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Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Civilization V For Mac Released Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

Today is the scheduled release date for Aspyr Media's latest Mac title, Sid Meier's Civilization V. The fifth edtion of the world building strategy series includes a redesigned game engine, new combat system, hexagon tiles, improved visuals, and the addition of ranged bombardment.

Sid Meierís Civilization V Mac reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with an astonishing new engine built from the ground-up for this flagship edition of the Civilization franchise. Players are introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features that deliver a fully immersive experience providing hours of entertainment as players build and defend their empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has ever known.

Features:

  • Civilization V Mac introduces hexagon tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire.
  • The brand new engine orchestrates a spectacular visual experience featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language for the first time.
  • Successful diplomacy will depend on players carefully managing relationships with other leaders, trading items and land, plying them with gold, and deciding if they are friend or foe.
  • Expanded visuals and immersive audio invite would-be kings to take up the reigns of power and forge a mighty empire. Civilization V Mac offers a limitless variety of vast, realistic and diverse landscapes for players.
  • An intuitive interface eases both new players and Civ veterans into the game. Guided by a set of trusted advisors who will explain game functionality and provide counsel for significant decisions.
  • Wars between empires feel massive as armies dominate the landscape, and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before.
  • The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging players to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield.
  • Write your own epic story each time you play. Choose one of eighteen historical civilizations to lead from the stone-age to the space age on your quest to build the world's most powerful empire.
Civilization V costs $49.99. Check out the links below for more information.

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Civilization V
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Delving Into Legacy Interactive's Criminal Minds
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

About.com has posted a new interview with Legacy Interactive's Ryan Modjeski about the upcoming Criminal Minds game. Based on the themes and characters in the popular television crime drama, the casual game will feature brand new cases and hidden object gameplay.

Criminal Minds is all about criminal profiling: getting into the heads of dangerous people, to figure out who they are and what they're thinking. How will this aspect of the show translate into the game? What type of game will it actually be?

Ryan Modjeski - It has definitely been a challenge to make a game about something so conceptual as "profiling." It's not like the CSI:NY game that we developed previously where we were able to make compelling gameplay from finding evidence at a crime scene and taking it back to the lab. Showing the player how we are getting into a criminal's mind is a tricky thing. Since we still needed to keep the game in the framework of a light adventure game, we decided to add puzzle-based minigames at key points that represent "getting into the head" of an UNSUB (unknown subject), whether it be their profile or a face-to-face conversation.
Visit the page below to read the full interview

About.com: Criminal Minds Q&A
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Criminal Minds
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World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

HotHardware has posted a new preview of Blizzard Entertainment's Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft. Cataclysm will allow players to adventure as two new playable races, bring their characters to level 85, take on challenging quests and dungeons in all-new zones, and experience dramatic changes to familiar aspects of the game in the wake of a world-shattering disaster.

Cataclysm completely overhauls WoW's fundamental game mechanics. A number of once-vital statistics such as Defense, MP5, Spellpower, and Attack Power, are gone. Other stats, like Armor Penetration, have been wrapped into the game's new concept of "Mastery." These changes make it much easier for a player to understand which stats he should focus on acquiring. The game's UI has been restructured and simplified, as have many of the helpful tool tips.

These changes haven't gone over well with everyone. Certain current players have claimed that the new mechanics are meant to "dumb down" WoW and reduce the amount of skill/coordination needed to clear high-end content. This was initially a concern of ours as well, but it vanished within a few hours of actual gameplay. Cataclysm doesn't dumb down World of Warcraft, it removes layers of obfuscating game design that prevented more casual (or simply less mathematical) players from enjoying the game. Gamers who enjoy complex theory-crafting may not like how the game is evolving, but those who stick around and try it will find there's still plenty of depth to explore.
Click over to the links below for more information.

HotHardware: WoW Cataclysm Preview
Blizzard Entertainment
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm


Poker Night At The Inventory Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games recently released Poker Night at the Inventory. The poker title features 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 costs $4.95. Check out the website below for more information.

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Mac Games News for Monday, November 22, 2010

EVE Online: Incursion Trailer Unveiled6:00 AM
Frictional Games: Developing Horror 6:00 AM
IMG Reviews Kane & Lynch 26:00 AM
‹berStrike Now Available6:00 AM
 
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