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X2 - The Threat Announced for the Mac
8:08 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming pulled out a big surprise late yesterday with the announcement they had signed X2 - The Theat for the Mac. This 3D space simulation was released late last year for the PC and received glowing reviews for its impressive graphics and revitalization of the genre.

X2 - The Threat puts the player in control of a variety of spacecraft as you trade and fight your way to create an empire in the universe. Here's more from the official X2 site on how your ships can be upgraded:

Many defensive and offensive systems are available. Hull strengths, different shield systems, enemy radar tracking devices and warning systems make up some of the defensive capabilities. There are numerous offensive laser systems, with associated damage properties, rates of fire and ship placement (front, back, top, bottom) along with a large collection of missiles for ship to ship and ship to station attrition.
For more on X2 - The Threat, have a read through Virtual Programming's site. They don't have a hard release date yet for the game but are expecting it to be available sometime in Q3 of this year.

X2 - The Threat is Mac bound!
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X2 - The Threat
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IMG Store: Pre-Order Worms 3D
3:20 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun taking pre-orders for the turn-based action game, Worms 3D from Feral Interactive. The game is available for pre-order for $48.95 and just $44.95 for MacGames DVD or IMG Pro subscribers.

Here's a bit more info on the game:

While maintaining the core game-play that all players want to see in a Worms game, Worms 3D brings the series to a whole new level. An immersive single player experience, incredible multiplayer action, a choice of camera modes, various environmental conditions and much much more.
To place your pre-order, please follow the link below.

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IMG Reviews Command & Conquer: Generals
10:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Aspyr's recently-released real-time strategy game, Command & Conquer: Generals. Here's a clip from the review:

Generals makes a break from the pack of previous C&C incarnations in that the back story doesnít focus on a single evil individual or specific plot. Conversely, Generals is based on more contemporary issues and scenarios that may as well have been pulled from CNN headlines. The game focuses on the growing threat of the Global Liberation Army (GLA) and the efforts taken by the US and Chinese governments to deal with said threat. This doesnít provide for much of a storyline, but honestly thatís not what people are looking for here. For the most part, C&C fans are looking to blow stuff up and there is a lot of room to do that.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Command & Conquer: Generals
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Command & Conquer: Generals
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Delta Force: Black Hawk Down in Beta
9:17 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has updated their Game Status page, indicating that Delta Force: Black Hawk Down has officially gone into beta status. Originally created by NovaLogic, Delta Force is a first person shooter that takes place in Somalia, and allows players to use a variety of real world weapons and vehicles while executing missions.

In late 1993, the United States launched dual military operations in Mogadishu Somalia. Delta Force Operatives and Army Rangers were sent in to capture Somali warlords and restore order. Experience the intense combat of Operation Restore Hope in this ground breaking first person shooter. As a Delta Force operative participate in a number of daring and intense raids against the oppressive Somali warlords in and around Mogadishu.
The anticipated release date for this title is currently listed as May 2004.

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Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
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GameSmith Reaches 50,000 Users
8:08 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

GameSmith, the casual online gaming service run by Freeverse Software to support their numerous card and board games, recently announced they had reached the 50,000 user point. Obviously this is an impressive statistic given the size of the Mac gaming community, and president Ian Lynch Smith boasts about the achievement appropriately:

With its concentration on the casual Mac game market, GameSmith provides a friendly meeting place for gamers from around the globe.

Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse has said, "Of all the kinds of stones that one can pass, this milestone feels pretty good! We're thrilled with the quality of the community we've been able to build. It is playful but not childish, and the level of conversation on GameSmith is unlike any other online gaming experience. Our users, from teachers to students, from grandmothers to teenagers, are simply some of the greatest people on the net."

If you haven't checked out GameSmith, be sure to do so by downloading the client via the links below.

GameSmith Passes 50,000 Users

Mac Games News for Monday, April 19, 2004

Fallout 3 to be Published?9:17 AM
Glenda Talks Mac Generals8:27 AM
iDevGames Posts 'Vector' Game Contest Entries8:27 AM
The Gamesome Mac Talks Tron with MacPlay8:27 AM
Apple Bumps iBook, Powerbook Lines8:00 AM
Warcraft III Beta Patch, Competition8:00 AM
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