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Rome: Total War Gold Edition Available Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Feral Interactive is scheduled to release Rome: Total War Gold Edition for Mac today. Originally developed by The Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, the game is released under the Feral Legends label.

In Rome: Total War players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and war. The Gold Edition includes the original strategy title as well as the Barbarian Invasion expansion.

“The Total War series is one of the most-requested additions to Mac gaming,” said Feral Interactive’s David Stephen. “It’s a game that is superbly suited to the platform and one that will be available to all Mac owners including those with Intel MacBooks and Mac minis.”

"The Creative Assembly is delighted that Mac users will now have the opportunity to experience Rome: Total War and Barbarian Invasion" says Mike Simpson, Creative Director at The Creative Assembly, "We hope that these players will appreciate the strategy that Total War has to offer as much as our existing community."

“We are delighted to see that the Total War series has made it on to the Mac,” said Mike Simpson, studio director at Creative Assembly.

Running from the late Roman Republic to early Roman Empire with campaigns ranging across Europe and North Africa, Rome: Total War offers a seamless integration of strategy and tactics that allows players to fight epic historical or fictitious battles, while plotting their path to ultimate victory.

The Gold Edition includes the official expansion pack, Barbarian Invasion. Set some 300 years later, in it players must decide whether they will save Rome from its enemies or, at the head of a Barbarian horde, fight to bring the once mighty Empire to its knees.
Minimum system requirements for Rome: Total War Gold Edition call for a 1.6GHz Intel Mac with 512MB RAM, 128MB graphics card, DVD drive, 5 GB of hard disk space and Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later including Mac OS X v10.6. The game supports Macs with Intel GMA processors.

The game retails in North America for US $29.95, £19.95 (inc VAT) in the UK, and €24.95 (inc VAT) throughout Europe.

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Civilization IV Digital Download Now Available
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Aspyr Media has announced the release of a digital download version of Civilization IV for Macs. The download is available exclusively from Aspyr's GameAgent store. The company has also opened up preorders for upcoming downloadable versions of the games two expansions: Warlords and Beyond the Sword, as well as Civilization III: Complete.

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 known.

Key Features:
  • Faster-Paced Fun – Gameplay has been streamlined for a tighter, faster, and more compelling experience.
  • Greater Accessibility and Ease of Play – An easy-to-use interface will be immediately familiar to RTS and action game players, and newcomers to the series will be able to jump in and play
  • Tech Tree Flexible Tech tree allows players more strategic choices for developing their civilizations along unique paths.
  • Grow Bigger Empires – More Civilizations, Units, and Improvements to enhance and grow your empire.
  • Multiplayer – LAN, Internet, and Play-By-Email offer players all-new strategies and ways to play when competing or cooperating with live opponents.
  • Team Play – Whether playing multiplayer or single player, team play offers a new way of setting locked alliances that result in shared wonder effects, visibility, unit trading, and shared territory that delivers a plethora of new strategic and tactical options.
  • Beautiful 3D World – Sid Meier’s Civilization IV comes to life with a beautiful 3D world, dozens of fully animated units (including culturally unique units), and totally customizable armies. Cities and wonders will appear on the map. Wonder movies are back!
  • Mods and Community Tools – Designed from the ground up for modability, the game contains a powerful map editor with XML and Python support.
  • Choose Your Leader – Most Civilizations now have two leaders from which to choose, with each Leader having traits that provide various bonuses to the player.
  • Civics – With the discovery of new techs, civic options can become available. Freedom of speech or slavery? Hereditary rule or open elections? This creates endless government choices and possibilities!
  • Religion – Now there are seven religions in the game that are unlocked through researching. When unlocked, the religion spreads through a player’s empire allowing them to use the religion to help manage happiness, gain gold and create Great Prophets.
  • Great People – As the player uses specialists they gain Great People points in the city that is utilizing the specialists. Great People include the Artist, Tycoon, Prophet, Engineer, & Scientist. They can be used to get free techs, start Golden Ages, or join a city to increase its output.
  • Promotions – Each unit has a promotion path that emphasizes specific unit traits. Promotions include bonuses to Attack/Defend on specific terrains/features, movement bonuses, sight/visibility bonuses, and increased withdrawal chances.
  • In-Game Cinematics – Sid Meier’s Civilization IV has over 40 in-game cinematics.
Minimum System Requirements:
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5.4 (Leopard)
  • CPU Processor: PowerPC G5 or Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 3.5 GB free disk space
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9600
  • Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX 5200
  • Video Memory (VRam): 64 MB or higher
  • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
  • Media Required: DVD Drive Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce 5200, 6600, 6800, 7800 ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, X1600
Recommended System Requirements:
  • CPU Processor: PowerPC G5 or Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz
  • Video RAM: 128 MB
NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
Civilization IV cost $29.99 to purchase. Follow the links below for more information.

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Wacky Mini-Golf Update Adds Ghost Ship Theme
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DanLabGames has announced the release of an update for its family-friendly hit title, Wacky Mini-Golf. The update brings the game to version 1.1and adds the new "spooky and humorous" Ghost Ship theme to the game. Wacky Mini-Golf features five original themes, 90 holes, 20 animated golf avatars, multiplayer vis hot seat mode.

Wacky Mini-Golf is a best-selling Mac game that puts you on the links in exotic nature locales, now with 5 original themes and a total of 90 holes.

Choose from 20 animated custom golfer avatars or use your iSight camera to edit your own pic into the game. Invite up to four players to take turns in "hot seat" mode and get started: Enjoy the awesome graphics, challenging courses, original soundtrack and family-friendly comic relief.

See how you stack up against other players with the online leaderboard and submit your achievement photos to the online player gallery.

  • Real-time 3D gameplay.
  • 5 themes and a total of 90 holes.li>Customize golfer using iSight camera.li>Online photo gallery.
  • Online high scores.
  • Up to 4 players in hot-seat mode.
  • 20 animated characters.
  • Original soundtrack.
  • Save and continue from where you left off.
  • Beautifully rendered 32-bit graphics.
  • OpenGL hardware accelerated engine.
Wacky Mini-golf requires Mac OS 10.4, a G4 1GHZ processor or higher, and a 32 Mb video card. The full version costs $18.

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Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning Reviewed
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Mac|Life has posted a new review of the Mac version of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The game features Realm vs Realm combat and allows players to enter a grim fantasy world where the armies of Order and Destruction collide to determine the fate of nations. Mac|Life gave Warhammer Online a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

Really, the expectation is that you’ve played this kind of game before and know the implications of your decisions, so anyone unfamiliar with the MMORPG universe will likely stumble through their first 10 levels or so. Fortunately, once you get the hang of it, the experience is rich and rewarding. You can embark on solo quests, start battles alongside other players, fight against other players, join guilds, start guilds, craft items, and explore the enormous (and beautiful) world.

The game’s main focus is realm-versus-realm and player-versus-player combat, where the two factions square off for control over important locations and items. This ends up feeling a bit like king of the hill with hundreds of allies and enemies. It’s fun, and it’s often marked by anticipatory standoffs and chaotic, frenzied battles. Since you’ll receive experience bonuses for killing sprees and capturing enemy areas, there’s plenty of motivation. Like any good MMO, Warhammer Online has an important social aspect, and you’ll find banter and advice filling the in-game chat at all times, even late into the night. Once you make friends, you can join groups or warbands to help fight your way through difficult quests while sharing the rewards and experience with your crew.

During our testing, we heard some concerns that the game’s servers weren’t always evenly balanced and some murmurs that the cards were stacked in favor of the much cooler Destruction faction. But in our experience, this rarely seems to occur during prime-time hours, and as more Mac users join the fray, things will likely become even less skewed.
Read the full review at the page below.

Mac|Life: Warhammer Online Age Of Reckoning
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Mac Games News for Thursday, February 4, 2010

Apple Games Features Rome: Total War Gold Edition6:00 AM
City Of Heroes Second Mission Architect Contest Underway6:00 AM
Din's Curse Now Available For Preorder6:00 AM
Hive Media Games Formed, Angela's World Released6:00 AM
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