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Friday, May 18, 2001
 
IMG at E3, Day Two
11:46 AM | Patrick Leyden | Comment on this story

The first official day of IMG's coverage of the Electronic Entertainment
Expo was about as hectic as one could possibly imagine. Microsoft's Xbox,
Sony's PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo GameCube all competed for the
spotlight on the show floor. Bungie's Halo was at a place of prominence at
Microsoft's booth, showing the game's extensive split-screen multiplayer
capabilities. The PlayStation 2 was showing a number of second-generation
titles, with Drakan 2 and Final Fantasy X among the most impressive of the
lot. Nintendo's PowerPC-based GameCube also had a strong showing with
jaw-dropping playable version of Star Wars: Rogue Leader and the new Wave
Race Jet Ski game.


Even with this onslaught of next-generation gaming consoles, there were
still many things at the show of interest to Mac gamers. The first order of
the day was a visit to MacSoft's meeting space. The company was talking
about their recent partnership with Take 2 Interactive that will result in
eight new titles coming to the Mac, including Tropico and Fly! II. MacSoft
was also showing the latest build of Master of Orion III for the Mac as well
as an early version of Civilization III.


Master of Orion III was a very impressive title and has quickly climbed to
the top of my personal must-have list. This is due in part to its
impressive user interface and enhanced gameplay elements when compared to
the previous MOO titles. Civilization III is shaping up to be a worthy
successor to this wildly successful strategy gaming franchise. Although the
game does not yet exist on the Macintosh, it ran very well and easily
eclipsed the previous Civ titles with its new features and its enhanced
graphics.


Peripheral maker Belkin was showing its new line of USB game controllers,
Nostromo. Although these gamepads and gaming mice only offer Mac
compatibility via Mac OS 9's InputSprocket software, the innovative
design of these devices make them definitely worth checking out. The company
also pledged to investigate adding complete Mac support for these devices if
the market warrants it.


Bioware had a minor presence on the show floor, but their demonstration of
their multiplayer role-playing game Neverwinter Nights was anything but
small. The team behind this fantasy adventure game is trying to take
computer role-playing games to the next level with beautiful graphics,
engrossing team-based game play and an almost ridiculous level of
customization features. When Neverwinter Nights is finally released for Mac,
Windows and Linux sometime near the end of 2001, expect it to raise the bar
for all future RPGs.


In addition to these events, the Inside Mac Games team also spoke with
representatives from Aspyr Media who have promised us some exciting
information about their upcoming plans very soon. Meetings still to come
with Westlake Interactive, Gathering of Developers and MacPlay mean that
there is sure to be lots of exciting news yet to come.

IMG's E3 2001 Coverage
E3 2001


Other Mac Games News for Friday, May 18, 2001

Omni to Show OS X Games at WWDC3:53 PM
E3: Firsthand Report on Myth III: The Wolf Age3:40 PM
E3: MacCentral on Apple at the Expo2:30 PM
E3: Glimpse of Stronghold2:10 PM
E3: Hardware Roundup From the Show Floor12:04 PM
IMG at E3, Day Two11:46 AM
E3: MOO3 Mac Dev Update, Promo Materials11:25 AM
E3: New Unreal II Images, Previews10:25 AM
Apple Lays Out WWDC Game Track10:09 AM
Cro-Mag Rally Updates for OS X9:49 AM
E3: Saitek, Logitech Unleash Flood of Controllers9:30 AM
E3: Bungie Fanfest Reports, Q&A8:57 AM
E3: Report on Blizzard Titles, Release Dates8:47 AM
E3: World War II Online Update, June 6 Release8:35 AM
E3: Warcraft III Trailer, Movies8:31 AM
 
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Mac Games News for Thursday, May 17, 2001

E3: Return to Castle Wolfenstein Site Launched4:19 PM
MacGamer Previews Civilization III4:19 PM
E3: New Myth III Images Revealed [Update]3:24 PM
E3: Images From The Expo, Part One3:06 PM
E3: Disney Unveils Mac-Friendly Lineup2:39 PM
E3: Tentative MacSoft Release Dates1:29 PM
Blizzard Patches Diablo, Warcraft II BNE1:07 PM
E3: Civilization III Sneak Preview, More From MacSoft12:54 PM
Vortex NG Updated to 1.0.3, Fixes Bugs12:24 PM
Classic Gaming Updates for OS X11:37 AM
Westlake To Port Deus Ex to PS210:58 AM
E3: Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II10:33 AM
E3: More Max Payne Movies, Images10:13 AM
Shadowbane Reveals Guild Halls10:02 AM
E3: Unreal II Preview and Interview9:58 AM
IMG Heads to E39:44 AM
Sound Blaster Update on UT, Deus Ex9:31 AM
Rune Multiplayer/Patch News9:27 AM
Westlake Lines Up the Releases9:25 AM
MacCentral Visits MacPlay8:52 AM
 
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