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Plants Vs. Zombies Game Of The Year Edition Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Casual developer PopCap Games has announced the release of Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition for Mac and Windows PCs. The update includes the addition of achievements and the ability to create your own zombie and see it within the game.

Get ready to soil your plants! Again! PopCap's fun-dead game of the year is updated and expanded with 20 new achievements and the interactive Zombatar™. Make your very own zombie, then watch it come to "life" in your game!

Stop 26 types of zombies dead in their tracks with your arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants! Battle through 50 Adventure levels, 20 Mini-Games, plus Puzzle and Survival modes. Or dig into the zombie-free Zen Garden. The fun never dies!

Features:

  • Five game modes: Adventure, Mini-Games, Puzzle, Survival and Zen Garden
  • Battle zombies through day, night, fog, in a swimming pool and on the rooftop
  • Earn 20 Achievements and show off your zombie-zapping skills
  • Make your own fun-dead friends with the Zombatar™!
Plants vs Zombies costs $19.95. According to a developer post on PopCap's PvZ Facebook page current owners of the original Plants vs. Zombies who purchased the game directly from PopCap will be able to upgrade to the new version for free.

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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld has released a new review of Blizzard Entertainment's recently released StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The real-time strategy sequel continues the story of the Terrans, Zerg, and Protoss with an expanded single player campaign, and features all new units and strategies for multiplayer fans to explore. Macworld gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5.

From the review:

StarCraft II is an opus of violence, fire, and flawed humanity. After years of development, Blizzard has delivered one of the most powerful single player campaigns in recent memory, a story with surprising narrative weight and varied, compelling gameplay. Thanks to an equally strong multiplayer, StarCraft II has once again raised the bar for all others to meet.

And this is only chapter one.

When Blizzard decided to split up StarCraft II into three parts, many people whined it was a money grab. You get to play as the Terrans in Wings of Liberty, but the future expansions will detail the Zerg and Protoss campaigns. Why pay $60 for only one race, one campaign? It better be one hell of a campaign. And it is.
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Valve To Offer Graphics Code To Developers
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GamesIndustry.biz has posted a new article about Valve Software's efforts to convince PC developers to bring game titles to Mac OS X and Valve's Steam service. In the article Valve's development director Jason Holtman said in an effort to make the porting process easier the company will release some of its graphics code to developers planning to use the Steamworks infrastructure.

"So our Steamworks partners will have access to some of the hard work that we do to get our games up on Mac, and they'll be able to incorporate that into their games - and our hope is it gets them there faster."

Holtman also revealed, for the first time, that Steam games which have seen an added Mac edition have enjoyed a significant boost in their combined platform sales.

While Valve would not be drawn on specific sales figures for the Mac versions, Holtman stated that "we're seeing between a 15 and 20 percent increase in games that have a Mac version on Steam. So some of our baseline games with added Mac versions, they're seeing quite a healthy bump in people picking up their title.
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Two Worlds II: Quests, Grave Robbing, Mounted Travel
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

TopWare Interactive and Reality Pump recently released a new Two Worlds II newsletter. The 24th edition of the newsletter includes information about the game's quests, the dangers of grave robbing, and mounted travel. 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.

The developers definitely made it, creating stories and quests that totally fit together and give it a real university-flair. So I was asked by a young student, who has to organize a party for his friends, to find a stripper in town. I got the money in advance, because the good guy sadly no longer had access to the rooms of his fellow female students. Why oh why? So I was on my way to the attractive Lisa, who had no problem in doing the job. Certainly I did choose the right answer. When I played the quest later again, and for the 200 auras via multiple-choice suggested that I would not expect just dancing for the money, but some more physical play Lisa threw me right out of her room. With this disappointing news I had then to go back to my client… but I didn’t… instead I ran away with the 200 auras!

Fortunately there can be found many, many other quests while travelling through the city of New Ashos. Inside the university itself, I even had the chance to give a lecture in front of some biology students, concerning a special monster. Before that I had to seek out and study the beast somewhere in the jungle, outside of New Ashos.

Or the dainty affair, where a juniorprofessor blames her mentor he would give his young female students better results in return for some special favor. But this story finally ended in a total different way I was expecting before. I don’t want to tell too much here! So, back into the city.
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