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MacSoft Ships Halo, 1.03 Status
10:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today announced that the eagerly anticipated Halo: Combat Evolved began shipping yesterday to retailers. Halo for Macintosh will be available in Europe later next week. The IMG Store will be shipping its copies on Monday.

Here's more from the official press release:

MacSoft president Peter Tamte announces, "The most anticipated game in Macintosh history is no longer anticipated --it's here. If you're curious why Halo has received so much attention, you'll discover why once you fly a Banshee into an alien horde, hop out and pop a
few of them with your assault rifle while your marines send them a wall of lead from the Warthog on your right flank."

The game features many enhancements over the critically acclaimed and best-selling Xbox version, including 16-person online multiplayer mayhem, better graphics, new vehicles, new weapon, new maps, customizable multiplayer games and the precision of playing with a mouse and keyboard.

Players can take the battle online with gamers on both Windows PCs and Macs in a variety of individual and team-based games, including King of the Hill, Capture the Flag, Death Match, Race, Oddball and more.

Players can now pilot the Banshee in multiplayer games, drive a Rocket-equipped Warthog, and control a Covenant Gun Turret. Plus, the new Fuel Rod Gun gives players the ability to lob awesome firepower over obstacles and defenses.

In other news, Westlake's Phil Sulak offered details on an upcoming 1.03 patch for Halo The 1.03 Windows patch was released just a few days ago and Sulak anticipates released a Mac version of the patch shortly.

Here's what Sulak had to say about the patch in IMG's forum:

We received the 1.03 Halo code from Gearbox earlier this week and have started integrating it into the Mac build. We don't have an ETA, but we're hoping for a fairly quick turn around:-)
To place your pre-order for Halo for the Macintosh, please follow the link below. We'll have a review of Halo up shortly.

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IMG Reviews Halo: Combat Evolved
3:12 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

With today's announcement that game publishers MacSoft are shipping the long-awaited Mac port of Halo: Combat Evolved, Inside Mac Games has posted an in-depth review of the highly-touted first person shooter. Here's a clip:

The game’s characters are superbly detailed, command a real presence, and feature lots of depth. Every single character, from the non-playable characters to the principles, are endowed with distinctive characteristics, voices, and behaviors that match their size, strength, and affiliation. To boot, each character boasts an impressively large collection of animations and sound bites to round out those personalities. For example, the Grunts, short and stout, waddle around comically, while their cowardly retreating animation makes them look like fleeing orangutans. Each character in Halo boasts dozens of unique animations and poses, and transition between each animation smoothly. A huge number of sound clips complete each personality – the Grunts, like all the characters in the game, are endowed with a vast library of dialogue, and are responsible for some of the many in-game references to the Marathon series (“He’s Everywhere!” “Don’t Shoot!”).
Click on the link below to check out the review. While you're surfing, check out some noteworthy articles that have been posted on the internet regarding the revolutionary title.

IMG's Halo Review
Gamasutra: In-Depth Look At Halo's Sound Design
Halo Outtakes And Bloopers
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Unreal Tournament Dot Com Revamps Site
11:53 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks at Unreal Tournament Dot Com have recently revamped their site with a slick new look. The new site now contains information for UT2004, 2003, and the original UT. In addition, both basic and advanced navigation modes are available depending on a user's preference.

For novices to the UT universe, the basic mode offers easy navigation and beginner's information on the series. For those who have been fragging it up for a while, the advanced mode offers considerably more:

Advanced mode is designed for the hardcore UT fan – you’re the guy (or girl!) who can make a headshot on a moving target on the far side of Plunge and can wall-walk around Antalus without ever touching the ground. In this mode, most content is available at the click of a mouse. Navigation pours down the page so that you can easily look into the tips and tricks that are available to you and keep your eye on any news or information posted by the developers or the publishers.
Those interested in checking out the retooled site can find it via the provided link.

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The Sims: Making Magic Announced for Mac
11:53 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has announced its latest acquisition: The Sims: Making Magic. The latest expansion pack to the highly popular The Sims series, Making Magic will be Aspyr's first internally developed title since its expansion:

I wanted to take a moment to share some wonderful news here at Aspyr. We will be publishing The Sims: Makin' Magic for the Macintosh! Not only that, this is one of our first internally developed games here at Aspyr, so that makes it twice as exciting. Mark Krenek is handling the port and it is due
for completion in late January.
Making Magic will allow Sims players to introduce a little wizardry into the lives of their Sims with the addition of a variety of features, including the ability to cast spells, hypnotize neighbors, and turn annoying people into frogs. The expansion will also introduce over 175 new items, including a Skeleton Closet, Spookshow, and Baker's Oven.

Aspyr currently has Making Magic up for pre-order at their site, with the current price being set for $29.99. Sims fans rejoice! If the schedule holds, the ability to throw some spells around should be available early next year.

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Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb Demo Released
9:22 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Our friends at Aspyr yesterday afternoon released a demo of Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb. The demo, weighing in at about 200 MB is available for download from If you are an IMG Pro subscriber, use your Hot Downloads page to download the demo at blazing speeds.

Here's a bit more about this latest Indiana Jones game:

You're Indiana Jones. Legendary adventurer. Daring rogue. And the most butt-kicking archaeologist the world has ever seen. It's 1935 and this time you must prevent a powerful Chinese artifact from falling into evil hands. This globe-spanning adventure pits you against evil Nazis and the Asian underworld with a mysterious and alluring partner, Mei Ying. It'll take more than just a trusty whip and pistol to avoid deadly traps and navigate through all the dangerous environments. Do you have what it takes to possess the mysterious "Heart of the Dragon?"
System Requirements
• Mac OS X 10.2.6 or higher
• 800 MHz PowerPC G4 or better
• 256 MB RAM
• 32 MB Radeon 7500 / GeForce 2 class 3D hardware acceleration required
• 64 MB Radeon 9000 / GeForce 4 Titanium or better recommended

Head over now to have a look at the demo. Also be sure to get in your order for the game if you haven't done so already at the IMG Store.

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Custer Features Halo
9:22 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

This week our desktop wizard Brad Custer has created a desktop featuring the game on everybody's mind right now, Halo: Combat Evolved. Finally, after years of waiting, the Mac version of this legendary first person shooter shipped yesterday from MacSoft and people can looking forward to play it on their Macs any day now.

Brad elaborates:

360 days ago I did my last installment for this game, but I still get weekly requests for another one. When it was officially announced byMacSoft that Halo: Combat Evolved would ship December 11th, also my birthday, I decided to give everyone a gift in the form of a new wallpaper for the game. In this week's feature I wanted to focus on the the character you portray in the story. So, with the help of MacSoftand Bungie Software, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled it, "Master Chief", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
To download the desktop picture, head over to Custer's Desktops and select the size of your choice.

We would also like to wish Brad a happy birthday, albeit one day late.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, December 11, 2003

IMG Reviews Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania1:28 PM
Jedi Academy Bonus Maps Released1:13 PM
Burning Monkey Casino Demo Available10:57 AM
Dark Horizons: Lore Q&A10:57 AM
Apple Looks at Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield9:52 AM
Black Isle Studios Shut Down6:00 AM
Blizzard Unearths World of Warcraft Dungeons6:00 AM
IMG Store: Price Cuts on UT 2003, Dungeon Siege, & More6:00 AM
Pangea Posts First Nanosaur II Screenshots6:00 AM
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