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5 Realms Of Cards Released For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sugar Games has announced that the first Mac compatible release of 5 Realms of Cards is available now. The game, described as "visually nice, story-driven and with an all-new and addictive game mechanic," features 72 levels of play spanning 5 realms.

5 Realms of Cards is nothing like an ordinary solitaire game.

Your objective is to help a young princess named Jokerina restore peace and beauty by recovering magic Signs of Suits broken by evil forces. To achieve this goal, you must go through 5 realms and 72 levels full of addictive solitaire playing fun. Enjoy!

- Revolutionary new solitaire gameplay
- Wonderful story with a young princess Jokerina
- 5 stages with over 70 levels to go
- Two different game modes: Timed, and Untimed
- Beautifully rendered visuals
- Author's music to enhance playing experience
- Full-screen display available
- Addictive new game mechanic
5 Realms of Cards costs $19.95. It requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, 30 Mb free hard drive space, and a mouse.

5 Realms of Cards
Sugar Games

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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Armchair General has posted a new review of the PC version of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. The game is an online multi-player, team-based shooter that takes players back in time to the Strogg invasion of Earth, the catalyst for the Quake series. The forces of Earth will face off against the evil Strogg in a violent struggle for survival, giving players the chance to aid either side in the battle for dominion of the planet. Armchair General gave the game a score of 85%

Like the Battlefield series of games, this FPS gives players the ability to control vehicles in the air and on the ground in addition to their usual tasks of running around shooting out the teeth of the enemy.

Battles are fought all over the planet, and should a player so choose, he or she can also of course play against people from anywhere on Earth online. There are also the usual LAN and single player options – the latter featuring computer controlled bots in place of real opponents.

Once a player has chosen his or her side, it is then possible to pick from various soldier classes – but unlike the Battlefield games, the two sides are asymmetrical – a typical “grunt” on one team has no exact opposite on the other team. Although some of the roles are broadly the same, the way each team fights is not. Whilst the humans must rely on finite supplies of ammunition, the Strogg have no such limitation, although weapons do overheat. Instead the Strogg use a substance called Stroyent which doubles up as their “health” – so a wounded Strogg trooper can replenish his health by diverting energy from his weapon. Instead of a medic to patch up wounds, the Strogg instead rely on their Technician class to replenish their Stroyent levels. Interestingly, where a Human medic can of course revive a fallen soldier, the Strogg equivalent can use his Stroyent to inject fallen enemy soldiers and create a new spawn point for his team. This makes it rather important for GDF soldiers not to die without permission where they might find their bodies used to aid the enemy advance!
The Mac version of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is currently in progress at Aspyr Media. Follow the link below to read the rest of the review.

Armchair General: ETQW Review
Aspyr Media
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
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Wrath of the Lich King Screenshots
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A couple of new screenshots from the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard's second expansion for the popular World of Warcraft, were recently made available on the Worthplaying site. Lich King will include an increased Level 80 cap for characters, the new area of Northrend to explore, and the first hero class in the game: the Death Knight.

Some of Lich King's features:

- Death Knight Hero Class: Create a high-level Death Knight character - the game’s first hero class - once certain challenges have been met.
- Increased Level Cap: Advance to level 80 and gain potent new talents and abilities along the way.
- Northrend: Explore the harsh new continent of Northrend, packed with new zones, quests, dungeons, monsters, and items - and do battle with the undead armies of the Lich King.
- “Inscription” Profession: Learn this exciting new profession and gain unique ways to permanently enhance spells and abilities in the game.
- Siege Weapons and Destructible Buildings: Take the battle to another level with new player-vs.-player game mechanics and new battlefields to wage war on.
- New Character Customization: Change how characters look and express themselves, with different hairstyles and dance animations.
Head over to the link below to check out the screenshots and learn more about the expansion.

Worthplaying: Wrath of the Lich King Screenshots
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Unreal Tournament 3 Examined
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

YouGamers recently posted a review of the PC version of Unreal Tournament 3, the latest entry in the first person shooter series. The game will feature fast paced multiplayer, a campaign mode for single player fans, new game modes, new vehicles, and new weapons. YouGamers gave the game a score of 86%.

Replacing Onslaught and Assault in Unreal Tournament 3 is the Warfare mode. It has its roots in Onslaught as you fight over multiple control points (known as Nodes), but there are several features: Nnlinked Nodes that can be captured at any time (awarding access to vehicles and an additional spawn point), Countdown Nodes that help the controlling team with a special vehicle or a special event when held for a time after capture, and the Orb.

Normally, unlocked Nodes are captured by shooting down the defenses hovering around the Node until it turns neutral, and then entering the Node to finish the capture. The Orb, though, allows you to instantly capture a node without the spending time shooting at it. This translates into very different gameplay; the Orb carrier rapidly becomes the prime target for the other team, but should you manage to reach enemy Node carrying the device, you can instantly swing around the tide of the battle. As only one of the linked Prime Nodes for each side is open for capture, a quick dash with the Orb to a relatively unguarded enemy Node can shut off a heavy assault on your open Node, as it locks up and the "front line" of the battle moves in a flash.
Click over to the site below to read the rest of the review and check out some screenshots from the game.

YouGamers: Unreal Tournament 3 Review
Epic Games
Unreal Tournament 3

Mac Games News for Friday, December 7, 2007

IMG Posts Holiday Buying Guide 2007 - Part II2:25 PM
Ankh II: Heart of Osiris Released1:34 PM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 236:07 AM
Europa Universalis III: Napoleon's Ambition Available6:00 AM
GameTap Deluxe Player Released For Macs6:00 AM
Professor Fizzwizzle Level Design Contest Announced6:00 AM
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 Updated6:00 AM
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