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Aspyr to Publish 4x4 Evolution 2
11:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

To kick off Macworld Expo with a bang, Aspyr Media today announced that it will be publishing 4x4 Evolution 2 for the Mac. The Mac version of this game virtually disappeared off the radar when Gathering of Developers was bought out by Take 2 Interactive. (The PC version shipped a few months ago.) Now, however, 4x4 Evolution 2 for the Mac is alive and well, thanks to Aspyr.

Aspyr sent out this note to IMG just a few moments ago:

Less than 72 hours until the kick-off of Macworld San Francisco 2002. We'll have plenty of fun announcements for the show but we thought we'd let this cat out of the bag:

4x4 Evolution 2 will soon be available for the Mac!

Developed for the PC and Mac by Terminal Reality, 4x4 Evo 2 puts your racing skills to the test in a new mission-based adventure system as you explore,
rescue, and compete. 4x4 Evo 2 also gives you the option to go online and race against "fresh meat."

Off-road racing has reached the next stage in evolution! With over 120 top of the line off-road monsters to choose from, the mud-slingin', rock-stompin' fun can go on for days on end! You'll be sloppin' through some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet!

4x4 Evo 2 will be playing on machines at Macworld San Francisco, next week. Some minor final bugs are being squashed and the game is expected to go into duplication at the end of the month. Not too shabby.

4x4 Evo 2 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is currently available for preorder via our online store (SRP $39.95). System Requirements will be released soon.

For more information on 4x4 Evolution 2, be sure to visit the Aspyr web site. Also be sure to tune in the IMG early next week as we'll be bringing you more news on 4x4 Evolution 2 from the show floor at Macworld Expo San Francisco.

Aspyr Media: 4x4 Evolution 2
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Terminal Reality
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Quake 3 1.31 Released for OS X
6:39 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Graeme Devine of id Software update his .plan twice today with news of a new patch for Quake 3: Arena. This update brings the game onto common ground with its windows counterpart, as well as making a number of Mac-specific changes. While his first post notes the mouse bug many users have experienced in OS X, he quickly made a second update about another beta to switch it back to its original state. Here's a clip from his first posting:

Quake 3 1.31 for OS X has been posted on the id ftp site. We don't have the benefit of
outside testing for OS X builds, so it is a BETA release (ie. use at your own risk).

Fixed:
- stereo sound
- works every time on powerbooks
- mouse stays accelerated when you quit
- some dual monitor stuff

For those wondering, an OS 9 version is on the way once he recovers his build of Codewarrior.

The second update notes the mouse bug isn't quite taken care of yet. Here's the lowdown:

There's a new build up. It's marked BETA2.

Mouse movement is now back to normal. The side effect of this is that the mouse isn't
staying accelerated when you quit the game again. It shows it's accelerated in System
Preferences, but you need to reclick the position to make it happen. Uggh. I really
really really call the system functions to put the settings back.

You can now switch out of the app as well.

For you adventurous types, head over and download the updated version of the application now. Make sure you already have version 1.30 installed before attempting this patch.

Graeme Devine .plan Update
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id Software
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Red Faction 1.2 Released
6:26 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

As promised, GraphSim has released Red Faction 1.2. This marks the debut of the OS X version of the game. The company decided to hold off on the release of the OS X version back until it could fix performance issues under OS X. The company has since been able to lick the problems.

The patch weighs in at 1.8 MB and includes two applications: an application for OS 9 and a Carbonized appliction for OS X. To install the patch, simply download the file, extract it, then place both apps into your Red Faction folder. There's also a small data file you'll need to put into the Red Faction "data" folder. After that, you're golden.

To download the patch, head over to our sister site, Macgamefiles.com. Have fun!

Red Faction Review
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Volition
Red Faction
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Harpoon3 Update/OS X Demo
10:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Harpoon3, the naval warfare simulation created and tended by Jesse Spears, was updated yesterday to version 3.3.9. This latest update fixes two bugs:

First, there was a bug in the After Action Log code that I introduced in v3.3.8 while making it cross-platform (this was actually fixed for the PC version in Beta 10, I think).

Second, the "DSCNoRandomFringeRadar.opt" file wasn't being used at all. Instead, that section of the code was checking "DSCFixThermalLayer.opt."

In Mac OS X-related news, Spears has fixed the full version of Harpoon3 for OS X so that it plays the introductory QuickTime movie. In bigger news, he's also recently released an OS X-native demo, though he stresses that it's still fully in the beta phase.

Those looking to try out the demo can download it at MacGameFiles. For more information on Harpoon3 itself, be sure to check out its web site.

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MGF: Harpoon3 3.3.9b1


More Unreal Tournament II Info
10:35 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blue's News has noted the recent posting of more information on Unreal Tournament II at gaming site Jim.be. The article includes the actual press kit, including a fact sheet that lists Digital Extremes as the developer and Infogrames as the publisher:

The ultimate in first-person action returns! Developed by Digital Extremes, Unreal Tournament II is the sequel to the mind-blowing, award-winning action of Unreal Tournament.

Features that made the original unforgettable return and new innovative game play, graphics and technology make the sequel a sure-fire hit. Unreal Tournament II uses the latest Unreal technology by Epic Games, combining a brilliant single player experience with an unparalleled multi-player component. Players will be able to play through a series of matches in the single player mode against computer-controlled opponents (bots) or play online against human-controlled adversaries. Both single-player and online aspects of the game will be rich with content and gameplay options, giving the player a wide range of first person action experiences.

The fact sheet also contains a large list of key features, including up to 30 outdoor and indoor environments, 50 different characters with their own abilities and attributes, and a new game mode entitled Bombing Run.

Accompanying the fact sheet are a large number of graphics. Besides the usual in-game screenshots, there's also a large number of concept art shots showing off the various weapons and myriad new races that will be available. Those interested in the full story can find the posted fact sheet and links to the screenshots at Jim.be.

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Jim.be: Unreal Tournament II Info



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IMG Previews Civilization III
10:35 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Civilization III is the latest in the tremendously popular line of turn-based strategy games from Sid Meier and company. With new features, updated graphics, and addictive gameplay, this third in the series looks to once again dominate the gaming playfield after its release next week by MacSoft.

IMG's Andy Largent has posted a preview of Civilization III. Here's a snippet:

Being the third in a very successful line of strategy games, Civilization III isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, if you'll pardon the pun. The team has taken a basic game formula that works, retooled the parts that needed some help, and added in a few new goodies. The premise is to take a fledgling civilization from 4000 BC through the modern day. You're tasked not only with making sure you raise your people well, you must also play nice (or else dominate) your fellow civilizations covering the earth. As you move through time you gain technology, create new forms of government, and build a culture all your own.
If you're into strategy games, be sure to check out the rest of the preview.

IMG Preview: Civilization III
Civilization III
Firaxis Games
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IMG Heads to Macworld Expo
10:35 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Well, it worked. Hook, line, and sinker. Those daily teasers on the Apple web site convinced me to go to Macworld Expo San Francisco. Originally I wasn't planning on going, since we had a gigantic crew of ten already going to the show.

This is not the first time I've said I wasn't going and then at the last minute have decided to go. For some reason, as Macworld Expo draws near, I start getting ants in my pants. Argh, I just have to go! And then there's all the people who keep saying "You have to go!" or "Have you gone mad, why aren't you going?" So there, I'm going, ok?

This year's Macworld Expo has a lot of buzz surrounding it. If you've been following all the rumor sites, then you can pretty much expect a new flat-panel iMac, the debut of the G5 processor in new Power Macs, another revamped iBook, a portable PDA-like device (rumored to be called the iWalk), and more.

What's likely? A new iMac is the safest bet. Probably the biggest hint that there will be a new iMac comes straight from Apple. If you try to buy a new iMac at the Apple Store today, there's an "estimated ship" time of seven days. Various other web sites have reported that retailers are no longer stocking the current iMacs.

Could new Power Macs also be on the way? The Apple store has an estimated ship time of five days for a new Power Mac. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Apple will debut a Power Mac with a G5 processor. After all, Apple says on their web site to expect to be blown away, and that would surely blow me way, way away.

What other wonderful toys could Apple have up its sleeve? Only time will tell.

On the gaming side, we certainly expect it to be a great show. Companies like MacSoft will be shipping new titles such as Civilization III and the long-awaited Myth III: The Wolf Age. GraphSim will be debuting Black & White for the Mac while Aspyr will be showing off Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Harry Potter, and a few other titles.

MacPlay will be announcing a new title they promise will surprise everyone. Not much is known about this title except that it's code-named "Deuce." People in the IMG forum have been taking wild guesses as to what the game could be. Among the more popular are Half-Life (yes, again), Neverwinter Nights, Aliens vs Predator 2, and more.

Want to take a few guesses yourself? Check out the popular forum threads below.

As you've probably noticed, the IMG news section has been rather dull lately. The simple fact is that there hasn't been much exciting news lately. However, we're hoping Macworld Expo next week will be chalk full of great news. So be sure to visit IMG starting Monday as we begin our extensive coverage of Macworld Expo.

MWSF 2002
IMG Forum: Macworld Expo Predictions


Mac Games News for Thursday, January 3, 2002

IMG Reviews Yamaha CAVIT RP-U20012:55 PM
Apple Helps Push OpenGL Forward10:40 AM
Geneforge Update Released10:40 AM
Red Faction for OS X Ready10:40 AM
The Inside Story of Romero10:40 AM
Unreal Tournament 2?10:40 AM
 
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