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Red Orchestra Updated to Beta 1.1
6:00 AM | Alvaro Radigales | Comment on this story

Barely a month after its first public release, Red Orchestra, a semi-realistic total conversion for Unreal Tournament 2003 set in the infamous East Front of the Second World War, has been updated to beta 1.1. This latest version implements some of new gameplay features, but mainly focuses on fixing a few bugs encountered in the first public build.

Red Orchestra puts the player into the combat boots of either a German or a Soviet infantry soldier caught in the intense combat of the russian front. The mod carefully details the scenarios of the major battles fought between 1941 and 1945, providing an immersive atmosphere while keeping a fast-paced, team-based online experience.

Here are some of the features included in the latest release of Red Orchestra, as quoted from the official version history:

  • The scope system now has 3 settings. The texture overlay, a lower detail scope with the scope a little farther from the eye, and a high detail one with the scope close to the eye. The low detail scope should be used by default as it offers the best balance between FPS and detail.
  • Firing from the crouched position and not moving will decrease weapon spread by 15%
  • Firing from the prone position will decrease weapon spread by 30%
  • Increase the range player names are visible from 32 feet to 100 feet
  • Added bayonet support for the Mosin-Nagant 91/30
  • Temporarily increased the amount of spread you'll experience when firing in hip mode. This will only affect rifles
For more information on Red Orchestra or to download the mod, be sure to check its official web site through the link provided below. The full list of new features and fixes brought by beta 1.1 can be found in the Red Orchestra forums.

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MacSoft Releases Significant UT 2003 Update
3:24 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today released an update to its popular first-person shooter, Unreal Tournament 2003. The update contains several improvements to the initial release including performance impovements.

Here's what MacSoft's Al Schilling had to say about this update:

Epic programmer Ryan Gordon has been hard at work adding lots of Altivec code and rewriting the entire sound subsystem. The result, performance improvements of 25% or more over the original retail version are typical, with some single CPU systems achieving an even more noticeable gain.
Here's a complete list of the bug fixes and improvements:

• It's much, much faster. Several optimizations have been made, lots of Altivec code has been added, and the entire sound subsystem has been rewritten. Performance improvements of 25% or more over the original retail version are typical, with single CPU systems achieving a more noticible gain.
• Video is no longer corrupted when using certain ATI hardware with Panther.
• CD check has been removed. You still need a valid and unique CD key, but we don't require you to have the game disc in the drive any longer.
• Fixed bug that caused certain mods (notably, ChaosUT2: Evolution) to crash the game.
• Several other mod-friendly fixes and additions.
• OpenGL fix: Selig's head now renders.
• OpenGL fix: team icons now render. - ALAudio: Support for AL_EXT_vorbis
• ALAudio: Support for AL_ENUMERATION_EXT
• ALAudio: Can now specify a preferred audio device in your .ini file. - Game now handles "ut2003://" and "unreal://" URLs from MacOS.
• F3 will now show personal stats (once you wipe your preference directory).
• Now built with gcc 3.3 (the official Xcode version).
• Others fixes, optimizations, and improvements.

To download the update, head over to Macgamefiles.com

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MacPlay Announces BG II: Throne of Bhaal
9:37 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Baldur's Gate II fans rejoice! MacPlay today announced that it will be publishing the Macintosh version of Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the expansion pack to the award-winning Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. The pack marks the epic conclusion to the Bhaal saga that began with the original Baldur's Gate.

There are two parts to BGII: Throne of Bhaal: an Add-in section and an Add-on section. The Add-in section is new content added into the BGII: Shadows of Amn in the form a very large dungeon called Watcher's Keep. The add-on section takes place on a brand new map with new areas to explore, and starts shortly after the events in Shadows of Amn.

Here's a bit more info on the expansion pack:

War wreaks havoc among the Bhaal Spawn, and as a Child of Bhaal, you too become embroiled in the conflict. The mysteries concerning your dark heritage require final answers, and the secrets of your hidden powers are soon to be unleashed. Your journey down the Sword Coast has finally lead you just south of Amn, to the country of Tethyr. It is here, on this final battlefield, that the victors shall rise above the vanquished. You are the Bhaal Spawn, and your ultimate destiny will be yours for the taking!

In the expansion set to the award-winning Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn continue your quest and conclude the epic saga. Even if you have completed Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, return and discover the mysteries of a dangerous new dungeon - Watcher’s Keep. In addition, an exhilarating adventure unfolds when you explore new lands, battle fierce monsters and villains, and gain high-level abilities that bestow awesome powers. Fulfill your ultimate destiny in… Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal.

MacPlay expects to release the expansion pack on November 26th, just in time for Christmas. Be sure to stay tuned to IMG for further developments.

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iBook G4s ship with TH4, Deimos Rising
8:58 AM | Trevor Buchanan | Comment on this story

As an added incentive for those gamers considering the purchase of a new iBook G4, Apple quietly announced that every new model will ship with both Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 and Deimos Rising. The Apple games page points out this fact, which we missed in our original coverage of the new machines.

In case you missed out, here's more about the updated iBooks from their site:

New iBooks feature up to 1GHz PowerPC G4 processors, with the 12-inch display model starting at just $1,099 and the 14-inch display model starting at just $1,299. All new models include 256MB of Double Data Rate memory and 32MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 and Deimos Rising are included to help get your game on.
The two software bundles from Aspyr and Ambrosia are sure to make the purchase of one of these new models even sweeter.

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Active Lancer Updated, 3D Crazy Eights Shareware Released
6:38 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software has released a new version of the arcade action game Active Lancer demo and also a patch that works on the full game as well as the old version of the demo.

Changes in version 1.0.1

  • contains considerably smaller resources, including compressed music and a shortened cinematic. This results in a demo half the size of the original.
  • fixes a bug that prevented the game from launching under Classic OSes
  • includes new gameplay balances and difficulty changes
  • miscellaneous bug fixes
  • Links to download pages are available below. The patch is only available from Freeverse's servers at the moment, but you can download the full demo from macgamefiles.com.

    At the same time they have released a downloadable shareware version of the card game 3D Crazy Eights Deluxe. The game is available for download from Freeverse's download pages. The full game is available as a downloadable version for $19.95 or as a boxed game bundled with the puzzle game Enigma for $24.95. Head over to the official 3D Crazy Eights Deluxe site for more information about the game.

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    MacPlay Offers 2 Free Games with AvP2 Purchase
    6:16 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Readers looking to stretch their gaming dollars a bit should find MacPlay's latest offer to be of interest. Until November 7th, 2003, anyone who orders a copy of Alien vs. Predator 2 will receive both the original Aliens vs. Predator and No One Lives Forever free of charge.

    AvP2 is currently priced at $49.99 at MacPlay's site. In related news, MacPlay is also offering AvP figures, including the Warrior Alien, Dog Alien, Predator, or Predator Hunter.

    Those interested in the deal are required to place their orders directly through MacPlay's online store.

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    UT2003 Community Bonus Pack
    6:16 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    According to a post in the Atari Forums, a compilation of quality maps for Unreal Tournament 2003 has recently been released to the general community. Dubbed the Community Bonus Pack 2003, the compilation is the result of the combined efforts of some hardworking Unreal level designers.

    This compilation began as a small project. A few of the Unreal community's best level designers got together to release a small pack of their best work to the community. As the time went on, the project grew into something far more significant, with more and more of the best Unreal talent out there joining the team. The map count went from a small handful to a fully-fledged professional-level bonus pack.
    Included in the mix are a large number of Deathmatch maps, several CTF maps, and a few Domination arenas. The CBP team also has plans to create more group-oriented projects in the future, in the hopes that they can deliver more quality work in the future.

    Those interested in downloading the pack can find a number of links at the official CBP2003 site.

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    Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 28, 2003

    Blizzard Releases Long-Awaited Diablo II 1.103:04 PM
    New Exault Beta Available for OS X2:55 PM
    Aspyr Updates Tony Hawk 4 and Kelly Slater Pro Surfer2:09 PM
    Dark Horizons: Lore Beta Registration Opened9:25 AM
    Dominions II Demo Out9:25 AM
    X2: Wolverine's Revenge Now Shipping9:25 AM
     
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