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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced the first expansion for its action RPG, Diablo III. Reaper of Souls will challenge players to defeat Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom, who seeks to seize control of the Black Soulstone. The new expansion will also offer a new hero: The Crusader, a new level 70 experience cap, new spells and abilities for existing classes, greater emphasis on randomized environments, a reworked Paragon progression, as well as two new game modes: Loot Runs and Nephalem Trials.

“From the beginning, Diablo has always been about the struggle between good and evil, and Reaper of Souls explores the darker notes of that conflict,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion also represents a big milestone in the ongoing evolution of Diablo III, with key enhancements to the core gameplay, along with a new act to experience, a powerful new character class, tons of new loot, and even more end-game options. We think players will love playing Reaper of Souls, and we can’t wait to get it into their hands.”

The defeat of Diablo, Lord of Terror, should have given rise to an age of hope. Instead, it has drawn out a shadowy being of immense power, whose malevolent purpose is yet to be revealed. Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™, the upcoming expansion to Diablo III, opens a dark and terrifying new chapter in the ongoing conflict over the mortal realm of Sanctuary.

Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom, vanished after the events depicted at the end of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction®. In Reaper of Souls, he returns as the Angel of Death and seizes the Black Soulstone, which contains the essence of the Prime Evil. It now falls to the players to track down Malthael and stop him before he unleashes irreversible havoc on the world.

Fortunately, a new hero is ready to join the cause and bring Malthael to justice—the Crusader. Driven by a centuries-long quest to cleanse the corruption blighting their beloved Zakarum faith, Crusaders are warriors of righteousness who have been hardened through relentless, brutal combat with the foul evils plaguing eastern Sanctuary. In addition to wearing immensely heavy armor and wielding a wide range of cruel and punishing weapons, this new playable class in Reaper of Souls uses battle magic to strengthen allies and weaken foes. A natural walking tank, the Crusader adds power and versatility to any party of adventurers.

In addition to taking the story of Diablo III from the legendary city of Westmarch to the unhallowed halls of the Pandemonium Fortress in Act V and introducing the incorruptible Crusader class, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls increases the game’s level cap to 70. Players continuing on with their existing Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Wizard, and Monk characters will benefit from an array of fearsome new spells and abilities as they advance in level.

The expansion also accentuates the key features of the Diablo franchise, with a greater emphasis on randomized environments to explore; epic new quests; horrific new monsters to defeat; and substantial updates to the loot experience, enabling players to further customize their characters with new and improved multilevel Legendary items, new Blacksmith and Jeweler item-crafting options, and more.

Diablo III’s Paragon progression system is also being majorly upgraded for the expansion, adding even more end-game character advancement and replayability. Two new game modes—Loot Runs and Nephalem Trials—are being added as well, providing fun and rewarding challenges for players to tackle when they’re not busy saving the world.

Check out the links below for more information.

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Borderlands 2: Season Pass, Creature Slaughterdome At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | 4 comments

Aspyr Media and Gearbox Software's Season Pass and Creature Slaughterdome DLC for Borderlands 2, are available now for download and purchase at Mac Game Store.

Season Pass includes Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty, and the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack in one package. Creature Slaughterdome gives players the chance to face off against the toughest monsters in all of Pandora to gather loot and experience for use in the main game.

Season Pass:

Can’t get enough Borderlands? The Borderlands 2 Season Pass is packed full of adventure, featuring new campaigns, new locations, new enemies and a level cap increase. Fight pirates and discover new treasure alongside Captain Scarlett, become champion in Mr. Torgue’s epic arena, and track down new monsters in Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. Unlock more skills and levels with the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack. Buy the season pass and get all four campaign add-ons plus the level cap for the price of three add-on campaigns -- a 33% savings.

Features:

  • Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep
  • Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt
  • Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
  • Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty
  • Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack
Creature Slaughterdome:

Enter the Creature Slaughter Dome and face off against the toughest monsters in all of Pandora. Your efforts will not be in vain. Gain experience and gear to bring back into the main game. Endure the battle, and you will receive numerous rewards, including Moxxi’s Rocket Launcher.

Season pass is available now for $29.99 (USD), while Creature Slaughterdome costs $4.99 (USD).

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Help The Fairy Folk In Hairy Tales
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Josh Presseisen's Hairy Tales is now available for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The game combines tile-dragging mechanics with fast action and features 72 levels spanning three unique worlds.

Combining tile-dragging mechanics with fast furious action, Hairy Tales is a puzzle action game about the zany adventures of a group of not too bright folk spirits, as you help them puzzle out evil conundrums in their mission to save their tile-based world from sickening corruption.

It stars the Hairys, an excitable group of fairy folk who are so eager to clear their world of corruption that they simply don't watch where they're going. It's up to you to lead them to safety by placing tiles and power ups in their way.

It has 72 levels split across three distinctive worlds, where players must simultaneously save the Hairys from falling off the edge of the world by re-arranging the tiles on each level, while acquiring power ups, magic mushrooms and destroying evil enemy Kikimoras and their three powerful end bosses.

Features:

  • 12 tutorial levels!
  • 72 levels spread across three worlds!
  • Solve every puzzle your own way!
  • Use strategy to indirectly control the Hairy's path to safety!
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Intel Mac
Hairy Tales is available now for $4.99 (USD).

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CCE Reviews Teleglitch: Die More Edition
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Control Command Escape has posted a new review of Paradox Interactive's Teleglitch: Die More Edition. Teleglitch, a roguelike top-down shooter that traps players in a military research station in the middle of a catastrophe, features procedurally generated levels, craftable and combinable weapons, and the constant risk of permanent death.

Turn-based games have the luxury of letting the player dictate the pace of doing things, as in, now I’ll do a bunch of combat, now I’ll optimise my loadout, now I’ll craft some stuff. Teleglitch doesn’t give you a respite. You can find a quiet spot and take a bit of a breather and craft or reorganise your stuff or maybe check the wonderful in-game map (at least until the third level, when patrolling enemies ruin even that bit of downtime), but ultimately you’re just going through the process of: Open door. Move. Open door. Move. Open door. Mo–ARGHwhatTheHellIsThat MOVEMOVESTABSTABEXPLODESELFdead. But this leads me on to the single redeeming feature of the game: the atmosphere.

If you’re going to love this game, it’s because the atmosphere is so compelling. How it manages to do this in spite of the atrocious graphical style is incredible in and of itself, but I’d suggest that primarily it’s down the distinctive line-of-sight mechanic, where the map utterly disappears when your character can’t see it, lending a sense of immediacy to everything, and that the sound design is as good as the visual design is bad. The inclusion of lore snippets secreted throughout the game, and the fact that there’s no real exposition thrust upon you despite being in such an alien environment, no doubt all contribute to this.

For the full review check out the link below.

Control Command Escape: Teleglitch Review
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Mac Games News for Thursday, August 22, 2013

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