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Friday, August 13, 2004

Neverwinter Nights Expansion Packs Officially Released
9:41 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Peter Tamte's Macintosh publishing company MacSoft officially announced yesterday that the Mac versions of the popular Neverwinter Nights expansion packs - Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark - have been released, and are on their way to store shelves near you.

The additions to Atari's popular Dungeons and Dragons-based role playing game have been in high demand since the Macintosh version of the original game was released just over a year ago. Fans of the game will be relieved to finally be able to easily install and play the expansion sets on their machines, rather than trying to reverse-engineer the content from the PC version of the game.

Shadows of Undrentide, the first expansion pack released on the PC side, expands on the original adventure with new character and prestige classes, new weapons, new monsters, and a collection of new feats, spells, and skills. Shadows of Undrentide requires a 450MHz G4 or faster processor running OS X v10.2.8 or higher, and equipped with a 32MB or higher video card.

The second NWN expansion set, Hordes of the Underdark, pushes the original game far beyond its limits, into the sinister Underdark D&D setting. This second expansion pack, which requires a much beefier, 800MHz G4-equipped Mac to play, allows players to attain Epic status, which brings characters up to level 40. The expansion set equips players with a whole library of new spells and feats in order to battle a new pride of Epic creatures.

Both the expansion sets, which require a full install of the original title, are available for $29.99 USD from the IMG Store. Follow the links below to order your copy today.

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IMG Store: Neverwinter Nights: Shadow of Undrentide Expansion Pack
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e.p.i.c. Attending Leipzig Games Convention
9:43 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

e.p.i.c. interactive, porters and distributors of titles such as Alida and Barkanoid 2, have announced that they will be attending the upcoming Games Convention 2004 in Leipzig, Germany. Setting up shop in their their partner company Magnussoft's booth, they plan on showing off a variety of both old and new titles on a number of platforms.

The GC is one of Europe's largest game industry events, and will include forums from companies such as EA, Sony, and Nvidia. This year's event is scheduled to take place August 19-24. More information can be found at the official GC site.

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IMG Reviews James Bond 007: NightFire
9:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a preview of Apsyr's James Bond 007: NightFire. Here's a clip from the review:

First impressions were pretty good. The game opens with MGM's roaring lion and proceeds to display a Bond-ish introduction, complete with girl dancing with gun and horrible music, so that all seems in keeping with the film series. (To be fair, by no means all Bond themes have been horrible, but a lot have, especially the more recent ones, and Nightfire's music does capture a certain Bond-ish character.)

There's also a reasonable range of options to tweak, including a wide range of preset resolutions that include most common sizes, up to the native resolution of Apple's 23" Cinema Display.

To check out the entire review, please follow the link belowl

IMG Review: James Bond 007: NightFire
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Custer Bursts Bubble with New Desktop
9:42 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

If you're looking to add a little fun to your desktop then look no further than this week's edition of Custer's Desktops. Today's offering is based off of Airburst Extreme and features a sampling of the cast of wacky characters in one brightly-colored shot.

Here's a snippet of what Custer had to say:

Airburst Extreme from Freeverse and Strange Flavour went gold this week, but requests for a desktop from this game have been coming in since Airbust. I finally tracked the artwork this week to complete this highly anticipated wallpaper. On a personal note, I've enjoyed this game since first trying the demo of Airburst. Its highly addictive. I truly hope Strange Flavour plans to offer a 12-step program for it. ;) This week's desktop is inspired by the box art and how it seems to capture the true enjoyment of this game.
Those interested in adding a splash of insanity to their Macs can find it at Custer's Desktops in a various of sizes.

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Warner Bros Buys Monolith
9:42 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A recent AP story notes that Warner Bros. has recently acquired Monolith, makers of titles such as No One Lives Forever and Aliens vs. Predator 2. Monolith will now be held under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is currently working on the upcoming MMORPG Matrix Online.

Besides the potential ramifications this could have for future business deals, this also notes a time when large entertainment companies are starting to take more notice of the video game industry.

The deal is expected to close October 1st.

Warner Bros. Buys Monolith

Mac Games News for Thursday, August 12, 2004

Mac-friendly RTCW Mod DeGeneration Released8:50 AM
id Sound Designer Discusses Doom3 Audio8:23 AM
Apple Goes Homeworld8:22 AM
WoW European Beta Update8:22 AM
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