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Aspyr Ships Battlefield 1942 & Shrek 2
8:23 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media updated their project status page to note they are now shipping the shooter Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition and the family-oriented adventure game Shrek 2. The Battlefield 1942 package includes both the original multiplayer hit, as well as its expansion pack Road to Rome which adds more maps and vehicles to play either online or in singleplayer mode.

Here are the final system requirements for Battlefield 1942:

  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
  • PowerPC G4/G5, 867 MHz or faster
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 1.6 GB free disk space
  • 3D Graphics Acceleration required (ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or better)
  • 32MB of VRAM
  • DVD drive required to install and play
Battlefield 1942 can be ordered now at the IMG store, and it should also be noted that a number of large modifications for the game are on the second MacGames DVD.

Shrek 2 rounds out their lineup with an adventure lineup backed on the popular summer movie sequel. In this title, fans of the movies can play as five characters from the second movie over a variety of puzzler levels. For more information about the game, check out Aspyr's mini-site.

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Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition
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IMG Reviews TRON 2.0
1:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of MacPlay's TRON 2.0, a story-driven, first-person action game set in the TRON world. Here's a clip from the review:

That said, I enjoyed much of the game. Except for the jump puzzles. When’s the last time you were playing a game that had you jump from one precarious position to another and you thought to yourself, “Gee, this is fun! I can’t wait for the next level where I have to jump and quicksave every step in case I fall and have to start all over again!” Face it, jump puzzles haven’t been fun since Donkey Kong, Jr., and as far as I’m concerned they need to be outlawed. And there are several parts of the game where jumping is difficult and necessary to move on to the next level. Add a low frame count to the picture and things get even more frustrating. Frankly, I consider jump puzzles to be a hallmark of “I can’t think of what to do next” level design, (the ONLY exception being the Prince of Persia franchise).
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: TRON 2.0
Monolith Productions
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Total Immersion Racing Updated to v1.0.2
9:15 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive has released a small update to Total Immersion Racing. The patch brings TIR up to version 1.0.2, and features a sound fix.

Fixed - Sound handling bug that could cause the game to freeze for many seconds before continuing with stuttering sound for a while.
The patch is sized at 3.8MB, and can be downloaded from Feral's site.

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Empire Interactive
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Unreal Tournament 2003 Exploit Fixed
9:15 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Ryan Gordon's IcculusFinger is currently hosting an update to Unreal Tournament 2003 for both Mac and Linux users. The update addresses an exploit in the network code.

The Linux one has about a million changes over the stock 2225, since it's got all the MacOSX work on top of it. Consider it beta. The Mac version has one or two fixes, so it's worth updating.
Links to the patches, as well as other miscellaneous updates, can be found at IcculuFinger.

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Massive Assault Trailer
9:15 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Apple is currently hosting a trailer for Massive Assault. A turn-based strategy title brought to the Mac by Virtual Programming, MA features mech combat in a variety of environments, and takes into account tactics such as the cutting of supply routes and sabotage.

The trailer shows off some impressive-looking 3D work, showing a variety of machines waging war on each other. Smoke trails, blasted landscapes, and plenty of explosions seem to be the order of the day.

The trailer page also notes that a U.S. distributor is coming soon, though one has yet to be named. More info on this title can be found at VP's site.

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Massive Assault
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NHL Eastside Hockey Manager for Mac, Demo Out Now
8:23 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

SI Games has announced their first non-football (soccer) release, NHL Eastside Hockey Manager, is set to be revealed for both Mac and PC this Friday, July 2. In development for two years, this officially licensed management game should give fans of hockey a chance to take control of their very own team.

Here are a few more features listed in the press release:

  • All of the NHL™ teams and players including most player photos – managers can choose their favourite franchise and guide it to Stanley Cup™ glory.
  • The complete world of hockey, featuring 18 playable leagues from across the world, incorporating more than 250 playable teams with a database of 15,000 players, coaches and staff to choose from.
  • A detailed transfer system that allows users to buy, trade and select the world's top players.
  • A realistic in-game engine that simulates a hockey match, complete with live commentary, allowing managers to view and analyse player ratings and statistics, a period-by-period recap and, of course, all-important match statistics including shots and goals.
  • Complex player personalities, which combine with true-to-life physical and mental attributes to determine how every player feels and plays throughout each match.
  • Just like real-life professional hockey, NHL™:EHM uses two separate methods to allow players to move between teams: in North America, players are usually 'traded', while European leagues use a 'transfer' system similar to that used in football.
A beta demo of the game is available now for download from the SI Games site. This 111MB download is a six-month trial to see how you like the title. The game needs a 333MHz processor running OS X 10.3 with 256MB of RAM.

More details about the game can be found in the rest of the announcement or on SI Games' site. Stay tuned to IMG for word as the game heads towards release.

SI Games Announces NHL Eastside Hockey Manager
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Mac Games News for Friday, June 25, 2004

IMG Posts Close Combat: First To Fight First Look4:00 PM
Squabble Challenge, Win an Airport Express3:26 PM
IMG Ships Second MacGames DVD10:28 AM
Close Combat: First to Fight First Look At 6 PM Central!10:23 AM
Mac Everquest 1 Year Anniversary Celebration8:56 AM
A Brief Mac Gaming History8:28 AM
Aspyr June Newsletter 'Development News'8:28 AM
Custer Offers Up A History Lesson8:28 AM
Myth III 1.3 Released8:28 AM
New World of Warcraft Trailer, Q&A8:28 AM
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