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Combat Mission 3.0 Engine Upgrades Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Battlefront.com recently announced the release of patches for the Mac versions of Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy, and Combat Mission: Fortress Italy. The upgrades convert and upgrade existing games to include most of the advanced new CMx2 version 3.00 game features.

Finally, the 3.0 Mac OS X Engine Upgrades for Combat Mission Battle for Normandy and Combat Mission Fortress Italy are here!

The Upgrades convert and upgrade your existing games (and any installed modules) automagically to include most of the advanced new CMx2 v3.00 game features! Upgrades must be purchased separately for each title.

Graphics

  • Hit impacts to vehicles and bunkers now shown graphically ("hit decals")
  • Water animates for fording units
  • Improved shaders
Gameplay
  • Ground units are now able to fire at attacking aircraft
  • Ammo Dumps allow platoons to have reserve ammo stored separately on map (automatically distributed for certain Skill Levels)
  • WeGo TCP/IP with the ability to save but not the ability to replay combat action
  • Spotters restricted to directing only one Mission at a time. Assets can now be group fired.
  • More realistic/varied RoF of automatic weapons.
  • Improved load time for scenarios, especially larger ones with complex terrain
User Interface
  • Three different sets of camera controls; Standard (traditional), First Person Shooter, and Real Time Strategy
  • Optional graphical Command and Control link tracing
  • KIAs are shown in the Soldier/Crew Panels to track soldiers lost during the game
  • Option to disable music separate from other game sounds
Editor
  • Ability to create AI Triggers that execute actions based on other units or interaction with Objectives (existing battles do not have this, but it can be added by authors if they wish)
  • Maximum map size increased
  • Improved responsiveness of 2D editing, especially for large maps
  • Improved load time for 3D Preview, especially large maps
  • Customized "Mod Tags" for most graphics. This allows for multiple mods for the same item without the need to move items in/out of Data folder
  • Ability to specify specific mods be used for a specific Scenario. If CM fails to find the specified mod it will use the default
Learn more at the links below.

CMBN v3.0 Mac OSX Upgrade
CMFI v3.0 Mac OSX Upgrade
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Tropico 5 Stages A Coup At MGS
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Kalypso Media's Tropico 5 is available now for purchase at Mac Game Store. The next instalment of the dictatorial city-builder series was developed by Haemimont Studios and gives players the chance to start their reign during colonial times and maintain control beyond the 21st century.

Return to the remote island nation of Tropico in the next installment of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular ‘dictator sim’ series. Expand your Dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century, facing an all-new set of challenges, including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research, exploration and for the first time in Tropico history – cooperative and competitive MULTIPLAYER for up to 4 players.

Features:

  • The Eras - Start your reign during colonial times, survive the World Wars and the Great Depression, be a dictator during the Cold War, and advance your country to modern times and beyond. From the 19th century to the 21st, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities.
  • The Dynasty - Each member of El Presidente’s extended family is present on the island and may be appointed as a ruler, a manager, an ambassador or a general. Invest in the members of your Dynasty to unlock new traits and turn them into your most valuable assets.
  • Research and Renovate - Advance your nation by discovering new buildings, technologies and resources. Renovate your old buildings to more efficient modern buildings.
  • Advanced trade system and trade fleet - Amass a global trade fleet and use your ships to secure trade routes to neighboring islands or world superpowers, both for export and import.
  • Explore your island - Discover what lies beyond the fog of war. Find valuable resource deposits and explore the ruins of ancient civilizations.
  • All new art - All artwork has been re-designed from scratch to provide Tropico 5 with a unique visual identity. Choose from over 100 buildings from each of the individual eras.
  • Cooperative and competitive multiplayer – Up to 4 players can build up their own cities and economies on any given island map. Players can choose to share resources, supplies and population or declare war on each other.
Requirements:
    Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 2 GHz Quad Core Intel Mac
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Tropico 5 can be pre-ordered now for $35.99 (USD), 10% off the regular price.

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Wasteland 2 Blasts From The Past
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Over 25 years after the original game debuted, inXile Entertainment has released Wasteland 2. The sequel to Wasteland brings to life an alternate future history where America is just beginning to stir from the radioactive aftermath of a deadly nuclear holocaust that took place in 1998. Players must take command of an inexperienced squad of Desert Rangers – the only law left in the Arizona wastes – and set out across the treacherous landscape to help the last remaining remnants of humanity in their struggle for survival against hordes of bandits, criminals, mutants, cultists and worse – much worse.

Brian Fargo of inXile Entertainment said:
“I’m very proud of the final game and the fine work the team at inXile did on Wasteland 2. It’s been one helluva journey over the last few years, with this game being one of the biggest RPGs I have worked on to date and certainly the most detailed. We estimate a solid 70 hours+ of gameplay and, even at that, you will miss much of the content on your first play-through by virtue of the depth of the design. It's difficult to express just how re-playable it is.  Areas, options and story lines are continually opened up and closed off based on your actions, making it almost impossible to play the same game twice. It's going to be quite entertaining for us to hear people describe their contrasting experiences online.”

Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! After 2.5 years in development and with the help of over 70,000 Kickstarter backers, the Wasteland's hellish landscape is now waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying.

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG and the inspiration behind the Fallout series. Until Wasteland, no other CRPG had ever allowed players to control and command individual party members for tactical purposes or given them the chance to make moral choices that would directly affect the world around them. Wasteland was a pioneer in multi-path problem solving, dripping in choice and consequence and eschewing the typical one-key-per-lock puzzle solving methods of its peers, in favor of putting the power into players’ hands to advance based on their own particular play style.

The Wasteland series impressive and innovative lineage has been preserved at its very core, but modernized for the fans of today with Wasteland 2. Immerse yourself in turn-based tactical combat that will test the very limits of your strategy skills as you fight to survive a desolate world where brute strength alone isn’t enough to save you. Deck out your Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone and get ready for maximum destruction with the RPG-style character advancement and customization that made the first Wasteland so brutal. Save an ally from certain death or let them perish – the choice is yours, but so are the consequences.

Features:

  • A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic.
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format.
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Don't feel like finding the key for a door? Why not try a Rocket Launcher! Basically the same thing... right?
  • Enhanced Classic RPG Game Play: Classic RPG game play ideas updated with modern design philosophies.
  • Decision Making... with Consequences: With both short and long term reactivity to the players choices, every decision matters in the outcome of the story.
  • Huge & Customizable: Dozens of hours of game. Hundreds of characters. Thousands of variations on your Rangers' appearance. Over 150 weapons. Dozens of skills. Even the UI can be customized.
  • Steam Features: Wasteland 2 supports Cloud Saving so you can sync your saves across multiple computers!
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 30 GB HD Space
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 5670
    • NVIDIA GeForce 320M
    • Intel HD Graphics
The Deluxe Edition also includes:
  • A free copy of The Bard's Tale.
  • Three digital novellas set in The Wasteland world.
Wasteland 2 is available now for $39.99 (USD), while the Digital Deluxe Edition costs $59.99 (USD).

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Pandora: Eclipse Of Nashira Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Slitherine and Proxy-Studios have announced the release of Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira. The expansion to the sci-fi 4X turn-based strategy game introduces a new faction, covert warfare, deployable minefields, and the chance to expand beyond coastlines.

The world of Pandora, mankind’s new hope, was already a dangerous place for the human colonists. A hostile environment where vile alien creatures roamed the land and these did not welcome the human visitor. As if all these hazards were not enough, Pandora has now become an even more dangerous place. As the sun grows dark, a new enemy species reaches the surface of this hostile world, rising up from the depths of Pandora and a new human faction joins the competition for the planet’s dominance.

In order to cope with these new enemies, players need to use new features to their advantage. The new diplomacy and intelligence options allow them to better cooperate in times of need, or harass a potential enemy before hostilities break out officially. Players have also been given new defensive mechanisms, such as the ability to drop mines from orbit in order to disrupt enemy formations. For the first time in Pandora, players will also be able expand beyond their land into the sea, in order to look for those precious resources that will give them an edge over their foes.

Learn more about the game at the link below.

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Telepath Tactics Composer Interviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sinister Design's Craig Stern recently posted a new interview with Ryan Richko, the composer for the company's upcoming Telepath Tactics. Set in the world of the Telepath RPG universe, the turn-based multiplayer tactics game will feature support for up to six players in hotseat mode, a new art style, redesigned UI, and a new combat engine.

What first attracted you to working on Telepath Tactics?

I’m a HUGE fan of role playing games (RPGs). I grew up with video games in the 80’s when Nintendo first came out. My first RPG was Final Fantasy. It changed my life. I was so drawn into the story, music, and tactical gameplay. It was really fascinating. To this day, my favorite series is Final Fantasy and I continue to play RPGs almost exclusively. So naturally, when I saw an opportunity to score a game like Telepath Tactics, (which reminded me of Final Fantasy Tactics) I was pretty excited. It seemed surreal to be able to score a game that so closely resembles the joy of my childhood. Telepath Tactics has so many new gameplay features never seen before in a tactical RPG which makes it unique and interesting. Also the developer was from my hometown of Chicago. =P

How do you think scoring music for a game differs from scoring for film?

It’s completely different, in most cases. Every project is unique. Some games/films require a unique perspective on scoring. And most developers/directors have a clear idea of what they want and how they want to do it. In a general sense though, scoring for games is harder in my opinion. You have to be a lot more musical, memorable, and keep the player engaged at all times. Not to mention the songs have to loop seamlessly. In film, there are only special moments to bring out great music with a wonderful melody. But if you overdo it, the film will be ruined. You never want to be bigger than the characters. You’re only accenting whats happening on screen. In games you can really go all out and I love that!

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High Tech Vampire Adventure Returns With Bloodnet
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Bloodnet from Tommo is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The re-released adventure follows the exploits of Ransom Stark, an ex-corporate hacker and mercenary from the year 2094 who seeks revenge for having been transformed into a vampire.

Manhattan, New York. 2094

It all started when I met her in her daddy's penthouse apartment. She was going to pay me for a freelance job and, by the way she looked at me, I knew I was in for something extra. But it was more than I bargained for. Much more. First, there was a kiss and then… two fangs punctured the veins on my neck.

High technology meets blackest evil in this cyberpunk vampire adventure. You play the role of Ransom Stark, an ex-corporate hacker and mercenary who's been transformed into a vampire - and wants revenge. To rid yourself of this curse, you must brave the streets of 21st-century Manhattan, where gangs, mercenaries, and cyberpunks rule. More, you must plumb the secrets of the bizarre virtual reality of Cyberspace as you combat both the vampires and the TransTechnicals megacorporation, the company that owns the cybernet. How long can you last before you give in to the thirst for blood?

Features:

  • BloodNet is a sophisticated, hard-hitting game with mature content that surfs the edge of popular culture... and beyond.
  • Experience dark urban high-tech future, ruled by oppressive mega-corporations and cybernetics.
  • Recruit cyberpunks, rage gangers, mercenaries, and hackers to aid your fight against the vampires.
  • Immerse yourself in the bizarre virtual reality of Cyberspace, where anything is possible.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1 GB HD Space
  • 64 MB VRAM
Bloodnet is available now for $5.99 (USD).

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Alien Spidy And DLCs Crash Land At MGS
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Alien Spidy from Kalypso Media Digital as well as two DLC packs for the game: Between a Rock and a Hard Place and Easy Breezy are available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The action platformer challenges players to help the alien hero Spidy as he struggles to repair his damaged ship and rescue his lost friend Virgi.

Alien Spidy:

After losing contact with his explorer friend Virgi, our fearless alien hero Spidy heads to Earth in his spacecraft to find her. While entering the Earth’s atmosphere, his spacecraft suddenly fails and starts to break up, causing Spidy to crash-land on the strange planet, with his craft scattered across forests, throughout ponds and in dark caves. Spidy finds himself alone on an alien world and faces the epic challenge of tracking down Virgi, battling strange new enemies and finding the missing pieces from his spacecraft in order to repair the damage and make their escape home.

The stage is set for the adventure of a lifetime as Spidy embarks on a perilous journey through a visually stunning 2D/3D world, where quick reflexes and fast-paced platform action create a fun and rewarding gameplay experience, which is easy to pick up, but challenging to master.

Features:

  • A unique blend of fast paced physics based platform action and challenging puzzles
  • A visually stunning, cartoon-styled animated world
  • Use the analogue control to perform intuitive skill-based manouvres as Spidy swings from danger, shoots his web and avoids numerous pitfalls and enemies
  • Explore three unique game environments with 69 diverse and challenging levels
  • Overcome a huge range of enemies and fight epic boss battles
  • Accessible for both casual and core gamers…it’s easy to pick up, but challenging to master
  • Unlock over 300 collectibles and achievements
  • Replay levels to earn higher scores and improve your leader board rankings
Between a Rock and a Hard Place:

Now unlock 3 more ridiculously difficult “Special” levels, which are set to test your ability and skill to the very extreme!

Once again you are set a challenge that has you travelling through the Forest, but this time there is no mercy! The smallest mistakes will send you right back to the start of this most brutal and unforgiving level. If you really think that you have what it takes to get Spidy from A to B then be our guest…

Determination is what you will need when you are dropped straight into an underwater cave! No wait, determination and a lot of speedy quick reflexes, because without these there is certainly no way you can beat this level. Challenge accepted?

Until now Spidy has never felt so helpless. You have to guide him out of the deepest and darkest depths of the caves; there is no sign of life anywhere! Don’t be miss lead, there is still plenty of danger this far into the earth’s crust, as you are in far less control due to wind tunnels, floating spores and unstable stalactites. You’ll be more than happy to reach the end, if you can?!

Included Levels:

  • Life is Hard - Forest
  • Water Burrow - Ponds
  • Last Special - Caves
Easy Breezy DLC:

Unlock 3 more challenging “Special” levels, one within each environment.

Go back to the forest and really learn how to spin your web and swing the way gravity intended! Take this with a pinch of salt, as the level is easy to complete but ridiculously challenging to unlock your stars. Do you think you can master this?

Venture through the ponds once more and find yourself avoiding alien fish, spikes and deadly under water plants. This challenge is dedicated to perfection. Will you be able to out manoeuvre the Alien Fish before your protective bubble runs out of energy? Did we mention that once this is done you still have to get all your stars as well?

Find yourself trapped in a cave! Don’t worry though… if the sharp red crystals, poisonous fungus or deadly mosquitos are avoided, you will be just fine! Escape this challenging cave with the help of a large number of power-ups, but no help from re-spawn checkpoints. Can you escape?

Levels Included:

  • Go Down - Forest
  • Open Water - Ponds
  • Power-up one shot - Caves
Alien Spidy Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 1.9 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2 GB HD Space
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4670
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
  • DLCs require Alien Spidy to play
Alien Spidy is available now for $9.99 (USD), while the two DLC packs can be purchased for $1.99 (USD) each.

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Endless Legend Launched
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Amplitude Studios and Iceberg Interactive recently released Endless Legend. The new 4X fantasy strategy title gives players the chance to take control of one of eight civilizations as they explore, conquer, and research their way to supremacy.

Create your own Legend

Another sunrise, another day of toil. Food must be grown, industries built, science and magic advanced, and wealth collected. Urgency drives these simple efforts, however, for your planet holds a history of unexplained apocalypse, and the winter you just survived was the worst on record. A fact that has also been true for the previous five.

As you discover the lost secrets of your world and the mysteries of the legends and ruins that exist as much in reality as in rumor, you will come to see that you are not alone. Other peoples also struggle to survive, to grow, and perhaps even to conquer.

You have a city, a loyal populace, and a few troops; your power and magic should be sufficient to keep them alive. But beyond that, nothing is certain… Where will you go, what will you find, and how will you react? Will your trail be one of roses, or of blood?

Explore fantastic lands.

  • Lead one of eight civilizations each with a unique gameplay style and storyline.
  • Survive through cold dark seasons that drive Auriga to its end. Will it also be yours?
  • Experience an endless replayability with randomly generated worlds and quests.
  • Set the size, shape, topography and more... to create your own world to discover.
Expand beyond the unknown.
  • Conquer, build and develop villages into feared fortresses or wonderful cities.
  • Assimilate powerful minor factions and use their special traits and units wisely.
  • Hire, equip and train your heroes to become army leaders or city governors.
  • Raise your civilization by finding mysterious artefacts and forgotten technologies.
Exploit every opportunity.
  • Evolve your civilization through the discovery of new advanced technologies.
  • Collect Dust, luxuries and strategic resources tradable on the marketplace.
  • Keep one step ahead of other civilizations through trade and subtle diplomacy.
  • Choose from different victory conditions and adapt your strategy on the fly.
Exterminate fools who defy you.
  • Experience an innovative dynamic simultaneous turn-based battle system.
  • Use unit equipement, abilities and the terrain to overcome your opponents.
  • Zoom out of a battle and rule the other aspects of your empire seamlessly.
  • Define your custom civilizations and confront those created by your friends.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • AMD Radeon HD 4850, NVIDIA GeForce 640, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics
  • 3 GB HD Space
Click over to the link below for more information.

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Mac Games News for Monday, September 22, 2014

Russian Front Available Now At MGS6:00 AM
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut Launched6:00 AM
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Screenshots Unveiled6:00 AM
Spacecom Released6:00 AM
 
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