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Rayman Origins Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Feral Interactive has released Rayman Origins for Mac. Designed and directed by Rayman’s original creator Michel Ancel and published by Ubisoft for PC and consoles, Rayman Origins brings back the spirited 2D platforming of Rayman’s celebrated first adventure.

“Rayman Origins is a beautifully balanced game, both welcoming and challenging.” said said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “Players will need to explore every inch of the world and push their platforming skills to the limit to uncover the game’s biggest secrets.”

Meet the new crazy.

Rayman returns in a magical adventure that brings back the spirited 2D platforming of his celebrated first outing. When a invasion of nightmarish monsters threatens the peace and tranquility of The Glade of Dreams, it’s up to the limbless legend to rescue his idyllic home.

Push your platforming skills to the limit as you jump, swim, wall-run and hover through fantastical locations including underwater labyrinths, electrified stormclouds and the fiery stomach of a dragon chef. Dive into the adventure as Rayman and his friends with shared-screen co-operative play for up to four players.

Features:

  • Designed and directed by series creator Michel Ancel, Rayman Origins takes its cues from the 2D platforming that made the original game such a beloved classic.
  • Vine-swing through lush jungles, ride geysers across mystical mountains and bongo-bounce over deserts of musical instruments.
  • Fling Rayman’s telescopic fists at a menagerie of monsters including fire-breathing chili peppers, grumpy zombie grannies and the prickly Psychlops.
  • Master magical moves including speedy wall-running and “HairlyCopter” gliding, then use them to discover new paths, bonus collectibles and hidden secrets.
  • Put your heroic moves to the test in epic boss battles as you evade the jaws of a carnivorous plant, outwit a deep-sea leviathan and dismantle an immense stone golem.
  • Fly through sprawling levels on the back of a giant “Moskito”, sucking up airborne enemies and spitting them out as missiles.
  • Explore a wonderfully weird world brought to life with vivid, hand-drawn cartoon visuals and sparkling animations bursting with personality.
  • Save the world solo or team up with friends! Play as Rayman, his slap-happy bes
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • 1.5 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 3 GB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4670
    • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    • Intel HD Graphics
Rayman Origins is available now for $19.99 (USD).

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Project Eternity Becomes Pillars Of Eternity
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Obsidian Entertainment has revealed the official name for its Kickstarter funded Project Eternity RPG is Pillars of Eternity. To showcase the name the company has released a gameplay teaser trailer, a new logo, and an improved site for those who backed the Kickstarter campaign.

What is Eternity?

Eternity aims to recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPG's that we enjoyed making - and playing. At Obsidian, we have the people responsible for many of those classic games and we want to bring those games back… and that’s why we’re here - we need your help to make it a reality!
Eternity will take the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment.

Races

Choose to play as one of the six playable races: Human, Aumaua, Dwarf, Elf, Godlike, and Orlan. Whether you're playing a stout Dwarf, a towering Aumaua, or one of the otherworldly Godlike, Eternity's plethora of playable races scratch every role-playing itch you may have and allow for deep character customization.

Classes

We give you a range of options, and a range of character slots – it’s up to you what heroes and villains you want to make. Choose to play as one of the eleven unique classes, some familiar, some indigenous to the world of Eternity: sprint into the fray as a frenzied Barbarian, expand and master the multitude of spells in your Wizard's grimoires, use the Paladin's commands, auras, and flames of devotion to rally your party, or invoke the powerful ancestral memories of lost souls as a Chanter.

Spells and Abilities

Eternity's world is filled with living and lost souls. They bring the spark of awareness and memory to mortals, but they also hold a wealth of power for individuals who unlock their hidden potential. Druids can learn the mysteries of nature spirits to shift their bodies into animalistic forms. Rangers forge lifelong soul bonds with their animal companions to heighten their abilities and link them for life. By meditating on intense physical pain, Monks focus spiritual energy they can redirect into the world through their weapons -- or bare hands. The enigmatic Ciphers link their minds to the souls of allies and enemies to produce an array of devastating effects.

Locations

Eternity's environments are brimming with life: majestic waterfalls with great sprays of mist, rivers and lakes that raise and lower, weather effects like fog, rain, and lightning, and a day-night cycle to reflect the passage of time. Finding adventure and resolving quests are at the heart of Pillars of Eternity, but exploring the cities, dungeons, and wildernesses of the world is a rewarding adventure on its own.

Game System

Pillars of Eternity uses a custom rule system heavily inspired by classic and contemporary tabletop fantasy role-playing games. Its design strives to retain the spirit of traditional tabletop mechanics while taking advantage of the real-time processing power of personal computers. Players will recognize many familiar elements -- six attribute scores, many classic races and classes, discrete character levels, a roll-to-hit combat system, strength-based personal character inventories -- but the systems use seconds (and fractions of seconds) instead of rounds, a virtual "100-sided die" for more transparent combat mechanics, and the use of easily-understood formulas that would be difficult to calculate in a tabletop environment. The game's options are set up to show as much or as little of this information as players want, with separate difficulty settings for individual preferences players can toggle to their tastes.

Learn more at the link below.

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Shadowrun: Dragonfall Discussed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Game Informer recently posted a new interview with Harebrained Schemes executive producer Mitch Gitelman about the upcoming Shadowrun: Dragonfall. The Shadowrun Returns add-on will include a new campaign, a new city to explore, a variety of new weapons, new enemies to vanquish, improvements to the game editor, and the much in demand ability to save the game anywhere.

Beyond what we talked about above, what gameplay and technical features are changing in the new game?

In addition to the new story campaign and enhanced saved games functionality, Shadowrun: Dragonfall features enhancements and improvements to several character archetypes, new outfits, new character portraits, and new enemies - including new magical creatures. Plus, Dragonfall expands on and extends our game editor feature set, based upon feedback from the user-generated-content community, which allows for a host of new options for designers. These features appear in the Berlin campaign, and while they sound like relatively humble improvements, in a clever designer’s hands, they can have a powerful impact on the play experience - things like being able to keep track of objectives in the main game UI, exploding barrels, and the ability to enter keycodes and custom text strings in conversation.

What can you tell us about the storyline of the Berlin scenario? Who do you play? Who are some of the characters you meet? What sets it apart from the Dead Man’s Switch campaign?

Storywise, the Berlin campaign should provide a very different experience from the Seattle campaign. Where Dead Man’s Switch embroiled you in a noir-like mystery - a lone runner with a job to do - Dragonfall places you at the head a team of runners caught in a dangerous plot, and struggling to stay alive in a European city rife with conspiracy and intrigue. You’ll take jobs running against ruthless megacorporations, furthering the goals of shadowy factions with their own agendas, and coming face-to-face with some of the deadliest opponents the Shadowrun setting has to offer. 

Forty-two years ago, the Great Dragon Feuerschwinge was shot down over the SOX, an irradiated wasteland between Germany and France. This event - the Dragonfall - has been all but forgotten by the world at large. But now, the people of Berlin are about to receive a grim reminder of the past, and with it, one of the greatest threats of the Awakened world.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall will be released January 2014 for OS X, Windows, and Linux and will be free to Kickstarter backers.

Head over to the link below to read the entire article.

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The 9 To 5 Hasbro Mac Games Bundle Available
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Mac Game Store has introduced a new game bundle available for purchase. The 9 to 5 Hasbro Mac Games Bundle includes PopCap Games' Monopoly, Risk, and Scrabble for the low price of $9.95 (USD).

Monopoly

Build your fortune as you buy, sell and trade the world's most famous properties in MONOPOLY, the classic board game come to life.

Take a spin around the world's favorite board in this fantastic version for everyone to enjoy. Ride the Reading Railroad, build a house on Baltic Avenue, or buy up the entire neighborhood, including utilities. As you wheel and deal your way to the top you'll be able to Pass GO, take a Chance or head over to Community Chest. Remember to stay out of Jail. Are you ready to own it all?

Prove your skills as the ultimate deal maker in up to three levels of difficulty. Use shiny animated tokens and 3-D dice. Plus, with the customizable "House Rules", you'll be able to change up the challenge any way you like. Give it a shot because it's your turn to get rich!

Risk

Draft, attack, and fortify your way to saving the world in RISK for Mac, a fantastic electronic version of the classic strategy board game.

The world is at war and you are in command of the freedom army. Stop dictators and madmen from taking over the world as you lead your troops to victory across the globe in exciting strategy-based skirmishes. When the final battle is over, will freedom ring?

Find out as you enjoy the classic look and fun of RISK in an exciting new interactive experience. Play two ways as you strategize over the map and set out to stop advancing armies. Test your leadership against computer enemies or compete against friends in the Hotseat multiplayer mode. Use strategic thinking and tactical gambles to earn a host of achievements as you reclaim territory after territory. Lead your army to victory!

Scrabble

The fantastically fun crossword game is now specially designed for your Mac. Build words using letter tiles and enjoy quick, easy-to-learn controls and fantastic features. Play solo, compete with the computer, or challenge up to three friends in a Hot Seat challenge. Choose from a variety of game styles. Adjust the difficulty level when you play the computer. Track your best words and top scores, and chart your progress to become the best Scrabble player you can be.

Learn more at the link below.

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Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Sets Sail At MGS
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bitComposer's Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The arcade flight sim gives players the chance to play as either the U.S. Navy or Imperial Japanese Navy, taking command of a squadron of planes and participating in famous battles from the War in the Pacific.

True heroes know no bounds!

Experience top combat action in this brand new arcade flight sim and become immersed in the exploits of famous aircraft carriers. Choose the side you want to play on: the US Navy or the Imperial Japanese Navy. Climb into the cockpit and re-live the most famous battles of the War in the Pacific. Equip your aircraft with realistic weapons, and take to the air with your squadron.

Get ready for breathtaking air battles over the Pacific!

Features:

  • Experience the history of an aircraft carrier first hand! Master thrilling missions that focus on gigantic warships and their captains.
  • Take command of entire squadrons! Instead of controlling just one airplane, you can control all of the planes in your squadron.
  • Experience the most famous battles of the War in the Pacific! Place yourself in the middle of major battles such as Midway, Pearl Harbor, and Wake Island.
  • Gaming enjoyment without end! Master the campaigns alone or prove your pilot skills in 4 different multiplayer modes.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • 1.1 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2 GB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers is available now for $19.99 (USD).

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The Race Begins For Garfield Kart
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Anuman Interactive's Garfield Kart is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The kart racer gives players the chance to take the wheel as a character from the popular Garfield comic strip, even the fat cat himself. Garfield Kart features 16 different circuits, 8 playable characters, cross platform online multiplayer or local multiplayer, 3 game modes, and 3 difficulty levels.

What character do you want to play with? Garfield, Odie, Jon, Nermal... you choose! Take part in no-holds-barred crazy races in either multiplayer mode or against the computer!

Challenge your friends whatever platform they're on (mobile, tablet, PC, Mac, etc...) thanks to the CROSSPLATFORM multiplayer mode!

Use your best driving skills and the bonus objects to be first across the finish line! But watch out... it's a free-for-all out there!

Features:

  • 16 DIFFERENT CIRCUITS — stunning 3D environments from the world of Garfield (Garfield's neighborhood, the city, the Mally supermarket, the sunny farm, the misty docks, the oasis, the dark manor house, etc.)
  • 8 CHARACTERS — Garfield, Odie, Jon, Nermal, Arlene, Liz, Harry and Squeak.
  • ONLINE MULTIPLAYER MODE and LOCAL MODE: invite your friends and take on up to 5 opponents! Multiply the mayhem!
  • CROSSPLATFORM multiplayer mode — challenge your friends on any device! All they need is the game!
  • Use your DRIVING skills (skids, mini jumps, shortcuts)
  • 8 BONUSES for some crazy attacks and defenses (Exploding Diamonds, Lasagnas, Pies, Magic Wand, Pillow, Bewitching Perfume, Flying Saucers)
  • 3 GAME MODES: Grand Prix / Single Race / Time Trial
  • 3 DIFFICULTY LEVELS: 50cc, 100 cc and 150 cc
  • DAILY CHALLENGE: Try out a new challenge every day!
  • CUSTOMIZE your characters with tons of hoods and accessories
Buy Garfield Kart now for $9.99 (USD).

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UoC Black Turn: Operation Barbarossa 1941 Released
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Matrix Games and 2X2 Games have released Unity of Command: Black Turn - Operation Barbarossa 1941, a new DLC for Unity of Command which serves as a prequel to the main game. In Black Turn players relive the first steps of Operation Barbarossa, the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany.

In Unity of Command, wargamers went through the 1942 “Case Blue” campaign, when the German Army was driving into Southern Russia and faced its fate at Stalingrad. The Red Turn expansion brought us to Operation Citadel and the battle of Kursk. But every story has a beginning: in Unity of Command – Black Turn, player will relive the first steps of “Operation Barbarossa”, the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany.

This prequel DLC, whose events happen prior to "Stalingrad Campaign", completes the Eastern Front story as told by "Unity of Command". Take control of the Wehrmacht and its allies in Operation Barbarossa, from the dramatic early victories all the way to ignominious defeat at the gates of Moscow.

Campaign extends into what-if territory, pitting the Wehrmacht against extreme odds. Separate Soviet scenarios, about the two winter offensives which brought the Nazis to a halt. New early-war units, including Axis allies from Romania, Hungary, Italy, Finland and Slovakia

Developed by 2x2 Games, this Turn-Based strategy game features the story of the 1941 Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, in 13 suspenseful scenarios (11 historical plus two further what-if scenarios if Moscow is captured). The game uses the well-known engine and gameplay of Unity of Command, with aggressive AI, an innovative supply system and excellent modding options.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 150 MB HD Space
  • Requires Unity of Command to play
Black Turn is available now for $8.99 (USD), 10% off the regular price.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Coming April 4
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

ZeniMax Online Studios has announced an April 4 release date for the upcoming MMO adaptation of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls universe. To celebrate the The Elder Scrolls Online announcement the company also rolled out a new trailer and a message from Game Director Matt Firor.

Game development is coming along very well. We completed major systems development, and are focusing on making this the Elder Scrolls game you expect: polishing the hundreds and hundreds of hours of content, making combat even more fun and responsive, fixing quest issues, and much, much more. In fact, we plan on spending the next few months before launch reacting to the latest feedback from internal and external testers and gameplay data we have collected.

As some of you know, we’ve been in beta testing for about a year now, leading up to our most recent test in late November where we had over 300,000 people in the game over a 48 hour period. We’ve had approximately 4 million people sign up for beta and that number continues to grow. We hope that just about every one of you who have signed up for beta will get an invitation to play sometime between now and the weeks before launch. These tests are very important, not only for gameplay feedback, but also to test our infrastructure. Beta tests can sometimes be a little rough when we are testing some systems for the first time with large numbers of players. So thank you to all who have participated for your understanding and support. It is very much appreciated.

Worldwide demand for The Elder Scrolls Online is extraordinarily high. This means we need to do a staggered rollout of the different versions of the game to spread out the initial service load and ensure an enjoyable, smooth gameplay experience. It is not only a game we are launching – it is a large online service as well, and our number one priority is to ensure a trouble-free, stable rollout for everyone.

The Elder Scrolls Online will launch for Mac and Windows PCs on April 4, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will go live in June.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, December 12, 2013

Elijah Wood And Wil Wheaton Lend Voices To Broken Age6:00 AM
F1 2013 Delayed Until Next Year6:00 AM
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