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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Comes To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 15 comments

TransGaming Inc., in partnership with 2K, has announced the Mac release of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. As an expansion of an ongoing partnership between TransGaming and 2K, TransGaming will publish and distribute the Mac version of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Described as a third-person tactical shooter the game lets players experience the origin story of the XCOM organization and its war against invading alien species.

“We collaborated with 2K to deliver the same intensity that fans have come to expect from The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, now for the Mac platform,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO of TransGaming. “With sole publishing and distribution rights for the title on Mac, TransGaming continues to solidify its position as a leader in the Mac gaming market with an impressive game portfolio and our innovative Cider technology.”

TransGaming utilized its industry-leading software translation technology, Cider, to bring the game to the Mac platform. Cider allows PC-developed games to be ported to Mac OS X platforms with minimal cost and development resources. Cider has been used to bring numerous AAA games to Mac, that were only previously available on consoles and Windows PC platforms.

Set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified tells the origin story of the underground XCOM organization and its clandestine war against an imposing alien threat. As a third-person tactical shooter, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified delivers a new experience using the classic XCOM formula by taking players out of the familiar god-like view of strategy games and dropping them into the boots special agent William Carter in the thick of combat. Using Carter’s “Battle Focus” ability, players control squad mates and launch calculated attacks in order to advance and gain the upper edge. As the last line of defense, the player’s every command can mean the difference between life and death for Carter, his squad and mankind.

Survive, adapt and overcome the enemy threat

    Uncover the mystery
      Fight through the streets of 1960's America as you uncover the declassified truth behind mankind's first enemy invasion.

    Be the field leader
      Formulate the plan of action, execute well-timed ambushes and flank your attackers to obliterate the threat.

    Tactical Combat
      Enter Battle Focus to slow down time and execute your next move, commanding your squad with a variety of tactical actions.

    No second chances
      Pay the price for mistakes - permadeath will make you value your squad mates more than ever, and make losing one of them all the more painful.

    Strategic reflexes
      Turn an enemy misstep into your strategic advantage. Give tactical commands on the fly to outsmart the enemy and make split-second decisions to save the lives of your squad.

    Customization that counts
      Train each of your squad mates into unique specializations, allowing for a dynamic combination of skills to compliment your play style.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • Intel Core i series processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 15 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • AMD HD4870 / NVIDIA 8800GT or better
  • Keyboard and 3 button mouse or Logitech Dual Analog Stick Gamepad
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and is now available for purchase. Learn more at the links below.

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Eschalon: Book III Launches For RPG Lovers On February 14
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Basilisk Games has announced that Eschalon: Book III is expected to launch on Macintosh, Windows, and Linux platforms on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2014. The final title in the old school fantasy RPG series gives players the chance to answer questions about four powerful gemstones and the clouded past of the protagonist.

“The last game of the Eschalon trilogy is in the final stages of development now and is expected to wrap up in time for next Valentine's Day” said Thomas Riegsecker, CEO of Basilisk Games. “It is really an exciting time for us to see this project finished, and for everyone waiting to see how the trilogy comes to a close.”

On February 14 the game will be immediately available, worldwide and DRM-free, through our website at http://basiliskgames.com. Eschalon: Book III was recently approved through Steam's Greenlight service and will be available on most major distribution portals on or shortly after its worldwide Valentine's Day release.

Basilisk Games is expected to begin semi-public Beta Testing of Eschalon: Book III in early January 2014 for fans who want to help balance the game before its release. More information on the beta test program will be posted on the website at http://basiliskgames.com in the coming weeks.

About Eschalon: Book III

Eschalon: Book III is the final game in the award-winning Eschalon RPG series, following Book I's release in 2007 and Book II's release in 2010. The Eschalon RPG series features sprawling, open-ended game worlds and almost unlimited character development options. Book III brings the series to a climatic end as you seek to uncover the mystery of four powerful gemstones and your clouded past. No experience with either of the first two games is needed to enjoy this final chapter in the Eschalon saga. More information on the game can be found online at: http://basiliskgames.com/eschalon-book-iii

About Basilisk Games

Founded in 2005, Basilisk Games is an independent game developer located just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. The company's mission is to produce compelling old-school computer role-playing games for gamers who still remember what great computer RPGs used to be about: "Single-player. Turn-based. Stat heavy. Story driven." Visit Basilisk Games online at: http://basiliskgames.com

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Luxuria Superbia Blooms At MGS
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Luxuria Superbia from Tale of Tales is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The indie title provides a "colorful, musical journey made to fill you with joy," and features dynamic music by Walter Hus that "responds to your every touch."

Luxuria Superbia is a colorful, musical journey made to fill you with joy. Exciting designs explode from your touch as you glide through playful stylized flowers. It's all about the experience and the interaction.

Designed by Michael Samyn & Auriea Harvey with music by Walter Hus.

There’s twelve flower-like tunnels and a garden with a temple.
In the garden, you select a flower by turning the dial.
When you complete a flower the next one is unlocked.

A flower always starts out colorless.
But when you touch it, color fills the tunnel.
Stay in the glowing flower as long as possible!

Play slowly and gently to get a high score.
Just pushing through as fast as you can will result in failure.
The game wants you to take it easy and be playful.

The blush you cause to a flower imbues the garden too.
For each flower, there’s a column in the temple.
Time spent in a blooming flower makes its column grow.
The garden starts blank, just like the tunnels.
But over several journeys, it flourishes with color.

Bring color to the flowers, bring joy and beauty to the garden!

Features:

  • Stimulating fun that brings you an experience of joy and happiness.
  • Dynamic music by Walter Hus responds to your every touch.
  • Playful, sensual interaction with lush colorful levels.
  • The game engages with you –alone or with a friend– as an encouraging partner.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1 GHZ Intel Mac
  • 500 MB RAM
  • 400 MB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Other: Best played with a gamepad. Configured by default for XBox 360 controller. Adjust input configuration on startup for other models. Can be controlled through one or two gamepads (local co-op).
Luxuria Superbia is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Last Knight Rides Forth
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Plug In Digital's Last Knight is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The game is a fusion of platforming, action-packed riding, and ragdoll physics driven jousting set in a randomly generated world. In story mode players control a squire hoping to prove himself by saving the kingdom, while other modes allow you to explore never ending worlds filled with riches and dangers.

Last Knight is a unique genre mix that combines platforming, action-packed riding and ragdoll physics driven jousting! It is fast-paced action in a never ending randomly generated Unreal Engine powered fantasy world!

The story mode put it's player in control of a squire on its way of becoming a knight. But before he can prove himself, events of epic proportions make him the last hope for the kingdom! On his heroic adventure he will have to fight the horned bucket heads and oversized hungry creatures. He will have to get through a wide range of dangerous environments as well as his own Knightmares.

But beside the story there is much more. Various game modes let you adventure through always different never ending generated worlds filled with riches and dangers. On your journeys you will also find quests that will take each of the characters on different missions in the hunt for fame and glory as well as gold and chivalry. Gold can be spent on fancy power ups, while chivalry can unlock world bending mutators and different view modes like the intense first person view. Cutting-edge features like a fully dynamic randomized weather system and a collision system that can alter basically everything of the world geometry make this game even more over the top.

Features:

  • A full-fledged adventure in the story mode
  • Randomly generated world in the different infinity modes
  • Wide range of different fantasy environments
  • Quests and rewards system
  • Cutting edge graphics archived with the Unreal Engine
  • Unique Power ups and other special unlock-ables
  • Customization with different characters
  • Dynamic weather system
  • Ragdoll physics feedback
  • Impacts alter and deform the world
  • 3rd Person, First Person and Bird's Eye view modes
  • World Mutators and Body Mutators
Last Knight is available now for $5.99 (USD).

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The Walking Dead 9 To 5 Bundle Available
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Mac Game Store has introduced a new game bundle available for purchase. The Walking Dead 9 to 5 Bundle includes The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: 400 Days, and the upcoming The Walking Dead: Season 2.

The Walking Dead is a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.

The Walking Dead: 400 Days chronicles the horrific aftermath of the undead outbreak through the eyes of five new characters as they struggle to survive the first 400 days of the apocalypse. Playable in any order, the five connected short stories are centered in and around a Georgia truck stop, where players will be thrust into horrifying situations that will test their morals and control the flow of the story through their decisions and actions.

The Walking Dead: Season Two continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in a world gone mad.

Many months have passed since the events seen in Season One of The Walking Dead, and Clementine is searching for safety. But what can an ordinary child do to stay alive when the living can be just as bad – and sometimes worse – than the dead? As Clementine, you will be tested by situations and dilemmas that will test your morals and your instinct for survival. Your decisions and actions will change the story around you, in this sequel to 2012’s Game of the Year.

The Walking Dead 9 to 5 Bundle is available now for $24.95 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Previewed6:00 AM
Garfield Kart Racing Soon At Mac Game Store6:00 AM
Infinite Space 3: Sea Of Stars Screens & Art Released6:00 AM
Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords Conquers MGS6:00 AM
 
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