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MacPlay Distributing Another War
9:05 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

MacPlay has announced they will be distributing the Mac version of the World War II role-playing game, Another War. This is the second game in a deal the company has worked out with British publisher Virtual Programming to bring more titles to North American soil.

Another War features an interface and gameplay similar to such titles as the Baldur's Gate series, placing players in the middle of occupied France.

Here's Macplay's description of Another War:

Another War takes place during World War 2 in Nazi-occupied Europe. It is a colorful story of an adventurer, involved in his own private war in those darkest of times. The game has a very elaborate plot, with its own brand of lively action, style and humor. You will find many allusions to classic books and movies, like "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Allo, Allo", "Catch-22", "Saving Private Ryan", and "The Dirty Dozen" amongst others.

Wanting to save his friend from the Nazis, our hero gets caught up in a bloody intrigue between the warring superpowers. The plot starts in a small town in occupied France. The only things reminding us that war is raging is the heavy presence of German gendarmerie patrols on the streets and groups of Wehrmacht soldiers on leave occupying the local cafes. However, the finale takes place in the hell of an under siege Leningrad where our hero stumbles upon one of the most secretly guarded projects run by both Soviet and German engineers.

The requirements for Another War are:
  • G3 350 MHz or faster
  • 128 MB RAM
  • Quick Time 5 (installed automatically if required)
  • Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.2 with virtual memory
  • 200MB of free memory
  • Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
Another War is currently at Gold Master status, and should be shipping soon. For more information on the game, follow the links provided below and watch for a preview from IMG soon.

Macplay Distributing Another War
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IMG Reviews Freeverse Board Games
1:40 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Today, IMG has posted a review of Freeverse Software's Deluxe Board Games. Written by Michael Phillips, this review covers what games are included in the suite, multiplayer support and more.

Here's a taste:

Each of the Freeverse Board Games feature a single-player mode (except Go, which is multiplayer only) and multiplayer support via Freeverse's own GameSmith matching service, LAN and even Rendezvous under OS X. In single-player mode, players square off against computer controlled bots of varying difficulty. The "Sophomore Year Dropout" bot is the best balance between computer precision and human frailty. Whereas the "Basque Poet" bot is fiendishly clever. The lower echelon bots are also perfect stepping-stones for those who are new to a particular game.
Be sure to check out the rest of our review!

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IMG Review: Freeverse Deluxe Board Games

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Majesty 2 Teaser Revealed
10:59 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Bluesnews recently spotted an interesting link to a forum at Cyberlore Studios, the company known for their hit strategy game Majesty. The thread was started by Cyberlore's Jay Adan to unveil the first screenshot of Majesty 2, an all-new title which looks to move the series into the realm of 3D.

The shot shows an in-game 3D-rendered scene of villagers wandering around streets in front of a castle area. While this is obviously still early in development, and no official game plans have yet even been announced, we're hopeful a Mac port would be a possibilty. The original Majesty was one of the very first titles published by the revitalized MacPlay in late 2000.

Stay tuned to IMG for more on Majesty 2 as details are revealed. Adan promises more information will be released soon, specifically noting to keep an eye on Majesty fansite Majesty- Dragon.

Cyberlore: Majesty 2 Teaser
Majesty - Dragon
Cyberlore Studios
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Phil Sulak Interview at MacGamer
9:05 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

To celebrate the coming release of the Mac version of Dungeon Siege, the folks over at MacGamer recently sat down and interviewed Phil Sulak of Westlake Interactive, the port's programmer.

Dungeon Siege is a vast, action-oriented 3D role-playing game created by Gas Powered Games. Featuring an extensive single player story, excellent multiplayer options, and tactical combat, there's plenty to keep any Mac gamer happy. The interview with Sulak goes into everything from how Westlake came about, to some of the complexities that Sulak ran into in the port.

Here's a preview:

Macgamer:Tell us about Dungeon Siege. What's it all about?

Sulak:Dungeon Siege can best be classified as an Action RPG. On the surface, Siege's most obvious relative in the gaming world is Blizzard's Diablo 2. But to me, Siege offers up a much more compelling gaming experience with its lush 3D graphics, strong story, huge world to explore, and expansion capabilities.

Dungeon Siege takes place in a fantasy world known as the Kingdom of Ehb. In the game you start off as a simple farmer, and your homeland is invaded by the malevolent Krug and their insipid allies. You begin your journey across a vast sprawling landscape, looking for a way to rid the Kingdom of the evil that has overtaken it. Along the way you face off against hundreds and hundreds of enemies and meet up with various friendly characters, some of which you can ask to join you in your adventures. There are an immeasurable number of monsters to do battle with, and hundreds of various items (magical and otherwise) that you find or can buy along the way.

The game is just beautiful to look at (some of the magic spell effects are breathtaking), and finding your way through the many dungeons in the game is a blast. It can be very easy to get lost, as the dungeons are huge and chock full of baddies, hidden passages, and loads of booty. The later battles can become quite massive, with your party fighting dozens of enemies at once. At times, combat in the game can become so intense it reminded me of the large-scale battle scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Dungeon Siege for the Mac is being published by MacSoft and is slated to be shipped tomorrow. For more information on Dungeon Siege, or to read the full interview, follow the provided links below. You can also check out IMG's preview of the game, or pre-order it from the IMG store.

IMG Dungeon Siege Preview
MacGamer Talks to Phil Sulak
Westlake Interactive
Dungeon Siege
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MacPlay's Trivial Pursuit
9:05 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

MacPlay has started a Trivial Pursuit contest, giving you the chance of winning a copy of No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way when it ships this summer. The contest is simple, just e-mail your answers to the supplied address and you're in.

From the contest page:

How many of you out there finish all the games you buy? How many of you can do so without using cheats and walk-throughs?

We thought so, but, hey, we understand. You can only die so many times before you flip on god mode to defeat that incredibly difficult boss.

What's that? You normally need god mode to make it through the first level? Oh, okay, um, well ... Maybe this contest isn't for you.

Hopefully the rest of you have played through at least mission 2, scene 3 of No One Lives Forever. It's the one where you have to locate Dr. Schenker and escort him out of his lab.

When you find him, what does he say?

Head over to the contest page for additional information and to find the email address that you should send your entry. The contest is open until May 26th, so you still have some time to find the correct answer.

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Second Medal of Honor Expansion for PC
9:05 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

EA Games recently announced a second expansion for their hit shooter, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, is currently in the works. Entitled Breakthrough, the expansion takes players to the sands of Africa, along with the very heart of Italy.

Along with new single player missions, Breakthrough will feature additional multiplayer options, including a new game mode called Liberation, and new Italian, British, German, and American skins.

Here's EA's description of the game:

As U.S. Army Sergeant John Baker, players join the battle at Kasserine Pass in North Africa, race to capture Messina in Sicily, and finally repel the German army at the historic battle of Monte Battaglia in the heart of Italy. Armed with a new arsenal of weapons, players will fight alone and with squad mates as they rush to stop the Axis powers.

The multiplayer game has been enhanced with the addition of Liberation Mode. In this mode, defeated players must be rescued by surviving teammates to continue the fight. In addition, players can drive tanks, artillery spotters can call in artillery strikes, and minesweepers can defuse mines. Players can also choose from American, British, Italian, and German skins in all multiplayer modes.

While no Mac version has been announced yet, given the popularity of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, and that the first expansion, Spearhead, is on its way to the Mac, a Mac version of Breakthrough is a very real possibility. For more information on Breakthrough or Medal of Honor in general, follow the provided links listed below.

Second Medal of Honor Expansion for PC
Aspyr Media
Westlake Interactive
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 23, 2003

IMG Reviews Enigmo11:21 AM
IMG Store: Pre-Order Europa Universalis II10:05 AM
Enigmo Custom Game Contest Announced10:02 AM
Apple Boosts iBook Lineup9:39 AM
ATI, Nvidia Demand Outweighs Supply9:39 AM
Cyan Changing Directions with Uru9:39 AM Interviews Bill Roper9:39 AM
Minor Vendetta Test Update9:39 AM
Orbz 2.0 Interview9:39 AM
Shadowbane First Impressions Posted9:39 AM
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