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Crowntakers Released
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Kasedo Games has announced the release of Crowntakers, a new Strategy RPG now available at Mac Game Store. Developed by Bulwark Studios, Crowntakers offers players a medieval fantasy world powered by procedurally-generated environments and enemies to create a different adventure each time you play. Gamers must assemble a group of mercenaries and embark on a quest to banish evil from the world.

Dark times are imminent: the king’s abduction throws a once peaceful land into turmoil. Being the chosen one elected by the king himself through one of your dreams, you embark on an adventurous journey to free him from the hands of the evil duke and go down in history as the kingdom’s greatest hero. But time is of the essence…

Crowntakers combines turn-based strategy with RPG elements and takes you at the behest of the crown into a medieval fantasy world full of challenging encounters and epic adventures. With its randomly generated world, Crowntakers offers a varied gaming experience every time you set out to fight evil. As a hero on a mission, you’ll have to assemble a group of brave mercenaries to take on cruel enemies like barbarians, ferocious animals or deceitful thieves. Embark on challenging quests, gather vital resources and finally banish evil from the world.

Features:

  • Roguelike turn-based strategy meets RPG in a beautifully created fantasy world
  • On every game start the world is rebuilt with different environments and encounters; encouraging players to try different strategies
  • More than 4 diverse and procedural environments ranging from mountain passes to shadowy castles
  • Hire 9 individual mercenaries to take on bandits, wildlife and malevolent knights on a hexagonal battlefield. Utilise the unique class skills of the archer, wizard, scout and others
  • Gather resources, level-up your companions, collect mighty equipment and consume helpful potions to survive until your quest is complete
  • Alternative endings: will you save the king before the time runs out?
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • 1.5 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 GB HD Space
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4670
    • NVIDIA GeForce 320M
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Crowntakers is available now for $14.99 (USD).

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Rescue Team 4 Battles Disasters At MGS
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Alawar Entertainment's Rescue Team 4 is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The time management sim challenges players to rebuild damaged structures, save people from disasters, and stop oil leaks and chemical dumps before the area is ruined.

Mother Nature is no match for the courageous men and women of the Rescue Team in this exciting time management adventure! Use your planning skills to figure out the quickest way to remove obstacles, gather resources, and complete the tasks ahead of you. Rebuild houses and bridges, save people from natural disasters, and stop oil leaks and chemical dumps from ruining land and water. Planes, trains, and other awesome vehicles will be at your disposal to assist in the operations. Best of all: you can work quickly to earn stars or relax and play at your own pace! Either way, there are plenty of achievements to earn. So join the Rescue Team today, and become the hero the world needs!

Features:

  • Five settings
  • 63 levels
  • Four vehicles
  • Eight natural disasters
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1 GHz Intel Mac
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 120 MB HD Space
  • 64 MB VRAM
Rescue Team 4 is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Heroes Of The Storm Enters Beta In January 2015
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

An invitation only beta test will begin in January for Blizzard Entertainment's Heroes of the Storm. The upcoming multiplayer online battle arena title is planned as a free-to-play game and will feature heroes from the WarCraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises. The company also released a new feature trailer for the game, and revealed plans to give some Alpha testers the chance to invite their friends to play Heroes of the Storm as well.

We’ve very much enjoyed sharing the Technical Alpha with you, and your feedback over the past eight months has helped us make Heroes even more epic. Thank you, as always, to everyone who has shared their thoughts on the game with us thus far. We can’t wait to hear more from all of you as we move toward Closed Beta testing in January.

Speaking of Closed Beta, we’re still sending out new waves of testing invites regularly. Make sure to give yourself the best chance at receiving an invitation by opting in to Heroes of the Storm testing on your Battle.net Account Management's Beta Profile Settings page. Additionally, we recently unleashed two exciting new opportunities to join us in the Nexus through our Bring Your Friends to the Brawl Facebook App, and you can learn more about them here.

Learn more at the links below.

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Hearthstone: Goblins Vs. Gnomes Lands This December
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has revealed plans for a new addition to the company's online card game: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Announced at the company’s eighth BlizzCon gaming convention, Goblins vs Gnomes is the first expansion for the game and will introduce over 120 new goblin- and gnome-themed cards for players to add to their collections.

“Goblins vs Gnomes is going to turn Hearthstone on its head,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “It introduces a ton of new cards with all-new options for decks and strategies, and we can’t wait to see all the crazy combinations players come up with.”

Goblins vs Gnomes immerses Hearthstone players in an epic rivalry between goblin engineers and their gnomish counterparts. Though wildly brilliant, these pint-size tinkerers don’t always have the upper hand on the mechanical contraptions they create, and the results can be wonderfully unpredictable. The new cards coming in the expansion are filled with wild and wacky inventions as well as some faces that will be familiar to World of Warcraft® and Hearthstone players.

Coming this December to PC and iPad®, Goblins vs Gnomes card packs will be winnable in the game’s Arena mode and purchasable with in-game gold or real-money at the same price as standard card packs. Specific details on launch timing will be announced in the weeks ahead.

To take a peek at the latest schematics and read up on all things Goblins vs Gnomes for Windows, Mac, and iPad, visit www.playhearthstone.com.

Head over to the link below for more.

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StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void - New Website, Beta Sign-Up
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, the upcoming continuation of the popular sci-fi RTS series. In addition to a new website the company is also offering interested players the chance to sign-up for beta testing. Legacy of the Void will follow the exploits of Hierarch Artanis as he prepares to liberate his homeworld of Aiur from the Zerg swarm before confronting the ancient evil Amon.

RECLAIM YOUR HOMEWORLD

You are Hierarch Artanis, leader of the mighty protoss race. Years ago, your homeworld of Aiur fell to the merciless zerg Swarm. Now, at long last, you have raised a powerful fleet of warships known as the Golden Armada, and are poised to reclaim your world. But an ancient evil—Amon—threatens this destiny and the fate of the entire galaxy. Only you can reunite the protoss factions and defeat the coming darkness before it consumes all life in the sector.

ARTANIS

When the First Contact War ended, Aiur had been conquered by the zerg Swarm. The protoss stood on the brink of oblivion, at risk of seeing their civilization disappear entirely. It was Artanis, a young executor, who prevented a bloody civil war and guided both the Khalai and Nerazim factions through the chaos of the Brood War. Now, with the Golden Armada at his command, he intends to take back Aiur and prepare his people for the final battle against an ancient and indomitable enemy.

SPEAR OF ADUN

In the early, glorious days of protoss civilization, the Conclave built magnificent arkships, self-sustaining vessels capable of supporting protoss culture through its most desperate times. Armed with legendary warriors and knowledge of aeons past, the Spear of Adun will be Hierarch Artanis's flagship in the fight against Amon.

NEW MULTIPLAYER FEATURES

    Automated Tournaments - Daily Competition

    Come prove your might against participants from around the world in no-holds-barred tournaments that run once per day at specific times. Entries are open to players of all skill levels. Sign up, survive the elimination rounds, and face off against the best for ultimate dominance!

    Archon Mode - Two Player Single Base Control

    Two heads are better than one: you and an ally share control over a single base to battle against two enemies in multiplayer action. Learn basic tactics from a seasoned veteran or amplify the power of a burgeoning all-star. Embody the spirit of the Archon and merge together to become a greater, unified force.

    Allied Commanders - Objective Based Co-Op

    Join the battle with a friend in an open-ended cooperative experience. Choose a powerful commander from your favorite race and fight in diverse scenarios with dynamic, campaign-style objectives. Level up your commander to gain access to new units, abilities, and customization options for your army. The time is now. The theater of war awaits, commander.

Check out the pages below for more information.

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Blizzard Reveals Overwatch
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 16 comments

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced its upcoming new game, set in an entirely new universe. Overwatch will offer "pick-up-and-play" first person shooter action, and feature a cast of new heroes for players to meet. Set on a technologically advanced future Earth the game will put players in charge of an international task force struggling to return peace to a war torn world.

“Overwatch is our take on a vibrant, near-future universe with amped-up characters and action-packed team-based gameplay,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With every new Blizzard game, we look at our favorite aspects of a genre and put our own spin on things. Our goal with Overwatch is to create an awesome FPS experience that’s more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love.”

In front of a live crowd of more than 25,000 BlizzCon® attendees and an expected online audience numbering in the millions, Blizzard Entertainment today announced Overwatch™, a pick-up-and-play first-person shooter featuring an amazing cast of heroes and set in an all-new Blizzard game universe.

The action of Overwatch takes place in a technologically advanced, highly stylized future earth. In a time of global crisis, an international task force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities known as Overwatch had come together to restore peace to a war-torn world. After many years, the group’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Overwatch might be gone now . . . but the world still needs heroes.

With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Overwatch brings Blizzard’s signature easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Harnessing the power of their hero of choice, players will join forces in teams of six and battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid. Every battlefield is iconic and built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.

The heroes of Overwatch each bring their own distinct weapons and superabilities to bear. Here’s just a glimpse of the numerous heroes that will ultimately fill Overwatch’s rosters:

  • Tracer, a former British test pilot who shrugs at danger, can execute impossible acrobatic assaults thanks to her ability to teleport, drop energy bombs, and even reverse time.
  • Reinhardt, a hulking German soldier in battle armor, can charge great distances and pin his enemies to a wall or slam the ground with his rocket hammer to knock them off their feet.
  • Hanzo, a bow-wielding Japanese mercenary, has the ability to scale walls with his bare hands, fire off a tracking device that illuminates nearby enemies for his team, and unleash a huge spirit dragon that does grievous damage to all enemies in its path.
  • Symmetra, an Indian architech, manipulates light and energy to shield her allies and damage her enemies—and she can turn the tide of any battle by building a device that instantly transports her teammates to the front lines.
While each hero represents a formidable force on their own, players can amplify their potential by assembling into a well-balanced team and creatively combining powers. No matter which hero or playstyle they prefer, players will be able to team up and accomplish the incredible in Overwatch.

At BlizzCon, Overwatch was fully playable and running on 600 PCs, and attendees there were the first in the world to play it. Gamers at the show were able to select from a current roster of 12 playable heroes and go 6v6 against each other, capturing or defending points and attacking or delivering payloads across three wildly different maps. New heroes and maps will continually be added to the game as development progresses, and beta testing will begin in 2015.

Learn more about Overwatch, including all of the heroes and maps revealed at BlizzCon, and sign up to participate in the upcoming beta test at the official website. Further details about the game will be announced there in the months ahead.

Click over to the site below for more details and a chance to sign up for beta testing.

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Mac Gamer HQ Takes The MacBook Air For A Spin With Grid 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Mac Gamer HQ has kicked off a new video series focusing on the gaming potential of the MacBook Air. The debut video shows how well the slim portable computer handles Feral Interactive's Grid 2 racing sim.

As always, the video is Gameplay only (no commentary), except that instead of using my default Mac Pro, I used my 13-inch, Mid 2013 MacBook Air. I recorded the first video of the series last night while playing Feral Interactive‘s Grid 2.

Obviously, the official Grid 2 Mac Gameplay Video looks better and gives you a better idea of how good the game can look on Mac OS X. But with this video, I don’t want to show off the best possible graphics, but show you how well a tiny MacBook Air can handle a demanding game.

Check out the full video and article explanation at the link below.

Mac Gamer HQ: Running Grid 2 On A MacBook Air
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Save Up To 50% During Anuman Adventure Week
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It's Anuman Adventure Week at Mac Game Store and eager shoppers can save up to 50% on a variety of Anuman Interactive's adventure titles. The popular titles on offer include Atlantis: The New World, Dracula Resurrection, Egypt: The Heliopolis Prophecy, and Syberia.

Check out all the great deals at the links below.

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Mac Games News for Monday, November 10, 2014

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Combat Mission: Black Sea Announced12:35 PM
Knights And Merchants HD Comes To Mac Game Store12:35 PM
Mac Game Store Goes Back To Bed12:35 PM
Tropico 5: Join Venture Released12:35 PM
Valve Complete Pack Available At MGS12:35 PM
 
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