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Marathon: Resurrection Updated
10:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The folks behind Marathon: Resurrection, Team Unpfhorgiven, have released a new beta of their popular MOD for Unreal Tournament.

Marathon: Resurrection recreates the Marathon environment using the capabilities of Unreal Tournament's graphics engine to the fullest, complete with a full, 3D world and fully-animated 3D weapons. Marathon physics and gameplay have been recreated and enhanced where the team thought that the result would be improved gameplay.

The 1.1.1 update contains numerous bug fixes (too lengthy to mention here) and is a patch for b1.1 and will not work with the previous b1. Anyone wishing to use this patch must download the full b1.1.

Marathon: Resurrection is available for download from the M:R web site. The 1.1.1 patch will be released at 10 AM Pacific time.

Marathon: Resurrection web site
Marathon: Resurrection

IMG Reviews The Power Mac G4/867
12:21 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Today IMG has posted a review of the Power Macintosh G4/867. While not necessarily the fastest Mac on the block, the Power Mac G4/867 houses the fastest G4 processor currently available to the public. Couple this with the 2 MB L3 backside cache, a 4x AGP slot, and the DVD-burning Superdrive that comes with the standard package, and you have quite a powerhouse in your hands. Here's a snippet from Eddie Park's review:

After gaming for several months on my old G4/450, I was interested in seeing the performance jump on a system with almost double the processing speed, as well as seeing what the highly-touted GeForce 3 could do. I started with Quake 3 1.30, benching it in both OS 9.2.1 (Open GL 1.2.1) and OS 10.1 using the included demo. The results were very impressive all around, with scores of 80.9 fps in OS 9 and 82.6 fps in OS X at 1024x768 with max quality settings. Running in 640x480 bumped up the scores a little to 83.8 for OS 9 and 85 for OS X.

Just for kicks, I also ran tests at 1600x1200 just to see the results. Interestingly enough, OS 9 seems to soundly trump OS X at this resolution with max quality settings, yielding scores of 83.5 fps versus OS X's lesser score of 65.5 fps. Running at low quality settings, however, slid more in favor of OS X, with the latest OS achieving 99 fps vs. OS 9's 92.1 fps. Why it turned out like this I have no idea, though it should be pointed out that fps testing is by no means an exact science.

If you're in the market for a new Power Mac, be sure to check out the rest of the review.

Review: Apple Power Macintosh G4/867

Quake 1.0.3 for Mac OS X Released
11:05 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Axel Wefers of Fruitz of Dojo wrote in to tell us that he's released version 1.0.3 of his unofficial Quake for Mac OS X. Using id Software's readily available source code, Wefers has made Cocoa versions of Quake and QuakeWorld that support both software rendering and OpenGL rendering.

Here's a list of fixes in this update:

Fixed "dragging MOD folders onto the Quake icon". Was broken with

Enabled "Num. Lock" key.


Added functionality to the brightness slider at the options.

Added variable "vid_wait" to enable/disable VBL syncing [only in
fullscreen mode].


Fixed bug with loading skins in PCX format

Included a compiled version of Cheapo v2.61
If you're a fan of the classic Quake and are itching to play it on OS X, then check out the download. Source code is also available.

Quake 1.0.3 for Mac OS X
Fruitz Of Dojo

Sloppy Sokoban Released
10:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Sloppy Disk Software has released a new shareware version of Sokoban entitled Sloppy Sokoban.

The game is based off of the classic 80s Sokoban but adds detailed hand-drawn graphics, an original musical store, point-and-click play, up to 10,001 undos and redos, and a slew of levels, numbering in the hundreds all-told.

Give Sloppy Sokoban a try by clicking on the download link below.

Sloppy Disk Software

MacGamez Reviews Age of Empires II
10:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacGamez has posted a review of Bold's recently released RTS, Age of Empires II Gold. The review gives the game high marks, scoring 4.5 out of 5, describing it as a game that "brims with creative touches, visual delight and dramatic sequences of cause and effect."

Here's a snippet from the review:

To ensure you'll be able to effectively control your units, AoE II has an option to set a unit's stance, or attitude, which can be used in conjunction with specific orders. Stances include Aggressive, Defensive, and Stand Ground; unit orders are Follow, Patrol, and Guard. Troops set on "aggressive" will charge boldly into battle with all visible enemies, and keep fighting until overwhelmed. I've seen "aggressive" cavalry smash through a defensive line and wreak havoc on the enemy's infrastructure - a perfectly executed blitzkrieg. Perhaps most importantly, you can also control the facing and formation of units - lines, boxes and more.
For the rest of the review, be sure to head over to the MacGamez web site.

MacGamez's AOE II Gold Review
Bold Games
Ensemble Studios
Age of Empires II

X-Plane 6.06 Released
9:10 AM | Tim Morgan | Comment on this story

Laminar Research has released version 6.06 of their popular general-aviation sim, X-Plane. The new version adds a number of enhancements in flight modelling and joystick support that players have been asking for. Furthermore, custom cockpit art has been added to the SR-71 Blackbird, F-4 Phantom, and C-119 Packet.

Because of significant changes in the organization of the X-Plane folder, an upgrade is not available; X-Plane owners will have to re-download the full archive.

X-Plane is Laminar Research's highly-modular civillian avaiation sim. Along with offering players a broad variety of aircraft and helicopters (including military and civillian models), it also offers support for spacecraft and Mars flight.

X-Plane 6.06 Demo/Update

Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Red Faction Mac Goes Gold1:27 PM
Sacrifice Reaches Beta11:49 AM
IMG Previews Survivor11:28 AM
This Week's Otto Matic Quiz11:13 AM
Apple Talks Simulation9:51 AM
StarCraft & Brood War Updated for OS X9:15 AM
Heineman Says Myth III Nearly Done8:41 AM
Oni Editor Open-Sourced8:13 AM
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