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Call of Duty 2 Review and Video Review
8:16 AM | Blake Buck | 10 comments

Today IMG posted a review and video review of Call of Duty 2. Published by Aspyr Media and developed by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty 2 is a first person that puts players in the thick of World War II's greatest battles. From the IMG Review:

Despite my many quibbles with it, I had a blast playing through CoD 2. Sure, I couldn't bring myself to boot it up for a few days because I got so sick of the British screaming about Jerries and MG42's, but it was still a lot of fun to climb up the grapples on D-Day and storm the trenches. Additionally, although the cinematic quality of the gameplay sacrificed a lot of realistic and immersive elements that I think would have added greatly to the game as a whole, it also added a lot of drama and made the gameplay more streamlined and possibly more rewarding than it would have been otherwise.

There are no doubt some downsides to the game, though; the great graphics come at the expense of pretty high system requirements, so the number of people able to play the game on their Macs will be limited. That you can play multiplayer with your PC friends online, however, means that there is a large pool of people available for a little WWII multiplayer madness if you so desire.

The bottom line is that Call of Duty 2 is a beautiful, cinematic game that, while it is not the realistic reliving of WWII that it promises, is still a very fun game to play and a worthy addition to any gamer's shelf.

To read the entire review, or see the video review, click the link below.

IMG Review: Call of Duty 2
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Macgamestore: Barkanoid II Digital Download
1:38 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Barkanoid II is now available as a digital download through Macgamestore.com for $14.95. A free demo version of the game is available for download on the web site.

Barkanoid II is a classic arcade game that requires quick thinking and sometimes even quicker reactions from the player. In each level the task of the player is to destroy all tiles on the field by hitting them with the playing ball. At the same time he must avoid loosing the ball by navigating his bat at the bottom and direct the balls to hit each tile that is still remaining in the level.

For more on Barkanoid II, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Barkanoid II

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Aspyr Media Ships Civilization IV To Stores
10:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced it has begun shipping Civilization IV to online and retail stores in North America and should be available later this week. Civilization IV, a Mac OS X Universal application, is licensed from 2K Games, a Take-Two Interactive Software publishing label, and was developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios.

Sid Meier's Civilization IV comes-to-life like never before in a beautifully
detailed, living 3D world that expands the gameplay experience. This latest
installment takes the franchise to new heights with the addition of new ways
to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new
easy to use mod capabilities and various multiplayer modes and options.

With Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, rule throughout time and create your own
legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space
age and beyond. Implement new technologies, conduct diplomacy or wage war to
grow your society and become the most powerful leader the world has ever
Civilization IV is currently available for pre-order from Macgamestore.com and should be shipping in the coming days.

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GSC Author Seeks Successor
9:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Martin van Spanje, the author of Game Server Configulator (GSC), is looking for a developer to take over the GSC project. The tool allows game admins to run online multiplayer game servers on Mac OS X.

"I understand many people are using my tools to host their clan wars and it's been great fun making the apps, but these apps are not paying my bills and did cost time and money to make the past few years," says Martin van Spanje.

GSC tools are the only tools available to Mac users that enable them to run online or LAN multiplayer game servers from the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty series. Martin has been working with Aspyr and Brad Oliver for this project. Losing these tools will be a great loss to Mac game admins worldwide.

For more on GSC, head over to the official web site.

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A Look Into Sudoku & Wordsmith
8:17 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Mac Observer has posted reviews of Sudoku and Wordsmith, both Dracosoft titles for Mac OS X. In Sudoku, gamers are challenged to solve one of thousands of puzzles available in classic, random, or chaos modes. Wordsmith is similar to the popular boardgame Scrabble by the more words you can make from the letter tiles, the more points you'll receive.

So, after playing these two games from Dracosoft did I get a mental workout? Only in wondering why the developers decided to release two potentially stellar games too soon; the games feel unfinished, lacking polish, and have only the least amount of refinement. Dracosoft's Sudoku is usable as it is, but sorely needs some of the most basic features other computer based Sudoku games offer. Wordsmith is the lesser of the two though it could be as much fun as pricier word games if it just had a decent dictionary. And both games really could use more instructions.
Please click on the links below to learn more information.

Mac Observer - Games for the Mind: Sudoku & WordSmith
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CNET: Windows XP Performance on a Mac
8:17 AM | Evan Holt | 2 comments

CNET blogger Daniel A. Begun has spent some time benchmarking Windows XP performance on a 17" MacBook Pro. This test was created to show the differences in speed using the same applications under 10.4.6, Boot Camp and Parallels. The benchmark covers Photoshop CS 2, Office 2003, iTunes, Quake 4 and length of time to boot.

Focusing on the gaming element of the test, Quake 4 performed best under OS X than it did in Boot Camp or under Parallels.

Parallels doesn't officially support DirectX yet, but that didn't stop us from trying to run Quake 4 on it anyway. Alas, it was an exercise in futility--it did not work--and in fact, at one point, even forced a spontaneous system reboot! Surprisingly, with the game resolution set to 1,024x768, Quake 4 actually produced noticeably faster frame rates on our test than with Boot Camp. Perhaps the Mac has a future as a gaming platform after all?
Follow the link below to CNETs benchmark full the full commentary and graphs of the results.

CNET: Windows XP Performance on a Mac

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Civilization IV Preview
8:16 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new preview of Civilization IV for the Mac is available at Macworld's Game Room. The latest incarnation of the nation building seres, Civ IV introduces a 3D environment, religion, and a host of other new additions for players to enjoy. The Game Room found the game to be a worthy successor to previous titles.

The same functions from past games exist for each unit—move, sentry, skip turn, sleep, explore and automate. When starting out at the beginning of the game, your knowledge of the world is very limited, and you start out with at least one settler unit, which you use to build your capital city.
What’s new

But after a few turns and clicking around to the various navigation and advisor buttons in the top right of the screen, you’ll discover that Civilization IV replaces some of the concepts from older versions of the game, such as the type of government you form. Instead, there’s now a more complex version called “Civics”—as you progress through the game, you discover various types of governments, religions, and systems of labor, mixing and matching the ones for your civilization. At one point in my game, my Civics settings simultaneously included Universal Sufferage, Nationhood, Emancipation, Free Market economy, and Theocracy (Judaism).

The rest of the preview can be found at the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Civilization IV Preview
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Geneforge 4: Rebellion Officially Announced
8:16 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Spiderweb Software has officially announced the upcoming release of Geneforge 4: The Rebellion. Expanding on the success of previous Geneforge titles, G4 puts player in the role of a rebel who must choose to join with or fight against the powerful Shapers.

You are a rebel, given the power to craft life and sent to fight the Shapers. At least, that is what they told you to do. Will you fight your oppressors? Or will you be tempted by the incredible rewards they offer you in return for switching sides? You have the ability to steer history. What will you choose?

Geneforge 4: Rebellion has a huge and open storyline. You can choose among several sides, each with its own beliefs, fortresses, and quests. There are dozens of different endings. You can help the rebels, or fight them. Slay your enemies or use stealth and diplomacy. Become engrossed in the storyline or just go out and wreak havoc. No matter what you choose, Geneforge 4 offers an enormous adventure with plenty of replay value.

Geneforge 4: The Rebellion is scheduled for release in late 2006 and requlres at least OS 8.1, 50 MB of RAM, and 150 MB of hard drive space.

Click on the links below to check out the Geneforge 4 website and screenshots.

Geneforge 4: Rebellion Screenshots
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Mac Games News for Friday, June 23, 2006

Macgamestore: Pocket Tanks Available, Civ IV Ships Next Week5:42 PM
IMG Reviews Airline Tycoon Deluxe5:34 PM
Apple Posts New Deals2:17 PM
Cars: The Video Game Reviewed7:19 AM
Custer Is The Boss Of A New Desktop7:19 AM
Mac Beta of Warsow Released7:19 AM
Warcraft III: RoC And TFT Updated7:19 AM
WoW: New Realm Transfer Service Q&A7:19 AM
IMG Podcast LIVE! This Sunday Afternoon6:00 AM
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