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AI War: Fleet Command Major Update & Expansion August 18
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Arcen Games has announced an August 18 release for version 8.0 of its space combat strategy title AI War: Fleet Command as well as the game's sixth expansion: Destroyer of Worlds. In addition to the hefty changes and additions included in the new version the expansion will offer Nomad Planets, The Exodian Blade alternate win scenario, 8 new AI types, a new Encapsulated map style, 4 new bonus ship types, and 2 new AI Guardian types.

Version 8.0:

What's new this go-round? Well, the release notes from version 7.0 to 8.0 are over 29,000 words long. It's quite a lot!

Here are a few key changes:

  • Linux support comes to AI War!
  • Hacking is now a primary resource, seen up on the top bar. There are also new forms of hacking.
  • Crystal, on the other hand, has been removed from the game. All metal now, baby. (There were many detailed discussions about the need for this with fans).
  • Tons of refinement has been made to how the AI manages its resources and how it reacts to various things that you do.
  • An entirely new way of playing with Champions has been added -- a free new feature for a previous expansion!
  • Spirecraft, Golems, and Warheads have all been rebalanced.
  • AI Carriers now work entirely differently; they pass damage to the ships within themselves, among other changes.
  • Turret caps have been revised heavily, so that their main lines are now per-planet caps rather than global, which allows you to better defend on multiple fronts.
  • And a whooole bunch of other stuff.
Destroyer of Worlds

From the game-changing Nomad Planets to the mysterious Exodian Blade, “Destroyer of Worlds” brings a new level of devastation to the epic AI War universe. Dare you use weapons that threaten the structure of the galaxy itself?

Features Added In The Expansion:

  • Nomad Planets introduces dynamic topology to AI War for the first time, giving the player new challenges and opportunities beyond the previously-static wormhole network.
  • One of the Nomads also holds a secret weapon of truly dire power (that gives the expansion its title, hint hint).
  • The Exodian Blade is a powerful alternate way-to-win, but getting there is a multi-stage journey with a great deal of desperate fighting once things get going.
  • 8 new AI types, from the humorous/annoying “Kite Flier” and “Cowardly” to the monomaniacal “Starship Fanatic” to the aptly named “Brutal”. There’s also “Mime”. Never trust mimes.
  • A new “Encapsulated” map style.
  • 4 new Bonus Ship Types, including the Neinzul Combat Carrier (with Beam Drones, Rail Drones, Spider Drones, and Grav Drones) and the Maw-gone-mad Powerslaver.
  • 2 new AI Guardian types, including the Combat Carrier Guardian (so humans don’t get to have all the ludicrous-drone fun).
  • A new “Preemption” optional AI Plot that lets the AI start taking more direct action against you from the start.
  • 29 more minutes of awesome music from Pablo Vega!
Head over to the links below to learn more.

AI War: Fleet Command 8.0 Trailer
AI War: Destroy Of Worlds
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Celebrate WoW's 10th Anniversary In November
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

November will mark the 10th anniversary of Blizzard Entertainment's fantasy MMO juggernaut World of Warcraft. To celebrate the achievement the company will be offering a few in-game events and items to its devoted players. Some of the anniversary fun will include a Tarren Mill vs. Southshore themed Battleground, a special 40 player Raid Finder version of Molten Core for max-level players, and a new pet: the Molten Corgi.

Tarren Mill vs. Southshore: The Rematch

If you engaged in PvP early on in WoW, you might have fond memories of—and perhaps a few scars from—the endless tug-of-war between Horde and Alliance players at Tarren Mill and Southshore. To recapture that feeling, we’ll be opening a Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on that timeless struggle. However, unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, there will be a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat.

Molten Core Gets Boosted

Molten Core provided many WoW players with their first taste of WoW raiding. For the anniversary celebration, max-level players will be able to participate in a special 40-player Raid Finder version to relive the experience of hunting down Ragnaros and his minions within his fiery lair. Downing the Firelord will earn you an Achievement and a special Core Hound mount reward (fireproof leg armor not included).


Anyone who logs in during the 10-year anniversary event will also be able to claim a feisty, fiery new pet: the Molten Corgi! Just think of the corgi-parade potential when you and your friends summon these wee waddling balls of fire for a walk.

Learn more at the links below.

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Save Your Dog In Afternoon Hero
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An IMG reader has informed us of the recently released Afternoon Hero. The old school platformer for Mac, iOS, Android, OUYA and FireTV puts players in the role of a hero hoping to save his dog from kidnappers. Using simple controls players will need to determine the best strategy for defeating each challenge using both platforming skills and arcade beat'em up agility.

What if one afternoon your dog was kidnapped? Would you save him?

Of course you would!

Afternoon hero is a short and sweet old school platformer for Android, iOS, Mac, OUYA and FireTV.

You play as the blond hair hero who is set out to save his dog from a gang of punks.

The controls are simple enough: Left, right and jump.

However every challange is a unique hand tailored challange you need to find the right strategy to overcome.

The game combines both a platformer “1 hit to die” style and boss fights with more beat em up style.

Check out the link below for more information.

Afternoon Hero

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Gridlock Offers Shape Blasting Action
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Ludometrics has announced the release of Gridlock. The abstract geometry shooter "harkens back to a time when games were about beating your own high-score and also about shooting abstract shapes." Players take control of four gun emplacements which can only move around the edge of a fixed grid. To succeed they will need to blast the lethal geometric shapes emerging from the center of the grid before they reach the guns.

Gridlock is an arena-based shooter that sees you take control of four gun turrets. In the middle of the grid, a variety of abstract yet lethal geometric shapes emerge which will destroy your turrets. Unless, of course, you can shoot the shapes first. Game over comes when/if all your turrets are destroyed.

Gridlock harkens back to a time when games were about beating your own high-score and also about shooting abstract shapes. Nothing more, nothing less.

Gridlock costs $1.99, and is available now for Mac, PC, OUYA, and GameStick.


Mac Games News for Monday, August 11, 2014

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Unrest At Mac Game Store6:00 AM
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