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Robin Hood Steals to the Mac on e.p.i.c. Deal
8:47 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

An announcement this morning from e.p.i.c. Interactive describes a new licensing agreement with Spellbound Entertainment, a fellow German game developer with a number of titles under its belt. The first results of the deal will be that Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood will be making its way to the Mac platform.

Robin Hood is an 2D isometric strategy game in which you control a band of Merry Men to work your way around enemy soldiers and accomplish various objectives. Additionally, a unique mouse-based fighting system allows you to battle it out when stealth isn't an option.

Here's an overview from the game's site:

Whether you sneak into a castle and avoid the sentries or whether you take the direct route with sword and bow, is up to you. For example you can use the reduced visibility during the hours of darkness to your advantage. Or you can deploy the numerous abilities and special objects your men have, in order to distract the Princeís henchmen. Or then again you could try to fight your way through to your goal using well-aimed bowshots and skilfully deployed weapons. A lot of different possibilities present themselves; you just need to use them wisely.
For more on Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood, check out its official web site, and stay tuned for any new information on this or other Spellbound games headed to the Mac from IMG.

Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood
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IMG Previews SimCity 4: Rush Hour, Pre-Order Available
1:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a hands-on preview of the upcoming expansion pack for SimCity 4, SimCity 4: Rush Hour from Aspyr Media. Here's a clip from the preview:

SimCity 4 brought us the thrill of city planning, as well as all the traffic headaches that such ventures entail. Rush Hour will bring players much needed relief to their backlogged streets. For example, players will be able to use ultra-wide avenues to alleviate throughput on backed up commuter routs. Thereís nothing Sims like more than zipping to work quickly and safely. Players will also be able to build massive highway systems to keep their cities running smoothly. Of course, such luxurious stretches of concrete and steel donít pay for themselves, thus Rush Hour will provide players with the ability to place tollbooths at key traffic areas.
The IMG Store has also strated to take pre-orders for the expansion pack. For more, please follow the links below.

IMG Preview: SimCity 4: Rush Hour
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SimCity 4: Rush Hour
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World of Warcraft - Q&A Continuation
11:41 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Yet another World of Warcraft Q&A has recently been posted, with yet more answers to player questions by the current development team. One of the more pertinent questions involves end-of-game playability, always an issue in MMORPGs:

New content will be continuously added into the game and players can always expect to see new events and things for them to do and achieve in the game. Players that do eventually hit the level cap will have the option to participate in a variety of end-game content, such as:

* Individual players can work toward a hero class.
* The PvP System will be more advanced than it is today -- including the addition of rewards.
* Guilds will have an extensive amount of raid content available to them with many zones and "uber" bosses to defeat.

Also discussed are the inclusion of special areas that will require effort to gain access. There's also an additional note answering to the affirmative regarding the inclusion of secret mounts and pets for those lucky enough to discover them.

Other topics include guild member cap possibilities, various official checks and balances in-game, and allegiance-specific items.

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Warcraft III Beta Patch Adds New Heroes
10:56 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The latest patch to the Warcraft III Beta Test includes the noticeable addition of two new Neutral Heroes. The first of the new heroes is the Goblin Alchemist, who rides atop an Ogre slave and has the ability to attack strongly with both physical and chemical weapons.

The second of the new heroes is the Firelord, a summoned Elemental that has gained both sentience and freedom:

Over time the world became Azeroth, where Human wizards learned how to call back the Elementals through the art of summoning. The Firelord is one of these liberated Elementals. Consumed by hatred for all organic life, he roams the world he once called home, sewing chaos, wreaking vengeance, and inflicting pain with extreme prejudice.
The patch also includes a host of fixes, balance changes, and map additions. Those interested in the full list can find it at Battle.net.

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Aspyr: Four Titles Reach Final Candidate
10:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr has updated its project status web site with four new titles reaching the final candidate stage. They include SimCity 4 Rush Hour, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, MTX: Mototrax, and Homeworld 2. If all goes well doing this final stage of development, the games should be shipping sometime in September.

For more be sure to check out Aspyr's project status web site, linked below.

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Aspyr Ships Spider-Man 2
8:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced that Spider-Man 2: The Game for the Macintosh has begun shipping and will be available in stores nationwide by August 20th. Spider-Man 2: The Game, licensed by Activision, was developed by Ryan C. Gordon, who has previously worked with Aspyr Media on porting Shrek 2: The Game to the Macintosh..

Here's a bit more info on the game:

Spider-Man 2ô: The Game, the follow-up to 2002ís hit Spider-Man videogame, places the gamer into the web-slinging, web-swinging world of the Manhattan metropolis. Gamers become Peter Parkerís alter ego, Spider-Man, soaring through a highly detailed, 3D New York City. As Spider-Man, players must protect the city of Manhattan through 19 compelling missions in six distinct environments.
For more information on Spider-Man 2, head over to the Aspyr web site.

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Mac Games News for Friday, August 13, 2004

e.p.i.c. Attending Leipzig Games Convention9:43 AM
IMG Reviews James Bond 007: NightFire9:43 AM
Custer Bursts Bubble with New Desktop9:42 AM
Warner Bros Buys Monolith9:42 AM
Neverwinter Nights Expansion Packs Officially Released9:41 AM
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