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Top Gun Winging Its Way To Macs This Summer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Paramount Digital Entertainment has announced a new Top Gun video game. Currently in development at doublesix the game will be available for Mac, PC, and Playstation 3 this summer.

In the free-flying air combat shooter based on the film players will enroll in the Top Gun Academy as Maverick. With their Radio Information Officer, Goose, players will go up against the best for Top Gun honors. Following graduation, they will fly into the danger zone with fellow US Navy pilots over the Indian Ocean, where they will shoot down enemy fighter jets, defend and attack bases, and engage in large-scale dogfight battles. The game will feature five multiplayer modes, allowing up to sixteen players to battle it out online.

For Top Gun, Paramount Digital Entertainment has tapped the film's screenwriter, Jack Epps, Jr., to expand beyond the film's plot and create all-new story elements and dialogue with the film's iconic characters, including Goose, Iceman, Jester, Viper, Merlin, Slider, Wolfman and more.

"With Jack Epps, Jr. on board, we're excited to deliver a new Top Gun arcade experience that holds true to the popular film," said John Kavanagh, senior vice president of video games, Paramount Digital Entertainment. "The Top Gun development team did a great job taking the best elements of the film the characters, action, plot and attitude and expanding beyond them by creating new dialogue, more missions and multiplayer modes. We're confident players will have a great time doing inverts, buzzing the tower and getting into dogfight battles with the film's characters and their friends online."

"Our continued collaboration with Paramount Digital Entertainment to bring Top Gun to PlayStation Network adds to our overall value message and furthers our industry leading line-up of diverse and exclusive PS3 content," said Rob Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Providing a deep, yet accessible gameplay experience, Top Gun will appeal to both casual and hardcore PlayStation fans when it comes to PlayStation Network this summer."

It takes a lot more than just fancy flying - Top Gun features seven gameplay modes, two single player and five multiplayer. In Campaign Mode, as Maverick, solo players will first learn the ropes at the academy and then progress to active duty, teaming up with seasoned flyers to take down enemy planes over the Indian Ocean. But don't let your ego write checks that your body can't cash. In Horde Mode, players must show off their flying prowess as they defeat endless waves of increasingly challenging enemies. In online multiplayer, players will enlist in the US Navy or join their comrades to go head-to-head with up to 15 other live opponents in five different modes: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Top Gun, Bombing Run and Capture the Flag.

Players will fly into the danger zone in various unlockable planes. Each jet has unique strengths and abilities, with varying levels of speed, destruction, agility and durability.
Learn more at the link below.

Paramount Digital Entertainment
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Portal Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

MacGamer has posted a new review of Valve Software's Portal for Mac. In the game players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals, maneuvering objects, and moving themselves through space. MacGamer recommended the title as one of Valve's best offerings.

Above all else, Portal gives your brain a workout... and that's its trump card. Though there are definitely examples of using your quick reflexes to diffuse a puzzle, the measure of this game is how it stretches your mind. You literally "think" your way through every room and open your logic up to new ideas. The first time you create a portal in the floor and another in the wall and find yourself jumping in one and rotating suddenly to the center of gravity when you pop out of the other, you're going to start rethinking a whole lot of things about how to use space and motion to get something done. Many of my biggest stumbling blocks as I worked my way through Portal came from my reluctance to open my mind and look at a challenge from a new angle. I don't know how many games (video or otherwise) push the player to do that in this day and age but I don't think I need to tell you... it's not many.

Portal definitely does not run as quickly on the Mac as it does on the Xbox or PC. Tom's Hardware has done some testing which indicates that the Mac lags about 20% behind Windows where performance is concerned, citing the GPU as the main problem. The Mac still easily delivers very playable framerates without having to turn the visuals into graphical dog food in order to get there, but don't go bragging to your Windows-using pals about how much better the Mac version of Portal is.
Read more at the link below.

MacGamer: Portal Review
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WoW Cataclysm: Female Worgen Model Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

IncGamers has posted some new screenshots of the female Worgen model coming with the release of Cataclysm, the next expansion for Blizzard Entertainment's popular MMO, World of Warcraft. The images feature the model wearing leather, cloth, mail, and plate.

These are the first official images of the female Worgen model, which will appear alongside its male counter-part when Cataclysm is launched.

There's three shots of the character in Cloth, Leather and Mail, and four images of her in plate. Do bear in mind that this is still a work in progress, but I think you'll agree that Blizz has done a fine job on this new model.

They certainly make my human characters look shabby
Visit the page below to view the new images.

IncGamers: WoW Female Worgen Images
Blizzard Entertainment
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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Jolly Rover Scheduled For June 7 Release
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Brawsome has announced the release of an official trailer for the company's upcoming adventure title, Jolly Roger. In the game players take the role of Gaius James Rover who must deal with a variety of wacky situations spanning three tropical islands as he attempts to fulfill his dream of starting a circus.

It be the golden age of pirates! Dogs of the sea! Quite literally.

Our swashbuckling sausage-dog star is Gaius James Rover, son of the famous clown Jolly Rover, who died from a blow to the groin from an improperly loaded joke cannon.

Following the tragically comedic death of his father, young Gaius, who insists on using his middle name James, goes to live with his uncle, a wealthy plantation owner on a small Caribbean island. While practising a particularly tricky juggling move, he accidentally taints a barrel of rum with tobacco, creating a potent and addictive brew which he coins Jolly Rover, one of the most prized substances in the Caribbean.

Alas, the wealth of Jolly Rover sales only manages to fill the pockets of his uncle, and Gaius longs for action and adventure and, more importantly, the opportunity to start his own circus and follow in the footsteps of his father.

It is not long before the fumbled juggling ball of opportunity raps Gaius smartly on the head yet again. While his uncle is away, a large contract for Jolly Rover arrives from Guy DeSilver, Governor of the notorious Groggy Island, with payment upfront!

In a blinding flurry of optimism, Gaius pools his meagre savings with this advance and charters a ship and crew to take him to Groggy Island. Along the way he meets a colourful band of seafaring cutthroats, scallywags and rogues otherwise known as pirates.

It is here we begin to follow the short and stubby tail of Gaius across three wild and untamed tropical islands, as he attempts to fulfil his dream of starting a circus, hampered only by pirates, villains, voodoo, love and considerable lack of loot.

  • Over 60 beautifully rendered scenes to explore
  • 25 colourful, fully animated and voiced characters
  • Traditional point and click adventure with simple one-click interface
  • Organic and fully integrated hint and task tracking system
  • Unlockable extras include Captain Bio's, concept art, music tracks and directors commentary
Jolly Roger is scheduled for release June 7th. The game is available for preorder from Macgamestore.com.

Jolly Rover Official Trailer
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