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IMG Reviews Drox Operative
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Soldak Entertainment's starship action RPG, Drox Operative. The game puts players in the role of an elite starship captain and features warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic and evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer.

Here's an excerpt:

Soldak does go to great lengths to provide a differentiated experience, and that can't be overlooked; equipment slots come in race-specific, heavy, medium and light categories, with a huge diversity of upgrades available for each - and you only get so many slots in each category. Enemy types are also highly diverse, with a wide range of attacks and debuffs, and the general flight model means that combat can be surprisingly tactical in its execution. Ship-to-ship combat quickly turns from being out-and-out slugfests into carefully choreographed ballets of death, as you try to outmaneuver your opponent, either to get behind them long enough for your weapons energy to recharge, or to use your nuclear space mines to lethal effect.
Check out the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: Drox Operative
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Shadowrun Returns Character Archetypes Detailed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Game Informer has posted a new article focusing on character archetypes in Harebrained Schemes's upcoming Shadowrun Returns RPG. Creative director Jordan Weisman detailed the ways in which the Mage, Street Samurai, Decker, Shaman, Rigger and Physical Adept will serve as starting points for players creating characters in the game's classless system.

“Shadowrun is a classless system, meaning that players are not restricted to a single character development path,” explains creative director Jordan Weisman, also one of the original architects of the Shadowrun universe. “Rather, players start with a representative Shadowrun character archetype and are then free to grow their character as they wish, spending Karma points to choose any skill or ability available in the game.” We’ve highlighted each of the foundational archetypes below, but each one is just a starting point. You’ll be able to mix and combine abilities from any archetype you like when you play the game.

Mage

In the Shadowrun game world, Mayan predictions prefaced dramatic changes to the world in the 21st century, and those predictions manifested through the birth of strange races like elves, dwarves, and orks, but also through the innate ability to wield magic by some individuals. These mages can detect the auras of other individuals, even tracking them when they pass behind walls. Mages also detect ley lines in the environment where their magical power will be further enhanced.

Weisman Says: “Mages use hermetic magic to cast a wide variety of spells including Acid Stream, Lightning bolt, Manabolt, Blindness, Confusion, and Petrify. Mages can also enhance other characters’ abilities with spells such as AP (action point) Boost, Aim, Armor, Ignore Pain, Stealth, and Heal. Lastly, Mages can negatively impact others with spells like Slow, Distraction, Disintegrate, Agony, and Mana Static, which makes it harder to cast magic.”

Read more at the page below.

Game Informer: Shadowrun Returns Archetypes
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The Galactic Asteroids Patrol On Duty At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Mac Game Store has increased its catalog of game titles available for download and purchase with the addition of The Galactic Asteroids Patrol from Invigo Studios. The arcade space blaster offers players multiple ships, weapons, and abilities for the purpose of destroying an endless supply of dangerous asteroids.

At its core The Galactic Asteroids Patrol follows the old tradition of "blowing things up in outer space" games. However by making use of modern and very powerful game development platforms, The Galactic Asteroids Patrol brings a flavour of modern computer gaming to this old and simple type of gameplay.

The Galactic Asteroids Patrol is both a modernization of and a homage to a classic type of computer games, and we hope that you enjoy playing it as much as we've enjoyed creating it.

Features:

  • 4 Different types of ships, each with different strengths and weaknesses.
  • 12 weapons and abilities, where different ships have access to different subsets, creating almost 100 different playable combinations.
  • Different asteroid types: - not just simple chunks of rocks floating in space. Each posing a different threat.
  • Modern look & feel: Full 3D beautiful models, WASD + Mouse gameplay with 360 degrees firing range, realistic physics simulation, adaptive music, etc.
  • Multiplayer gameplay: Play with or against your friends online in 4 different multiplayer game types, including "Asteroids Ball"!
The Galactic Asteroids Patrol is available now for $9.99 (USD). Try the demo at the site below.

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Wasteland 2 Screenshot Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Shacknews recently updated its screenshots section with a "work-in-progress" screenshot from InXile Entertainment's upcoming Wasteland 2 RPG. A sequel to the classic post-apocalyptic RPG of the 80's, Wasteland 2 will be a top down, turn-based, tactical RPG that the developers promise will "stay true to its roots."

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s current “Art of the Computer Game” exhibition.

Wasteland was set in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world in the American Southwest. Over the course of adventures rangers would receive promotions, acquire new skills and equipment, then face new challenges with outcomes that changed depending on the strategy used to defeat them. The game featured a strong storyline which required painful decisions by players; and a storyline that allowed for maximum re-playability. Wasteland 2, with your participation and insights, will recapture all that and provide more. It'll finally be the game worthy to be a Wasteland sequel, as challenging and rewarding as the original, with all added capacity and dazzle of games today.

Learn more at the link below.

Shacknews: Wasteland 2 Screenshot
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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chainsaw Ninja In Space Kickstarter Launched6:00 AM
Diablo III Team Deathmatch Back To The Drawing Board6:00 AM
StarCraft II Lore Details Discussed6:00 AM
The Sims 2 Multiplayer Servers Closing January 146:00 AM
 
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