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Apple Games Features ToCA Race Driver 3
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has released a new feature article covering the Mac version of ToCA Race Driver 3, the single-player and multiplayer racing game developed by Codemasters. The game features 70 licensed cars, 80 licensed tracks, and more than 35 racing types. Apple's article includes an overview of the game's features as well as a list of career mode disciplines.

Rick also talks to you during races, giving you pointers, letting you know about accidents or dicey track conditions, and warning you about aggressive driving, which can lead to penalties if you start cutting corners or bumping other cars. He’ll be frank, so don’t be surprised if he expresses disappointment in your performance; if you zoom away from the pack, though, you’ll hear the excitement in his voice. (Rally racing features a co-driver who tells you about upcoming turns, as in Colin McRae Rally Mac).

Between races, you can tune many aspects of your car’s performance, such as tires, transmission, suspension, and brakes. Successful drivers study how those changes affect their driving and make any necessary tweaks before races, since the tracks vary from asphalt to dirt roads, with many featuring hairpin turns and uneven surfaces among them. You can also upgrade your vehicle’s components to improve fuel efficiency, decrease tire wear, increase brake strength, and more.
To read the full article follow the link listed below.

Apple Games: ToCA Race Driver 3
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Penny Arcade Adventures Episode Two Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Hothead Games has announced that Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two is now available worldwide simultaneously via the Greenhouse digital distribution platform for the Mac, Windows, and Linux versions.

Players rejoin Gabe and Tycho in a whole new RPG adventure episode, moving ever closer to solving the mystery in the heart of New Arcadia. Both new and returning gamers can jump right into the RPG adventure sequel with a fresh character and new customization options, or carry over their look and stats from Episode One. The game includes more puzzles, areas to explore, levels to gain, and new difficulty settings.


• The madcap Penny Arcade experience continues. Meet all-new characters and see newly revealed strip favorites from Mike Krahulik, while reading laugh-out-loud dialogue from Jerry Holkins.
• Pick up and play from any episode. Enjoy each self-contained story without having to play previous installments.
• Get value for your gaming dollar. Play the entire episode in 6-10 hours for 1200 Microsoft points, getting tremendous value that fits into your busy schedule.
• Save what matters most. Carry over you character's stats and look from prior episodes.
• Go crazy with a whole new level of customization. Check out even more options for you to design and develop your own character, seeing it come to life in 3D and in the comic-style 2D cut scenes.
• Play it safe or go insane! New difficulty settings put you in charge of the action.
• A deeper RPG-Adventure experience. Get into the game with more puzzles, areas to explore and levels to gain.
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two is expected to offer players six to ten hours of gameplay, and is priced at $14.95. The game has been rated "M" for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for all platforms.

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Frank Pearce Discusses All Things Blizzard
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has published a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Senior VP Frank Pearce. The topics cover a range of topics related to Blizzard's current an upcoming franchises including Diablo III, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.

Q: Diablo III looks set to be a success given the large fan base the series already has, but how do you intend to draw in new players who have never experienced the original two?
Frank Pearce: It's just one of those things where we have to abide by our philosophy of making a game accessible, 'Easy to learn, hard to master', I know we say that all the time but it's true. If you make the entry level experience accessible and introduce the concepts gradually to the player they learn how to play the game without even knowing that they've learnt it.
I found WoW, which was my first MMO, pretty accessible to someone who has never played an MMO before. We've got guys on the WoW team whose fathers play the game. play it at an expert level and they've never played an MMO or a computer game before. It's just a situation where we'll make sure that we make it accessible to players that are new to that experience.
But I think that the Diablo style of play is actually lends itself very well to that because the interface with the mouse is very straightforward and simple, for the most part, and to get to the more expert level of play you have to add in keyboard short cuts.

Q: In discussions with people from Blizzard I've noticed that the original StarCraft and expansion, Brood War, is close to your hearts maybe even more so than any other games. Why is this?
Frank Pearce: A lot of the veteran leadership of Blizzard Entertainment worked on StarCraft. I was a programmer on StarCraft, Mike [Morhaime] worked code on StarCraft. It was something that not only were we excited to play from a player perspective but we were also emotionally invested in the development. We poured our blood, sweat and tears into that product.
Mike had to take a business trip for the purpose of dealing with some StarCraft: Brood War stuff, he took that business trip on his birthday - that's how important StarCraft was to us at the time. I think it has a lot to do with the emotional investment in the development of the title.
Head over to the site below to read the full Q&A. Frank Pearce Interview
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Tribal Trouble 2 Public Beta Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Oddlabs has announced the release of a public beta version of Tribal Trouble 2, the web based sequel to the original lighted hearted real time strategy game of Vikings versus Islanders. TT 2 will allow gamers to play directly from the website and will feature a sales model designed "to fit pockets of all sizes."

More about Tribal Trouble 2:

With Tribal Trouble 2 we are once again trying to change the way RTS games are played. In the original Tribal Trouble we focused on simplicity in gameplay without losing the fun tactics, and this time we take it even further by bringing the game into the website itself. No download and installation required. Instead you play directly from the website where we will constantly keep adding new Quests, multiplayer maps and lots of other expansions. On top of that, the sales model has been changed to fit pockets of all sizes, so even those players without money can get the expansions by helping out other players.

Features in the public beta:
• New single player quests and multiplayer islands, where you can earn points to spend on new warriors, buildings and Viking clothing!
• Fun changeable avatars where you can design your own Viking look.
• Enhanced warriors with more diverse skills.

Upcoming features:
• Return of the natives
• More quests
• More multiplayer maps
• More special attacks for the Lur Blaster
• More avatar clothing
• An option for trading points and oddies with other players

Visit the Oddlabs website to learn more about Tribal Trouble 2.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barefeats Shootout: MacBook Pros Compared3:18 PM
Call of Duty 4 Reviewed3:18 PM
IMG Reviews The Amazing Brain Train3:18 PM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 453:18 PM
World Of Warcraft Reaches 11 Million Subscribers3:18 PM
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