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Unreal Tournament 2003 Ships!
1:00 PM | Jason Sims | Comment on this story

IMG has received word from MacSoft's Al Schilling that Unreal Tournament 2003 -- the long-awaited sequel to one of the most popular first-person shooters of all time -- is now shipping. The Mac version includes the "Epic Bonus Pack" and the "Digital Extremes Bonus Pack" extras.

The recently-released Unreal Tournament 2003 beta tech demo was one of the most popular Mac game downloads of all time; over 400,000 Mac users downloaded it within the first four days of its release.

Unreal Tournament 2003 will be available in retail stores, and the IMG Store, within the next few days.

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IMG Store: Pre-Order Zoo Tycoon
12:35 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store is now taking pre-order for Aspyr's upcoming Zoo Tycoon. The game is available for pre-order for $48.99. If you are an IMG Pro/MacGames CD subscriber, you can grab this title at a discount for just $43.99. Shipping starts at $5 for US Mail and $7.99 for 2nd Day Fed Ex.

In Zoo Tycoon, you'll be challenged to build the most healthy and vibrant zoo possible. With an easy to learn interface, you can begin planning your strategy and building your ultimate zoo the moment you start the game. Which is a good thing since you'll need to build, manage, and maintain a zoo with over 200 animals, exhibits, and zoo materials. Plan wisely, because your success depends on your ability to keep the animals happy!

Preliminary System Requirements:

  • Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS X 10.1 or later
  • 233 MHz or faster PowerPC G3 or G4
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 600 MB free disk space
  • 16 MB video card

    To place your order, please follow the link below.


    Aspyr Media
    Westlake Interactive
    Zoo Tycoon
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    MacMOHAA Fansite Updated
    12:30 PM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    Mac Medal of Honor fans will be happy to hear that MacMOHAA, a Medal of Honor fansite for Mac gamers, has received a major update. Along with a brand new look, the updated site offers loads of help for Mac users, included FAQs that help get maps up and running, general MOH FAQs, a .min archive to fix bugs with maps that don't run, and even some Spearhead info. In addition, the site also provides a number of multi-player maps for user with either the PC or Mac version of the game. To check out the site, follow the link below.

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    Westlake Interactive
    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
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    Another Sims Expansion Ahead?
    11:57 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    The undying series that Will Wright created may be seeing another addition before the year is out. IGN PC reports that, according to a Banc of America Securities Software Market Outlook 2003 report, an expansion for the popular The Sims series may see release sometime this fall:

    Though the report is not substantiated with any actual facts, the Banc of America Securities Exchange Commission report states that this will be the last expansion pack before the release of The Sims 2, but it does not mention whether or not this will be the last expansion pack ever, which it most definitely will not be, if anything we've heard is true.
    IGN PC adds that, as with most secondhand reports, this news should be taken with a grain of salt until an official announcement has been made. If an expansion is in fact impending, however, it's a safe bet that a Mac version will be part of the plan.

    IGN PC - More Sims Before 2004
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    Westlake Interactive
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    Macgamer Reviews Spearhead
    10:20 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

    Mac gaming news resource MacGamer recently posted a five-page review of Medal of Honor: Spearhead, the expansion pack for Electronic Arts' highly-acclaimed WWII-themed blockbuster, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. During this exhaustive analysis, MacGamer covers nearly every aspect of the title, from the most evident features and glitches of the graphics engine to the depth and development of the single-player storyline.

    Here's a snip from the review, in which a conclusion of the game's strongest and weakest points is provided:

    What the Mac market has here is a potentially amazing game with a terrific multiplayer mode and an amazing game engine that needs to have its single player system completely reworked. The AI code simply slaughters the game and if the game can hold itself to box specs and run well in multiplayer mode, there's no reason why it can't run almost or equally well in single player mode.

    Buy this for the multiplayer mode and the game it could become under Apple's rumored new hardware, not for the failed single player mode under older and current hardware. Perhaps a patch can fix these problems or allow for better use of Apple's current dual-processor hardware, but until that point, you can lead a horse to water, but getting it to do the backstroke is going to take some talent...

    Medal of Honor: Spearhead was ported to the Macintosh platform by Westlake Interactive and is published by Aspyr Media. A multiplayer demo is available at our sister site MacGameFiles for those wanting a more hands-on impression.

    Also, those convinced of the potential of this expansion pack by either the full MacGamer review or the demo can order their copy at the Inside Mac Games store. Keep in mind though that, as with any other expansion pack, the original title, Allied Assault, is required.

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    Westlake Interactive
    Medal of Honor: Spearhead
    MacGamer reviews Medal of Honor: Spearhead
    Download Spearhead Multiplayer Demo at MacGameFiles
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    E3 Award Winners Revealed
    10:20 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

    The judges for the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2003 recently announced the full list of winners of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. As in past years, winners are chosen from a list of five or six nominees for leadership in one of fifteen categories, including Best of Show, Best Original Game and a host of genre-specific 'best of' positions.

    This year's valued Best of Show award goes to Valve Software's Half-Life 2, as do the Best PC Game, Best Action Game and Special Commendation for Graphics awards, while Pandemic Studios' Full Spectrum Warrior was chosen as the Best Original Game of the show. The full list of winners, as well as that of the nominees and an aftermath of fast facts including the number of total awards by game and publisher, can be found at the E3 Awards web site through the link provided below.

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    E3 Awards: Winners of the 2003 Edition



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    Blizzard Closes Diablo II Accounts
    10:20 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Blizzard continues its hard stance on Diablo II hackers and cheaters by announcing the closure of over 112,000 users account.

    Here's the post from Battle.net:

    Numerous additional accounts were tied to the use of a hack or cheat program while playing Diablo II on Battle.net. In keeping with our aggressive stance against cheating, we have permanently closed over 112,000 of these accounts and documented the CD keys with which they were used. Please note that repeat offenders risk having their CD keys disabled, which would result in permanent removal from Battle.net for their copies of Diablo II.

    We have also identified those accounts with which a "map-hack" program is being used. Map-hack programs give players who use them unfair advantages over other players. As with any third-party program, using them to affect play over Battle.net violates our End User License Agreement. Accounts that continue to be used with a map-hack program are subject to closure, and the CD keys with which those accounts are being used could be disabled.

    For more on this hot topic, head over to Battle.net.

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    IMG Interviews Project Magma
    10:20 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

    A few days ago, Project Magma, a group of talented artists and programmers devoted to serving the Myth community, released the latest update of what is without doubt their largest and most eagerly awaited enterprise: the OSX-native version of the legendary strategy game, Myth II: Soulblighter.

    Better known as Myth II 1.4, this massive update is far from being a simple port to Apple's new system: it's a complete revamp, with features ranging from the implementation of OpenGL rendering to the translation of Myth: The Fallen Lords' look, feel and maps to the improved Myth II engine.

    Today, Inside Mac Games takes a closer look to this epic feat in a two-page interview with the lead programmer of the project, Iron Duke, who was kind enough to spend some time with us and offer some interesting and valuable insight of the update that brought the Myth world and OSX together.

    IMG Interviews Project Magma
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