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New Star Tennis Coming January 22
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

New Star Games has announced a January 22nd release date for New Star Tennis, its newest sport title. The game will feature a full tennis tour with 66 tournaments, a variety of court styles, training challenges, and a detailed career mode spanning 15 tournaments.

New Star Tennis Features:

  • Exciting Gameplay
    Experience thrilling rallies as you compete against the world's elite. An intuitive control system allows you to put the ball anywhere on the court, but you will need some slick skills to become number one.
  • Intense Training
    To beat the best you will need to train hard and increase your abilities. There are 5 skills to master, Serve, Forehand, Backhand, Volley and Spin. You will also need to work in the gym to build up your Speed and Stamina. Now, get down and give me twenty!
  • The NSG World Tour
    There are 66 tournaments on the NSG World tour in which you can earn points to improve your ranking. You will need to decide when to train, when to rest and when to compete. The tour features realistic competitions with their respective surfaces; hard, clay and grass.
  • Multiple cameras
    Not everyone will want to stick to the standard camera view so why not try one of the many others available. Overhead? Isometric? Player-cam? Every preference is catered for.
  • Keep Smiling
    Becoming a top sports personality isn't just about playing tennis. If you want to earn those sponsorship deals you will need to have an exciting lifestyle and a cheerful persona. Splash some cash on vehicles and property and dont forget to spend time with your friends on the kart track, in the casino or down the pub playing darts!

New Star Tennis will be released on Friday January 22nd priced at $14.99, and is currently available for pre-order. For more information follow the links below.

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

Apple Games has posted a new article, this time featuring Paramount Digital Entertainment's Star Trek: D-A-C. The game is a fast-paced, top-down space shooter where up to twelve players can compete in intergalactic battles between Starfleet and the Romulan Empire. Apple's article includes an overview of the game's features as well as a brief history of the franchise.

You’ll be at the helm of a ship from one of five classes of starcraft, each of which can be upgraded with better weapons by snaring power-ups scattered around the battlefield. Other types of power-ups grant you special abilities you can use just once, such as invulnerability, deadly quantum torpedoes, or a temporal shift that briefly slows down time.

When destruction is imminent, eject in an escape pod; if you survive, you’ll bring nearly all your weapon strength to your new ship. Destroyed ships and escape pods drop weapon upgrades, so keep your eyes open for them.
    Fighter: Quick and nimble, fighters let you swoop in, fire at the enemy in any direction, and zip away from danger. Upgrades unleash spread shots and launch missiles. The downside: little in the way of shields, so don’t get caught in a crossfire.
    Bomber: This ship is similar to the fighter, but its forte is dropping explosives in its wake. Upgrades bring more powerful blasts, as well as the ability to release fragments that offer secondary detonations.
    Flagship: The slowest ship you’ll control, the flagship is also the most powerful and heavily-shielded of the five classes. Its weapons include photon torpedoes that lock onto their targets and auto-firing phasers that are perfect for close-range attacks. Upgrades make both even more devastating.
    Support Frigate: You’ll need to stick close to your fellow captains if you choose this ship. Your mission is to lock onto friendly craft with your primary weapon and heal its shields. The same technique will allow you to destroy asteroids and enemy escape pods.
    Missile Cruiser: This ship’s shields and speed are average, and its rate of fire is the slowest of all the classes, but its missiles pack a powerful punch. When upgraded, they lay waste to enemy ships.
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Apple Games: Star Trek D-A-C
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How Bioware Conquered The Role Playing Game
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Now Gamer has published a new interview with Bioware founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka. The two veteran RPG developers discussed the company's history, the development of the successful Baldur's Gate series, Neverwinter Nights' fan community, and the company's approach to crafting Dragon Age.

“The RPG was in trouble,” Muzyka concurs. “People would tell us it was dead, but the thing is, we just didn’t believe them. We always felt that a great story, great characters, great world, profession systems… there was always a place for that. A lot of it was based on the confidence we had, having played a lot of those games in the past. We felt, ‘Hey, we can add something to that mix. We can bring back what people loved about RPGs in the Eighties’. And we’re always trying to keep doing that. Things change and we’re always adding new things, but the core goals remain unchanged.”

Baldur’s Gate put the doctors BioWare to the test: they had to resuscitate an ailing genre, stitching together pieces of past classics – Wizardry, Wasteland, Ultima, Pool Of Radiance – as they went along. The result was one of the most original games of the decade, one that set the stage for more or less every Western RPG made since, where the themes of choice, morality, and love were made paramount, and expressed through open-ended gameplay. “This was the first time we had a chance to really see our vision,” Zeschuk explains, “which is to create an emotionally compelling narrative where people really felt that they were part of the story. It was a great start.”

The game sold slowly at first but built up momentum at a surprising pace, eventually becoming one of the highest-selling RPGs of the Nineties. “It was a very slow burn,” Zeschuk adds. “It was one of those unusual games. It sold more each month. Right at the end of December, it turned out by February, we were selling more than January, then March, April… it was a few months in, and it looked like it was going to be a huge commercial success.”
Read the full interview at the page listed below.

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Warcraft III Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new update for Warcraft III and its expansion The Frozen Throne. This latest update brought the fantasy real time strategy game to version 1.24d and fixed an exploit which allowed malicious players to cause system crashes.

Version 1.24d:

- Fixed a client crash related to queuing too many invalid build commands ("crash hack").
Visit the pages below for more information.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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