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Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Vehicle Pack Rolls Out
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Battlefront.com has announced the release of the Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy Vehicle Pack for Mac and Windows PCs. The pack includes over a dozen "oddball" vehicles like The Sherman Crab anti-mine tank and the Chruchill VII Crocodile flamethrower tank.

The Sherman Crab anti-mine tank is just one of a number of unusual and exciting vehicles included in the Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy Vehicle Pack (for PC and Mac OSX)! How about the Churchill VII Crocodile or the French Char B-2(f) flamethrower tanks? Or the Churchill AVRE with a massive 290mm "Petard" mortar! The CM:BN Vehicle Pack includes over a dozen oddball vehicles that were too fun to leave out of the game.

The Vehicle Pack requires the base game upgraded to v3.0 but no other modules (however, to access module specific vehicles, that module is required; for example, you can’t access the British vehicles if you only have the base game and no modules). It comes with IMPORTANT special installation instructions, which you'll find at the bottom.

The Vehicle Pack doesn't include any missions or campaigns. The vehicles can be used right away in any new QuickBattle or in the editor to make your own scenarios and campaigns.

The Vehicle Pack updates your game engine from v3.00 to v3.10. It includes a number of bug fixes and other improvements to the engine that will also be part of future free patches.

IMPORTANT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

The Vehicle Pack includes important updates to our anti-piracy protection and activation system. As such it comes with new instructions for how to install and activate it:

Most importantly, the Vehicle Pack will require you to activate your base game v3.0 as well as any modules you may have in addition to the Pack itself. You will need the v3.0 Upgrade license key for the base game that you received when you purchased the 3.0 Upgrade, and keys from the purchase of each of the modules (for example: the CMBN + Commonwealth Forces Bundle, or the Big Bundle, or any module alone). Re-licensing these after installing the Vehicle Pack is NOT going to use any of your remaining activations.

The way you activate changed, as well. When launching the pack for the first time, you will be prompted to activate the base game. Use the 3.0 Upgrade license key for that. On subsequent launches, the activation screen will NOT appear automatically. To force it to show up and allow you to activate additional components, please use the "Activate" shortcut instead of launching the game. The shortcut will allow you to enter any valid key to unlock additional content, such as modules, packs or upgrades. You will have to do this for each module, upgrade or pack you own. The shortcut can be found on your desktop after installation, or inside the Start>All Programs>Battlefront group on the PC, or inside the Documents folder on the Mac

Detailed activation instructions are available in the ReadMe file available during installation, as well as in the game manual, and in our Knowledgebase.

Learn more at the links below.

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Mac Game Store Halloween Sale
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Halloween is here and what better way to celebrate than with hauntingly amazing games and scary good prices! Mac Game Store has announced its annual Halloween sale is now on with over 100 of the spookiest and scariest Macintosh games on sale. That's right, over 100 Mac digital download games. Visit Mac Game Store now through Friday, October 31 to take advantage of instant deals on over 100 of the scariest Mac games. (Sale ends Saturday, November 1, 2014).

Sale items include popular games such as Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, Borderlands 2, BioShock 2, BioShock Infinite, LimboM, The Walking Dead 1 & 2, and much more. Here are just a few examples of the savings:

  • The Walking Dead - Reg. $24.99, Sale price only $6.24 (75% Off)
  • The Walking Dead 2 - Reg. $24.99, Sale price only $6.24 (75% Off)
  • The Wolf Among Us - Reg. $24.99, Sale price only $6.24 (75% Off )
  • Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition - Reg. $39.99, Sale price only $9.99 (75% Off)
  • LIMBO - Reg. $9.99, Sale price only $2.49 (75% Off)
  • Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition - Reg. $19.99, Sale price only $14.99 (25% Off)
  • BioShock Infinite - Reg. $29.99, Sale price only $14.99 (50% Off)
  • BioShock 2 - Reg. $19.99, Sale price only $9.99 (50% Off)
  • BioShock - Reg. $19.99, Sale price only $9.99 (50% Off)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Reg. $9.99, Sale price only $4.99 (50% Off)

All prices are USD (equivalent amounts in other currencies.) Be sure to visit Macgamestore.com for even more great deals. Macgamestore.com carries over 3000 Mac game titles from over 350 developers worldwide.

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Celebrate The Weekend With 75% Off Paradox Games
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Mac Game Store is showcasing the many game offerings of Paradox Interactive with the Paradox Weekend Sale. For a limited time shoppers can collect tltles like Cities in Motion 2, Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, and The Showdown Effect.

A huge list of Paradox titles are on sale now, with savings of up to 75%. Click over to the link below to learn more, and be sure to check out Mac Game Store's other specials as well.

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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Debuts
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Beamdog recently launched Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure based in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

The Enhanced Edition features new kits and character classes, dozens of new items and spells, and restored quest material cut from the original game. The redesigned user interface features Zoom capabilities and a Quickloot Bar, among numerous other improvements. Up to six players can simultaneously adventure in Icewind Dale with the new cross-platform multiplayer mode.

Evil is growing beneath the Spine of the World.

In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk. Beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides, you must confront an evil that schemes to wreak destruction upon the face of Faerûn. This is the world of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.

Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons game set in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms. This Enhanced Edition allows players to experience the epic adventure on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones, and includes a host of new features:

  • Swords and Sorcery: Discover dozens of new spells and items, including new magic armor and weapons.
  • Blackguards and Wizard Slayers: Select from over 30 new kits and classes to create the perfect adventuring party.
  • Bring A Friend: Join your fellow adventurers in cooperative, cross-platform multiplayer games.
  • See The Unseen: Explore quest content cut from the original game, now finished and restored.
  • More to Experience: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition includes both the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansion packs.
The company also recently revealed two new cleric kits for the game: Priest of Tempus and Priest of Tyr. A recent humorous video series, Rules for Avoiding a Horrible Death in Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, is available from The Escapist. An interview from RPGWatch offers a variety of other details about the soon to be released game. And, finally, Beamdog has released a Feature Guide PDF to tease some of the game's features.

From RPGWatch:

RPGWatch: Did you make changes and/or add surprises to the game that would require making new walkthroughs?

Pete: Definitely. UB provides a completely new quest in Lower Dorn's Deep, the Voice of Durdel Anatha. It also allows for different resolutions or twists to existing quests. For example, you can challenge Presio to a one-on-one duel, or find a way to turn Malavon's golems against him.

RPGWatch: How are the BG2 spells going to be integrated? Will all mages in the game have access to these additional spells?

Alex: All BG2 spell scrolls were meticulously hand-placed after careful balance considerations. Some are available in stores, others were added to certain areas, and yet others were given to specific opponents. We wanted to ensure that players get the spells that are appropriate for their level, but at the same time, we didn't want to shift the game balance too drastically in the party's favor. In addition, a few powerful enemy spellcasters have been given access to certain BG2 spells, mostly of the anti-magic kind.

RPGWatch: Will there be any new spells, items, or monsters never seen before in any EE game?

Pete: We discovered a couple of spell ideas in the original design docs that we've implemented, both arcane and divine. Icewind Dale also featured a lot of reversible divine magic (e.g. Heal/Harm) and we've given the same treatment to some of the imported BG2 spells. In addition to some item restorations, we've also added some new items throughout the game to help accommodate the new classes and the BGIIEE weapon proficiency system.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition costs $19.99.

IWD:EE New Priest Kits
Rules For Avoiding Horrible Death In IWD:EE
RPGWatch IWD:EE Interview
IWD:EE Feature Guide PDF
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IWD:EE Manual 1
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Flame Out In Airport Firefighter Simulator 2013
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Airport Firefighters Simulator 2013 from N3V Games is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The game gives players the chance to experience the daily routine of a firefighter at an airport. AFS 2013 features more than 200 flammable objects, 15 mission types, and a fully equipped fire station.

Become a firefighter and experience the thrilling and dramatic daily routine on an airport!

Features:

  • More than 200 different flammable objects, some of them are even explosive.
  • Discover a realistic and fully equipped fire station with rest rooms, kitchen, fitness room, control room, poles and many more!
  • More than 15 different mission types using various fire engines that guarantee an exciting and realistic game experience.
  • Discover a fully accessible airport with bars, shops, customs checks and luggage counter
  • Enter a 24 km² large airport ground with terminals for cargo and persons as well as heliports and a sport airfield that offers a realistic game experience.
  • Enter burning airplane cabins to save trapped passengers and to extinguish various types of fire
  • The new vitality system gives you instant information about your health condition. Use the fitness room and have enough rest periods between your missions to improve your stamina.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • 1 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1 GB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
Airport Firefighters Simulator 2013 is available now for $12.99 (USD).

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Football Manager 2015 Now Available
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Sega and Sports Interactive's Football Manager 2015 is now available for purchase at Mac Game Store. The latest addition to the soccer management simulation series includes a new user interface, an improved matchday experience, more realistic player personalities, and a new manager points system.

Football Manager 2015, the latest in the award-winning and record-breaking series.

Football Manager is the most realistic, in-depth and immersive simulation of football management available, putting you in the hot-seat of almost any club in more than 50 countries across the world, including all of Europe’s biggest leagues.

Football Manager 2015 will allow you to live the life of a real football manager – you decide who plays and who sits on the bench, you're in total control of tactics, team-talks, substitutions and pitch-side instructions as you follow the match live with the acclaimed 3D match engine.

Pre-order Football Manager 2015 now to enjoy access to a fully-playable ‘Beta’ version of the game roughly two weeks prior to the official release date.

Tracksuit Manager
You can now define your managerial style like never before, using the new manager points system to focus on coaching, scouting, youth development, man-management... or maybe a little of everything? What type of manager are you?

Matchday Experience
More than 2,000 new motion captured animations; new lighting, improved player models and ball physics add extra depth and realism to the 3D Match Engine. Plus, improved AI, individual player shouts, touchline team talks and other additions make this the closest simulation of a football match available!

New User Interface
A new look and feel to the user interface with a left-hand navigation bar makes management easier and more intuitive

Scouting Centre…
The new Scouting Centre integrates all areas of player recruitment. Plus you can set scouting assignments to find specific levels of player whether it be a first teamer, youngster or a direct player replacement.

More realistic player personalities…
Player’s personalities and characters replicate today’s football world where player power rules. Players are more vocal in the press and quicker to issue ultimatums if they’re unhappy.

Deeper media experience…
A wider variety of journalists with tabloid and broadsheet reporters developing more varied stories and building up rivalries through the media, plus brand new tunnel interviews before and after matches.

Classic Mode…
Updates to Classic Mode allow you more freedom when selecting nations, leagues and players in your gameworld. Plus, you can now skip pre-season (in first season), take control of player training, make more board requests and there are new unlockables, such as; ‘Dodgy lasagne’, Unsuspend player’ & ‘Lifetime player’

And much more...
Including Twitch TV support, Manager Timelines and improvements to Finances, Training and hundreds of other features.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1.8 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 3 GB HD Space
  • 128 MB VRAM
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Football Manager 2015 is available for $49.95 (USD).

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Pay Your Bionic Dues At MGS
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Bionic Dues from Arcen Games is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The tactical turn-based "roguelite" tasks players with subduing a robot rebellion. Bionic Dues features over 40 unique bots, over 120 missions, and six classes of unit to fill out your squad of four.

Robot rebellions should be quelled by the best of the best. When the best of the best are killed... it's up to you. Subdue the uprising in time, or your corporate overlords nuke the city.

Bionic Dues is a tactical, turn-based roguelite with mech customization. Guide multiple classes of Exos through a variety of missions filled with enemy robots that are as buggy as they are angry. This is at least as bad as it sounds. Explore for loot, destroy key robotic facilities, and brace yourself for the final attack by your enemies... just as soon as they can pull it together.

Features:

  • Out-think wide-ranging tactical situations featuring robots with bad GPS, terrible aim, insecurity, a lack of focus, a tendency to backstab, and dozens of other maladies to exploit.
  • Over 40 unique bots, ranging from the hilariously inept-but-dangerous DumBots, BlunderBots, and BatBots to the terrifyingly effective WyvernBots, DoomBots, and MurderBots.
  • Carve your own path: choose 30 to 50 missions out of the 120 you discover as you explore the city map. Which missions you choose determines how prepared you will be for the final battle against the massing robot army.
  • Missions come in 23 different general flavors, and are entirely procedurally-generated like a floor of a traditional roguelite.
  • Mix and match your squad of four from six classes of Exos: Assault, Siege, Science, Sniper, Ninja and Brawler. Each has its own build and weaponry.
  • Choose an overall pilot from a roster of six to add a powerful perk that lasts your entire campaign.
  • Customize your four Exos with procedurally-generated loot that grants weaponry and defensive upgrades, new abilities, and more.
  • Difficulty levels ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Save and reload your game with ease any time, or tough it out in ironman mode.
  • Stellar soundtrack by composer Pablo Vega, headlined by the game's title theme "The Home We Once Knew."
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 GB HD Space
Bionic Dues available now for $9.99

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Democracy 3: Clones & Drones Adds Futuristic Obstacles
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Positech Games' Democracy 3: Clones & Drones DLC is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The third DLC expansion for the political strategy game adds new policies, situations, dilemmas and events to the game to simulate the challenges of the immediate future.

What challenges are to come for the politicians of the future?
Mass unemployment due to the automation of factories? or will this lead to a leisure society and equality? Will ubiquitous drones lead to better law enforcement and less traffic congestion or to widespread crime and infringement of privacy? Should we give the go-ahead to human cloning? will climate change cause problems for our country? Are we going to run out of rare earth metals? or oil...? The people look to YOU for leadership in these turbulent times. Can you keep the country happy and prosperous as we head to the 2020s and beyond?

New Policies:

  • Human Cloning Research Grants
  • Drone Strike Act
  • Electric Cars Initiative
  • Climate Change Adaption Fund
  • One Child Policy
  • Mars Program
  • Antibiotics Ban
  • Mandatory Microchip Implant
  • Home Fabrication Grants
  • Rare Earth Metal Mining
  • Driverless Car Laws
  • Synthetic Meat Research Grants
  • Internet Currency Taxation
  • Anti-Gravity Research Grants
  • Vertical Farm Subsidies
  • Electronic Direct Democracy
  • Green Electronics Initiative
  • International Fusion Research Project
  • Farmland Acquisition Program
  • Limit Automated Trading
  • Automation Tax
New Situations:
  • Cyclones
  • Food crisis
  • Drone Protests
  • Rare earth crisis
  • Real estate bubble
  • Luddite Riots
  • Antibiotics-Resistant Bacteria
  • Water shortage
  • Weather Prediction Technology
  • Virtual Reality Market Leader
Plus new dilemmas, new events and some new simulation data...

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 500 MB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Requires Democracy 3 to play
Democracy 3: Clones & Drones is available now for $4.99 (USD).

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass Available
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass is available now for purchase at Mac Game Store. The Season Pass collection bundles all four add-on packs for the game for one low price, adding new characters, challenges, and missions to the Pre-Sequel mix.

The mayhem doesn’t have to end!

Continue the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel experience with the Character & Season pass, featuring more characters, challenges, and missions! Buy the Season Pass and get all four pieces of add-on content for the price of three.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.9.4 or later
  • 2.2 GHz Quad Core Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 13 GB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 3600 Pro
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS
    • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Note:
  • 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
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass is available now for $29.95 (USD).

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