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Wizardry 6 & 7 Cross The River Of Time To Arrive On Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Night Dive Studios has announced the Steam release of three classic RPG titles: Wizard VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge, Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant, and Wizardry 8. While Wizardry 8 is only available to Windows users Wizardry VI and VII are also available for Mac and Linux PCs. In Bane of the Cosmic Forge players form a band of six heroes who must enter an ancient castle in search of a magical pen capable of changing the flow of time. In Crusaders of the Dark Savant player quest for the secret of the universe itself.

One of the greatest fantasy role-playing series in gaming history comes to Steam today with the release of three games from the Wizardry franchise. The final three epic PC adventures from a series that spanned two decades that entertained millions of gamers are here, thanks to the work of Night Dive Studio – a company dedicated to reviving and restoring access to classic games from the past.

The re-release of Wizardry VI, Wizardry VII and Wizardry 8 follows on the heels of Night Dive’s spring release of System Shock 2, the first classic RPG that they chose to make available to modern audiences. Now you can play some of the most celebrated fantasy role-playing games ever released, all built on the old ideas of party composition, fiendish puzzles and deadly random encounters.

Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge ($4.99):

Take with you six companions - choose wisely, for having chosen, your fate is in their hands. Enter the ancient castle to retrieve the Cosmic Forge, a magical pen whose writings caused the river of time itself to change course. You will find treasure, armor, and magic items to advance your quest; meet wizened and cryptic dwellers who hold secrets that must be unearthed; and solve the riddles and puzzles that abound.

Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant ($4.99):

You'll discover both friends and foes as you search for the once forgotten secret of a - the secret of the very universe itself. And you won't be alone in your search. Others as enterprising as you have also entered this dimension. Only your actions - both past and present - will determine just how well you fare. From the depths of a dungeon to the blue and limitless skies, you'll see it all.

Company Bio:

Night Dive Studios believes that classic video games should never be abandoned or forgotten. They should be available to play at any time, run out of the box without the hassle of installing outdated drivers, or using obsolete hardware. Movies are restored, Books are digitized, and Art is preserved to be appreciated for all time. Why should Games be any different? We know there are countless games that are still unavailable, and we're doing our best to bring them back from the depths to be treasured once more.

For more information follow the links below.

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XCOM: Enemy Within Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Thunderbolt Games recently posted a new preview of 2K and Firaxis' upcoming XCOM: Enemy Within, an expansion for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Coming to Macs courtesy of Feral Interactive the game is scheduled to release on November 12 in North America, and November 15 internationally. Enemy Within adds a variety of new abilities, upgrades, weapons, maps, tactical and strategic gameplay, and multiplayer content to XCOM.

From the preview:

Last year’s excellent XCom: Enemy Unknown provides a solid foundation to build upon. Firaxis make finished videogames and so there’s nothing to expand on apart from the base experience itself. With XCom: Enemy Within, they’ve taken a complete product and sharpened the edges, implementing concepts that expand on the core strategies.

Our Firaxis-led demo found a couple of soldiers entering the combat zone from the drop ship. “As anyone who’s played XCom knows, always send in your red-shirted rookies first”, said a developer. They took up cover and were quickly shot down by more powerful enemy units. The screen went to black. “Thanks for coming. That was XCom: Enemy Within.”

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Thunderbolt Games: Enemy Within Preview
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Wasteland 2 Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Gamers Hub recently posted a preview of InXile Entertainment' upcoming Wasteland 2 RPG. A sequel to the classic post-apocalyptic RPG of the 80's, Wasteland 2 will be a top down, turn-based, tactical RPG that the developers promise will "stay true to its roots."

From the preview:

Not only is Wasteland a beautiful game to look at, with its modern veneer alongside the isometric view that the classic provided. The maps are also absolutely huge, providing plenty of space to explore and to experiment with combat, and hidden almost everywhere is a quest or side mission that you wouldn’t expect to come across.

Fans will also be pleased to know that these quests are still like that of the original. Their dark and morbidly funny lines of dialogue work even better than they did before thanks to the injection of some internet memes to ground this gritty adventure in a reality we’re all rather familiar with. One instance saw the need to clear a minefield for our band of Desert Rangers to pass through unharmed. Naturally, this meant tempting across a screaming goat from the other side, and yes, they’re voiced by the wonderful screaming goats of YouTube fame. Another instance saw us come across an ill bed-ridden woman who’s husband had disappeared when looking for medicine. In the playthrough we saw the decision was made to… euthanize… the lady – at which point her husband turned up from his expedition. And, there’s no karma bar or good-evil split anywhere here, it’s just completely down to you and how you want to play.

Learn more at the links below.

The Gamers Hub: Wasteland 2 Preview
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Telepath Tactics Gameplay Demo Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

RPG Gamer has posted a Sinister Design has posted a new video showcasing some aspects of the upcoming Telepath Tactics. Set in the world of the Telepath RPG universe, the turn-based multiplayer tactics game will feature support for up to six players in hotseat mode, a new art style, redesigned UI, and a new combat engine.

Telepath Tactics borrows the best parts of our favorite tactics games to create a dream team of available strategies in battle.

Throw enemies off of cliffs; push enemies into water or lava; fling friends across gaps; set your enemies on fire; freeze them; blind them; cripple them; stun them; use hit-and-run tactics with cavalry and bowmen; teleport; grab item drops; stick your ranged units on the high ground to boost their effectiveness; the list goes on and on.

Telepath Tactics also brings fresh, brand new new environmental manipulation mechanics to the table. Freeze water and build bridges to create new routes across water or lava; build barricades to brunt an incoming attack; destroy walls, doors and bridges to open up or close off routes of attack; push boulders, barrels and tables in the way to block off certain routes; shoot through open windows; place down explosive charges to create a trap for an unwary opponent. Telepath Tactics supports all of this and more.

Attack damage is 100% predictable, and attacks always hit unless there is some intervening factor (such as the attacker having been blinded, or the target having some special defensive status effect). In this regard, it is very much a game of skill akin to chess. Chance will seldom determine the outcome of a battle; victory depends on you and your wits.

And you'll need all the wits you can get: the enemy AI in Telepath Tactics is aggressive and reactive. The enemy will not just sit around the battlefield waiting for your characters to wander into aggro range or trigger a script—the AI will actively maneuver and seek out ways to get at your most vulnerable characters. It will backstab you, compete with you to grab useful items, break down your barricades, and shove you right into the lava every chance it gets.

Telepath Tactics features 22 unique character classes, each with its own strengths, weaknesses, and battlefield roles. The single player campaign uses unique, named characters based off of these classes, each with its own custom stats and leveling schemes.

On top of all this, Telepath Tactics features extensive mod support that allows you to create custom battles, custom tilesets, custom destructible objects, custom items, custom attacks, custom character classes, and even whole single player campaigns filled with unique characters, enemies, dialog and cut scenes. Everything is stored in easy-to-read files that can be opened by any text editor, so modding is a cinch.

The game also comes with a full-featured map editor to make creating new battles fast and simple. There's even a built-in dialog editor to let you add dialog trees and create cut scenes! Make your own scenarios, or download someone else's: Telepath Tactics supports all of the above.

View the new footage at the page below.

RPG Gamer: Telepath Tactics Gameplay Demo
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Seek Vengeance In Prohibition 1930
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Mac Game Store has added Anuman Interactive's Prohibition 1930 to its list of games available for download and purchase. The action shooter puts players in the role of William Hall, a detective seeking vengeance for the assassination of his family. To succeed in his quest to wipe out the mob player will have to engage in shootouts with a wide variety of enemies.

Come head to head with the Chicago mafia in this explosive game!

Take on the role of William Hall, a tenacious and incorruptible detective who is determined to avenge his family's assassination!

Embark upon a terrible vendetta and wipe out every member of the mob covering up Vincent Parrizi's escape. Make your way through vast environments to the rhythm of frenetic shootouts, and slow down time to rack up headshots! Will you try to gather clues in order to arrest the godfather or will you kill him in revenge?

No outlaw should be able to escape from you, but try to spare the hostages!

Features:

  • Adrenaline-fuelled shootouts
  • Tons of devastating weapons
  • A wide variety of enemies
  • Your choices affect the plot
  • Dozens of trophies!
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 3 GHz Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
Prohibition 1930 is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 12, 2013

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New Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect Trailer Unveiled6:00 AM
Pro Pinball: Timeshock! Ultra Edition Kickstarted6:00 AM
The Sims 3 Movies Stuff Available6:00 AM
 
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