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Avadon 2: The Corruption Web Page Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Spiderweb Software has unveiled a new page for the upcoming Avadon 2: The Corruption. The fantasy RPG is the sequel to Avadon: The Black Fortress, and centers around the player's decision to either aid the beleaguered Avadon or assist those attempting to destroy it.

Avadon 2: The Corruption is the second chapter in the epic Avadon trilogy. In this fantasy role-playing adventure, you will serve the keep of Avadon, working as a spy and warrior to fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Experience an exciting fantasy role-playing adventure as you try to save your homeland from civil war and fiery destruction.

Avadon 2: The Corruption Features:

  • Epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous and unique world.
  • Five different character classes, with dozens of unique spells and abilities.
  • Uncover the fascinating histories of Avadon and the many lands of Lynaeus.
  • Many different endings. Will you be loyal to Avadon or switch sides and bring it down? The choice is yours!
  • Dozens of side quests, dungeons, and secrets to discover.
  • Hundreds of magical items to find. Use powerful crystals to make your artifacts even more powerful.
  • Huge adventure with lots of replay value. Experience with Avadon: The Black Fortress is entirely unnecessary to enjoy Avadon 2.
The Story:

You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Your job is to protect your homeland from the limitless threats that surround it. Titans. Monsters. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. The warriors and spies of Avadon must keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must obey you.

But then Avadon was attacked. A sneak raid shattered the fortress, and, with it unable to keep order, madness has resulted. Civil war, barbarian raids, even conspiracies to destroy your people. Avadonís power and influence has faded, and yet your people need it more than ever.

Everything is falling apart, and a shadowy power has risen to destroy your homeland. What will you do? Will you fight your enemies? Or will you join them and end Avadonís power once and for all? The choice is yours!

Avadon 2: The Corruption is currently scheduled for a Fall 2013 release. Click over to the links below to learn more about Avadon and Spiderweb's other titles.

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Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy 2.0 Patched
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story recently announced the release of a patch for Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy 2.0. Version 2.01 includes a variety of updates to the game including updates to aiming, rates of fire, and general performance improvements. A Mac specific crash bug was also fixed in 2.01.

At last, the first free update for the 2.0 Upgrade for Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy is available! And it comes with a number of notable tweaks, fixed and changes:

New 2.01 Feature List:
  • Corrected issues with deploying MGs in buildings.
  • Soldiers fire weapons faster at short ranges, especially Garand rifles.
  • Small arms fire causes more suppression than before.
  • General improvements to MG performance behavior. See note below this list for more information.
  • Sandbags, wire, foxholes, hedgehogs, and trenches are correctly treated as "lower down" for spotting purposes.
  • Pistol accuracy slightly reduced.
  • BAR range increased to 800m.
  • Shaders optimized for nVidia and ATI.
  • Moving a mortar even a short distance causes greater loss of target acquisition.
  • Bunker-mounted MGs are more accurate than before.
  • SS leaders have correct poncho camouflage pattern.
  • Corrected an accuracy problem with on-map indirect fire.
  • Crews bailed out of destroyed vehicles have more jittery morale.
  • Corrected a vehicle navigation problem on bridges.
  • Target line for area fire is slightly thicker to differentiate it.
  • Shooting at bunkers from very short range works better.
  • Daimler SOD given a mounted Bren LMG.
  • Fixed a bug causing immobilized MG teams after dismounting from MG bunkers.
  • Purple "pop smoke" target line goes away when it should.
  • Better small-arms aiming at unarmored vehicles.
  • Minor TO&E fixes.
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused weapons crews to move back to an old position when deploying their weapon.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some Macs to crash while loading scenarios.
Special Note: MGs now have more effective aiming, rates of fire, and suppression effects. These highly requested changes make combat even more realistic and more challenging tactically. Some players will find their existing tactics may need some adjustments, others may find no significant need for change. We recommend practicing attacks on MG positions before continuing an in progress Campaign or game against another player.
Check out the link below for more information.

Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy 2.01
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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty Patch Preview
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has revealed some new details about the upcoming 2.04 patch for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The soon to be released update will include an all new user interface, the launch of in-game clans and groups, new replay features, and new matchmaking options.

Wings of Liberty 2.0.4 includes:
  • An all-new user interface with new menu screens.
  • The launch of in-game Clans and Groups.
  • New Replay features, such as Watch with Others and Take Command.
  • A multitude of Editor improvements.
  • New matchmaking options: Training Mode, Vs. AI Mode, and Unranked Play.
  • Players Near You, so you can find other StarCraft II players on your local network.
  • New customizable Observer UI.Other enhancements coming with patch 2.0.4 include a revised help section, new game privacy options, new group sounds, and language selection (in some regions).

    All of the above improvements will also be included in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. When the expansion is released on March 12, players who upgrade will be among the first to experience the new campaign, new multiplayer units, enhancements to existing units, the new leveling system, new multiplayer maps, new tilesets, and new rewards such as skins, dances, portraits, and decals.

Head over to the page below to read more.

StarCraft II: Wings Of LIberty Patch 2.04 Preview
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Feral Unveils Graphics Settings Support Page
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has unveiled a new page on the official support site for its catalog of game titles. The new page focuses on graphics settings, with a glossary of terms as well as instructions for adjusting settings to get the best possible performance from your machine and game of choice.

Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither was Rapture for that matter, and rendering all those game worlds takes processing power, a lot of processing power. Everything that appears on screen is drawn in real-time by your Mac, which makes thousands of calculations a second to ensure everything looks just right. And you thought it was just a pretty face.

More recent games tend to require more processing power than older ones. Thatís because game developers like using the most advanced technology available to them. While this results in a stream of very cool games, it also means that a Mac that was well able to run cutting edge games four years ago is likely to find recent ones much more challenging.

Adjustable video settings are a way to let less powerful Macs play the most recent games. By adjusting the quality of the graphics in the game, you can improve performance on a lower spec. Mac, or make games look their very best on a whizzier one.

Check out the new site at the page below.

Feral Support: Guide To Video Settings
Feral Interactive

Mac Games News for Monday, February 18, 2013

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