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Geneforge 5: Overthrow Released For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Spiderweb Software has released Geneforge 5: Overthrow for OS X. The fifth game in the fantasy RPG series brings the saga its conclusion, allowing players to determine whether the Shapers or the rebellion will achieve victory. The game features over 80 areas to explore, five different factions from which to choose, and dozens of possible endings depending on choices made during the game.

More about Geneforge 5: Overthrow:

Spiderweb Software brings you Geneforge 5: Overthrow, the final chapter in their fantasy epic. Return to the world of the Shapers one final time. Explore a vast, war-torn world, create and mold your own army of strange, powerful monsters, and choose a side to help lead to final victory.

• Enormous world, with over 80 areas to explore.
• Choose among five different factions, each with its own beliefs, cities, and quests. Help the rebels or fight them. Your choices will shape the world.
• Dozens of different endings. Choose for yourself how the saga will finally end.
• Many paths to victory. Slay your enemies or use stealth and diplomacy to outwit them. Become engrossed in the storyline or just go out and wreak havoc.
• Lots of replay value.
• Prior experience with the Geneforge series is completely unnecessary.

The Story:
The Shapers have the ability to create life in any form they choose. They can make living tools that obey their commands, plants that can flourish in the harshest wasteland, and powerful monsters that can crush all who oppose them. The Shapers ruled the known lands, and any who tried to rebel or learn their magical secrets were destroyed.

But then their creations rebelled. Working with humans jealous of their masters, they stole the secrets of the Shapers and created their own armies. They created and unleashed new, even more powerful creations and matched the Shapers in savagery. And now, years into the rebellion, the war has settled into a gruesome stalemate. The lands are scorched, and city after city falls.

The two sides are so delicately balanced that one brave warrior can turn the tide. Will you help the rebels overthrow the Shapers? Will you help the Shapers regain their power, tempted by the incredible rewards they offer? You might be able to end this war. Which side will you choose?
System Requirements:
• Macintosh running System 10.3.9 or later.
• 50 MB free RAM.
• 200 MB hard disk space.
• 1024x768 screen resolution with 32 bit color.
• Geneforge 5 will run natively on Intel Macintoshes.
Geneforge 5: Overthrow is available for $28.00. Head over to the links below to learn more and download the demo.

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Book Of Legends Now Available For Mac
6:24 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story today announced the exclusive Mac release of Book of Legends, a new puzzle/adventure game from Gogii Games. The game was develop byBanzai and published by Canadian-based Gogii Games. In Book of Legends, gamers travel 5 countries to complete the game's storyline. It features a combination of puzzle and hidden object gameplay.

What started out as a casual obsession over the world's most sought after legends becomes reality when a young researcher discoveries a book that could change the balance of power in a centuries old struggle. A book so important that in the wrong hands could be devastating. Follow Zoe and Charleston Black as they unravel a mystery contained within a long forgotten book about one of the world's most mysterious legend of all, Excalibur.

• Travel 5 Countries
• Puzzle and Hidden objects combined
• Captivating story
Book of Legends requires a Macintosh computer with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. A free universal binary demo that runs as a 60 minute trial is available for download from the link below. The full version costs $19.95 (USD) to register.

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Lugaru Video Contest: Win A Free Copy Of Overgrowth
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Wolfire Software has announced its first official Lugaru contest with a video competition. Interested participants are encouraged to create an exciting Lugaru gamplay video. The winner of the contest will receive a free copy of Overgrowth (the upcoming sequel to Lugaru), and $50 worth of Wolfire t-shirts.

Contest Rules:

1. Submit your best Lugaru videos to WeGame. You can use the nifty WeGame widget mentioned in Jeff’s previous WeGame post (if you use Windows). Or you can use your favorite games recording software and then upload your vid to WeGame. Snapz Pro for Mac OS X or Fraps for Windows are great, but unfortunately not free.  Check the forum for more suggestions.

2. In two weeks time (Wednesday, the 3rd at 11:59 PM PST) we will close the contest and have a voting period for three days.  The player who has submitted the Lugaru video that has received the most WeGame “likes” wins!  We will have some runner up prizes as well.

3. Feel free to use debug mode (I recently saw a ridiculous wolf-on-fire video), your own custom levels, mods, or skins (I remember seeing Turner line dancing in a tux somewhere). A Lugaru trailer video would be particularly awesome, but again, anything goes!  Even a simple fight!

The winner will receive a free copy of Overgrowth, a $50 gift certificate to the soon-to-be-announced Cafépress Wolfire T-Shirt Store, and mad respect from his fellow gamers. We will also be giving out copies of Overgrowth to select runner ups (or tshirts if they have already purchased Overgrowth) based on subjective feedback!
Follow the links below to learn more about the contest and Wolfire's games.

Wolfire Blog: Lugaru Video Contest
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Wrath Of The Lich King Sets One Day Sales Record
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that World of Warcraft’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, sold more than 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours of availability, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time. This eclipses the previous record of nearly 2.4 million copies sold in 24 hours, set in January 2007 by Blizzard’s first World of Warcraft expansion, The Burning Crusade.

“We’re grateful for the incredible support that players around the world have continued to show for World of Warcraft,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Wrath of the Lich King contains some of the best content we’ve created for the game so far, and we look forward to seeing even more players log in to experience it in the days ahead.”

“World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King surpassed all sales expectations, with 100 Gamestation stores opening at midnight to cater for a high level of demand,” said Andrew Thompson, product director, Gamestation UK. “Players queued for hours - some dressed as characters from the game - proving that enthusiasm for Blizzard Entertainment’s latest installment is at its highest level to date."
Visit the links below to learn more.

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New Diablo III Screenshots & Artwork Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has posted a handful of screenshots and artwork for Diablo III, Blizzard Entertainment's eagerly anticipated return to the action RPG franchise. The game will allow players to revisit the world of Sanctuary where they must once again take up arms against the demonic forces threatening humanity.

Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen.
Check out the screenshots and artwork at the site listed below. Diablo III Screens & Artwork
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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 20, 2008

IMG Reviews PlayDetective: Heartbreakers10:58 AM
Apple Games Features The Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack6:00 AM
BlizzCast 6 Now Available6:00 AM
National Geographic Games Launches6:00 AM
Wrath of the Lich King Soundtrack Available At iTunes Store6:00 AM
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