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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition Trailer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

A new trailer is available for Aspyr Media's recently announced Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition. The trailer showcases some of the new content coming in the Mac and PC versions of the game. The title combines the original Star Wars The Force Unleashed videogame with three new levels set in iconic Star Wars locales and a host of new costumes and character models.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed completely re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force and casts players as Darth Vader’s “Secret Apprentice,” unveiling new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy seen through the eyes of this mysterious new character, who is armed with unprecedented powers. Originally released on multiple platforms in September 2008, the game quickly became the fastest-selling Star Wars game ever, and has since sold six million units worldwide.

About The Extra Content:
The first of the three additional single-player missions included in the Ultimate Sith Edition is set in the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant. In this mission, Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice turns to the Jedi Temple to learn more about his father, and while searching through the rubble of the destroyed building he must confront his inner demons.

The second extra mission continues the story of The Force Unleashed in a new “Infinities” storyline that takes the Star Wars Saga in an entirely new direction. The level begins at the end of the story of The Force Unleashed and re-imagines the Star Wars Saga as if the Secret Apprentice had taken Darth Vader’s place at the Emperor’s side, becoming the most powerful Sith Lord in the universe.

The story picks up as the Emperor sends his new apprentice to Tatooine to dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi – who has been hiding on the planet ever since the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. During their hunt for the reclusive Jedi, players will also explore the depths of Jabba the Hutt’s palace and encounter notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett.

The final new level concludes the “Infinities” storyline set up in the Tatooine mission, as the Secret Apprentice is sent to the planet Hoth on a crusade to crush the Rebellion once and for all. While on Hoth, players face Luke Skywalker himself while visiting iconic locations seen in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

Additional added content includes new costumes for the Secret Apprentice and new character models that allow gamers to play as one of many legendary Star Wars characters including Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, Jango Fett and C-3PO.
SW: The Force Unleashed USE is scheduled to be released later this year. Follow the links below to view the trailer.

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Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition
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DOFUS 1.28 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Version 1.28 of Ankama's online game DOFUS, is now available. The update features a variety of new content for the Flash based fantasy MMO including new alignment quests, adjusted initiative calculations, Sacrier spell changes to improve PvP, and changes to pet evolution.

DOFUS version 1.28 will continue to advance alignment quests. These missions, entrusted by Amayiro, the Bontarian weaponry master or by Oto Mustam, head of the Brakmarian militia, will give the rank and file the chance to prove their devotion to the cities. To enable the bravest of them (those who finished the 50 previously available alignment quests) to defend their city’s colours, 10 new quests have been included in the game.

Three new specializations are now offered to Bontarian players:
- Knight of Hope
- Follower of Writing
- Renegade Hunter

And Brakmarian players:
- Knight of Despair
- Follower of Pain
- Soul Hunter

The calculation of Initiative (the characteristic which determines the order in which monsters and players will fight) is now based on: the number of points invested in the Strength, Luck, Intelligence and Agility characteristics (1 Initiative point per point invested), the percentage of remaining health points, their equipment and any Initiative bonuses given by equipment or edible items.

To increase the tactical aspect of PvP (player versus player) fights and also to stabilize the PvM (Player versus monster) side of the game, several Sacrier spells have been modified:
- The power of ‘Punishment’ has been reduced.
- Bonuses no longer disappear after monsters have been eliminated.
- The scope of movement spells (Cooperation and Transposition) has been reduced.

The number of creatures that some soul devouring pets need to eat has been reduced to help them evolve quicker. In addition, all pets now have a maximum of 10 health points.

All these changes aim to balance classes and combat to make DOFUS even more tactical while improving the existing game.
Head over to the links below for more information.

DOFUS 1.28
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Plants Vs. Zombies Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Macworld has published a new review of Plants vs. Zombies, PopCap Games take on the immortal struggle between vegetation and the undead. The tower defense title challenges players to make use of a variety of plants to defend their home, and their brain, from a horde of hungry zombies. Macworld gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

As a tower defense strategy game, Plants vs. Zombies is remarkably deep. There are over 24 types of seeds and zombies, so the game goes far beyond the typical “rock-paper-scissors” formula. Some plants will be nearly universally useful, while others will be very helpful against some very deadly specialty zombies. For example, when playing throughout the backyard missions (where you’ll have to deploy lily pads or other water-based plants to fend off inflatable-duck-wearing zombies) I had to be vigilant against mining zombies that could burrow under my lines and attack me from my flank. I eventually deployed twin direction pea pods and potato mines—the combination helped stave back the horde and I lived for another day.

This addictive game has six main levels in adventure mode, split into a number of missions per level. You’ll defend your front yard, backyard and roof in both nighttime and daytime settings, using different plants for each mission. As you progress, you’ll unlock the other modes of the game, a Zen garden, and an almanac explaining the abilities of your plants and your enemy zombies. There are 20 mini-games, 20 puzzle missions, and 11 survival modes that require you to survive with a given lawn for a specific time. Each environment has its own advantages and challenges, but by the end you’ll be wishing they were more varied, exotic, and bigger.

On my 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, the distinctive art came through in bright colors and vivid detail. As a cartoon-based strategy game, I imagine that a lesser processor could handle the workload, even with a large army of zombies on the screen at any one time.

I laughed several times out loud during my many hours playing this game. When you beat a level in adventure mode, you’ll often obtain a note from the zombies. They’ll ask, in poorly spelled handwriting, to either leave your home unguarded or to surrender or some other poorly conceived plan to get to you. The “help” menu in the game tells you to “just sit there and don’t do anything. You win the game when the Zombies get to your houze.”
Read the full review at the link below.

Macworld: Plants vs Zombies Review
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Geneforge Saga Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has released The Geneforge Saga, a compilation of the entire Geneforge RPG series on one CD. The five episode series follows the conflict between Shaper and Rebel, which concludes in G5: Overthrow with multiple endings dependent on player choices.

We have just released the Geneforge Saga CD. Now all five games in the Geneforge series are available on one CD at a considerable discount.

The Geneforge Saga
Get the full games: Geneforge, Geneforge 2, Geneforge 3, Geneforge 4: Rebellion and Geneforge 5: Overthrow on one CD.
The Geneforge Saga costs $75 (add $25 for all hint books). Visit the link below for more information.

Geneforge Saga
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IMG Reviews Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
6:00 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted an in-depth review of the action/adventure title Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones from developers Ubisoft, TransGaming Technologies, and online distributor GameTree Online. Here's and excerpt from the review:

As a brief recap, though, the Prince of Persia series started off life as a platformer on the Apple ][ in 1989, and was followed by two sequels at five-year intervals; only the first two games appeared for the Mac. Later, in the 2000s, Ubisoft revived the series on its own terms, as a fully 3D reinvention, with The Sands of Time, followed by a sequel, Warrior Within, which continued the story. The Two Thrones is the final instalment in the trilogy, and the first of the set to appear for the Mac; the PC original actually dates from 2005 (so bear in mind that this is actually an older game than Tomb Raider Anniversary). A further game in the series, entitled simply Prince of Persia and not part of the Sands of Time trilogy, appeared last year and has also just recently been released for the Mac. There have been various other spin-offs, and a Prince of Persia film is also on the cards.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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