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Drox Operative: Invasion Of The Ancients Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has announced Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients, the upcoming first expansion for its starship action RPG. Scheduled for a release in the third quarter of this year, the add-on will focus on a galactic invasion by the older races known as Ancients. Players will have to defend both the Drox Operative Guild and the younger races in the galaxy from the sinister threat.

Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients, the first expansion for Drox Operative, is almost here! Drox Operative is a starship action RPG with warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic, evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer for Windows and Mac.

Before the Drox ruled the galaxy, before they were even sentient, there were older races now known as the Ancients. Using their Operatives, the Drox crushed and enslaved most of these races. The rest fled known space. When the Drox turned on their own Operatives, the Drox were utterly destroyed. Newer races emerged and thrived in the power void, never knowing the menace waited. Seizing their chance, the Ancients are invading to take their rightful place in the galaxy, as rulers! Thirsting for revenge, the Ancients can't harm the extinct Drox, but they can crush the next best thing, the Drox Operatives.

The Ancient enemies are back! Can you defend the Drox Operative Guild and younger races against the Invasion of the Ancients?

More information about the expansion will be released later this year.

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A Vertical Slice Of Project Eternity
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Obsidian Entertainment has released another new early development blog post focusing on the creation of its upcoming Project Eternity RPG. The post reveals the "Vertical Slice" phase of the game's design, and offers a piece of dungeon concept art that will look very familiar to fans of Infinity Engine games like the Baldur's Gate series.

This month we are knee-deep in the Vertical Slice phase and this will be the team's focus for the month of June. It's our way of proving that we are ready to jump forward into production and start making shippable content.

The Vertical Slice is just that, a cross section (think of it as a slice of bread cut out from the middle of a loaf) of the world of Project Eternity. At the end of this phase the game will be feature complete, and the content building portion of the team, including area designers, environment artists, and character artists can make shippable content now. Our Vertical Slice is eleven maps large; encompassing our village and dungeon from Prototype 2, and the dungeon and wilderness area from Prototype 1 (we call this area "The Valley of Hector" internally). The content from the prototypes are refactored to fit within the context of the world and overall story of the game. Feature-wise, we are targeting to have the majority of the world building tools complete and all of the character classes playable up to level five.
Read more at the link below.

Project Eternity Vertical Slice Update
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Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Delayed Until Late Summer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

In a new forum post Frictional Games revealed a delay in the release of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, the upcoming first person horror title in development at thechineseroom. Although not a direct sequel to Frictional's original game, the first person horror title exists in the same universe and takes place on New Year's Day 1899, in London. It is now scheduled for release in late summer.

We are working away as fast as we can, it has to take the time it takes. We have no rush and as a certain well known game developer said "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.".

We are optimizing, tweaking and in general putting the FG expertise to good use. TCR keeps putting in work as well. There are companies working on the translations (will launch with 9 languages in addition to original English). The porting guys are porting away. Deals are being made. Things are prepared for launching the game through more online stores than any other FG game before. In general occupied with all things related.

We know we will not make Q2, we also know when the game will be ready for launch. We have not set the exact day yet. You can however make good use of the weather outside this summer and look forward to gaming with the piggies as the summer comes to an end.

Read more at the link below.

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Anomaly 2 Comes To MGS
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Mac Game Store has added 11 bit studios' Anomaly 2 to its list of game titles available for download and purchase. The sequel to Anomaly Warzone Earth features multiplayer action, a new single player campaign, and more than a million tactical combinations for squad building.

Anomaly 2 is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Anomaly Warzone Earth. Maintaining the core elements of the original, Anomaly 2 adds new features to the single-player campaign and finally puts your skills to a test in a completely unique experience: the dynamic tower defense vs. tower offense multiplayer mode!

In the years following the invasion of Earth in 2018, the planet is overrun by alien machines. Humankind is on the verge of extinction. Banded together in huge convoys, they search the frozen tundra for food and supplies. Since the war, the roles have been reversed: now our species seems to be the Anomaly on a machine-controlled planet. Your convoy, Commander, is called Yukon.

Features:

  • Anomaly 2 takes the RTS tower-offense concept from Anomaly Warzone Earth to a new level. The core elements of the original – tactical planning and the on-field Commander to support troops in combat – are spiced up by a number of important new features:
  • Morph your troops into war mechs to discover the new face of strategy: each unit has a different mech form with various abilities to help you overcome specific combat situations.
  • Engage in a multiplayer experience unique to Anomaly 2: tower defense vs. tower offense. Play as the towers and destroy the humans or lead the humans to annihilate the alien towers.
  • Fight across a post-apocalyptic world in a new single-player campaign that offers a more intense strategy experience than the acclaimed original.
  • Carve your own path to victory and create your ultimate battle squad. With over million tactical combinations to build your squad, your options in combat are nearly endless.
  • Dive into a beautifully rendered world, thanks to the team’s upgraded and improved visual engine.
  • Experience alternative endings dependent upon your approach to enemy machines in the campaign.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Intel 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 3 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4670
    • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Requires Steam and a Steam account to play
Anomally 2 is available now for $14.99 (USD).

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Europa Universalis IV Gets August 13 Release Date
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio have announced that the empire-building game Europa Universalis IV will be released worldwide on August 13th, 2013. Europa Universalis IV is the latest installment in the award-winning and will be available on PC, Mac, and Linux at launch.

Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the game that defined the Grand Strategy Genre. Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire. Rule your nation through the centuries, with unparalleled freedom, depth and historical accuracy.

True exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy will be brought to life in this epic title rife with rich strategic and tactical depth.

Features:

  • Make your own decisions: Nation building is flexible. Decide your own form of government, the structure of your society, trade politics and more. The possibilities are endless
  • Use your Monarch Power: Experience the new system of monarch power where your choices are influenced by the caliber of the man you have at the top. Do you have a warrior King? Then it is time to make war
  • Experience history come to life: The great people and personalities of the past are on hand to support you. Thousands of historical events guide you, creating a unique atmosphere depending on the country you play
  • The world is now your playground: Players can enjoy over 300 years of gameplay with a lush topographic map in full 3D. Lead any one of more than 250 countries that originally existed during the game’s extensive time span
  • Experience the all new trade system: The trade system adds a new dimension to the great trade empires of the period. Seize control of key ports to expand your trade, support it with your powerful fleet and the wealth of the world will flow to you
  • Bring out your diplomatic skills: Deeper diplomatic gameplay with coalitions, threats, fleet basing rights and detailed support for rebels. Featuring a new unilateral opinion system that, for example, allows a country to dislike you while you remain neutral towards them
  • Engage in Multiplayer: Battle against your friends or try the co-operative multiplayer mode that allows several players to work together to control a single nation with up to 32 players. Featuring hotjoin, improved chat, new matchmaking servers and support for a standalone servers
  • Create your own history & customize your game: Europa Universalis IV gives you the chance to customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire
Europa Universalis IV Digital Extreme Edition is available to pre-order now for $39.99 (USD).

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EVE Online: Odyssey Launches
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CCP Games recently announced the release of the next expansion for its sci-fi MMO EVE Online. Among other things Odyssey will focus on aiding the exploration of the stars with a new scanner system, intuitive navigation, new exploration modules, four new Navy Battlecruisers, and a new spacescape for New Eden.

The 19th free expansion for EVE Online brings a new age of discovery to New Eden with new exploration challenges and improved career missions to support and guide pilots through the new changes.

EVE Online: Odyssey also brings a whole host of visual and usability improvements including the new radial navigation tool, an improved soundscape, and dynamic transitions that replace many of the loading bars of old, as well as four new Navy Issue Battlecruisers, a rebalance of Navy Issue ships, improvements to starbases and null sec outposts, and a new spacescape for New Eden.

Along with these changes, Odyssey introduces dual character trainining, and further additions to the recently released crimewatch system bring tags for security status, opening the door for those on the wrong side of CONCORD to pay penance to the long arm of the law for their wrongdoing.

Learn more at the links below.

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Gateways Opening For Mac In July
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Smudged Cat Games has announced July 16th as the release date for the Mac version of Gateways. The retro 2D platformer gives players the chance to explore a large lab filled with mysterious puzzles. To succeed they will need to master the gateway gun, a device which can allow them to leap from place to place, change size, and even defy gravity.

Gateways is a retro-styled 2D platformer from Smudged Cat Games, the creators of The Adventures of Shuggy. Grab the gateway guns and explore a huge lab filled with mysterious puzzles in this classic platforming adventure. Use gateway technology to leap from one place to another, change size to explore small passages or defeat large enemies, walk on walls and ceilings to reach new areas and even travel in time to work together with past echoes of yourself.

Move seamlessly between different areas of the vast labyrinthian map with no waiting for loading screens as you explore and discover new power ups. Use each of your new abilities to progress further, unlock shortcuts and find even more power ups.

The world warping, gravity defying, time travelling 2D puzzle platformer Gateways will be making its way onto MacOS on July 16th. Finally, Macintosh users will be able to enjoy the game that was one of the winners of Dream Build Play, Edge rated 8/10 and Game Informer listed as one of their top 50 games of 2012, rating it 9/10.

By transporting Portal into a 2D metroidvania and adding some unique new twists, Gateways became a PC and Xbox classic when it was released in September last year.

Gateways for OS X will be priced at $5. Follow the link below for more information.

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Mac Gamer HQ Reviews LEGO Lord Of The Rings
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Mac Gamer HQ has posted a new review of Feral Interactive's LEGO The Lord of the Rings. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, handhelds and PC, LEGO The Lord of the Rings brings the unique brick-based humor of the LEGO games to the legendary world of Middle-earth.

As you move around Middle Earth you collect Gold, Silver or Blue coins. These will allow you to buy extra characters and upgrades. You can also collect Mithril blocks which you can use at the Blacksmiths to create better weapons. These can be found as you move around the map or sometimes as part of a side quest system. These quests can range from a race through checkpoints to killing a number of creatures in a certain .

These mini quests give you a break from the main storyline and add more hours of fun. You can also use Lego bricks lying around to build structures to help you move through the world which adds depth to the gameplay.

As you play along, pop up instructions will appear over certain points, which are a big help at first but can soon make things a little too easy. In between levels are the Open World Spaces where characters can move around freely and collect special items and mini quests.

Check out the full review at the page linked below.

Mac Gamer HQ: LEGO Lord Of The Rings Review
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Plants Vs Zombies 2 To Launch As iOS Exclusive July 18
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

PopCap Games has announced that the long awaited sequel to its popular Plants vs. Zombies casual tower defense game will be released on July 18th exclusively as a free-to-play title for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Although it is likely the title will eventually makes its way to other platforms, including Macs, PopCap's launch announcement will undoubtedly leave some fans of the series disappointed.

Designed from the ground up as a live service, the ever-expanding universe of Plants vs. Zombies 2 continues the epic struggle of plants defending your brainz against zombies from your backyard through the vast reaches of time, both past and future. New worlds with new levels, plants, zombies and new ways to play will be released on an ongoing basis. Leveraging the touch interface of Apple's popular mobile devices, Plants vs. Zombies 2 includes all-new touch-screen power-ups that enable players to "break the fourth wall" and interact with zombies directly, as well as via plant defenses.

Also returning for the sequel is Crazy Dave, the addled neighbor who serves as a guide for players and shopkeeper for special plant upgrades and other tools and weapons. New touch-screen power-ups, plant food that supercharges plants, and novel new game mechanics that both help and hinder players' efforts to thwart the zombie hordes will enthrall existing fans and new players alike.

Free to download, Plants vs. Zombies 2 will expand and extend the classic gameplay of the original and provide players with dozens of all-new levels, plants and zombies across multiple worlds at no cost. While the vast majority of the game will be entirely free to play (players can face every zombie and access every level in every world at no cost), Plants vs. Zombies 2 players will also be able to purchase upgrades and other in-game items.

"It's about time!" said Allen Murray, Senior Producer for Plants vs. Zombies 2. "We're confident that players will see the love and attention we've put into this game. We've created wild new ways to experience the plants and zombies you know and love as well as packing the game with tons of completely new content, and we're still hard at work coming up with even more cool stuff that will keep Plants vs. Zombies 2 fresh and evolving in the months and years following launch."

Check out the latest trailer at the link below.

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Stop The Evil Sorcerer In Ballad Of Solar
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Alawar Entertrainment's Ballad of Solar is available now for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. Taking the role of the hero Solar, players must make use of their time and resource management skills to conquer 30 levels in seven magical lands endangered by the dark sorcerer Grogan.

In a land of enchantment, torn by evil, a hero arrives to save the day! His name is Solar, and he brings courage, bravery, and skill with a sword. No orc can stop him, no troll can trip him up, and no goblin can gobble him for dinner! Guide Solar and his band of helpers as they set out to stop the dark sorcerer Grogan from achieving eternal life and to rescue the fair Lumina. As you go, you'll put your time and resource management skills to work rebuilding towns, completing quests for friends you make along the way, and stopping the enemy from striking. Told with a laugh and a wink, Ballad of Solar is a colorful, challenging and utterly unforgettable adventure for all ages!

Features:

  • A heroic adventure!
  • Seven magical lands!
  • 30 challenging levels!
  • A cast of charming characters!
  • Two game modes!
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1.5 GHz Intel Mac
  • 250 MB HD Space
  • 128 MB VRAM
Ballad of Solar is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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