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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Apple Games Features EA's Cider Six
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games' most recent feature offers a preview of the six Cider powered Mac titles recently announced by Electronic Arts. The article examines Battlefield 2142, Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Madden NFL 08, Need For Speed: Carbon, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08.

Battlefield 2142:

As the Earth reaches the middle of the 22nd century, a new Ice Age forces billions of people to migrate from the northern hemisphere to the southern one, where the laws of supply and demand produce a bleak result: There isn’t enough habitable land for everyone. Two hundred years after the events of Battlefield 1942, the war over the future of mankind once again breaks down to a pair of factions, the European Union and the Pan Asian Coalition. As a member of one side, you must help your fellow soldiers escape Europe and establish a foothold in North Africa.

Choose from one of four classes — recon, assault, engineer, or support — and enter the fray, using one of more than 40 weapons and pieces of equipment to achieve objectives. Fight on foot or behind the controls of a variety of futuristic vehicles, from hover tanks to mechanical walkers. Accumulate points that unlock new specialties, allowing you to become a more effective soldier as the war rages on. Play with and against computer-controlled troops or head online for furious multi-player battles.

Check out the rest of the preview at the link below.

Apple Games: EA's Triumphant Return To Macs
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Inside Mac Games Posts Harry Potter First Look
9:57 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a first look preview of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, one of the four games Electronic Arts recently announced for the Mac. Here's a clip from the preview:

Some of the tasks a player will be involved with include interacting with portrait characters, discovering passwords and shortcuts (through the building), finding the “Room of Requirements”, and recruiting other students into the the DA (Dumbledore’s Army). There are also Wizarding games such as Gobstones, exploding snap, and Wizard chess one can play. Harry’s two best friends, Ron and Hermione, appear as NPCs, serving as sources of information and help. Although previous Harry Potter games were designed for the younger crowd, The Order of the Phoenix will be geared toward a broader range of players, with three difficulty levels to choose from.
To check out the entire first look preview, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games First Look: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
Electronic Arts
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
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Marathon: Resurrection Nearing Release?
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 21 comments

An alert IMG reader has noted the recent appearance of a countdown timer on the Marathon: Resurrection website, leading to speculation that the long awaited Unreal Tournament conversion may be nearing release. The timer is set to expire on 07-07-07. Resurrection will bring the legendary first person shooter universe to 3D using the UT game engine.

Head over to the website at the link below to learn more.

Marathon: Resurrection Timer
Marathon: Resurrection

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In-Game Advertising Coming To Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

A blog post on the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars website explains the recently announced decision to include in-game advertisment in the upcoming first person shooter. The inclusion of ads is an attempt to cover Splash Damage's costs of continued support of the game for years to come in the form of persistent stats servers, updates, improvements, and the community site.

To help cover this level of on-going support without passing the costs on to the gamer, ETQW will feature appropriate advertisements in select locations of our levels. The ads aren't intrusive and you won't have to interact with them; they'll just be part of the normal environment. In fact, there are some places it's quite odd not to have an advertisement - the sides of container trucks, for example. Great care is being taken to ensure that all our ads are appropriate for the game world and we have absolute approval rights in this area. If it's not appropriate or it's distracting, it won't go in.

The company providing the ad system does not and will not store any personal information or data that otherwise can be used to identify you. All they track is if and how long you look at the advertisements.
To read the rest of the explanation follow the link below.

Enemy Territory Quake Wars: A Word About In-Game Ads
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Minions of Mirth Updated To v1.24.3
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Prairie Games has announced the release of a new patch for Minions of Mirth. The versatile fantasy role playing game engine can be played in single player, multiplayer, and customized persistent world modes. Version 1.24.3 includes a host of new features and bug fixes.

Here's a list of some of the updates in the latest patch:

- Added rec level 70 to Idol of Lord Tenebrous
- Increased max stack size to 50 for Skulls and Gate potions.
- Changed Ranseur model to something more appropriate.
- Fixed typo with Ogbob Bighammer (called himself Ogbog)
- Fixed typo with Durukan's greatsword (was using wrong leech proc)
- Fixed stats on Amulet of the WarLich proc
Head over to the links below for more information.

Minions of Mirth Update Info
Prairie Games
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Penumbra: Overture Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Adrenaline Vault has posted a review of Frictonal Games' Penumbra: Overture, a first person perspective survival horror title focusing on story, immersion, and puzzles. The Vault gave the game a perfect score of 5 out of 5.

From the review:

This release is the first of three episodes. Although this first episode’s story is unclear, clues and tidbits will intrigue and frighten you. The basic premise of the game is that after your father’s death, you follow clues he left to a remote location in Greenland, where you crawl into a hatch to escape the bitter cold. A character called “Red” guides you as you venture ever deeper, and promises you the answers you seek. But can he be trusted? The game also gives you outstanding between-level text transitions that explain how the main character, Phillip, feels about the section you just played.

The level design is intriguing. When you enter a new area, it often seems like a vast network of tunnels to explore instead of a predictable series of rooms. Each area is used for a certain function, which you can learn by reading the papers strewn about and the items you find within the labyrinthine network. Although the majority of the game takes place indoors within one complex, and the level design makes you feel claustrophobic and scared, the rooms vary a lot, so each one feels fresh.

The enemies you face will keep you on the edge of your seat. Although just three types appear in the game, each one is different in every way. There are drooling, glowing-eyed dogs that howl into the night; ubiquitous, yet deadly, spiders that hatch from pulsating eggs and swarm all over you; and gray rockworms, frightening behemoths that can’t be killed and burst through steel doors to hunt you down. When you see their gaping maws full of razor-sharp teeth, run, or you’ll soon be a tasty snack.
The Mac version of Penumbra: Overture is still in beta testing. For more information about the beta's progress head over to the Frictional forums at the link below.

Adrenaline Vault: Penumbra Overture Review
Frictional Games Forum: Penumbra Demo Beta
Frictional Games
Penumbra: Overture

Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 20, 2007

IMG Podcast Episode 24 Released11:05 AM
Blizzard Updates WoW, Bans More Accounts6:00 AM
Deluxe PocMon Comes To OS X6:00 AM
Eschalon: Book 1 Mac Hardware Poll6:00 AM
Getting Back Into Macs, EA's Return6:00 AM
Ricardo Sanchez Discusses GameTap For Macs6:00 AM
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