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IMG Previews World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games' Ted Bade has posted a new preview of Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming expansion for its popular fantasy MMO World of Warcraft. Scheduled for a November 11 release Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion for the game, will send players to Draenor "at a pivotal moment in history to fight against and alongside legends from Warcraft’s brutal past."

Here's an excerpt:

Your garrison becomes an alternative home base for you. It has a flight point, an Inn, a command center, and various profession and other vendors, and all the stuff of a small town. You get a special hearthstone that brings you back to your garrison. This is in addition to the normal one you can set to whatever place makes the most sense for what you are doing. You’ll need to get back to your garrison on occasion, to continue the building process as well as to turn in certain quests.

Another method of gaining resources for yourself and your garrison revolves around finding certain NPCs that work for you. What is pretty cool about these followers is that when they are sent out on a mission they go off and do it without your help, beyond selecting a follower and sending them on their way. If they succeed, you get the rewards for completing the mission. This usually includes both resources for your garrison and some item for you. The gaming skill required here is to look at what the mission is about and determine which of your followers is best suited to succeed at completing the mission. Obviously, early on, with only one follower, there isn’t much choice. But there are a number of followers to gain, which you can see listed in the follower window (they remain “greyed out” until you gain them).
Check out the full review at the link below.

IMG Preview: WoW Warlords Of Draenor
World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor



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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 16 comments

Beamdog and Wizards of The Coast announced at PAX during the weekend that pre-orders have begun for Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure based in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

The Enhanced Edition will feature new kits and character classes, dozens of new items and spells, and restored quest material cut from the original game. The redesigned user interface features Zoom capabilities and a Quickloot Bar, among numerous other improvements. Up to six players will be able to simultaneously adventure in Icewind Dale with the new cross-platform multiplayer mode.

Evil is growing beneath the Spine of the World.

In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk. Beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides, you must confront an evil that schemes to wreak destruction upon the face of Faerûn. This is the world of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.

Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons game set in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms. This Enhanced Edition allows players to experience the epic adventure on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones, and includes a host of new features:

  • Swords and Sorcery: Discover dozens of new spells and items, including new magic armor and weapons.
  • Blackguards and Wizard Slayers: Select from over 30 new kits and classes to create the perfect adventuring party.
  • Bring A Friend: Join your fellow adventurers in cooperative, cross-platform multiplayer games.
  • See The Unseen: Explore quest content cut from the original game, now finished and restored.
  • More to Experience: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition includes both the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansion packs.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition release?

A: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has entered beta and will release "when it's ready" to ensure the best experience for players, likely within a month.

Q: What specific enhancements does Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition offer over the original game?

A: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition features the following enhancements:

  • Six expanded quests, featuring content cut from the original game
  • 60 new items
  • Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansions
  • 31 new class and kit combinations from Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, well as the half-orc playable race
  • 122 new spells carried over from Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
  • Cross-platform multiplayer
  • A new "Story Mode" difficulty setting to allow players to experience all of the story with none of the Game Over screens
  • Available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android
Q: What are the system requirements?

A: Mac:

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
  • Storage: 2 GB of hard drive space
Q: If I purchase on one platform, do I need to purchase the game on another?

A: With Steamplay, when you buy the game on Steam you can install it on Mac or Windows.

Buying from the iTunes App Store allows you to install and play the game on any of your iOS devices that meet the requirements, including iPad and iPhone devices.

Buying from Google Play allows you to install and play the game on any of your Android devices that meet the requirements.
Buying from Beamdog directly allows you to install and play the game on any Windows or Mac machine you own, provided that it meets the system requirements.

Q: Does the game come with DRM?

A: No, the game does not use any internal form of DRM. Beamdog requires a one-time activation during installation, but after that you can play the game offline or even transfer it to another computer you own for easy back-up. Steam, iTunes, and Google Play may have other requirements from the retailer.

Q: Can I import a Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition or Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition character?

A: No, you'll need to create a new character for your game in Icewind Dale. We have provided a collection of six custom-built pre-generated characters for your party to start, which you can either use or replace with your own creations.

Q: Is there any DLC for Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition?

A: There are no additional in-app purchases required to access all of the content in Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. Play the entire game with all its features, no matter what platform you're playing it on.

Q: What languages is Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition available in?

A: At launch, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will have support for English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Q: What do I get for pre-ordering?

A: In addition to an exclusive forum badge, you will be eligible for a chance to be selected to participate in the Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition beta. Once you have pre-ordered the game from Beamdog, fill out this form to enter the selection pool.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is currently in beta testing and will be released "when it's ready," which the developers hope will be within a month. It will be available for Mac, Windows, iPad, and Android tablets and phones. It will retail for $19.99 on desktop and is available for pre-order now.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition



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Portal 2 Comes To MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Mac Game Store has added Valve's Portal 2 first person action puzzler to its list of titles available for purchase and download. The game introduces a new cast of characters to the single player storyline, new puzzle elements, and a two player cooperative mode

Portal 2 draws from the award-winning formula of innovative gameplay, story, and music that earned the original Portal over 70 industry accolades and created a cult following.

The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game.

The game’s two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively.

Features:

  • Extensive single player: Featuring next generation gameplay and a wildly-engrossing story.
  • Complete two-person co-op: Multiplayer game featuring its own dedicated story, characters, and gameplay.
  • Advanced physics: Allows for the creation of a whole new range of interesting challenges, producing a much larger but not harder game.
  • Original music.
  • Massive sequel: The original Portal was named 2007's Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide.
  • Editing Tools: Portal 2 editing tools will be included.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 7.6 GB HD Space
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    • Intel HD Graphics 3000

  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Portal 2 is available now for $14.95 (USD), a 25% discount.

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Pick Up The Orange Box At Mac Game Store
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

The Orange Box bundle from Valve Software is available now for purchase at Mac Game Store. The collection includes five titles from the developer: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later
  • 1 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
The Orange Box is available now for $14.99 (USD), a 25% discount.

For more information check out the links below.elow.

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