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Combat Mission: Fortress Italy Now At MGS
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Battlefront.com's Combat Mission: Fortress Italy is now available for purchase from Mac Game Store. The first in a "new family" of Combat Mission titles, CM:FI focuses on the Allied struggle to defeat Italy during World War II. The stand alone game gives players the chance to play as the American, Italian, and German forces in three unique campaigns. CM:FI also features a variety of new equipment and vehicles, and is the first Combat Mission game to utilize the features of CMx2 engine Version 2.0.

Fortress Italy is a new "family" of Combat Mission games covering the Allied struggle to knock Italy out of the Second World War. This initial release deals explicitly with the battle for Sicily and sets the groundwork for future additions to simulate the hard fighting in the rugged terrain of "Europe's underbelly" up until the war's end in 1945.

The combat forces immediately available to players include the full range of historically available American, Italian, and German forces which fought in Sicily. In addition to the completely new Italian forces, both the American and German organizations differ significantly from those familiar to Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy players. Some of the highlights are elite formations such as:

  • Italian Bersaglieri
  • American Rangers
  • German Herman Göring Division

    Players get to dive in and try these forces out in three (!!!) campaigns, one from the perspective of each national force (USA, Germany, Italy), a host of new stand alone battles, and of course the automatically generated QuickBattles. It won't take long for Normandy players to feel how different this time period and setting is from what they are used to. And the Italian forces are very interesting indeed! Squads the size of Platoons, almost no radios at all, few antitank weapons, proportionally few support weapons, and relatively light armored vehicles present even the best CM player with a lot of new challenges.

    But wait, we didn't come to the best part yet... Fortress Italy features more than just a new setting and new units. It is also the first Combat Mission game to be upgraded with our CMx2 engine Version 2.0 features! If you haven't heard about the new Upgrade path for Combat Mission, click here for more info.

    Features:

    • Moveable Waypoints
    • Target Armor Arc Command
    • Expanded Floating Icon Categories
    • "Fog of War" Floating Icons
    • 2D Editor Map Overlay
    • Auto-Assemble Road/Wall/Hedge Tool
    • Camera Jump to Groups
    • Target Briefly Command
    • New Rendering Shaders
    • Bump and Normal Mapping
    • Improved Framerates
    • Pausable Realtime TCP/IP Mode
    • ...and more!
  • Combat Mission: Fortress Italy is available now for $54.99 (USD)

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    Delving Deeper Into The Lore Of StarCraft II
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

    Blizzard Entertainment has posted a new Creative Developer Q&A covering the storyline for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. In part five of the series, Brian Kindregan, co-lead writer of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and lead writer of Heart of the Swarm, answered more lore questions about the Starcraft universe.

    Question: Why don't battleships have shields? When the Hyperion engaged the Bucephalus, someone clearly said the Dominion battleships didn’t have their shields up, which implies that Battlecruisers have shields.

    Answer: Battlecruisers maintain shields in space, when coming out of warp, in case of attack from other capital-class ships. They are completely vulnerable at that moment (as the Bucephalus was), so "shields up" is standard. Shields are also used during orbital insertion when a planet has an atmosphere. But Terran shields hog far too much energy to keep up all the time. While in an atmosphere and fighting smaller units, Terran ships rely on their thick armor and superior firepower.

    Also, please recall that in Wings of Liberty there is an upgrade you can get, the Defensive Matrix, which absorbs 200 damage before failing.

    Read more at the link below.

    SCII: Creative Development Q&A
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    Football Manager 2013 Reviewed
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    Strategy Informer has posted a new review of Sports Interactive and SEGA's Football Manager 2013. The soccer management sim includes a new Classic Mode for time conscious players, a Challenge Mode to test the skills of would be managers, unlockable game aids, and a variety of other improvements and enhancements.

    From the review:

    For those lamenting that Football Manager 2013 has become as complicated and time consuming as the job it’s styled itself after, rejoice. Sing from the rafters. Throw bottle caps at the players. Go crazy with jubilation. Classic mode harks back to the days when it wouldn’t take three months to complete a season. You’ll fly through the years now the distractions have gone.

    If this sounds sickening to you, don’t fret. Career mode (i.e. Football Manager 2013: Crazy Detailed Normal Version Edition) offers the purists version. Bolstered by an improved match engine (which is as fluid and realistic as it’s ever been), meddling Director of Football, scouting changes, training updates and all the minor tweaks you’d expect, this is the best Football Manager yet.

    Perhaps the best thing is the overhauled interface. Sports Interactive’s really thought about how players navigate its game. At first you’re confused, next pleasantly surprised and then depressed the improvements weren’t implemented sooner.

    For the full review head over to the page listed below

    Strategy Informer: Football Manager 2013 Review
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    Jigsaw Boom 2 Comes To Mac Game Store
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    Jigsaw Boom 2 from 8 Floor Games is now available to download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The jigsaw puzzle based title challenges players to assemble puzzles as quickly as possible. The game features a variety of images and game settings.

    Jigsaw Boom2 is a unique jigsaw puzzle game. In this game a player assembles a picture of certain number of puzzle elements. The game controls are easy and casual. Player drags pieces and this way assembles a picture.

    Puzzle pieces can be rotated and put in special pocket. Small pieces are better to look at using special magnifying glass. For each puzzle player can change the number of pieces from 12 to 850.

    Features:

    • High quality unique pictures
    • Custom styles of pieces with rotation
    • Ambient, relaxing sound
    • Save game progress anytime
    • Unlimited game time
    • Awesome art style
    • Optional game difficulty control
    Requirements:
    • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Intel Mac
    Jigsaw Boom 2 is now available for $6.99 (USD).

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