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MacSoft Announces Unreal Tournament 2004
10:46 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today announced that it will be publishing Epic Games’ highly anticipated Unreal Tournament 2004 for the Macintosh. The sequel to last year’s hugely popular Unreal Tournament 2003, UT04 takes gladiator combat to a new level with the addition of land and air vehicles, an arsenal of new weaponry (including mines, rocket-propelled grenades and stationary gun turrets), daunting new arenas, epic battlefields and the challenge of the Assault and Onslaught game types.

Here's more from the official press release:

According to Epic Games’ Mark Rein, “We’ve been working on the Mac version of Unreal Tournament 2004 right alongside the Windows version. Mac users should get a nice surprise when the official ship dates are announced.”

Unreal Tournament 2004 also adds the UnrealTV broadcast system, which allows hundreds of people to log on and watch famous combatants duke it out, and the return of the mighty Skaarj as a playable race.

“Unreal Tournament 2004 is more proof of Epic’s awesome commitment to the Mac platform,” according to Peter Tamte, MacSoft’s founder. “It’s going to be a thrill going online against both Mac and Windows players when this game ships.”

MacSoft also announced that it expects to ship Unreal Tournament 2004 midway through the first quarter of 2004. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further developments.

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IMG Reviews X2: Wolverine's Revenge
11:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Aspyr's X2: Wolverine's Revenge. Here's a clip from the review:

With a proper controller in hand I begin slashing my way through the game's early levels. The fighting controls are simplistic -- players can punch or kick, throwing a few different combinations as they do so. If they hit the right combination while next to an opponent, one of Wolverine's "strike" moves goes off, and he immediately runs through a script of pre-programmed (yet still impressive) mayhem. It's possible to wipe out a room of goons with one of these moves, and while players don't actually control Wolverine while he's "striking", it's still a pleasure to watch.

Wolverine's claws can be extended or withdrawn at will -- extending them does extra damage, withdrawing them triggers his mutant power and allows him to heal. In addition to his standard wandering-claws-of-death mode, Wolverine has "stealthy" and "sense" modes. The first allows him to move quietly, hugging walls and surprise guards. The second heightens his animal senses, permitting him to "see" the thermal footprints of his prey, catch their scent (which appears as a green stream on the screen), and detect which way they are facing.

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

IMG Review: X2: Wolverine's Revenge
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X2: Wolverine’s Revenge
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See Freeverse At The Apple Store SoHo
11:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Metropolitan New York Macintosh Alliance (aka MetroMac) is inviting New Yorkers to stop by the Apple SoHo store on Thursday, December 11th. Freeverse Software will be giving live demos of their games including the first chance to see ToySight live in action. The company will also be showing off some of its other recent titles such as Burning Monkey Casino, Active Lancer, and more.

The meeting will begin at 6 PM. If you're in the area during that time, be sure to stop by. For more information on the event, head over to MetroMac.


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IMG Store: Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal In Stock
10:56 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Fans of computer RPGs will be happy to hear that the IMG Store has gotten Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the expansion to Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and the closing chapter in the Baldur's Gate series, is in stock. The long-awaited conclusion was finally announced for Mac earlier by MacPlay and now fans of the series will finally be able to play it to its end.

From MacPlay's site:

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

The game boost rather low system requirements, only slightly higher than the original game:
  • Mac OS 9.2 or OS X 10.1.5 or later
  • Power Macintosh G3 Processor 266 MHz or better
  • 256MB RAM
  • 56K modem or Local Area Network (LAN) for multiplayer
  • Requires Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
  • To get your game, head over to the store and secure your copy today. For those that already have pre-ordered their copy, rest assured that they are being sent to you today.

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    Custer Unleashes a Strategic Desktop
    10:46 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

    IMG's Brad Custer is back with another new desktop. This week he features Freeverse's Solace. Here's what Brad had to say about his latest creation:

    Solace from Rocco Bowlingand Freeverse Software is a request that's been in my box for quite some time. By now you know my complusive nature to honor each email I receive. In this week's wallpaper I wanted to focus on the the world and key players in the game. So, with the help of Rocco Bowling and Freeverse Software, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled this feature, "Strategy", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
    To check out this and many more of Custer's Desktops, head over to his section on IMG by following the links below.

    IMG: Custer's Desktops

    uDevGame Voting Ends Today (Corrected)
    10:46 AM | Matt Diamond | Comment on this story

    Yesterday IMG posted a new item saying that voting ended before Friday December 5, but in fact voting is allowed on December 5 as well. Voting ends when the iDevGames server reaches midnight tonight (the server's current time can be seen on the iDevGames home page.) The winners will be announced on MacRadio next Monday, December 8.

    The 43 Mac games are being rated by the public. As an incentive to play some of the games and rate them, a few lucky voters will be randomly chosen to win a door prize. Full details are available on the uDevGame 2003 contest webpage.

    Good luck to all the developers!

    uDevGame 2003

    Mac Games News for Thursday, December 4, 2003

    IMG Posts The Slacker's Guide To Shareware - Part 82:12 PM
    Freeverse Ships Burning Monkey Casino12:44 PM Ships Combat Mission: Afrika Korps12:36 PM
    uDevGame 2003 Voting Ends Today12:36 PM
    Vendetta Update Coming Soon11:18 AM
    Apple Features ToySight10:28 AM
    Puzzle Pirates Sets Sail with Panther Support10:28 AM
    Law & Order Now Shipping6:58 AM
    Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos Goes Gold6:58 AM
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