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Aspyr Offers Force Unleashed Pre-Order Discount
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Aspyr Media is offering a special $5 discount for those who pre-order Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition for Mac from the company's GameAgent site. The game will be released this winter and exclusively available on before arriving in retail stores.

Developed and published in North America by Aspyr, 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. This special edition of the game will show players "the deepest, darkest side of the Force in a story that puts them on a collision course with Luke Skywalker himself."

Experience the Power of the Dark Side
The story and action of Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™ expands with the release of Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition. A special new version of the game that shows players the deepest, darkest side of the Force in a story that puts them on a collision course with Luke Skywalker himself. The Ultimate Sith Edition includes all of the original missions found in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed as well as 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 a mysterious new character armed with unprecedented powers.

  • Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition combines the original Star Wars: The Force Unleashed videogame and three new levels to create the definitive ultimate-evil storyline of the events that occurred between the two classic Star Wars movie trilogies.
  • Additional content includes three new levels set in iconic Star Wars locales and a host of new costumes and character models.
  • The Ultimate Sith Edition expands the story of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and re-imagines the Star Wars Saga as if the Secret Apprentice had killed Darth Vader and taken his place by The Emperor’s side, becoming the most powerful Sith Lord in the universe.
  • In the Ultimate Sith Edition, The Emperor sends his new apprentice to the planet 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.
  • In the games’ thrilling finale, 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.
  • The Ultimate Sith Edition gives gamers a change to experience the full power of the dark side of the Force. Create devastating attack combos using the Secret Apprentice’s lightsaber and over-the-top Force powers – Force push, grip, repulse and lightning. Upgrade and master these powers to leave a path of destruction behind you in your quest to rid the Galaxy of the Jedi.
  • The Secret Apprentice doesn’t just defeat his enemies with the Force– he hurls them through walls, smashed them into objects, shocks them with lightning, and even transforms then into Force-charged bombs capable of massive destruction.
Minimum System Requirements:
    Operating System: 10.5.8 (Leopard), 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard)
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Memory: 2 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 25 GB + 1 GB Swap File
    Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD2600, (NVidia): Geforce 8600
    Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB
    Media Required: DVD-ROM
    Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard or Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller
Recommended System Requirements
    CPU Speed: 2.6 GHz Intel Quad-Core
    Video Card: Geforce 8800
    Video RAM: 512 MB
Supported Video Cards

NOTICE: This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some disk and virtual disk drives.
NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported.
NOTICE: Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported.
NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
Visit the page below for more information about the discount offer.

GameAgent Force Unleashed Preorder
Aspyr Media
Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition
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Irukandji Released For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Charlie's Games has announced the release of Irukandji for Mac OS X. The game is described as an "attack shoot-em-up, set in an abstract underwater trench." Players a ship against the flow of hundreds of procedurally animated sea monsters, blasting a way to the final showdown against a giant enemy crab. The game features unlockable ships with unique weaponry and play styles, 10 challenging achievements to attempt, and on-line high scores for each ship.

Irukandji Features:

  • Cool Procedurally animated sea monsters
  • 6 unique ships to unlock
  • Addictive score attack game play
  • On-line scores for each ship
  • 10 challenging achievements
  • Giant Enemy Crab

Irukandji is a universal binary app and is available as a digital download for Mac OS X 10.4, Windows PCs, and Linux platforms. A free demonstration version is available from the Charlie's Games website, and showcases the first two ships in the game. The full version costs $1+ donation, and entitles purchasers to a copy of the game for each platform.

For more information, screen shots and videos of Irukandji, follow the link below.

Charlie's Games

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Din's Curse Spins A Questing Web
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Soldak Entertainment has unveiled a new article about features in the upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. In the latest post Soldak's Steven Peeler discussed the web-like design of the game's quests and missions, which interact with other aspects of the game's environment in a variety of unexpected ways.

I have added a good example of how this works lately to the game: the darkness machine. This is a machine that once built causes the entire area to get much darker than usual. This doesn't sound too bad except it screws with the local crops so food prices go up. Monsters tend to be much more aggressive when it is dark so the town you are trying to save is much more likely to be attacked. Also now that one machine is up and functioning it encourages other monsters to build other machines to wreck havoc on the town (like earthquake or weather machines).

So there are lots of strands that leave the darkness machine quest, but what leads to it? Well a lot of things frankly. Most unique monsters, bosses, and unique monster groups have a chance to secretly build them. Just because you know about a monster already doesn't always means you know what they are up to. Hurry up and kill them already! You might discover that someone is building a darkness machine in the dungeon and have a chance to disrupt the plans. If you fail, you will have the darkness machine to deal with and whoever built it. Sometimes you only get partial information and find out that someone is building "something" in the dungeon. This could be a darkness machine or it could be something entirely different (although whatever it happens to be is probably dangerous for you). Sometimes your information is really bad and you just find out someone is planning something. This could be anything from a town raid to yep, you guessed it- building a darkness machine. As I implied before, if someone has already built an earthquake or weather machine this might also lead to someone building a darkness machine.
Read the rest of the post at the page linked below.

Soldak Blog: Din's Curse Quest System
Soldak Entertainment
Din's Curse
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Avernum 6 Version 1.01 Update Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Spiderweb Software recently updated Avernum 6, the final title in the long running Avernum RPG series. The update brings the game to version 1.01 and fixes a handful of minor bugs in addition to making the "game overall somewhat easier."

Set in the world of Avernum, an enormous series of caves far below the surface of the world, the game wraps up loose plot threads from previous games and reveals the final fate of the underground realm and its popular characters.

The Story:
Avernum is a world underground. It is a nation of people living in an enormous warren of tunnels and caverns, far below the surface of the world. Once a prison colony for rebels and thugs, it is now a wild frontier, full of adventurous souls looking for wealth, fame, and magical power. Avernum's sole link to the surface world: a single magical portal, small and difficult to maintain.

And then the Blight came. Almost overnight, the mushrooms Avernum needed to feed itself withered and died. Then the denizens of the low tunnels, the savage, reptilian Slithzerikai, emerged. Sensing weakness, they struck, destroying much of a weakened Avernum and creating waves of hungry, desperate refugees. Now chaos and hunger stalk this land, and none seem to be able to find a solution or a way to stop the Slith Horde.

In the midst of all of this chaos, you joined the army. You had a good, simple reason: Soldiers get food. And yet, through a run of good (or bad) fortune, you find that you have a chance to discover and confront Avernum's enemies. The nation of Avernum is rapidly approaching its final destiny, and you will be at the center of events. Can you save your homeland? And, if Avernum survives, what will become of it?

As you wander the gigantic world of Avernum, you will experience:
  • An enormous world. Hundreds of quests, dozens of dungeons and enemy fortresses, and multitudes of characters.
  • A fascinating storyline, full of surprises, treachery, and epic battles.
  • Many unique encounters. Not just mindless hack and slash. Many unusual enemies that will require clever tactics to defeat.
  • Rich game system with over 50 spells and battle disciplines, many character building options, and powerful secret skills to unlock.
  • Unique game world. Unique races and settings make Avernum different from any RPG out there.
  • Experience with previous Avernum games is completely unnecessary to enjoy Avernum 6.
Click over to the links below for more information.

Spiderweb Software
Avernum 6

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