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Dragon Age: Origins Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

BioWare and TransGaming have released Dragon Age: Origins for the Mac.  The critically acclaimed, dark fantasy epic is available to Mac Players as a digital download in either the Standard or Digital Deluxe version.

The Digital Deluxe version features additional content including:  a collection of wallpapers, in-game bonus items, the game’s soundtrack and the Warden’s Keep additional content.  Warden’s Keep provides players with a new dungeon-exploring adventure, new loot including a set of ancient Grey Warden armor, a chance to gain two of six mysterious new abilities, a new base complete with merchants and a party chest to store their hard-earned items. 

“We are very excited to bring this award-winning title to the Mac community” commented Vikas Gupta, President and CEO of TransGaming. "Our Cider technology allows us to rapidly enable and deploy high quality titles like Dragon Age, and we are pleased to be delivering this exceptional caliber of gaming to the ever growing Mac gaming community."

Each version of Dragon Age: Origins for the Mac will also include The Stone Prisoner and the Blood Dragon Armor.  The Stone Prisoner gives players access to new environments, items, hours of additional gameplay and the mighty stone golem, Shale who can become one of the most powerful party members in the game. In addition, players will receive the Blood Dragon Armor, a set of themed armor that gives players additional protection in combat and will be available for use in both Dragon Age: Origins on the Mac and in Mass Effect™ 2 on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC. 

In Dragon Age: Origins, players take on the role of a Grey Warden, one of the last of an ancient order of guardians. Now, as an evil blight threatens to destroy all life, it is up to players to unite the shattered lands and slay the corrupted dragon known as the Archdemon. To restore peace, players must make ruthless decisions and be willing to sacrifice their friends and loved ones for the greater good of mankind. Whether you're a new or veteran gamer, Dragon Age: Origins reinvents the fantasy experience, combining a great story with raw emotion and brutal action.
Minimum System Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.2 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 or greater
  • At least 17GB of hard drive space for installation
  • This game will not run on PowerPC(G3/G4/G5)based Mac systems or Intel GMA class of video card

The Standard version of Dragon Age: Origins costs $49.95 and the Deluxe version costs $64.95. Follow the links below for more information.

BioWare
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Dragon Age: Origins



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Star Trek: D-A-C Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Paramount Digital Entertainment and TransGaming have release Star Trek: D-A-C for Mac. The game is described as a fast-paced, top-down space shooter where up to twelve players can compete in intergalactic battles between Starfleet and the Romulan Empire.

“The ‘Star Trek’ film and the Star Trek: D-A-C video game were designed to appeal to both long-term fans of the franchise and new enthusiasts alike,” said Matt Candler, vice president of Interactive Development of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “Given that Star Trek: D-A-C is a fun pick-up-and-play game on any platform, it’s a natural next step for Paramount Digital Entertainment to extend the game to Mac-based fans through this partnership with TransGaming.”

“The opportunity to add Paramount Digital Entertainment’s Star Trek: D-A-C video game to our portfolio for the Mac underscores TransGaming’s technology expertise and our value proposition for content creators,” commented Vikas Gupta, CEO & president of TransGaming Inc. “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Paramount to bring Star Trek: D-A-C to the growing Mac gaming community.”

In Star Trek: D-A-C, players choose from five ship types for both the Romulans and the Federation - Missile Cruiser, Support Frigate, Bomber, Fighter and Flagship - with each ship offering unique capabilities for players to master and manipulate from the Captain’s chair. The Missile Cruiser is a heavy artillery ship that features a longer range than any other ship in the game, but is vulnerable to close range attacks due to a low rate of fire and slower flight speed. The Support Frigate allows players to heal friendly ships and easily target escape pods. The nimble Bomber speeds in and out of battles, dropping bombs in its wake. The Fighter attacks ships head-on, blasting missiles and dodging attacks. The durable Flagship allows players to target enemies with a reticule and inflict damage with an auto-firing phaser that attacks nearby enemies. The Starfleet Flagship is the U.S.S. Enterprise™ featured in the “Star Trek” film.

Star Trek: D-A-C supports online multiplayer, online co-op and single player gameplay. There are four different game types – Survival, Team Deathmatch, Conquest and Assault. In the single-player Survival Mode, Starfleet captains have only three lives to blast through waves of enemy ships. When destroyed, enemy ships and drones drop special ability and score pick-ups, and players are challenged to grab as many as they can before their lives run out. Top scores will move players to the top of the leader boards and Starfleet ranks. In Team Deathmatch, teams go head-to-head, clashing in a winner-takes-all fight to the finish. In Conquest, teams must simultaneously protect and conquer control points in space. In Assault, teams take turns trying to dominate or defend a sector of space.
System Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 8600 GT or greater
  • 450 MB Hard Disk space
  • This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or Intel integrated video cards.

Star Trek: D-A-C for Mac is available for download and and costs $9.99. Head over to the links below for more information.

TransGaming
Star Trek: D-A-C
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City Of Heroes Holiday Contest
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCSoft has announced a holiday contest for City of Heroes, its super hero themed MMO. Contestants compete for prizes by entering screenshots of their "most cheerful" costume and base interior. Prizes include City of Heroes pins, t-shirts, and buttons. The contest will continue until January 3, 2010.

The festive season is here! Whether you call it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else, everybody needs a little holiday cheer in their life. And what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to add a little color to your costume or freshen up the decoration of your base!

That's right! In honor of the holidays, City of Heroes® is giving you the opportunity to show off your decorating prowess by putting together a costume or a base interior that will astonish and dazzle us!

This contest will have two (2) categories:
  • the most cheerful costume
  • the most cheerful base or base room (a minimum of one room must be decorated).
Your submission will be judged on originality, creativity, and the ability to achieve a Holiday theme.

The prize breakdown is as follows for the costume category:
One (1) First Place Winner Will Receive:

  • One (1) Set of 16 Hero and Villain Pins (Estimated retail value: $40.00)
  • One (1) Limited Edition 5 Year Anniversary T-Shirt created by player Syrusb (Estimated retail value: $25.00)
  • One (1) City of Heroes Projector Pen (Estimated retail value: $8.00)
  • One (1) City of Villains Projector Pen (Estimated retail value: $8.00)
  • One (1) Awesome Button (Estimated retail value: $4.00)
Estimated Total Prize package value: $85.00

One (1) Second Place Winner Will Receive:
  • One (1) Limited Edition 5 Year Anniversary T-Shirt created by player Syrusb (Estimated retail value: $25.00)
  • One (1) Set of 8 Hero or Villain Pins (Estimated retail value: $25.00)
  • One (1) City of Heroes or City of Villains Projector Pen (Estimated retail value: $8.00)
Estimated Total Prize package value: $58.00

One (1) Third Place Winner Will Receive:
  • One (1) Limited Edition 5 Year Anniversary T-Shirt created by player Syrusb (Estimated retail value: $25.00
  • One (1) Hero or Villain Archetype Pin (Estimated retail value: $4.00)
  • One (1) Hero Statesman Star or Villain Arachnos Pin (Estimated retail value: $4.00)
Estimated Total Prize package value: $33.00

The prize breakdown is as follows for the base room category:
One (1) First Place Winner Will Receive:
  • One (1) Set of 16 Hero and Villain Pins (Estimated retail value: $40.00)
  • One (1) Limited Edition 5 Year Anniversary T-Shirt created by player Syrusb (Estimated retail value: $25.00)
  • One (1) City of Heroes Projector Pen (Estimated retail value: $8.00)
  • One (1) City of Villains Projector Pen (Estimated retail value: $8.00)
  • One (1) Awesome Button (Estimated retail value: $4.00)
Estimated Total Prize package value: $85.00

One (1) Second Place Winner Will Receive:
  • One (1) Limited Edition 5 Year Anniversary T-Shirt created by player Syrusb (Estimated retail value: $25.00)
  • One (1) Set of 8 Hero or Villain Pins (Estimated retail value: $25.00)
  • One (1) City of Heroes or City of Villains Projector Pen (Estimated retail value: $8.00)
Estimated Total Prize package value: $58.00

One (1) Third Place Winner Will Receive:
  • One (1) Limited Edition 5 Year Anniversary T-Shirt created by player Syrusb (Estimated retail value: $25.00
  • One (1) Hero or Villain Archetype Pin (Estimated retail value: $4.00)
  • One (1) Hero Statesman Star or Villain Arachnos Pin (Estimated retail value: $4.00)
Estimated Total Prize package value: $33.00
Click over to the page linked below for the contest rules.

City Of Heroes Holiday Contest
NCsoft
TransGaming
City of Heroes
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Eschalon Book II: New Screenshot Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Basilisk Games' recently released a new screenshot from Eschalon: Book II, the upcoming second title in its planned "old school" RPG trilogy. The game, scheduled for a 2010 release, will include improvements like 1024X768 native resolution, re-rendered tiles, new weather effects, news skills, new monsters, and a larger world to explore.

For us here at Basilisk Games, we are going to put as much time in on Book II as we can while filling in the rest of the time with family. Since I don't know when I will have time to do this later, here's a small Xmas present for you- a new screenshot from Book II. Sorry this screen is not some spectacular revelation about the plot, or a picture of an epic battle with a dozen nasty foes...we want you to discover those moments for yourself!

More about Eschalon Book II:
  • Eschalon: Book II is the sequel to 2007’s award winning RPG Eschalon: Book I, although no previous experience is needed to play and enjoy Book II.
  • Book II will be available for Windows, Macintosh (Universal Binary) and Linux-based computers.
  • Play as a male or female character.
  • 1024 x 768 native resolution.
  • Most tiles have been re-rendered to take advantage of the higher engine resolution. Hundreds of new graphic elements, tiles, sound effects and music means Book II is not just a remix of the previous game.
  • New weather effects: snow, rain, and thunderstorms. Weather isn’t just an effect; severe weather effects gameplay stats and skills.
  • Additional skills and improved skill balancing.
  • Improved GUI including additional save game slots, increased number of Inventory and Quick Slot spaces, Key Ring and Recipe book, and much more!
  • “Equipment configuration” presets for convenient swapping of entire armor and weapons sets.
  • New difficulty modes and tracked statistics add to replay value.
Visit the page below to check out the new screenshot.

Basilisk Games Forums: Holiday Screenshot
Basilisk Games
Eschalon: Book II
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Mac Games News for Monday, December 21, 2009

Ankh 3: Battle Of The Gods Now Available6:00 AM
Privateer Gemini Gold 1.03 Released6:00 AM
Two Worlds II Website Relaunched6:00 AM
Warcraft 15th Anniversary Retrospective6:00 AM
 
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