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Hereos Of Newerth Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

S2 Games has announced that Heroes of Newerth, the stand alone version of the cult Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft 3, is now available. The game allows two teams of up to five players to take on the roles of heroes and work with AI controlled armies to destroy an enemy team's base. HoN features upgradeable skills, powerful items to purchase, VOIP controls, Clan Support, and dozens of playable Hero characters from which to choose.

“It’s been an amazing three years so far,” states Marc DeForest, CEO and Founder, S2 Games. “We’ve had such a good ride through the Beta period, now we’re looking forwards to getting the retail version out to as many people as possible. The team has put a lot into making this game the best multiplayer experience it can be, and we’re looking forwards to new and old fans alike playing and enjoying Heroes of Newerth.”

With nearly three million beta subscribers comprising the active and loyal community, HoN is poised to be the number one player in a competitive market. Including over fifty unique characters, integrated voice chat, full clan support and a quick reconnect feature amongst the myriad of improvements and tweaks, Heroes of Newerth provides the complete package that will satisfy anyone looking for an engrossing multiplayer experience.

In Heroes of Newerth, two teams of up to five players each take on the role of special Hero units. With the assistance of AI-controlled armies, each team sets out with the sole objective of destroying the other team’s base. As a match progresses, players can earn experience and gold which can be used to upgrade skills or purchase items to make their character more powerful. The team-oriented design of HoN coupled with unprecedented in-game Voice-Over-IP controls and Clan Support allow for an incredibly deep, tactical team-based experience.

Some of the unique features of HoN include the following:
  • 63 playable Hero characters, over 100 items as well as regular content updates to ensure no two games of HoN will ever be the same.
  • Client/Server Architecture eliminates lag, cheats and map hacking
  • Quick reconnect feature allows players to jump right back into their game should they get disconnected
  • In-game VOIP for fast and easy communication with teammates
  • Game archives and replay support for all games played on official servers (players can rewind, slow down, fast forward, and otherwise pinpoint the exact part of a match that they wish to view)
  • Built upon the proprietary K2 engine to deliver enhanced graphics while maintaining low system specs
  • Powerful map editor and mod capabilities
  • Available in six language translations: English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian.
  • Available for PC, Mac, and Linux
Heroes of Newerth is available for the Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms for $30.00. Learn more at the site below.

Heroes Of Newerth

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Eschalon Book II Released For Windows
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Basilisk Games has announced that Eschalon: Book II for Windows is now available. The Mac version of the game is scheduled for release on May 26 and is currently in final testing. The game includes improvements like re-rendered tiles, new weather effects, new skills, new monsters, and a much larger world to explore.

"We are thrilled to announce that the second book in the Eschalon Trilogy is now available for download" said Thomas Riegsecker, Lead Developer of the Eschalon series. "Fans are going to really enjoy the game enhancements and larger world. Book II is a big game!"

Eschalon: Book II is available now for Windows based computers. Basilisk Games will release the Macintosh and Linux versions of the game on May 26th, 2010. Eschalon: Book II for Windows can be purchased directly from the Basilisk Games website, and in the next few weeks from most major digital distribution services.
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The Sims 3 Pattern Creation Tool Coming This Summer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Electronic Arts has announced the upcoming release of The Sim 3 Create A Pattern Tool. The free download, scheduled for this summer, will allow players of the latest in the popular Sims series to design their own patterns. The new creations will then be ready to cover items such as furniture, clothing, floor, and walls.

The Sims 3 Create a Pattern Tool allows players to create and share their own original patterns. Registered The Sims 3 players will be able to design a pattern easily, whether simple or elaborate, using dozens of images available in the Sticker Library or layer and modify their own images to create any pattern their heart desires. Players’ creativity is the limit and once satisfied they can then share their pattern creations online on The Sims 3 Exchange.


  • Pattern Masters - As the official pattern tool for The Sims 3, The Sims 3 Create a Pattern Tool makes it easy for players to make their own patterns and safely add them to their game
  • Customize Sims’ Surroundings – Players can apply newly created patterns to their Sims’ furniture, clothing, floors, walls, and more
  • Powerful and Easy - This powerful yet easy-to-use tool is perfect for all types of users ranging from beginners to advanced designers
  • Preview  to Check it Out – Players can view their patterns in 3D with the click of a button, then export directly to their game 
  • Share! Fans around the world can share and download creations through The Sims 3 Exchange
The Sims 3 Create a Pattern Tool is a robust creative tool, which allows players to create millions of patterns and place them on objects in their Sims’ world for a completely unique look and feel to their game. Whether they’ve been hankering for a new plaid for their Sims’ PJs or an exquisite flourish of tiles for their floors, everything they want to create is now within their grasp
For more information follow the links below.

Worthplaying: Sims 3 Create A Pattern Tool
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Frozen Synapse Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Out of Eight has posted a new preview of Frozen Synapse, a new turn based tactical game in development at Mode 7 Games. The game is described as a simultaneous-turn-based tactical game in which players take turns to craft and test the perfect strategy, then execute their plans and watch the results. Frozen Synapse features both single and multiplayer action, a variety of guns, hand crafted maps, and a map editor.

Frozen Synapse is a turn-based game where you issue orders to your units in a planning phase, and then watch the action play out in five-second-long simultaneous turns. You can test out your plan before you submit it, even moving enemies around to see the results. Since there are no dice rolls in Frozen Synapse, if you guess the enemy’s movements correctly, your test session results will be accurate. Before each match, you are given a randomly selected roster of units and must make do. These include the short-range shotgun, the medium-range machine gun, the long-range sniper, a grenade launcher (which can bounce off walls), and a rocket launcher (which can destroy walls). The amount of randomization in Frozen Synapse is great, leading to a different experience every time you play. Units are ordered around by double-clicking on the ground to issue a waypoint, and then right-clicking on a waypoint to issue more specific orders. The interface needs some more work to make issued orders more apparent (icons are very small) and the game easier to navigate. Units can aim (but makes them move slowly), duck or stand, hold fire, and focus or ignore a particular enemy. You can also introduce time delays to their actions to improve precise timing. The number of orders may be small, but they certainly cover the gamut of what needs to be done; I certainly can’t think of any additional commands that are necessary.

There is no health in Frozen Synapse: one shot is one kill. The victor is determined through the following advantages, in order of importance: using cover, not changing your stance, not moving, and aiming. You are also given an advantage if you spot your enemy first and certain weapons are given benefits at certain ranges. Whoever accumulates the most combat bonuses will win the fight every time: this predictable nature makes Frozen Synapse feel more fair. The advantageous use of cover does mean that games can result in stalemates, as neither party wants to move (as attacking always puts you at a disadvantage). Rockets and grenades can “remove” campers from their hiding spots, but if you weren’t given these units at the beginning of the match, you can get a less than exciting result. Thankfully, the levels are usually small enough where action is constant most of the time. Games don’t last very long (between five and sixteen five-second turns), so you never have time get discouraged at being dominated, or feel like you wasted hours of your precious time: just start a new match.
Visit the page below to read the full preview.

Out Of Eight: Frozen Synapse Preview
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Captains Of DarkTide MMO Coming To Macs6:00 AM
IMG Reviews Brothers In Arms: Double Time6:00 AM
Star Wars The Force Unleashed Developer's Diary Available6:00 AM
Steam Released Today6:00 AM
Warhammer Online Upcoming 1.3.5 Patch Discussed6:00 AM
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