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Supreme Commander 2 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Virtual Programming has announced the release of Gas Powered Games' Supreme Commander 2 for Mac. The real time strategy game drops players into the middle of a war between three galactic empires and gives them the chance to command enormous armies comprised of a host of customizable units.

"Wow," Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton muttered when torn away from Supreme Commander 2 after an all-night session. "This is the premier strategy game for the Mac this year. The gameplay is exquisitely balanced, the graphics are immersive, and the storyline grabs you by the throat and never lets go. We've been playing it non-stop on the LAN in our offices. What day is it?"

"I have been a Mac fan for years, and have always been a big supporter of our games on the Mac," said Supreme Commander 2 lead designer Chris Taylor, who co-founded the development studio Gas Powered Games. "It's a great platform made more so because Macs use Intel processors. A lot of people have Mac laptops, which should be able to run Supreme Commander 2 great."

A single bullet. That's all it takes to break the fragile peace between the United Earth Federation (UEF), the Illuminate, and the Cybran Nation, a mere 25 years after the three created the Colonial Defense Coalition and worked together to defeat the invading aliens known as Seraphim. Welcome to Supreme Commander 2, the best-selling futuristic real-time strategy game that's now available for Mac OS X from Virtual Programming.

Supreme Commander 2's solo campaign consists of 18 missions equally divided between the UEF, Illuminate, and Cybran Nation. Each six-mission set stars a character from that faction, advancing the game's overall storyline as players set political and military schemes in motion. Players amass and upgrade powerful armies, using their research capabilities to develop experimental war machines that can dramatically alter the balance of power in the blink of an eye.

Battles take place on an epic scale, with massive land, air, and naval units clashing in visually spectacular environments, all of it brought to life with advanced rendering technology. Developer Gas Powered Games also redesigned the game's user interface to give players a better focus on battlefield tactics, while the new Strategic Zoom view serves up vital real-time feedback so players can make the split-second decisions that are crucial to victory.

Other gameplay modes include skirmish and online multiplayer, which is available for up to eight players. Supreme Commander 2's maps range from the chilly wasteland of Arctic Refuge to idyllic Setons Clutch and its vast expanses of water.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS 10.6.3 or higher
  • Intel CPU, 2.2 GHz or faster
  • 1 GB RAM
  • GeForce 8600, Radeon 2400HD or newer, 256 MB
  • 5 GB Hard Disk space
  • Internet connection
  • Steam for Mac
Supreme Commander 2 costs $39.95 (£29.95, €39.95). For more information follow the link below.

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Virtual Programming
Supreme Commander 2
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Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Macworld recently posted a new review of Awakening, an expansion for Dragon Age: Origins. In the add-on players take on the role of Grey Warden Commander as they rebuild the order, resolve conflicts with "The Architect", and decide the fate of the darkspawn. Macworld gave the game a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Just as in the original Dragon Age, you play as a Grey Warden commander tasked with dealing with another uprising of darkspawn. You have the option to port your character from Dragon Age: Origins and some of his/her equipment to this new game or you can create a new character. The characters in the world will offer some different dialogue options if you port over your other character (King Alistair, for example, will greet you warmly). But the gameplay and story is fundamentally the same because you’re dealing with an almost entirely new cast of potential party members. The only returning party member is Oghren, the drunken, womanizing warrior dwarf. He’s also the least original character from the Dragon Age universe, so thanks Bioware for porting him over.

The other characters, Anders (an apostate wisecracking human healer mage), Justice (an undead warrior who inhabits a former Grey Warden’s body), Velenna (a shrill Elven mage who hates everything), Nathaniel Howe (a disgraced former noble/rogue who hates Grey Wardens), and Sigrun (a plucky female dwarven rogue) are all less memorable than the characters you played with in the original game. Velenna is particularly annoying, and making choices she disapproves of was one of the few joys of keeping her around. Amongst this B-squad of talent, Anders is the only one that seemed to be an upgrade over the original cast (as a healer, he would have been much more fun to have than Wynne), as his comic persona made him a much more appealing companion than the rest.
Read the full review at the page below.

Macworld: DAO Awakening Review
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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty Examined
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld UK has posted a new review of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty from Blizzard Entertainment. The real-time strategy game 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. MUK gave the game a score of 4 out of 5.

The first few missions in the game act as a warm-up for the main action, pitting Raynor and his rebel forces against the Dominion. But then, in the middle of one mission, you find yourself attacked by the Zerg and all hell breaks loose as the Zerg launch an all-out attack on humanity.

In many ways, this is all fairly routine stuff for an RTS – you wage war by harvesting minerals, which you then use to build bases, train troops and develop new weapons and technologies. However, the missions are varied and interesting, and carefully paced to provide a real challenge. One mission requires you to defend a base from the Zerg for about 20 minutes until a troop carrier arrives to whisk you to safety. Things start slowly enough, allowing you to fight off a few simple forays from the Zerg, but then mount to a non-stop frenzy that leaves you fighting for your life as you watch the clock ticking down one second at a time. There are also a few new elements that add a bit of spice, such as the ability to wander around your flagship and chat to other crew members about weapons upgrades and the available missions.
Visit the page below to read more.

Macworld UK: StarCraft II Review
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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The Undergrounder Enters Closed Beta, Testers Wanted
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Lowpoly Studios recently announced the beginning of closed beta testing for the Mac version of its upcoming puzzle title, The Undergrounder. The action puzzler puts players in the role of a worker who must brave the hazards of the underground in the course of carrying out his duties.

The testing will be accessible on invitation only and will follow a formula similar to the one used for Gmail and other Google products. We're going to select a first group of testers that will receive then first invites, then, after a few weeks, all the active testers will receive new invites to share with friends and other people interested in joining the testing. Most active testers will receive discounts on the game and will be listed in the game credits as a tester.

The Undergrounder is a fast paced action/puzzle game based on the hard life of millions of workers that every day have to use the underground to commute to work.

The player plays the role of a worker that needs to travel around a city using the underground for his/her duties.
Even if this could seem a simple and boring activity, there are a lot of hazards making things hard and challenging every day: underground faults and congestions, strikes, work rivals... Everything makes regular duties become challenges against the passing time.

Those interested in being a beta tester should follow the link below for more information.

The Undergrounder Closed Beta
Lowpoly Studios
The Undergrounder


Mac Games News for Friday, September 24, 2010

Assassin's Creed II: Pre-Order Available From Macgamestore6:00 AM
Diablo III: Level Cap Revealed, Rune Combinations, Solo Play6:00 AM
IMG Offers Heroes Of Newerth Trial Keys6:00 AM
The Sims 3: Barnacle Bay DLC Released6:00 AM
 
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