We are mostly an iOS gaming site, so this is the most important part. The game launched with four games that have been “optimized” for it. The difference is immediately noticeable among these games.
Starting off with Infinity Blade , when you look at it on the original iPad and then on the iPad 2, it even makes the one running on iPad 1 look bad. It really looks like a console game.
Real Racing 2 HD , the long awaited iPad version of the hit iPhone game, also launched with the iPad and comes iPad 2 optimized. Running on an iPad 1 it didn’t look so well, not to mention the framerate suffered. On an iPad 2 though, it runs like a dream, and looks simply incredible.
Next up is Dead Space. Now this game already looked great on the iPad 1, but on an iPad 2 it benefits from great anti-aliasing. Everything runs smooth and looks even better than you could have ever hoped for on an iOS device.
And finally, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline was also optimized for the iPad 2, although compared to the other games shown above, it’s a bit disappointing. It does run great, and does have a great draw distance. Oh well, I’m sure Gameloft can deliver better in the future.
What about games that haven’t been optimized for iPad 2? They still benefit in their own way. Games that sunk on the original iPad (like Back to the Future, Sam & Max), now run at almost 60FPS. This is particularly impressive for me, especially considering how I immediately discarded Back to the Future because the framerate was unbearable for me.
All other games also benefit from this. Overall, the iPad 2 is a great update for gaming, coming from an iPad 1 that had disappointing graphic power.