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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Has Arrived For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Overhaul Games and Beamdog have announced the release of the Mac version of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. BGEE is an updated version of Bioware's fantasy role playing game set in the Forgotten Realms. The game features an enhanced version of the Infinity Engine, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, new adventures, and new party members.

The original Baldur’s Gate launched in 1998. With over 50 hours of epic gameplay, it quickly became the most celebrated Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying video game series at that time.

Beamdog and Overhaul Games bring this classic back to life on Mac. In addition to enhancing graphics and gameplay, Overhaul Games has added new allies to join your party, complete with their own unique quests. And for the ultimate test of tactical skill, players can enter The Black Pits for an arena challenge . Overhaul Games has also given PC, Mac, and iPad tablet players the ability to join together in cooperative multiplayer.

Trent Oster, President of Beamdog, had this to say: “The development of the Mac version of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition has been a longer process than we had planned. We strove to create a high quality release for the Mac fans of the series and we feel proud of the current version and feel the extra development time was effort well spent.”

More about BGEE:
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition includes 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 for Mac OS X is available exclusively through Beamdog and is priced at $19.99.

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The Battle Begins In Wargame: European Escalation
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Focus Interactive's Wargame: European Escalation is available now for download and purchase from Mac Game Store. The real time strategy war game puts players in command of over 350 different vehicles and units as the Cold War of the 80's escalates to World War III.

Wargame: European Escalation is an intense and spectacular Real Time Strategy game, where realism and strategy are brought to the front lines.

With a phenomenal range of vehicles and units (over 350 different models), build your army and enter a huge military campaign across Europe of the 80's, as the Cold War is about to become World War 3.

With the powerful IRISZOOM ™, Wargame offers breathtaking graphics and battles as spectacular as they are strategic. Prepare to bring hundreds of units of all kinds--tanks, helicopters, squad Infantry, etc.--under your command in intense battles on gigantic maps stretching up to 150 km²!

Online service EugenNet© provides a full multiplayer experience with creation of clans, organizing games, and world rankings where up to 8 players can compete simultaneously in massive battles involving hundreds of units!

Wargame: European Escalation is available now for $34.99 (USD).

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Storm In A Tea Cup At Mac Game Store
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Storm in a Tea Cup from KISS is available now for download and purchase from Mac Game Store. The physics based platformer leads players on an adventure through a colorful dreamscape as they attempt to help Storm guide his magical teacup. Storm in a Tea Cup features 50 levels and two modes.

Get ready for a wonderful, magical adventure.

Take up the mantle of Storm and guide him on his magical teacup through a dreamlike landscape created by the vivid imagination of his older brother, Clouds.

Play and enjoy 50 levels in this super fun physics based platformer with added Survival and Challenge modes.

Features:

  • 50 Levels
  • Survival Mode
  • Challenge Mode
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1.5 GHz Intel Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 150 MB HD Space
Storm in a Tea Cup is available now for $5.99 (USD).

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The Banner Saga: Factions Launches Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Stoic has released The Banner Saga: Factions to its Kickstarter backers, and will release the game to the public on February 25. Factions is a free to play multiplayer combat game featuring assets from the upcoming The Banner Saga strategy RPG.

From Feb 18th - Feb 24th Factions will be available exclusively to backers. The current characters, stats and rankings have been wiped for the last time and the game is essentially now LIVE, along with a fully functional tutorial. Later in the week we’ll be holding the first tournament exclusively for backers.

Factions will be released to the public on Feb 25th. If you’ve been waiting for beta to end before trying the game, this is your week.

With Factions’ launch, we’ve effectively worked out the thick and thin of combat and we’re soon on to travel and conversation outlined in the previous update, and thus, the single player campaign. Consider this the first major milestone on the road to success!

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