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Victoria 2 And Expansions Invade MGS
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Virtual Programming and Paradox Interactive's strategy game Victoria 2, and its two expansions: A House Divided and Heart of Darkness, are now available at Mac Game Store. V2 takes players to the year 1836, where they can choose from over 200 nations to guide through the start of World War II. A House Divided focuses on the American Civil War era, while Heart of Darkness centers around the colonial powers in Africa.

Victoria 2

Carefully guide your nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion and colonization, to finally become a truly great power by the dawn of the 20th century.

Victoria 2 is a grand strategy game played during the colonial era of the 19th century, where the player takes control of a country, guiding it through industrialisation, political reforms, military conquest, and colonization.

Experience an in-depth political simulation where every action you take will have various consequences all over the world. The population will react to your decisions based on their political awareness, social class, as well as their willingness to accept or revolt against their government.

Features:

  • Deep engrossing political simulation with dozens of different governments
  • Detailed economy with over fifty different types of goods and various production factories
  • Over 200 different countries can be played, during the era stretching from 1835 to the onset of WWII.
  • Advanced Technological system with thousands of inventions to discover
  • Improved graphics and interface, as well as multiplayer support
  • A streamlined interface makes the game easily accessible.
  • Automation of various tasks including, trade and population promotion.
  • Advanced spheres of influences system, where the great powers battle over the control of the world.
  • Cottage production simulating pre-industrial economies.
  • Gunboat Diplomacy, no need for negotiating as a fleet outside a port may be a more persuasive argument.
  • Historical and Dynamic missions guiding your country through the history.
Victoria 2 Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1.1 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
    • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
Victoria 2: A House Divided

The first expansion to Victoria 2 focuses on American Civil War era and enhances the political and economical aspects of the game.

Carefully guide your nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion and colonization, to finally become a truly great power by the dawn of the 20th century.

Features:

  • New starting point in 1861, allowing players to experience the US Civil War from the start
  • Manufacture reasons to go to war with other countries, all in the name of the great game of power
  • Civilize your country with various new reform paths to ultimately become equal with the western nations
  • Invest in building infrastructure and factories in other countries to strengthen their ties to you
  • Deeper political system with new national focus options and new types of reforms
  • A new system of popular movements that can be appeased or suppressed, but if ignored, will become the revolutionaries of tomorrow
  • Improved interface, with more information easily available and improving gameplay
A House Divided Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 1.1 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    • Intel HD Graphics
Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness

Victoria II: Heart of Darkness is the second expansion for the grand strategy and political simulator Victoria II. This expansion focuses on the Scramble for Africa. Compete with other colonial powers and experience international crises which require Great Power mediation if the world is to avoid war in this experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio.

Features:

  • Experience a brand new colonization system: Use your navy to expand your empire, compete against other colonial powers and struggle to maintain your overseas control. Colonial conflicts can spiral out of control and become international crises. They will have to be decided by diplomatic negotiations or risk costly wars

  • Battle your enemies in the new naval combat system: Together with the new colonization system, your navies are more important than ever. A new system of gun ranges brings more depth and strategy to warfare on the high seas. Powerful new battleships also join the other classes of ships to bridge the gap to Dreadnoughts

  • Prepare for International Crises: Around the world international crises continually call on the Great Powers to mediate and compromise, with war always being the last resort. As one of the lesser powers, use your influence to stir up local flash points so you can use fleet footed diplomacy to get the Great Powers to right the wrongs that have been committed against your nation!

  • Follow the global events with the new newspaper system: Attain a greater sense of immersion by receiving local and global reports on world events. Over 60 newspapers, both historic and otherwise, periodically present you with the latest news reports of war, major events, royal gossip and other matters of interest
Heart of Darkness Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 1.1 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    • Intel HD Graphics
Victoria 2 and its expansions are available now for $19.95 (USD) each.

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7 Days To Die Reaches Kickstarter Target
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

The Fun Pimps Kickstarter campaign to fund 7 Days to Die has reached the $200,000 target with over a week left to go. Additional contributions will help to fund stretch goals. Described as "an open world, voxel-based, sandbox game blending the best elements of FPS, Survival Horror, Tower Defense and Role Playing Games," 7 Days to Die casts players in the role of a survivor trapped in a zombie infested world where they must loot, mine, craft, build, grow, and fight their way through each day.

7 Days to Die is an open world, voxel-based, sandbox game that is a unique mash up of First Person Shooter, Survival Horror, Tower Defense and Role Playing Games combining combat, crafting, looting, mining, exploration, and character growth.

In the near future where the a third world war leaves the Earth in ruins but the worst was yet to come. Nobody knows for sure if it was the radiation, the biochemical weapons or an act of god but an unknown virus soon transforms the surviving humans into an army of the animated dead, acting as a single-minded being.

You play a survivor trapped in the savage zombie infested world of Navezgane County Arizona one of the last true Eden’s on Earth. Ironically Navezgane means “Killer of Monsters” to the Apache who have inhabited the land for centuries, and that’s pretty much what you’ll do as you fight to survive and search for the truth behind what really happened.

The World - Explore a beautiful, hand crafted, voxel world with a multitude of biomes including: wastelands, forests, snowy mountains, pine forests, plains, deserts, burn forests and radiation zones.

Points of Interest - Discover hundreds of great Points of Interests ranging from caves, campsites to cities and skyscrapers. Each and every building can be explored inside and out.

Dynamic Story Generation - The story unfolds through our “Dynamic Story Generation System” which guides the player to other survivors, better loot and undiscovered Points of Interests through story note quests.

Basic Survival - Scavenge the world for food and water maintaining and boosting health, food, stamina and hydration levels. Grow and harvest a variety of crops and hunt, track or domesticate a multitude of wildlife to live off the land.

Day and Night Game Play - Spend the day looting, mining, crafting and building up your forts defenses as light slows down and weakens the zombies. Hold up somewhere safe at night as the lunar cycle speeds up and strengthens the zombies.

Looting, Mining and Crafting - Loot and mine a multitude of items and ingredients to create hundreds of items including melee weapons, guns, traps, generators, motorized tools, motion detectors, landmines, auto-turrets, salves, potions and more using our 5x5 grid Crafting System.

Relentless and Special Enemies - Enemies will claw, jump, climb and break their way through the world in order to get to you. They can see, smell and hear the player and can work in a group. And watch out for the unique special infected enemies like the Acid Puking Hulk whose acidic vomit can melt blocks.

Block Physics and Stability - Our Physics System simulates real-time structural integrity, durability and mass. Blocks don’t float in the air nor can you build an unsound unsupported structure. Build it right or watch it come crumbling down. Weak blocks can even fall from the weight of the player or zombies.

Item Quality and Food & Water Purity - Every item in the game has a quality level and degrades with use and combine items to create better items. All Food and water items have a purity level the higher the purity level. The higher the health and stamina benefits. Improve crafting to make better items. Improve cooking to make purer food and water.

Stealth and Distraction System - Crouch and sneak your way past enemies or throw objects to distract them. Find or craft sight, sound or smell deterrents and attractor recipes and items to exploit the sight, hearing or smell of the zombies to throw them off track.

XP and Skill Trees - Earn XP and upgrade your skills to become the ultimate Bruiser, Gun Nut, Gadget Man, Chemist or Stealth Agent. Upgrade your melee skill learning to craft better melee weapons and swing them harder & faster and even learn special finishing moves.

Solo, Cooperative and Multiplayer - Play solo, coop or multiplayer in our unique Zombie Nomad Mode be a human, a bandit or a zombie for a no rules experience. Watch the leader boards and fight to be the Big Clan of the Wasteland or the Duke of Navezgane.

Creative User Tools - Build your own worlds and play them with friends using the Creative Mode Tools featuring hundreds of block shapes, prefabs and random generation tools. Create dedicated servers with your own unique game rules and settings.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on August 15. Learn more at the link below.

7 Days To Die Kickstarter
7 Days To Die



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Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pigasus Games has announced work on Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly, a new adventure game which the developer hopes will breathe new life into the old adventure game formula. A:WPF will do away with rigid puzzle solutions, instead allowing players to make use of the interactive environment as they see fit. The game will also feature a toolset for gamers wishing to create their own adventure scenarios.

Gaming has evolved by leaps and bounds, and yet, the adventure genre clings tenaciously to its roots of pixel-hunting and ridiculous item combinations. Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly aims to change that, uprooting decades of senseless tradition through user-created content and emergent game design.

Imagine an adventure game without rigid scripts or stupidly ludicrous puzzles, but rather, a world driven by millions of possible interactions among objects and characters. An axe, for example, is a "chopper," and any object that is "choppable" is just kindling in the making. Simple, right?

In Adventurezator, from Pigasus Games, there is no fumbling around lost for hours because: you only talked to a character three times instead of four, or you tried cutting the rope with the sword instead of the knife. Yeah...that's just dumb.

BUT, THERE'S MORE!

Adventurezator is throwing the days of repetitious replays out the window. In addition to the main storyline, Sandbox mode gives players the same tools as the developers to create and share their own scenarios, link them together into larger story arcs, and create their own custom cutscenes.

Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly is currently on Kickstarter.

"I'm getting to make not only a game I really want to create, but also a game I really want to play as a gamer," says Project Lead, Fabio 'Petrucio' Stange. "Now, the really terrifying part is that this is the big moment of truth for me – this is THE one project of my life, and will probably have a huge impact on it. This is the chance I’ve always wanted to have, and the game that thirteen year old boy playing SNES always wanted to create."

Oh, and did we mention that Petrucio was formerly a professional poker player? Yeah, we just thought we'd throw that out there.

Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Check out the links below for more information.

Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly
Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly Kickstarter



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Mac Users Join The Survivor Squad
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Endless Loop Studios has announced the release of version 1.06 for its squad based action title, Survival Squad. The patch includes a new 1v1 multiplayer mode and, most importantly for Mac users, adds OS X support. In the game players take company of a squad of up to four survivors who must negotiate a randomized world filled with hordes of bloodthirsty infected.

Survivor Squad is a Strategy Action game where you control a Squad of up to four survivors and guide them through a highly randomized world looking for supplies to aid you on your journey.

Scavenge for supplies in every corner of every building, craft your gear, pick your skills and loadout while keeping your Squad alive by covering every corner and moving as a group.

It is a game that encourages quick thinking and fast paced play since you need to pay attention to all of your squad mates. If you leave someone behind, chances are they will be pounced on and die. Move as a Squad and cover every corner.

Features:

  • Top down 2D Strategy Action
  • Use Melee weapons to take down enemies silently or go guns blazing
  • Scavenge buildings for materials to craft your gear
  • Equip Gadgets to assist you in combat
  • Highly randomized world providing infinite possibilities
  • Capture Infected buildings and defend them from the horde
  • Several types of Special Infected that must be dealt with quickly
  • Rename your Survivors to have a more intense personal experience
  • Four game modes: Campaign, Survival, Death Lab and the just introduced Multiplayer.
Gameplay:
Control your Squad with the mouse carefully planning where each Survivor goes to and where to look. The Survivors have a limited view range so it is vital to ensure you are looking where the infected will most likely come from.

Certain events require you to move around a building while fighting off a horde, you must keep a close eye on your squad or they will perish one by one.

Various types of Special Infected have abilities such as Blinding Powder or Acid Pool that encourage you to quickly move your Survivors while making sure they are never alone

In campaign mode you can capture infected buildings that generate resources but must be defended from horde invasions

Campaign:
Play through a highly randomized world following a simple storyline with unique events and a conclusion.

Survival:
Score based mode, go through as many randomly generated buildings as you can never looking back.

Death Lab:
Equip your Survivor Squad with a limited budget and take them through a collapsed Lab. Good micro management of your Squad is essential to your survival.

Multiplayer:
The new Multiplayer mode is a 1v1 scenario (Online/LAN) where one player controls the Survivors and another player controls the Infected. The Survivors must reach the extraction zone and the Infected must stop them by spawning various types of Infected around them.

Learn more about the game at the links below.

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Endless Loop Studios


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