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New Close Combat Games Announced
6:14 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Atomic Games, Destineer, and Gathering has announced two new titles: Close Combat: First to Fight, a team-based 3D shooter anticipated to be released in late 2004, and Close Combat: Red Phoenix, a real-time strategy game anticipated to be released in early 2005. Both games are being developed with the close involvement of the United States Marine Corps and feature next-generation graphics enabled by Destineer’s proprietary 3D engine. IMG has learned that MacSoft will be publishing and distributing the Mac versions of both of these games.

Here's more from the official press release:

“The Close Combat formula has always been to present warfare in a realistic and respectful way,” said Keith Zabalaoui, creator of Close Combat and president of Atomic Games. “We’re now bringing this approach to the modern battlefield and extending Close Combat’s realism to both 3D shooters and real-time strategy games.”

Close Combat: First to Fight is an authentic, team-based first-person shooter created under the direction of active-duty United States Marines fresh from the front lines of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Set in a modern mid-eastern urban battleground, players lead a four-man Marine fireteam through the perils of modern urban combat. Together with the United States Marine Corps and Atomic Games, Destineer is creating First to Fight as a training simulation for use by the Marine Corps and will make it available to consumers in late 2004 for Xbox, Macintosh, and Windows.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Sharp of the United States Marine Corps, “Marines from the First Marine Expeditionary Force have been working closely with Destineer and Atomic throughout development to ensure as much realism as possible in these games.” Peter Tamte, Destineer’s president adds, “There is no guesswork on how to make the games realistic since we are developing First to Fight and Red Phoenix with significant input from Marines who, just weeks before, were being shot at in Iraq and Afghanistan. ”

First to Fight is brought to life by a visually advanced 3D engine created from the ground up by Destineer. This engine, filled with next-generation features like volumetric shadows, normal maps, natural skin lighting and specularity, promises to give players a first-hand look at the chaos and terror of modern urban combat.

The next in the series, Close Combat: Red Phoenix™, is a realistic real-time strategy game set on the challenging terrains of today’s Korean peninsula. Loosely based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Larry Bond, Red Phoenix puts players in command of a reinforced rifle platoon of U.S. Marines or South Korean soldiers fighting against an invasion by North Korea in 2006. Red Phoenix is scheduled for worldwide release in early 2005.

The original Close Combat series was released between 1996 and 2000.

Destineer has sent along the first-ever screenshot of Close Combat: First to Fight. To check it out, click on the screenshot on the top right of this page.

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IMG Reviews Total Immersion Racing
12:52 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Feral's Total Immersion Racing. Here's a clip from the review:

Gameplay consists of the racings staple modes: Time Attack, Championship, Single Race, and Challenge. All are pretty self explanatory except for the Challenge mode. It allows you to compete in certain challenges that are restricted to a certain type of manaufacturer. Very much like the challenge modes in Grand Turismo, this mode gives you a bit more replay.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Total Immersion Racing
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Feral Friday: More XIII, Worms 3D News
10:12 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

An impromptu chat with the good folks over at Feral Interactive this morning has revealed great news for gamers anticipating the company's upcoming releases of Worms 3D and XIII.

First off comes news that's sure to please gamers on the Mac platform. In an effort to provide their customers with the most bang for their buck, Feral and porting house Zonic have gone to great lengths to enhance Mac gamer's playing experiences.

Players who have experienced the two upcoming releases on either the PC or PS2 platforms will notice a substantial increase in quality of the game's graphics. The weapons icons and interface elements of Worms 3D have all been updated with sharper, higher-resolution images, making for a crisper and cleaner gaming experience. The crafty Zonic programmers have also re-designed XIII's graphics engine to display the highly-stylized, in-game graphic novel frames at a much higher-resolution than in either the console or PC versions of the game. Feral has posted examples on the enhancements on their website - click on the links below to check them out for yourself.

Also of note is the extra work Feral has poured into the multiplayer aspects of both first person shooters. While both games will feature Game Ranger support, allowing players to easily find and join multiplayer matches over the internet, XIII will also support Mac vs PC networking, and, in a Mac exclusive, will feature every single multiplayer gametype from the PC and console versions of the game. Apart from the staples of Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Sabotage, the Mac version of XIII will also feature Power Up, previously only available in the PS2 version of the game, as well as the GameCube-exclusive The Hunt multiplayer game modes.

Further, in a move more in line with today's modern computer systems, Feral has announced their move to data DVD distribution for upcoming, content-heavy games. Both Worms 3D and XIII will be shipped on DVD, saving players the hassle of juggling between four to six game CDs. IMG has also learned that Feral's upcoming political strategy game Republic will also be shipped on a single DVD.

And, last but not least, comes the news that the ports for XIII and Worms 3D are on track, and the games will be released before the end of the month. Click on the link and check out the news for yourselves, and to put in your pre-order with the Feral webstore -

Feral Interactive's XIII & Worms 3D News
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April Issue of MontyMail Released
7:57 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Freeverse has issued the latest incarnation of its newsletter MontyMail. Hot topics in the newsletter include the release of a boxed version of X-Words Deluxe as well as BumperCar, the kid-friendly web browser, reaching Gold status.

Also included in the newsletter are some rather interesting April Fools pieces, including one that sends a message of thanks to all software pirates:

Pirates, it's you who we really respect, because without you, we would not feel loved. We'd miss the attention. That's why in April, any software that you pirate, you can keep, as long as you send a letter to us, to the Software Publisher's Association, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, detailing the name of the software you have no intention of paying for.
Incidentally, this latest issue also contains a contest which asks readers to identify all the false articles in the newsletter. Correct entries will qualify for a chance to win Burning Monkey Solitaire 3.


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Battlefield 1942 Giveaway Winners, New Giveaway Announced
6:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG and Aspyr's giveaway of Battlefield 1942 has ended and we've randomly picked three lucky winners. Each will be receiving a free copy of the game when it is released this summer. Their names are:

Hans Steinhoffer
San Jose, California

Greg Armstrong
Vancouver, Canada

Jeremy Snow
Bon Accord, Canada

IMG and Aspyr are teaming up once again to offer a new giveaway, this time featuring the recently released action-adventure game, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Three winners will be announced next Friday, April 9th. To enter the giveaway, please follow the link below.

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ATI Updates Display Utilities for Retail Radeons
6:14 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Graphics card manufacturer ATI Technologies has released a new version of their Display Utilities that supports all retail Radeon graphics cards. The Display Utilities let you enable full screen anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering in games that do not support them, as well as changing the alignment of the work surface to support pivoting displays.

Please note that the Display Utilities only work on the retail versions of:

  • If you got your card with your computer from Apple, it is an OEM edition and will not work with the Display Utilities. You also need at least OS 10.2.8 installed for the Display Utilities to work.

    For more information and download, follow the links provided below.

    Important information for the ATI Displays Control Panel

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    A New Desktop Rises From The Tomb
    6:14 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

    IMG's destkop guru Brad Custer is back today with another new desktop for your viewing pleasure. This week's desktop features Aspyr's Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness.

    Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

    With the recent review of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness from Aspyr Media a renewed interest for a desktop for the lovely Lara has been gracing my mailbox. Of course, I have a soft spot (insert own sarcastic remark here) for Ms. Croft so I always jump at the chance to create a desktop based around her. I can still remember the first time I played Tomb Raider on the PC and being chased by a T-Rex. Moments like those tend to stay with you. ;) As with any Lara Croft game there seems to be a cornicopia of artwork available for this title. So, with the help of Aspyr Media, the internet and my trusty cable modem, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled it, "The Darkness", after the game and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
    Those who wish to download this week's desktop can find it in the usual place.

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    Mac Games News for Thursday, April 1, 2004

    Cliff Johnson's 2nd Annual April Fool's Puzzle12:44 PM
    IMG Store: UT 2004 & Return of the King Shipping12:13 PM
    Apple Accepting WWDC Annual Design Award Entries11:39 AM
    Subscribe to the MacGames DVD, Get IMG Pro For $9.957:06 AM
    Aspyr Announces New Sims Expansion Pack7:05 AM
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