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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Coming To Macs February 22
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Overhaul Games and Beamdog have announced that the Mac version of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will be released on February 22, and is currently available for pre-order and pre-download. BGEE is an updated version of Bioware's fantasy role playing game set in the Forgotten Realms. The game will feature an enhanced version of the Infinity Engine, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, new adventures, and new party members.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will include 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.

The version released on February 22 costs $19.99 and will be available direct from Beamdog. A Mac App Store version will come later.

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M4 Tank Brigade Online Comes To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

iEntertainment Network has announced the debut of M4 Tank Brigade for Mac OS X, a free new massively multiplayer online WW II tank game. Players can control up to 4 tanks, maneuver each for different combat missions, control airstrikes and artillery, jump between vehicles, and fight for battlefield dominance. The game also allows Mac and Windows PC users to battle against one another.

iEntertainment Network Inc. announces the release of its brand new, Free M4 Tank Brigade, massively multiplayer online World War II Armored (tank) Simulation for Mac computers. This new Mac product (for Mountain Lion OS and all recent Mac OSs), allows Mac players to join the online combat arenas of M4 Tank Brigade along with PC users.

This new M4 Tank Brigade Mac product joins the series of long running IENT Massively Multiplayer combat simulations, including WarBirds 2013. Mac M4 Tank Brigade opens Online Play to a large group of new potential players who have Mac computers and had no access to any online armored combat game simulations. IENT has also continued development on its new Great Outdoors Online Games Universe and is currently testing Alpha versions of these new outdoor event game products.

With the launch of the new Mac M4 Tank Brigade product, Mac players now can join the fun online, in massively multiplayer online (MMO) combat, command up to four armored vehicles at once, use the in game tactical map to position each vehicle for tactical advantage, jump between vehicles to insure the player is always right in the action, call in Airstrikes and Artillery strikes on the enemy, and generally beat the pulp out of their PC friends online in Free MMO battles for terrain supremacy.

This new Mac M4 product also enables Mac players to participate in MMO Combined Arms events where they can use airpower (P-51s, B-17s, etc.) to soften up an enemy field and then jump to their tanks, to take the ground battle right to the enemy.

IENT also continues to move forward quickly on the IENT Great Outdoors Online Games Universe development. †A new IENT Great Outdoors Beta game movie is available from the main IENT website.

Learn more about M4 Tank Brigage at the links below.

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Knights And Merchants: Shattered Kingdom Now At MGS
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RuneSoft's Knight And Merchants: Shattered Kingdom is now available for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The real time kingdom simulation set in the Middle Ages features 20 missions, 20 different buildings to construct, more than 12 different types of characters, and multiple troop types.

KNIGHTS AND MERCHANTS recreates the era of the Middle Ages. Apart from the purely fictitious geography of our world, all game elements and scenes are based on the Anglo-Saxon period, ca. 1200 A.D. And we haven't used imaginary elements like fabled creatures, either. The player takes on the role of an ordinary captain in the Palace Guard. A conspiracy against the king catapults the captain into a situation where he finds himself responsible for the defence of the last royal province. This is all that remains of the shattered kingdom, which has been split into numerous small principalities and fiefdoms. And now even the king himself, ensconced in his capital, is threatened by enemy armies. This is the starting point of your Middle Ages adventure. Now you must win back all those provinces which once belonged to your king.

KNIGHTS AND MERCHANTS can be described as a strategic economy simulation. Economics play a major role in this real-time action game. The player can manufacture different products, making use of numerous buildings and producer goods of the Middle Ages period. He can then use his serfs to construct and maintain buildings and roads. The economical structuring is very specific - you manufacture finished products using various raw materials which go through your production processes. All these manufacturing systems are highly detailed and visually understandable, enabling fast and dependable control of your economy.

Features:

  • Lush realistic landscapes based on the European countryside
  • 20 thrilling Missions
  • About 20 different buildings, including horse stables, farms and gold mines
  • More than 12 different types of characters
  • Different troop types, including archers, scouts and knights
  • On-screen hints and tutorials provide easy guidance to get you started
  • Realistic landscape display
  • Production and movement portrayed in detailed animation

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Endless Space Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld recently posted a new review of Iceberg Interactive's Endless Space. The 4X space strategy title gives players the chance to take control of one of eight civilizations struggling for galactic dominion.

From the review:

A growing interstellar civilization demands a fleet of vessels to manage exploration, expansion, trade, and defense. Fleet creation and development is an important component of the game. You can customize your vessels with a tremendous amount of detail depending on your needs and the state of your development.

Inevitably the expansion of a civilizationís borders creates friction for its neighbors, and in Endless Space you have control over how that friction occurs. Each of the eight playable races has a base disposition either using diplomacy and trade as your tool or, let loose the dogs of war. Combat in Endless Space is more football coach than player: You issue fleet commands to direct your ships in the two-minute skirmishes that follow. But like the coach of a football game, you canít control the players on the field directly.

Read the full review at the link below.

Macworld: Endless Space Review
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