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Friday, June 21, 2002

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Avernum 3 Released
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software recently sent word that Avernum 3 has been released. A title that hearkens back to the days of old-school RPGs, Avernum 3 continues the Avernum series' retelling of Spiderweb's classic Exile games, but with many new features:

Spiderweb Software, a maker of fantasy role-playing games for Windows and Macintosh, announces the release of Avernum 3, the final game in the Avernum trilogy. Avernum 3 features an enormous scenario, with well over 100 towns, villages and dungeons. There is a fascinating story and a dynamic world which changes as time passes. Refugees move from town to town. People die. If nothing is done, towns will crumble into dust.
Avernum 3 features an open-ended gameplay mechanic that gives players great freedom in influencing the game world. Players can choose to be heroes or merchants, caring or indifferent, all of which will effect the game's direction.

Plenty of Mac gamers should be able to run this title as well, due to its low system requirements, which include a PowerPC Mac, 16MB RAM, and 16 bit color. It currently runs in OS X only under Classic mode, but an OS X native version is currently planned for a late Summer 2002 release.

More information on this title, including screenshots and a downloadable demo, are available at Spiderweb's official Avernum 3 website.

Avernum 3
Spiderweb Software
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Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness Trailer at Gamespy
12:32 PM | Daniel Meissner | Comment on this story has released a trailer of the much anticipated new chapter of the Tomb Raider series, Angel of Darkness. It is available for download now at their FilePlanet servers, and is just under 30 MB in size and in a QuickTime compatible mpeg format.

The trailer starts off in a highly cinematic series of cut scenes of the highest quality. Mixed with the movie quality sound score, it introduces you to Laura the Anti-Hero vs the adventure gal we all know and love. As if this was not cool enough, it then jumps into a series of game play shots that are quite exciting. Apart from the standard fare of death defying leaps, dual pistols blazing in protracted gun fights with SWAT teams, and other old school Laura goodness, it also exhibits the stealth aspects, and hand to hand combat. Most striking is Laura creeping up on some suit with a pistol and snapping his neck in a way that makes an old soldier like me just grin ear to ear.

This is just a limited highlight of the most impressive elements shown in the 2:30 clip. All of it has textures, rendering, and motion capture that far outpaces the fairly polished, but dated look of Last Revelation. So for those of you who thought Laura got into a graphic rut, no worries, she is new and improved. Unfortunately there is no news as to the possibilities of Laura's new adventure coming to the Mac, but keep checking here for further developments.

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Game Doctor 1.3.6 Released
9:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Today, Inside Mac Games released Game Doctor 1.3.6, the largest collection of hints, cheats, walkthroughs, and other game enhancements (called "prescriptions") available for the Macintosh.

Here are a few of the program's features:

  • Over 1000 prescriptions, with more to follow!
  • Over 100 game patches not available anywhere else.
  • More than ten prescription types, including:
  • Text prescriptions with embedded sounds, pictures, files, and Internet links.
  • Patch prescriptions that automatically locate and duplicate the target file.
  • Progressive Walkthrough prescriptions that use the Universal Hint System.
  • An open architecture that lets anyone create prescriptions using simple, intuitive editors.
  • Automatic compression for smaller prescription files.
  • Direct links to game publishers from within prescriptions.
  • Comprehensive online help and help balloons.
  • Commercial look and feel at a shareware price.

    Game Doctor is available either as a full download or, for those with slower Internet connections, as a smaller download without the strategy guides and walkthoughs. A Game Doctor registration is $10 and can be ordered through our online store. Game Doctor registration is also included if you subscribe to the MacGames CD.

    For current users of the program, a June '02 update is also available to grab and import into your current list of prescriptions. This update contains new prescriptions for many games, including:

  • 3D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride - Cheat Codes
  • Age Of Empires II: Gold - Cheat Codes
  • Age Of Empires II: Gold - Hints
  • Championship Manager 2000/2001 - Tips
  • Clive Barker's Undying - Walkthrough
  • Escape Velocity Nova - System Colors
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Walkthrough
  • Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 - Easter Eggs
  • Jeopardy! - Cheats
  • Jinni Zeala Pinball - Tips
  • King of Dragon Pass - FAQ
  • King of Dragon Pass - Tips
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Cheat Codes
  • Otto Matic - Strategy Guide
  • Physicus - Hints
  • Red Faction - Cheat Codes
  • Red Faction - Hints
  • Star Trek: Deep Space 9: The Fallen - Kira Walkthrough
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds - Cheat Codes
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 - Tips

    The June '02 update is only needed for users with an older version of Game Doctor. Those downloading the full version 1.3.6 will get all of these prescriptions included. Head over to our sister site MacGameFiles to begin downloading.

    Game Doctor June'02 Update
    Game Doctor 1.3.6

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    Unreal Tournament 2003 Status Update
    9:14 AM | Vern Xiong | Comment on this story

    Mark Rein from Epic Games Inc. jumped onto the Infogrames, Inc. forums yesterday to give a status update on upcoming Unreal Tournament 2003 for hte PC. He mainly talked about video card enhancements and also unveiled that some popular older cards will also work with UT 2003.

    Here's a little of what he said:

    Mark Rein: Performance optimizations are really coming under control nicely. When we originally announced UT2003 we were pretty sure that hardware T&L and 32-bit rendering would be must-have features just to get the game running. It turns out we might have been a little too conservative with this specification.

    Resident graphics wiz, Andrew Scheidecker, has cranked up graphics performance very nicely and hardware guru Daniel Vogel has somehow managed to get 16 bit working quite well and make the game run on low-end cards like TNT2 and even 3DFX's famous Voodoo3!

    While Unreal Tournament hasn't been announced for the Mac yet, there has been some indication that it eventually will be. If you would like to know more about what went on, go ahead and jump on over to the forum at Infogrames.

    Mark Rein at the Forums
    Digital Extremes
    Unreal Tournament 2003
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    IMG Reviews Rune: Halls of Valhalla
    7:13 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Rune: Halls of Valhalla, an expansion to the popular third-person Viking action game from Humanhead Stuidios. This standalone expansion for the popular Unreal Tournament-based Viking slasher was completed nearly six months ago, but was caught in a web of complications as the original publisher, Gathering of Developers, was sold to Take 2 Interactive. Take 2 decided not to publish Rune: HOV for the Mac, which paved the way for a company called Mercenary Studios to finally bring it to the Mac. The expansion pack was eventually released in April of 2002.

    So now that the wait is finally over, was it worth the wait? IMG's Patrick Leyden took Rune: HOV for a spin and checks in with his review.

    Here's a snippet from the article:

    HOV adds over 30 new maps that can be used in the original game’s multiplayer modes as well as the new game variations present in this multiplayer expansion. These maps are quite gorgeous, even though the Unreal Tournament graphics engine on which they are built has been in use for a few years. Halls of Valhalla also includes new 3D character models, which only add to the game’s impressive presentation.

    The true heart of HOV is the addition of two multiplayer game types: Arena and Headball. These new modes of play join the traditional deathmatch (called RuneMatch) and Team Game, which is also deathmatch-style. In Arena, one player faces off against another in single combat until there is one Viking left standing. Any other players not currently engaged in combat can practice their moves with other combatants in a virtual staging area. The 3rd person one-on-one combat is fast and can be disorienting at times. Some 3D shooter fans (myself included) will likely find it difficult to adjust to this style of play, but it is well executed nonetheless.

    Be sure to check out the rest of the review.

    IMG Review: Rune: Halls of Valhalla
    Mercenary Studios
    Human Head Studios
    Westlake Interactive
    Rune: Halls of Valhalla
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    Sacrifice 1.0.1 Released
    6:05 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    MacPlay has released the final version of the multiplayer patch for their 3D real-time strategy game Sacrifice. The 1.0.1 update brings Internet play through the popular GameRanger online service, adds LAN play, as well as other fixes.

    Here's a short list of changes:

  • Multiplayer support through GameRanger now active
  • Minor speed and stability improvements
  • LAN button is active for local network games
  • To download the 1.6 MB patch, be sure to head over to our sister site,

    IMG Review: Sacrifice
    Shiny Entertainment
    Sacrifice 1.0.1 (1.6 MB)
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    X-Plane Flight Planner Released for OS X
    6:00 AM | Daniel Meissner | Comment on this story

    More good news has been released for flight enthusiasts this week in the form of GoodWay, the popular flight planner for X-Plane, being made available for OS X users. The utility also ties in with the WeatherMe real-time weather utility. GoodWay allows you to plot out your course, set the important instruments for your flight plan, and compare your actual flight to the planned flight.

    As mentioned on the web site, GoodWay is brought to you by the persistent requests of devoted Mac using X-Plane fans.

    We're pleased to announce the release of the GoodWay flight planner application for Mac OS X. GoodWay was originally released on Windows and we received many requests from Mac users asking for a version for their platform. Since X-Plane's author has long been a strong Mac supporter, it seemed especially appropriate to create a Mac version of GoodWay. The arrival of GoodWay on the Mac marks the first time a powerful flight planner has been available to the Mac community.
    The site also mentions that they are looking into the feasibility of developing GoodWay for OS 9, so the classic users out there don't get left out.

    GoodWay Flight Planner for X-Plane
    Laminar Research
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    Harbinger a Possibility for the Mac?
    6:00 AM | Daniel Krechmer | Comment on this story

    Silverback, the developer of the game Harbinger, while at E3 talked about their desire to port this future PC release to the Mac side. Even on their web-site is the mention of a possibility for this port. Curious, we recently corresponded with both Silverback and their publisher Dreamcatcher Interactive to see if things had moved forward. Here's what Andy Muir, Lead Programmer at Silverback, had to say:

    I really don't know what Dreamcatcher's plans for the Macintosh are. From our end, we really want to bring Harbinger to the Mac. We have a really strong Mac programmer on staff, and the game has been designed and coded with a future Mac port in mind. That said: Dreamcatcher owns the rights to Harbinger, and the final call is theirs to make. The only thing I can promise is that we will do everything we can as developers to make Mac Harbinger happen.
    Recently Dreamcatcher announced two new games coming to the Mac, indicating their continued support for our beloved platform. When asked about Harbinger, Tara Reid of Dreamcatcher Interactive said they were still publishing on the PC side in November, but "as for the Mac platform, there are no plans for that at this time."

    Harbinger, an action/RPG with three character classes (a la Diablo), is set in a science fiction setting with a non-linear story. Here's the set-up from Silverback's web-site:

    The skies darken as Harbinger enters a solar system, dwarfing planets and leaving devastation in its wake. Entire civilizations are cleansed, planets eliminated. The majority of the survivors fill the ship’s work camps. Those less fortunate are released to the laboratories where vicious experiments eventually rid them of their sanity. But a few have escaped and formed an underground society deep within the forgotten levels of the behemoth. Equipped only with what they can scavenge, the denizens of the wastelands must resist the relentless patrols sent for them. A ship this size has many places to hide and much technology to exploit. The rest is up to you…
    We'll keep tabs on this and hope that plans crystalize, as Harbinger sounds like quite a bit of fun.

    Project Updates from Dreamcatcher Interactive
    Dreamcatcher Interactive

    Tiger's Eye Pub for OS X
    6:00 AM | Daniel Krechmer | Comment on this story

    KB Productions has finished Tiger's Eye Pub, a casino gambling game which runs natively in OS X. Featuring three games and a bartender you can chat with, and even beg for gambling cash.

    Here's the lowdown:

    Tiger's Eye Pub 1.0 is the first casino gambling game that runs natively on Mac OS X, Mac OS 7.x - 9.x, and Windows (coming soon). It features blackjack, roulette, and video poker, and a bar where you can saddle up to the stool and drink one - or a lot - down.
    Screenshots and the download are available at their web-site and Tiger's Eye Pub is shareware and registering will entitle you to good feelings and updates as they occur.

    Tiger's Eye Pub

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    Brad Custer: Gun For Hire
    6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    This week, Brad Custer's latest offering focuses on a title plenty of Mac gamers were buzzing about even before MacPlay's announcement regarding its intentions to publish it. Featuring mercenaries, terrorists, and lots of guns, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix was a natural choice for Custer to focus his latest efforts on:

    I was very excited when MacPlay made the official announcement that we would have this sequel, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, to play so I contacted them immediately for some art. This week's selection was created from the art they supplied and is simply titled, "Double Helix". I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
    "Double Helix" depicts serious-looking masked soldiers with big guns, which are generally a staple of any mercenary-themed FPS. Those interested in Custer's latest can find them at Custer's Desktops.

    IMG - Custer's Desktops
    Raven Software
    SoF II
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    Westlake Adds The Chosen One
    6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Once again Mac porting house Westlake Interactive has added a new title to their project status page. Yesterday the company updated its news page with the addition of a new project, codenamed "The Chosen One." According to Westlake, the title is in early development and will be available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.

    The IMG web forum is once again buzzing with activity as people try to guess what "The Chosen One" could be. Be sure to stop by our forum and check out some of the guesses people have been making.

    More information on the current status of this and other Westlake games, be sure to head over to the Westlake web site.

    Westlake Interactive
    Westlake's Project Status Page
    New Westlake Codename: The Chosen One

    Mac Games News for Thursday, June 20, 2002

    Bubble Trouble X: Getting Hooked Again Feature Posted11:23 AM
    JewelToy Updated to 1.2.111:17 AM
    Age of Empires II Networking Fix8:01 AM
    Another Proposal to Regulate Video Games Introduced6:00 AM
    ER-Sim Lets You Play Doctor6:00 AM
    Fix for Stronghold Sound Drop Out6:00 AM
    Game Salary Survey Posted6:00 AM
    IMG Giveaway: Altec Lansing 6216:00 AM
    Jedi Knight II Hits Alpha Status6:00 AM
    Omni Group Adds Five Projects to Games Page6:00 AM
    Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness Q&A6:00 AM
    Unofficial Guide to Connecting to RTCW 1.33 Servers6:00 AM
    WarCraft III First Impressions at Actiontrip6:00 AM
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