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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Launches October 14
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gearbox Software and Aspyr Media have officially announced a Mac version of the upcoming Borderlands 2: The Pre-Sequel. Scheduled to launch on October 14, a simultaneous release with the Windows version, the game gives players the chance to discover the story behind the villainous Handsome Jack in an adventure on the moon. A Mac App Store version of the game is also in development and is scheduled to release October 16.

“Bringing the next installment in this vaunted series to Mac and Linux users the same day as Windows PC users has been a goal for us from the beginning,” said Aspyr Media’s Vice President of Publishing, Elizabeth Howard. “Luckily we have a great development team and fantastic partners in 2K Games and Gearbox Software.”

Shoot ‘n’ loot your way to the Moon!

Discover the story behind Borderlands 2 villain, Handsome Jack, and his rise to power. Taking place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel gives you a whole lotta new gameplay featuring the genre blending fusion of shooter and RPG mechanics that players have come to love.
Float through the air with each low gravity jump while taking enemies down from above using new ice and laser weapons. Catch-a-ride and explore the lunar landscape with new vehicles allowing for more levels of destructive mayhem.

Features:

    BRING MAYHEM TO THE MOON

    • Feel the moon’s low gravity with every jump and stomp.
    • Cause mayhem with new weapons equipped with ice and laser capabilities!
    • New enemies offer a space-based twist!

    THE RISE OF HANDSOME JACK

    • Witness Handsome Jack’s rise to power.
    • Dive deep into the origins of iconic Borderlands villains.
    • Turn the tables and experience Handsome Jack’s side of the story.

    A NEW CLASS OF ANTIHEROES

    • Play as one of four new character classes, including Wilhelm the Enforcer, Nisha the Lawbringer, and Athena the Gladiator.
    • Play as a combat-ready Claptrap prototype for the first-time!
    • Experience the gray morality of working alongside Handsome Jack.
Minimum System Requirements:
  • Operating System: 10.9.4 (Mavericks)
  • CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: X GB
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
  • Video Card (NVIDIA): GeForce 8800
  • Video Card (Intel): HD3000
  • Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard

    Gamepad support: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel supports the Playstation 4 Dualshock 4, the Playstation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controllers and the Xbox 360 for Windows wired controller

    NOTICE: The following video chipsets are unsupported by Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel:

    • ATI RADEON X1000 Series
    • ATI RADEON HD 2400
    • NVIDIA 8600m
    • NVIDIA 9400m, 9600m
    • Intel Integrated GMA 950
    • Intel Integrated x3100

    NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)

    NOTICE: Internet connection and acceptance of Steam™ Subscriber Agreement required for activation. See www.steampowered.com/agreement for details.

We’ve just opened pre-orders on GameAgent.com (Mac and Linux), so be sure to head over to secure your copy today. All pre-orders include free access to the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit DLC. Plus, we’ve cooked up a little something special for our members in the form of a pre-order discount! Just login to see the member-exclusive note on the game’s product pages.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac and Linux will offer full feature parity with the Windows PC version, including cross-platform multiplayer and SHiFT Support. Plus, Aspyr will be supporting all future DLC releases.

A Mac App Store version is also in the works and is currently scheduled to launch on October 16.

Follow the links below for more information.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Gameplay Vids
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Endless Legend Founders Edition Now At MGS
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Endless Legend Founders Edition from Amplitude Studios and Iceberg Interactive is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The 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. The Founders Edition includes the main game as well as various in-game bonuses and a digital soundtrack.

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
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Founders Edition Features:
  • Endless Legend Game
  • In-game Minor Faction: Ice Wargs
  • In-game Drakken Hero: Namkang
  • In-game Unique Faction Trait
  • Official Digital Soundtrack
  • A Ship for Dungeon on the Endless
  • A Hero for Dungeon on the Endless
  • "Endless Legend" Amplitude Badge
  • "Endless Legend Founder" Amplitude Badge
Endless Legends Founders Edition is available now for $44.99 (USD).

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Wasteland 2 Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

inXile Entertainment has released an update for 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.

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.

Read more about the latest patch at the link below.

Wasteland 2 Patch Notes
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Seasons Of The Wolf Trailer Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Winter Wolves recently released a new trailer for the upcoming Tales of Aravorn: Seasons of the Wolf. Set in the same world as Loren The Amazon Princess, the fantasy RPG gives players the chance to take the role of Shea or Althea, twins from the village of Ninim, who embark on an epic quest after befriending a wolf.

Welcome back to Aravorn!
 
In this role-playing game, set in the same fantasy world as the award-winning Loren the Amazon princess, you'll play as Shea or Althea, twins from the far-away village Ninim. In just the course of one year, you will experience many storylines and sidequests; situations and events where your own choices influence the very end of the game.
 
The twins' tale starts on a day like many others, when one of the siblings finds a young wolf and decides to take it with him/her. Thus begins the long journey which will take the siblings from the ice-shrouded Ninim to the desert-wrapped city of Dingirra to the storm-shrouded port of Shacklesplit. Explore the-corruption riddled halls of Dingirra, and contest with the crimelords who claim it as their own domain. Sail the high seas, battle mighty pirates, and discover their hidden treasures!

Travel alongside your old friend the ex-mercenary Vaelis, the illusionist Riley, the barbarian Krimm, the assassin Chalassa, the bard Jariel, and last, but not least, the crazy--ahem, the warlock Rowinda! As your relationships deepen, you may discover love with one of your companions. As you spend time together, you will find yourself influencing their very own storylines!

The game features 9 different classes, each with its own set of skills. With every level up, choose your attributes, each one having an impact on future battles. Fight a large variety of enemies in turn-based tactical battles and loot randomized items for a different game every time!

Details:

  • Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS 10.6+ and Linux
  • Fantasy RPG set in the world of Aravorn, like Loren The Amazon Princess
  • Play as male (Shea) or female (Althea)
  • Four characters to romance: Krimm, Riley, Jariel or Chalassa
  • 8 unique party members each one with different skills
  • Advanced isometric tileset maps for a bigger world to explore
    For more information visit the pages below.

    Seasons Of The Wolf Intro Trailer
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    Blast Invisible Enemies This October In Screencheat
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Surprise Attack Games and Samurai Punk have announced an October 21 release date for Screencheat, a unique new shooter scheduled to launch for Mac, Windows, and Linux machines. The game challenges players to to find their invisible enemies by watching the screens of other players to determine their position from landmarks and the colors of the arena.

    In the Screencheat arena, fast reaction times aren’t enough to keep you alive. When all your enemies are invisible, players will have to master the art of taking a not-so sneaky look at their opponent’s screens and working out where they are based on uniquely coloured areas of the map and distinctive landmarks.

    Screencheat pays homage to iconic competitive first-person shooters such as Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Halo, by blending the elements everyone loves about those games and shaking it up with its own unique take on the genre. The game was conceived by indie developers Samurai Punk at the 2014 Global Game Jam, where it won the ‘Jammers Game of Choice’ award and received honourable mentions for ‘Best Accessibility’, ‘Best Use of Theme’ and ‘Judge’s Choice for Best Game’.

    Screencheat is slated for release on PC, Mac, and Linux in October 2014.

    Key Features:

    • Four player split-screen multiplayer that can be played both locally and online
    • Eight weapons
    • Five maps
    • Six different game modes that can be customized to keep things fresh
    • Full Steam integration
    • Full controller support, on top of standard mouse and keyboard functionality
    About Samurai Punk
    Samurai Punk was forged in 2013, and since then has worked primarily on short, experimental games at various Game Jam events. The team has a core group of members, but certainly aren’t averse to working with other cool developers that they meet along the way!
    Click over to the site below for more.

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    Interstellar Marines NeuroGen Incident Mission Unveiled
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Zero Point Software has released The NeuroGen Incident, the first co-op mission for its upcoming old school tactical FPS, Interstellar Marines. Currently a Steam Early Access title, Interstellar Marines was inspired by titles such as Half-Life, System Shock 2, and Rainbow Six 3: Ravenshield. In the game players take the role of an elite soldier hand picked for a top secret military program to defend mankind from dangers outside our solar system.

    The NeuroGen Incident

    After four months of hard work, today we are massively proud to announce that our very first full co-op experience has been released!

Interstellar Marines is a game built on the promise of awesome co-op, and The NeuroGen Incident is the first time we've unleashed the full power of our co-op experience. Built in a level 6 times the size of our largest multiplayer map, The NeuroGen Incident allows you to play through one of the pivotal stories in the development of the Interstellar Marines program.

With difficulty levels ranging from Easy all the way to the legendary Interstellar Marines, The NeuroGen Incident can be played through multiple times with a different experience and path every game. You and your co-op friends will be fighting intelligent enemies, in different areas with divergent paths to success each time you fire up Interstellar Marines! We've even added several new Steam achievements for you to achieve during the fight.

    Interstellar Marines

    Interstellar Marines resurrects the old school tactical FPS, offering a unique blend of co-op, role-playing and non-linear gameplay. Set in a believable future, you take on the role of an elite soldier handpicked to join Project IM, a top secret military program being assembled to protect mankind from all dangers outside our solar system.

    Interstellar Marines is inspired by Half-Life, System Shock 2 and Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. Our game is all about evolving the FPS recipe with all the inspirations we've assimilated since the birth of the genre. Our goal is an evolutionary leap forward driven by our compulsive interest in science fiction, role-playing, military realism, and respect for first person immersion.

    Features Currently Available:

    • Massive singleplayer and co-op level titled The NeuroGen Incident with sandbox gameplay, randomised locations and multiple difficulty levels.
    • 8 unique indoor and outdoor maps featuring dynamic environment configurations such as time of day, rain, thunder and lightning, emergency lighting, fire alarms, movable platforms etc.
    • 100% dynamic lighting and real-time shadows as well as destructible light fixtures.
    • Full-body first person character simulation (no more floating hands!) with a physics-based dynamic character controller.
    • Advanced and intuitive crouch and cover system.
    • Physically present combat helmet with futuristic HUD projected onto the inside of the visor glass and affected by light and rain.
    • Deadlock game mode (5vs5 and 8vs8) in highly dynamic environments.
    • Full spectator and movie mode with freecam, first and third person views. Record movies, livestream, and cast matches.
    • Experience various maps and prototypes in “Playground” mode (singleplayer).
    • Play on high capacity dedicated servers in the US, Europe, Australia, Russia and Brazil.
    • Submachine Gun (CE6) and Assault Rifle (AR-3) with full-auto fire.
    • Shoot from hip or look through the Red Dot scope for increased accuracy.
    • Toggleable tactical flashlight for when it’s pitch black.
    • Toggleable laser to assist your aim (no crosshairs)
    • Smooth network play even on high latency connections with packet loss.
    • Realistically simulated ragdolls with momentum transfer.
    • Multiple Steam Achievements.
    Vision of Interstellar Marines:
    • First Person Simulation 
A razor-sharp focus on creating a truly immersive First Person Simulator via distinct graphics, audio and gameplay.
    • Tactical Co-op 
The entire game experience designed from the ground up to support up to 4 players in co-op, with true cooperative interaction.
    • Progressive Role-Playing 
Flat and classless progressive character development and skill system that is not dumbed down for consoles.
    • Nonlinear Game Design 
Open and dynamic game world that always presents a multitude of tactical options for navigating the environment.
    • Customizable Arsenal
A comprehensive selection of weapon models and types, extension upgrades and equipment options, allowing on-the-fly choice in each tactical situation.
    • Thinking AI 
Enemies that react to input from you and the surrounding game world. We would rather have one smart thinking enemy than five stupid ones.
    • Believable Science Fiction 
Realistic and rich sci-fi environments, ranging from claustrophobic space stations to large outdoor worlds.
    • Interactive Storyline 
A cinematic narrative centered around first contact with another sentient species, where your choices and actions will have consequences.
    Roadmap (Near Future):
    These are the features we are planning on adding fairly soon, and are in no particular order. Many of them have already been partially completed:
    • Steam features (stats, achievements, friends).*
    • Advanced character movement (sprint to be added).*
    • Tactical gameplay (fatigue and adrenaline).*
    • Co-op features (multiplayer).*
    • Weapon features (rate-of-fire, extensions, reload types).
    • Extend general game UI and HUD system.
    • In-game profiles.*
    • More weapon types and models.*
    • New multiplayer maps.*
    • Environment variations, theme and context.
    • Shooting range (singleplayer).
    • Developer Commentary mode.
    • Oculus Rift support.
    • Server / LAN support.*
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI).*
      *This is already partially completed and in Interstellar Marines
    Head over to the pages below for more information.

    The NeuroGen Incident Details
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    Outland Coming To Macs This Year
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Housemarque recently revealed that a Mac version of its recently released action platformer, Outland, will be available later this year. The game gives players the chance to wield the power of light and dark against the forces of chaos in a battle to save the entire world.

    Outland is a fast-paced, dynamic platformer where the player uses powers of light and dark in an epic journey to save the world from forces of chaos.

    In-between Balance and Chaos stands one man, whose efforts will either bridge the ancient divide or doom the world to destruction. Outland is an ambitious 2D-platformer with a beautiful visual style and a unique, polarity-switching gameplay system. Your adventure will

    Check out the links below to learn more.

    Outland Co-Op Multiplayer Trailer
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    Metrocide Video Walkthrough Released
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    Flat Earth Games has released a new video walkthrough for its upcoming "relentless arcade stealth-shooter," Metrocide. Scheduled for a mid-October launch, the game puts players in the role of T.J. Trench, a contract killer seeking to escape a cyberpunk dystopian city one assassination at a time.

    In Metrocide, players take on the role of T.J. Trench, a notorious contract killer in a cyberpunk dystopia, who must buy transit out of the city one assassination at a time.

    Players can weild a variety of weapons and tools to push their way through this fast-paced arcade stealth-shooter - utilising everything from traditional rifles and blasters to EMP Bombs and Holo-lures, ditching bodies as they go. Ever-present is a nightmarish fleet of cop drones, lurking above the skyscrapers and ready to pounce the second Trench's cover is blown.

    With escalating difficulty, multiple game modes and perma-death, Metrocide will push players to balance reflexes and tactics in a city where everyone wants you dead.

    About Flat Earth Games:
    Flat Earth Games was founded in early 2012 by brothers Rohan and Leigh Harris, with a partnership with Epiphany Games to co-develop their first title: TownCraft, a game which combined crafting with city-building in a medieval setting, currently available for iOS and Mac. TownCraft went on to be a local success, and the brothers continue to create original games for various platforms which aim squarely at bringing their love of 90s gaming into modern titles.

    For more, click on the links below.

    Metrocide Video Walkthrough
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