Now that you have your iPhone 5, you've probably noticed that not all apps take advantage of the wider screen. I've been noticing that the updates have been pouring in fairly quickly, but unfortunately, I still have a lot of pillarboxed apps and games that show black spaces on each side.
For this week's collection I put together three games that look absolutely fantastic on the iPhone 5's larger display. The first is the latest in a popular arcade-style racing franchise and gives you more viewing area as you blaze around the track. The second is an action RPG that pits you against demonic beasts as you hack and slash your way to saving a kidnapped queen. The last is the newest version of a popular soccer series that might be the best sports game available on iOS.
Asphalt 7 has all the bells and whistles of a great arcade racing game and looks amazing on the iPhone 5. To start off, you get 60 licensed cars from manufacturers all over the world, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin, all intricately detailed and great-looking on the Retina Display. There are six different game modes in which you'll be challenged to race in 15 different leagues for a total of 150 different races. Tracks are set in real cities around the world, such as Paris, London, and Miami, with all the appropriate landmarks. You also have achievements (called Goals, in this game) for everything from finishing your first race to completing a league and everything in between.
Built with the Unreal Engine, Wild Blood features stunning 3D graphics as you hack and slash your way through hordes of enemies. The story is a little far-fetched, but it makes for great fun. You play as Sir Lancelot in search of Queen Guinevere who is held captive by King Arthur and his sister, here called Morgana Le Fey. Apparently in his jealousy of his queen's romance with Lancelot, King Arthur has enlisted the help of his evil sorceress sister to open a hellgate and, with the help of demonic monsters who...well, who really cares? Though the storyline doesn't quite match up with the more usual King Arthur mythology, the game has amazingly beautiful 3D graphics and realistic ambient sounds, along with frenetic -- though fairly linear -- gameplay.
Having played many of the previous versions of the franchise on consoles and all of the various soccer games on mobile, I can say that FIFA 13 is the best soccer game on iOS, with 500 fully licensed teams to play with over 15,000 players, across 30 leagues. You can play as your favorite teams, pass to your favorite players with realistic attributes, and use new skill moves to get free and go for the goal. This game is so deep and so well-made that I can't think of a single sports game that is better on iOS. The added screen space on the iPhone 5 really helps to see more of the field.