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Dragon Age: Ultimate Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 23 comments

TransGaming has announced the release of Dragon Age: Ultimate. Available for a limited time, the game compilation includes the original Dragon Age: Origins, the sequel: Awakening, and all nine DLC packs. Dragon Age puts players in the role of a Grey Warden tasked with saving the land from a terrible evil.

Dragon Age: Origins (Mac)
Discover the groundbreaking RPG, winner of more than 50 awards including more than 30 "Game of the Year" awards! You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of a legendary order of guardians. With the return of mankind's ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all. Explore a stunning world, make complex moral choices, and engage in bone-crushing visceral combat against massive and terrifying creatures.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edition (Mac)
The story of the Grey Wardens continues as you are named Commander of the order. As your first duties you have been entrusted with rebuilding the order as well as uncovering the secrets of the darkspawn and how they managed to endure. Fight new enemies, learn new skills and spells, and explore an all-new area of the world, Amaranthine.

All nine content packs
Extend your adventure, collect new rewards, gain new party members, and more as you delve deeper into the Dragon Ageô saga.
  • The Stone Prisoner
  • Warden's Keep
  • Return to Ostagar
  • Darkspawn Chronicles
  • Leliana's Song
  • Golems of Amgarrak
  • Witch Hunt
  • Feastday Gifts
  • Feastday Pranks
Key features:
  • A limited-time offer of the 2009 "RPG of the Year" Dragon Age: Origins, the Dragon Age: Origins Ė Awakening expansion pack, and all nine additional content packs
  • Critically acclaimed winner of more than 50 awards including more than 30 "Game of the Year" awards
  • A tremendous $114 value at one low price
Dragon Age: Ultimate is available for $39.99. Click over to the site below for more information.

Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition
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Avadon: The Black Fortress Status Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel has posted a new blog article about the release of the company's latest RPG, Avadon: The Black Fortress. The first chapter of a new saga, the game puts players in the role of a spy and warrior tasked to defend the homeland from its many enemies. The game features four different character classes, dozens of sidequests, hundreds of items to discover, and many different possible endings.

I'm writing this on Wednesday, after a week spent in a pretty continuous state of total freaking out. I am always nervous when releasing a new game. But a new game in a new world with a new system? After spending an unusual amount of time on it? I've been going kind of insane.

For those who are interested, early sales are quite strong. I'm starting to suspect that we aren't about to go out of business. And yet, most of the early sales are to die-heard fans. The question is how many new people will play it and like it. I think that it's solid, the world is cool, and the game itself is a lot of fun to play. But I might be wrong. It happens all the time.
Read more at the page linked below.

The Bottom Feeder: Avadon The Black Fortress Released
Spiderweb Software
Avadon: The Black Fortress
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New Diablo III Screenshots Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Blizzard Entertainment recently revealed some new screenshots from Diablo III, the company's eagerly anticipated return to the action RPG franchise. The game will allow players to revisit the world of Sanctuary where they must once again take up arms against the demonic forces threatening humanity.

Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen.

Diablo III will feature a custom 3D-graphics engine to render lush indoor and outdoor areas of Sanctuary with a high level of detail and vivid special effects. The gameís physics-enhanced environments will be interactive and destructible, offering traps and obstacles that create added danger for players and monsters alike. These elements, along with a new quest system and random scripted events, will be integrated into the gameís random-level generator, giving Diablo III the ultimate combination of dynamic gameplay and replayability. Cooperative and competitive play will be available online through an upgraded version of Blizzard Entertainmentís renowned online gaming service,
Head over to the Blizzplanet page below to view the new screenshots.

Blizzplanet: Diablo III Screenshots
Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo III
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Din's Curse Demon War First Impressions
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Rampant Games has posted a Quick Take review of Demon War, the recently released expansion for Soldak Entertainment's action RPG, Din's Curse. Demon War expands the number of class combinations to 196, introduces the new Demon Hunter class, and adds a variety of new creatures, quests, environments and modifiers to the main game.

From the review:

I canít say I fully understand everything going on in the towns after just a few hours of play of Demon War. The end effect has been that the towns are a lot busier and the NPCs play a much bigger role in whatís going on. Iíve seen married townsfolk get divorces, get so hungry or destitute that they start stealing from other NPCs. Iíve even had one woman in town become so grieved over the death of a loved one (even though I avenged the murder) that she turn traitor, poisoned the water supply (spiking the cost of water & drink in town), and when discovered fled into the dungeon to join forces with the bad guys. And then I was sent to go kill her. All in a dayís work.

You have a lot more options to interact with the NPCs, including donating money to them, inspecting their gear, and challenging them to a fight (I havenít tried that one yetÖ I only fight them when they turn hostile). Iíve explored some of their dialog a little more, as it seems their dialog gives some indication as to their motivations and state. The game can get pretty chaotic, so itís hard to keep track of what everyone is doing in town. But you can see the NPCs now walking around doing their activities. Apparently some of the more adventurous types, if they decide you arenít doing enough, may take up sword and armor and head down into the dungeon to complete your quests for you!
For more of the review head over to the link below.

Rampant Games: Demon War Review
Soldak Entertainment
Din's Curse
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Mac Games News for Thursday, March 3, 2011

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Wins Three IGF Awards6:00 AM
Eschalon: Book II Reviewed6:00 AM
Mark Rein Promises Unreal Engine 3 'Still Coming' To Macs6:00 AM
Simone Bevilacqua Discusses BOH6:00 AM
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