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Wasteland 2 Blasts From The Past
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Over 25 years after the original game debuted, inXile Entertainment has released Wasteland 2. The sequel to Wasteland brings to life an alternate future history where America is just beginning to stir from the radioactive aftermath of a deadly nuclear holocaust that took place in 1998. Players must take command of an inexperienced squad of Desert Rangers – the only law left in the Arizona wastes – and set out across the treacherous landscape to help the last remaining remnants of humanity in their struggle for survival against hordes of bandits, criminals, mutants, cultists and worse – much worse.

Brian Fargo of inXile Entertainment said:
“I’m very proud of the final game and the fine work the team at inXile did on Wasteland 2. It’s been one helluva journey over the last few years, with this game being one of the biggest RPGs I have worked on to date and certainly the most detailed. We estimate a solid 70 hours+ of gameplay and, even at that, you will miss much of the content on your first play-through by virtue of the depth of the design. It's difficult to express just how re-playable it is.  Areas, options and story lines are continually opened up and closed off based on your actions, making it almost impossible to play the same game twice. It's going to be quite entertaining for us to hear people describe their contrasting experiences online.”

Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! After 2.5 years in development and with the help of over 70,000 Kickstarter backers, the Wasteland's hellish landscape is now waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying.

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG and the inspiration behind the Fallout series. Until Wasteland, no other CRPG had ever allowed players to control and command individual party members for tactical purposes or given them the chance to make moral choices that would directly affect the world around them. Wasteland was a pioneer in multi-path problem solving, dripping in choice and consequence and eschewing the typical one-key-per-lock puzzle solving methods of its peers, in favor of putting the power into players’ hands to advance based on their own particular play style.

The Wasteland series impressive and innovative lineage has been preserved at its very core, but modernized for the fans of today with Wasteland 2. Immerse yourself in turn-based tactical combat that will test the very limits of your strategy skills as you fight to survive a desolate world where brute strength alone isn’t enough to save you. Deck out your Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone and get ready for maximum destruction with the RPG-style character advancement and customization that made the first Wasteland so brutal. Save an ally from certain death or let them perish – the choice is yours, but so are the consequences.

Features:

  • A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic.
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format.
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Don't feel like finding the key for a door? Why not try a Rocket Launcher! Basically the same thing... right?
  • Enhanced Classic RPG Game Play: Classic RPG game play ideas updated with modern design philosophies.
  • Decision Making... with Consequences: With both short and long term reactivity to the players choices, every decision matters in the outcome of the story.
  • Huge & Customizable: Dozens of hours of game. Hundreds of characters. Thousands of variations on your Rangers' appearance. Over 150 weapons. Dozens of skills. Even the UI can be customized.
  • Steam Features: Wasteland 2 supports Cloud Saving so you can sync your saves across multiple computers!
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Mac
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 30 GB HD Space
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 5670
    • NVIDIA GeForce 320M
    • Intel HD Graphics
The Deluxe Edition also includes:
  • A free copy of The Bard's Tale.
  • Three digital novellas set in The Wasteland world.
Wasteland 2 is available now for $39.99 (USD), while the Digital Deluxe Edition costs $59.99 (USD).

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Russian Front Available Now At MGS
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Russian Front from Hunted Cow Studios Ltd is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The strategy game takes players to the Russian Front at a pivotal moment in World War II. Players will get the chance to participate in one long 108 turn campaign, or in four shorter operations spanning 16 turns.

Russian Front is our most ambitious strategy game yet, an operational-level game with a wider scope than any of our previous titles. The battle for the Russian Front was a pivotal moment in World War 2, and this game gives it the scale it deserves.

Experience grand strategy across the entire theatre of the Eastern Front; the military conflict that many consider to be the iconic attacker/defender scenario. Command massive armies at your fingertips, in this fully 3D turn-based simulation of one of the largest military campaigns in history, playable as both Germans and Russians.

Start in the early days of Operation Barbarossa and follow the German invasion of Russia through to its ultimate failure. Or start later in the war and jump straight into the Russian counter push to Berlin. A massive 108 turn campaign will take you from the opening stages to a final, overwhelming Russian offensive. Four shorter Operations, spanning 16 turns each, take place from June to December of each year and offer a more condensed experience.

The bitter weather on the Eastern Front was as much a danger as the opposing forces, and the game reflects this with a seasonal cycle that has a profound effect on your tactics as you struggle to hold out through the vicious Winter until reinforcements arrive in Summer. Players must also deal with fog of war effects, and will be able to cut off their opponent's supply lines, while making sure their own stay secure.

Features:

  • Play the colossal 108 turn campaign, or pick from 4 other points in history to start from.
  • Large 3D map representing the entire Eastern Front; stretching from Berlin to Stalingrad.
  • Play as both the Soviet and German army, each with unique tanks, vehicles and uniforms.
  • 4 Historical Operations: Barbarossa, Case Blue, Citadel and Bagration.
  • Real historical Corps and Armies from several countries.
  • Strategically reinforce units in vital locations.
  • Selectable difficulty to tailor your experience to your play style.
  • Hours of Gameplay.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • 2.4 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 GB HD Space
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    • Intel HD Graphics
  • Internet connection required for activation
Russian Front is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut Launched
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Harebrained Schemes has announced the release of Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut, a stand alone game based on an expansion for Shadowrun: Returns. The Director's Cut includes new features, missions, and art. It is free to all original Kickstarter backers and owners of the Dragonfall expansion, and $14.99 for newcomers.

For all of you existing Dragonfall DLC owners and Shadowrun Returns Backers, the Director’s Cut should now automagically* be present in your Steam, GoG or Humble library. You’ve been great supporters to our small studio and you’ve already bought the game once - we didn’t think you should have to buy it a second time. So here’s the latest and greatest version of the game for free. You guys rock!

Only one small request in return: If you like the game, please tell all your RPG-playing friends about it! And share the trailer! This is our biggest Shadowrun game yet, and we think that makes it the definitive Shadowrun RPG experience on PCs. It’s the perfect opportunity for existing fans and newcomers alike to get in on the action. The Director’s Cut (Windows/Mac/Linux) is available on Steam, GoG, and Humble for $14.99.

Lastly, since I have a public platform for it right now: A HUGE, huge thank you to the rest of the Shadowrun dev team here, both past and present. I know each one of you has put a ton of passion, time, and talent into this game and it’s really paid off. I’ve never been more proud of our work, and of our contribution to the world of Shadowrun. And... we’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: Thank YOU, backers and fans, for your continued and constructive feedback, for always helping us get the word out, and for making the last two years of Shadowrun development possible. It's been an amazing experience and a wild ride.

Learn more at the link below.

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Spacecom Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

11 bit studios, developer of games such as This War of Mine and the Anomaly series, has announced the release of Spacecom. The star fleet command game has a heavy focus on multiplayer and favors those with a grasp of tactics and strategy. Spacecom allows up to six players per campaign.

A strategic-to-the-bone, starfleet command game with a heavy focus on multiplayer. Spacecom is a battle of strategists in which deception, smart movement, and choices to battle decide victory or defeat.

No coincidence, no luck. Spacecom pushes your ability to strategize with a focus on real-time tactics and planning. Use proven maneuvers learned from military legends or devise your own plans. Dominate your enemies in planetary systems with up to six players per campaign. Most of all, you'll need a bright mind, cunning, and sound tactics.

When the war begins, leave the little things behind and dive into austere soundscapes as you immerse yourself in starfleet command. From now on, what matters is your grasp of tactics and strategy, not how fast you can click. Spacecom is about creativity in planning, not complexity of game mechanics.

If you'd like to learn more about the game follow the link below.

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Screenshots Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

2K and Firaxis Games have released some new screenshots for Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, a new science fiction-themed entry in the award-winning Civilization franchise currently in development at Firaxis for Windows-based PCs. The game will also be coming to Mac and Linux via Aspyr Media. Scheduled for release this fall, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will send players on an expedition from Earth to lead their people into a new frontier to explore and colonize an alien planet, and create a new civilization.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will propel the development of human civilization beyond the traditional timeline of a Civilization game, by exploring humanity’s future on an alien world. For the first time, players will lead factions divided by contrasting cultures and evolve their new civilizations to reflect their chosen destiny. Players will experience an array of new gameplay possibilities, including nonlinear technological progression, deeper customization of chosen factions, and an entire alien world that will change the very identity of each faction based on their choices.

“Having celebrated its 23rd anniversary last year, Civilization has cemented its reputation as one of the greatest and longest running franchises in video game history,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth builds upon that success by pushing the series in new directions with players exploring an unknown future on an alien planet.”

“The Civ team was excited about the opportunity to continue the story of Civilization into the future, because it allows the team to break free of historical context,” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. “We’ve always let our fans create the history of mankind, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future.”

Key features of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth include:

  • Seed the Adventure: Players will establish a cultural identity, select a leader and sponsor an expedition by assembling the spacecraft, cargo and colonists through a series of choices that directly impact starting conditions when arriving on the new alien planet.
  • Alien World: Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources and hostile lifeforms unlike those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for their people.
  • New Technology Web: Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future, technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The tech web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
  • New Quest System: Quests are infused with fiction about the planet, and will help guide players through a series of side missions that will aid in the collection of resources, upgrading units, and advancing through the game.
  • New Orbital Layer: Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is not yet rated by the ESRB, and will be available for Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs in North America this fall for $49.99.

To check out the screenshots visit Worthplaying at the link below.

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Tropico 5 Stages A Coup At MGS
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Kalypso Media's Tropico 5 is available now for purchase at Mac Game Store. The next instalment of the dictatorial city-builder series was developed by Haemimont Studios and gives players the chance to start their reign during colonial times and maintain control beyond the 21st century.

Return to the remote island nation of Tropico in the next installment of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular ‘dictator sim’ series. Expand your Dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century, facing an all-new set of challenges, including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research, exploration and for the first time in Tropico history – cooperative and competitive MULTIPLAYER for up to 4 players.

Features:

  • The Eras - Start your reign during colonial times, survive the World Wars and the Great Depression, be a dictator during the Cold War, and advance your country to modern times and beyond. From the 19th century to the 21st, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities.
  • The Dynasty - Each member of El Presidente’s extended family is present on the island and may be appointed as a ruler, a manager, an ambassador or a general. Invest in the members of your Dynasty to unlock new traits and turn them into your most valuable assets.
  • Research and Renovate - Advance your nation by discovering new buildings, technologies and resources. Renovate your old buildings to more efficient modern buildings.
  • Advanced trade system and trade fleet - Amass a global trade fleet and use your ships to secure trade routes to neighboring islands or world superpowers, both for export and import.
  • Explore your island - Discover what lies beyond the fog of war. Find valuable resource deposits and explore the ruins of ancient civilizations.
  • All new art - All artwork has been re-designed from scratch to provide Tropico 5 with a unique visual identity. Choose from over 100 buildings from each of the individual eras.
  • Cooperative and competitive multiplayer – Up to 4 players can build up their own cities and economies on any given island map. Players can choose to share resources, supplies and population or declare war on each other.
Requirements:
    Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 2 GHz Quad Core Intel Mac
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Tropico 5 can be pre-ordered now for $35.99 (USD), 10% off the regular price.

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Pandora: Eclipse Of Nashira Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Slitherine and Proxy-Studios have announced the release of Pandora: Eclipse of Nashira. The expansion to the sci-fi 4X turn-based strategy game introduces a new faction, covert warfare, deployable minefields, and the chance to expand beyond coastlines.

The world of Pandora, mankind’s new hope, was already a dangerous place for the human colonists. A hostile environment where vile alien creatures roamed the land and these did not welcome the human visitor. As if all these hazards were not enough, Pandora has now become an even more dangerous place. As the sun grows dark, a new enemy species reaches the surface of this hostile world, rising up from the depths of Pandora and a new human faction joins the competition for the planet’s dominance.

In order to cope with these new enemies, players need to use new features to their advantage. The new diplomacy and intelligence options allow them to better cooperate in times of need, or harass a potential enemy before hostilities break out officially. Players have also been given new defensive mechanisms, such as the ability to drop mines from orbit in order to disrupt enemy formations. For the first time in Pandora, players will also be able expand beyond their land into the sea, in order to look for those precious resources that will give them an edge over their foes.

Learn more about the game at the link below.

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Telepath Tactics Composer Interviewed
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Sinister Design's Craig Stern recently posted a new interview with Ryan Richko, the composer for the company's upcoming Telepath Tactics. Set in the world of the Telepath RPG universe, the turn-based multiplayer tactics game will feature support for up to six players in hotseat mode, a new art style, redesigned UI, and a new combat engine.

What first attracted you to working on Telepath Tactics?

I’m a HUGE fan of role playing games (RPGs). I grew up with video games in the 80’s when Nintendo first came out. My first RPG was Final Fantasy. It changed my life. I was so drawn into the story, music, and tactical gameplay. It was really fascinating. To this day, my favorite series is Final Fantasy and I continue to play RPGs almost exclusively. So naturally, when I saw an opportunity to score a game like Telepath Tactics, (which reminded me of Final Fantasy Tactics) I was pretty excited. It seemed surreal to be able to score a game that so closely resembles the joy of my childhood. Telepath Tactics has so many new gameplay features never seen before in a tactical RPG which makes it unique and interesting. Also the developer was from my hometown of Chicago. =P

How do you think scoring music for a game differs from scoring for film?

It’s completely different, in most cases. Every project is unique. Some games/films require a unique perspective on scoring. And most developers/directors have a clear idea of what they want and how they want to do it. In a general sense though, scoring for games is harder in my opinion. You have to be a lot more musical, memorable, and keep the player engaged at all times. Not to mention the songs have to loop seamlessly. In film, there are only special moments to bring out great music with a wonderful melody. But if you overdo it, the film will be ruined. You never want to be bigger than the characters. You’re only accenting whats happening on screen. In games you can really go all out and I love that!

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