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Mafia II: Director's Cut Coming To Macs December 1
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 14 comments

Feral Interactive today announced that the gangster adventure, Mafia II: Director’s Cut, will be released for the Mac on December 1st, 2011. Developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Games for game consoles and PC, Mafia II: Director’s Cut is a specially-created package that includes the standalone version of Mafia II and all of the game's previously released add-on packs and downloadable content.

Set in post-World War II America, Mafia II: Director’s Cut is an intense, tightly woven story that transports players into the dark and unforgiving world of organized crime. Players control Vito Scaletta, a Sicilian immigrant making a name for himself on the mean streets of Empire Bay. Together with his childhood friend Joe Barbaro, Vito quickly becomes a trusted member of a powerful mob family, but quickly discovers that the life of a wise guy is as dangerous as it is glamorous.

If Vito is to rise from lowly foot soldier to made man, he must earn a reputation as an efficient enforcer, a skilled getaway driver and a reliable hit-man. The gripping narrative is interspersed with visceral action that combines brutal shoot-outs, hand-to-hand combat, and realistic driving that accurately recreates cars from the period. A sense of time and place is evoked throughout by a soundtrack of hit songs from the 1940s and 50s.

Mafia II: Director’s Cut contains all the downloadable content and expansion packs for Mafia II, including arcade-style missions in The Betrayal of Jimmy and Jimmy’s Vendetta, where players take on the role of a contract killer. Players also get the chance to become Joe Barbaro in Joe’s Adventures, a separate eight-hour campaign which answers many of the questions that remain at the end of Mafia II: Director’s Cut.

“With a sophisticated ambience, deftly-written plot and outstanding voice acting, Mafia II: Director’s Cut is a rich, cinematic experience and a completely absorbing game,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive.

Minimum system requirements call for a 2.0 GHz Intel Mac with at least 4GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, and 256MB of graphics memory. The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI 2400, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series. The following cards require will require 4GB of system RAM: NVIDIA 320M and Intel HD 3000. These requirements are subject to change before Mafia II: Director’s Cut ships.

The Mac edition of Mafia II: Director’s Cut will retail in North America for US $39.99, £29.99 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €34.99 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe. It will also be available online for direct download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide.

The game is currently available for pre-order at the link below.

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Jurassic Park: The Game Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The first episode of Jurassic Park: The Game from Telltale Games is now available worldwide. Based on the book and movie series, the five part episodic adventure title drops players into the dangerous environs of Isla Nublar, where they will struggle to survive confrontations with dinosaurs as they seek a way to escape.

Jurassic Park: The Game breaks new ground for Telltale Games. It is the first-ever simultaneous, multi-platform launch in company history and is its first retail launch as an independent third-party publisher for Xbox 360. These milestones result from Telltale’s long-term growth strategy to selectively add a retail component to its global digital distribution acumen, allowing the company to address the entire range of the $40 billion dollar video games software market.

“Jurassic Park: The Game continues a series of ‘firsts’ for the company and highlights the strategic transformation we’ve undergone to become a multi-platform publisher,” said Telltale co-Founder and CEO, Dan Connors. “This holiday, millions of consumers will be able to experience this all new Jurassic Park adventure on their favorite video game platform. Selectively adding a retail component to complement our digital publishing efforts is a milestone in the company’s development since it ensures product availability in every major distribution channel.”

Jurassic Park: The Game is a cinematic adventure that takes players back to Isla Nublar - the site of Jurassic Park - during the events of the first movie. It allows them to experience Jurassic Park as they never have before in an interactive format. In addition to locations and creatures familiar to fans of the movie, the game offers new areas to explore and new prehistoric beasts to survive in a game that combines fast-paced action, exploration and puzzle-solving.

The five episode Jurassic Park: The Game can be purchased now for $29.95 (USD). Episode One is currently available with the remaining episodes coming soon.

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The Marbians Now At Macgamestore
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has expanded its growing catalog of digital download titles with the addition of The Marbians from Nordisk Film Interactive. The physics based marble puzzler tasks players with helping a group of aliens who have crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico, and offers 72 levels to solve.

The Marbians have crash landed in Roswell New Mexico and need your help to get them home in this retro, marble-themed puzzler. Fling and Flick the marble-encased aliens through 72 puzzling levels to get them back to their UFOs and on their way home!

The Marbians is a physics-based marbles game where players will send Marbians careening off walls and around obstacles to collect moon rocks, rack up points and bonuses, and reach their UFO homes. Smack your Marbian off walls at high speed for more points, collect all the moon rocks you can, and see your alien friends safely home! Post your high scores and trophies to your Facebook page, and check the global rankings for each level to see how you stack up with the rest of the marble-flinging world.

The Marbians is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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EVE Online Crucible Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

CCP Games has announced a November 29th release date for Crucible, the upcoming fifteenth free expansion for the company's sci-fi MMO, EVE Online. The expansion will include changes to graphics, interface and game mechanics with over three dozen updated and improved features based on feedback and challenges put forth by its player community.

Within EVE’s eternal crucible of warfare, politics and industry, even the most passionate and skilled are tested. EVE Online: CRUCIBLE pumps the bellows, turning up the heat on the space combat experience in EVE Online. In the factional shipyards, new ships have been forged to expand the reach of war and evolve the tactics of space engagement while existing vessels have been reimagined, bringing greater balance and diversity to large and small scale conflicts.

This winter, CRUCIBLE evolves the graphics, interface and game mechanics with over three dozen updated and improved features based on feedback and challenges put forth by its players.

This is EVE re-forged.

The global melting-pot/universe of player personalities sees a melting pot of improvements to match as CCP laser focuses on getting back to basics with its infamous internet spaceships.

Some of the major improvements players are lauding:

  • Four fan-designed battlecruisers built to deliver swift and effective destruction to the opposition
  • Over a dozen stunningly remade nebulae, changing the look and feel of EVE's universe completely
  • Other fan-favorite graphical improvements such as engine trails, warp tunnels and shadows
  • Time dilation in fleet flights -- adjusting time itself to keep fairness alive when hundreds of players face off against each other
  • 3 new factional captain's quarters with unique, artistic looks
  • A significant ship rebalancing effort, to bring greater diversity and balance to large and small scale conflicts
  • A lot of small changes -- from fonts to UI to Doomsday devices to PvE tweaks
Learn more about the Crucible expansion at the link below.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 17, 2011

Diablo III Gameplay Preview Video6:00 AM
Discussing Dragon Age6:00 AM
R.U.S.E. And DLC Packs Now Available6:00 AM
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