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Neverwinter Nights Expansions Head To Mac
9:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft's Peter Tamte has confirmed to a gamer via email that the Neverwinter Nights expansion packs will be coming to the Mac. According to Tamte, the Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark will be available for the Mac in "the next couple of months."

The first expansion pack, Shadows of Undrentide was originally released in the Spring of 2003 and features a new 20-hour single player gampaign. The expansion pack also includes new skills such asTumble and Appraise, new feats such as Divine Might, Extra Music and Bullheaded and new weapons, such as Holy Water Flasks and Choking Powder as well as new prestige classes. New monsters from the D&D universe include Medusa, Cockatrice, Sphinx, and Female Fire Giant; and dozens of new spells.

Hordes of the Underdark was released late last year on the PC and features a 20+ hour single-player adventure. This expansion pack includes 6 new Prestige classes, 16 new creatures, over 50 new feats, 40 new spells and much more.

IMG has contacted Peter Tamte to get a bit more information on the expansion pack. When will they be released? Will they be bundled together? Stay tuned to IMG as we try to get some more information on these exciting expansion packs.

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UT2004 Extended Hands-on Preview
12:44 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

While we all have had the opportunity to try out the Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo for a few days now, some lucky people over at GameSpy got the opportunity to play the full game for several hours at the Epic Games headquarters. Fortunately of us, they have been kind enough to share their experience in a three page hands-on preview article. The article is all about the multiplayer experience as they fragged out against other reporters and Epic staff. Testing all major game modes, including the resurrected Assault mode from the original Unreal Tournament. The old mode has gotten a brand new look, with new innovative levels, like AS-RobotFactory.

From the article:

The attackers start outside a robot manufacturing plant, armed with two Goliath tanks. Initially, the attackers need to reach a satellite uplink and eventually blast their way into the facility before moving on to the rest of their objectives. Problem #1: The outdoor area is protected by a series of user-controllable turrets, capable of quickly ripping through the tanks, and are extremely hard to destroy. Problem #2: A ginormous ion cannon sits near the entrance to the facility, capable of vaporizing a tank with one well-placed shot, along with anyone else within range. The cannon is armored to the point where it can withstand minutes of continual shelling, meaning many teams may never even see the inside of the facility.
To read the full article, head over to GameSpy with help of the link provided below.

Unreal Tournament 2004 is almost ready to go and will have a close to simultaneous release for PC and Mac. The Mac version will be published by MacSoft. Hurry up and pre-order your copy today so you won't miss out on the carnage.

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Blizzard Spreads the Love
11:26 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

To celebrate Valentine's Day, the folks at Blizzard Entertainment completely filled their website with love. First, they have a World of Warcraft Valentine special, featuring ten all new romantic in-game screenshots. There's also an all new desktop wallpaper called Girls of the Alliance. Finally, there is a new bonus map for all owners of the real-time strategy expansion Warcraft III: the Frozen Throne. The new map is called Heart to Heart and is suitable for 1v1 or 2v2 games.

About the map:

An Orc warrior died here while protecting the woman he loved. Both their names have been forgotten, but the powerful magic of his sacrifice reshaped the land into a lasting tribute to her.
Follow the links provided below to get to the different V-Day specials.

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The Gamesome Mac Talks with Strange Flavour
9:02 AM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

On tonight’s broadcast of The Gamesome Mac, the Mac gaming radio program, hosts Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg talk with Aaron & Adam Fothergill of Strange Flavour.

Strange Flavour, based in the United Kingdom, are the developers of the Airburst, Bushfire, and the video camera-controlled ToySight (published by Freeverse Software), which won Best of Show last month at Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Sean and Omaha will also offer Mac gaming news, reviews, and commentary, and together with their guests will take questions live from listeners in The Gamesome Mac’s chat room.

The Gamesome Mac can be heard live on MacRadio from 6 to 8 pm Pacific Time, 9 to 11 pm Eastern (Tuesday from 0200 to 0400 UTC), and on demand thereafter. You can tune in at The Gamesome Mac’s web page, where you’ll also find archives of past broadcasts. QuickTime 5 or 6 and a 28 kbps or faster Internet connection are required.

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Mac Games News for Friday, February 13, 2004

MacSoft Posts Halo Mac 1.04 [Update #3]4:06 PM
IMG Posts XIII First Look11:44 AM
ATI Posts SMARTSHADER Demos, Screensavers10:23 AM
Feral: XIII in Beta, New Site Posted8:05 AM
Ambrosia Updates Bubble Trouble X7:48 AM
Another UTterly Fine Custer's Desktop7:48 AM
Cliffy B Talks Unreal Tournament 20047:48 AM
New World of Warcraft FAQ, Shots, Q&A7:48 AM
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