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IMG Reviews Ultratron
12:11 PM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Puppy Games' latest arcade game: Ultratron. Here's a small clip:

Fans of Smash-TV, Robotron, or even Gauntlet will feel immediately at home in Ultratron. Trapped inside an insidious computer virus infection (or whatever, and who cares), you must use your unearthly two-dimensional powers of lateral, vertical and diagonal shooting and movement to eradicate the alien invaders (or whatever). The 70 different homicidal robots in the game will variously drop exploding mines, shoot laser flares, chase you, shoot at you, laugh at you, bounce vigorously across the screen, and shout "all your base are belong to us." Multiply that kaleidoscopic psychosis by 40 increasingly difficult levels and four boss encounters, and you have a recipe for some scary stuff.
To read the review, click the handy link below.

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IMG Switches To Load Balancing Servers
12:40 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

We'd like to apologize for some of the hiccups you may have noticed the last few days here on IMG and our other sites. Over the weekend we switched our operation to load balancing servers in order to deal with the growing traffic we've been experiencing in the last few months. Most of the kinks have been ironed out and you should see super fast performance from our servers.

If you observe any abnormalities, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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ATI Radeon X850 XT Now Available As G5 BTO option
12:35 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Power Mac buyers now have the option of ordering an ATI Radeon X850 XT as a build-to-order option through the Apple store. The option costs US$400 ($350 if you pick the dual 2.7 GHz model).

The Radeon X850 XT graphics processor provides a significant step up in graphics processing horsepower. Featuring a 16-pixel pipeline architecture and a large 256 MB DDR SDRAM frame buffer the performance metrics delivered by the X850 XT are impressive; memory bandwidth is 34.6 GB per second, over 700 million vertices and over 8 billion textured pixels per second.
The Radeon X850 XT occupies a single slot and can support a single 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display on the DVI port. The second port on the Radeon X850 XT is an Apple Display Connector port for direct connection of Apple flat panel displays that have ADC.

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Max Payne Movie Still Coming
12:11 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In a recently published Reuters article, 20th Century Fox has reiterated its intention to create a movie based on Max Payne. Developed by Remedy Entertainment, Max Payne featured a dark storyline and a copious amount of shooting action, which Producer Scott Faye feels will translate into a good movie.

Faye said the "Max Payne" movie will focus on the origin of the vigilante character. He said he has wanted to make his own "Dirty Harry"-like movie since he first saw Remedy's game at E3 in 1998. Remedy began creating the game back in 1996.
No other details are listed in the article concerning the upcoming movie, though Faye notes that the game's story leaves ample opportunity to flesh things out and create a meaningful experience.

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Ghost Recon 3 Announced
12:11 PM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

On June 27th, Ubisoft announced the new member of the Ghost Recon series: Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. The new game will feature the IWS, an advanced battlefield awareness and tracking system and much more.

In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Advanced Warfighter™, players will embody Captain Scott Mitchell as he commands the Ghosts and Special Forces allies equipped with the IWS in the quest to save the president of the United States, recover stolen nuclear codes and eliminate a vicious band of renegade soldiers hell-bent on unleashing catastrophe. The game unfolds entirely in Mexico City, where numerous, meticulously researched and detailed environments will deliver complete immersion into the future of urban warfare. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Advanced Warfighter™ will also include multiplayer and cooperative gameplay with exciting new elements, continuing the Ghost Recon tradition of setting the bar for multiplayer action.
As of yet, only the first Ghost Recon game has been ported to Macintosh. With luck and a possible PC release of Ghost Recon 3, this next episode has a chance of being ported as well.

To view the complete announcement, (as hosted by BluesNews.com) scroll down and visit the links section.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Dev Diary Released
12:11 PM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Gamespy.com has posted a developer's diary for Star Wars Battlefront II. The diary is written by Phillip Hong and covers his thoughts on the developing process, the organizational techniques used, and a few features that are being added to Battlefront II.

For one thing, we're putting in space combat, which includes not only dogfighting, but also the ability to board an enemy capital ship, exit your starfighter, and fight within the enemy ship on foot. We've also added a bunch of playable Jedi characters that you activate as a reward for completing objectives, and we've designed an engaging single-player campaign based on the 501st Legion -- the ultimate salute to the Star Wars über-fans who dress up as stormtroopers.
Although Battlefront II is only announced for Playstation 2, XBox, and PC, there is a high probability that it will be ported to Macintosh following the PC release.

To read developer Hong's diary, head through the links section.

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Mac Games News for Monday, June 27, 2005

New Warcraft III Bonus Map11:26 AM
Apple Features World of Warcraft Battlegrounds11:24 AM
Call of Duty 2 Q&A11:24 AM
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