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Terra Militaris: Birthright Expansion Coming In March
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gala Networks Europe announced that Birthright, the upcoming expansion for Terra Militaris, will launch in March 2012. The add-on for the history-based real time strategy MMO will add a premium Nobility feature, a new friend system, a new dungeon called Fate’s Labyrinth and will also include a host of new items and rewards.

Birthright will debut new content that will undoubtedly enhance the Terra Militaris experience for both new-comers and seasoned veterans by adding new challenges, rewards and improvements to the game’s social experience. One of the biggest additions will be the new Nobility System which will allow players to upgrade their account to three levels of premium nobility – silver, gold and platinum – which unlock automatic systems that allow nobles to automate basics, such as building and researching, allowing them to focus their attention on war and other dynamic game content - an essential for any serious war lord.

The revamped Friends System will be improved to encourage more cooperation and teamwork. Players will now be able to share resources and plunder with friends and will be rewarded for their alliance with unlockable bonuses and mechanics. The new in-game social system will also include bulletin boards, which will allow for more fluid communication and interaction between players. There are a total of five Friend Levels, and each level brings with it new unlocked bonuses, improvements, and access to new items.

Fate’s Labyrinth is a unique lottery dungeon where players navigate a maze and defeat beasts for the chance to win powerful equipment, resources and in-game items. Fate’s Labyrinth can be challenged by every player for a small amount of in game gold once it goes live. Additionally, with the new Nobility System, players will be able to access extra rewards; another advantage of premium status.

With the launch of Birthright, over a hundred new items will become available, along with a large collection of game tweaks and improvements. The updates and added content will add wider scope to the game, the result of which will be fiercer competition for total world domination.

Players are invited to watch for upcoming new server releases and join in the major events on both old and new servers, and have the chance to win great rewards and prizes. Past winners have already been awarded with Dell Netbooks, free gPotato points, in-game items and even a trip to Rome.

Learn more at the links below.

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Family Vacation: California Available From MGS
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Big Fish Games' Family Vacation: California is now available for download and purchase from Macgamestore.com. The family friendly time management title challenges players to help Barb and her family make it to Callifornia where she can be a contestant on a game show. Family Vacation features more than 25 levels spread over 8 chapters and over 15 challenging puzzles to solve.

Barb never thought she’d win, but she did in Family Vacation: California. Her submission to be a contestant on the game show; The Price is Nice! was accepted and she and her family are on their way to sunny California. It’s up to you to help them get to their destination safe and happy. You’ll have to help them pack, get to the airport on time, board the plane, have a safe flight and get to their hotel at the other end. Once at their destination, you’ll hit the beach, take in a ballgame and go to Playland Theme Park, before helping Barb compete on her favorite game show for cash and prizes.

Features:

  • 25+ Levels over 8 chapters
  • 15+ challenging puzzles
  • Fun for the whole family
Family Vacation: California is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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MacGameCast 15 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 14 comments

Inside Mac Games' podcast crew has released episode fifteen of the MacGameCast. IMG's Jon Carr, Ted Bade, and Franklin Pride discussed a variety of topics including Tropico 3, Back to the Future, Rage, and the Diablo 3 beta.

What's in this episode

New releases, Cuban dictators, Blizzard. What more could you want? Frank talks about Tropico 3, Ted gives his Back to the Future thoughts and then we talk about Rage on the Mac, Diablo 3 beta impressions and what's in store for 2012.
Listen to the full podcast at the link below.

MacGameCast 15



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Psychonauts Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld has published a new review of Double Fine's Psychonauts. Brought to Mac in partnership with TransGaming, the action adventure title follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin on a quest to join an elite group of international psychic secret agents. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5.

From the review:

Psychonauts’ head writer and creative director Tim Schaefer got his start on many of LucasArts’ classic adventure games. Like them, Psychonauts brims with sharp dialogue, subversive humor, and a hilarious and well-voiced cast of vivid weirdoes. But it also fuses story and character development like no other game I’ve played. Each gorgeously designed level unfolds inside a different character’s mind, with challenges reflecting their troubled pasts and personal demons. A little curiosity can lead you from a goofy go-go dance party to a roomful of flames, where shadows chillingly hiss, “Why didn’t you save me?”

There’s something fun and different around every corner, from adventurous puzzle solving to hectic combat to fast-paced racing. The plot can get so compelling that it’s easy to get ahead of yourself, missing fun chances to explore and interact with your fellow campers in your haste to advance the story. Thankfully, the game builds in ways to backtrack when you need a crucial item.
Click on the link below to read more.

Macworld: Psychonauts
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Mac Games News for Friday, February 10, 2012

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Triazzle Island Now At Macgamestore 6:00 AM
 
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