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Close Combat: FTF Goes Gold, Ships April 15
6:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft let us know late yesterday that Close Combat: First To Fight has gone gold and will be shipping on April 15th, four days earlier than the PC/Xbox versions. MacSoft also let us know that the game's system requirements have actually been lowered on the Mac from 1 GHz G4 to 867 MHz, thanks to some extra optimizations done by the team.

Here's what MacSoft's Steve Charbonneau had to say about the system requirements:

This is actually LOWER than the Windows system requirements (the Win version requires a 1.3Ghz processor). Our team was able to take advantage of the PowerPC processors to deliver better performance on the Mac.

It's important to note that for both the Windows and Mac versions, we encourage a Radeon 9600 or higher graphics card. We believe the graphics card now makes a bigger difference in the playing experience than the processor speed, and we expect this to be the case for the next couple years.
More details on Close Combat: First To Fight will be available in the coming days.

The IMG Store is currently taking pre-orders for the game at $39.95. To place your pre-order, follow the link below.

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Close Combat: First to Fight
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IMG Reviews Spartan
12:27 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Spartan. The game is in the tradition of Europa Universalis, Victoria, and Civilization. You control a group of Greek city-states as they try to survive and prosper amidst attacks from home and abroad. Spartan is primarily a management game, as combat is less important than keeping your cities happy and prosperous.

To check out the review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Spartan
Virtual Programming
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Apple Now Accepting Design Awards 2005 Entries
12:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple has begun accepting entries for the Tenth Annual Apple Design Awards, which will be presented at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference this June. The awards are design to "recognize Mac OS X software solutions that deliver technical excellence and outstanding achievement."

This year's awards include the following categories: Best Product New to Mac OS X, Best Mac OS X User Experience, Best Mac OS X Entertainment Product, Best Mac OS X Scientific Computing Solution, Best Mac OS X Server Solution, Best Use of Open Source and Best Mac OS X Student Product. A Best Use of Mac OS X Tiger Technologies award will also be available to developers with Apple Developer Connection (ADC) memberships that include early access to Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger.

The winner in each category will receive: a 17-inch PowerBook, a Dual 2.5GHz Power Mac G5, an Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display, an ADC Premier membership, and a Macworld 2006 marketing package. The winning Student developer will get a 17-inch PowerBook G4, a full conference pass to the 2005 WWDC, airfare to the WWDC 2005, and lodging during the week of the 2005 WWDC. The contest is accepting submissions through May 13, 2005.

For more information, visit the official WWDC site, linked below.


New Info on Next-Gen Unreal Tournament
9:09 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Beyond Unreal has managed to dig up some more information on the next iteration in the Unreal Tournament series. Currently code-named "Envy," this next-gen title looks to include a number of new features, game types, and other additions.

One of the points stressed by Epic is that they don't intend to make a "prettier UT2k4," but in fact are aiming to create a whole new game. To this end, they are correcting the steep learning curve found in previous UT titles and trying to create a tighter community integration. This includes the tweaking of in-game lobbies, where a player can state what type and map he wants to play, set it up, and get it running.

Bots are going to be given more personality, as well the ability to follow more complex voice commands.

  • Bots' personalities will make them better suited to certain tasks.
  • "So if you're doing a flag run, you can hear what's going on back at your base because guys are shouting to each other where the enemy's coming from and what they're doing to prevent it". - Steve Polge
  • Voice command will play a much larger role in UT "Envy".
  • "You'll be able to ask [the bots] questions about their status: 'Is there anybody down in the cavern?', 'No, cavern's all clear'. Or you could throw out warnings like, "There's a sniper on the tower. Go get the sniper.'" - Steve Polge
Also briefly touched upon is the new Conquest mode, which is said to be a replacement for Assault.

Some preliminary screenshots are also available at the Beyond Unreal article for those wishing to get a look at the current graphics state of Envy.

Beyond Unreal - More UT "Envy" Goodness
Epic Games

Quake IV Confirmed at QuakeCon
9:09 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A recent GameSpot article, while mainly focusing on the recent launch of the Xbox version of Doom 3, contains a number of quotes from Todd Hollenshead, the CEO of id. Among other pieces of info, Hollenshead confirmed that a multiplayer version of Quake IV would be on-hand for sampling at the upcoming QuakeCon.

Namely, he revealed that the next installment in the conference's titular franchise will indeed be on hand, a fact omitted from last month's official lineup announcement. "We'll have Quake IV multiplayer to play," he said "And because it's also the 10-year anniversary of QuakeCon, we'll have a few other surprises as well."
QuakeCon is currently scheduled to take place August 11-14 in Dallas, Texas. More info on the upcoming event can be found at the official site.

GameSpot - Hollenshead confirms Quake IV for QuakeCon X, talks next-gen
QuakeCon 2005
id Software

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Warlords Mod for Homeworld 2 Updated
6:33 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Macologist reports that the latest version of the Homeworld 2 total conversion Warlords is now available for Macintosh users to enjoy.

Warlords is a mod for Homeworld 2 that features ships from the Star Wars universe. Play as Alliance Fleet, Imperial Fleet, Militia or the recently added Vong. Each race as unique ships to choose from to build your intergalactic fleet.

Version .45 includes the following changes:

• many redone effects
• new icons (not available in mac version)
• map updates
• added vong
• new ships
• little fixes
• reinforcements mode (not available in mac version)
• collision optimization complete
• many ships now have damageable subsystems
Head over to Macologist to check out the modification and download the Macintosh install.

Warlords v.45 Mac version now available
Aspyr Media
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Doom 3 Expansion Ships for PC
6:33 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Activision has announced that its much anticipated expansion for DOOM 3, Resurrection of Evil, has begun shipping to retail stores and should be available for purchase shortly.

Set two years after the first game ends, your character (now a combat engineer) heads to Mars where....well, stuff happens. Developed by Nerve Software, the expansion pack [has] new demons to fight, new weapons to use, new power-ups and more in terms of multiplayer, including Capture the Flag maps developed by Threewave.
No official announcement has yet been made on the potential availability of the expansion for Macintosh DOOM 3 users, but you can be sure that as soon as information is available, IMG will be there to report it.

DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil Ships
id Software
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Lego Star Wars Gameplay Videos
6:32 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

GameSpy PC has posted some new video footage of the much anticipated LEGO Star Wars game. The footage includes both QuickTime and Windows Media versions. There are two game trailers included. The more recent one shows some footage from the Episode III sections of the game, including a couple of brief shots of General Grevious and his personal guard. A movie representing gameplay from the game shows the player as Qui-Gon Gin battling federation droids and droidekas towards the beginning of Episode I.

Head over to GameSpy PC and check out the video footage, and stay with IMG for new information on LEGO Star Wars as its Macintosh release nears.

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Tank-O-Box Mac Edition Released
6:29 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Russian game developers Exclusive Games, LLC have released a Macintosh version of their miniature tank battle game, Tank-O-Box.

Taking place in a box on top of a writing desk, the player takes control of a tank to defend themselves and other targets against the enemy tank onslaught, in a game that is best described as the Atari 2600's Combat meets MicroMachines.

The full version of the game sports the following features:

- Outstanding 3D graphics and original sound;
- 50 awe-inspiring game levels with totally addictive gameplay;
- 4 types of terrain, 4 seasons, daylight, night and twilight;
- New tanks, rocket launchers and pillboxes;
- Single and two-player co-op modes;
- New Extra mode with the non-stop enemy tank onslaught.
A demo can be downloaded from the link below, and the full version can be purchased from Exclusive Games for $19.95.

MGF: Shareware - Arcade - Tank-O-Box Macintosh Edition
Exclusive Games, LLC

Mac Games News for Monday, April 4, 2005

Salvo! Announced For Mac11:32 AM
Shadow Warrior Open-Sourced; Gordon On It11:04 AM
X-Plane 8.11 Beta Available11:04 AM
In-Depth Stubbs Preview Including Q&A9:55 AM
Info on World of Warcraft Honor System9:54 AM
Red Orchestra 3.2 Released9:54 AM
Star Wars Battlefront Hits Beta9:54 AM
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