinary citizens trying to survive in a city under siege. During the day, the citizens take refuge from snipers and care for their own. At night, they explore their surroundings, looking for food, medical supplies, and crafting materials. At $14.99, it's the most expensive game announced today (the rest are all $9.99 and under), but hey: it's five bucks cheaper on the Shield than on Steam.

After that, we have a potpourri of games that were already available on Google Play. Billiards sim Pure Pool gets an update to make it compatible with the Shield today. 3D side-scrolling platformer Flyhunter Origins, twin-stick shooter Xenowerk, and minimalist-looking endless runner Twin Runners 2 are all now listed in the Shield Hub's Download Games app on the console, as well.

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