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IMG Reviews The Sims Medieval Pirates & Nobles
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of EA's The Sims Medieval: Pirates & Nobles. The expansion introduces a variety of new quests, new treasure hunting options, and a host of new pirate and nobility themed items to the game.

Here's an excerpt:

The Sims Medieval: Pirates & Nobles (PnN) has few new elements, it's not long at all, and it plays exactly the same. The additions are mainly in the areas of wardrobe and new items, although there is one new gameplay element. You can now go on treasure hunts. This sadly isn't as awesome as it sounds, as it's mainly just popping from place to place following a map to get items that aren't really better than what your blacksmith can make. In the end, you'll likely find yourself ignoring this entirely.

There is a new chain of missions, though, and those give you a little more time to spend. However, like with all the missions, there's no real reason to pursue them again once you've done them once. They are of similar quality to the rest of the quests in The Sims Medieval, which is pretty good quality overall. It's just that they'll be over a lot faster than you'll expect, given that they're the meat of this full-priced expansion.

Read the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: The Sims Medieval Pirates & Nobles
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Football Manager 2012 Now Available At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has announced the addition of Sports Interactive's Football Manager 2012 to its list of titles available for purchase and download. The latest incarnation of the popular series once again allow players to take charge of their favorite soccer team and put their managerial skills to the test.

Counting over 800 new features, not including changes to the rules of the games 50+ leagues, Football Manager 2012 promises to be the most realistic, immersive and playable football management simulation ever for any fan who has ever dreamed of making the big decisions, both on and off the field.
  • Transfers & Contracts – significant changes to the transfer and contract systems, including loyalty bonuses, better implementation of amateur and youth contracts, an improved transfer centre and the ability to lock areas of the contract negotiation when you aren't prepared to budge. This helps you to manage your budgets and gives you flexibility in what you offer money hungry players, or agents, as incentives.
  • Scouting improvements – using several real life scouting reports, a new in-game report has been devised which includes squad analysis, tactics information and information about goals scored and conceded alongside lots of other scouting improvements, giving you all the information you need to prepare before kick-off and throughout the season.
  • 3D Match Improvements – new animations, a whole new crowd system, improved weather system, more stadiums, plus two brand new cameras - "Behind Goal" and "Director Cam" as well as all other camera angles being reversible – meaning you can watch and analyse every aspect of every game.
  • Manage Anywhere, Anytime – the ability to add or take away playable nations in your saved game as often as you want. Manage in that country at the start of the next season- meaning you don’t have to stay in the nations which are chosen by you to be playable at the start of your career.
  • Tone – a whole new level has been added to team talks and conversations, with the new tone system, which allows you to specify the way you want to say things – be as cool as a cucumber by saying things calmly or throw tea cups around by saying things with passion. There are 6 different tones to choose from with specific comments per tone.
  • Intelligent Interface – a new adaptive layout system, which means the higher your screen resolution, the more info is easily at your fingertips. The new interface also contains new filters, customizable columns, a new tactics screen, and lots of new overview screens.
  • Brand New Tutorial – standing separate from the main game, a mode to help new players find their way around the game easily, whilst also offering tips to experienced managers on how to get the most out of the game, as well as a new in-game “how to” system.
On top of these key innovations, there are lots of areas of the game that have had huge improvements, such as the media system, press conferences, the youth system, newgens, the social networking options, friendlies, international management and many more which will be detailed in a series of video blogs over the coming months, alongside more information about Football Manager 2012.


  • OS: OS X 10.5.8/10.6.8/10.7.x or higher
  • Processor: Intel Processor
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 7300 GT or greater; ATI Radeon X1600 or greater.
  • Steam required for installation
Football Manager 2012 is available now for $39.99 (USD).

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Dragons Vs. Unicorns Minions Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Digital Harmony Games has revealed the first set of minions available for Dragons vs. Unicorns, its upcoming multiplayer action game for Mac and Windows PC browsers, IOS devices, Android phones, and tablets. As minions in the battle between the dragons and unicorns, Kittens and Turtles will aid in the war effort with their unique skills.

The game will feature cross platform multiplayer action, a single player mode, a simple control scheme, dynamic physics with realistic damage, and a "sprite filled, sparkly rainbow and molten lava driven world."

While the war rages on between the elitist Dragons and the carefree Unicorns, other creatures are being dragged into the fray - whether they like it or not! Minions are the only elements that can directly damage an opponent's tower without the use of abilities. These player controlled minions, travel across the terrain from one opponent's tower to the other opponent's tower wreaking havoc along the way! Players choose the minions that they wish to set in the 4 minion slots before the game begins, so choosing the right creature to inflict damage upon your enemy is key.

The first announced minion for the Unicorn side of battle is a melee-type. Yep, you guessed it...a Kitten! These ferociously cute felines can be upgraded to the infamous "Tyson" who, armed with signature boxing gloves, gives a firm punch in the face to those stuffy Dragons, knocking their scales silly!

Stepping up to serve the Dragon is the notoriously fierce creature...the Turtle! Turtles form the Melee lines for Dragons and are ready to brawl. A full-blown level 3 Cheddar is a truly pimpin' sight, and though he sports the highest summoning cost and longest summoning cooldown of his brethren, he deals the most damage, rewards the most gold, and can go toe to toe with the best kitten out there...BRING IT!

Dragons vs. Unicorns offers an immersive experience with a simple and intuitive control scheme and easy click and gesture based control. PVP fans will find dynamic physics with realistic damage in the sprite filled, sparkly rainbow and molten lava driven world. Single player mode, VS Multiplayer, persistent player data, social connectivity and so much more will await players in this unique and magical world of Dragons and Unicorns.

Learn more at the link below.

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Portal 2 Puzzle Creator Sneak Peek
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Valve recently offered a sneak peek of the puzzle creator tools planned for an upcoming free add-on for Portal 2. Scheduled for release early next year, the update will feature an easy-to-use in-game map editor that will let users design, build and share their own single-player and co-op test chambers with the community, who will be able to view, play and vote on them with a simple click.

The simplified puzzle creator will let players easily carve out their creations in a straightforward but powerful way. They'll then be able to immediately upload those levels to their Steam Cloud and share them with other players online. We're also building a community site to host all of these player-created puzzles. The site will allow players to quickly find new puzzles and add them to their game, ready to play, with a single click. Players will then be able to rate the puzzles they've played, leave comments for puzzle creators, and follow creators they like.

We're positive there are a ton of great puzzle designers just waiting for the right tools, and we're working hard to tap into all that creativity. We'll keep you posted as we continue to make progress with the update. For now, here are some screenshots of the puzzle creator to get the ideas flowing.
Head over to the page below to read more.

Portal 2 Puzzle Creator Sneak Peek
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Batman: Arkham Asylum Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Feral Interactive has announced the release of the Mac version of Batman: Arkham Asylum. The action adventure game puts players in the role of the caped crusader who is trapped in Arkham Asylum with The Joker and Gotham City's most notorious villains.

Developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment with DC Entertainment for game consoles and Windows PC, Batman: Arkham Asylum features an original story by Paul Dini, Batman writer and five-time Emmy Award-winner. Batman: Arkham Asylum pushes the envelope for action, adventure and superhero games, delivering a dark, atmospheric and entertaining adventure.

In Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman finds himself trapped inside the confines of Gotham’s psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Arkham Asylum. The Joker has set a trap for The Dark Knight and has conspired with the deranged inmates to destroy Gotham. Gamers will move in the shadows, instigate fear amongst their enemies and confront The Joker and Gotham City’s most notorious villains including Harley Quinn, Bane, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow, who have taken over the asylum.

This unique, dark and atmospheric adventure game puts players right in the action as they take the role of The Dark Knight and use a wide variety of moves and gadgets to foil The Joker’s demented scheme.

Adding to the authenticity of the game are veteran animated Batman voice talents Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, who reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • Processor: 1.8Ghz Intel
  • RAM: 2.0GB
  • Hard Disk: 10.0GB
  • Graphics: 128MB
  • Drive: DVD
  • Input: Keyboard
Recommended Requirements:
  • Processor: 2.8Ghz Intel
  • RAM: 4.0GB
  • Graphics: 512MB
  • Input: Game Pad
The following graphics cards are not supported:
ATI X1xxx series, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series.

The following cards require you to have 4GB of System RAM:
NVIDIA 320M, Intel HD 3000

Batman: Arkham Asylum for the Mac retails in North America for US $39.99.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Nuclear Dawn Reviewed6:00 AM
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