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Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:01 PM

Mac versions of Electronic Arts' The Sims Medieval and Bioware's Dragon Age 2 are now available for pre-order. The latest Sims title takes players back in time to create sims heroes, set forth on quests, and build a kingdom. Dragon Age 2, sequel to Bioware's hit Dragon Age: Origins RPG, puts players in the role of a warrior destined to rise to power.

The Sims Medieval:
The Middle Ages come to life with The Sims.

The Sims go back in time and get medieval! The Sims Medieval takes The Sims into the Middle Ages with all new features, new graphics and new ways to play. For the first time, players can create heroes, venture on quests, and build up a kingdom. In an ancient land of adventure, drama and romance, players will be able to get medieval like never before.

Introducing Next-Gen Sims Tech And Features
  • A world of Sims filled with stories, adventures, romance, drama and comedy
  • Enhanced environment and character graphics, lighting, and gameplay
Rich Dramatic Medieval Setting
  • Experience epic stories of the age, full of drama, fantasy, conflict, comedy, romance, and intrigue
New Features: Heroes, Quests, Kingdom-Building
  • Create Heroes - Build up their skills and send them on epic quests
  • Quests - Drive your kingdom's story - Good or evil, cruel or kind, romantic or warlike
  • Build a Kingdom - Start with an empty field and build up your kingdom, deciding its ultimate ambition and working to achieve its destiny
Other Features
  • Achievement system – Be rewarded you for your skill in reaching your kingdom ambitions and completing your quests.
  • Magic - Your wizard will learn a variety of powerful spells that will help him complete quests and carry out his duties to the kingdom.
  • Crafting system - Your blacksmith will forge weapons of varying quality you’re your physician will create cures for a variety of ailments.
  • Diplomatic system - Negotiate treaties, conduct trade or declare war on surrounding kingdoms.
  • Fishing - Yes, there is fishing.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • At least 5.3 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
  • ATI X1600 or Nvidia 8600 GT with 256 MB of Video RAM
  • Keyboard and mouse
    NOTE: This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA class of integrated video cards.
Dragon Age 2
Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.
  • Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
  • Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
  • Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
  • Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
  • Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.
Pre-Purchase Now To Receive Two Special In-Game Items!
FADESHEAR (Sword)
The core of this blade is old. As old as the first smiths who sought a way to battle the nightmares from the land beyond. It has fought the demonic hosts in countless battles. Sometimes it has been held high in triumphant victory. Other times, it has lain broken besides its dying owner. But after every defeat it has always been reclaimed, reforged, and made stronger. Fadeshear has passed through many hands before yours. Now it is your turn to make the demons of the Fade pay for crossing the Veil into the waking world.
  • Improves with each level-up
  • additional damage vs. demons and undead
THE LION OF ORLAIS (Shield)
At the height of the Summer War all of Orlais was embroiled in fierce battles. Over the course of the war dozens of contenders for the Imperial Throne emerged – most long forgotten except as footnotes in scholarly tomes. But everyone remembers the gallant young lord Emile Deveraux, “The Golden Prince”. Thought outnumbered at every turn, he racked victory upon victory culminating in the Seventh Battle of Roses. While wearing this shield he broke through his uncle’s vanguard to win the day. He never knew the taste of defeat, instead meeting his end at the hands of a jealous lover in the dead of night.
  • 2 rune slots
  • Adds to health
  • Adds to % XP gain
Bonus Content: The Black Emporium
Nestled deep under Kirkwall, you'll find a market with a curious collection of items, some for sale, some for free, and ranging from the mundane to the mysterious! One artifact can even transform your very body, face, hair, eyes—all new! We've even granted you your very own mabari war hound to call to your side with a whistle—a boon in battle and a beloved pet at home. Visit the Black Emporium today, and you’ll be the envy of adventurers everywhere. Your invitation awaits!
  • A magic item store that has some of the best equipment you'll find in the game. It’s restocked with better items as you progress through the story.
  • A loyal mabari hound that fights at your side in battle.
  • The "Mirror of Transformation". Gaze into it and you can change your very appearance. Hair, eyes, tattoos, and more can be changed with the click of a button.
  • A crafting store which sells powerful unique recipes.
  • Explore the Black Emporium and uncover its strange secrets and lore. Be sure to see its strange proprietor. It should prove most… memorable.
Requirements:[list]
[*]Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard or greater
[*]1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better
[*]2 GB or greater
[*]9 GB of hard drive space required
[*]ATI HD2600, NVIDIA 9400, or better graphics card with at least 256 MB of dedicated VRAM
[*]Keyboard and mouse
NOTE: Video cards not supported: Intel GMA series, Nvidia 7x00 series, AMD 1x00 series, AMD 2400
Both titles come to the Mac courtesy of TransGaming and its Cider Portability Engine, and will release simultaneously with the Windows versions. The Sims Medieval is scheduled for a March 22 release and costs $49.99 to pre-order. Dragon Age 2 will be released on March 8 and costs $59.99.

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#2 ikir

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:19 PM

Dragon Age 2!!! YEAH!!!

But... i would to buy it on Mac App Store if possible :P
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:30 PM

View Postikir, on 04 February 2011 - 05:19 PM, said:

Dragon Age 2!!! YEAH!!!

But... i would to buy it on Mac App Store is possible :P

Buy it from here, support your forum, it might be on mac games arcade, so you'll get a digital download
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 08:12 PM

I've had some emails from those seeking clarification. I contacted TransGaming and EA and received confirmation that both titles are indeed coming to Mac courtesy of the Cider Portability Engine. Also of interest, the Mac versions will be coming out the same day as the Windows versions.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 08:21 PM

Well +2 for the things they did right this time:
- announced it before it was released (orignial DA was just released one day, and many people already bought it for windows)
- sameday release as windows

-1 for cider though (although its getting pretty good)


So overall we have a +1 score here, wasn't that neat!
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:03 PM

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"-1 for cider though (although its getting pretty good)"

DID YOU PLAY DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS on Mac?! That ran STUPENDOUSLY!!! It's being a Cider port or a french fry port is completely moot if it runs perfectly fine!


Not available via MacGameStore?? I'm putting my Ghost Recon Deluxe order on macgamestore... gametree is so damn slow!



I'd LOVE to hear Mass Effect 2 and/or 3 is coming out for Mac, too... pweeeeze!


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Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:58 PM

I am pretty confident in DA2 for Mac though it is Ciderized Game. :mellow:

The system requirements is at least the same as the PCs. :o

I am sure my MBP could handle it very well. :lol:

The only question: why is Dragon age 2 only 9GB?

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:06 PM

View Postbismarrvk, on 04 February 2011 - 09:58 PM, said:

The only question: why is Dragon age 2 only 9GB?

They were going to make it about 13.6GB... but the rest was water...
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:38 PM

Is the disc version hybrid? The box art here seems to indicate so: My link

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:06 AM

View PostCougar, on 04 February 2011 - 11:38 PM, said:

Is the disc version hybrid? The box art here seems to indicate so: My link

I contacted EA and Bioware about that but haven't heard anything official yet.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 05:37 AM

I bought Dragon Age for mac when it came out.  It has been a good game, but they've totally fallen down on support.  I can't even find a place to download mac patches anymore.  Why should I bother to throw more money away on another game without worthwhile support?

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 06:01 AM

View Postprichardson, on 05 February 2011 - 05:37 AM, said:

I bought Dragon Age for mac when it came out.  It has been a good game, but they've totally fallen down on support.  I can't even find a place to download mac patches anymore.  Why should I bother to throw more money away on another game without worthwhile support?

Yeah, the patch and DLCs came so late.

but i believe this time, things will be different since DA2 for mac will be release the same day.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 08:13 AM

View Postprichardson, on 05 February 2011 - 05:37 AM, said:

I bought Dragon Age for mac when it came out.  It has been a good game, but they've totally fallen down on support.  I can't even find a place to download mac patches anymore.  Why should I bother to throw more money away on another game without worthwhile support?

As far i remember Dragon Age 1 auto update at loading.
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 08:59 AM

View PostUmarOMC1, on 04 February 2011 - 09:03 PM, said:

DID YOU PLAY DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS on Mac?! That ran STUPENDOUSLY!!! It's being a Cider port or a french fry port is completely moot if it runs perfectly fine!
On your Mac Pro maybe, but on most Macs a little bit more to the lower end – even if they were far above the minimum – it ran like popsnizzle. DA:O on the Mac was one of the worst gaming experience I had. I haven't decided yet on which version of DA2 I will play, but it definitely won't be this Cider "port". Cider is a clear -10 in my book.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 10:54 AM

I had no problem playing DA:O on my iMac. Every once in a great while it would crash to the desktop but it ran smoothly with settings maxed. So Cider is not an issue for me. And simultaneous release with the PC version is all the better!

If I have any concern it's about the game itself and some of the "streamlined" changes they've reportedly made to combat and dialog. The most recent previews have lessened my concerns somewhat though. Fortunately we now know we don't have long to wait to find out!  Posted Image

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:05 AM

Cider is not an issue foe me ether for I have got an  mid 2009 MBP, and I believe DA2 will be even better than DAO since the progress of Transgaming.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:11 AM

I didn't have much of an issue with Dragon Age Origins on my Mac, even though it crashed a *few* times. Heck, my Mass Effect 2 on Playstation 3 crashed in a few places.

Also, ordered both Medieval Sims and Dragon Age 2!
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 01:16 PM

View PostJanichsan, on 05 February 2011 - 08:59 AM, said:

On your Mac Pro maybe, but on most Macs a little bit more to the lower end – even if they were far above the minimum – it ran like popsnizzle. DA:O on the Mac was one of the worst gaming experience I had. I haven't decided yet on which version of DA2 I will play, but it definitely won't be this Cider "port". Cider is a clear -10 in my book.

Me, and my two friends who have DA: O never had problems. The game was quite stable performance great. One of my friends was playing on a old non unibody MBP 2,4Ghz (nvidia8600) and the game was fine, naturally not at max details.
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 05:27 PM

View PostCougar, on 04 February 2011 - 11:38 PM, said:

Is the disc version hybrid? The box art here seems to indicate so: My link

I clicked their link to Pre-Order and a subsequent window popped up prompting to select my Platform- "Mac" was not on the list.
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 02:04 AM

I enjoyed playing DA:O on my 7600GT iMac albeit running at the lowest settings. It was still good fun though :)