Are mobile games better than console versions?

It’s the battle of touchscreens vs joysticks. How do mobile games compare with their console cousins?
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Are mobile games better than console versions?

Most of the big console games eventually become available on mobile devices, giving smartphone owners the chance to swipe and tap their touchscreen to victory.

But how do mobile games really compare with their console cousins? Do joysticks make for a better gaming experience, or can touchscreens hold their own? Let’s find out.

The beautiful game

It’s not easy for mobile footie games to compete with the full-on console experience. On FIFA 15 Ultimate Team (iOS, Android and Windows Phone), for example, console controls give the opportunity for much more advanced skills and tactics than touchscreen controls (which usually just offer you basic moves like ‘pass’, ‘sprint’ and ‘shoot’). And the touchscreen method of moving your man just isn't as accurate as your typical console controller.

Mobile footie games can still be a fun way of passing the time, but if you’re serious about your football, you’ll be firing up the console to get your kicks.

Verdict: Home win for the console.

This means war

Mobile games like Game of War: Fire Age (iOS, Android) and Clash of the Clans (iOS, Android) reign supreme in the empire building genre. This is where the touchscreen comes into its own. In the heat of battle, you can easily deploy your troops from multiple areas of the screen with great precision.

The poor console gamer on the other hand, has to frantically rotate through various menus and options to perform the simplest actions - while their troops perish and their civilisation crumbles.

Verdict: Mobile takes the crown.

The race is on

The best racing games like Need for Speed: No Limits (iOS, Android) offer adrenaline-fuelled thrills and spills across all gaming platforms.

When it comes down to the controls, consoles are hard to beat for precision cornering and gear changing, but there’s much more fun to be had using tilt control on your mobile device. It’s the closest you’ll get to the feeling of gripping a steering wheel as you race round the track. And if you’re playing the game on a crowded bus or train, you’re going to look pretty cool too.

Verdict: It’s a dead heat.

Retro action

Retro 2D games are ideal for mobile devices. The likes of Snake Rewind (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) and the legendary shooter R-Type (iOS, Android) are simple to pick up and play, and instantly addictive.

We love the fact that on shooters like R-Type or Galaga Special Edition (Android, BlackBerry), your ship moves as fast as you swipe. This is a much more effective and satisfying way of dodging alien bullets than relying on a console joystick. No contest.

Verdict: Mobile wins. Game over.

What do you think, gamers? Are mobile games superior to their console counterparts? Would you turn your nose up at playing the Angry Birds console version? Share your thoughts below.

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