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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Xbox Stubbs at GM, Sims 2 Expansion in Alpha
7:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 7 comments

According the Aspyr's project status web site, Stubbs The Zombie has gone golden master for the XBOX and is scheduled to ship in October. The PC and Mac versions are still at the beta stage and are expected to ship in November. Stubbs, developed by Wideload Games, is a third person action game that puts players in control of a flesh eating zombie as he battles to consume all that is good in the world.

In related news, Aspyr notes that The Sims 2: University, the upcoming expansion pack for the popular sim game, The Sims 2, is in alpha and is also currently scheduled to ship in November.

The Mac version of Stubbs The Zombie is available for pre-order from Macgamestore.com for $39.95.

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Stubbs the Zombie
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Macgamestore: Horse Racing Manager Now Available
11:18 AM | Tuncer Deniz

Macgamestore.com has begun shipping Horse Racing Manager. The game is available for $34.95.

Horse Racing Manager lets you enjoy the sport of kings at all levels. Choose whether to play the game as an owner, breeder, trainer, jockey or punter. Each activity will require specific know-how that you will be able to acquire with each play.

For more information, follow the link below.

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Horse Racing Manager
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Zebulon, Reckless Driving Updated
10:18 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Jonas Echterhoff has noted the recent updates of two of his Mac shareware titles. The first, Zebulon, has been bumped up to version 1.1 and now features gamepad support. The second, Reckless Drivin', is now at version 1.51, with the update containing some fixes for users with low-end graphics hardware.

Zebulon is a 3D platformer where players must scale a series of towers, running and jumping past both obstacles and enemies. Reckless Drivin' is a top-down driving game that allows players to speed their way through a variety of roads while causing as much havoc as possible.

Reckless Drivin' follows the same basic principle, however, it has been completely rewritten from scratch, and it employs a new graphics engine featuring smooth, dynamically zoomed, scrolling 16-bit graphics. The physics simulation has been redesigned to realistically resemble skidding and tire tracks on different road surfaces.
Both demos and the latest versions of each title can be downloaded directly from Echterhoff's site. Echetrhoff is also currently working on Redline, a 3D driving simulator to be published by Ambrosia Software.

Reckless Drivin'
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25% Off Everything At Freeverse.com
7:17 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Freeverse has kicked off its week of new releases and announcements with a 25% off sale at Freeverse.com. The sale includes every title in the catalog, such as Robin Hood, Burning Monkey Solitaire, 3D Bridge Deluxe, and BumperCar, the web-filtering browser for kids.

The discount will be applied automatically when purchasers enter the coupon code, "bigweek" during checkout at the Freeverse web store.

The sale will last until Monday the 17th, the date of the final Freeverse announcement. For more information check out Freeverse's website at the link below.


Freeverse Unveils Sound Studio 3
7:17 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Freeverse and Felt Tip Software have announced the release of Sound Studio 3. Reengineered to take advantage of the latest OS X technologies, SS3 is positioned between more expensive programs with steep learning curves, and far less robust apps. SS3 is designed for anyone who needs to record or edit lectures, podcasts, voice-notes, sermons, performances, and more.

Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse has said, "Sound Studio is the perfect app for recording voiceovers, podcasts, or creating sound effects. We've used it for years to create all the dialog and sound effects in our games, which is why we're so thrilled to be publishing this amazing new edition."
Sound Studio 3 features:
• 24-bit / 96 kHz sampling, in stereo or mono
• Low latency monitoring, using Core Audio
• Automatic recording starting and stopping
based on timers or audio levels (a.k.a. VOX)

• Sample-accurate edits
• Markers (a.k.a. Cue Points) with text labels
• Time ruler with units for video and film
• Copy-and-paste editing
• Basic mixing edits
• Applescript and Automator support

• Supports Audio Units
• Dynamics: Compressor, Expander, and Noise Gate
• Equalization: Graphic EQ, Low Pass, Filter and High Pass Filter
• Delay: Chorus, Flanger, Echo, and Reverb
• Volume: Amplify, Fade In/Out/Special, and Normalize
• Repair: Interpolate, Silence, DC Offset, and Swap Channels
• Repair clicks and pops by interpolating samples or silencing them
• Tone, FM, and noise generators
• Pitch adjustment
• Backwards/Reverse Audio
Sound Studio 3 will retail for $79.95 and is scheduled to ship by the end of this month. It is currently available for preorder at Freeverse's website.

For more about SS3 click on the link below.

Sound Studio 3

Aspyr To Publish JoWood Titles
7:16 AM | Anthony Wang | 15 comments

Aspyr has announced that they have reached an agreement with the European gaming company, JoWood to publish four special editions of their PC games in the United States. They are Spellforce Platinum which is a fantasy with the RTS-RPG genres, Gothic II Gold which is another fantasy RPG, Silent Storm Gold which is a WWII turn-based RPG, and finally The Guild Gold which is a historical sim and is also known as Europa 1400 - The Guild. These titles will include the original games which have been published by several other publishers, in addition to expansion packs for each game.

All four games will be released sometime in November. Could Mac ports of these games be on the way? Only time will tell.

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New Rise of Legends Screenshot
7:15 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Big Huge Games recently posted a new screenshot of their latest game, Rise of Legends. Rise of Legends is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Rise of Nations which was released for the Mac by MacSoft. The sequel takes a more fantasy-based approach to the original game, and features fully rendered real-time 3D graphics, unlike the blended 2D and 3D elements of the original game.

While currently not announced for the Mac, given the popularity of the original, a port down the road is a definite possibility.

To view a 1600x1200 version of the screenshot, or to visit the Rise of Legends website, click the link below.

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
Rise of Legends Screenshot - Booyah Sized
Rise of Legends Website

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Darwinia Examined
7:14 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Introversion's Darwinia has received another review from the PC side, this time from PC Boomtown. The uniqueness of Darwinia's real time strategy game play has impressed many reviewers lately and led to favorable scores. PC Boomtown is no exception, giving Darwinia 8 out of 10.

For a game that looks so abstract Darwinia is remarkably immersive. A lot of this is down to the intricate campaign structure that actually makes you feel like you’re part of this strange little world. You begin to sympathise for these little green guys – especially when you here their anguished screams as they are eaten by prowling virii.

Even the interface, from the menu screen to the world map, is lovingly conceived and all part of the overall experience. Like in its previous effort, hacking title Uplink, Introversion doesn’t want you to think you’re playing a game. Of course you know you it isn’t real (unless you’re playing it with the confines of a rather snug jacket and a padded cell) but with a little suspension of disbelief the scenario becomes quite plausible.
The Mac version of the game is brought to the platform by the good folks at Ambrosia Software. For the full review click on the link below.

PC Boomtown: Darwinia Review
Ambrosia Software
Introversion Software

Midnight Mansion Updated to 1.0.3
7:14 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

ActionSoft recently announced the release of version 1.0.3 of their action/exploration game Midnight Mansion. MM is a platform adventure revolving around the exploits of Jack Malone as he explores eight levels of a mansion to discover legendary treasure. Along the way Jack must foil the many traps, puzzles, and monsters which seek to prevent him from succeeding.

Here's the list of fixes and changes:

• Fixed a problem where Jack could respawn over disappearing gold/silver blocks after dying. If the blocks were not solid, Jack would repeatedly fall through them to his death.
• Updated FAQ with several new questions and answers.

• Fixed a problem in Cathedral Towers Hard, room 14299, where you could get stuck.
• Fixed a problem in Cathedral Towers hard, Room ID 14498, where walking left through the blue door, then back to the right, would result in Jack's death, due to misaligned bricks between the rooms.
• Fixed a problem inSpider Palace Easy/Normal/Hard where you could get stuck in the lower half of the mansion, if you had gone down the pole leading to the lower section without having gotten all of the red keys in the upper half of the mansion. The pole is now a vine, so you can go back.
• Fixed a minor typo where the map screen would say "House of Baron Garneau Hard" when you were really playing the Normal version of that mansion.

MM requires a Mac runing OS X 10.2.5 or higher (10.2 recommended) and a minimum of 20 MB of free RAM. The game is shareware and free to try, but costs $20 to register.

For more information check out the game's website at the link below.

Midnight Mansion
MGF: Midnight Mansion 1.0.3

Mac Games News for Monday, October 10, 2005

Macgamestore: Crusader Kings In Stock10:03 AM
IMG Reviews Football Manager 20059:58 AM
Pangea: Universal Binary Beta of Nanosaur II, Enigmo 2 Info8:45 AM
A Look Into World of WarCraft PvP7:25 AM
Are Game Designers Pandering to Lowest Common Denominator?7:25 AM
Battle.net Website Renovation7:25 AM
Bill Roper Interviewed7:25 AM
Freeverse Announcing New Titles This Week7:25 AM
Inside the Doom Movie7:25 AM
Judge Sentences Convicted Gamer to Death7:25 AM
Myst V Reviewed7:25 AM
Myst V Soundtrack Forthcoming7:25 AM
Sims 2 University Expansion Available For Preorder7:25 AM
Two Reviews For Black & White 27:25 AM
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