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Dominions II Shipping
10:00 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

Dominions II, a turn-based strategy game, is now shipping from distributor Shrapnel Games. Featuring epic battles for world domination against intelligent computer opponents and up to 16 human opponents, Dominions II is sure to sate any strategy gamer or wannabe king-of-the-world's thirst for world domination.

Here is an excerpt from the press release:

Dominions II: The Ascension Wars is available in a Baskin-Robbins smorgasbord of multi-platform goodness. Unless you're still using an Atari 800 and BASIC for your OS there's a version for whatever system you happen to be running. There's your standard Windows version, one for the Mac, two--yes, that's right, count'em two!--Linux versions (x86 Intel and Power PC configurations), and even one for Solaris! So no matter what system you operate you can easily get your Dominions II game on!

And what a game it is! Dominions II: The Ascension Wars is a turn-based fantasy strategy title and the direct sequel to the sleeper hit, Dominions: Priests, Prophets, and Pretenders. Designed and developed by Illwinter Game Design of Sweden, Dominions II is a game of godhood that is as massive in scope as the heavens themselves. Rich in detail and options, the highly addictive gameplay will suck you into the realm of 3 A.M. gaming and not let you go. Play solo or against sixteen human opponents and create your own Gotterdammerung!

Dominions II is available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Solaris and has a suggested retail price of $44.95. The demo is also available if you want to try before you buy.

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IMG Interviews Andrew Welch
12:48 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted an interview with Ambrosia's Andrew Welch, the legendary shareware maker. It's been over a decade since Andrew Welch created Ambrosia Software. His first shareware game, Maelstrom, set the tone for what he and his company would go on to create for over 10 years: quality shareware for the Macintosh. From time to time we like to sit down with the legendary Mr. Welch to catch up on things...

Here's a clip from the interview:

IMG: What makes more money? Games or utilities such as Snapz Pro?

Welch: That's like saying "Which is better, Ford or Chevy?" :) It really depends on the game/utility in question, but in general, Snapz Pro X is our best selling product, and I expect it to only get better with version 2.0. Games also take a lot of investment in terms of artwork, sounds, music, etc. that is not present when designing a utility program (or at least not to such a degree).

To check out the entire interview, please follow the link below.

IMG Feature: IMG Interviews Andrew Welch
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Throne of Bhaal Set To Ship November 21st
12:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay today announced that it will begin shipping Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the long-awaited expansion pack for Baldur's Gate II, on November 21st.

Here's more from the official press release:

Like its predecessors, Throne of Bhaal(tm) uses official rules from Dungeons & Dragons, the long-running pen-and-paper RPG from Wizards of the Coasts. Players can either import their entire party from Shadows of Amn(tm) (or create a new, high-level character and have the opportunity to choose a new class, the wild mage. They can also ask any of the non-player characters (NPCs) from Shadows of Amn(tm) to join them in their quest.

"Mac gamers asked for this one, so we're delivering it," said Henry Price, Director of Sales for MacPlay. "This game is amazing; you haven't really played D&D until you've become an ultra-powerful character and gone toe-to-toe with the fiercest monsters in the Forgotten Realms, and that's what Throne of Bhaal(tm) is all about."


The story takes players south of the city of Amn, to the country of Tethyr, where the final battle awaits. Players' characters are now Bhaal Spawn who possess the power to battle dozens of new monsters, including blue dragons, fire giants, and magic golems, as they attempt to fulfill their final destiny. As they uncover the mysteries in Watcher's Keep and other Tethyr locales, they can advance as high as 40th level, amassing up to 8 million experience points and picking up new special abilities along the way.

Throne of Bhaal(tm) also offers new magic items that players can find or forge from existing treasures, including blue dragon scale armor (one guess how that's created). At the conclusion of the story, the decisions players made during their adventures determine one of several possible endings.

Throne of Bhaal is available for pre-order through MacPlay and the IMG Store. Be sure to place your pre-order today.

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Law & Order Moves to Final Candidate
10:02 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

According to Asypr's online projects status page, the upcoming title Law and Order: Dead on the Money has moved out of beta testing and is currently in Final Candidate status. The estimated shipping date is still listed as sometime this November.

Based on the long-running TV series, Dead on the Money is an adventure title that allows gamers to experience two sides of the justice system, much like the show itself. Players will start a criminal investigation as a law enforcement agent, gathering clues that will lead up to an arrest. Once made, the game then switches over to the courtroom, where players must put together a compelling case in order to win.

If things go well, we'll see Dead on the Money shift from Final Candidate to Gold Master in the following weeks, and be able to chalk up another adventure title for the Mac.

Aspyr Media
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GarageGames Signs Dark Horizons as First 'Core' Title
10:01 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Garage Games recently announced an exclusive deal made with Max Gaming LLC concerning Dark Horizons: Lore. A mech-piloting title that utilizes the Torque engine, this will be their first core title built with the engine.

Utilizing the award-winning network code found in the Torque Engine, Max Gaming LLC has the perfect backbone to set up the ideal gaming and development environment for Dark Horizons: Lore. When combined with Torque´s brilliant scripting, geometry, texturing and animation capabilities, the true vision of Max Gaming and Dark Horizons: Lore can now finally be realized.
Dark Horizons allows players to pilot one of six Mechanized Assault Vehicles, known as MAVs. Pilots can choose to fight alone or as a group with a variety of weapons. The response to Dark Horizons has apparently been huge, with the beta garnering so much support that Max Gaming felt compelled to double the thousand testers cap.

Thanks to the portability of the Torque engine, Mac users can expect to get in on the fun as well. Stay tuned to IMG for more information on Dark Horizons: Lore as it becomes available.

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Deus Ex: Invisible War Preview and Interview
10:00 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

With PC and Xbox releases in less than three weeks, the number of previews and interviews on Ion Storm's first person roleplaying game Deus Ex: Invisible War is increasing rapidly. This is only natural since it's the sequel to Deus Ex, one of the most popular action/RPG games in recent history.

Now IGN offers a hands-on preview of an almost complete game build and Eurogamer has posted an interview with Warren Spector, CEO of Ion Storm. Both contain tons of interesting reader for people who can't wait to get their hands on this title. Follow the links provided below to reach the articles.

Unfortunately there hasn't been official word yet on a Macintosh version of Deus Ex: Invisible War. The original Deus Ex was ported for Mac by Westlake Interactive and published by Aspyr Media, and it is possibly still one of the most popular games on the Mac (with discussions regarding it frequently appearing in our forums three years after its initial release). Hopefully it will be possible to see the same for the sequel, but stay tuned to IMG for the official word.

Ion Storm
Deus Ex 2: Invisible War
IGN: Deus Ex: Invisible War Preview
Eurogamer: Warren Spector Interview


Mac Games News for Friday, November 14, 2003

IMG Reviews Ghost Master2:34 PM
Giga Designs Unveils Fanless G4 Cube Upgrade11:57 AM
Gone Gold: Burning Monkey Casino11:53 AM
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb Goes Gold11:44 AM
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Announced11:09 AM
Custer's Desktops: Billy Frontier10:39 AM
Key Nine Online 1.0 Released9:34 AM
New UT2004 Screens9:05 AM
Updated GtkRadiant Build for OS X9:05 AM
Freeverse Ships 3D Crazy Eights6:00 AM
 
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