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Rayman Raving Rabbids Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Transgaming has released Rayman Raving Rabbids for Intel Mac owners. The Ubisoft title follows the plight of Rayman who has been enslaved by bunnies and must fight in gladiator style events to win his freedom.. Raving Rabids features over 70 trials, a variety of finishing moves, and multiplayer action for up to 4 players.

These poor little creatures are finally getting their revenge: they have become deceitful, uncontrollable and completely psychotic. Even worse: these diabolical rodents have kidnapped our hero and his friends.

Hordes of crazed out-of control bunnies have invaded, enslaving Rayman and forcing him to participate in ‘gladiator’ style trials. Help Rayman win his freedom back by entertaining and outwitting these fury foes. Use the most hilarious fighting moves imaginable. Run races on animals, fight in the arena, mesmerize the bunnies with your dance moves, throw cows, milk pigs or engage in plunger shooting madness! The possibilities for fun are endless.

Rayman Raving Rabbids Download Features:
•  Over 70+ Trials in Unique Stylized Worlds – Pass trials by entertaining the bunnies and unlock new worlds and many collectables such as costumes, music and items for Rayman’s cell.
•  Loads of Hysterical Fighting Moves – Run races on animals, fight in the arena, dance or engage in toilet plunger- shooting action!
•  Party with friends – Experience frenzied competition with up to 4 players in frantic and quirky multiplayer trials.
•  Dress to Impress – Go punk, pop, rock or hip hop and use your funky dance moves to entertain the bunnies; keep them moving to your rhythm and collect additional disguises. Become more and more popular and unlock additional items.
System Requirements:
• OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger / Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard
• CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
• RAM: 1024 MB
• Video: ATI X1600, NVidia 7300 GT, or X3100 Intel integrated graphics chip. NOTE: Intel GMA950 supported ONLY on Leopard.
• Hard Drive: 1.4GB
• Keyboard and mouse
Rayman Raving Rabbids costs $25.95 and is available as a digital download purchase from the GameTree website.

Rayman Raving Rabbids
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IMG Reviews ToCA Race Driver 3
9:00 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of ToCA Race Driver 3 from UK-based Mac house Feral Interactive. The third in the ToCA (Touring Car) racing series, this is the first one to make it to the Macintosh. Here's an excerpt from the review:

What really sets ToCA Race Driver 3 apart is that it has racing off the solid road. You can go downhill on a dirt track and over the jumps of a four-wheel track, all with realistic skidding and damage to the vehicle you're driving. Also, if you're really annoyed by another racer, all you have to do is slam them off the track until they're forced to make a pit stop and are out of the race. You can't exactly do that while racing on the more upstanding and official tracks, but it's something that is extremely easy to do when racing on the less reputable circuits.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: ToCA Race Driver 3
ToCA Race Driver 3
Feral Interactive
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Savage 2: A Tortured Soul Intel Mac Client Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

An Intel Mac compatible client for Savage 2: A Tortured Soul is now available for download on the game's website. Developed by S2 Games, the sequel to Savage: The Battle for Newerth expands on the original's unique combination of first-person shooter, real-time strategy, and role-playing game elements.

More about the game:

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul is a fast paced multiplayer action title that takes team based game play to another level. Each match is a war for dominance where two teams of 5 to 17 players from two factions, beast or humans, attempt to destroy each other. It will take more than guns to finish the job. Players can choose from an array of units each with ranged, melee, and special abilities. To close the deal and seal the enemy's fate, players can take control of the ultimate siege units like the Behemoth or the Battering Ram used to destroy enemy buildings or even resurrect a burning demonic Hellbourne. For the more strategic player, each team has one commander who overlooks the battlefield and manages construction, research, and issues commands for strategic assaults.
For more information click over to the links provided below.

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Wrath of the Lich King Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

CVG has posted a PC Zone review of Wrath of the Lich King, the recently released second expansion for Blizzard's popular World of Warcraft. WotLK adds host of epic content to the existing game world. Players will be able to take their characters to level 80, explore a vast new continent, and try out the new Death Knight hero class.

From the review:

This isn't to say that Wrath of the Lich King is a litany of repetitive boredom - far from it. There are some wonderfully intricate, atmospheric and well-done quests within the Frozen Hell. Zul'Drak, the home of the ice trolls, is simply one of the coolest environments in fantasy lore. You're sent into gigantic troll ruins at the request of gods (gigantic Totem animals), fighting vicious ice trolls protected by eerie dancing tiki masks with floating spears. Lightning crackles in the sky, and Blizzard do their best to build on the lore started rather briefly in WarCraft III expansion The Frozen Throne.

In fact, the best parts of Wrath of the Lich King seem to be when Blizzard breaks away from making a successful MMO and focuses on pure, unfettered adventure. Be it the Death Knight quest line, the battles between the Skybreaker and Orgrim's Hammer, insulting a vrykul's mum, or fighting a Scourge Veteran and an army of skeletons alongside a Horde Hero, WOTLK shines when it doesn't feel like it's setting up the treadmill for generation after generation. Lake Wintergrasp is a great example of this. Only accessible past level 77 (when players are able to learn Cold-Weather Flight and mount their respective winged beasts), it's high-level PvP chaos that rewards good teamwork. Either the Horde or the Alliance takes control of Wintergrasp Fortress, where they must destroy the enemy's siege engines and workshops before they can blow the fortress to smithereens.
Head over to the link below to read the full review.

CVG: Wrath of the Lich King Review
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

John Carmack Discusses Quake Live, PC Gaming
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

PC Gamer has published a brief new interview with veteran game developer John Carmack about Quake Live, id Software's browser based incarnation of the shooter. The Q&A focuses on the reason behind id's decision to developed a browser based game, the kinds of games Carmack likes to play, and his thoughts PC gaming.

PC Gamer: What makes a free-to-play, browser-based game, Quake Live, special enough that id has focused so much energy on it?
John Carmack: Really it’s a matter of looking at how the PC market has changed. Up until our last project, id Software was very much a PC game company. We built Doom 3 as a PC project. As we look at it today, we really can’t justify doing a mainstream action-heavy title as a PC-only game. But there are still things that the PC does better than consoles. The browser environment is faster—navigating web pages on the console is a really tedious experience. The keyboard/mouse interface is definitely still the superior interface for a competitive first-person shooter experience, much better than an analog joypad. And I do think there’s the whole idea of PCs being everywhere, and having a game that you can play just about anywhere. Anywhere there’s a PC, if you’ve got a few minutes you can download Quake Live content and jump in and play your game.
If you took the same game and spruced it up to modern graphics and put it on the consoles, it just wouldn’t be as good an experience. That’s one of the aspects of engineering that’s always appealed to me: trying to do the right thing in the right place. You don’t try and push something where it no longer belongs. You look for opportunities in all the things that you have available.
For the full Q&A follow the link listed below.

Games Radar: PC Gamer Carmack Interview
id Software

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