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Majesty 2: Requirements, Pricing, Kingmaker Expansion
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Virtual Programming recently revealed the system requirements and pricing for the upcoming Mac version of Majesty 2. The sequel to Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim will feature a 16 mission campaign, several quick missions, and the chance to play with up to 4 others on a variety of multiplayer maps. VP also announced it will be releasing the game's expansion pack, Kingmaker. The expansion includes 8 new missions and a toolset for mission creation.

Majesty 2:
In the world of Majesty, you are the ruler of the kingdom of Ardania. At your service are your loyal and somewhat obnoxious subordinates, who have their own minds about how things should be done. Majesty is the only game where your heroes decide on their own what
should be done and when, leaving you to try to control them through monetary incentives.

Features:
  • Real-time strategy game with indirect control - your heroes have a will of their own.
  • Play through a campaign with 16 missions divided into 4 chapters, as well as a few quick missions and a variety of multiplayer maps.
  • Build the fantasy city of your dreams and experience an engaging world, but beware: monsters are waiting to lay siege to your domain.
  • Defend your realm with noble warriors, spell-wielding wizards or wild barbarians. Choose from more than 10 different classes to oversee the protection of your lands.
  • GameSpy multiplayer for up to 4 players over LAN or Internet, including support for ranking ladders and tournaments.
  • The official sequel to the best-selling game "Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim" of 2000.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X: 10.6.3 or higher
  • Intel CPU, 2.16 GHz or faster
  • 1 GB RAM
  • GeForce 8600
  • Radeon X1600 or newer 128 MB
  • 1.5 GB Hard Disk space
  • Internet connection for product registration.
Majesty 2: Kingmaker:
What is the connection between the nightmares of Lord Blackviper and those mysterious eyes, burning in the night? Who are these little green men? The ones stabbing your tax collectors with their spears? Can the shamans of the God of Plague rival the very gods themselves? From whence does his avatars appear, and who is to blame?

The search for answers to these questions is unlikely to improve your sleep , but will surely give you many hours of new and exciting battles when the war with the goblins descends upon the peaceful lands of Ardania. And besides, how better could the nights of the Great King be spent?

Become not only the king of Ardania, but its creator as well.

Features:

  • “Return of Grum-Gog” campaign with 8 new missions
  • Mission creator toolset, which enables players to create their own missions
  • Monsters, buildings and units from Kingmaker for use in the Mission creator toolset
Majesty 2 will sell for $39.95 (£29.95, €39.95), while Kingmaker will be available for $14.95 (£9.95, €14.95). Follow the links below to learn more.

Virtual Programming
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Rage: September 2011 Release Date Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

A recent Bethesda blog post revealed that Rage, id Software's upcoming new game, will be released on September 13, 2011. The post apocalyptic action title combines elements of racing and shooting titles with a dash of role playing thrown in for good measure.

RAGE is a groundbreaking first-person shooter set in the not-too-distant future after an asteroid impacts Earth, leaving a ravaged world behind. You emerge into this vast wasteland to discover humanity working to rebuild itself against such forces as bandit gangs, mutants, and the Authority – an oppressive government regime that has a special interest in you in particular. Featuring intense first-person shooter action, breakneck vehicle combat, an expansive world to explore and jaw-dropping graphics powered by id’s revolutionary id Tech 5 technology, RAGE promises an experience like no other.

Fearing a planet-wide extinction from a massive asteroid headed towards Earth, world leaders are faced with the inexorable task of ensuring human survival. Left with few alternatives, life-sustaining pods filled with select people are buried deep beneath the earth’s surface. You are one of the chosen members of these modern day arks and abruptly enter the RAGE universe after surfacing alone. Leaving you to your own devices to stay alive in a world filled with those who prefer you dead, RAGE combines powerful storytelling with heart-pounding action.

Key Features:
  • Visceral 1st-person gunplay and exploration – Take on bandit gangs and hordes of mutants using an arsenal of exotic weapons and special items, such as wingsticks, personal turrets, sentry bots, and remote-controlled bomb cars.
  • Frenetic 3rd-person vehicular mayhem – Burn rubber across the wasteland in your very own super buggy! Upgrade and customize your car with special parts, paint jobs and weapons, then test your skills as you battle four-wheeling bandit clans and participate in deadly races.
  • Three ways to play for unlimited action – Immerse yourself in a rich story-driven single-player experience, grab a friend for exclusive co-op modes, or go online for all-out multiplayer mayhem.
  • An expansive experience – Beyond the first-person action and vehicle combat, RAGE offers a world open to explore, with unique characters, side quests, and a compelling storyline.
  • Graphics that have to be seen to be believed – Powered by id’s cutting-edge new id Tech 5 engine, new Megatexture technology brings the vast wasteland to life in never-before- possible detail with action running at an astounding 60 frames per second.
Check out the links below to learn more.

Bethesda Blog: Rage Dated
id Software
Rage: Campaign Edition
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id Software: No New IP For A Decade, Won't License Tech 5
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Computer and Video Games has published comments from an Official Playstation Magazine interview with id Software's John Carmack. The veteran game designer said he doubts the company will launch any new IPs in the next decade, preferring to work on existing franchises.

In a separate interview with Eurogamer id's Todd Hollenshead revealed that the company will only not be licensing its Tech 5 engine to outside companies, keeping the technology for id and Bethesda's internal development. Tech 5 is the engine powering the upcoming Rage action shooter.

From CVG:

"We do already have more IPs than we can exploit," he told OPM. "I doubt we're going to do another IP. It's scary to say it, but maybe not in the next decade even, because we want to support Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake - and hopefully we can add Rage onto that - and I don't want five teams here. Three is scary enough.

"Obviously if Rage is a success then we'll want to do a Rage 2," he added. "If people love it, you want to give them more of it."
From Eurogamer:
"It's like, look, this is a competitive advantage and we want to keep it within games we publish - not necessarily exclusively to id or id titles, but if you're going to make a game with id Tech 5 then it needs to be published by Bethesda, which I think is a fair thing."

Hollenshead said he could imagine the technology being used by third-party developers, but only if their games were published by Bethesda, under which circumstances id would withhold nothing.
Head over to the links below to read the full articles.

CVG: John Carmack Interview
Eurogamer: Todd Hollenshead Interview
id Software
Rage: Campaign Edition
Buy Rage: Campaign Edition


IMG Reviews Max & The Magic Marker
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Max & The Magic Marker from Press Play. The game puts players in the role of Max who must use his newly acquired Magic Marker to put a stop to the monsters rampaging through his drawings.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

The real satisfaction comes though from using the physics system to win with guile, building catapults and elaborate levers to throw Max around like a shiny cartoon rag doll.

Thankfully, the developers included a lot of incentives to do just that. A reasonable player could probably blast through the levels in a few hours at most, but collecting the secrets and completing the time trials expands the experience out to a day or so. Some of the best puzzles are saved for the secrets, requiring precise jumping skills as well as innovative drawing. Getting the time trial targets in particular completely rules out using boring tactics and so forces you to get the best out of the game. When you have collected enough you also get access to some extra modes such as a playground mode, a superman mode and the option to have unlimited ink. The unlocked content allows for a little more experimentation.

Visit the link below to read more.

IMG Reviews Max & The Magic Marker
Max & The Magic Marker
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Mac Games News for Friday, August 13, 2010

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Team Fortress 2 Update To Add Item Trading & New Game Mode6:00 AM
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