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Little Gods Released For Mac OS X
9:01 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

If you're feeling nostalgic for a bit of brickbashing gameplay in the style of Breakout and Pong, then Grim Inventions Interactive may have the game for you. Recently released for Mac OS X, Little Gods takes the familiar ball and paddle mechanics and reimagines them with two player gameplay, constantly shifting bricks, and a unique mana system for powerups. Featuring a storyline focusing on the battle between two characters to reign supreme over the other and gain god-like powers from a higher being named Pillboa, the game has something to offer for both singleplayer and multiplayer minded gamers.

Here are some of the game's features:

* 6 gorgeous arenas
* 6 cool characters
* 9 mystical powers
* 4 game modes
* Nearly 80 incredible levels
* Powerful level editor
The game requires a system with at least Mac OS X 10.3, an 800mhz CPU, a 32 MB video card, and 128MB of system memory.

To learn more about the game check out GII's website at the link below. Little Gods can be downloaded at Macgamefiles.com.

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IMG Posts LEGO Star Wars Beginner's Guide
1:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a LEGO Star Wars Beginner's Guide, penned by Aspyr's Quality Assurance Analyst Eric Doggett. The Guide is meant to give you an overview of the game, along with a brief walkthrough of the first mission in the first episode and some additional hints and tips.

To check out the guide, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: LEGO Star Wars Beginner's Guide
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IMG Posts MYST Poll
11:28 AM | Randall Shaw | 6 comments

With the upcoming release of the final chapter in the MYST game series, IMG wants to poll just how many visitors have been with the game from the start, or simply were never interested.

Further voice your standing with respect to MYST in the IMG Forum.

IMG Polls can be reached through the link below, and always from the navigation button to the left of the page.

Stay tuned to IMG Polls, as many more have been queued up for the coming months!

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Macgamestore: LEGO Star Wars In Stock
9:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Macgamestore.com has begun shipping LEGO Star Wars, the game that allows players to re-live the most memorable scenes from the prequel Star Wars film trilogies as unique LEGO characters. The game is available for $29.95.

For the first time ever, one of the world’s most successful film series meets one of the world’s favorite toys in an epic new video game. LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game features a game world and characters built from virtual LEGO bricks that allows gamers to play through the whole story of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Gamers can play as more than 30 of their favorite Star Wars characters through more than 18 levels, experiencing the entire storyline of the first three movies in the Star Wars saga with plenty of action, puzzles, and unique Star Wars humor. Additionally, players can enjoy a two-player cooperative play mode that lets a second player drop in and out of the action without interrupting gameplay.

From Podracing on Tatooine and the battle to repel the droid onslaught on Geonosis, to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn’s fateful fight with Darth Maul, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game provides an immersive Star Wars experience, with the added unique take on the Star Wars fantasy that the LEGO toy line brings.

The game is rated "E" for "Everyone" by the ESRB and available now at Macgamestore.com.

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Hunting Fable: The Lost Chapters
9:05 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The previews just keep coming for Fable: The Lost Chapters, Lionhead Studios' upcoming role playing game. This time 1UP.com decides to spice things up with some monster descriptions offered from the perspective of a hunter in the lands of Fable. The Hero Huntsmen's Monthly takes a somewhat whimsical approach to previewing the upcoming game but still manages to offer a glimpse of the terrors players may face.

For the discerning hunter, the fellow who wants to feel he's pitting himself against an equal out in the wilds I have one piece of advice: Get a new hobby! That's not what hunting's all about! You want to go and get yourself killed? Go take on a Summoner! These bad boys look tough: crackly lightning holding together plate armour, holding swords the size of a small state, pulling bolts of explosive energy out of the air. One look into their skull-faces tells you they mean business. If you want to survive a meeting with one of these, and if you can't hit the broad-side of a barn with an arrow or bolt, then get yourself nice and Berserked and go in there swinging for your life! If you're lucky, they'll fall to their knees after a while and you can run. Trophies from Summoners are rare since they kind of explode as a last insult, showering the area with pieces of skull and armour. Again, not really one for the trophy case.
For those who may have missed the previous IMG coverage, F:TC is on its way to the Mac courtesty of the hardworking folks at Feral Interactive. The PC version of the game is scheduled for release on September 20, with a Mac version coming soon after.

For the full preview and a handful of screenshots to give your eyes a workout follow the links below.

1UP.com: Fable: The Lost Chapters Preview
1UP.com: Fable: The Lost Chapters Screenshots
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New Player Vs Player Ranking List For World Of Warcraft
9:05 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Yesterday Blizzard announced a new player vs player ranking page for their popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. Players will now be able to look up rankings for their realm and faction. Updated weekly, the listing will offer a search feature as well as sorting options including name, guild, and character level.

To find out how you stack up against the competition in Azeroth follow the link below.

WoW: PvP Rankings
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My Life As An Online Gamer
9:04 AM | Anthony Wang | 4 comments

With China's recent announcement of limiting online playing time, BBC has posted an article concerning the lives of several hard core gamers from around the world. As the title depicts, these people spend most of their day gaming and eating by their computer. Each one of the gamers interviewed gave a reason for gaming extensively, such as interaction with other players to a stress reliever. Below is a selected excerpt from the article.

Gaming helps me escape from whatever happens to be bothering me. It's a great stress reliever, a safe outlet to pursue some of my more aggressive tendencies. One of the names I use online is "Shiva" - the powerful Indian god of destruction.

But it's also really sociable.

I live in a small town and gaming is a way to interact with and meet people from all over the world. I have met players from Sweden, Australia and Korea. I've now heard a lot of opinions I would not normally have had access to. I know how people from around the world view the US.

Perhaps this is what is behind China's new rules. The average Chinese citizen might have less access to other viewpoints and cultures than I do. Perhaps the freedom of an online gaming environment is a challenge...

Please follow the links below to read the full article.


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Myst V Hands On
9:04 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Gamespy recently posted a hand-on article on Myst V, the latest game from Cyan Worlds. Myst V is the finale to the popular Myst series and introduces several new gameplay mechanics such as full 3D environements and a drawing slate. From the Gamespy article:

Also in place is a traditional mouselook control scheme, allowing you to move using the WASD keys and scan the environment with the mouse, similar to any first-person shooter. There are additional options that let you move forward by pressing the mouse button, and you can even run (running in a Myst game!) using the space key. In short, it appears there's a setup for everyone, and Myst V won't suffer from the unfortunate control issues that plagued Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (the series' last foray into 3D).

But is it a change for the better? Although some of the "wow" factor of the photorealistic backgrounds has been removed, Myst V's graphics are still extremely impressive. It doesn't have the same super-dramatic lighting effects of games like DOOM 3 or F.E.A.R., but it does boast some extremely pretty environments (the water effects are a standout), and the few characters you meet are meticulously crafted, from motion-capped animations to highly detailed and expressive faces matched only by Half-Life 2. Cyan undoubtedly knew that many Myst fans would be apprehensive with the switch, but it seems they've met the challenge of living up to the series' outstanding visuals.

Myst V is currently slated for a September 20th release. To view the article, click the link below.

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Myst V: End of Ages
Gamespy Article - Myst V Hands-On
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Star Wars Battlefront Analyzed
9:04 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a recent review Applelinks analyzed Star Wars Battlefront, the Lucasarts first person shooter set in the Star Wars universe. Pleasing graphics and the ability to participate in nearly every famous battle from the films wasn't enough to elevate Battlefront beyond a three out of five rating.

From the review:

The single player version plays like the multiplayer, meaning that when you die, you simply re-spawn and hop back into the fray, either as the same soldier or a different type. This is fine for multiplayer gaming where you wouldn't want to sit out of a game waiting for a battle to finish before you could play again, but it makes your role in the single player version pretty pointless. No point in working hard to develop a great strategy when I can just correct after dying. This didn't bother me in Unreal Tournament or Quake III: Arena, but because it's Star Wars, I know there's a story going on around me, and it bugged me that I couldn't follow that. The Historical Campaigns do tie the battle scenes together with clips from the movies, but all they do is make you feel like you're watching a movie, not living it.
To read the full review follow the link below and be sure to check out IMG's review of the game as well.

Applelinks: Star Wars Battlefront Review
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Civilization IV Unit Promotions, New Screenshots7:55 AM
Classic WarCraft Music Now Available7:55 AM
Darwinia Reviewed7:55 AM
Digital Distribution of Games7:55 AM
Macologist Releases Mideast Crisis7:55 AM
Making Of Myst V Documentary7:55 AM
New Black and White 2 Screenshots7:55 AM
S2 Games Announces Savage 2: A Tortured Soul7:55 AM
World of Warcraft to Expand in 20067:55 AM
 
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