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F1 2013 Coming This December, Pre-Order Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has announced that F1 2013, the FORMULA 1 racing simulation video game, will be released for the Mac in December. Developed and published by Codemasters for consoles and PC, F1 2013 offers Mac gamers the chance to experience "all the thrills of the 2013 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP" and, for the first time in Codemasters’ series, race classic cars on iconic circuits in a new game mode called F1 Classics.

The Classic Edition also includes two DLC packs: The 1990s Content Pack which contains six classic cars and lets players drive as Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher, and The Classic Track Pack which contains two additional tracks.

“F1 2013 offers Mac gamers a complete racing experience,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “The Scenario and F1 Classics modes are exhilarating tests of driving skill, and the additional content packs contain decades’ worth of legendary FORMULA ONE content.”

F1 2013 features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 season and includes all of the new rules, tyre changes and remodeled handling to authentically reflect the challenge and exhilaration of racing 2013’s stunning roster of FORMULA ONE™ cars. Players will compete for motorsports’ ultimate prize over five seasons in Career mode, join up with a friend in Co-Op Championship mode and in the brand new Scenario Mode, master the unique set of challenges faced by real life FORMULA ONE drivers.

Players will also get to recreate historic FORMULA ONE in F1 Classics mode, which features famous cars, drivers and circuits from the 1980s. With a voiceover introduction by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker, F1 Classics is a fictional racing series that lets players loose on Brands Hatch and Circuit De Jerez as a selection of the greatest drivers of yesteryear.

Additional content will be available in a premium edition of the video game, F1 2013: Classic Edition, which contains two DLC packs. The 1990s Content pack contains six classic cars, three each from the Ferrari and Williams teams, and lets players drive them as 1990s legends, including Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. The Classic Track pack contains two additional tracks: Imola and Estoril, respectively the historic homes of the San Marino GRAND PRIX™ and the Portuguese GRAND PRIX.

Features:

  • Career mode: From the first qualifying session in Melbourne to the dramatic final laps at São Paulo, pursue the coveted Drivers’ World Championship in an epic recreation of the full 2013 season.
  • GRAND PRIX™ mode: Shape your own FORMULA ONE experience by creating custom championships with any combination of circuits from the 2013 season.
  • Scenario mode: Take on 20 high-pressure challenges inspired by authentic FORMULA ONE racing situations.
  • F1 Classics mode: Master the mighty cars and demanding tracks of the 1980s, and battle the era’s legendary drivers.
  • Mid-session saves: Need to make a real-life pit stop? Save your progress and the next time you play, pick up exactly where you left off.
  • Improved handling: Perfect your racing lines with the most realistic handling model yet.
  • F1 2013: Classic Edition is a premium version that includes the 1990s Content and Classic Track packs, containing six cars and twelve drivers from the 1990s as well as the historic Imola and Estoril circuits
F1 2013: Classic Edition is available to pre-order now for $64.99 (USD).

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Survive As A Redshirt At MGS
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Positech Computing's Redshirt is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The comedic sci-fi simulation places players in the role of an "ambitious low-ranking peon" aboard a space station, who must master the politics of "Spacebook" to achieve his or her goals.

Redshirt is the comedy sci-fi sim about social networking aboard a space station, starring the station's most ambitious low-ranking peon: you! Navigate the professional and interpersonal politics of the ubiquitous "Spacebook" to curry favor among friends and colleagues. As intense intergalactic conflict rages around you, it's up to you to accrue those all-important "likes" on your status updates! Whether you're looking for love, opportunities for promotion, or even a chance to play Zero-G golf with the captain, you can schmooze your way through social circles and claw your way up the career ladder. Perhaps you too can finally achieve the dream of an off-station transfer, or even the Redshirt's opportunity of a lifetime: being sent on an away-mission!Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 500 MB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
Redshirt is available now for $19.99 (USD).

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EMPIRE: The Deck Building Strategy Game Now At MGS
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EMPIRE: The Deck Building Strategy Game from Crazy Monkey Studios is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. Described as "the world's first deck building 4X strategy game" the game features a variety of unique cards, a grid based tactical combat system, and a choice of 3 unique emperors to represent.

The barbarous tribes who fought amongst themselves for so many aeons are at last able to come together to found a wondrous civilization. Is yours the first of its kind in this world, or one of many? No man knows, but what all men know is that their Empire must not only survive, but flourish!

The world is full of terrible horrors, however, and they will wear away at your Empire from all sides. Natural resources have become more scarce. And perhaps worst of all, your powerful Empire has grown heavy and full of internal strife with its age. How long can you stand the pressures of survival before your Empire finally comes crumbling back down into the desolated earth from which it grew?

EMPIRE introduces the world's first "Deck-Building 4X Strategy Game". EMPIRE is a quick, easy-to-learn yet difficult to master strategy/tactics game. FEATURES:

Features:

  • Choose from 3 unique emperors to play, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Procedurally generated worlds mean that no two games will be alike. Will you find valuable mountains to mine military materials from? Food-rich forests that will grow your Empire quickly?
  • A unique take on the deck building mechanism similar to those in Dominion, Puzzle Strike or Ascension. Your deck grows during the game, and it fills with both useful Action Cards, powerful Spell Cards,
  • and also totally useless Strife Cards. Managing your deck is an important part of staying strong!
  • Dozens of interesting tactical cards featuring excellent art from concept artist Gilles Ketting.
  • A unique grid based tactical combat system. Use your Action and Spell cards to get the upper hand and destroy the enemy forces!
  • Unlike traditional 4X strategy games which not only take hours, but tend to become slow and boring late game, EMPIRE is a quick, elegant knife-fight of a game.
  • Designed by indie game design superstar Keith Burgun, creator of 100 Rogues.
EMPIRE is available now for $4.99 (USD).

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Drox Operative: Invasion Of The Ancients Demo Released
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Soldak Entertainment has announced the release of a demo for Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients, the first expansion for the starship action RPG. Among other things the new add-on includes ancient invasions, space stations, persistent galaxies, the Scavenger race, new Talon, Legion, and Overlord monsters, and 19 playable subraces.

Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients is the first expansion for the unique action RPG Drox Operative. It adds ancient invasions, space stations, persistent galaxies, Scavenger race, new Talon, Legion, and Overlord monsters, 19 playable subraces, and much more. 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?

Features:

  • Defend against ancient race invasions
  • Destroy or defend space stations (military and production)
  • Guide the evolution of persistent galaxies
  • Design components with socketable chips
  • Play as or against the new race, the Scavenger
  • Battle new Talon, Legion, and Overlord monsters
  • Solve new quests and equip new components
  • Drox Guild quests
  • Unlock and play as 19 subraces
Learn more at the links below.

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Ice Road Truckers Brings Treacherous Driving To MGS
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Encore Sofware's Ice Road Truckers is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. Based on the History channel's popular series, the game lets players join Hugh, Lisa, and Alex as they battle against the elements to deliver their cargo.

Do you have what it takes to conquer the world's deadliest roads?

Hitch a risky ride along with the Ice Road Truckers® as they drive headlong into bone-chilling danger. Join Hugh, Lisa, and Alex as you battle the toughest winter roads the world has to offer. Tackle slippery terrain, avoid dangerous obstacles, and boost over ramps to see how many miles you can go before the ice roads claim another victim.

Features:

  • Based on HISTORY®’s popular TV show, Ice Road Truckers®.
  • Use action-packed powerups and special abilities to navigate the hazardous ice roads!
  • Use ramps, boost, and your driving skills to avoid obstacles to deliver your cargo safely.
  • Unique character traits including extra vision, money, and life.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 1.5 GHz Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB HD Space
Ice Road Truckers is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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Obduction Funded, Last Chance To Fund Stretch Goals
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Cyan, developer of the legendary Myst and Riven puzzle based adventure games, recently reached the Kickstarter funding target for its new game Obduction. The real-time first person adventure will draw from the elements which made the previous games so memorable to their fans.

What is Obduction?

Ob`duc´tion, n.1. The act of drawing or laying over, as a covering. 

Obduction is an all-new, real-time, first-person adventure that harkens back to the spirit of Cyan’s earlier games Myst and Riven. Obduction resurrects that incredible feeling of suddenly finding yourself in the middle of a new world to explore, discover, solve, and become part of.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Myst, one of the best-selling computer games in history. The Myst name is widely recognized as uniquely defining a new kind of gaming - amazingly immersive worlds where the point is to understand your environment rather than test your reflexes. The Obduction project will take what Cyan knows about creating deeply immersive worlds and apply it to an entirely new game with fantastic scenery, incredible architecture, compelling story, and exceptional challenges.

Obduction will be built with the same framework that made Cyan's earlier games such a wonderful experience: stunning landscapes, deep storyline, engaging characters, dramatic soundscapes, and challenging yet intuitive puzzles. Obduction is an entirely new property, delivered using one of the most powerful game development technologies available today. Obduction is an adventure game for the new millennium that stays true to the concepts that made the genre great.

At the base funding level, Obduction will be developed for both Windows and MacOS, with a targeted release of mid-to-late 2015.

The game is being designed with a flexible scope in mind, so that as the budget grows, the game grows. More places; more puzzles; more mystery; more complexity; more adventure!

With the generalities out of the way, it's time to dig a bit deeper into specifics. If you know anything about Cyan's worlds, you know that you don't want to know too much ahead of time. We'll try our best to whet your appetite, without giving away too many spoilers.

Story

Obduction's experience supplies what every good storyteller does: a very personal window into a much larger world. Obduction begins with... well… an abduction - your abduction. On a crystal clear, moon-lit night, a curious, organic artifact drops from the sky and inexplicably whisks you away across the universes to who-knows-where (or when, or why).

And, as anyone who ever played Myst or Riven knows, exploring everything around you allows you to read between the lines and to begin to answer your questions. Why is there an old, abandoned farmhouse - complete with white picket fence - in the middle of an alien landscape? You'll find out. From this point on the story becomes your story. 

Game Design

Obduction has a few game design elements in common with Myst and Riven, and it skews into new areas as well. Cyan's basic design philosophy is simple:

  • Build every element of the experience to make you, the player, feel like this virtual world has become your world.
  • The interface should be intuitive and transparent.
  • The story should be revealed through exploration and not necessarily shoveled out in cinematic form.
  • The puzzles should range from easy to difficult, but even the toughest puzzles should be designed so that you know that all the pieces to solve it are there in front of you.
  • The sound and music should be balanced; they should add emotion but not become distracting or annoying.
Environmental Immersion

Cyan has a proven history of delivering visually stunning environments that immerse players in our games. We plan to continue that tradition, leveraging Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4. Today's modern realtime engines have plenty of horse-power to produce zillions of bullets per second, but they can also be used to make remarkable landscapes and architecture that approach and even surpass the pre-rendered days of Riven. Unreal 4 is an amazing resource that enables us to build a world that you can lose yourself in.

The Kickstarter campaign ends tomorrow, giving fans a bit more time to rally support for stretch goals like a new world to explore in-game and the chance to play the game with a friend.

Read more at the pages linked below.

Obduction Kickstarter
Obduction Updates
Cyan, Inc.


Mac Games News for Thursday, November 14, 2013

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Screens & Music Revealed6:00 AM
BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea - Episode 1 Released6:00 AM
CrossOver 13 Promises Dramatic Frame Rate Improvements6:00 AM
Eldritch Enspells Mac Users6:00 AM
SimCity: Cities Of Tomorrow Available Now6:00 AM
 
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