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Mac Patch For UT2004 Released
8:20 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Over the weekend Ryan Gordon released the Mac version of the latest Unreal Tournament 2004 patch. The patch, which brings the retail version of the popular first person shooter to version 3369, offers a host of updates and fixes including render-to-texture support for OS X 10.4.3 users.

Patch 3369 contains several important fixes, but Mac users might be most excited about the availability of render-to-texture support (detailed shadows, motion blur, headlights, the DM-Morpheus scoreboard, etc). This requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later (but the game still runs on earlier releases as expected).

The package contains both the client and dedicated server. This will only patch the retail version (either the original UT2004 or the Editors' Choice Edition), and not the demo.

The patch is available for download from the site listed below and should be available from soon.

UT 2004 Patch News and Download Sites
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Epic Games
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The Sims 2 University Goes Beta, Pre-Order Available
12:34 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced that The Sims 2 University, the first expansion for the popular The Sims 2, has gone beta and is expected to ship later this month.

The Sims 2 University allows players to explore a whole new stage of life as young adults and introduces college-related wants and fears that are ultimately tied to their Sims’ social life and academic goals. The expansion also introduces influence gameplay allowing players to earn influence points to have other Sims do certain tasks for them such as homework, term papers, cleaning up the fraternity house or even pulling pranks on other Sims. Players will be able to choose from one of 11 majors and open up 4 new career paths as they make their way through University.

In related news, The Sims 2 Unversity is now available for pre-order through for $34.95.

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Redline Status Update
8:20 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

A status update for Redline, Ambrosia Software's upcoming racing sim, was recently released on the company's forums. The latest version is now "Intel native" and includes interface improvements and fixes various problems.

b7 released

new in this version:

-Cars now have to be unlocked by playing the challenges.
-New artwork for the canyon track
-New interface appearance
-Fixes various problems
-Runs native on intel
-Removed all non-final artwork for now. Will come back in sequent releases.

To learn more about Redline follow the links below.

Redline Progress Log
Ambrosia Software

Apple Offers New Stubbs Trailer
8:20 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Apple is offering a new downloadable trailer of Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse at its website. Stubbs is Aspyr Media's and Wideload Games' new zombie themed action title. In the game players take the role of undead antihero Stubbs who has declared war against the humans disturbing his slumber.

On his quest, Stubbs lurches his way through numerous large and visually captivating indoor/outdoor environments in and around the gleaming city of Punchbowl, PA, a city built during the Eisenhower administration to show off the ultra-futuristic technology of the 21st century. Stubbs' brain-eating adventure brings him through bustling shopping districts and verdant farmlands to battle mad scientists, rural militiamen and the world's deadliest barbershop quartet. His enemies have shotguns, tanks, and all manner of futuristic weaponry. All Stubbs has is his own rotting corpse, a distinct lack of pain or conscience, and the ability to turn foes into zombie allies.
To check out the review follow the link below.

Apple Games: Stubbs Trailer
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Stubbs the Zombie
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El Ballo Reviewed
8:20 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macteens recently posted a review of El Ballo, Ambrosia Software's adult side scrolling adventure game. The game follows the exploits of El Ballo as he attempts to save his home planet of Testicular from the evil Doctor Cough. The game's humor and gameplay helped to give El Ballo a score of 4 out of 5 stars from Macteens.

From the review:

How can Ambrosia sell this game you might ask? Well, they do offer a Parental Control option, that lets you set a password to unlock the nude content when the children are sleeping (we know that you want to). This also renames some of the characters and places, so that it isn’t as dirty. The only problem with this is that if your child knows anything about Mac OS X, such as how Preferences work, they can simply delete the preferences while still retaining their game saves in order to gain access to the “exclusive” content. Really though, all the seemingly “adult” content is more humorous than dirty. Being what some might call a “fickle youngster”, I absolutely see no problem in someone over the age of 12 or 13 playing this game. I saw much worse than this in Nintendo Power or National Geographic when I was 10. I didn’t ask my parents any awkward questions.
To learn more about the game and read the entire review click on the links below.

Macteens: El Ballo Review
Ambrosia Software
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Extreme Review of Civilization IV
8:20 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Voodoo Extreme has posted a review of Civilization IV. The highlights of this review includes gameplay, enhanced graphics and audio. The only notable flaw given in this review was game performance after playing for a long period of time.

The biggest changes in Civ IV over earlier editions are the audio and visual upgrades. The game now uses a real 3D engine and audio in general is wonderful. Did I mention Spock does the technology voice overs? Oh yeah, it's all good. Besides improving the window dressing they added a ton of new units, technology and systems to manage your empire, and also made some of the not-so addictive qualities of the game less tedious such has population and social issues.
Overall, Voodoo Extreme gave Civilization IV a score of 9 out of 10. Civilization IV is set to be released sometime next year for the Macintosh and is being published by Aspyr.

Voodoo Extreme-Civilization IV Review
Civilization IV
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Mac Games News for Friday, December 2, 2005

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