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New APOX Visuals Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

BlueGiant Interactive has released a concept video which was used as a pre-production tool for the upcoming APOX. The game is a real-time strategy game set in a near post-apocalyptic, "Mad Max-esque" universe and is planned for release in late 2010. BlueGiant has also released new screenshots from the game.

“At the start of the project, we created a concept video intended to help us set goals for look and feel of the final game. Although our game design evolved since this video, the video was invaluable in making sure everyone was on the same page in terms of art style. It set concrete goals for the graphics programmers as to the level of quality we wanted from our rendering engine. I think we'll start all our new projects with a concept video like this,” stated Prashant Suyal, Lead Artist for APOX.

In addition to the concept video, BlueGiant released new screen shots from their air base map, one of the 100 maps to be included in the final product. The concept video and screen shots are available for download from the site.
Check out the new visuals at the link below.

Apox Trailers & Screenshots
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Eschalon: Book II Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Jay Is Games has published a new review of Basilisk Games' latest release, Eschalon: Book II. The RPG sequel includes improvements like re-rendered tiles, new weather effects, new skills, new monsters, and a larger world to explore. Jay Is Games recommended the game to fans of classic top-down RPG.

From the review:

Other changes include the ability to set or remove various gameplay restrictions to get bonuses, new skills, and, my favourite, the addition of weather that affects gameplay. How, you may ask? Ever tried to light a torch in the middle of a rainstorm? Or cast a fireball during one? How about navigating in the dark during flashes of lightning? And you probably don't want to be forced to camp out on a frozen lake during a blizzard.

There have been a lot of comparisons drawn between Eschalon and Oblivion, which sort of surprises me since the first thing I thought of when playing were the earlier Ultima titles mixed with a dose of Avernum. While I've always been the sort of party-pooper who prefers strong story over open world gameplay, I have to admit Eschalon does the latter really well. Upon receiving the main quest, I promptly ignored it and spent a week tramping around the landscape until I was Level Ridiculous and adorned in the rainments of the Gods. Not without trial and error, of course, since the game can be fairly punishing in the beginning, but once you gain a few levels and equip yourself with armor that doesn't shatter when you sneeze, you'll find the going a lot smoother.
Read the full review at the page listed below.

Jay Is Games: Eschalon Book II Review
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Eschalon: Book II
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Victoria II Trailer Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming has released a new trailer for the recently released Mac version of Victoria II. The game takes players to the year 1836, where they can choose from over 200 nations to guide through the start of World War II. In Victoria II the domestic front holds greater importance than simply conquering neighbors, with a focus on economic development as the world enters the industrial era.

Victoria II:
"Victoria II offers an exquisite historical simulation, from the colonization era through the upheaval of World War I and the complex situation the planet faced at the cusp of World War II," said Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton. "It's not easy to nail down that part of world history, and our friends at Paradox Interactive got it just right."

"We put a lot of effort into capturing the rich intricacies of a country's development, including socio-political changes, market systems, the interplay of various population groups, and more," said Paradox Interactive's Fredrik Wester. "Victoria II may be the most complex domestic strategy game ever developed."

"We put a lot of effort into capturing the rich intricacies of a country's development, including socio-political changes, market systems, the interplay of various population groups, and more," said Paradox Interactive's Fredrik Wester. "Victoria II may be the most complex domestic strategy game ever developed."

Features:
  • Deep engrossing political simulation with dozens of different governments
  • Detailed economy with over fifty different types of goods and various production factories
  • Over 200 different countries can be played, during the era stretching from 1835 to the onset of WWII
  • Advanced Technological system with thousands of inventions to discover
  • Improved graphics and interface, as well as multiplayer support
  • A streamlined interface makes the game easily accessible
  • Automation of various tasks including, trade and population promotion
  • Advanced spheres of influences system, where the great powers battle over the control of the world
  • Cottage production simulating pre-industrial economies
  • Gunboat Diplomacy, no need for negotiating as a fleet outside a port may be a more persuasive argument
  • Historical and Dynamic missions guiding your country through the history
Visit the site below to view the video.

YouTube: Victoria II Trailer
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Mac Games News for Monday, September 20, 2010

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