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World War II Online Mac Now Shipping
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

In a recent press release, publisher Strategy First and developer Cornered Rat Software have announced that World War II Online Mac Edition, the long-awaited Mac version of the popular massive online war sim for the PC, has begun shipping to a store shelf near you.

Here is the clip from the press release:

Publisher Strategy First with Developer Cornered Rat Software and are happy to announce that their latest online offering, World War II Online Mac Edition¸ has shipped to retail stores nationwide.

“We are very happy that a whole new audience can finally get in on the World War II Online experience,” says Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing for Strategy First. “It’s going to make the game even more exciting.”

World War II Online Mac Edition is a combined arms simulation in a persistent, online 3D environment that brings the action-packed days of World War II to life on your Mac. Players can create a character, climb the ranks and gain experience to create and lead combat missions with and against thousands of other players in the most dynamic, first person war game ever!

“The Mac players have waited over a year to join the fight and the interest shown is incredible, ” says Al Corey of Playnet. “For the first time the Mac guys have a true massively multiplayer virtual battlefield. There’s nothing else like it.”


  •  Elements of FPS, RPG, Sim and Strategy in one game – a first for online games.
  •  Largest virtual terrain, Europe in ? scale with accurate terrain modeling.
  •  Thousands of players fighting in the same battlefield simultaneously.
  •  Over 50 vehicles and weapons- tanks, planes and boats!
  •  The first massively multiplayer first person shooter
  •  Goodies such as fold out maps, wallpapers, illustrations and WWII era music.
  • The game is currently shipping for $34.95 USD at the Apple Store. Included is the game itself, plus 30 free days of the service. After the trial, players must pay a monthly fee of $12.99 in order to continue playing online. If you want to learn more about World War II Online Mac Edition, you can check out the official website, or IMG's exclusive hands-on preview. Links to both, as well as an ordering form those who interested in purchasing the game have been provided at the bottom of this article.

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    IMG Preview: World War II Online Mac Edition
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    The Third Reich Download Issues Fixed
    6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    Shortly after the highly anticipated Unreal Tournament Mod, The Third Reich was released, many Mac users reported that it was not working correctly. The Third Reich team has fixed the problem, and a corrected download is now available. For those unfamiliar with the Third Reich, it is a total-conversion for Unreal Tournament that turns it into a World War II based game with realistic gameplay and impressive models and textures.

    Here's a list of features in the mod:

  • Two sides with 11 available roles, 15 weapons and all about realism, teamwork and tactics
  • Realistic weapon models, handling and bullet behavior including ballistics and penetration
  • Locational damage
  • Authentic weapon sounds recorded from authentic WW2 weapons
  • Voice commands for in-game communication
  • 6 superb and atmospheric battlefield locations
  • Much much more ...
  • More information on The Third Reich and the updated download can be reached from the links provided below.

    Download The Third Reich
    The Third Reich
    Epic Games
    Westlake Interactive
    Unreal Tournament

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    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Goes Beta
    6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    Mac game publisher Aspyr Media today announced on their project status page that their upcoming skatebording sim for the Mac, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 has reached Beta status, meaning the game is nearing completiopn and now is being tested for bugs.

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is the hit skateboarding game from Neversoft that offers 10 massive levels, 12 pro skaters, tons of different multiplayer modes, an enhanced create-a-skater tool, and more.

    Here's a description from Aspyr's website:

    Tony Hawk, the legend of skateboarding, brings you into his world yet again with even more cement shredding action than ever before! Go high flying through some of the coolest skateparks in the world. Pull insane tricks and bails, but beware of the pedestrians and cars along the streets. You may not be able to live like the legend, but now you can skate like him!

    Features include:

  • All new online play lets you go head to head or share with friends around the world.
  • Multiplayer Modes: all the old favorites plus three new team based online games- Capture the flag, Control the Zone and Keep Away.
  • Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or choose from 12 other pro skaters
  • 10 Massive Living Levels that are amazingly realistic.
  • Now more tricks than ever, including the revert and flatland tricks like the handstand manual.
  • An enhanced Create-A-Skater feature to customize the look of your player by choosing female or kid skaters and add sunglasses, hair, elbow pads, tattoos and more!
  • Skate some of the most popular real-world locations including Skater's Island in Middleton, RI, Los Angeles, Canada skate camp, Tokyo and Paris.
  • You can find more information about the game at Aspyr's official website, or you can check out IMG's first look preview. A release date for Tony Hawk 3 is yet to be determined, but be sure to stay tuned for future information.

    IMG Preview: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
    Aspyr Media
    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

    Freeverse to Distribute Payback In North America
    6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

    In a recent announcement, popular Mac gaming company Freeverse Software has revealed that they will be distributing the latest ultra-violent GTA-esque vehicle game, Payback, when it is released later this month. The game was ported to the Mac by Virtual Programming.

    Here's the full announcement, hot off the press:

    Freeverse Software today posted a new page for the ultraviolent car-thieving game Payback. The new page contains screenshots of the game, as well as a notification list that allows users to receive an alert when the game becomes available in North America.

    Published in the United Kingdom by Virtual Programming, and originally developed by Apex Designs, the game features all the fun of automobile thievery and random violence without any of the pesky life-changing consequences.

    The game supports an advanced 3D rendering and physics engine, an explicit soundtrack, and an advanced 3D audio system. Payback also features built-in support for English, French, and German languages.

    Users who want to be notified when Payback becomes available in North America should sign up for the Payback notify list at:

    Freeverse also notes that Payback is for mature gamers only, due to wanton violence, animated gore, explicit language, and narcotrafficking. Gamers can check out the newly added homepage at Freeverse's website for more information and to sign up for a mailing list that will notify its members when the game ships. A link to the official website is provided at the bottom of this article, as well as a link to the recently released demo of the game.

    Freeverse Payback Website
    Download Payback 1.0 Demo

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    Heroes of Might and Magic IV Shipping
    6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Might and Magic fans should be happy to hear that Heroes of Might and Magic IV has recently started shipping to retail stores nationwide in the U.S. Developed by New World Computingand ported to the Mac by Contraband Entertainment, Heroes of Might and Magic IV continues the turn-based RPG tradition set by its predecessors with new creatures, artifacts, and magic.

    The storyline marks the fourth chapter in the series:

    In this fourth chapter of the "Heroes" series, Emilia Nighthaven must
    battle the evil immortal King Gavin Magnus and his horde of Dragon Golems.
    Featuring six campaigns, Emilia matches wits with Magnus for control of all
    of Axeoth, encountering over 60 new creatures, five schools of magic, six
    town types, and more than 180 artifacts.
    Listed features include multiple screen resolution support, six gigantic campaigns, a campaign editor, online play, and new magic and skill systems.

    Those interested in more information on Heroes of Might and Magic IV can find it in IMG's preview. Also, don't forget that you can pre-order Heroes of Might & Magic IV through the IMG Store.

    IMG - Heroes of Might and Magic IV Preview
    Contraband Entertainment
    Heroes of Might & Magic IV
    Buy Heroes of Might & Magic IV

    Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 13, 2002

    IMG Reviews the Altec Lansing 4100s12:30 PM
    Feral Updates: Creature Isle Gold, Worms Blast Soon9:03 AM
    Apple Features World War II Online7:48 AM
    BoXiKoN Released7:48 AM
    DeepTrouble Coming Soon7:48 AM
    F1 Championship Season Demo Released7:48 AM
    Spiderweb Interview7:48 AM
    Unreal II Weapons Revealed7:48 AM
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