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IMG Reviews Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Ubisoft's Assassinís Creed 2: Deluxe Edition. The game introduces an epic story of vengeance in Renaissance Italy which places gamers in the role of legendary assassin Ezio, a man on a mission to eliminate the Borgia menace.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

Eventually you will be able to recruit oppressed civilians into your cause as novice assassins. The more Borgia towers you remove, the more recruits you can have, for a total of 10. Each assassin can be leveled up by helping you in fights, or being sent off on missions to gain experience and gold. You can add to their weapons and armor, and eventually they can reach the full rank of Assassin. It's a fun, but light RPG mechanic. After you get 2 recruits or more, you gain assassin tokens, which you can use to target and call in your men to attack guards or anything in the way. With 6 recruits or more, you gain an Arrow storm ability, which can rain death upon any enemies in the area. The tokens have to recharge after every use, and arrow storm drains them all at once. The weapon and armor upgrades reflect in combat, you can even choose the color of their clothing. It's thrilling the first time you see other assassins join the fray, and it remains a useful mechanic throughout the game.
Check out the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
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StarCraft II: Starter Edition Replaces Demo
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the release of StarCraft II: Starter Edition, a replacement for the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty demo. The Starter Edition is available for free and features the first four missions of the single player campaign, the first two challenges, access to the Terran race in custom games and single player vs. AI, and access to several custom maps.

Weíve replaced the previously available StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty demo with the recently launched StarCraft II: Starter Edition. StarCraft II: Starter Edition allows anyone to play the following content for free (all you need is a account and Internet connection):
  • The first four missions of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, including Mar Sara 1-3 and the choice to embark on Tychusís first mission or Dr. Hansenís first mission.
  • The first two Challenges: Tactical Command and Covert Ops.
  • Access to the terran race in Custom Games and Single-Player vs. AI.
  • Access to the following custom maps (map selection may rotate over time):
    • XelíNaga Caverns
    • Shattered Temple
    • Discord IV
    • High Orbit
Any campaign progress and achievements you earn while playing StarCraft II: Starter Edition are automatically saved to your account, and will carry over should you ever upgrade from the Starter Edition to the full version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

If youíre thinking of getting into the game or know a friend who's been interested in joining you in the Koprulu Sector, it's easier than ever to give the ultimate real-time strategy experience a spin. Just head over to the Starter Edition page here, or log in to an existing account.

Learn more at the link below.

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Soldak Blog: Unique Races Vie For Power
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new Soldak Entertainment blog post offers a discussion of the features of the alien races to be featured in its upcoming sci-fi game. Each race will explore, colonize, and conquer planets in the galaxy according to their own unique racial personalities.

Soldak's as yet untitled game is described as "Master of Orion from a mercenary captain's point of view." It will place players in a dynamic galaxy and give them to the chance to build their fortune and influence the balance of power between opposing races.

At the very beginning they only know about their home planet so they must send scout ships out to find where the best planets are to colonize and to locate potential enemies. Once they find good planets they build and send a colony ship to colonize the planet. Once colonized, the planet starts generating resources for the race that controls it.

Eventually the races will run into one another and they will start to talk. Considering that they all have the same goal of taking over the entire region, diplomacy can only go so far. They can and do trade and forge alliances, but battles and wars are common.

All of the races know that war is most likely inevitable so they will build fleets of ships to protect their colonized planets. When ready they will also build fleets of ships and attack their enemies.

Head over to the page below to read more.

Soldak Blog: Space Setting - Races
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The Sims 3 Deluxe Comes To Macgamestore
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has added EA's The Sims 3 Deluxe to its catalog of digital download titles available for purchase. The bundle includes the original Sims 3 life sim as well as the the Ambitions expansion.

Let the freedom of The Sims 3 and the opportunities of The Sims 3 Ambitions inspire you! The Sims 3 Deluxe includes both The Sims 3 and the popular expansion pack The Sims 3 Ambitions in one! Start off creating Sims with unique personalities, customizing everything from their appearances to their personalities to their homes, and then share them online. Make their dreams come true or dont! Then widen their horizons with killer new career tracks. Will your Sim save the day as a brave firefighter, become a billionaire high-tech inventor, change the town as a leading architect, or wreak havoc as a neighborhood nuisance? Whatever direction they take, their future is in your hands!


  • Create any Sim you can imagine and give them unique personality traits.
  • Control your Sims' destinies and decide whether to make their wishes come true.
  • Customize everything! Build the ultimate dream house for your Sims, then explore infinite customization possibilities
  • Control your Sim's actions and interactions while they're on the job
  • Choose from new career opportunities, will your Sim work for good or evil, pursue creative endeavors
The Sims 3 Deluxe is available for $49.99 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Thursday, August 4, 2011

Crafting The Storyline For Dragon Age 26:00 AM
Hector: Badge Of Carnage Episode 2 Coming This Fall6:00 AM
Lux Delux At Macgamestore6:00 AM
Steamscope Now Available at MGS6:00 AM
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