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Guitar Hero III Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Macworld's Game Room has released a new review of Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock. The game challenges players to keep up with the rhythm of the music as they rock their way to the top of the score board. The Game Room gave Guitar Hero III a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

The basic Career mode offered in Guitar Hero III is the same style of game that Guitar Hero fans have gotten used to. What’s new in Career mode in this go-round are “boss battles,” where you have to compete against boss characters (including Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave’s Tom Morello and Slash of Guns ‘n’ Roses/Velvet Revolver fame). There’s also a storyline of sorts employed here—a first for the series, in which players ultimately discover after a botched performance that they’ve sold their souls to the Devil and have to play to win them back (and thus become “Guitar Legends” in the process).

Two players can participate in a co-op career mode, playing on the same computer; one plays lead guitar and the other plays bass or rhythm guitar. If you don’t have a second guitar controller handy, you can also use the keyboard,though that takes the fun away from it for me.

There’s also a Battle Mode—similar to the Pro Face-Off mode in Guitar Hero II—where you compete against another player using Battle Power, which effectively replaces Star Power, and lets you jinx your opponent with equipment failures or other problems.
For the rest of the review follow the link provided below.

Macworld's Game Room: Guitar Hero III Review
Aspyr Media
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
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Blizzard's Kevin Yu Discusses StarCraft II
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GameReplays has posted a new interview with Blizzard's StarCraft II community manager, Kevin "Karune" Yu. The interview covers a range of topics including information about the upcoming RTS sequel, what the community manager job entails, and the the importance of a strong community for StarCraft 2.

GameReplays: In what ways do you think the Starcraft community has changed since the announcement of Starcraft 2?
Kevin 'Karune' Yu: Surprisingly, after almost 10 years there are still several well established sites in the StarCraft community! At our first RTS Community Summit during BlizzCon 2007, I was able to meet many of these founders/admins, as well many newcomer sites. During these discussions, I think we all came to the understanding that without support from Blizzard, the potential growth of the fan site community is limited. Furthermore, I relayed to them how their cooperation and ability to promote each other will ultimately increase the interest level as a whole amongst the entire community, making it that much easier for any company to support that growth even more. Since then, I'm very happy to say that many new StarCraft 2 sites are popping up, and the environment and opportunity for StarCraft fans to get involved in their particular interests are definitely increasing and will continue to do so. In addition, my own personal priority is to make sure that every fan has a place they feel comfortable to connect with other fans with their same interests, to develop those interests, and to eventually contribute back to the community as a whole with either more leaders and/or innovations.
To read the rest of the Q&A head over to the link listed below.

GameReplays: Karune Interview
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Dominions 3: The Awakening Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Shrapnel Games has announced the release of a new patch for Dominions 3: The Awakening, Illwinter Game Design's third installment in the turn-based fantasy war game series. The patch brings the feature rich game to version 3.14, introduces a new nation, and adds a variety of bug fixes and improvements.

More about version 3.14:

• A new late era nation called Bogarus!
• Bakemono got a new scout. 
• New random events.
• Spell AI: Touch of madness and Berserkers avoids casters and archers to some extent. 
• Spell AI: No longer casts LoS on armorless units. 
• Modding: Increased maximum nbr of descriptions. 
• Modding: Max number of nations and nametypes increased. 
The update is available for download at the Shrapnel Games web page listed below.

Dominions 3 Downloads
Shrapnel Games
Dominions III: The Awakening
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Football Manager Live Q&A
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Computer and Video Games recently posted a new interview with Sports Interactive's Miles Jacobson about the upcoming Football Manager Live. The game will allow players to create and manage their own custom team in competition against up to a thousand other players.

So how is everything with FML at the moment? What's the buzz on it from players?
Miles Jacobson: It's all going pretty well. Beta Gameworld 4 has just opened, so it's quite hectic getting them up and running, and new features are going in thick and fast, whilst bug fixing too.
The buzz is really good - as long as people aren't going into it thinking it's online FM, they seem to really enjoy it, and word is certainly spreading amongst friends of those playing, judging by our bulging inboxes for people who want to be testing.

Have you introduced any game features you didn't expect after getting player feedback from the beta?
Jacobson: Loads. Acquisition fees, making the federations more important, team reputation, some match engine changes (for which the FML beta has been amazing), wizards, different game world sizes, rated goal clips, a feedback system. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The full Q&A is available to read at the website linked below.

CVG: Football Manager Live Q&A
Football Manager Live

Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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Jim Raynor: A Biography6:00 AM
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Sonic The Hedgehog For iPod Reviewed6:00 AM
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