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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Aspyr Announces Star Wars Battlefront for OS X
8:25 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

In their continuing string of Macworld expo announcements, Aspyr Media has just revealed they will be publishing Star Wars Battlefront for Mac OS X. Battlefront is an acclaimed shooter which lets fans fight it out in massive multiplayer battles ripped straight from the movies.

Battlefront has been compared often to Battlefield 1942 in that you can pick a number of character types and a variety of vehicles for both online or singleplayer modes. Here's more from the press release:

Players can select one of a number of different soldier types, jump into any vehicle, man any turret on the battlefront and conquer the galaxy planet-by-planet online with their friends or offline in a variety of single player modes. Single player modes include "Instant Action," "Galactic Conquest" and the story-based "Historical Campaigns" mode that lets gamers experience all of the epic battles from Episodes I-VI, fighting from the perspective of each of the four factions within the game.
Additionally, the preliminary system requirements are on par with most modern shooters:
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.6 or later
CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5 or later
CPU Speed: 1GHz or faster
Memory: 256MB (512MB recommended)
Hard Disk Space: 2.7GB free disk space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon 8500 or better
Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 2 or better
Video Memory (VRam): 64MB
Media Required: DVD Drive
Aspyr is hoping to have Star Wars Battlefront ready for release this June, and the title is being ported by Beenox Studios.

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IFTD Selling Classic Logicware Titles
8:25 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Ideas From the Deep, a website selling games for both the Macintosh and PC, has recently acquired a stock of classic Logicware titles. The titles include Monster Hunter, Shattered Steel, and Redneck Rampage (boxed and jewelcase-only). Monster Hunter and the boxed version of Redneck Rampage are selling for $7.50, the jewelcase-only version of Redneck Rampage sells at $5.00, and Shattered Steel is marked at $2.50.

Pick up these classics, and other Macintosh game titles, at Ideas From the Deep's website.

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The Sims 2 Interview
8:25 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Online gaming site Fragland has posted a short interview with The Sims 2 creator and Maxis Senior Producer Tim LeTourneau. The interview covers some more unconventional aspects of the game, focusing on the possibility of adding sports to the game.

From the interview:

Fragland: Is it not possible to add sports in an add-on pack?

Tim: It is, except we have to figure out what the gameplay is. Itís not that simple as: letís get the Sims to play soccer. Sure, we can get them playing soccer, but we have to figure out what the added-value would be to the player. Why would a gamer play this, would it be fun gameplay. Questions like that are our guide in creating more possibilities in the Sims :)

Check out this, and other burning Sims topics (Fragland: Can your Sims get drunk or high ?) in Fragland's full interview. IMG will continue to bring you the latest information on The Sims 2 as it nears it Macintosh release date. - Specials - Interview with Tim LeTourneau
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X-Plane 8 Creator Interviewed
8:25 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Website Experience Gaming has posted an interview with Laminar Research head Austin Meyer about the upcoming update to the X-Plane series, X-Plane 8. In the interview, Austin talks about some of the new features in X-Plane 8, as well as some of his personal favorite parts of the game.

Austin had this to say about the people who use X-Plane:

Most X-Plane customers are pilots, or people who want a simulator that has a level of realism that is appropriate for pilots. Some airline pilots take X-Plane with them on their (real) overseas flights on their laptop computers and simulate the flight back to America while on their layover at hotels in Europe. Many airline and freight pilots keep their currency up on X-Plane to breeze through their bi-annual flight-currency-checks. Countless private pilots use X-Plane to help keep up their currency when time and money constraints keep them from making it out to the airport as often as they would like. I have gotten a handful of orders from the D.O.D, the C.I.A. and Microsoft.

But the majority of the X-Plane customers, I think, are simply people who want to experience the joy of flight, and their personal computer with a copy of X-Plane is an awfully fun, easy, (and safe!) way to do it.

Head over to Experience Gaming for the full interview, and stay with IMG for further information on the development of the X-Plane series.

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Myst V 'Finale' Confirmed for the Mac
8:25 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Yesterday IMG reported on the announcement of Myst V: End of Ages, and already it has been confirmed the title will be a hybrid release for Mac and PC. Cyan is hoping to help gamers wrap up many story lines in Myst V when released this fall.

Along with the press release text, they have given a peek at the game with its first screenshot. Here's more about their goal with Myst V:

Picking up immediately where the original Myst ended, players are presented the privilege, challenge and responsibility of restoring the lost empire of the D'ni(TM) -- an ancient civilization of people who thrived for thousands of years but later met with a great catastrophe. Like each previous Myst title, Myst V: End of Ages advances the graphical beauty and detail of its worlds with a fully immersive 3D environment. Cyan carefully crafted and combined elements of adventure, puzzles, storyline and gameplay innovation creating a worthy ending to the one game to which millions will forever compare any adventure title -- Myst.

"Myst V: End of Ages follows the Myst storyline to its conclusion -- closing the book on the Ages of Myst," said Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan Worlds. "To complete this circle of Myst we've embraced the idea of something old and something new. New in regard to pushing forward in areas of interface and technology. And old -- getting back to the simple exploration that made Myst so magical."

With the company being forthcoming with a release date, you can be sure more information on Myst V will be coming soon. Thanks to our German friends at for the tip.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 12, 2005

MWSF: MacSoft/Destineer Chat2:55 PM
MWSF: IMG Chats With Aspyr2:34 PM
MWSF: Freeverse Releases ToySight Gold Expansion Pack12:50 PM
MWSF: Mac Doom 3 Demos11:43 AM
Ages of Ilathid Needs Developers10:41 AM
MWSF: Black Hawk Down Expansion for Mac9:18 AM
MWSF: Over the Edge Talks Gooball8:17 AM
Myst V: End of Ages Announced8:17 AM
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