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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Overhaul Games is scheduled to release Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition today, celebrating with a launch trailer. The game will include the original Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and the Throne of Bhaal expansion, as well as four new party members, a variety of new areas to explore, the new Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay arena combat adventure, and a host of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Become a God.
    Kidnapped. Imprisoned. Tortured. The wizard Irenicus holds you captive in his stronghold, attempting to strip you of the powers that are your birthright.

    Can you resist the evil within you, forge a legend of heroic proportions, and ultimately destroy the dark essence that haunts your dreams? Or will you embrace your monstrous nature, carve a swath of destruction across the realms, and ascend to godhood as the new Lord of Murder?

    Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition brings this critically acclaimed role-playing experience to PC, Mac, iPad, and Android.

Dragons. Drow. Giants. Destroy them all.
    Lead your party of skilled adventurers into intense, tactical battles. Lure your enemies into deadly traps, call down magical meteors to smash them, and stop time itself to win the day. A diverse array of powers and abilities let you transform into a being of pure elemental force, or wield the might of the heavens with the Holy Avenger.

    Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition combines both Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. Bundled with the game on PC and Mac, and available as DLC on iPad and Android, are four diverse new characters, each with their own epic quest. Venture to the distant sands of Zakhara with your new companions, or lead them in a raid upon the home of the gods.

The Bhaalspawn Saga, Enhanced.
    The Final Chapter - Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition includes Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the epic conclusion of the Bhaalspawn saga.
    Four New Party Members - Bundled with the PC and Mac versions and available as DLC for iPad and Android, four new characters can join you on your journey. At the behest of his dark patron, Dorn Il-Khan plunders and defiles the Sword Coast. Hunted by Red Wizards, Neera the Wild Mage evades and disrupts the Thayans at every turn. Exercising his growing combat mastery, the monk Rasaad yn Bashir leaves his former allies to hunt the dark figure that corrupted his brother. A mysterious thief in service to mysterious master seeks powerful artifacts from across the globe. Recruit them, use their powers, and uncover over 30 new locations.
    The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay - Explore the tactical depth of high-level Dungeons & Dragons combat. Undermine your captors and prey upon their weaknesses while you dodge traps and battle for your life against Demi-Liches, Mind Flayers, and Githyanki.
    Easy Multiplayer - Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition makes it easy to find, list, and join multiplayer games, even while behind a firewall.
    Widescreen and More - Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition features full widescreen support, remastered area artwork from original renders, and a host of other interface and gameplay improvements.
Requirements:
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Storage: 2.5 GB of hard drive space
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition will be available on November 15 direct from Beamdog, and from Apple's Mac App Store at a later date.

BG2:EE Launch Trailer
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The Banner Saga Launching January 14
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Stoic recently unveiled a new trailer and announced a January 14, 2014 release date for the company's upcoming strategy role playing adventure game, The Banner Saga. The Banner Saga will combine elements of turn based strategy, role playing, and adventure games, and will follow the exploits of a band of vikings.

I'd love to give you an update on everything going on at this point. We finally feel comfortable with giving a release date for one very big reason: we are essentially content complete. This means the game is playable from front to back, the combats are in place, the characters are all hooked up and every conversation throughout the game is ready to go. In essence: we're almost done with the game. This is a huge milestone because we've been working nearly every waking hour since Factions released to get to this point.

We've partnered with a new marketing and distribution team called Versus Evil who have taken a lot of work off our plate and help us put together new promotions so that we didn't take away from production time. They've done an amazing job on the new website (http://stoicstudio.com/) and will be helping to make sure we get seen by as many people as possible at launch.
What's left to do? We'll be spending an appropriate amount of time on playtesting, polish and balance. We've been getting help from a QA house to help us find and write bugs because the game has become both long and complex at this point. What we originally envisioned as a 6 hour game is probably closer to 15+ hours on the first playthrough, and all the branching variables and additional systems are time-consuming to test. We'll also be playing through the game a lot to get combat balance in as good a state as we can. Lastly, you may have heard this before, but polish is the difference between a good game and a great game in our minds. Personal touches, transitions and making sure that everything is finely polished is really important to us. For example, we've added procedural snow, random events in travel, items in combat, an interactive world map, every godstone in the game and tons of new characters and classes.

Check out the trailer and read more at the link below.

The Banner Saga Update: Launch Date Trailer
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Details Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

During its recent BlizzCon event Blizzard Entertainment revealed some new information and content for the upcoming 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.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
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 has yet to be revealed. Reaper of Souls™, the upcoming expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s epic action RPG 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 long ago. In Reaper of Souls, he returns as the Angel of Death and seizes the Black Soulstone, which contains the essence of the Prime Evil. Should this dark power be unleashed upon the world, the results would be catastrophic. Fortunately, a new hero is ready to join the cause and bring Malthael to justice—the Crusader. Clad in massive armor and bearing an impenetrable shield, this new playable class charges into battle wielding a range of cruel and punishing weapons and employing powerful battle magic to strengthen allies and weaken foes. A natural walking tank, the Crusader adds might and versatility to any party of adventurers.

GAME FEATURES:

  • Act V continues the story where it left off in Diablo III, taking players through the legendary city of Westmarch to the ancient halls of the Pandemonium Fortress
  • Level cap increased to 70, enabling players to reach new heights of power
  • The Crusader enters the fray, joining ranks with the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard
  • New spells and abilities for each of the game’s five original heroes
  • Redesigned loot system drops “fewer, but better” items, rewarding players with useful upgrades
  • Collect rare items of unprecedented power, including game-changing Legendaries
  • Customize your hero’s appearance and augment your items’ power with a new artisan, the Mystic
  • Upgrades to Diablo III’s Paragon progression system add even more end-game character advancement and replayability
  • Battle a new menagerie of fiendish monsters slavering for the chance to feast upon Sanctuary’s heroes
  • Never stop exploring with Adventure Mode, where all waypoints are unlocked so players can do battle in any setting
  • Engage in Nephalem Rifts, formerly known as Loot Runs, to test your mettle in 10-20 minute dungeons consisting of randomized areas, monsters, and bosses
  • Take on Bounties for fun and rewarding objective-based challenges
  • Connect with your allies like never before with all-new updates to Diablo III’s social system, including Clans and Groups
Follow the links below to check out all the new information about the expansion.

Reaper Of Souls Feature Trailer
Reaper Of Souls BlizzCon Round-Up
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Mac Gamer HQ Giving Away One Copy Of Batman Arkham City
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac Gamer HQ has announced it will be giving away a free copy of Feral Interactive's Batman Arkham City. Players take the role of Batman who has been imprisoned alongside Gotham's most notorious criminals. To survive they will need to employ all Batman's skills and gadgetry.

Sequel to the famous Batman: Arkham Asylum, the game that showed the world superhero games could be great, Arkham City is definitely bigger and better.

In this new adventure, Batman is imprisoned alongside Gotham’s most notorious in Arkham City, a terrifying open-air prison where violent thugs and insane super-villains are incarcerated within heavily fortified walls. As you probably guessed already, Batman will have to discover Arkham City’s true purpose before it’s too late.

Arkham City for Mac copy up for grabs! All you need to do is use the widget below to participate. The more actions you perform, the higher your chances to win.

At the end of the giveaway, on Friday November 22 at midnight, one random winners will be selected.

Head over to the link below for more.

Mac Gamer HQ: Batman Arkham City Giveaway
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