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IMG Previews Homeworld 2
9:06 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Mid July is about as slow as you can get for gaming news. But Mac games do keep coming and today IMG has posted a hands-on sneak preview based on a recent beta of Homeworld 2, the upcoming space strategy game from Aspyr Media, due to hit stores this fall.

Here's a clip from Nat Panek's preview:

Homeworld 2 is, clearly, the sequel to the popular space RTS game developed by Relic Entertainment, Homeworld. While the original title never (officially) made it to the Mac, its beefed-up successor soon will, thanks to Aspyr Media. As the game does follow a storyline, this may leave some gamers a little up in the air as to what’s going on in the game, so perhaps a brief recap is in order: in Homeworld, a race called the Hiigarans was exiled to a desert planet thousands of years ago. They discovered evidence of their lost home planet and decided to reclaim it. How? By using some mysterious buried hyperdrive technology they’d discovered, of course. So our Hiigaran friends (with the player’s help) build a fleet of ships and set out across the galaxy. By the end of the game, they’ve reached the world of their origin and set up housekeeping. In Homeworld 2, the Hiigarans are once again tossed into the gulfs of interstellar space while trying to defend themselves from the evil, nomadic Vaygr, thought by some to be emissaries of an angry god.
To check out the entire preview, please follow the link below.

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Sky Captain Game Creators Interviewed
9:14 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

HomeLAN Fed has posted an interview with Blitz Digital Studios concerning their Flying Legion Combat Challenge game. An official title for the upcoming movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Flying Legion is offered as a free download, rather than as a Flash title as is more commonly done, from the official Sky Captain site for both the Mac and PC.

Discussed in the interview are the relative freedoms and assistance Blitz received when creating the game for Paramount. One aspect that was a bit crunched, however, was the development time.

We feel it is the most elaborate and advanced game that is available for a free download. The Dev time was roughly 3 months, and with consoles taking 2-3 years to produce, we couldn’t be more proud of what we have done in such a short time. There were many custom tools written to achieve the look and overcome many technical limitations, and get the results in half the time it would’ve normally taken…
Also discussed are other titles currently in development as well as a hidden bonus level included in Flying Legion that will activate as the release date for the movie itself approaches.

Sky Captain Game Interview

iDevGames 'Vectorized' Winners
9:06 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

iDevGames has announced the winners of their first 21 Days Later contest. With the theme being Vectorized, programmers were challenged to create games with vectorized graphics while adhering to a strict filesize limit.

Accolades go out to the top 16 winners, who have been posted at the Vectorized results page. Special congratulations go out to Jellybean Fugue, VektorSchlacht, and Trapped, which placed 1st through 3rd, respectively. Jellybean Fugue features a shooter trapped within a maze, VektorSchlacht hearkens back to the days of Spectre with tank-shooting goodness, and Trapped is a straightforward side-scrolling shooter.

Judging, which was done by four well-known Mac gurus, was based off a variety of criteria, including play mechanics, presentation, and overall fun.

Gamers interested in trying out the winners first-hand can find download links at the results page.

iDevGames - Vectorized Results

TacOps 4 v4.05APu Patch Released
9:06 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The folks behind TacOps 4 have recently released a new patch to their tactical warfare game. Set at version 4.05APu, the patch updates any previous version of TacOps 4 and includes a large list of fixes and additions.

Some of the fixes are as follows:

Developer initiative. Added UK item filter to Unit Data Base Window, Weapon Data Base Window, Add One Unit Window, and Change Units Window.

Developer initiative. Added United Kingdom and German features to the "Change Units & Weapons" window.

Developer initiative. US Inf LRASS Team and US RECV HMMWV LRASS now provide an artillery direction bonus

Developer initiative. Changed M2A2 Bradley IFV (and variants) armor from KE 45/35/20 and CE KE 45/35/20 to KE 66/55/26 and CE 66/55/26.

A full list of fixes, as well as links to download the patch, can be found at the official TacOps 4 site.

TacOps 4 v4.05APu Patch Released

Mac Games News for Friday, July 9, 2004

IMG Store: Shrek 2, Medal of Honor: Deluxe, & More4:39 PM
UT2004 RPG Mod 1.2 Released4:39 PM
Custer Goes To War11:21 AM
Diablo II Ladder Season 2 Underway11:21 AM
Enemy Engaged Shipping Early August11:21 AM
Microsoft Unveils Philippe Starck-Designed Mice11:21 AM
Spiderweb Talks Blades of Avernum11:21 AM
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