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Curse Of Naxxramas To Bring New Adventure To Hearthstone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced Curse of Naxxramas a single player adventure mode for the Hearthstone online card game. Players of the adventure will have the opportunity to defeat a collection of iconic bosses in an effort to earn new cards for their decks. Curse will also introduce a new game board and nine unique class challenges to conquer. The first of five unique wings in the dungeon adventure will be available free to all players, while the remaining four will require in-game gold or real money to access.

A Necropolis to Die For

The ancient necropolis Naxxramas, a base of operations for the powerful archlich Kel’Thuzad and his plague-bearing undead host, comes to Hearthstone in a single-player Adventure that anyone can undertake. Progress through each of the five unique wings of the dungeon and gain new cards for your Hearthstone collection by defeating the iconic bosses you’ll face along the way: the oversized arachnid Maexxna, the fungal horror Loatheb, and the shambling abomination Patchwerk are just a few of the horrors awaiting you. Each boss has its own unique cards and hero powers at its disposal to challenge even the most seasoned of card-slinging adventurers.

New Cards!

Progressing through Curse of Naxxramas and overcoming the challenges that lurk within will reward you with all-new Hearthstone cards! Once you earn these cards, you can start playing with them in your decks right away. A total of 30 new cards will be added with Curse of Naxxramas.

Peer Into the Plague Quarter

One of the bosses you’ll be pitted against within the Plague Quarter is the devious plague cauldron master Heigan the Unclean. His Eruption spell will put your minion’s dancing skills to the test, and Mindpocalypse will make you think you’ve got the upper hand. Speaking of hands, Heigan definitely never washes his. Gross.

Defeating Heigan will net you a brand new card to add to your collection, and the completion of each wing will reward you with a guaranteed new Legendary card!

All New Game Board!

Curse of Naxxramas will have its own unique game board that you’ll battle on while you’re in the Adventure, complete with brand-new interactive corners. What could possibly lurk within that quivering mass of eggs? Do you really want to find out?

Test Your Might with Class Challenges!

On top of all of that, nine unique Class Challenges lie in wait within Curse of Naxxramas. These challenges put a difficult twist on existing encounters within the adventure and will put your Hearthstone skills with a specific class to the test! If you’re able to overcome the Class Challenges that face you, you’ll be rewarded with new class-specific cards to add to your collection.

Make Tracks to Naxx!

Curse of Naxxramas will open its gates over the course of 5 weeks, opening wing by wing. The first wing of Curse of Naxxramas, The Arachnid Quarter, will be available free for all Hearthstone players. If you wish to venture further into Naxxramas to collect all of the new cards for your collection, each wing besides the Arachnid Quarter can be purchased with in-game gold or real money, whichever you prefer. As each wing is released, the cards available in each wing will also show up in your Arena picks, even if you have not earned them for your personal collection yet.

Beware the Necropolis!

We hope you enjoyed this first look into Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure. Curse of Naxxramas is planned to release simultaneously for PC, Mac and iPad. A release date will be announced at a later time. We’ll have further details, including pricing and availability, in the future, so please stay tuned!

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B2: Sir Hammerlock Versus The Son of Crawmerax Launched
6:00 AM | IMG News | 7 comments

Gearbox Software's fifth and final Borderlands 2 Headhunter add-on, Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax, is now available. Brought to Mac by Aspyr Media the DLC revolves around the players attempts to defeat Crawmerax Jr., son of the great crab worm from an add-on for the original Borderlands.

Join Sir Hammerlock along with Brick, Mordecai, and Lilith on a relaxing vacation on Wam Bam Island as you play the biggest (and last) Headhunter add-on in the series. At first, everything appears peaceful as Sir Hammerlock shows off his homemade brew and talks about the latest in Varkid tracking… that is, until tragedy strikes when a monstrously large beast kidnaps the scholarly hunter and pulls him underground. Fortunately, Crazy Earl and Mordecai are on hand to help recover the mustached colleague, provided you do a few favors for them first.

Your journey across Wam Bam Island culminates in a battle against a foe that may look familiar to some – Crawmerax Jr., the son of the great crab worm from The Secret Armory of General Knoxx add-on for the original Borderlands. Crawmerax Jr. is seeking vengeance on Lilith, Brick and Mordercai for brutally defeating his father over and over again. You must fight him off without their help so, you may want to call some friends to help you out with this one.

If you are successful in defeating Crawmerax Jr., you get the honor of wearing his head – but shrunk down to fit on your character’s neck since you aren’t an 80 foot crab worm. Each character gets a new beach themed skin as well, including Axton wearing an 80’s Aloha shirt and a certain dual gun wielding Vault Hunter prepping for a wet t-shirt contest. Oh, and make sure to bring your sun screen!

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • 2.2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1.3 GB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS
    • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Require Borderlands 2 to play
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Note:
    Game Pad Support - Borderlands 2 supports both the Microsoft XBox 360 wired gamepad and the PlayStation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless controller
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock vs the Son of Crawmerax is available now for $2.99 (USD).

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Control Command Escape Reviews Moebius: Empire Rising
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Control Command Escape has posted a new review of Phoenix Online Publishing's Moebius: Empire Rising. Jane Jensen's return to the adventure game genre casts players in the role of Malachi Rector, an antiquities dealer who becomes embroiled in a mystery when he takes a job from a secretive government agency.

The story itself is intriguing, though if I'm honest it was a little too much pulp sci-fi for my liking, but there's no doubt that the strong writing carries the weight of the entire game. The game itself is packed full of historical tid-bits, but it's definitely the characters that make the game as interesting as it is. There's no real branching of storyline or decisions to be made like in the recent Telltale games, this is old-school point-and-click adventure all the way, completely linear and with a lot to read (although it is mercifully, fully-voiced).
Read the full review at the link below.

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Defend The Realm In Towers Of Altrac
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Towers of Altrac from Cybertron Design Studios is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The tower defense title features 3 campaigns, a choice of 3 nations, hundreds of enemies to defeat, and the option for 2-4 player co-op play.

Towers of Altrac brings new features of tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels. The lands of Altrac are invaded by the Morkul’al and it’s up to you to defense against the enemies. The lands are divided into three folks: The Dreoks, an engineering nation of humans. The Eldran, a forrest nation and the Kal’than, a magician nation. Each nation has an own campaign to go through and free up the lands.

Beautiful 3D environments, spectacular effects, dynamic weather system, day and night time cycles and a lot more bring the world to life. With the wide variety of towers, enemies and maps, a long and interesting gameplay is ensured.

Features:

  • Co-op mode (2-4 Players)
  • 3 campaigns (singleplayer or Co-Op mode)
  • 3 nations to play (Dreoks, Eldrans or Kal’than)
  • S.A.D. A.I. System (Own developed Search and Destroy System)
  • High Replayability (Approximately 45 hours of gameplay)
  • Over 600 Enemies (50 enemy types, 15 boss types and 15 elementary enemies)
  • 62 Unique Maps
  • 57 Towers with 5 updates each
  • 10 Special abilities and max. LvL 60 characters
  • Unique Environments (own landscape, way-system, dynamic weather system, day cycles and specials)
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2.2 GB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
Tower of Altrac is available now for $24.99 (USD).

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 14 comments

Feral Interactive has announced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut, the enhanced version of the action role-playing game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, is out now for the Mac, available exclusively through Steam. Deus Ex: Human Revolution was developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix for games consoles and PC.

“Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut polishes an already fantastic experience,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “The overhauled boss fights give players even more choice about how they approach the most climactic moments of the game.”

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut makes several improvements to the original version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution including overhauled boss fights, reinforced combat mechanics and improved enemy AI. Striking visual upgrades to the textures, lighting, fog and shadows make this the best-looking and most immersive Deus Ex experience available.

The Director’s Cut contains The Missing Link, Tong’s Rescue Mission and Tactical Enhancement DLC packs, which have all been seamlessly integrated into the narrative flow of the main game. Additional features include over eight hours of developer commentary and a 45-minute “Making of” documentary.

The Mac version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut is a SteamPlay™ title that supports achievements, leaderboards and save game synchronisation.

Minimum system requirements call for a 2.0Ghz Intel Mac with at least 4.0GB RAM, 512MB or better graphics card and Mac OS 10.8.5 or later. The game supports the ATI 4850 series or better, Intel HD4000 series or better, and NVIDIA GT130, NVIDIA 9600 or NVIDIA 600 series or better. A Steam account is required to purchase the game.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut is available fir US$19.99, £12.99 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €19.99 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe.

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Lost Civilization Available Now
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Phoenix Online Studios and Icarus Games recently announced the release of Lost Civilization. The adventure casts players in the role of amateur archaeologist Suzanne, who must unearth the mystery of a forgotten civilization and rescue her kidnapped fiancé.

In Lost Civilization, race to unearth the mystery of a forgotten civilization and rescue your kidnapped fiancé in an atmospheric adventure, suitable for beginners and diehards alike, featuring a haunting blend of puzzle-solving and investigation. As amateur archaeologist Suzanne, journey from the dark corners of Prague to the forgotten chapters of Mayan civilization as you solve clever puzzles and unravel ancient secrets that could lead to proof that alien life exists on Earth. Featuring over 70 richly-detailed and animated scenes, haunting sound effects, and a refreshing variety of challenges ranging from clever brainteasers to eye-catching interactive mini-games, the fate of the world rests in your hands.
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Moebius: Empire Rising Available Now
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Moebius: Empire Rising from veteran adventure game designer Jane Jensen and Phoenix Online Publishing is now available. The game lets players step into the shoes of Malachi Rector, an antiquities dealer who becomes embroiled in a mystery when he takes a job from a secretive government agency.

This thrilling new adventure game from master storyteller Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter) and Phoenix Online Studios (Cognition, The Silver Lining) introduces Malachi Rector, an expert in antiquities whose photographic memory and eye for detail transform people and clues into interactive puzzles.

When a secretive government agency enlists him to determine whether a murdered woman in Venice resembles any particular historical figure, Malachi is left with only questions. Why would the U.S. government hire him - a dealer of high-end antiques - to look into a foreign murder? Why does David Walker, a former Special Forces operative he meets in his travels, feel like someone Malachi’s known all his life? And how come every time Malachi lets his guard down, someone tries to kill him?

Moebius: Empire Rising is a contemporary adventure that merges classic point-and-click puzzle solving with Jane Jensen’s sophisticated storytelling. Travel the world using Malachi’s unique deductive powers to analyze suspects, make historical connections, and uncover the truth behind a theory of space and time the government will defend at any cost.

Features:

  • New murder-mystery adventure from legendary designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight)
  • Use your photographic memory to analyze clues, crime scenes to fit historical patterns
  • Travel to Venice, Cairo, Zurich and more unraveling the mysteries of space and time
  • Blends 2D and 3D graphics to create sophisticated story, atmosphere and puzzles
  • Unravel a global conspiracy that threatens to disrupt the very fabric of life
  • Inspired by modern retellings of classic detective stories
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 2.5 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
Moebius: Empire Rising is available to pre-order now for $29.99 (USD).

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SteamTRAIN 4.4 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Nostalgic Software has announced the release of SteamTRAIN 4.4. The latest incarnation of the 1800's era steam train simulation adds night lighting on the track-map, improves locomotive smoke, and smooths details with anti-aliasing.

More about SteamTRAIN:

Your train will travel between stations, up and down grades, negotiate curves, switch tracks, and couple/uncouple cars. Simple keyboard/mouse controls include the throttle, boiler pressure, traction sand, air brakes, manual couplers, and track switches. A mixed-weather option includes clear skies, rain, or snow plus day/night -- all in one run. Spectacular crashes possible with full recovery. The Setup Mode allows learning, creative challenges and freelance experiments.

MailTrain Mode offers speed/schedule challenges. Starting from the east or west terminal, your job is to pickup and deliver mail and newspapers to all stations along the route. Your schedule is based on pre-chosen degrees of difficulty: number of cars, weather, steepness of slopes, speed of other trains, consumables, etc. Phantom Express trains appear and vanish several times during a run. High scores are maintained for local competition.

Dispatcher Mode offers hours of real train operation challenges. You select locomotive(s) from the roundhouse at one terminal; assemble the marked cars into a passenger, freight or mixed train; and travel to the opposite terminal picking up and dropping off cars along the way to attain a score. Several options add difficulty such as steep grades, mixed weather, plus number and types of cars. An opposing Robo train launches from the opposite terminal. High scores and settings can be saved.

Download an Intel Mac or Win PC Demo/Update of SteamTRAIN 4.4 @ NostWare.com. Help and Controls files are separate downloads for possible translation. Purchase ST 4.4 for $12 @ KAGI. This is a Free Upgrade for any prior ST 4.x customers.

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