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Thursday, September 20, 2001

Myth III Box Art, System Reqs
10:33 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Take 2 Interactive has recently updated its games section with a page for the upcoming RTS title Myth III: The Wolf Age, currently being developed by Mumbo Jumbo. Readers may remember stories earlier this year which mentioned that GodGames handed over its assets to Take 2 and disbanded, though titles such as Myth III will still apparently be published under the GodGames label, as the Myth III page also has the GodGames logo featured on it.

For those that would like an advance look at the box art, it is now available at the aforementioned page. Also available are the system requirements, which may surprise some readers. Though the game is in 3D, apparently it shouldn't tax systems too heavily, as a Rage 128 card is considered a recommended graphics card rather than the minimum one. The minimum requirements also list a 400 Mhz processor and 96 MB of RAM, but this should probably be taken with a grain of salt, as the system requirements for the Mac version seem to mirror the PC version almost exactly.

If things go according to plan, this title should be available within the next month or so, for both Mac and PC. MacSoft will be handling the Mac publication.

Take 2 Interactive - Myth III

Freeverse Hosts 'Card Party' on Sunday
3:37 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

The friendly folks at Freeverse Software have passed along word that they are planning a "get-together" this Sunday night to meet with old friends, play some card games (duh!) and load-test their HMS Freeverse server in the process. If you've ever played one of Freeverse's online card games -- or planned on trying one -- Sunday night is the time to do it. Here are the details:

We realized that we haven't had an HMS Online Card Game get-together in a
while, (plus we need to test some new features :-)

So... what are you doing Sunday around 9:30pm Eastern Time?

I hope you'll log-on (Embark... under the Network Menu) and join us, old
friends and new, for some card games and some conversation. None of us can
have too many friends, (or too many trumps).

* Even if you can't play on Sunday, it would be a big help with our test if
you could just log-on and leave your computer connected. We need as many
people on as possible to make our testing as complete as possible.

* To everyone who has been participating in the beta, our sincere thanks.
Look for a new version to download tomorrow.

Visit the Freeverse web site for details and downloads of their many online-capable card games.

Freeverse Software

IMG Previews Red Faction
3:08 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

One of the most-anticipated Fall releases Mac gamers are eager to see is Red Faction, a first-person shooter due to be published by GraphSim in the next month. Making the unusual transition from PlayStation 2 to the Mac OS, this futuristic title combines a long solo adventure with online multiplayer support and adds several new "spins" to an aging genre. This preview is based on hands-on experience with a recent Mac OS beta of the game, and comes with a gameplay movie in both small and large versions.

Here's a sample from the preview:

How many times have you come across a stubborn door you couldn’t find the key card for, or a wall that stood between you and the bad guys? How many times have you ducked an explosive rocket, only to see it left nothing but a tiny burn mark on the wall? No longer.

Throughout the solo and multiplayer game, certain areas of the game environment can be blown to bits at will, allowing you to find secret passages, work your way around obstacles and generally wreak havoc on the mines of Ultor. Along the way you will discover an increasingly powerful arsenal of weapons, face an impressive array of enemy guards and armed vehicles, and commandeer subs, jeeps, assault aircraft and mining equipment in your quest for freedom from the clutches of the evil Ultor mining corporation.

For the rest of the preview as well as screen shots and movies, follow the link below.

Preview: Red Faction

Yet Another Halo Trailer
11:24 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Team Xbox has released an official trailer for Halo, the Xbox console premiere title which has been promised to come to Mac and PC at a future date. This small but detailed movie is being distributed in both .asf (Windows Media) and MPEG format, and as you might expect the servers are totally overloaded.

Once again Halo.bungie.org is an excellent source of details on the movie and links to mirror sites. We recommend grabbing the MPEG version, thought the .asf version should be playable with some versions of QuickTime. For those who can't get to or view the movie footage, halo.bungie.org has put up a page of still image captures from the movie for viewing.

We're sure more footage and screen shots of this title will be appearing as the Xbox launch grows near; this title is supposed to ship for that Microsoft console on November 8th. Then we can turn to the sticky issue of when the promised Mac and PC versions might appear...

Team Xbox Halo Trailer
Screen Captures of Team Xbox Halo Movie
Bungie Studios
Halo: Combat Evolved

Captain Bumper Carbonized
10:44 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

MacRun's cartoonish, addictive side-scrolling shooter Captain Bumper has been updated to version 1.1, as well as Carbonized to run native under Mac OS X. This gorgeous and blazing-fast title is a unique and 'artsy' approach to the side-scroller, and we highly recommend everyone young and old take this game for a spin.

Here is a list of features and fixes in the update:

-Completely compatible with MacOS X, this version is a so – called “carbonized“ for MacOS X.

-Correction of some minor bugs with regard to the 1.0 and 1.01 versions.

-Improvements on the automatic demonstrations.
There is also a 1.1 Carbonized version of the demo available. Visit the MacRun web site for details, screen shots and the download links.

Captain Bumper 1.1
John Stiles
Candy Crisis

Massive 'Seventh God' Add-On Released for Myth II
10:34 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Myth Village pointed us to a huge third--party project for Myth II called The Seventh God. The plug-in was created by the Creation mod group, and may prove to be one of the largest Myth II plug-ins ever -- over 200MB! Myth fans will definitely want to give The Seventh God a look, as it is a nice way to while away the time until Myth III is released. What is included in this immense (and completely free) download? Here's a clip from the main web site:

The Seventh God is an ambitious add-on for Myth2: Soulblighter. The finished free downloadable project will consist of 18 solo levels allowing you to control and fight against over twenty new characters. There is also be 4-5 multiplayer maps available. The goal of this project is to expand the Myth world into an unknown land. You'll be controlling a new set of characters who find themselves struggling to overcome an invading force led by the controlling Disciples of the Seventh God.
The Mill has the download available, though there are other options supposedly in the works for modem users who would find such a download difficult.

Creation Games Web Site
Seventh God Listing at the Mill
Myth Village Web Site
The Seventh God Web Site

Mac Games News for Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Ancient Warfare Released4:04 PM
Return to Wolfenstein MPTest B4 Available3:49 PM
Baldur's Gate Fiction Contest Continues11:49 AM
Interview with Geneforge Creator11:09 AM
IMG Visits Firetoad Software10:23 AM
More Details on Shadowbane Beta 310:21 AM
uDevGame Contest Reminder10:04 AM
Arcane Arena Beta 5 Released9:55 AM
New Myth III Images9:28 AM
Castle Wolfenstein MPTest Updated9:11 AM
Knights & Merchants Shipping9:06 AM
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