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IMG Reviews BioShock 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 27 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of BioShock 2, Feral Interactive's soon to be released Mac version of the genetically enhanced role-playing shooter. Developed by 2K Marin, 2K Australia, 2K China and Digital Extremes, and published by 2K Games for games consoles and PC, BioShock 2 is the sequel to BioShock.

Here's an excerpt:

As far as shooting and combat go, Bioshock 2 has a number of changes. Not only can you dual wield plasmids and weapons, as a Big Daddy you feature a significantly more fearsome arsenal than Jack ever did. Tommy gun? Try chain gun. Crossbow? Try Spear gun. Every weapon is excellently modeled and deliciously powerful. Like the original, every weapon has 3 different kinds of ammo, and also 3 different upgrades you can choose at the Power to the People stations. The camera has also seen an update, now being a video camera. The same research ideas apply with different levels of research granting you bonuses for your character, damage or even some special gene tonics. All the original plasmids and gene tonics return, as well as a few new ones like the nifty Scout plasmid which allows you to go invisible, or the hard to get Fountain of Youth tonic which regenerates health and EVE while standing in water.
Bioshock 2 will be released on March 29. Check out the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: BioShock 2
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The Walking Dead Gameplay Footage Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Telltale Games recently released the third episode of Playing Dead, an new online talk show focused on the upcoming game, The Walking Dead. The latest episode features comments from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman as well as gameplay footage.

Patient 0 in the undead outbreak that is The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, took some time to chat with us during last month's Image Comics Expo for the third episode of Playing Dead - now available for your viewing pleasure!

Robert Kirkman touches on what it's been like to work with the Telltale Team on our upcoming game based on his award-winning comic series and how our game captures the look of the monthly series about the world after the undead rise from the grave!

Episode 3 of Playing Dead also gives you the first extended look at gameplay from The Walking Dead - this is an episode you do not want to miss!

For more information follow the link below.

Playing Dead Episode 3
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Out Of The Park Baseball 13 Screenshots Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Out of the Park Developments recently released another article focusing on the upcoming Out of the Park Baseball 13. This time the article offers a selection of new screenshots and captions showcasing some of the new features in the game. The latest edition of the popular baseball simulation will feature 2012 rosters, real-time simulation mode, interactive storylines, league assocations, expanded playoff modes, improved online league play, a redesigned interface, and core engine improvements.

What would Road to Release be without the obligatory screenshot round-up? John Rodriguez, also known as "Corsairs" on OOTP's forum, snapped some shots from the perspective of his epic OOTP online league, the Planetary Extreme Baseball Alliance (PEBA), and its sister organization, the League of the Rising Sun (LRS). Let's look at some of OOTP 13's as-yet-unseen screens from a PEBA point of view.

OOTP 13 puts a host of new tools, a redesigned and improved user interface and countless functional improvements all under your control so you can mold and shape your mega-million-dollar major league franchise or small market independent start-up to its maximum potential. The game is truly yours for the taking, so come play it your way!

View the new screenshots at the page below.

OOTP Baseball 13: The Road To Release, Part 3
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Blizzard Insider 43: How To Build A Better Diablo Cinematic
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released episode 43 of its Blizzard Insider feature, this time focusing entirely on the opening cinematic for the much anticipated Diablo III action RPG. Vice Presiden of Art and Cinematic Development Nick Carter, and 2D Art Director Chris Thunig offered insight into the hard work that went into creating the cinematic.

How do you go about bringing specific characters to life? Where do all the details come from?

Chris Thunig: We use lots of real world reference. Early in the process various members of the team will act out the cinematic scenes on camera. This process works a lot like shooting live action, where actors take cues from directors and we get tons of takes. We even use props, as things like football shoulder pads can give actors a sense for the weight and bulk of angelic armor. People tend to move differently with costumes on, and you see this in their gestures and body language. All this footage goes to the artists and animators to use as reference.
When it comes time to create and animate the characters for the cinematic itís a matter of getting the software to live up to the artistry. To aid the process we will sometimes look for reference to realize even seemingly trivial things. I remember we found a Blizzard employee with a haircut similar to Leahís and we put her in front of a fan so the artists could study how her hair moves in the wind. Long render hours and many iterations later we head into the final polishing stage where a lot of tweaking and detailing takes place, and we try and give it that extra push that makes it a Blizzard-quality piece.

Learn more at the site below.

Blizzard Insider 43
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Mac Games News for Monday, March 26, 2012

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Now Available6:00 AM
Quake 4 Digital Download Coming To MGS April 126:00 AM
Wasteland 2 Mac Confirmed, Kicking It Forward Site Opens6:00 AM
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