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MWSF: Feral Announces XIII for Mac
9:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive today announced the development of XIII for the Macintosh. The game is currently being ported to the Mac by Feral's porting partner, Zonic, and is expected sometime in the 2nd Quarter. XIII makes use of Unreal II's technology and features unique comic-style visuals such as cell shading, flashback graphics, pop-up windows and
visual sound effects.

Here's some other key features of the game:

Famous story
Based on the first 5 XIII comics, this game’s plot goes much further than all FPS games. Unravel a whirlwind conspiracy plot that shrouds your identity, the president's assassination and the future of the United States in mystery.

Stylish shooter
Graphic novel presentation, flashback graphics and pop-up windows create a groundbreaking entry into the genre. XIII marshals the power of Unreal II technology and unique comicstyle visuals.

Groundbreaking gameplay
Unique gameplay based on comic-style effects (e.g: footsteps graphically represented by the words ‘tap, tap tap’), infiltration, and use of every objects on the map.

Online multiplayer
Square off against other players in innovative online multiplayer with Mac/PC modes and classic modes such as Capture the Flag and Deathmatch.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on any future developments on XIII for the Mac.

Feral Interactive

IMG Store: Pre-Order UT 2004, ToySight Shipping
1:01 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store is now taking pre-orders for the hotly-anticipated Unreal Tournament 2004, which is scheduled to ship in February. The game is available for pre-order for $39.95 (only $37.95 for IMG Pro/MacGames CD subscribers).

Reload, rev up and ride out. The new Tournament is faster, higher and meaner. Land and air based vehicles take combat to a new level; while an arsenal of new weaponry, daunting arenas and battlefields and the challenge of the Assault and Onslaught modes make the gladiator blood sport of the future a brand new experience. Buckle up; it’s gonna be one hell of a ride!

The IMG Store is also shipping Freeverse's ToySight. It's available for $34.95 and just $32.95 for IMG Pro/MacGames CD subscribers.

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MWSF: Photo Diary - Day Three
11:53 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Day three of this year's MacWorld Expo saw a lot of activity, with nary a sign of things slowing down for the end of the show. At the end of the day, staff from six Mac vendors gathered at the local bowling alley and participated in this year's MacBowl charity fundraiser.

Check out the shots from the final instalment of our photo diary by clicking on the link below.

MWSF Photo Diary - Day Three
MWSF 2004

MWSF: Freeverse Picks up Best of Show - Twice!
10:32 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

As it does every year at MWSF, Macworld combs through the masses of commercial offerings at the show and decides which ones should be handed a "Best of Show" award. This year, Freeverse Software managed to rack up not one, but two awards for their efforts.

First up is ToySight, which won Best Game of the show. Usually seen with a small crowd around it in the gaming section, ToySight fascinated players and onlookers with its webcam-based control scheme, which allows gamers to interact with their computers on a whole new level.

Also scoring an award, in this case under the subheading Best Education Software, was Bumper Car. Made with kids in mind, this web browser uses technology from Omni's own Omniweb as well as Safari to create a safe, colorful environment for kids to surf the web in.

Congratulations to the folks at Freeverse! We're looking forward to seeing more great works from them in the future.

Strange Flavour
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MGF Seeks New Software Library Admins
8:07 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Macgamefiles.com needs a few more admins to help maintain the popular download site. Here's what the job is all about:

Software Library Admin
Will be responsible for adding and updating download content including demos, shareware, updaters, mods, tools, and much more. Must have good writing skills and have extensive knowledge of the Internet, especially download sites. Job will require about 7-10 hours a week. Looking for people who have some spare time on their hands and who want to help out the Mac gaming community (at this time there is no pay). If you're interested, please email tuncer@insidemacgames.com with a little bio of yourself and your knowledge of Macs.

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New Abducted Screenshots Revealed
6:00 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

In a recent update, gaming web site GenGamer revealed a few new screenshots of Contraband Entertainment's Abducted, a revolutionary adventure game with a ground-breaking engine expected to be released for the Mac, PC and Xbox platforms.

The new media shows off the impressive features of Abducted's cutting edge engine, focusing mainly on its advanced lighting system and its state-of-the-art bump mapping.

Here is a brief snip about the game, as quoted from Contraband's official web site:

Abducted is a unique blend of the best of science fiction, horror and adventure all rolled into one harrowing, immersive game. Blending state of the art real-time lighting, dynamic shadowing, and per pixel rendering all within a hi-speed environment pushed by a proprietary cutting edge engine developed exclusively by Contraband Entertainment, you will be propelled into a realm unlike anything you know!
As of now, there is no official release date for this title, and a publisher is yet to be announced. The Macintosh version, though, is confirmed to be in the works along with its PC and Xbox counterparts.

For more information on Abducted, including all the new screenshots, be sure to visit GenGamer through the link provided below.

Contraband Entertainment
New Abducted Screenshots

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Custer Goes Shagadelic, Features Groovy Loops
6:00 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

With the occasion of the recent Macworld Expo San Francisco, IMG's own groovy desktop artist Brad Custer has taken a minimalistic approach towards Apple's latest musical hardware announcements and achieved totally fab results as usual.

This latest piece of fine art comes in all sizes from 640x480 to 1920x1200, ready to fit the desktop of all Mac users' pads or love shacks. If you want to be in the show, head on over to Custer's Desktops and grab this super bit of a wallpaper, baby.

Custer's Pad

Phelios Updates Helix
6:00 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

Independent developer Phelios, responsible for several simple and addictive OSX and Windows shareware games such as Swap and Doulber Gold, recently revamped their arcade title Helix with a pretty massive update. The new version features a total overhaul to the control system, a new weapon system made of 5 different power-ups, new sound effects, compatibility with most USB pads and several other gameplay changes.

In Helix, the player controls a heavily-armed helicopter hovering above an alien landscape, performing daring rescue missions to save a bunch of dolls from the clutches of evil monsters from outer space.

A free version of Helix is available for download at Phelios' official web site, as is the extended pay version, which comes in the form of a licensed download like the other games from the company. An interesting change made to this latest version is a vastly reduced download size, all the way down from 22 mb to 14 mb, which should encourage gamers to try this title out.


Mac Games News for Thursday, January 8, 2004

MWSF: Photo Diary - Day Two10:46 AM
IMG Reviews Active Lancer10:10 AM
Apple Posts Wakeboarding Unleashed Feature9:49 AM
MWSF: Feral Announces ChessMaster 90009:20 AM
ID Software Expands Ownership9:13 AM
MWSF: Aspyr Expands with MoH Breakthrough, SC4: Rush Hour7:55 AM
Alien Flux Goes 1.5, OSX Vesion6:00 AM
Mac America's Army Patched to v2.0.0a6:00 AM
World of Warcraft Alpha Info, Shots6:00 AM
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