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Loren: Amazon Princess Demo Beta Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In its latest newsletter Winter Wolves announced the release of a beta demo for the company's upcoming new roleplaying game, Loren: Amazon Princess. The game will be available for pre-order in early March.

More information about Loren Amazon Princess:

Every character has a main skilltree (the Class, which can be Warrior, Thief or Mage) and a specialization skiltree which is unique to each character.

The quest system is also more complex than Planet Stronghold, since you can have quest and sub-quests (or steps).

The game will have a map system and also lots of items, divided into weapons, armors, potions/scrolls/useable items. Each item will be divided into sub-categories like happens in most RPGs, for example you have cloth armors (usable by Mages only), light/medium (usable by Thieves) and heavy armors (usable only by Warriors). Same thing for weapons. You can also have items that can be used only by a specific character.

Check out the links below to learn more.

Loren: Amazon Princess Demo Beta
Loren: Amazon Princess

Starbound Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Chucklefish has a new website for its upcoming adventure title, Starbound. The sci-fi themed title places players in the role of a character feeling the destruction of his homeworld. It will feature quests and story driven missions "buried inside its vast sandbox universe."

Starbound begins with you fleeing your homeworld in a space shuttle, just as it’s destroyed by an unknown enemy. With nothing to guide it, the escape pod shoots into space without direction, becoming hopelessly lost in a sea of stars. As luck would have it, the space shuttle makes contact with an abandoned space station and an adventure begins that will take you hurtling across the universe. Starbound contains both quests and story driven missions, buried inside its vast sandbox universe.

The space station in Starbound is sprawling and full of potential. Throughout your travels you’ll find ways to upgrade and repair it, restoring it to its former glory. You’ll need to find a crew, conduct research, catch rare creatures, and unlock its multitude of facilities. From a factory capable of producing mechs to labs where captured enemies can be studied and trained, the space station contains everything you need to explore the universe.

Planets in Starbound are entirely procedurally generated and filled to the brim with unique content. We went into the planet generation with one simple goal: no two planets should be the same. By procedurally generating even the smallest details, we’re doing just that. Not only is the terrain of the planet procedurally generated, but the weather, the gravity, the difficulty level, the plant life, the behaviour and appearance of alien creatures, and much more all contain random or procedurally generated elements.

Because we’re working so hard to make each planet unique, we want to give you the tools to catalogue the things you find and make sure absolutely everything you find has depth in the world. Much like old school point and click adventures, absolutely every object in the world, right down to the trees and flowers, can be examined for a description.

See a weird alien tree? Examine it! Maybe you’ll discover something about its use! For any explorer, sharing discoveries is important. So whilst the game is fully coop (Bring your friends along! Form an expedition!) you can also record your findings in an electronic logbook. Not only that, but each and every planet has unique coordinates in the Universe that you can share online, so other players can check out exactly what you found!

Exploring is wonderful, but everyone needs a place to call their own. That’s why we’re letting you claim an entire planet!

When you claim a planet as your new homeworld, a whole new aspect of gameplay opens up. Everything that makes a planet unique is at your command. Feel like changing the weather? Build a weather centre! Don’t like the terrain? Terraform it! Every aspect of the planet is under your control. Once you’re happy with it, start populating it with characters you’ve met in your travels and take care of them! They’ll have needs and desires and won’t hesitate to ask for your help if they require assistance.

Starbound is scheduled for release at the end of summer.


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Pre-Order LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7
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Feral Interactive's LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is available for pre-order now from Originally developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for games consoles and Windows PC, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for Mac is the follow up to LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.

“LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is a wonderfully light-hearted and imaginative game in which the characters’ special abilities all have unpredictable effects on the world,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive.

The game completes the saga of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™ with a spell-binding adventure taking them to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry™ and beyond. Locations from the last four films, such as Grimmauld Place, Godric’s Hollow and the Ministry of Magic, are re-imagined through the incredible and ever-changing prism of LEGO. This time, players will experience the stories of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ - including Harry’s last years at Hogwarts and his battle with Lord Voldemort™ in the ultimate fight between good and evil.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 provides fans of all ages and skill levels with a number of new spells to cast, puzzles to solve, locations to explore and villains to defeat using an all new dueling system. New gameplay features include Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes boxes, which give players invaluable and comical assistance; Spectrespecs, which allow players to see and build with otherwise invisible Spectrespecs LEGO; and Ron’s Deluminator, which helps uncover hidden secrets. Players can also discover and unlock 200 characters, including Fenrir Greyback™, Bellatrix Lestrange™ and Professor Horace Slughorn™, all while enjoying the humor and creative story-telling that are the hallmarks of LEGO video games.

The game features easy drop-in and drop-out cooperative gameplay with a dynamic split screen, giving kids, parents and friends hours of enjoyment together as they play through 24 story events and attend 16 different lessons in the magical and endlessly rewarding LEGO adventure.

Minimum System Requirements call for a 1.4GHz Intel Mac with at least 2GB RAM, 128MB or better graphics card, and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. The game does not support the following graphics cards: ATI X1xxx series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series. These system requirements are provisional and subject to change before release.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 can be pre-ordered now for $29.99 (USD).

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Apple Unveils Mountain Lion OS
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Last week Apple unveiled OS X Mountain Lion. The
latest iteration of Apple's Mac operating system will include a variety of features inspired by the popular iPad handheld device. Among the new additions is the Game Center, which will help players set up muiltplayer games, find friends, track high scores, and discover new titles.

Game Center
Mac gets in on the game. The Mac is about to go up against iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch — in a friendly Game Center way. Now it’s a bigger playing field with even more competition. Just create a Game Center account with your Apple ID. Then sign in and you’re in. Friends will find you fast, and you’ll track them down easily. Get a multiplayer game started or go up against people you don’t know. Check out leaderboards and see how your high score ranks against opponents’ scores around the world. And discover new games based on the ones you and your friends already play.

A more secure Mac. Under your control. Gatekeeper in OS X Mountain Lion makes the Mac safer than ever. It helps prevent you from unknowingly downloading and installing malicious software. And it gives you control over which applications to download and run on your Mac. Now you can choose from three security options. You can download and run applications from anywhere, just as in OS X Lion. To be even safer, download and run apps from the Mac App Store and apps with a Developer ID. Or download and run only apps from the Mac App Store — the safest setting of all. Gatekeeper lets you decide which setting is best for you.

Mountain Lion is scheduled for release this summer. Read more about the OS at the link below.

OS X Mountain Lion

Mac Games News for Monday, February 20, 2012

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GL Golf Available At Macgamestore6:13 AM
The Sims 3 Lunar Lakes DLC Released6:13 AM
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