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IMG Reviews Civilization V: Spain And Inca
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Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Double Civilization and Scenario Pack - Spain and Inca from Firaxis and Aspyr Media. The add-on introduces the Spanish and Incan civilizations as well as a new scenario to the popular world conquering strategy title.

Here's an excerpt:

While it may be hard to see the relevance and use of the Incan Empire up against military greats from the western world, the Incans do have an ace up their sleeve. That ace being their strength against terrain. When building tile improvements or moving units around the map the Incans are unstoppable. While other civilizations struggle to adapt to forest and hilly regions, the Incans march right through these obstacles like they are not even there. This proved to be especially advantageous when I was playing the included scenario as the Incans
Read the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: Civ V - Spain & Inca
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Civilization V: Spain And Inca
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Dragon Age: Origins 1.05 Patch Released
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BioWare has announced the release of patch 1.05 for the Mac version of Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Awakening, and Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition. Brought to Mac gamers courtesy of TransGaming's Cider Portability Engine, the game and its expansion puts players in the role of a Grey Warden tasked with saving the land from a terrible evil.

Dragon Age: Origins
You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of this legendary order of guardians. With the return of mankind's ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all. Explore a stunning world, make complex moral choices, and engage in bone-crushing combat against massive and terrifying creatures.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Expansion Pack
The story of the Grey Wardens continues as you are named their commander. Fight new enemies, learn new skills and spells, and explore an all-new area of the world, Amaranthine.

Read more about the update at the link below.

Dragon Age Origins Mac Patch 1.05
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Law & Order Legacies Available For Purchase
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games has announced the release of the Mac version of Law & Order: Legacies. The game features a "dream team" of investigators and attorneys from the long running Law & Order television franchise, and will give players the chance to solve a case with their favorite team. The first three episodes are now available, with the next three soon to be released.

Play the show as you investigate crimes and prosecute the offenders. Will you prove the suspect guilty, strike a plea bargain, or will the jury let him walk? Law & Order: Legacies features all-new stories (ripped from the headlines, of course!) and reunites your favorite characters from across the Law & Order franchise, including Rey Curtis, Lennie Briscoe, Jack McCoy, and SVU's Olivia Benson. Get the game now and play Episodes 1, 2, and 3 with Episodes 4-7 coming very soon!

Law & Order: Legacies features a brand new content delivery system that allows you to download all of the series' episodes through the game's main menu! When a new episode is available to download, you'll be notified through the game itself.

Law & Order: Legacies is available now for $19.99.

Law & Order Legacies
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How Diablo Saved The CRPG Genre
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

1UP.com has published a new article exploring the impact of Blizzard Entertainment's release of the original Diablo. The article's author suggested that the action RPG saved the role playing game genre because "by 1995, the computer role-playing game was dying." The piece also includes a variety of interesting anecdotes about Diablo.

While this new Diablo project intrigued Blizzard executives -- the basic idea of descending a dungeon to hit skeletons and demons had its appeal -- they suggested one significant alteration. Bolstered by the reception to Warcraft, Blizzard advised changing Diablo's combat system from a turn-based one to a real-time one. Funnily enough, Condor co-founder Max Schaefer admitted to Gamespot that the developer initially resisted the suggestion. "We fought that transition for a long time [...] The amount of time we argued about it was totally ridiculous, considering it only took us about three hours to mock the game up in real time," Schaefer stated. He elaborated how a realtime combat system would make Diablo feel too much like an action game, but he concluded, "once we started to play in real-time, it became very apparent we were wrong.[...] We just played it in real time and said, 'OK, right then, this is how it's going to work.'"
For the full article click over to the link below.

1UP.com: How Diablo Saved The Computer RPG
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Mac Games News for Friday, January 27, 2012

Battle.net World Championship Announced, BlizzCon Cancelled6:00 AM
Frozen Synapse Post Mortem Revealed6:00 AM
Oil Rush Available Now6:00 AM
Tropico 3: Gold Edition Released6:00 AM
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