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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Ships February 17th
8:48 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 6 comments today announced that it has begun taking pre-orders for the digital download version of UbiSoft's upcoming Mac release of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction. The game is scheduled to be released on February 17th, 2011.

An investigation into his daughter's death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover he's been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions.

Uniting revolutionary gameplay enhancements with a high-octane, no-holds-barred storyline, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction arms you to the teeth with all the high-tech weaponry and lethal skills of an elite operative and invites you to enter a dangerous world where justice means making your own rules.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction will come in two skus: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Deluxe Edition, which includes the standard version plus Infiltration Mode and 3 bonus weapons, is available for pre-order for $24.99 (USD). Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Standard Edition is available for pre-order for $19.99.

Insurgency Pack: will also begin taking pre-orders for the DLC Insurgency Pack later today for $9.99 (USD). The Insurgency Pack delivers brand-new missions for Archer and Kestrel on four additional maps for Deniable Ops modes. Take on challenges in Hunter, Face Off, Infiltration or Last Stand to unlock new achievements and play in settings from the docks of San Francisco to a New Orleans cemetery, a prison in Portland to a hidden research complex in Salt Lake City.

For more information, including screenshots and video trailers, please visit the home page.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction
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Majesty 2 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld has posted a new review of Virtual Programming's Majesty 2, the sequel to Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim. Featuring the unique melding of sim and strategy mechanics of the original, Majesty 2 includes a 16 mission campaign, several quick missions, and the chance to play with up to 4 others on a variety of multiplayer maps. Macworld gave the game a score of 3.5 out of 5.

Itís important to grasp the complex, yet manageable economic system of Majesty 2; without it, bankruptcy and destruction are inevitable. In-game currency is used to hire heroes, entice them to complete tasks, and build new structures in the town. There are several ways of making money. The most convenient of which is to sit back and wait for peasants to pay their taxes. Every ten minutes or so, the royal treasury (located in the bottom right corner of the screen) will show that the tax collector has deposited funds from the locals. However, should any villains destroy peasant dwellings, taxes will no longer be paid, so itís important to secure other means of finance as well. Setting up a marketplace and trading posts will ensure heroes are spending their hard earned cash (a portion of which goes back to the treasury as well).
Read the full review at the link below.

Macworld: Majesty 2 Review
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New Rage Screenshots Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Worthplaying has posted a collection of new screenshots from Rage, id Software's upcoming new game scheduled to be released on September 13, 2011. The post apocalyptic action title combines elements of racing and shooting titles with a dash of role playing thrown in for good measure.

RAGE is a groundbreaking first-person shooter set in the not-too-distant future after an asteroid impacts Earth, leaving a ravaged world behind. You emerge into this vast wasteland to discover humanity working to rebuild itself against such forces as bandit gangs, mutants, and the Authority Ė an oppressive government regime that has a special interest in you in particular. Featuring intense first-person shooter action, breakneck vehicle combat, an expansive world to explore and jaw-dropping graphics powered by idís revolutionary id Tech 5 technology, RAGE promises an experience like no other.

Fearing a planet-wide extinction from a massive asteroid headed towards Earth, world leaders are faced with the inexorable task of ensuring human survival. Left with few alternatives, life-sustaining pods filled with select people are buried deep beneath the earthís surface. You are one of the chosen members of these modern day arks and abruptly enter the RAGE universe after surfacing alone. Leaving you to your own devices to stay alive in a world filled with those who prefer you dead, RAGE combines powerful storytelling with heart-pounding action.
Head over to the page below to view the new screenshots.

Worthplaying: Rage Screenshots
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Exploring World Of Warcraft Cataclysm
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

YouGamers has posted a new review of Blizzard Entertainment's Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft. Cataclysm allows players to adventure as two new playable races, bring their characters to level 85, take on challenging quests and dungeons in all-new zones, and experience dramatic changes to familiar aspects of the game in the wake of a world-shattering disaster.

All new 5-man dungeons have normal versions you can visit during the leveling and those versions are a soft ramp-up to the new group dynamics. Not hard and not requiring advanced tactics. Heroics at level 85 are a different matter. The looking-for-dungeon tool already sets an average item level limit before you can even queue for heroics (329) and that means you have to fill up your equipment set with quest and reputation rewards and some normal mode loot before you can even enter.

Once you do, the first time may be bit of a shock. Should you attempt Wrath-style "tactics" where a tank charges in, spams his best multi-target attack while the ranged DPS opens up with area spells and abilities, you will get interesting results. Instead of a pile of charred trash mobs, you will get your face ripped off. There are many reasons for this - heroic dungeon monsters actually hit pretty hard and they often have fairly evil spells and abilities that, if left uninterrupted, really hurt. Still, the main reason is the new healer gameplay philosophy.
Visit the page below to check out the entire review.

YouGamers: WoW Cataclysm Review
Blizzard Entertainment
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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Mystery Of Mortlake Mansion Available From Macgamestore
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment is now offering Playrix's Mystery of Mortlake Mansion from its web store. The hidden object puzzle game challenges players to defeat the evil haunting an old mansion. Mystery of Mortlake Mansion features 34 locations, 700 items to find, and 30 mini-games.

The old mansion has been living a mysterious life of its own. Explore the dark rooms of the house and discover the secrets that haunt this eerie place. Meet the talking raven and the Spirit, the enigmatic captives of the mansion. Confront the insidious lord, break the evil spells, set the captives free and become the owner of the gorgeous mansion. Numerous hours of adventures and discoveries await you in the Mortlake Mansion.

  • Over 700 unique items to find
  • 34 locations to scour
  • 30 mini-games to enjoy
  • Tricky puzzles
  • Unravel the mystery of the dark mansion!
Mystery of Mortlake Mansion is available immediately as a digital download purchase through and Mac Games Arcade. A free trial version is available for download. The full version costs $9.95 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 26, 2011

IMG Reviews Majesty 2: Battles of Ardania6:00 AM
Inside Mac Games Interviews Amanita Design's Jakub Dvorsky6:00 AM
Portal 2 Mods Will Be Cross Platform, But Tools Windows Only6:00 AM
Samantha Swift And The Fountains of Fate Available At MGS6:00 AM
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