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Star Wars: Empire at War Announced for OS X
8:39 AM | Andy Largent | 27 comments

Aspyr Media sends word this morning that a new LucasArts game will be making its way to the Mac, Star Wars: Empire at War. This strategy game lets players take the side of either the Empire or Rebellion forces and fight through both land and space battles.

Empire at War features a new game engine developed by Petroglyph Games, and the title's graphics are much improved over previous Star Wars strategy games like Battlegrounds. Here's more from Aspyr:

Empire at War features beautifully rendered land and space battles set on memorable planets such as Yavin IV, Tatooine and Dagobah, as well as never-before-seen environments taken directly from the Star Wars films and expanded universe novels. In the game, players choose to join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, building and setting up tactical forces to unleash upon the enemy in real-time 3D. Memorable Star Wars hero characters can be brought into the action to help turn the tide of the battle as players build, manage and upgrade their space and ground-based units, vehicles, troops and base structures.
Aspyr expects Empire at War to be ready for OS X by February of 2007. Stay tuned for more on the game from IMG as it heads through development.

Star Wars: Empire at War
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Apple Games Features Pangea Arcade
8:39 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pangea Arcade is the subject of Apple Games latest feature. Focusing on arcade action the compilation features Nucleus, Warheads, and Firefall. Apple's article examines the three games and offers a look back at their inspirations: Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command.

A spaceship zips through the lonely cosmos, blasting all manner of space debris in its path. Rocket launchers defend power stations against attack by incoming warheads. A ship destroys worms that wiggle through a field of obstacles.

That may sound like another day at the arcade, circa 1982, but itís really a few minutes taking a break on your Mac, where the thrills of yesteryear have been updated with spectacular effects and sound. Nucleus, Warheads, and Firefall emulate some well-known arcade classics as they take action-packed, white-knuckle gameplay to a new level.

Check out the full article at the link below.

Apple Games: Pangea Arcade
Pangea Software
Pangea Arcade
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Dofex Allows Dofus Play Sans Browser
8:39 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments has released Dofex, a beta tool designed for playing Ankama Studio's Dofus without a conventional web browser. In addition to taking up less memory and offering a dock icon, Dofex also includes keyboard shortcuts for quick access to important game information.

Dofex Features:

- Dofex Strips away all the unnecessary fluff of a web browser so it takes up as little memory as possible.

- All the important information about Dofus at the tip of your finger tips with keyboard shortcuts to access all the information about equipment, resources, forums, etc.

- Resize Dofex to whatever size you want. Toggle the window always on top. Perfect for having the corner of the screen to keep an eye on what's going on in Dofus without interrupting you.

- Dofex looks and acts more like a true Mac OS X application with a pretty icon to put in your Dock.

Click on the links below to download Dofex and learn more about it.

Dofex Features
MGF: Dofex 1.1 Beta 1
Dofus Official Site
Ankama Studio

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Black & White Platinum Pack Reviewed
8:39 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

The latest edition of The Slacker's Guide examines the Black & White Platinum Pack, a compilation of the original Black & White god-sim and its expansion Creature Isle. To succeed in the game players must use their godly powers to increase their followers in a battle for influence with other gods. To help in this task players are given a pet creature which must be trained through use of positive and negative reinforcement.

Your pet, which is both the gimmick of the game and extremely useful, can be your best ally, a good friend or a royal pain depending on treatment and conditioning. After completing some early tasks and choosing a pet from a lineup of a cow, a monkey and a tiger, the pet can become anything you want it to be. Behaviors can be encouraged through positive or negative reinforcement while the pet's appearance can be adapted by adding tattoos to its surface layer via one of the rooms in the temple. Learning can be encouraged by leashing the pet to an object, then demonstrating a behavior you'd like the pet to emulate. The pet will eventually learn and begin to perform these behaviors, such as casting helpful miracles for villages, on its own as they wander about the landscape.

Your pet isn't a subtle thing, nor would any gigantic animal given free will be (there's typically a little chaos associated with it, such as the pet knocking over fences or deciding to juggle villagers for amusement), but it can become an essential ally while your attention is diverted to other matters. While one village might ask for help with housing, food or wood supplies, your pet can be directed to go help another village and then be rewarded for it.

To read the full review head over to the site listed below.

The Slacker's Guide: Black & White Platinum Pack Review
Feral Interactive
Lionhead Studios
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Burning Crusade Previewed
8:39 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Pro-G recently posted a detailed preview of The Burning Crusade, the eagerly awaited first expansion for World of Warcraft. The game adds a variety of goodies to WoW including an increased level cap, controllable flying mounts, and a vast new continent to explore.

Us game journalists are often guilty of over-exuberance, using tired and well-worn phrases like "jaw-dropping" and "stunning" to describe games that perhaps don't deserve it. But I can categorically deny that the following sentence contains any hype: as soon as you emerge on the other side of the Dark Portal, your jaw will drop with such ferocity that it'll knock the keys out of your keyboard.

You're spat out onto the front lines of a quite spectacular battle between the demons of the Burning Legion and the combined forces of the Alliance and the Horde. At the base of the Stair of Destiny, overlooked by the imposing giant portal, a hundred NPCs are desperately trying to fend off a gargantuan Pit Commander, a bulging winged demon with tusks and a huge sword, and his equally impressive side kicks - Wrath Masters, Infernal Siegebreakers and Fel Soldiers. Burning magical energy of all colours zips across the screen from the fingertips of Stormwind mages. The sound of Darkspear Troll Axes and Darnassian Archer arrows sinking into demon flesh is drowned out by the screams of dying Orgrimmar Grunts. It's the kind of scene you'd expect to see depicted alongside the word: "chaos" in the Oxford English Dictionary. And yes, it's absolutely stunning.

To check out the rest of the preview head over to the site listed below.

Pro-G: Burning Crusade Preview
Blizzard Entertainment
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Macgamestore: Kult: Heretic Kingdoms Digital Download2:23 PM
IMG Reviews Diner Dash 22:16 PM
Redline Updated To 1.0.17:00 AM
ATI X1900 for G5 at AMD.com6:59 AM
MacWorld: MacPro Video Cards6:59 AM
ScummVM Updated to v0.9.16:59 AM
WarCraft III Map Contest Winners6:59 AM
Peter Molyneux: Lionhead's Future Plays Havok6:58 AM
Sixth 'View From The Bottom' Available6:58 AM
Heroes of Might and Magic V Enters Testing6:57 AM
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