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Myth II Universal Binary Released
11:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 20 comments

The folks at Project Magma have released a Universal Binary version of Myth II: Soulblighter, the epic tactical strategy game created by Bungie Software and originally released back in 1998. The new version will allow owners of Intel based Macs to run the game at native speeds under those systems.

Here's more from Project Magma:

Project Magma is proud to announce the public beta of Myth II 1.6. This update includes a MacOS X Universal version, the ability to run in a window under Windows 2000/XP, MacOS X native versions of Bungieís Fear & Loathing tools, and the ability to share the CPU with other processes by capping the frame rate. Myth II 1.6 includes a 1.5.1 compatibility mode allowing online game play with both versions in a single game. There are too many bug fixes to mention.

This is a final quality release that is being released as a beta so as to allow for more widespread testing and public comment before itís called complete.

Be sure to head over to Macgamefiles.com to download Myth II: Soublighter 1.6. Please note that you will need to the original Myth II CD in order for the game to work.

MGF: Myth II: Soulblighter 1.6b1
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Myth II: Soulblighter
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Macgamestore: Massive Assault Digital Download
4:32 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Massive Assault, A 3D wargame where two rival sides struggle for global domination in a sci-fi environment, is now available as a digital download game from Macgamestore.com for $19.95.

Take the command of the "Free Nations Union (F.N.U.)" and defeat the secret alliance "Phantom League" on one of 6 distant planets. The war for global domination will unroll on continents, at sea and in the air. Lead your divisions, fleets and air squadrons against those, who dared threaten our freedom and democracy!

The game utilizes Wargaming.netís high-performance 3D engine giving revolutionary look and feel to turn based global-scale games. The gameplay is smooth and easy-to-learn.

For more on Massive Assault, follow the link below.

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No Open Beta for WoW: Burning Crusade
10:33 AM | Eddie Park | 1 comment

An article posted at WorldofWar.net notes that, unlike most of Blizzard's past betas, there are currently no plans to host an open beta testing of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion The Burning Crusade.

While we do plan to host a closed beta at some point in the near future, at this time we do not have plans for an open beta, like what was experienced just before we launched classic World of Warcraft. It's always possible that our decision on this matter may change, so your best bet is to periodically check the website for updates, but I'd implore you not to get your hopes up, as it is very doubtful that these plans will change.
A closed beta will still be taking place, and lucky attendees of this year's BlizzCon should have their special keys, which will allow access to the closed beta.

WorldofWar.net - No Open Beta
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Apple Games Features Legion Arena
9:52 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new feature on Slitherine's Legion Arena, a hybrid real time strategy and role playing game which puts players in command of their own Roman Era legion. To succeed in the over 100 included battle scenarios commanders must train their troops and develop effective strategies for the battlefield.

Success on the battlefield also enables you to upgrade your soldiers between battles. You can increase their abilities in a number of offensive and defensive areas, as well as boost their morale or their basic physical limits. Many of the upgrades provide foundations for even better improvements later in the game.

The Army Camp screen, where youíll find the aforementioned features, also allows you to view each of your squadís statistics as well as its battle history. You can also disband squads that donít serve a useful purpose anymore; youíll receive a few Denari as compensation when you do so.

After youíve upgraded your military, but before you begin the next battle, plan your strategies on the deployment screen. Study the enemyís position and then place your squads accordingly; remember to line your strongest troops across from his weakest, taking the terrain into account. You should also consider what your opponent might do and plan for that contingency.

To check out the rest of the feature, which also includes a brief history of Rome, head over to the link below.

Apple Games: Legion Arena Feature
Legion Arena
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Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge Reviewed
9:52 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The latest Slacker's Guide examines Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge, a total conversion of Marathon for the open source Aleph One engine. Created by The Marathon Map Makers Guild, Morgana's Revenge gives players the chance to travel through time and wield magic and technology in a battle to thwart a diabolical plot.

Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge (is) a scenario that blends the futuristic world Marathon players are used to with a detailed medieval theme. Beginning in the sick bay of the starship Kronos, players must return to the past via time travel technology and fight what awaits them to unlock additional puzzles.

Where Bungie left off, the developers at the Marathon Map Makers Guild picked up. After more than three years of work, Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge lives up to the legacy established by the original trilogy. Complete with outstanding graphics, top notch sound, cool melee and magic based weaponry, a story line extensive enough for any "FPS-with-a-point" junkie and the rest, the group has done their homework and it shows.

This is a work of love, complete with the style, humor and overall feel the Bungie games were renowned for. And, true to form, cross-platform networking for multiplayer gameplay remains, players entering the host's IP, then settle back to annihilate each other (noticing a SPNKR missile coming at you from across an arena may not be the most encouraging thing in the world, but it built character).

The full article and more information about the E: MR can be found at the link below.

The Slacker's Guide: Excalibur Morgana's Revenge
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals1:55 PM
IMG Posts Evolution of First Person Shooters Feature1:41 PM
Surpassing World of Warcraft?1:07 PM
Civilization III: Complete Universal Binary7:33 AM
Blizzard Q&A: 'No Doubt' Starcraft, Diablo Will Be Revisited7:12 AM
Civ IV: Warlords Examined7:12 AM
Hothead Games on Penny Arcade Game7:12 AM
TriJinx Reviewed7:12 AM
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