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IMG Reviews Lifeless Planet
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games' Ted Bade has posted a new review of Lifeless Planet from KISS. The third person action adventure game puts players in the role of an astronaut stranded on a lifeless planet. Players must unravel the mystery of the strange planet and the unusual woman they meet if they hope to survive.

Here's an excerpt:

The game begins with you watching opening sequences as the main character leaves planet Earth heading out to a planet far away from home. The journey takes quite a while, while the character sleeps. When you and your crew arrive at the planet to land, something goes wrong and you crash, although you survive. When you awaken, you find that your crew has left to begin exploration. You head out to follow them, and quickly learn two important things. Although you were sent because the planet was supposed to be full of life, it is now bleak and desolate. Secondly, people from Earth have already settled here, but their settlements underwent some disaster that destroyed them and most of the life on the planet. More and more of the story is revealed as you move across the planet.
Read the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: Lifeless Planet
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Rebuild The Family Business In The Planner - Farming
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N3V Games' The Planner - Farming is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The simulation puts players in the role of an inheritor seeking to rebuild his grandfather's run down farm into a successful business enterprise.

In “The Planner - Farming” your recently deceased grandfather leaves you his ramshackle old farm and it’s up to you to whip it back into shape. Take on the challenge and follow in your grandpa’s footsteps. Employ personnel, purchase new buildings, vehicles and fields, and rear dairy cattle to increase your earnings and ultimately restore your farming venture to its former splendor.

Features:

  • Invest in new tractors, machinery, cattle sheds, silos, alternative energy, fields, building plots, storehouses, and much more.
  • But you don’t get nothing for nothing! Keep your numbers in the black or take out a loan if needs be! Keep a constant eye on your revenues and expenditures
  • Employ personnel, who'll become more efficient over the course of the game, if you’re prepare to pay them enough
  • Expand your farm with a variety of different buildings and efficiently use the building lots available to you
  • Renovate and expand your own house
  • Adapt to the seasons and manage your fields optimally, taking into consideration soil quality, meteorological effects, and pest and mold infestations
  • Cope with the challenges of managing a dairy herd
  • Complete with a talent system - Boost your ego by unlocking talents to give you the edge in the game
  • An animated 3D mentor, complete with voice, shares the secrets of agricultural success with you
  • Deal with random events such as gambling debts, inheritance, tax and vet bills and keep a level head
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 260 MB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4670
    • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    • Intel HD Graphics 3000
The Planner - Farming is available now for $19.99 (USD).

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Metal Gear: Revengeance Brings Metal Gear To Macs
6:00 AM | IMG News | 2 comments

TransGaming, in partnership with Konami Digital Entertainment, has announced that Metal Gear will make its debut on the Mac platform with the release of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The action game focuses on the experiences of Raiden, a child soldier transformed into a half-human, half-cyborg ninja who wields a powerful katana in his quest for vengeance.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance includes all three DLC missions: Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions, in addition to all customized body upgrades for Raiden, including: White Armor, Inferno Armor, Commando Armor, Raiden’s MGS4 body, and the Cyborg Ninja.

"METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is the perfect marquee title to initiate our company publishing strategy, while also showcasing our unparalleled technology," said Vikas Gupta, CEO & President at TransGaming. "The Metal Gear series is a legendary game franchise and we are privileged to be bringing the game to Mac. TransGaming's proprietary enablement technology ensures Mac gameplay quality is on par with current console versions."

"METAL GEAR has been a massive global success on myriad platforms and bringing the series to Mac was long overdue," said Yuji Korekado, a Producer from Konami. "METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE was a turning point in the series and is the ideal introduction for new Mac players."

Through the power of its industry-leading software enablement technology, TransGaming brings the thrill of METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE to Mac players. METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is the first game release for TransGaming since it announced it is now adding full game publishing to its diverse portfolio of services, along with technology source-code licensing and support for enablement of PC games and other DirectX®-based content on Android, iOS and SteamOS.

Developed by Kojima Productions and PlatinumGames, METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes the renowned METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory with an all-new action experience. The game seamlessly melds pure action and epic story-telling that surrounds Raiden – a child soldier transformed into a half-human, half-cyborg ninja who uses his High Frequency katana blade to cut through any thing that stands in his vengeful path!

A huge success on both Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3, METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE comes to PC with all the famed moves and action running within a beautifully-realised HD environment.

This new PC version includes all three DLC missions: Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions, in addition to all customized body upgrades for Raiden, including: White Armor, Inferno Armor, Commando Armor, Raiden’s MGS4 body, and the ever-popular Cyborg Ninja.

"CUTSCENES" option added to the Main Menu. Play any and all cutscenes.

"CODECS" option added to the Main Menu. Play all and any codec conversation scenes.

Menu option added to the CHAPTER Menu enabling user to play only the Boss battles.

"GRAPHIC OPTIONS" added to the OPTIONS Menu. Modify resolution, anti-aliasing, etc.
There is an option reading "ZANGEKI" that will modify the amount of cuts you can make.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.9.4 or later
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 27 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4870
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Intel Iris
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is available now for $29.99 (USD).

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GRID 2 Reloaded Edition Released
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Feral Interactive's GRID 2 Reloaded Edition is now available. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, GRID 2 Reloaded Edition is the successor to GRID, previously released on the Mac by Feral.

GRID 2 Reloaded Edition features ‘World Series Racing’, a disruptive new racing league with big ambitions. Players are challenged to become WSR’s star driver and build it into a top motorsport by facing off against rivals in a selection of competitions. Duels on mountain roads, drift events through city streets, and high-speed races on renowned GP circuits are all part of the competition. GRID 2 Reloaded Edition contains all the additional content previously released for the racer, including over 20 additional cars by manufacturers such as Aston Martin, BMW and McLaren.

“GRID 2 Reloaded Edition hits the sweet spot between realism and arcade racing,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “It does a fantastic job of capturing the real-world feel of each car while giving players the sense that they can master any machine.”

Be fast. Be first. Be famous.

Speed your way to the front as the star driver of ‘World Series Racing’, a disruptive new championship with global ambitions. Hold your nerve and do whatever it takes to win in nerve-jangling duels on mountain roads, experience full-contact sprints through city streets, get sideways in high-stakes drift events and carve your way around famous circuits as you propel WSR to the top of international motorsport.

Learn to master over 70 high-performance rides including supercharged muscle cars, agile open-wheel racers and cutting-edge sports vehicles. Master each car’s unique balance of speed, torque, grip and acceleration and adapt your technique to match the machine for a heightened driving experience that hits the sweet spot between realism and arcade racing.

Features:

  • Like real life, only better! TrueFeel™ handling emphasizes each car’s unique features for edge-of-control driving that will have you on the edge of your seat.
  • Tear up Californian coastal roads, Japanese mountain trails and European city streets in over 70 superb cars that represent the best in automotive engineering.
  • Prove yourself in an extensive range of events including white-knuckle drift battles, frenzied elimination races and unpredictable LiveRoutes™ courses, where the track changes as you race.
  • Immerse yourself in every race with incredible graphics, spectacular lighting, realistic sound design and advanced AI that takes risks, makes mistakes and is as committed to the win as you are.
  • GRID 2 Reloaded Edition contains all the additional content previously released for GRID 2, including the Demolition Derby event, famous tracks such as Spa Francorchamps and over 20 premium cars by manufacturers such as McLaren and Aston Martin.
  • Brought to life with the expertise, passion and experience of Codemasters, the world-leading UK racing studio responsible for the DiRT series, F1™ 2013 and the original GRID.
  • Face off against a friend/rival in head-to-head split-screen racing.
  • Ignite heated rivalries in online cross-platform multiplayer as you battle evenly-matched human opponents and begin a new career with its own progression system.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.9.4 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 11 GB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4670
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
  • This game is not currently supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
  • To activate GRID 2 Reloaded Edition, you will need an internet connection and a free Steam account
GRID 2 Reloaded Edition is available now for $49.99 (USD).

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Total War: Attila To Burn Your World Next Year
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

SEGA of America and SEGA Europe have announced Total War: ATTILA, the next installment in the multi award-winning Total War series of strategy games, will be released for Mac and Windows PCs in 2015. The game will introduce new mechanics and improvements to the Total War engine, and will put players in the role of a leader facing the apocalyptic invasion of Attila the Hun and his forces.

“With Total War: ATTILA we will create a Total War game that will challenge and enthrall fans of the series,” said Janos Gaspar, project lead on ATTILA. “We’re reintroducing some features that fans have been asking for, such as family trees and skill trees, and improving many of the core aspects of Total War we know are important to them. But to really bring the period to life, we’re building on these foundations with many new strategic features for them to consider, such as advanced street-fighting, civilians, complete settlement destruction and dynamic fire that can rage across a city as armies clash. We want to push players to the limits of their skill to survive against the odds, and to love every minute of it.”

The Dark Ages approach. A time of famine, disease and war, where refugees in their thousands flee from a sweeping tide of destruction and death. Desperate barbaric tribes rally against the ailing might of a dying and divided Roman empire; the light of civilization gutters and dims. In the great steppes of Scythia, a vast and terrifying force gathers, led by a warrior king whose thirst for conquest is utterly unequaled.

The Scourge of God, the very herald of the apocalypse, Attila the Hun.

Total War: ATTILA introduces exciting new gameplay mechanics which improve and add to numerous core turn-based and real-time Total War systems. The world will darken around you as Attila’s forces descend on your homeland creating a unique vision of survival strategy.

Features:

    Apocalyptic destruction mechanics
      Wield the ferocious power of fire in battle to set buildings ablaze and terrify defenders, or wipe entire cities and regions from the face of the campaign map with the new raze mechanic.
    Legendary start position
      Playing as the Western Roman Empire you will begin with vast territories under your control, but weakened by political in-fighting and threatened on all sides by enemies, your dominance will quickly become a struggle to survive.
    Overhauled game mechanics
      Improved core gameplay and UI through the latest optimised and modified Total War game mechanics, including politics, family tree, civic management and technological progression.
    Incredible period detail
      With new period-specific technologies, arms and armaments, religion, cultures and social upheaval, Total War: ATTILA delivers an authentic experience of this ominous chapter of our history.
    Outstanding visual fidelity
      Improvements and optimisations to both campaign and battle visuals create a chilling vision of a looming apocalypse and the ruin of the civilized world.
      With breath-taking scale, atmosphere and improved graphical performance, witness the end of days and the rise of a legend.
Check out the pages below for the announcment trailer and a few screenshots.

Total War: Attila Announcement Trailer
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Cities: Skylines Dev Diary & New Trailer Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Paradox Interactive has released the first developer diary for Colossal Order's upcoming have Cities: Skylines, as well as a new trailer. The massive city simulator from the developers of the Cities in Motion series will feature large map sizes, detailed design controls, the ability to reach endgame "wonders", and modding tools for those seeking to expand the core experience.

Welcome to the exciting world of Cities: Skylines development diaries! My name is Henkka and you might remember me from such dev diaries as ”Making the levels” and ”The Map Editor” for Cities in Motion 2 and ”Tower Bridge” for Cities in Motion. While you are taking a break from enjoying the screenshots and discussions about Cities: Skylines, you can take a look at the development processes behind the awesome game developed by us, Colossal Order and published by our friends at Paradox Interactive.

Now, put on a helmet, crawl up in a cannon and get ready to be shot into the wonderful land of Devvies!


About the game:

Inhabit a world where you define the rules. Cities: Skylines invites you to create the city of your dreams in a  sprawling landscape dominated by cloud hugging structures and jaw dropping architectural marvels.
Developed by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines offers sprawling landscapes and maps with endless sandbox gameplay and new ways to expand your city. Key to progression is the ability to influence your city’s policy by incorporating taxation into districts. All this including the ability to mod the game to suit your play style makes this the definitive city building simulation. 
You’re only limited by your imagination, so take control and reach for the sky!

Main features:

  • City policies: Set policies to guide how the city and districts develop over the course of your playthrough.
  • City districts: Personalize city districts with names of your choice for variety and personality.
  • Road building and zoning
  • Unlock buildings and services
  • Taxation: Fine-tuning the city budget and services and setting tax rates to different residential, commercial and industrial levels and controlling what kind of areas are more likely to spawn in the zoned areas
  • Public transportation: Build transport networks throughout the city with buses and metros
  • Outside connections: Make industry and commercial districts flourish with new customers in the neighboring cities
  • Wonders: the ultimate end-game content that the players strive towards
  • Huge maps: Unlock new map tiles with unique possibilities to expand the city
  • Water flow simulation: Add new challenges to water services.
  • Polished visual style and core gameplay
  • Modding tools: Built in feature designed to encourage creative pursuits.
Cities: Skylines will be available in 2015. Check out the new information at the links below.

Cities: Skylines Dev Diary 1
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Kickstart The Town Of Salem
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

An IMG reader recently emailed us about a new Kickstarter campaign to fund further development of Town of Salem from Blank Media Games. Currently a browser based free to play multiplayer flash game, Town of Salem is described as "all about mind games and understanding the human psyche to get an edge over the other players in the game." It is a digital adaption of the party games Mafia and Werewolf, set in the witch trial era in an alternate universe Salem, MA. Blank Media plans to use Kickstarter funds to create mobile and Steam versions of the game, as well as add more support for non-English speakers.

Town of Salem is a fresh innovation on the classic party games Mafia and Werewolf. It is a game of murder, accusations, deceit and mob hysteria.
Town of Salem takes place in the era of the Salem witch trials in an alternate universe version of Salem, MA. 

Mobile, Steam and Localization

Town of Salem is currently operating as a free-to-play browser game. Since the launch of the Alpha version our fans have been clamoring for 3 things:

  • When is the mobile version coming out?
  • When is the Steam version coming out?
  • When will there be support for non-English speaking players?
That is what this Kickstarter is all about. We need help from the community to be able to tackle all of the difficulties and challenges that will come from doing the mobile and Steam ports, as well as the localization support.

About the Game:

Town of Salem is a browser-based game that challenges players on their ability to convincingly lie as well as detect when other players are lying. The game ranges from 7 to 15 players. These players are randomly divided into alignments - Town, Mafia, Serial Killers, Arsonists and Neutrals. If you are a Town member (the good guys) you must track down the Mafia and other villains before they kill you. The catch? You don't know who is a Town member and who is a villain. If you are an evil role, such as a Serial Killer, you secretly murder town members in the veil of night and try to avoid getting caught.

Town of Salem has 29 unique roles ensuring a different experience each time you play. Before a game starts players are put into a lobby where the host can select what roles will be in the game. Players are then assigned roles at random from the list of chosen roles. Players have an in-game role card that explains their roles abilities and alignments.

Learn more at the links below.

Town Of Salem Kickstarter
Town Of Salem
Town Of Salem Trailer



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Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons Faction Trailer Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Kasedo Games and Camel 101 has released a "faction featurette marathon" trailer for the upcoming Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons, a new intergalactic real-time tactics game scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of 2014. Players take command of the Black Talons mercenary company stranded on a planet in the middle of a invasion and forced to fight if they hope to escape.

Take command of the Black Talons company, a fearless mercenary unit currently stationed in the Oberon system providing needed military support in a galaxy torn apart by ruthless dictators and power-hungry warlords. The Black Talons provide everything from specialist squads and supplies, to entire armies, bases – and even powerful mechs of warfare. This comes at a price, of course – but in a universe controlled by the corrupt, is it enough to stand by and watch while great cities burn to the ground and whole civilisations are destroyed all in the name of conquest?

A devastating war has torn the galaxy apart. Dozens of planets and star systems have declared independence or forged new alliances, while governments fall and warlords rise to power. Chaos and corruption are everywhere and so to maintain order and negotiate peace between the ruling factions, private mercenary armies are called to action.

You are commander of the Black Talons company, currently stationed in the Oberon system. After a fierce campaign, the military Tzanar Union has overrun the planet of Genai and blocked all departure from the system: leaving you and the Black Talons stranded. The only means of escape is to help the Genai forces repel the invading army and recapture the planet.

Features of Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons

  • Extensive campaign mode where the actions of the player have a direct impact on the local system’s balance of power
  • Persistent and fully customizable squads
  • Various unit classes with specialized roles and their own distinctive set of weapons, abilities and skill trees
  • 5 worlds with differing environments and weather conditions that directly affect battle
  • Powerful mechs can enter the battlefield and turn the tide of combat
  • Customize and upgrade your base with weapons and infrastructure that will boost squad numbers, teleport soldiers or even bombard the battlefield
  • Faction relations influence a player’s progress throughout the game: either by giving access to unique units or interfering with missions
Click over to the pages below for more.

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