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Postal 2 Multiplayer Patch Adds New Maps, Bug Fixes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

1409X, a long in development multiplayer patch for Running With Scissors' POSTAL 2, is now available for download. Co-created by RWS member Jon Merchant and POSTAL mod maker Kamek, with support from various members of the POSTAL community, the patch combines a variety of commonly used updates, game types, and fixes in addition to new fixes, three new DeathMatch maps, eight new arena maps, and a new Snatch map.

"1409X is a collection and vast improvement of the greatest and most commonly used POSTAL 2 multiplayer updates, game types and fixes, all organized into a nice little patch," explained Merchant. "It also fixes some bugs based on community feedback and adds three new DeathMatch maps, eight arena maps and a Snatch map."

1409X also adds many new features for Mappers to mess with, as well as some new Editor functions. With these updates installed, POSTAL 2 becomes one of the most configurable online games ever produced.

Jon Merchant extended special thanks to Mod Man Kamek for "making all this possible" and to POSTAL Community members that "helped with ideas, testing and feedback, most notably Mr Downerup of and Rob Myth from the DKT clan."
The patch, a detailed list of its features, and instructions can be found at the link below.

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New StarCraft II Screenshot Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently released a new screenshot of StarCraft II on its Twitter site. The game will return players to the storyline five years after the end of BroodWar and will include an epic single player campaign, improved multiplayer action, and a new editor for players who want to design their own StarCraft creations.

StarCraft II is the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game, and the sequel to the hit original, StarCraft. The game will include three completely distinct and balanced races, the protoss, terran, and zerg, which have been overhauled and re-imagined with a number of new units for each, as well as new tricks for some of the classic units that are returning.

The StarCraft II Trilogy consists of the base StarCraft II game and two subsequent expansion sets. StarCraft II is subtitled Wings of Liberty (working title) and will include a lengthy single-player campaign that focuses on the terrans and puts players in the role of Jim Raynor, one of the series' main heroes. The first expansion set, Heart of the Swarm (working title), will follow later and include a single-player campaign focusing on the zerg and Kerrigan, Queen of Blades. The second expansion set, Legacy of the Void (working title), will continue the story experience with a single-player campaign centered on the protoss.
Check out the link below to view the new screenshot.

IncGamers: StarCraft II Screenshot
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Machinarium Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac|Life has posted a review of Amanita Design's Machinarium. The point and click adventure game follows the adventures of a robot who must find a way to save his girlfriend and his city from a group of villains known as the Black Cap Brotherhood. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

Machinariumís stunningly drawn 2D backdrops have a rustic, old-world feel, and the neutral color palette sets the mood for the gameís storyline. You play a robot whoís thrown into a scrap yard and must travel back to his grungy city of nuts and bolts to defeat the evil Black Cap Brotherhood and rescue his robot girlfriend. Flashbacks at the start of every level give you more insight on his backstory too.

Your robotís body is a tower of tin with many uses--he can swallow objects and inventory them for later use or combine them to create an even more useful tool. In each of the 35 levels, youíre faced with a series of puzzles and tricky brainteasers that require you to combine objects and then undergo a grueling process of trial and error. Only one possible sequence of actions will work, whether thatís figuring out the proper wire connection to open a door or fusing together a broom and a knob to create an apparatus that opens up steam valves. If you get stuck, turn to the hint feature (at the top right of your screen), which resembles a locked journal. It requires you to play a short, side-scrolling space shooter, and if you win, the journal unlocks to reveal the puzzleís blueprints.
Read the full review at the page below.

Mac|Life: Machinarium Review
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Diablo III: Female Monk And Wizard Visual Updates
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In new posts on the Diablo III forums, Facebook page, and Twitter site, community manager Bashiok has revealed new information about the game. This time the discussion centered around the visual look for female Monk and Wizard class characters. Diablo III is the long awaited upcoming return to Blizzard's action RPG series.

Bashiok: There was a big push on armor sets in the milestone before the break, which included a new female wizard unarmored look. Also sometimes referred to as a class' "naked" look. They're not actually without clothing, but it's the look of a character when wearing no pieces of armor. - Diablo Facebook

Bashiok: It wasn't a total rework or anything, these things rarely are. It was essentially a color shift from red to a sort of muted mustard color (which doesn't sound great but it looks awesome), and then a texture cleanup removing some elements and just letting the whole thing read a lot better. It looks a lot more like an unarmored look now, in my opinion. Before it was a bit busy and ... I think you also sort of have to have a very minimal naked look so that upgrades feel that much more "powerful". If you don't notice a visual change on the character with a new piece of armor then it's kind of like, what's the point? She had too much going on before. Now she looks like... haha, it kind of looks like she's about to go to the gym. To kill demons.

Also the female monk got a haircut not terribly long ago. She's looking good. Much closer match to the concepts now. - Source: Forums

Bashiok: The monk skill trees are being fleshed out in high level design concepts and nitty-gritty skill specifics. - Source: Diablo Twitter
Visit the Blizzplanet page below to read more.

Blizzplanet: Wizard And Monk Updates
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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 21, 2010

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