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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Coming In September
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 13 comments

Overhaul Games has announced a September release for the Mac version of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. The updated and improved version of the classic Forgotten Realms RPG will include the original Baldur's Gate, the Tales of the Sword coast expansion pack, an all new 6 hour adventure, three new NPC companion options, improved multiplayer support, and over 400 other improvements.

Running on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition™ includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never before seen content including a new adventure, and three new party members: The Calishite Monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the Wild Mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition contains the following enhancements:

  • New Adventure: The Black Pits
  • New Character: Dorn Il-Khan
  • New Character: Neera the Wild Mage
  • New Character: Rasaad yn Bashir
  • A new collection of player character voice sets
  • Native support for high resolution widescreen displays
  • Over 400 improvements to the original game
  • Improved multiplayer support, with connectivity between all platforms
The Black Pits is one of the enhancements that make up Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition that allows you to create a full party and battle through fifteen hellish battles in a desperate bid to escape. Difficult challenges, unique battles, and a bizarre cast of characters await you within the Underdark!
  • A stand-alone adventure set deep within the Underdark
  • Fifteen levels of arena-style combat challenges
  • Full control and customization of up to six party members
  • Over 6 hours of additional gameplay
The Black Pits are your new home... enjoy your stay while you can!

Dorn Il-Khan is a half-orc Blackguard whose otherworldly patron grants him terrible powers in the form of his black sword and unholy spells. Add him to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and inflict evil to the last corpse.

Dorn adds the following Enhancments to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Blackguard Dorn II-Khan, a new NPC to join your party
  • Up to four hours of additional gameplay
  • The Blackguard kit to create your own champion of evil
Betrayed by his former companions, the half-orc Dorn Il-Khan lusts for revenge and glory in equal measure.

Neera the Wild Mage is a half-elf wild mage slowly coming to terms with her enormous magical potential. Add her to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition experience and ignite your wild side.

Neera adds the following Enhancements to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Wild Mage Neera, a new NPC to join your party
  • An engaging romantic adventure
  • Up to four hours of additional gameplay
  • New area: a secluded hideaway northeast of Durlag's Tower
This half-elf wild mage finds both delight and terror in her capricious magic while fleeing both her past mistakes and the merciless Red Wizards of Thay.

Rasaad yn Bashir is a Calishite Monk demonstrating his monastic arts to the people of Nashkel. His quest ultimately leads into the highest reaches of the Cloud Peaks, where he must face an unexpected nemesis. Add him to your Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition experience to unleash the Monk's extraordinary power.

Rasaad adds the following Enhancements to Baldur's Gate:

  • The Monk Rasaad yn Bashir, a new NPC to join your party
  • A new playable adventure
  • New area: the Cloud Peaks
Rasaad's adventure through the never seen before Cloud Peaks adds up to four hours of additional gameplay.

Enhanced Interface
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition features an updated and improved interface that has native support for high resolution and widescreen displays. The iPad and Android Tablet versions both contain platform specific interface enhancements.

Improved Multiplayer
Online multiplayer has been upgraded to include matchmaking functionality, and games can be played across multiple platforms. Adventurers on iPad, Mac, PC and Android Tablets can all play Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition together.

Core Game Improvements
The Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate has been given an extensive overhaul. The original source code has been cleaned up and improved, sped up, and now has support for modern platforms. Over 400 issues from the original game have been found and fixed.

Baldur's Gate 2 Features
All of the additions and improvements from Baldur's Gate 2: The Shadows of Amn have been brought to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Now you can use class kits, new subraces and classes that were previously unavailable.

New Cinematics
All of the Baldur's Gate cinematics have been replaced with beautifully hand painted animated cinematics, directed by Nat Jones.

Ongoing Support
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will continue to receive improvements after release, along with continued support for the vibrant mod community that has helped it remain so popular for so long.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will be available in September for $19.99 (USD).

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Overhaul Games
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition



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Cities In Motion: St. Petersburg Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Paradox Interactive has released a new addition to the mass public transportation simulator, Cities in Motion with Cities in Motion: St. Petersburg. The add-on introduces a new campaign containing three scenarios and five new vehicles, including the traditional trolley bus.

The great Window to the West, St. Petersburg, offers many new challenges. The traditional trolley buses offer a new mode of transport and give the city its unique athmosphere. A new campaign consisting of three scenarios highlights key points in St. Petersburg's history while presenting the player with interesting and challenging tasks.

Features:

  • New vehicle type, trolley buses
  • A campaign with three new scenarios
  • A large map of St. Petersburg with unique landmarks
Cities in Motion: St. Petersburg is available now for $4.99 (USD).

Cities In Motion: St. Petersburg
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Youda Jewel Shop Now Open At MGS
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Macgamestore.com's growing list of titles available for download and purchase has increased again with the addition of Youda Jewel Shop from Youda Games. The game challenges players to design and operate a successful jewelry store. Youda Jewel Shop features over 80 levels, 15 power-ups, and 50 achievements.

Design the most beautiful jewelry, serve your customers quickly and turn your Jewel Shop into a glittering success! As impatient customers line up for your fashionable accessories, it is up to you to quickly produce and assemble all the glitter and glamour they desire. Stay calm and use your multitasking skills to finish orders quickly, keep your treasured customers happy and grow your business.

In Youda Jewel Shop you team up with a talented young designer called Samantha, who is just about to pass her Jewel-Designer degree. Her grandfather, also a passionate jewelry designer, runs a small jewelry shop on his own and thought Samantha the basics skills of design since her childhood days. Your fist mission is to assist Samantha and her grandfather catching up on the latest fashion trends. You will learn to cut gems, create earrings, necklaces and bracelets matching the high expectations of demanding customers spending big bucks!

Once you mastered the basic techniques of jewelry design, Samantha and you go on the journey of your lifetime. You will encounter ‘The Russian’ in the dark, the mystical ‘Zen Lady’ and even thieves that try to rob your shop! It’s a long way to glory .. can you win the races in the Queen’s Palace and win the jewelry- ‘Designer of the Year’ award?

Get ready to shine as a true jewelry designer in this little gem: Youda Jewel Shop!

Features:

  • A wide variety of gems, jewelry and accessories to craft and design
  • Over 80 levels including special challenges
  • An engaging challenge to become the ‘jewelry designer of the year’
  • 19 unique types of customers
  • Crystal-sharp, high-definition graphics
  • 15 surprising power-ups
  • 50 achievements
Youda Jewel Shop is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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The Art Of Combat In The Banner Saga
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Stoic recently updated its website with new information about the company's upcoming strategy role playing adventure game, The Banner Saga. The update includes a new art blog focusing on the design of the combat board for the game's tutorial. An in-game screenshot is also included with the text.

We know we want the game to look and sound like an animated movie and along with that we also want the game to be rooted in reality to some degree. I begin every concept by gathering reference to get ideas that I throw into the pot of sketches and roughs. In this phase I begin by blocking in the correct scale of the environment. This particular scene takes place in the building at the top of the hill in the City of Strand that we showed last week. Now, viking great halls were rarely this large, but we need enough room to back the camera out far enough for players to actually see enough of the game board so I used some creative license and on top of that we might as well make it look as cool as we can. After getting the basic size of the area down I start sketching in ideas from the story that Alex has laid down for the particular combat space. Here we have a feast going on with the governor of the City of Strand at the main table. I play with color and lighting and materials until I feel that my brain is a good place to understand what it is we’re after. How many guests are at the feast? Were vikings sloppy eaters? Should there be a polar bear chained to the wall? Questions like these are nailed down in this stage.
Read more at the link below.

The Banner Saga: Combat Art
The Banner Saga


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