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Vendetta Online Adds Station Conquest
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Guild Software has added a new feature for its massively-multiplayer online space strategy game, Vendetta Online. Station Conquest gives groups of players the chance to attack a space station and take control of it. Planned updates for the new feature include holding territory around the station and manufacture of automated drones for mining.

This new gameplay mechanic allows groups of players to coordinate their attacks on a particular station, seizing control of it through the disabling of defense turrets, and taking direct ownership via a new "key" based hierarchical authentication system. Owner keys may then be distributed to other leaders, while various User keys may be generated and given to those needing only more limited types of access. The entire conquest system will be expanded over the coming months to allow surrounding territory to be held for the benefit of the station, while automated drones may be manufactured to mine ores and minerals within the conquered regions and provide for the finances and defense of a given station. In this way, large groups of players may conflict with one another over territorial gains and losses, while also running amok of established NPC factions and the Hive.
Click over to the website below for more information about Vendetta Online and its continuing updates.

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New Star Tennis Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

New Star Games has announced the release of New Star Tennis, its newest sport title. The game features a full tennis tour with 66 tournaments, a variety of court styles, training challenges, and a detailed career mode spanning 15 tournaments.

New Star Tennis Features:

  • Exciting Gameplay
    Experience thrilling rallies as you compete against the world's elite. An intuitive control system allows you to put the ball anywhere on the court, but you will need some slick skills to become number one.
  • Intense Training
    To beat the best you will need to train hard and increase your abilities. There are 5 skills to master, Serve, Forehand, Backhand, Volley and Spin. You will also need to work in the gym to build up your Speed and Stamina. Now, get down and give me twenty!
  • The NSG World Tour
    There are 66 tournaments on the NSG World tour in which you can earn points to improve your ranking. You will need to decide when to train, when to rest and when to compete. The tour features realistic competitions with their respective surfaces; hard, clay and grass.
  • Multiple cameras
    Not everyone will want to stick to the standard camera view so why not try one of the many others available. Overhead? Isometric? Player-cam? Every preference is catered for.
  • Keep Smiling
    Becoming a top sports personality isn't just about playing tennis. If you want to earn those sponsorship deals you will need to have an exciting lifestyle and a cheerful persona. Splash some cash on vehicles and property and dont forget to spend time with your friends on the kart track, in the casino or down the pub playing darts!

New Star Tennis is priced at $14.99. For more information follow the links below.

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The Flower Shop Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Winterwolves Software has announced the release of The Flower Shop. The new game, described as a dating and farming simulation, puts players in the role of college student Steve as he works to keep his farm running while pursuing relationship opportunities. The Flower Shop features nine unique endings.

"I wanted to create a story with universal appeal, with strong romantic elements and enchanting artwork. Life, love, and family are something we all deal with, and all the characters are connected. The decisions of player affect not only his or her relationships, but the way the characters interact with each other." - said Celso Riva, game designer/programmer of the game.

The game takes place in Fairbrook, a small farming community in northern California. Steve is a college freshman with relationship troubles. His girlfriend just dumped him, and his father is angry at him for his poor grades. As punishment, Steve is sent to work on his uncle's farm for the summer in the hope that he'll learn self discipline. Although he initially resents the idea of spending a summer toiling away in a small town away from his home, he soon makes friends with many of the people in the community of Fairbrook. Among his new friends are three charming girls each with her own hopes and dreams. Will one of these relationships bloom into romance, will Steve make up with his girlfriend, or will this summer leave him alone?

Everything depends on the heart and determination of the player.

The game features beautiful anime-style artwork, a scheduler that allows players to plan their weeks, and a farming sim where players can grow and sell crops. With nine variable endings that change based on your interaction with characters, The Flower Shop is a sweet and engaging tale for everyone.
It's all in your hands.
The Flower Shop requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher, a 1.2 Ghz CPU, and 256 MB RAM. The full version costs $19.99.

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Two Worlds II Newsletter Features Game Info, Cloak Contest
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TopWare Interactive and Reality Pump recently released a new Two Worlds II newsletter. The thirteenth edition of the newsletter includes information about the game's cave and mine system, a developer Q&A, a description of the Droser monster, and details on a new contest. Two Worlds II will send players to the unexplored land of Eastern Antaloor and will feature detailed graphics, an active combat system, and a complex storyline.

A truly first-class RPG has cave systems full of twisting paths, hidden crannies and hair-raising dungeon labyrinths - and TW2 really comes up trumps in this dark world. The game’s designers describe it as being a “very extensive” cave and mine system – and we AP editors were at last allowed to experience the legendary underworld of Antaloor for ourselves! Reality Pump invited us to visit one of the vast mines near Hatmandor. This is where the mysterious and magical raw material ‘Verita’ is mined - by dint of backbreaking labor far below the surface of the Earth. These colossal Verita gemstones, with their multiple green facets glowing eerily in the dark would normally be quite enough to make the trip through the mine really worthwhile... but there’s a lot more to see down here - and we wanted to see it all! OK, no problem for Reality Pump... no sooner said than done. In stark comparison to TW2's predecessor, this underground world now possesses a powerful optical atmosphere which will captivate the player - and bring forth awestruck reactions from fans of the dark depths – and why, you ask? Simply because the complex cave systems have an atmosphere that has to be experienced to be believed – it really gets under your skin. There are various different levels here, and awe-inspiring domed galleries through which the ramshackle timber scaffolding threads its way like the webs of lovesick spiders. But we wanna go deeper still... and we really get our feet wet thanks to the pools at ground level on the floor of the huge hall. So we carefully climb up the wobbling wooden stairway - always heading in the direction of the swarms of lightning bugs which provide brilliant pinpoints of color on the cave ceiling. The artificially created paths gradually come to an end – many havecollapsed in on themselves. Now we're nearing the wild section of the mine - and we’re suddenly confronted by a group of Varns who seem to have made their home here. So it's out with the sword and into battle! Then it’s onwards and ever upwards, our path lit by the flickering flames of the torches - and man, let me tell you, we were glad to get out of the darkness into the blazing sun and dancing mirages of Hatmandor’s desert – you will get the shivers in that amazingly realistic, dark and oppressive atmosphere down there in the depths of Antaloor!

Thanks to the CRAFT system, “Two worlds II“ players can now convert their armored equipment as much as they want - and that includes new colors too. This game feature was the inspiration behind our new competition starting today. We’re offering all you fans out there a one-time chance to design your own cloak. And here’s the killer... if your design’s good enough, you could even see it used regularly in the actual game! Just download the template-PDF, print it out and start creating your own personal cloak!
BUT remember - you can only use four different colors! Just scan your finished picture (at 300 dpi) and send it to the E-mail address in the PDF by the 28th of February 2010. You can of course also use snail mail. The postal address is ZUXXEZ Entertainment AG, Ottostr. 3, 76275 Ettlingen, Germany.
The best entries will be forwarded to Reality Pump - and the team there will choose the designs that will make it into the game itself!
Check out the link below to read more.

Two Worlds II Newsletter
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Mac Games News for Friday, January 29, 2010

Blizzard Confirms StarCraft II Mac/PC DVD Release6:00 AM
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