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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Sims 3 Available Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 22 comments

The EA Sims Studio has announced that The Sims 3, the next incarnation of the best-selling PC franchise, The Sims, will be released in 60 countries today for Intel Mac and Windows computers. The Sims 3 will add new twists to the popular life sim formula with customizable personalities, goal oriented gameplay, movie creation and editing, and an online community.

How will you create the universe!

The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless creative possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief! Create millions of unique Sims and control their lives. Customize their appearances and personalities. Build their homes — design everything from exquisitely furnished dream homes to quaint cottages. Then, send your Sims out to explore their ever-changing neighborhood and to meet other Sims in the town center. With all-new quick challenges and rewarding game play, The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to choose whether (or not!) to fulfill your Sims’ destinies and make their wishes come true.

Explore the ever-changing neighborhood -- and take your Sims to meet friends in the park, discuss fine art at the gallery, visit neighbors' homes, converse with less-than-savory characters in the graveyard and more! Who knows what might happen? Admire the natural beauty of the beach, the mountains, and more.

Create any Sim you can imagine with new easy-to-use design tools that allow for unlimited customization of facial features, hair color, eye color, and more. Fine tune your Sims' body shape from thin to full-figured to muscular.

Select up to five individual personality traits such as brave, artistic, kleptomaniac, clumsy, paranoid, and romantic, to create an endless number of truly diverse Sims. Influence the behaviors of your Sims with the traits you've chosen. Will you create a neurotic romantic with a heart of gold, or a geeky super-genius with an evil streak?

Everyone can customize everything -- design and build your dream house and decorate it to fit your Sims' personalities. Customize everything from floors to décor, shirts to sofas, wall-paper to window shades.

Enjoy the challenge of fulfilling your Sims short- and long-term goals and reap the rewards. Your Sims can pursue random opportunities to get fast cash, get ahead, get even, and more. Choose whether or not to fulfill your Sims' destinies by making their wishes come true. Your Sims can skyrocket from Latrine Cleaner to Astronaut, from Rabid Fan to Sports Legend, or even from Roadie to Rock Star!

Download free & exclusive new content to enhance your game including new Sims, houses, furniture and more. Make your own movies & show them to the world. Share your own Sims, houses & more with anyone.
System Requirements:
• Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
• Intel Core Duo Processor
• 2 GB RAM
• ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
• At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
• This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

Mac OS X Supported Video Cards
• NVIDIA GeForce series (7300, 7600 8600, 8800, 9400M, 9600M GT, GT 120, GT 130)
• ATI Radeon™ series (X1600, X1900, 2400, 2600, 3870, 4850, 4870)
• Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) (GMA x3100)
The Sims 3 costs $49.95. Head over to the links below for more information about the game.

Electronic Arts
The Sims 3
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IMG Reviews Fix-it-up: Kate's Adventure
7:44 AM | Marcus Albers | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the time-management game Fix-it-up: Kate's Adventure from World Loom. In this game, you help Kate fix-up various vehicles, all the while upgrading our shop to attract more business and do thing better and faster. Here's and excerpt from the review:

Now please believe me when I say that Fix-it-Up's realism has to be taken with a grain of salt. I have some very fond memories of working on cars when I was a teen -- like the time I almost brought down my parents' garage with a chain hoist when I was putting a new engine in my 1958 MGA. When the rafters start creaking, and the roof starts to sag, now that's realism!

Still, even if you don't get your hands dirty fixing up cars in this game, it's still fun. The only problem is, there's just not enough of it.

To read the full review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Fix-it-up: Kate's Adventure
Fix-it-up: Kate's Adventure
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Tellini Releases 3Doku 1.4
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Tellini has announced the release of 3Doku 1.4. The game offers a twist on the traditional Sudoku puzzle with a 3D cube crafted from 27 intersecting Sudoku schemas. The game features 4 difficultly levels and options for customizing puzzles.

3Doku brings the traditional Sudoku game to the third dimension. In a 9x9x9 cube, 27 Sudoku schemas intersect one another along the three axis. Every 9x9 bi-dimensional schema must be solved keeping in mind that every single cell belongs to the selected schema and also to the other two placed on the orthogonal planes. With 4 difficulty levels and 4 initial values distributions you can customize your game and have every time a new exciting challenge to solve.

3Doku requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later
3Doku costs 15 EUR (plus VAT, if applicable). Registered users are free to upgrade to any 1.x version of the product. A trial version is available on the website below.


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Eschalon: Book I Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

GamersInfo has published a new review of Eschalon: Book I, the first in Basilisk Games' new "old school" focused RPG series. Inspired by classic role-playing games of the past Book I sends players on a quest to uncover the mystery of their character's identity. GamersInfo recommended the game to fans of the turn-based role playing game genre.

Once you get past the creation system, you’re dropped into an open-ended world. You can go where you like, and nothing holds you back except for your character’s level and skills. Exploration is turn-based. Just point and click, and he’ll go in the direction you want. Monsters move whenever you do something. Left-mouse button initiate your primary attack, whether it is a sword, mace, dagger or bow, while the right mouse allows you to cast spells. So if you’re being chased or have encountered a tough monster, you can take all the time in the world to decide your next move. Basilisk is not joking with the statement about “playing at your own pace.” You can literally stop and smell every flower. For me, this is one of those games that is perfect to play at the end of the day. Just prepare a cup of chamomile (or Sleepy Time) tea, turn on this game, and slowly inhale and exhale. Feel the tension slowly fade away.

The game is rather nice to look at and brims with details. Water flows down the river, torches cackle, blood spurts whenever a creature is hit, lighting is expertly used as one can watch the sun go down and the moon rise in the distance, and bolts of flame are seen whenever a certain spell is cast. The downside about the latter is that as a spell increases in potency, it never gets any grander. It is sort of a shame because it does not give a sense of power that occurs when mastering potent spells. But let me make this clear: It does its job well. If it was any stronger, the gameplay would probably suffer.
Click over to the page below to read the full review. Eschalon Book I Review
Basilisk Games
Eschalon: Book I
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StarCraft II: 2009 Release Planned
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

During a recent Activision Blizzard investors call, Blizzard Entertainment's Mike Morhaime revealed that the company is aiming for a late 2009 release date for StarCraft II, the eagerly awaited sequel to the popular sci-fi real time strategy game. Morhaime also discussed the success of Blizzard's franchises, focusing on the worldwide popularity of its MMO, World of Warcraft.

In all, he said that Blizzard's entire operating history has helped grow, define and attract its audience - and the firm pretty much has a 20-year headstart on everyone else now trying to crack the MMO and Chinese business models.

"There are really no shortcuts to developing a global playerbase," he added.

Further proving his point, and raising a laugh from the audience, he offered up this stat: "During the last quarter, we had a total of 11.5m subscribers for World of Warcraft... by our estimation that's 10 to 11m more than our nearest Western competitors."
Read more at the links below. Blizzard's MMO Success
WorthPlaying: StarCraft II 2009 Release
Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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Mac Games News for Monday, June 1, 2009

EVE Online: Expert PvP Tournament Commentators Wanted6:00 AM
Injecting Psychology Into The Sims 36:00 AM
Plants Vs. Zombies Reviewed6:00 AM
StarCraft II: New Screenshots6:00 AM
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