Skewered Perspective on MacPlay
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Skewered Perspective’s Dean Browell has reviewed the new MacPlay and the company’s current line of offerings, including Aliens vs Predator, Baldur’s Gate II, and Zork: Grand Inquisitor. Browell’s critique focuses on the games' relative merits, and he also has some positive observations about MacPlay’s present and future performance as a game publisher for the Mac:
MacPlay has bounced back from the dead with such a strong lineup, it's as if they were hardly gone at all. Granted there seemed to be a revolving door on the staff office for a while there this summer, but lately things have steadied. They started their return a year ago with Majesty and have been relatively prolific so far. Competition is good for gamers and good for the Mac industry in general, and MacPlay is certainly here to play hard. Just take a look at what MacPlay has announced for release in the next two quarters and see how fast the bar is being raised: Fighter Squadron, Icewind Dale, Heretic II, Hexen II, No One Lives Forever, Starfleet Command 2 and Aliens vs Predator 2.On the other hand, Browell also offers his first impressions on the not-quite-multiplayer Giants:Citizen Kabuto and Sacrifice. Although the entire article is generally positive, Browell doesn’t mince words when expressing his disappointment over the weak MP features of these two games, and why he’s not reviewing them:
Let me be clear: These games are not alike except for one major factor. Both advertise multiplayer, and both don't deliver it out of the box. You get a promise in paper, and maybe even some flecks of information on current beta patches from your gaming resources, but nothing yet. As such, I have no intention of outright reviewing these games, which any reasonable reviewer would label incomplete, until these gaping holes are filled.Still, he does award MacPlay an 8 out of 10 and his only real criticism of the publisher is their lack of a Freeverse-type board or card game.
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