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Wakfu Open Beta Coming In April
6:15 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ankama has announced that an open beta version of its upcoming tactical MMO Wakfu will be available on April 27. Taking place in the same world of the flash based Dofus, although far in the future from the events of the original game, Wakfu will feature a cartoon based visual style and an environment which responds to player actions.

1,000 years after the Dofus Era, new heroes emerge and bring hope to the ruined world.
Whether you're a tradesman, artisan, fighter, militiaman, magician, politician or just a simple citizen: WAKFU needs you!


Also known as Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game, hiding under this barbaric acronym, you'll find the three main characteristics of the WAKFU game:

* A massively multiplayer game: Thanks to its "Orgonax" server architecture, each world can welcome several thousand players at the same time.

* An online game: WAKFU cannot be played offline. You have to be connected to the internet to play.

* A role-playing game: Play as one of 14 original classes, each of which has their own specific set of characteristics, in this World of Twelve, devastated by an ogre's chaos.

Learn more at the links below.

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IMG Reviews Battlestations: Pacific
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Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Feral Interactive's Battlestations: Pacific. The game includes two large campaigns, one based on the actual events of the War in the Pacific and the other a ‘what-if?’ scenario based on the premise of Japanese victory. Battlestations: Pacific features 14 missions for each campaign, over 100 different types of war machines to control, improved graphics, and enhanced multiplayer modes.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

There are plenty of missions that keep you busy organizing dozens of ships, intercepting hordes of enemy bombers/fighters, and wiping out land-based turrets. If you don't like flying, firing cannons, and aiming torpedoes, you can just spend the entire mission in the strategic view and make sure everything is fighting to its full potential. If you don't really like the tactical side of things much, you can simply assign fighters to escort important ships, spawn your favorite death squads, and take the fight to the enemy. There's plenty of variety for everyone.
Check out the full article at the link below

IMG Review: Battlestations Pacific
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Battlestations: Pacific
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Blizzard Releases 20th Anniversary Video Message
6:15 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has posted a new video trailer featuring a message from the company's founders, interviews with developers, and video retrospectives. The video release is the latest offering commemorating the company's 20th anniversary.

In 1991, three guys fresh out of UCLA decided to start their own game company. Their goal: make cool games and have fun doing so. Twenty years later, the company has become a world-renowned game developer and publisher, with offices across the globe and millions of players enjoying its games in more than a dozen languages.

In 2011, Blizzard Entertainment marks its 20th anniversary. Over the course of the year, we'll be celebrating two decades worth of games along with you, the community of players who made it all possible through your passion, enthusiasm, and support. Join us for a stroll down memory lane on this anniversary site: revisit the history of our games; participate in our global community contest; check out the photo gallery to witness how our epic hairstyles have evolved over the years; and much, much more.

We hope you enjoy this look back at the past 20 years of Blizzard Entertainment, and we look forward to bringing you even more epic entertainment experiences in the 20 years to come.
View the new trailer at the link below.

Blizzard Entertainment 20th Anniversary
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Avernum 6 Reviewed
6:15 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Free Game Bot has published a new review of Spiderweb Software's Avernum 6. The game is set in the world of Avernum, an enormous series of caves far below the surface of the world. It wraps up loose plot threads from previous games and reveals the final fate of the underground realm and its popular characters. FGB gave the game a score of 5 out of 5.

From the review:

There are hundreds of smaller side-quests, plus probably thousands of items to find. As in all the best RPGs, you can have magic items or potions made for you by artisans in the various cities, and there's a teleport system (the pylons) to make moving between major settlements more straightforward.

Avernum 6 is a turn-based game, so no time passes unless you're clicking and moving. The only criticism I have to make of the game is that the movement system isn't perfect; you sometimes find the party stops because an NPC gets in their path, and I dislike the fact that you can't click a long distance from you on the map. The party does move quickly across the landscape, which is nice.
Head over to the link below to read the full review.

Free Game Bot: Avernum 6 Review
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Avernum 6

Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 8, 2011

3D Game Shootout: 2010 MacBook Pros vs 2011 MacBook Pro6:00 AM
A Valley Without Wind: New Video, Multiplayer, Energy Lance6:00 AM
Dragon Age II Available Today6:00 AM
LEGO Universe Reviewed6:00 AM
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