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Day Of Defeat: Source Comes To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Valve Software has announced the Steam release of Day of Defeat: Source for Mac users. The online shooter is set in Europe during World War II and allows gamers to take the role of infantry, sniper, or machine gunner classes and assist their team in conquering a variety of historical operations.

Set in the European theater of operations during World War II, DoD players choose a specific role on their team, and tackle goal-oriented missions based on historical operations. DoD:Source takes the classic gameplay of the original Day of Defeat and improves the experience with updated or redesigned maps, weapons, and characters, along with Source engine gameplay and technical innovations, including state of the art graphics and HDR lighting. Try DoD:Source and we think you'll agree it's the most fun WWII action available online.

System Requirements:

  • OS X version Leopard 10.5.8 or Snow Leopard 10.6.3
  • 1GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher or ATI X1600 or higher
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Internet Connection
Day of Defeat: Source is available for $9.99. To learn more about the game check out the site below.

Valve Software
Day Of Defeat: Source

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The Characters And Portraits Of StarCraft II
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

IncGamers has posted some new information about StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the upcoming sequel to Blizzard Entertainment's popular sci-fi RTS. The article focuses on character portraits and what is known so far about SC II's various personalities. StarCraft 2 will pick up a few years after the end of Broodwar and will follow the story of the Terrans.

The main protagonist, Jim Raynor has been seen before loads of times, and even with his new Marine armour, the CMC combat suit, or "hardskin" as the grunts call them. If you read our single player previews, you know pretty much everything there is to know about Jimmy. He's a bit out of luck, and feels down, taking up drinking a bit, and everything is looking pretty dark, 4 years after the "defeat" of the Zerg.

This wild card of a character, Sarah Kerrigan starts out as a love interest of Jimmy, and ends up his fiercest enemy. Whether there's still any human emotions left in her, or she's truly corrupted is the main plot of the first game, and will likely be so in the second. One thing is clear, the Zerg has spent the 4 last years evolving and improving, and they will not be defeated easily. What actually will happen with Kerrigan is a mystery.

Zeratul, the leader of the Dark Templars and friend of Jim Raynor, is looking for ancient prophecies of the Xel'Naga in the videos and gameplay material we have seen. What he finds out he gives to Jim Raynor to take part of. Basically, the Xel'Naga is coming, or so he reckons. The Zerg with the Queen of Blades leading them are looking for the same thing. The plot thickens...
Check out the link below to read more about StarCraft II's characters.

IncGamers: Portraits and Spoilers
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StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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WoW Cataclysm: Twilight Highlands Preview
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has updated the official World of Warcraft website with new information about the upcoming expansion of the game, Cataclysm. The update this time features the Twilight Highlands zone, a contested land of dragons, orcs, and dwarves.

The highlands have undergone constant upheaval throughout their history, with races and factions thriving, collapsing, and changing seemingly without pause. The fortress-city of Grim Batol has played host to no fewer than three potent factions: the Wildhammer dwarves, who abandoned their home after a Dark Iron curse left it uninhabitable; the red dragonflight, which was forced to fight for the Horde in the captivity of the Dragonmaw orcs during the Second War; and, of course, the Dragonmaw themselves, who were driven from Grim Batol when the red dragonflight was finally freed from their grasp.

The Dragonmaw now cling to the edges of the highlands. They're no less wild and difficult to deal with than when they ruled Grim Batol, but their knowledge of dragons and warfare is of unquestionable importance, especially amidst the chaos of the Cataclysm. The Wildhammer dwarves dwell in forested outposts among the highlands' mountains; though long friendly with the Alliance, they have only now begun to consider casting their lot in with Stormwind and Ironforge thanks to the entreaties of their cousins, the Bronzebeard clan. Even the mighty red dragonflight has suffered greatly in recent months: its members have been decimated by a frenzied, newly aggressive black dragonflight attacking relentlessly from the petrified Obsidian Forest.

Amidst this upheaval, a new power has come to possess the highlands.
Head over to the link below to read more.

Cataclysm: Twilight Highlands
Blizzard Entertainment
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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IMG Reviews Star Wars The Force Unleashed: USE
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition. Brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media the game puts players in the role of Darth Vader's secret apprentice and gives them the chance to unleash the force without restraint.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

On the graphical side of things, however, The Force Unleashed is truly fun to watch. There are numerous areas throughout the game where you can rip objects to pieces, shatter glass, break machinery, and even use pieces of the environment as weapons. A lot of care was obviously put into every level, as the themes remain consistent throughout and the level design reflects the nature of the environment.

A good example of this is the junk planet mission. You spend your time blowing holes in the side of junked scrap, leaping over acid pits, smacking around scavengers and jawas, and fighting living energy constructs that use junk as weapons. All the models look about what you'd expect, and there are plenty of particle effects to go around. It makes little to no sense within the Star Wars universe for junk to be able to take on a full-powered Sith, but hey. It looks darn good doing it.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Reviews Star Wars The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition
Aspyr Media
Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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