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New Mac Halo Website
6:44 AM | Zack Lipowski | Comment on this story

Recently, Owen Imholte created a new Halo website dedicated to the inclusion of mapping and editing tools for the Mac version of the title when it is released later this year. Here's their mission statement:

The Mac Mod Medley is a group dedicated to making sure that Macs will not be left out of the Halo Mapping and Modding community. The more support we have, the higher our chances of success, so I encourage everyone to join! There are many ways which we can pursue our goal. Hopefully Westlake Interactive will have the time and resources to port Sapien and Guerilla as they finish the game. Unfortunately, editors in the past, such as UnrealEd, have been skipped, perhaps because there was not enough time, perhaps (as I've been told), "the code is too windows specific." If Westlake cannot find the time or resources, it may still be possible to get these programs running on a Mac. Gearbox/Westlake/Bungie may, if we ask very nicely, release the source code (only of the editors, mind you, not the entire game) and we could start an independent-team of developers porting the editors.
If you wish to sign the petition that will be sent to Westlake Interactive follow the link below.

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Apple Features Warrior Kings
1:42 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Apple has posted an in-depth article of the upcoming real time strategy game from Feral Interactive, Warrior Kings, which can be found in the gaming section of their website. The article gives gamer's a brief overview on the game's various elements, including its gameplay, graphics, and more. As an extra, Apple has also provided a walkthrough for the game's first level, cheat codes, and a list of system requirements. Here's a sneak peek:

He [Charlie Bewsher, Warrior Kings designer] adds that your approach to RTS games will likely help guide your decisions. “Defensive RTS players will choose the Imperials: they can sit behind large walls and hurl Acts of God at their enemies,” he says. “The more direct player — known as ‘the rusher’ — may well go Pagan as they have access to the most brutal and numerous military units. Technocrats who see RTS games as economic games will choose Renaissance, who boast the best economy and most powerful siege units but whose soldiers are generally poor.”
For more, be sure to read the full article, and if you would like to pre-order a copy of Warrior Kings for yourself, check out our online store for some great deals. Warrior Kings is set for release sometime soon.

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IMG Retro Review: Lineage: The Blood Pledge
10:58 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

After passing through the hands of several reviewers, IMG's review of NCSoft's Lineage finally settled into the lap of Galen Wiley. Lineage was released over a year ago for Mac OS X and while many of you may have played or are currently playing this MMORPG, this review may give veteran and newcomer gamers a fresh perspective.

An excerpt from the review:

For those who have played or even seen the popular Diablo series in action. Lineage may feel awfully familiar. Controlling your character or "avatar" from a 3/4 birds-eye view, roaming different worlds, talking to various characters and slaying others, Lineage offers a familiar game play scheme that all adventure fans will be able to adapt to quickly. Lineage should not be mistaken as a simple hack and slash adventure, however, for there is plenty of room for equipping various items and summoning spells. From an outer-most level, though, actual game play is simple and sweet.
For more information on Lineage: The Blood Pledge, read the rest of the review.

IMG Review: Lineage: The Blood Pledge

Send In Your Ask Aspyr Questions
10:30 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Got a dying question for Aspyr Media? Now's your change to ask them. Aspyr's new employee, Glenda Adams, will be fielding questions from our readers. The answer will be posted at a later date on IMG.

The concept is easy: send us your questions, and we'll submit the best of the best to Aspyr. We'll then post the answers on IMG at a later date.

So, if you have a question for Aspyr, email your questions to with the words Ask Aspyr in the Subject field. You can ask questions about their games, games you'd like to see from Ask Aspyr, or even of specific persons at Ask Aspyr.

Please keep in mind that questions like "Is Aspyr doing XXX game?" that isn't announced are never answered, so don't even bother.

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MacPlay Releases AVP 2 Update
6:44 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay has released an update to Aliens vs Predator 2. The new version, which brings the software up to version v33, includes a number of bug fixes and changes:

• Fixes rendering errors on loading screen.
• Fixes alien night vision.
• Fixes 'Collateral Damage' level crash.
• Allows a message to appear when incorrectly configuring the 'AVP2 serv' application

To grab the file, head over to

Don't own a copy of AVP 2 yet? Head over to the IMG Store to buy your copy of Aliens vs Predator 2 today.

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UT2004 Assault Details
6:44 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

One of the modes making a comeback in Unreal Tournament 2004 is the Assault mode. Originally found in Unreal Tournament, Assault places a series of tasks that must be accomplished. Both teams get turns at both attack and defense, and side that completes the objectives in the shortest amount of time wins.

While the Assault games in the original Unreal Tournament were varied, UT2004 sounds like it'll be upping the ante a little. IGN PC recently took an in-depth look at some of the various Assault maps, including one that starts the attacking team off by having them pilot assault fighters in a bid to board a Skaarj mothership. From there, a gravity generator must be destroyed:

There's also a gravity generator to destroy or disable here. Once it's inactive, the new zero-G environment allows players to move a bit more freely in the environment. They'll also need to dodge the floating boxes and detritus located around the level. The real reason to disable the gravity generator is to bridge a large chasm. Once across the chasm, you'll need to find the final objective, a large power supply, and sabotage it to blow up the entire station. What? No one told you this was a suicide mission?
Other Assault maps described include an attack on a moving convoy of trucks, which must be navigated by jumping from vehicle to vehicle, to taking on a factory manned by the infamous Xan himself. Also looked at is the new Onslaught mode, which features a multitude of vehicles, including Scorpions, Hellbenders, and Mantas.

To read the full preview of this challenging game mode, head to IGN PC's web site through the link below.

IGN PC - Unreal Tournament 2004 Preview

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New Republic: The Revolution Preview Updated
6:44 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Gaming website Homelan Federation & Alliance have posted an update to their preview of Elixir Studio's upcoming strategy game / political sim Republic: The Revolution.

The short preview is based on impressions of a partial beta build of the game, which re-inforced earlier impressions about the scope and gameplay of the new title:

After playing the beta build however, it slowly dawned on us that Republic the Revolution reminds us, believe it or not, of The Sims. The Sims doesn’t have a lot going for it on the surface (who wants to control a human around an ordinary house?) but its open ended game mechanics have hooked millions. Republic is also a game that on the surface doesn’t seem to hold that much appeal but after playing with it for a few hours the gameplay gets you get really involved in the life of a political rebel who is determined to bring his native country back from oppression.
With the PC version of the game expected to be released by the end of the month, gamers interested in the title should turn to British publishing mavens Feral Interactive for the Mac port. While no official release date has been confirmed, Feral representatives expect the Mac version to become available shortly after the PC version hits the shelves.

Stay tuned to IMG for news on this intriguing new title.

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Demonstar Expansion Released
6:44 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Freeware publishers Mountain King Studios have just released a free expansion set to their side-scrolling space adventure Demonstar.

The title, which retails for $15.95 USD, features rolling OpenGL-rendered landscapes and a brand new soundtrack and sound effects. Players need to fight their way through wave after wave of alien throngs bent on taking over the Earth.

The Demonstar expansion pack, dubbed Secret Missions 1, extends player's enjoyment of the game by offering entire new levels to the original game, replete with entirely new aliens and fierce new weapons of destruction.

For more information, or to download the free expansion pack, follow the links below.

Demonstar Expansion Pack
Mountain King Studios

Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Ryan Gordon Update3:40 PM
CH Products Announces The Virtual Pilot Pro USB12:26 PM
Help Beta Test Age of Mythology11:26 AM
IMG Reviews Logitech Click!11:13 AM
New Halo Q&A Posted6:24 AM
New Study Suggests Games Draw More Women Than Boys6:24 AM
Tony Hawk 4 Review Posted6:24 AM
WWIIOnline v197 to Speed Up Performance6:24 AM
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