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Star Wars: Empire At War Digital Download Now At MGS
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The digital download version of Aspyr Media's Star Wars: Empire at War is now available for purchase from The strategy title puts players in control of ground and space warfare in the Star Wars universe. Set during the time period of the original move trilogy, Empire at War lets gamers join the Empire or Rebellion in a struggle to conquer the galaxy.

Star Wars: Empire at War puts the power to command an entire war for the Star Wars galaxy in the hands of players, giving them the freedom to determine how they play the game within completely scalable and accessible gameplay. Set a few years before the events of Episode IV A New Hope, LucasArts’ Empire at War lets players wage war on the ground and in space, as well as experience the creation of the Rebel Alliance, the strengthening of the Empire and the beginnings of the Galactic Civil War.

Using an entirely new game engine created by the Las Vegas-based developer Petroglyph, Empire at War features beautifully rendered land and space battles set on memorable planets such as Yavin IV, Tatooine and Dagobah, as well as never-before-seen environments taken directly from the Star Wars films and expanded universe novels. In the game, players choose to join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, building and setting up tactical forces to unleash upon the enemy in real-time 3D. Memorable Star Wars hero characters can be brought into the action to help turn the tide of the battle as players build, manage and upgrade their space and ground-based units, vehicles, troops and base structures.

  • Real-time strategy game takes place between the two trilogies through "A New Hope"
  • Play with a multitude of heroes for each side, each with their own abilities
  • Control the battle between Rebel and Empire forces on both land and in space
  • Dual-layered game play requires you to manage both strategic and tactical levels
  • Play campaign across more than 40 planets, or play multiplayer with up to 8 players
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Processor: Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 512 MB or higher
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600
  • Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 7300
  • Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
  • Multiplayer Requirements: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
    Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce® 7300, 7600, 7800, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, Quadro FX 4500, ATI Radeon X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850
    NOTICE: Intel® integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    NOTICE: Apple Intel® Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported
Star Wars: Empire at War is available now for $29.95 (USD). Head over to the links below to learn more.

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Eschalon: Book III Not In 2011
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Basilisk Games recently released a status update on the company's upcoming products. Book III, the third title in the Eschalon old school RPG series, is still in development but will not be coming this year. Other projects in the works include a previously mentioned sci-fi based RPG.

Book III remains officially unannounced, but we are certainly hard at work on it. For the final game in the trilogy, the size of the team has grown and we are giddy with excitement to show you what we are working on! However, don’t expect to hear much more or see any screenshots until we make an formal announcement later this summer. As for a release date, it’s definitely not going to be this year, so let’s just go with “when it’s done.”

There are always other projects simmering here at the studio, and we hope to make an announcement regarding our first post-Eschalon project soon. Many of you have heard rumors that we have been working on a Sci-Fi based RPG for quite some time, and that is true, though we are not prepared just yet to say that is what’s coming next. Just keep an eye on our forums, Twitter feed or Facebook page because those are the places we tend to “slip” information about what projects we playing around with day-to-day.

Learn more about Basilisk Games at the links below.

Basilisk Games Update
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Eschalon: Book I
Eschalon: Book II
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City Of Heroes: Issue 20 Incarnates Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCsoftand Paragon Studios have announced a new free content release of the super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. Issue 20: Incarnates features new Incarnate powers, Incarnate trials, task forces, and grouping features.

Building on storylines from 2010’s City of Heroes Going Rogue® expansion, players will be introduced to the game’s new Incarnate Trials; group encounters featuring a series of innovative game mechanics that will test even the most powerful characters. Taking place in the seemingly utopian empire of Praetoria, Heroes and Villains will find themselves challenged with a cosmic threat that could destroy two worlds. Players who successfully pass the new team challenges will rise in power, and perhaps even surpass the legendary characters of the City of Heroes universe.

A complete list of features for players to look for includes:
  • New Incarnate Powers: Issue 20 introduces four new tiers of Incarnate Powers , new abilities that modify your character’s powers, or even unlock all-new ones. Massive elemental attacks, unparalleled healing powers and high-tech summons are just a taste of what the increasingly omnipotent Incarnates will experience.
  • New Incarnate Trials: Firmly rooted in the lore of City of Heroes, the Incarnate Trials will use all-new tech, systems and gameplay mechanics to deliver exciting challenges and propel Heroes and Villains to new levels of power. 8-24 players can team up to fight against the power-driven Emperor Cole and his powerful Lieutenants. Issue 20 launches with the following two Incarnate Trials, with more to come in future updates as the war between Praetoria and Primal Earth escalates.
    • Behavioral Adjustment Facility (BAF): Breaking into Praetoria’s most secure prison will require players to use all their skills as they face Emperor Cole’s cybernetic guardians, Siege and Nightstar, while also keeping floods of inmates from escaping in a challenge that’s akin to a game of reverse tower defense.
    • Lambda Sector: This heavily fortified military base is where Emperor Cole mass-produces his genetically-engineered Olympian Guard troopers. By taking out Lambda Sector and its deadly warden, Marauder, players will deal a critical blow to Cole’s army.
  • New Task Forces: The Admiral Sutter Task Force and Mortimer Kal Strike Force are designed for Heroes and Villains of level 20-40, allowing lower level characters to participate in the overall story surrounding the invasion of Primal Earth and the mystery surrounding the Incarnates.
  • New Grouping Features: For the first time, up to 48 players can now team up in a single group with the new League system. The Looking for Group system has also been upgraded with the Team-Up Teleporter, a new UI feature that allows players to easily queue up for the all-new Incarnate Trials, instantly transporting characters to the event once a full group is formed.
Access to the Incarnate Trials and Incarnate Powers requires the City of Heroes Going Rogue expansion.

Since its inception in 2004, Paragon Studios has delivered a total of 20 free major updates to the franchise. In 2009, Paragon Studios widened its audience by launching City of Heroes on the Macintosh platform.

With 2011 marking City of Heroes’ 7th anniversary, Issue 20 continues to show Paragon’s commitment toward developing some of the most innovative content to appeal to a broad audience consisting of both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

For more information on City of Heroes and the Issue 20: Incarnate update folow the links below.

City of Heroes Issue 20
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