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Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo Soon...?
8:45 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In a moderated chat session Thursday night on the IRC channel, members of the public got a chance to fire a silo of questions at the Epic Games developers responsible for the company's latest multiplayer shooter, Unreal Tournament 2004.

In the near-two hour marathon session, Epic's president Mark Rein, developers Joe Wilcox and Cliffy Blewzinski, and programmer Ryan Gordon fielded questions ranging from game content to tournament rules to whether or not all three game platforms will support voice-over-ip.

While the chat was long, informative, and sometimes confusing, the biggest thrill of the night came at the end of the chat, when Mark Rein took charge of the conversation. Amid much fanfare, Mark announced:

The demo will be out within two weeks.
While it would seem that this tidbit would be good news for players, skepticism abounds regarding the nature of Rein's statement. Once the chat ended, posters in the Unreal forums were quick to point out that there seens to be a "two week" running joke over at Epic. According to fans, the last time Epic promised a two week turnaround was for a demo of the PC version of UT 2K3, which finally took two months to complete.

Check out the chat log through the link below.

IRC Chat Log: Epic talks Unreal Tournament 2004
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IMG Reviews Law & Order: Dead on the Money
1:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Aspyr's Law & Order; Dead on the Money, the game based on the long-running drama show on NBC. Here's a clip from the review:

Like all Law & Order episodes, the game starts with a body. This time, a grounds keeper in Central Park finds a strangled jogger along an exercise path during his morning routine. It's up to you and your partner, Det. Briscoe voiced by L&O star Jerry Orbach, to find out who is the "vic," who killed him/her and why they were murdered all in less than seven days. The trail picks up at the scene of the crime where you search for evidence and establish leads to the identity of the murderer and any traces they've left behind.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Law & Order: Dead on the Money
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Law & Order: Dead on the Money
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GameRanger To Add Ladders, Rankings, & More
12:59 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

In an email to GameRanger members, GR's Scott Kevill outlines plans to add ladders, rankings and ratings to competitive play to the Macintosh-only online gaming service. Those who subscribe to the service's Premium membership will be able to see how you compare to other players. According to Kevill, all but a few games that are that have cooperative-only play will be supported.

Here's more from the official press release:

There will also be multiple ladders per game to cater for the different styles of gameplay that each game has.

This has been an extremely popular request, and a lot of design and thought has gone into its creation. Before it is completely released, it will be publically trialled just to make sure everything is running smoothly, but of course, you will need to be a Premium member to participate.

For more information, be sure to check out GameRanger.


Phelios Presents Abracadabra
8:45 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Phelios makers of games such as Swap and Helix, have recently introduced a new title to their lineup. Named Abracadabra and made using the PTK Engine, Abracadabra is an arcade-style action game that challenges players to make or break walls as they attempt to clear each level.

Create or destroy your destiny with the "Whack!" of a magic wand. That wand, by the way, is of key importance and could save your life. With it, you and your wizard friend can make or break walls. Your mission is to find a key without having your journey thwarted. You’ll use your supernatural powers wisely to protect you from the crazy creatures trying to foil your task. Don’t worry, there isn’t just evil lurking, you’ll also discover mystical fairies that will take you shopping! Yup, grab some gold and fill your life with ka-ching, to buy extra power and other magical things.
Abracadabra features tutorials in a variety of languages, and the full version boasts over 115 levels. Those interested in trying it out can download a demo directly from Phelios.

Phelios - Abracadabra

Leipzig - More Napoleonic Strategy
8:45 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

By Design, Inc. has added a new title to their current lineup of strategy games based on the Napoleonic Era. Titled Leipzig, this game, which also uses By Design's Waterloo Engine, depicts the battle between Napoleon and the Allies during 1813, covering three full days of one of the largest battles fought by Napoleon.

Some of the more notable features include the following:

  • Battalion level conflict, command hundreds of units!
  • Great new graphics, see hedge rows, streams, chateaux, and smoke clouds hang over the battlefield.
  • Skirmishers!
  • All the commanders down to the Division level are present.
  • Command your units as groups. You can move hundreds of units with a click of the mouse.
  • Capture enemies flags. Increase the pride of your troops when they
    carry back enemy flags from a mélee.
  • Move units in formation by simply clicking where you want them to move to.
  • Multiple units per square.
  • Play either side and even switch sides in the middle of a battle.
  • The units are fully editable. Add or remove any unit from any battle. Change the characteristics of any unit.
Leipzig is available for both OS 10.2 and OS 7.0 or better. Those interested in purchase information can find it at By Design's site.

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Red Marble Games Announces Twilight Mahjongg
8:45 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games and Twilight Games have recently announced Twilight Mahjongg, a new title that puts a twist on an old favorite. Though the tile-matching fundamental is still present, Twilight Mahjongg sets things in a Sci-Fi theme, adding a variety of game types in the process:

Twilight Mahjongg offers several twists on classic Mahjongg tile-matching gameplay, ranging from a simple match game with few rules, a space card mode with special tiles and tools to solve the level, a memory match mode, and two-player options. In addition to random levels, the game includes twenty replayable puzzle levels, so that players can improve their times on a specific layout that is the same each time.
Twilight also features 15 tilesets and 5 different backgrounds for players to experience. A free demo is available directly from Red Marble's site.

Red Marble Games - Twilight Mahjongg

Mac Games News for Thursday, January 29, 2004

IMG Store: Warcraft III Battle Chest In Stock1:12 PM
IMG Reviews Burning Monkey Casino12:13 PM
Apple Posts Activision Anthology Feature10:03 AM
SimCity 4, ToySight Updated9:35 AM
Darwine - Run Windows Apps Without Running Windows9:10 AM
BloodRayne Panther Beta Update8:14 AM
Sims 2, MOH: Pacific Assault Delayed8:14 AM
WoW Beta Sign-Up Begins; Mac Reqs Posted8:14 AM
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