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Diablo III Unleashes Hell On May 15
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 15 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has announced a May 15 release date for the highly anticipated action RPG sequel, Diablo III. The game returns players once again to the war scarred world of Sanctuary, where they will uncover the darks secrets of a fallen star and fight against a demonic invasion.

“After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedicated players around the world, we’re now in the homestretch,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We look forward to putting the final polish on Diablo III over the next two months and delivering the ultimate action-RPG experience to gamers worldwide starting on May 15.”

Starting that day, gamers with a thirst for fast-paced action and adventure will be able to purchase Diablo III at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to buy Diablo III digitally via Blizzard’s Battle.net® website.

Players in the listed Latin American countries and in Russia will be able to purchase Diablo III at local retail locations starting June 7. Digital availability for the Russian version of the game will also begin June 7. In addition to the English version, Diablo III will be fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese.

Blizzard also kicked off global digital presales for Diablo III today. Would-be wizards, witch doctors, demon hunters, barbarians, and monks throughout the world should head to http://www.blizzard.com/games/d3/ now to reserve their digital copies.

World of Warcraft players interested in getting Diablo III free are encouraged to join the more than 1 million players who have already signed up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass.* Through this promotion, with a 1-year commitment to World of Warcraft, players will receive a free digital copy of Diablo III -- which they’ll be able to start playing immediately on May 15 -- as well as an exclusive World of Warcraft in-game mount and access to the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria™ beta test. This offer will no longer be available as of 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 1. Learn more at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/annualpass.

In Diablo III, players take on the role of one of five heroic characters -- barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter -- and engage in pulse-pounding combat with endless legions of evil. As they undertake an epic quest to rid Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells, players will explore diverse and perilous settings, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll join them in battle or aid them in other ways.

Diablo III was built from the ground up to leverage the full functionality of the Battle.net platform, which delivers powerful matchmaking and communication tools, allowing adventurers to seamlessly join forces for exciting cooperative play. Battle.net also provides a secure infrastructure for the Diablo III auction house, a feature-rich marketplace that Sanctuary’s heroes can use to trade their hard-earned treasures. Players will be able to buy and sell weapons, armor, and other valuable items in the auction house in exchange for in-game gold. Players will also have the option to receive real-world currency for auction house sales, which they can apply to their Battle.net Balance for the purchase of a variety of digital products through Battle.net, including Diablo III auction house items, or cash out through a third-party payment service such as PayPal™ in most regions. Further details related to the auction house will be announced in the coming weeks.

Diablo III will be available for a suggested price of $59.99 USD for both the retail DVD-ROM version and the digital version. A special alabaster-white Collector’s Edition, sold exclusively in retail stores at a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD, will include the full game on DVD-ROM, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, the Diablo III soundtrack CD, a 208-page Art of Diablo III book, and a 4 GB USB soulstone (including full versions of Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction) and corresponding Diablo skull base, as well as exclusive in-game content for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

For more information visit the sites below.

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IMG Reviews Mahjongg Dimensions Deluxe
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Mahjongg Dimensions Deluxe. The new twist on the classic tile matching game features a 3D game environment, 60 levels, three game modes, and colorful graphics.

Here's an excerpt:

As you complete sets of Mahjong boards you progress through different “dimensions” of the game. Each dimension is defined by different aspects like roots, ether, ocean, and so forth. The images on the tiles vary based on the dimension you are in. The tiles are colorful and often have an image related to the current aspect, such as fish in the ocean aspect. The rules are the same, match two tiles of the same image that can be removed from the board, and they disappear. There are over 60 different levels of two or more boards that can be completed as you move through the game. Once a board is completed, you can return to it at any time.
Check out the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: Mahjongg Dimensions Deluxe
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Pinball Massacre Now At Macgamestore
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Nuclear Nova's Pinball Massacre is now available for purchase from Macgamestore.com's online store. The arcade pinball title includees two unique game modes: Massacre Mode - which challenges players to survive a quick pinball blitz, and Level Ball - which allows the pinball to level up the longer it stays in play.

Do you have what it takes to become the undisputed Pinball Master? Pinball Massacre is an arcade style pinball game (we know that sounds silly but it makes sense when you play). This first table in the Pinball Massacre series features two unique twists on classic pinball conventions. With MASSACRE MODE you need to get your flippers ready because you’re about to get hit with an angry pinball blitz. Score as many points as you can in a very short time. With the LEVEL BALL, we add an RPG twist that makes each pinball count. While a ball is in play, it gains experience and Levels Up. Scoring you more points and generally behaving more awesomely.

Based on the Stabb Gunner Universe, Pinball Massacre brings unique energy, art, humor, and 8bit culture to the pinball scene.

Pinball Massacre: fake Pinball just got Real.

Pinball Massacre is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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The Walking Dead Teaser Trailer Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games recently released a new video for the upcoming game adaptation of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead graphic novels. The Walking Dead game is a five part episodic Adventure horror title that will be available for digital download beginning in Spring of 2012 for all major gaming platforms, including Macs.

Based on Robert Kirkman's groundbreaking comic book series, The Walking Dead is an episodic Adventure Horror game series set during the same apocalyptic period witnessed by Sheriff Rick Grimes. Telling the story of a new group of survivors as they struggle to flee the horror of Atlanta and the surrounding communities consumed by the undead, The Walking Dead offers players the chance to experience the very first days of the apocalypse, meeting people and participating in events that intersect with the story seen in the comic books.
View the new trailer at the site linked below.

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Mac Games News for Friday, March 16, 2012

Battle Academy Updated To Version 1.8.06:00 AM
Combat Mission: Shock Force Coming To Macs6:00 AM
Farming Simulator 2011 Now At Macgamestore6:00 AM
Harnessing The Powers Of Darkness In City Of Heroes6:00 AM
Out Of The Park Baseball 13 To Ship April 96:00 AM
Richie The Gnome: Treasure Hunter Available From MGS6:00 AM
Serious Sam 3: BFE Coming To Macs April 236:00 AM
 
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