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Pre-Order OOTP Baseball 15 And Enter To Win An iPad Air
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

OOTP Developments has begun accepting pre-orders for Out of the Park Baseball 15, the latest entry in the company's long-running series of baseball management games. OOTP 15's new features include: support for 3D ballparks, as well as 3D in-game ball flight; seven real international leagues, including Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; a new ratings system; and a revamped interface. Those who pre-order the game will be entered in a drawing to win a variety of prizes including a 64 GB iPad Air.

"Every year we make OOTP even more immersive than before, and OOTP 15 takes a huge leap forward with support for 3D ballparks," said lead developer and lifelong baseball fan Markus Heinsohn. "We can't wait for our great community to come up with plenty of custom 3D ballpark models, so everyone will be able to admire the flight of a Jackie Robinson home run in Ebbets Field, or a ball smashed off Fenway Park's Green Monster for a looooong single by David Ortiz."

Pre-Order Details

Now through February 15, 2014, everyone who pre-orders OOTP 15 at the discounted price of $34.99 will be entered in a drawing to win one of these great prizes:

  • The choice of a 64GB iPad Air, a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, or a $700 Amazon gift card
  • One of three $100 Amazon gift cards
  • One of three opportunities to become immortal by being included in the game as a prospect in the 2014 major league first-year player draft
Everyone who pre-orders OOTP 15, including those who do so after the February 15 giveaway, will also get the game three days before its April release and will receive a free OOTP 15 Steam key. The price will rise to $39.99 on February 16.

OOTP 15's full list of new and improved features include:

2014 Opening Day Major League Roster Set

OOTP 15's 2014 roster set includes all Opening Day major league team rosters, as well as the complete minor league system down to the rookie leagues. OOTP 15 also features the Venezuelan and Dominican summer leagues for the first time. All major league (and certain minor league) player ratings are based on Baseball Prospectus' industry-leading player forecasting system PECOTA. The thousands of remaining minor league players are carefully rated by hand by our established research team.

3D Ballpark Support and 3D In-Game Ball Flight

OOTP 15 is the first step toward visualizing full 3D action on the field. Players can import 3D ballparks saved in the popular Collada (.dae) format, and the included ballpark editor lets them properly overlay the ball location diagram used by the game's simulation engine, including adjustment of wall heights, foul territory, and so forth.

The result is a new optional in-game view that renders realistic 3D ball flight in the stadium model. Future versions of OOTP will build on this 3D engine and will eventually feature thrilling 3D animations of on-field play. Exciting times are ahead!

Additional Real International Leagues

OOTP 15 includes seven new international leagues that add thousands of real players, including stats and carefully adjusted ratings, to your baseball game experience. Several league settings have been tweaked or added (for example, a free agent posting system) so the game can model league interactions in a realistic manner. OOTP 15 features these international leagues:

  • Japan (including one minor league)
  • Korea (including one minor league)
  • Taiwan (including one minor league)
  • Mexico
  • Cuba
  • The Netherlands
  • Italy
Each league is available as a template, so players can choose which ones they want to include in their OOTP baseball universe. They can scout the next superstar from overseas and watch grizzled veterans leave the US for playing time in other countries (Manny Ramirez, anyone?). Those ex-major leaguers may even eventually attempt a comeback in the US leagues.

Or players can try a totally different experience by managing a team in a small European league.

New Ratings System

In previous versions of OOTP, the player ratings were absolute numbers based on the hidden internal player ratings. The problem with this approach was that players didn't know if a 60/100 power rating was actually above or below league average. OOTP 15 introduces a new optional rating system that calculates average player ratings for all positions at the start of the season and then displays player ratings throughout the game in relation to those averages. So, for example, a 60/100 power rating is actually above the league average (which is always 50 in the 1-100 rating scale) - by one standard deviation, to be exact.

A Revamped Interface

OOTP 15's interface features an extensive overhaul, starting with a default design for widescreen resolutions (16:9 or 16:10), instead of the 4:3 ratio used in the past. This results in a cleaner look with more room for statistics and other information. The graphic design team also reworked the menus and added tooltips to most menus and buttons, so beginners will find the game easier to navigate.

In addition, the Manager Home, League Scores, League and Game Setup, and other screens have been overhauled, and there are new screens that take advantage of the multi-league baseball universes made possible by the addition of real international leagues. Those new screens feature all the news, scores, schedules, stats, and more from around a game world.

Historical League Improvements

OOTP 15 makes it much easier to create the historical league many players have always dreamed about. The league creation wizard has been completely redesigned and offers new functionality - for example, it's easy to set up a historical league with teams from different eras, or create a fictional league with a specific historical player pool.

More League Options

OOTP 15 also includes useful settings like minor league service time roster limits, options to limit contract lengths, spring training length customization, and more.

But Wait, There's More

And as in years past, OOTP 15 offers a lengthy list of other new features, including:

  • Enhanced player history tracking (yearly salary, 2nd & 3rd place award finishes, grand slams, walk-off hits, 1-hitters, and other game performances)
  • The ability to offer jobs to coaches and scouts while those jobs are still occupied
  • Reworked team control options
  • Teams may retire uniform numbers
  • Improved news stories and in-game play-by-play
  • Improved online league functionality
  • Improved AI throughout the game
  • Improved first-year player draft and negotiation
  • Almost every other area of the game will be tweaked and improved
  • Even more surprise features that will be revealed before the game ships
iOOTP Baseball 2014 for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) is currently in development for release in April too. OOTP Developments will reveal its new features in February. The oft-requested Android version is in development too, but a release timeframe has not been set.
Learn more at the links below.

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Blackguards Now At MGS
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Daedalic Entertainment's turn-based RPG Blackguards is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. Set in the universe of The Dark Eye, Blackguards puts players in the role of a convicted murderer leading a team of outcasts and criminals who are the world's last hope of survival.

What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor, but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards, a new turn-based strategy RPG, explores this very question. You will discover over 180 unique hex-based battlegrounds within a dark and mature story of crime, drugs, and murder.

Play as a warrior, mage or hunter and customize your character's skills as you see fit. The challenging campaign delivers a story of doubt, treason and loss. You decide the course of the story at key turning points and determine its outcome.

Features:

  • More than 180 unique battlemaps provide ever-evolving and novel challenges.
  • Make sure you have plenty of snacks, as this dark fantasy adventure has 40+ hours of exciting play time.
  • Lead up to five characters in your party to glorious victory or devastating defeat.
  • Enjoy enchanting hand drawn backdrops. They're beautiful even when your party members get their asses handed to them.
  • Your choice of spells, skills and abilities determine your battlefield tactics. Aggressive? Defensive? Tactical? It's your call how to tackle each challenging encounter!
  • Use interactive objects like bee hives or barrels to your advantage in combat, or blow yourself up by carrying a torch into flammable swamp gas.
  • Dish out some serious damage with 40 special abilities and more than 90 spells... or find yourself on the other end and get obliterated.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 1.8 GHz Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 26 GB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
Blackguards is available now for $35.99 (USD), 10% off the regular price.

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The Great Wall Begins Construction
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Nordcurrent's Building The Great Wall of China is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The time management game takes players on an epic journey across the Chinese Empire as they take charge of building the greatest structure known to mankind - The Great Wall of China.

Embark on an epic journey across the Chinese Empire and take charge of building the greatest structure known to mankind - The Great Wall of China - in this addictive time management game.

The Chinese Empire is in grave danger as the Nomads from the North threaten the wealth and prosperity of its lands. Kong Baotu, a smart and resourceful man, accepts the challenge to achieve the impossible. He commits himself to building the Great Wall that will protect China from the warlike barbarians. In return, he asks for permission to marry the Emperor's beautiful daughter, Fan Tanrui. Join Kong in his epic adventure! Help him save the Empire and marry Fan. Your journey will take you to the farthest reaches of China, through the emerald-green hills and treacherous rocky cliffs. In more than 40 levels, you will conquer the snowy mountain-peaks and cross the withering deserts. You will gather food and lumber, mine stone and iron, survive hurricanes and thunderstorms, all for the noble goal of completing the greatest building in the history of mankind – The Great Wall of China.

Features:

  • Build the Great Wall of China
  • 40 levels in 4 unique locations
  • Dynamic and fast-paced gameplay
  • Multitude of upgradable structures
  • A vast variety of resources and power-ups
  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Exciting mini-games
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 2 Ghz Intel Dual Core
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 148 MB HD Space
  • 32 MB RAM
Building The Great Wall of China is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Brainjogging For Kids At Mac Game Store
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Brainjogging for Kids from Application Systems is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. Designed for parents and children looking for family friendly gaming, BFK features a collection of games offering both challenge and fun.

Brainjogging reinvented for kids! With great attention to detail this game addresses children and parents looking for family friendly gaming fun and a great learning experience. You will find the funny setting on the Isle of Brains an ideal environment with comical fruit taking the role of the brain trainers. A collection of challenging games is waiting to be solved by clever kids.

The instructions for each game are clearly written but they are also read out by professional voice actors, so that children less experienced in reading will have easy access to the rules and objectives of the games. All games come with friendly ambient background music and sounds and if there is progress and success the fruity trainers have encouraging comments all the time.

A rich and creatively drawn gaming world and great fun games leave no room for getting bored. Each success is recorded. With four levels of difficulty players can choose what kind of challenge they want. Your choice from simple as a banana to lemon difficult will select just the right fruit to be your coach for a given game.

The games encourage different skills from counting small sets of numbers, calculation, logical thinking, eye-hand coordination to the talent of organisation. If all that sounds too easy for you then try switiching the game to German and play a round of Lexikong!

This game is great for children and parents if...

  • you are five years or older.
  • you are keen to expand the minds of your children.
  • you are an adult nut nevertheless interested in funny puzzles to kill some time.
  • you want to train your comprehensive skills in an entertaining way.
This game is not for you if...
  • you are looking for screaming action.
  • you want to shoot at things or blow them up.
Features:
  • Detailed graphics and fun animations
  • Easy to use with spoken instructions
  • Training games and island marathon
  • Eight games each with four levels of difficulty
  • Tips for better results
  • Up to four player accounts
  • Online leaderboard
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 350 MB HD Space
  • 64 MB VRAM
Brainjogging for Kids is available now for $4.99 (USD).

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Control Command Escape Reviews Broken Age, Act One
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Control Command Escape recently posted a new review of Double Fine's Kickstarter funded Broken Age Act One. The game follows the parallel lives of a boy and girl who will face unique challenges and encounter adventure along the way.

The very first screen presents an interesting conceit: there are two main characters, Shay and Vella, and you can play them in parallel. There's no lead-in narrative to either storyline, you simply pick one of them and discover their world for yourself. You can switch between the two at any moment, although the game only hints at this possibility via an icon that's tucked away, and it's not clear from the outset how the two storylines are related.

Indeed, the two storylines barely intertwine for the most part (although there's absolutely a moment when you realise just how brilliantly they do, and thankfully the game lets you figure that out on your own), with Vella's story concerning her attempt to put an end to a ritual sacrifice, and Shay's attempt to break free of his "mother"'s over-protective nature.

Head over to the page below for the full review.

Control Command Escape: Broken Age Review
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Mac Gamer HQ Features Tomb Raider Gameplay Video
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Mac Gamer HQ has posted a new gameplay video of Feral Interactive's Tomb Raider. Currently available on the Mac App Store and scheduled to release elsewhere on January 30, the game serves as the series reboot that tells the story of how a young woman becomes the extraordinary Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

A survivor is born.

When a young Lara Croft is shipwrecked on an uncharted island, she enters a fight for survival armed with nothing but her instincts. Help Lara perfect her natural gifts as she embarks on a perilous journey to save her friends and escape the island’s murderous inhabitants.

Scavenge vital resources, upgrade Lara’s gear and improve her exploration, combat and survival skills to fight back against vicious enemies. Jump and climb through dense forests, treacherous mountains and WWII bunkers to discover how an ordinary young woman became Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

Check out the video at the page linked below.

Mac Gamer HQ: Tomb Raider Gameplay
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Mac Games News for Monday, January 27, 2014

Hearts Of Iron IV Rolls Out In 20156:00 AM
Pre-Order Tomb Raider & DLC Collection Now6:00 AM
Runemaster Announced6:00 AM
The Stars Give Voice To The Elder Scrolls Online6:00 AM
 
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