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Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Manual Now Online
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments has released an online version of the 200 page manual for the upcoming Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy. The World War II war game is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and is available for pre-order.

The game manual for Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy is now available for online viewing to help pass the time until release! The 200 (!) page manual (available in a fully printed version in the Limited Steelbook(TM) edition on pre-order right now) explains the basic game mechanics, editor and map making, as well as the major units and weapons available. For the first time included also is an in-depth tutorial by beta tester 'Normaldude', easing new players as well as old hands into the brand new series based on the two tutorial campaigns (!) included in the release.
Combat Mission : Battle for Normandy will be available as a digital download for $55, via mail for $55 plus shipping and handling, and as a download and mail combo package for $65 plus shipping and handling.

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World of Warcraft: Rise of the Zandalari Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released patch 4.1 for its popular MMO, World of Warcraft. Focusing on an uprising among the troll tribes of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub the game features updates to the two dungeons, as well as the new Guild Challenges section in the guild interface, a new Guild Finder, and the new Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms.

Rise of the Zandalari

The days when great troll empires stretched across ancient Kalimdor are long past. Millennia of war and internal strife have stripped these nations of their power, lands, and glory. As Azeroth recovers from the destruction of the Cataclysm, the world's divided troll populations face a bleak future. These dark times have spurred the trolls of the Zandalar, the historically wise and scholarly tribe from which all trolls originated, to take drastic action. They have embarked on a bold crusade to save their race by uniting trolls into a single mighty empire. With the Zandalari's aid, the fallen capitals of the Gurubashi and Amani nations—Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman—are already rebuilding, replenishing their forces for a bloody campaign to expand their territories.

Yet Vol'jin and his Darkspear trolls are not aligned with the Zandalari. They have sworn to stand with their Horde comrades—and even work with the Alliance—should the trolls ignite a new war on Azeroth. Soon, Vol'jin might be forced to act on his promise, for if the Gurubashi and Amani are left to their own devices, the world will know the legendary strength and savagery of the ancient troll empires once again.

Guild Challenges

Built into the Info panel of the guild user interface, Guild Challenges are weekly tasks guild groups can tackle for additional guild experience, achievements, and gold. At the top of the guild user interface Info pane, a new Guild Challenges section is displayed and broken into three categories: Dungeons, Raids, and Rated Battlegrounds. Any guild group will qualify for Guild Challenges credit and there is a set number of times each challenge can be completed per week.

Guild Finder

Guild Finder is a new system designed to enable easier and faster guild recruitment. Guild leaders and players who are looking for a guild to call home will use the Guild Finder to meet one another and begin communications that can lead to a prosperous membership. Whether you're a guild leader looking to fill your ranks or a player looking for a guild that meets your strictest requirements, the Guild Finder provides an easy way to make new friends!

Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms

A new system intended to lower queue times, Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms offers additional rewards for queuing as the currently least represented role. To be eligible for the additional rewards you must solo queue for a random level-85 Heroic in the role that is currently being Called to Arms, and complete the dungeon by killing the final boss. Every time you hit these requirements (there is no daily limit) you'll receive a goodie bag that will contain some gold, a chance at a rare gem, a chance at a flask/potion, a good chance of receiving a non-combat pet (including cross faction pets), and a very rare chance at receiving a mount.

Check out the links below to read more about the patch, read an interview with Scott Mercer, and view a new trailer.

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Dragon Age 2 Item Pack 1 Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

BioWare has released DLC content for Dragon Age II. Item Pack 1 includes new item sets for the Rogue, Mage, and Warrior classes. Dragon Age II puts players in the role of Hawke and allows them to craft the story of the legend's rise to power.

Dragon Age II - Item Pack #1

Have it all with this combined collection of arms, armor and accessories for you and your followers.

    Mage Pack: Receive relics and mementos of untold power for use by your Mage and Mage followers. Features 3 follower items, player weapon and armor sets.
    Rogue Pack: Gear up with new equipment for your Rogue and unique items for Rogue followers. Features 3 follower items (including Sebastian), player weapons and armor sets.
    Warrior Pack: Lay waste to your enemies with this collection of arms, armor and accessories for your Warrior and Warrior followers. Features 3 follower items, player weapons and armor sets.
The Item Pack 1 is available for $3 for individual class packs or $5 for all three.

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Major LEGO Universe Update Coming Next Week
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The LEGO Universe team has announced a large new update for the building block themed MMO coming May 3. The new content will include a month long mission to complete the construction of the Nexus Tower, a new racetrack and vehicles, larger Property worlds, as well as a variety of new missions. models, and rewards.

On May 3, players must band together to tackle a cooperative building challenge; a month-long mission to complete the construction of the Nexus Tower. LEGO Universe will also add a fiery hot racetrack, exclusive racing vehicles and bigger Property worlds, with new capabilities – like placing pets on your personal Property and bringing them to life! All of this, plus tons of new models, missions, rewards and more, are headed to LEGO Universe next week.

It takes a village… to a raise Nexus Tower

An upcoming community building mission will have all minifigures in the LEGO Universe working together to help assemble the greatest in-game creation yet - Nexus Tower! Currently under construction, the Nexus Tower will protect the Nexus of Imagination from Maelstrom enemy forces upon completion.

To finish the Tower, the heroic Nexus Force needs help. Well, actually, they need more bricks! An urgent donation drive begins next week, and players will have one month to complete the task. Only a truly collaborative effort will make Nexus Tower a reality, to serve as a beacon of light and hope to minifigures across the LEGO Universe! The cause is nobler than ever, and the Nexus Force is calling on players to contribute bricks as soon as possible, before the Maelstrom snuffs out Imagination forever.

Throughout the month-long challenge, stop by Nimbus Station Race Place to drop off bricks at the Nexus Force donation machine. Generous donors will earn achievements and rare one-time-only rewards.

Hot new racetrack, cool new cars

Beginning next week, players can outrace the Maelstrom itself, on a fiery new racetrack – the most challenging yet in LEGO Universe! Players will venture deep within the dangerous, dragon-filled depths of Forbidden Valley to find the Dragonmaw Chasm racetrack, complete with a slew of new missions and some super-hot rewards. Skilled survivors can unlock new achievements, along with racecars like the Fire Brawl and Mach Lava.

Eight exclusive vehicles, coming to LEGO Universe next week, will give players a speedy new way to flaunt their Faction pride and get in the racing spirit this month! Designed in true Nexus Force fashion, the sleek new cars and rockets are representative of the four Factions found in LEGO Universe, including the powerful Sentinels, daring Venture League, creative Assembly and mysterious Paradox.

Property worlds: bigger, better, fuzzier

Two highly-anticipated Property updates are also major news this month, giving players more space to build and new ways to bring their creations – and pets - to life in LEGO Universe. A huge new Property world was just discovered in Nimbus Station, and will be accessible when Nimbus Isle debuts next week. For players who’s Block Yards are bursting at the brim, Nimbus Isle will offer well-welcomed, bigger building room, complete with remarkable LEGO ocean views.

And it gets better! Beginning next week, players will be able to place pets on their in-game Properties and bring them alive with behaviors. There’s no telling what amazing animal masterpieces the LEGO Universe will dream up, and players can draw even more inspiration from new Zoo and Safari-themed model sets, available next week from the model vendor in Nimbus Station.

Head over to the site below to learn more about LEGO Universe.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 26, 2011

American Civil War Now Available At MGS6:00 AM
Discussing Portal 26:00 AM
IMG Reviews Splinter Cell Conviction6:00 AM
More New Diablo III Facebook Screenshots Available6:00 AM
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