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Monday, October 28, 2002



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Jedi Knight II, Clone Campaigns Shipping
11:12 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media's Amy Torres sends word this morning that two new Star Wars titles are now shipping for the Mac, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Clone Campaigns, the expansion to the real-time strategy title Galactic Battlegrounds. Both games have received much acclaim for their quality and are highly anticipated for fans of the Star Wars universe.

Jedi Knight II is a first/third person shooter which follows another adventure of Kyle Katarn as he struggles to regain his Jedi powers. A trailer of the game should be made available later today, with a demo also following sometime down the road. The system requirements are:

  • MacOS 9.1 or later (with virtual memory on)
  • MacOS X compatible, version 10.1 or later
  • G3 or G4 Processor at 400 MHz or faster
  • 128 MB of Memory (256 MB required for OS 9.1)
  • 4X CD-ROM (16X recommended)
  • Hard Drive, with 665 MB minimum free space
  • Hardware 3D Acceleration required (ATI Radeon/NVidia GeForce card)

Clone Campaigns adds many new features to the original Galactic Battlegrounds strategy, which was also based on the Age of Empires engine. Here are a few of the features:

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns features 14 original single-player combat scenarios, new civilizations, environments, vehicles, and more than 200 new units. By adding the expansion pack to Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, in both skirmish and multiplayer modes, players can mix and match civilizations from Attack of the Clones with those from the classic Star Wars universe.
For more on both titles, be sure to check out the Aspyr sites as well as IMG's previews.

IMG Preview: SWGB: Clone Campaigns
IMG Preview: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Aspyr Media
SWGB: Clone Campaigns
Westlake Interactive
Raven Software
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
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IMG Reviews Avalanche
1:52 PM | Michael Phillips | Comment on this story

Today, Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Dracosoft's shareware title, Avalanche. Written by Mathew Hoy, the review discusses that a game doesn't require volumetric fog to be enjoyable.

Here's a clip:

Avalanche has neither dazzling graphics or a brilliant score, preferring to feature easy-to-identify graphics and simple sound effects for clicking actions and explosions. I don't think the game needs either visual or aural frills to make it a great game - it is already quite fun.

If you were weaned on intensive, 3D games that push the graphic envelope and feature London Philharmonic scores, you would do well to look to companies like Blizzard Entertainment to provide your kicks and steer around Avalanche.

For those (like me) with older machines or for those (like me) who enjoy a game they can just pick up and jump into without having to read a whole lot or engage themselves in stories and plot lines, Avalanche is perfect. Try it out and be buried in the Avalanche today!

Be sure to check out the rest of the review.

Dracosoft
Avalanche
IMG Review: Avalanche



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Third Reich UT Mod to be Released Soon
10:30 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The World War II-based Unreal Tournament total modification, The Third Reich , which features objective-based game play and some beautiful 3D models and environments, is scheduled for released this Saturday. It was originally planned for released two days ago, but the team decided to make some last minute improvements:

Welcome back all, as you all may know this day is the day TTR was going to be released but we decided to postpone the release for one week. The reason behind this is simple: to provide you with an even better, more stable and more filled TTR. We're currently in the process of making advancements both in code and server-availability.
The Third Reich is looking very impressive and is sure to be a hit. It will be compatible with all versions of Unreal Tournament. For more information, and for more screenshots, follow the link below.

The Third Reich Website
Unreal Tournament
MacSoft
Westlake Interactive
Epic Games



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Dragon's Lair 3D Previewed
6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

PC.IGN has posted a preview of Dragonstone's upcoming 3D action game, Dragon's Lair 3D. The title is a remake of the classic 2D Dragon's Lair game that was created by Don Bluth, Rick Dyer, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy and Chris Stone and was the first full-animation laser-disc game. Here's a snippet of the preview:

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of creating the new title was its departure from the cell animation of the arcades. Moving this kind of artwork into 3D is no small feat. The style and detail that went into the original scenes were magnificent! Transfering them to a world built of polygons is no easy task. Yet Dragonstone and Ubi Soft have managed to do just that with good use of color and some very nicely modeled and textured characters.
Dragonstone is currently developing the title for multiple platforms, including the Mac and it will be published by Ubisoft. For more information on Dragon's Lair 3D, or to read the full preview, follow the appropriate links below.

Dragon's Lair Preview on ign.com
Ubisoft
Blue Byte
Dragon's Lair 3D
DragonStone Software



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Bugdom 2 Available on iDisk
6:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

.Mac users wanting to get their hands on Pangea Software's Bugdom 2 can now also download a copy from Apple's own iDisk.

Both the full and small demo versions of the game, sizing in at 132 and 35 megs respectively, are available through iDisk. Once the full demo has been downloaded and installed, users need to purchase a registration code from Pangea Software's web site in order to play the game in its entirety.

To access the software, mount you iDisk, navigate to the Software/Mac OS X Software/What's New directory, then just grab the files you need and drag them anywhere onto your hard drive or your desktop. While you're there, make sure to grab Pangea Software's Otto Matic demo, or the full version of Cro-Mag Rally.

Check out the links below for more information on Bugdom 2. And, as always, you can also download these and Pangea Software's other games, such as Bugdom, Weekend Warrior, Firefall, Mighty Mike, and Nanosaur, from IMG's sister site MacGameFiles.

Pangea Software
Bugdom 2
Mac Game Files
IMG: Bugdom 2 Sneak Preview
IMG: Bugdom 2 Post-Mortem Interview
IMG Custer's Desktops: Bugdom 2
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Updated Gridz Supports OS X
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Gridz, the award winning strategy/action game from Green Dragon Creations has been updated to v1.5. The new version features a few bug fixes, support for the popular Mac multiplayer gaming service, GameRanger, and complete OS X compatibility. Here is a full list of changes, courtesy of our friends at Mac Game Files:

Gridz 1.5

The Gridz 1.4 updater will update any version of Gridz to Gridz 1.4, which adds support for GameRanger

Fixes/Changes

built with Carbon technology from Apple to run native on Mac OS 8,9,X
fixed several network-related bugs

A full version of Gridz 1.4 is required to play. If you want to download a free limited feature demo of Gridz 1.5, you can find a download link attached to the bottom of this article.

Download: Gridz 1.5 Demo
Download: Gridz 1.5 Updater (Full Version)
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Shadowbane History Feature Part 2
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

IGNPC has just posted the second installment of their four part History of Shadowbane feature, a bi-monthly series brought to you from the team at Wolfpack Studios, the company in charge of the upcoming MMORPG Shadowbane, offering an in depth look at the history of Shadowbane's fantasy world. This round, readers can learn about Shadowbane's second age in time, The Age of Days.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

The Age of Days saw the advent of Mankind, when the All-Father journeyed to a high valley and crafted his third race of children, Men, from the clay and soil of Aerynth. The first Humans were the thirteen Titans, so infused with their creator's power that they alone of Humanity was spared the scourge of mortality, and their powers were nearly as great as those of the All-Father's great companion Gods. Ardan, the firstborn of the Titans, led his people out of the North and into the fertile grasslands, where they founded the Kingdom of Ardan, a Blessed Realm of art, prosperity, and peace. For a thousand years Ardan stood as the pinnacle of Human achievement. Unfortunately, the first and greatest kingdom of Humanity was plagued by the wars and strife of this age, and finally destroyed by them.
If you want to learn more about The Age of Days, you can check out the full article. Also, a link to the feature's first installment, The Age of Twilight, can be found attached to the bottom of this article.

Shadowbane History Part Two
Shadowbane History Part One
Shadowbane


Phelios Releases Android for OS X
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Android, the latest puzzle platformer from Phelios has been released for both Windows and Mac OS X. Featuring 5 different worlds spanning across more than 100 levels, incredible gameplay, and adorable characters that are sure to entertain its players. Here's a description of the game from Phelios's official website:

Android is an out-of-this-world kind of game: It's the biggest tiny game you'll ever play! Though it's set in a teeny tiny universe, it's worlds of humungous fun! 100 levels, 5 different worlds, hours of entertainment!

There are gold bags amidst the playing fields of Android, so look very carefully because you'll need to collect all of them before you can leap to the next level! How do you do it, you ask? Like life, Android is full of ups and downs. Fortunately for you, you can use the ladders, trampolines and ropes to keep you in motion and out of trouble! Stay away from the other androids and spikes. Ouch! In order to help you out a bit, you're equipped with little bombs that can help you dig holes in the ground and bury the bad guys or your opponents...
If you want to download a free demo of Android, or would like to learn more, check out the game's official webpage. You can also order a full version of the game for a $15.00 electronic download, or a $25.00 CD-ROM.

Download: Android 1.0 Demo
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Targetware Aims for OS X Only
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Targetware, responsible for the upcoming cross-platform flight simulation engine, announced new plans for the Mac development of their first project, Target Korea. Support for OS 9 has ceased, and the company is now allocating all their resources to the OS X version. While the engine's development has experienced some "lengthy development delays," there are plans to open up the beta test at some point in the future.

As most of the community are aware, the Targetware engine is one of the few software products for the flight simulation marketplace designed to support both the PC and Macintosh platforms. The Targetware engine is a simulation designed by players for players and heavily utilizes a community based development team, which with the exception of Sylvan "sick" Clebsch is part time. This factor in itself has limited the number of hours in a give week any of our team can spend on the engine development and testing.

Therefore, to maximize our available resources for cross platform programming, we've decided to concentrate all our Mac development energies towards exclusively supporting OS X. In other words, we will cease supporting OS 9 after the closed beta v.39, which will be released soon.

Targetware also explains that there are three primary reasons to their decision: 1. OS 9 is completely dead from a development standpoint, 2. 99% of development problems and anomalies we've discovered occur under OS 9 , and 3. Performance. For more information, you can check out the full announcement at Targetware's forums.

Targetware to support OS X only for upcoming Mac release
Target Korea
Targetware


Midget Wars Total Conversion Released
6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

A new Quake 3: Arena total conversion was recently released, entitled Midget Wars. Don't be fooled by the name though, this mod features impressive 3D environments and cell-shaded art for character and weapon models. This comedic mod revolves around the battles of miniature aliens over the one item they have come to earth to collect: marbles. It also features a new game type based around the collection of this valuable resource that would be best descried as basketball with guns. Here's a description from the mods website:

The Marble
The item the aliens have come to Earth to collect. This is the one item in the game that is an automatic pickup. When holding the marble the player cannot use any of their weapon, they are defenceless, their team members must work together to defend the marble carrier. Using the attack button will throw the marble, this allows the marble to passed between team members. It also allows for the tactic of throwing the marble to a member of the other team and shooting them while they are helpless.
Midget Wars is currently in early developmen, and only features 2 maps and 4 character models, but it has a lot of potential. The mod is fully Mac-compatible. To get more information, follow the links below.

Midget Wars Website
Midget Wars Download Page
Activision
id Software
Quake III Arena


Neverwinter Nights Mac Dev Update
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Another update to Bioware's Mac development page for Neverwinter Nights was made recently, noting the good progress made by the company during the past week. According to the update, both sound and movies are now functioning as they should for this 3D RPG and the configuration utility has also moved forward:

[Oct 25 2002] During Mac development this week significant progress was made, as both movies and sound are now functional. We have a lot more work left to do, but at least the speakers are now doing more than squeek at us. A lot of progress was also made on the config utility. We can hardly wait to hear what our wonderful Mac department is doing next week.
New screen shots of the game are also now available, so be sure to give them a look. Neverwinter Nights will be released for the Mac later this year by MacSoft.

Neverwinter Nights Mac Development Page
BioWare
MacSoft
Neverwinter Nights
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Mac Games News for Friday, October 25, 2002

IMG First Look: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 311:57 AM
IMG Store: Pre-Order Heroes of Might & Magic IV9:34 AM
Master of Orion III Dev Diary9:32 AM
Free Bugdom 2 Site Licenses for Schools9:26 AM
Custer's Desktops Updated: Bugdom 29:19 AM
Virtual Golf Tournament Sign Up Continues8:32 AM
Aleph One Carbon Update Progress Report8:31 AM
Feline Entertainment Releases The Belt6:00 AM
Radeon 9500 Pro Announced for PC, Mac Feedback Requested6:00 AM
Skunk Studios Debuts GutterBall Bowling6:00 AM
Vendetta Game, Manual Updates6:00 AM
WWIIOnline Mac Publishing Details6:00 AM
 
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