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Aspyr Brings 007 Nightfire to Gold Master
7:50 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media sends word this morning that their shooter James Bond 007: Nightfire is now at Gold Master. The game should be shipping on June 21st, and gamers can expect it in stores by June 25. NightFire features an original single player storyline borrowing from the popular James Bond series of books and movies.

In case you're unfamiliar with Nightfire, here's a clip from IMG's recently posted preview of the title:

The 007 franchise is so embedded in our cultural landscape that nearly anyone you meet has been imprinted with some sort of composite of the world’s most famous spy. At least that thinking seems to be where Nightfire derives its narrative inspiration. Drawing on, and remediating, several popular moments from the franchise’s mythos, Nightfire tells the story of James Bond as he finds himself on the trail of Rafael Drake- a corrupt businessman who is attempting to use an orbital super weapon to destroy the world.

In order to accomplish this, James Bond must shoot and sneak his way through nine levels ranging in locale from an Austrian castle, a Japanese mansion, and a South Pacific island; ultimately concluding aboard an international space station.

For more on the game, be sure to read through the rest of our preview or have a look at Aspyr's mini-site for Nightfire.

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MacPlay Ships TRON 2.0
9:26 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay's Henry Price pinged IMG today to let us know that Tron 2.0 has begun shipping and should be in stores shortly. The game went gold on May 27th.

TRON 2.0 continues along the story originally developed by Disney's original TRON movie in the 80's. Players are taken into the computer, where they get to use some of the same cult-icons like light cycles and throwing discs.

For more on TRON 2.0, check out IMG's preview of the title. To pre-order your copy of TRON 2.0, please follow the link below.

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Space Colony Demo Released
9:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr has released a demo of their space station building simulation, Space Colony. The demo weighs in at 127 MB and is available for download from our sister site,

Here's a description of the game:

Save the Colony! Your staff are brawling, the Harvester Robot is chain sawing its way through the oxygen supply and small furry aliens have taken over the disco. This is home!

Each unique personality has a mind of its own so remember happy colonists make for productive colonists. Ignore them and they'll pick fights, argue, get depressed, and eventually go crazy. Nurture them and they will work hard for you, become friends and maybe even fall in love!

With over 100 buildings at your disposal, it's up to you to build a colony that meets all the colonists' needs and keeps them safe and happy. So before you shell out all your credits on iron extraction and space chicken productions to bring in the cash, remember, that without a gym, a sauna or a half decent restaurant, nobody's going to want to work for you!

To download the demo, head over to Also remember that this demo will be inlcuded in the upcoming DVD issue of the MacGames DVD, scheduled to ship in a week or so. For more information on the MacGames DVD, please follow the link below.

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Mac Version Of Uru In Doubt
8:37 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Back in February, IMG brought you news that Cyan had officially announced the Mac version of Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, the next chapter in the highly popular Myst series. Since then, not much has been heard about the Mac version of Uru, until today. According to a post to the Uru mailing list by Cyan's Chief Technical Officer, Mark Deforest, the Mac version of Uru may never happen because of a technical problem.

Here's the post:

The Mac version of Uru has a different problem. In Uru, we used a commercial library that doesn't have a Mac version (initially we were led to believe there was) and the company that created it doesn't seem to be interested in making a Mac version. Or if they do, not in a timely manner (even after pressure from Apple). Unfortunately, this library is heavily intertwine with our engine code.
Although it hasn't been officially cancelled, Deforest's post strongly suggests that the end is near.

All is not lost, however. In the same post, Deforest says that Cyan's next game, code-named Something Else™, will be using an open source libary that already has a Mac version.

For more information on Uru Mac, follow the link below to the Uru Obsession web site.

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Apple Posts MoH: Breakthrough Trailer
7:50 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Apple has updated their game trailer page with a trailer for the just-released Medal of Honor expansion pack, Medal of Honor: Breakthrough. For those unfamiliar with the pack, it adds new single player missions, along with a slew of new multiplayer features, including a new game mode called liberation.

Here's more info on it:

In Medal of Honor Allied Assault Breakthrough you take the role of Sergeant John Baker, a tough-as-nails infantryman in the 34th “Red Bull” Division. Baker’s ready attitude and extraordinary composure under fire got him “volunteered” for many extraordinary missions. His skills and battlefield wits got him through them, even when losses in his company were catastrophic. As Baker, you’ll join the American push across the deserts of Northern Africa and through the central mountains of Italy toward Rome. You’ll find yourself in the path of Germany’s famed Afrika Korps Panzers, under fire on the beach at Sicily, and hammering your way into the natural fortress of Monte Cassino. Few paths in history have been so hard to follow. You’ll cross uncharted battlefields and encounter an all-new range of enemies and weapons. Also, a new multiplayer game mode awaits, complete with new soldier classes.
For more information, or to watch the trailer, follow the links below. You can also order the game from the IMG store.

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Freeverse Releases Squabble
7:49 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software, the company that brought Mac gamers such hits as Burning Monkey Solitaire and Wing Nuts, has released their latest game to the public, Squabble. From the creative mind of developer Andrew Trevorrow, Squabble features intuitive word-formation gameplay for up to 10 players at a time.

From the minds who brought you X-Words and CrossCards comes Squabble, a whole new type of word game! Quick to learn and easy to play, Squabble challenges up to ten players to form the best words they can from a shared pool of letters. But watch out - any player can steal another word in the blink of an eye if they can make it better!
Squabble can be purchased now at the Freeverse Store for only $19.95, and is available for Mac OS 8.6 and later. A 30 launch trial version of the game is also available for those wishing to try out Squabble for free. More information can be found from the links below.

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Mac Games News for Friday, June 4, 2004

IMG Previews Airburst Extreme2:43 PM
Feral: Republic Goes Gold, XIII Demo Soon10:36 AM
Myth II 1.5 Final10:19 AM
Custer Answers The Call8:07 AM
EQMac Attending Sony Summit8:07 AM
World of Warcraft Collector's Edition Info8:07 AM
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