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StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Details
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

MTV Multiplayer has posted a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment's executive vice president of game design, Rob Pardo. The veteran game developer discussed Heart of the Swarm the upcoming next installment of the StarCraft II franchise, revealing a few tidbits about the Zerg-centric tale.

Are They Sequels? Or Expansion Packs?

Blizzard views each of the "StarCraft 2" games as a very separate entity, with the single-player seeing the bulk of the new content in each release. "From a single-player point of view, they're going to kind of feel like sequels. It's going to be a pretty meaningful amount of content."

And what about multiplayer? "Multiplayer is going to be more like an expansion set sort of vibe. We're not going to ship all brand new races. There will definitely be additions to multiplayer, but that's going to feel like an expansion set." Pardo went on to compare the amount of new multiplayer content to what was added for multiplayer in "StarCraft: Brood War."
Visit the page below to read the full interview.

MTV Multiplayer: SC II Heart Of The Swarm Details
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Hoyle Card Games 2011 Released
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com has announced the exclusive release of Hoyle Card Games 2011 on its web site. The game is immediately available as a digital download. HOYLE Card Games 2011 features team-style and solo card games from Old Maid and Canasta to Solitaire and Poker. Learn new games, refine your strategy and play the cards you're dealt, all in the company of the personable HOYLE characters.

Ready to get in the game? Then pull up a chair and deal yourself in to these exciting card games from HOYLE, the #1 brand in family entertainment!

HOYLE Card Games 2011 features all of your favorite team-style and solo card games from Old Maid and Canasta to Solitaire and Poker. Learn new games, refine your strategy and play the cards you're dealt, all in the company of the personable HOYLE characters!

Brand New and Improved:
  • Large, easy-to-read playing cards
  • New Slots games - video blackjack and video poker with single and multi-hand action
  • Select a regular set of characters to join in the fun
  • Exciting animation
  • Competitive games, Solo games and Team Games
Hoyle Highlights:
  • Use Hoyle Face Creator to design your own player
  • Select from a variety of card fronts and backs, customize characters, adjust speed of play and more
  • Rules and tips available for all games
  • Shop by using your "winnings" to add selections/upgrades to your characters and "trophy room."
Special HOYLE 2011 Feature:
  • Classic
  • Astro Jack
  • Backroom Blackjack
  • Special 21's
  • Video Blackjack - all featuring exciting animation when player gets a natural (21 in the first two cards dealt)
  • Video Poker
  • Single hand with 17 varieties to play and
  • Multi-hand with 3 varieties to play
System Requirements:
  • OS X 10.4.11-10.6
  • Intel Core Solo processor or better
  • 1.5 GHz or higher processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64MB VRAM (Intel GMA chipsets supported)
  • 3 GB hard drive space
  • 33.6 Kbps modem or faster and internet service provider account required for internet access. Broadband internet service recommended
Hoyle Card Games 2011 is available immediately as a digital download purchase through Macgamestore.com and Mac Games Arcade. A free 60 minute trial version is available for download. The full version costs $19.95 (USD).

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Half-Life 2 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Mac|Life has posted a new review of Valve Software's Half-Life 2. The game puts players in the role of research scientist Gordon Freeman who must rescue the world from alien invaders. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5.

From the review:

The game takes a little while to get going--itíll take about half an hour to obtain your hazardous environment suit and get your hands on the gameís first weapon, the mighty crowbar--but itís worth the wait. This isnít your typical first-person shooter. Youíll need to solve puzzles to advance, and at times youíll be seriously outnumbered and outgunned--moments that require more brains than brawn to survive.

Despite Half-Life 2ís age, this giant of a game still impresses. Beautifully rendered models both create stunning landscapes and convey an incredibly claustrophobic world you canít help but rebel against. The outstanding dialogue draws you into the plot and characters. Those in authority sound like they enjoy their power, the friendly scientists sound lost in their intellectual wanderings, and the rebels gain your sympathy and make you want to fight for their cause. Half-Life 2ís unique inventiveness also sets it apart. Where other first-person shooters might immediately grant you a giant arsenal and tell you to shoot everything in sight, Half-Life 2 utilizes quieter strengths: good artificial intelligence, for example, great controls, a terrific physics engine, and pheromone-based pods that can summon a giant insect army to attack your enemies. The awesome gravity gun can draw objects to you and fire almost any object as a projectile--itís as much a tool as it is a weapon.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Mac|Life: Half-Life 2 Review
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Neverwinter Announced For PC
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Atari and Cryptic Studios have announced development of Neverwinter for PC. The title is a new online roleplaying game based on Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons and the beloved city of Neverwinter.

In Neverwinter, players will choose to become one of five classic D&D classes and team up with friends or computer-controlled allies to form five-person co-op groups. Players will also create their own storylines and quests utilizing a content generation system, tentatively codenamed Forge.

UPDATE: I contacted Cryptic Studios about the possibility of a Mac version and received the following reply

    "As of right now, Neverwinter is PC only. There are no immediate plans to have this available on Mac, but like anything this could be subject to change depending on demand and other factors."

Neverwinter:

Once a bustling location, Neverwinter has faced a great many disasters in the past hundred years. Rule of the city remains unclear following the unfortunate demise of the last Lord of Neverwinter and factions still battle for dominance after the all-consuming Spellplague took a high toll on the population. Even Neverwinter's dead are beginning to rise from their graves and march upon the city they once called home.

"We're beyond thrilled to develop a brand new version of Neverwinter. It's been years since the original became a gaming icon and we're honored to work with such a great franchise," said Jack Emmert, COO of Cryptic Studios. "We've been working closely with Wizards of the Coast and R.A. Salvatore to create an authentic D&D adventure filled with compelling fiction and exciting gameplay."

"Wizards of the Coast is excited to invite millions of fans back to Neverwinter with the launch of R.A. Salvatore's Gauntlgrym,Ē said Liz Schuh, Brand Director for Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. "And we're excited about the prospects for great digital gaming experiences based on this epic world.Ē

Neverwinter for PC is scheduled to release in Q4 2011 and is part of a multi-platform event, including a book trilogy from New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore and a tabletop roleplaying game from Wizards of the Coast. Book one in Salvatore's Neverwinter trilogy, titled Gauntlgrym, releases on October 5 of this year and lays the groundwork for the Neverwinter storyline. The novel previews the settings, characters and monsters from the PC game and details the events that lead up to this highly anticipated PC gaming experience.

For more information follow the links below.

Neverwinter Website
Massively: Neverwinter Details
Gamespot: Neverwinter Details


Mac Games News for Monday, August 23, 2010

Hearts Of Iron 3: Semper Fi Reviewed6:00 AM
IMG Reviews StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty6:00 AM
Portal 2 Previewed6:00 AM
Vera Blanc: Ghost In The Castle Demo, Pre-Order Available6:00 AM
 
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