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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kung Fu Panda Released For Intel Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

TransGaming and Activision have announced the release of Kung Fu Panda: The Game for Intel Macs. The new Cider powered title allows players to join the action of the popular DreamWorks movie, playing as Po, Shifu, and the Furious Five in the battle against Tai Lung and his minions. The game's multiplayer mode supports up to 4 players.

Based on the film from DreamWorks Animation, Kung Fu Panda™ The Game takes you on an action-packed adventure from the movie and beyond. Battle against Tai Lung and his minions, navigate awesome environments, and overcome dangerous obstacles on your quest to become the legendary Dragon Warrior.

Experience Kung Fu Awesomeness In This Unique Action/Adventure - Defeat formidable bosses like Tai Lung and foes like the Great Gorilla as you adventure across treacherous terrain to fulfill your destiny as the Dragon Warrior.

Adventure Through 13 Legendary Levels Spanning Land, Water, And Air From The Movie And Beyond - Visit epic movie locations like the opulent Jade Palace, challenging Training Dojo, and majestic Wudang Mountains plus never-before-seen places such as the mystical Lake of Tears and the unforgiving Training Ground of Tai Lung.

Key Features:
• Master your Kung Fu skills as Po, Shifu, and the Furious Five
• Team up with or battle against your friends in Multiplayer Mode. Supports up to 4 players.

• OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger / Mac OS X 10.5.6 Leopard
• CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
• RAM: 1024 MB
• Video: ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 GT, or Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics chip (Intel GMA950 not supported)
• Hard Drive: 4.0 GB
• Keyboard and mouse
Click over to the link below for more information about the game.

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DOFUS: Milestones Reached, New Server
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ankama Studio has announced that its MMO, DOFUS, has set two new records as of Sunday 8 March: 700,000 players connected over the day and 175,000 connected simultaneously at 6pm. The company has also recently opened a new server to reduce wait times for players attempting to log on.

DOFUS is a Tactical MMORPG which means players evolve in a real time universe, but when they fight against monsters or against other players, action is turn-based, with specific number of actions each turn.

Treading a lush path between video game and animated cartoon, DOFUS brings a whole new dimension to online Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games. With its manga-inspired graphics, gripping tactical game play and wild humor, DOFUS has created a unique style of its own for other MMORPGs to follow
To learn more about the game follow the links below.

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World Of Warcraft: Talent Dual Spec Info, UI Changes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently updated its World of Warcraft site with new information about upcoming changes to the user interface, as well as the introduction of talent dual specialization mechanics. The next major update to the game will include the ability to have two sets of talents for characters, a new equipment manager, and an objectives chapter.

Talent Dual Specialization
As we've continued to develop the dual specialization feature, we've made a number of changes in response to playtesting and feedback. Highlights:
• The minimum level to use this feature has been lowered to 40.
• Lexicons of Power will not be necessary for switching between saved talent specs and glyphs. Players will be able to switch between their chosen talents anywhere.
• Switching between talent specs will take 5 seconds, and all mana and resources will be reset to zero when doing so.
• A talent preview option can be activated within the user interface as an advanced option.
• When respeccing talents, whichever pane is active will be reset while the other remains unchanged.
• The cost to purchase the dual spec capability is 1,000 gold.
• Players will not be able to switch between specs during combat, Arenas, or Battlegrounds.
Visit the site below to read more.

WoW: New User Interface Update Preview
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Monster Trucks Nitro Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Out of Eight has posted a new review of Monster Trucks Nitro. Developed by Redlynx Ltd, the 3D racing title features realistic physics and stunt driving on a variety of tracks filled with traps, loops, obstacles, and other challenges. Out of Eight gave the game a score of 6 out of 8.

From the review:

The goal is simple: reach the finish line fast. Preventing your expedient escape are various objects, such as ramps, logs, boulders, and cars, that have inconveniently been placed in your way. Success in Monster Trucks Nitro involves flying over or through these objects and rotating your vehicle in the air so that it lands on all four wheels at the same time. Controls are simple: go, stop, and rotate. You are also occasionally given canisters of nitro (the game’s title hinted at this) that grant momentary boosts in acceleration for especially long ramps and jumps. The levels are well-designed, striking a nice balance between challenge and pity: a good time requires skill, but everyone should be able to get the bronze medal on the first attempt. This significantly cuts down on the frustration felt while playing; I consider this to be a good thing. Unfortunately, Monster Trucks Nitro is over before you know it: the twenty-five levels can be easily completed in a matter of hours, as each level only takes 30 to 45 seconds to finish. This would not be as much of a problem if the game came with a level editor, but Monster Trucks Nitro does not. Given the 2-D design of the levels, the lack of an editor is a flabbergasting omission. Monster Trucks Nitro is definitely fun while it lasts, but the fun is over too quickly.
Head over to the link below to finish reading the review.

Out Of Eight: Monster Trucks Nitro Review
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IMG Reviews The Great Chocolate Chase
6:00 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of one of the latest titles in the Chocolatier series of casual games, The Great Chocolate Chase. Whether you like a good box of chocolates or are a fan of "dash" style gameplay, this game has something for you. Here's an excerpt fom the review:

A final problem is that it can sometimes be very difficult to know what will happen next in the game. If, for example, Evangeline approaches the chocolate-shaping machine with two pots of chocolate, one milk and one dark, and requires a rectangular block of milk chocolate and a domed dark chocolate, which pot of chocolate will she put into the machine first? Should you click the 'block' button or the 'domed' button first? Click the wrong one and you'll get the wrong type of chocolate, but it can be very difficult to be sure what will happen. Of course, this is part of the game and something that you need to account for when planning your sequence, but it can lead to real frustration at times.
Follow the link below to read our exhaustive review of the game.

IMG Review: The Great Chocolate Chase
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dominions 3: The Awakening Updated6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Banelings, Battle Reports, LAN Play Concerns6:00 AM
StuntMANIA!pro Version 3.1 Released6:00 AM
Vogel Reveals Geneforge 4 Sales Figures6:00 AM
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