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StarCraft II Swarms Mac Game Store
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Blizzard Entertainment's popular sci-fi real time strategy title StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the recently released Heart of the Swarm expansion are now available for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The game continues in the footsteps of its classic predecessor, giving players new opportunities to enjoy battles between Terran, Protoss, and Zerg factions in single and multplayer situations.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment's 1998 hit StarCraft, which has been hailed by players and critics worldwide as one of the top real-time strategy games of all time. StarCraft II will once again center on the clash between the protoss, terrans, and zerg, with each side deploying favorite units from the original StarCraft, along with numerous upgraded and brand-new units and abilities that allow for fresh tactics and strategies. The game's new 3D-graphics engine maintains the speed and responsive control of its predecessor while rendering hundreds of units onscreen for massive battles. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty's solo campaign will continue the epic saga where it left off in StarCraft: Brood War. The storyline chronicles the exploits of marshal-turned-rebel-leader Jim Raynor and features both familiar faces and new heroes. Players will be able to tailor the experience, choosing their own mission path and selecting technology and research upgrades to suit their playing style throughout the 29-mission campaign. Several challenge-mode mini-games will also be included, with focused goals designed to ease players into the basics of multiplayer strategies. In addition, dozens of multiplayer maps will be available for competitive play through the new version of Battle.net, which is launching alongside StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. This new version of the service has been built from the ground up to offer an unparalleled online play experience, with new features such as voice communication, character profiles and achievements, stat-tracking, ladders and leagues, cloud file storage, and more.

Features:

  • CALL DOWN THE THUNDER - Whether you command the mysterious Protoss, the nomadic Terrans or the ruthless Zerg, you must decide how to outwit or outgun the enemy in an unforgiving universe of intense strategic combat.
  • WEAPONS PRIMED - Devise and deploy merciless strategies with over 30 new units and weapons at your command. Torch foes with the Hellion’s flamethrower, ambush adversaries with acid-spewing Banelings or deploy the Void Ray’s prismatic beam to annihilate your enemies.
  • MASTER YOUR DESTINY - Lead Raynor’s Raiders in their quest for vengeance and glory as they burn a path across the galaxy. You choose which missions to take, which story-lines to complete and where to invest your hard-earned cash.
  • MEGA MULTIPLAYER - Wage unrelenting war on your friends and foes over the all-new Battle.net. Whether it’s your first time gaming online or you’re a multiplayer veteran, Battle.net’s unrivaled AutoMatch technology makes sure it’s always a fair fight.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is the first expansion to the 2010 release of the heralded Real-Time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Heart of the Swarm features a new campaign continuing the epic story of Sarah Kerrigan, Queen of Blades, as she gathers the remnants of the Zerg Swarm and plots her revenge against the treacherous dictator of the Koprulu sector, Arcturus Mengsk. It also introduces several new multiplayer units and features that enhance the acclaimed StarCraft II online experience.

Continue the Story Where Wings of Liberty Left Off

Heart of the Swarm picks up the story of StarCraft II where the 2010 release, Wings of Liberty, left off, focusing on Kerrigan's quest to reunite the Swarm and exact revenge on Arcturus Mengsk. Over the course of 20 campaign missions, players will follow Kerrigan as she sweeps across the galaxy, incorporating a variety of distinctive zerg species into her brood. Kerrigan will grow in strength from mission to mission, and players will be able to customize her with powerful new abilities, as well as evolve various zerg strains into fearsome new subspecies to suit their play style.

New Weapons, Units and Multiplayer Features

New weapons of war also debut in Heart of the Swarm's multiplayer, including new units such as Terran Hellbats, Zerg Swarm Hosts, and Protoss Tempests, while certain existing units from Wings of Liberty will be updated with new capabilities. New features will enhance the game experience, including group and clan systems; unranked matchmaking; Global Play, enabling players to battle others in different regions around the world; additional stat tracking; user interface improvements; an enhanced physics system, for more visceral looking battles; multiplayer replays, to watch replays with friends; a leveling system that gives Heart of the Swarm players a new way to earn customization options for their online profiles; and much more.

Features:

  • An all-new, Zerg-based campaign, that focuses on Kerrigan, the erstwhile 'Queen of Blades'
  • Access to approximately 20 new missions
  • The release of new StarCraft II units and new maps
  • Improvements to Battle.net, including StarCraft Marketplace, timed to coincide with the release of Heart of the Swarm
  • New multiplayer options, including group and clan systems, unranked matchmaking, global play enabling players to battle others in different regions around the world, multiplayer replays, additional stat tracking, and others
  • A leveling system that gives Heart of the Swarm players a new way to earn customization options for their online profiles
  • PC and Mac system compatibility ensures that everyone can play
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm are available now for $39.99 (USD) each.

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Democracy 3 And RedShirt Dev Videos Released
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Positech Games recently revealed some new developer videos for the company's upcoming Democracy 3, the latest installment of the turn-based political strategy game. The videos detail some of the differences between the upcoming sequel and the previous version.

Positech also directed interested viewers toward a dev video for The Tiniest Shark's comedic sci-fi life sim strategy title, Redshirt, which Positech will be producing. In the game players are placed in the role of an "ambitious low-ranking peon" aboard a space station, and must master the politics of "Spacebook" to achieve their goals.

Check out the redesigned Positech website and blog for more information.

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Kickstarting Turn-Based Strategy In Battle Worlds: Kronos
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Independent developer KING Art Games recently launched a Kickstarter campaign aiming to gather $120,000 to help fund the completion of Battle Worlds: Kronos. The turn-based strategy title is inspired by classics in the genre such as Battle Isle and Advance Wars. Set on an alien world with multiple factions, each with its own set of strengths and weaknesses, the game will feature two unique single player campaigns as well as multiplayer warfare.

The German-based KING Art studios made a prototype of Battle Worlds: Kronos six years ago, but even after it gained popularity with the European strategy community, no publisher came forward to back the project. The studio turned to focus on other projects, in particular the award-winning and critically acclaimed Book of Unwritten Tales. After seeing success with the point-and-click adventure, KING Art has returned to Battle Worlds: Kronos, rebuilding the game from the ground up with new technology and graphics while keeping the original idea and gameplay mechanics. Now it needs the support of gamers and strategists around the globe to see their project through to completion.

“We’re really excited at the thought of finally putting all the pieces of this game together, after having to stop development on the game some years ago. The time wasn’t right for a resurrection of classic turn-based strategy, but now we believe the world is ready” said Jan Theysen, Creative Director, KING Art Games. “All of us here have been huge fans of classic turn-based strategy games like Panzer Commander, Battle Isle and Advanced Wars since they first came out. Our aim is to recreate the tactical thinking, creativity and overall awesomeness of those titles, in a fresh and modern way. With the backing of fans of the genre I know we can deliver.”

Already at an impressive stage in its development, with enormous community support and needing just $120,000 to be completed, Battle Worlds: Kronos is a turn-based strategy game with maps based on the classic hexagonal style. The multiplatform title features rich 3D graphics and boasts two distinct single player campaigns, challenge maps and both live and asynchronous multiplayer modes. Backers can expect to be taking part in an exclusive beta, on the receiving end of a copy of the game and, depending on the size of the pledge, have access to an easy to use map editor.

“This is a chance for fans to prove the publishers wrong,” added Theysen. “We think there’s a huge market for this sort of experience – we’re hoping that with the support of the global gaming community we can prove just that and literally kickstart the genre once again.”

With Battle Worlds: Kronos you'll get:

  • True, challenging turn-based strategy gameplay.
  • Get the FULL game in a box or as a download, nothing less.
  • No DLC scheme, no micro-transactions.
  • No DRM. No “always-on” necessity. Pinkie swear.
What’s In The Game?

Here are some of the key features that will be in the game:

    Single Player Campaigns - Fight for the "Yerla" faction, a highly technologized army. For the Rebels, make do with what you’ve got and fight a guerilla war. Together both campaigns will allow for more than 30 hours of gameplay.

    Single Player Challenge Maps - Test your skills in different combat scenarios and keep track of your progress.

    Live Multiplayer - Battle your friends live on the interent or via hot-seat.

    Asynchronous Multiplayer - Take all the time you need and consider your moves . Similar to “play-by-mail”, your round is stored on our server and turned over to your opponent. The system allows you to continue the match anytime and anywhere you want.

    Strong AI - A clever AI that considers gameplay on various tactical and strategic levels as well as individual enemy characteristics will challenge even experienced commanders.

    Map Editor - A powerful editor to create your own maps and missions.
    There will be around 40 different units and buildings in the game, many of which can be upgraded to obtain new capabilitiesThere will be around 40 different units and buildings in the game, many of which can be upgraded to obtain new capabilities

For more information follow the link below.

Battle Worlds: Kronos Kickstarter
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Another World 20th Anniversary Edition At MGS
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Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition from Digital Lounge is now available for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The remastered version of the classic action adventure features HD graphics, remastered audio, 3 difficulty modes, and support for five languages.

Also known as Out Of This World™, Another World™ chronicles the story of Lester Knight Chaykin a young scientist hurtled through space and time by a nuclear experiment that goes wrong. In an alien and inhospitable world, you will have to dodge, outwit, and overcome the host of alien monsters, while surviving an environment as deadly as your enemies. Only a perfect blend of logic and skill will get you past the deadly obstacles that lie in wait.

Features:

  • Remastered presentation: a joint effort between visionary game-designer Eric Chahi and developer DotEmu, Another World is back in its 20th Anniversary Edition with High Definition graphics faithful to the original design.
  • 3 difficulty modes, Normal (easier than original game), Difficult (Equal to original game) and Very Hard (more difficult than original game)
  • 100% remastered Sounds and FX
  • 5 languages support (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish)
Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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