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Amnesia: Dark Descent Demo Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Frictional Games has released a demo for the upcoming first person survival horror title, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The game is described as a title which will take players on a "thrill-ride through the depths of madness and explore the dark side of human emotions." It follows the tale of amnesiac Daniel, on the run from a horrifying foe in a mysterious Prussian castle.

The game begins with Daniel awakening in a desolate Prussian castle, without any memories to explain his situation. A letter written by himself, reveals that the amnesia is actually self-inflicted. The mysterious message urges him to seek out and kill Alexander, a man residing deep below the castle. Hunted by a dark shadow, Daniel can see no other way out than to trust his former self. If he is to save his life and mind, he needs to find out what it is all really about. It is his only hope for salvation. A dark descent awaits.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person horror game with focus on immersion. It is a game where atmosphere and story comes first.

Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X & Linux.

Languages: English - with localized text for French, German, Italian & Spanish.

Recommended Computer Specifications:
  • Windows XP/Vista/7, OS X 10.5.8/10.6.4 or Linux distribution released in 2010.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6 / ATI Radeon HD.
  • 2.0 Ghz CPU.
  • 1 - 2 GB RAM (depends on OS).
  • 500mb of free disk space.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent will be released on the 8th of September. For more information check out the links below.

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IMG Reviews Heroes Of Newerth
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 16 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Heroes of Newerth from S2 Games. The game allows two teams of up to five players take on the roles of heroes as they work with AI controlled armies to destroy an enemy team's base. HoN features upgradeable skills, powerful items to purchase, VOIP controls, Clan Support, and dozens of playable Hero characters from which to choose.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

For those unfamiliar with DotA the concept is simple. In this Strategy/RPG blend, you pick a hero and starting from one corner of the map fight your way to the enemies base. In your way are, of course, enemy heroes, defense towers, and the AI's continually spawning waves of units or creeps in predefined lanes. Each lane has a series of defense towers leading up to the enemy base. Destroy the towers and then destroy the enemy base. You level up your hero by killing other enemy heroes, creeps, or destroying towers, and then in standard RPG fashion upgrade your abilities and equipment to become more powerful and effective. A tutorial is available to get you familiar, and the loading screens offer handy tips on gameplay.

Heroes of Newerth lives up to its name by having a large selection of heroes to choose from. From the towering Behemoth to the diminutive yet deadly Nymphora, there's something to suit your style of play. Each hero is placed on a side, The Hellbourne or The Legion, as well as a category, either strength, agility or intelligence. You can mix and match either side's heroes on a team, and no hero is particularly "better" than another, though some heroes are more effective versus certain foes. Each hero has three abilities plus an ultimate skill, as well as six slots to hold equipment and items. Some heroes are easy to manage, with only one or two active skills, while others require precise micromanaging to get the best out of them. With over 70 heroes and counting it will take you some time to work through them all and find your favorites, but its always fun to try a new hero, and if you really want there is a practice mode in which you play solo and test out skills and items.
Check out the full review at the link below.

IMG Reviews Heroes Of Newerth
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Poker Night At The Inventory
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Telltale Games has announced the upcoming release of Poker Night at the Inventory. The poker title will feature a unique assortment of characters including Tycho of Penny Arcade fame, Heavy from Team Fortress 2, and Telltale's own Strong Bad and Max.

Prepare for a different kind of poker night in a very different kind of club. In Poker Night at the Inventory, you'll deal with Penny Arcade's clever, cunning Tycho, Team Fortress 2's hulking Heavy, Homestar Runner's self-proclaimed "awesome icon" Strong Bad and the hyperkinetic "rabbity-thing" from Sam & Max. These characters come together in ways some never thought possible, in a setting few would have predicted. You'll experience a new style of poker, particularly when hands don't go the way of the other fiery competitors at the table.
Poker Night at the Inventory can be pre-ordered for $4.95. Check out the website below for more information.

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Broken Sword: The Director's Cut Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Revolution Software recently announced that the Director's Cut of its classic adventure game Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is now available to download. A retail version, to be published worldwide by Mastertronic, will follow shortly. The update of the original Broken Sword includes a new story arc, new animations, enhanced graphics and audio, as well as new mini-games and puzzles.

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut, a loving update to one of the most popular adventures ever written, boasts an all-new story arc woven into the original plot. With new facial animations drawn by Dave Gibbons (co-creator of Watchmen), enhanced graphics and audio, a context-sensitive help system designed for those stumped by the game's ingenious puzzles, new mini-games and puzzles, and a new perspective on one of gaming's most celebrated plots, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut is an essential adventure for fans old and new.

The original Broken Sword, released in 1996, introduced George Stobbard, Nico Collard and the conspiracy of the Knights Templar. Redefining intelligent gaming narrative, with a stunning globetrotting narrative which weaved fantastic with historical legend, the million-selling game won countless awards, topping many "best adventure game" lists.

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut begins with Nico Collard's investigation into the brutal murder of an eminent Parisian statesman, and continues at a breakneck pace, as events collide in a race-against-time which sees the fate of the world rest in the hands of our two heroes.

"We're absolutely thrilled to see The Director's Cut on the formats which made the original such a smash," says Charles Cecil, managing director, Revolution Software. "The additions and enhancements make this feel as fresh as ever - I am confident that the Director's Cut will prove to be every bit as popular today as its predecessor was previously."
The game is available to download now for 9.99. Head over to the links below for more information.

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Eschalon: Book II Secrets Of Fathamurk Expansion In October
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Basilisk Games has officially announced the development of an add-on adventure for Eschalon: Book II. Titled Secrets of Fathamurk, the update will include five to ten hours of new content as well as improvements to the game engine and some new additions in other areas of the game world.

"This expansion for Eschalon: Book II will add 5-10 hours of new gameplay for fans of the game," said Thomas Riegsecker, Lead Developer of the Eschalon series. "Better yet, we're not charging players a dime for it. If you own Eschalon: Book II you will have access to this new content free-of-charge with the 1.05 update."

[Q] How do I get it?
[A] The additional content will be included with version 1.05 of Eschalon: Book II. When this version becomes available in October, you just need to redownload the game and install it. The new content is already integrated into the game.

[Q] How do I see the new content?
[A] Once inside the game, you need to go to the Farrock Caves. In the western part of the caves is a sealed hallway, beyond which is a stairwell going down. The new content is down there, in the dungeons of Fathamurk.

[Q] Is this additional content part of the main storyline in Book II?
[A] No, it doesn't affect the main storyline at all. You can play the game and never even visit this new dungeon, and it won't change your game one bit. But for true fans of the game, there will be some clues in Fathamurk regarding the true nature of the Orakur!

[Q] What else is notable about version 1.05 of Eschalon: Book II?
[A] Quite a bit, actually! There are a large number of updates to the game engine as well as additional content to other areas* of the game world in addition to Fathamurk dungeon. For example, the Zoological ruins outside Port Kuudad have been expanded and additional enemies have been added to several areas of the game, just to list a few of the updates.
The Secrets of Fathamurk expansion will be included in the 1.05 update to Eschalon: Book II coming in October. Visit the site below to learn more.

Eschalon: Book II Secrets Of Fathamurk
The Secrets Of Fathamurk FAQ
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Mac Games News for Friday, September 3, 2010

Eschalon: Book I Updated6:00 AM
Interplay To Bring Pinball Yeah! To Macs This October6:00 AM
LEGO Universe Goes Gold6:00 AM
Terra Militaris Announced6:00 AM
The Future Of Basilisk Games6:00 AM
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