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Tomb Raider: Underworld Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Feral Interactive has released Tomb Raider: Underworld. Developed by Crystal Dynamics and Nixxes for Windows, and originally published by Eidos Interactive, Tomb Raider: Underworld comes to the Mac for the first time under the Feral Legends label.

“Tomb Raider: Underworld is a great addition to the Feral Legends label” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “We are delighted to see Lara getting a grip on the Mac.”

When Lara Croft uncovers proof that the Norse Underworld is real, she realizes that it contains the answer to a mystery from her own past, a prize worth more than any treasure in the world. She embarks on a quest to find it, and in doing do risks unleashing a force that could lay waste to all civilization.

As Lara, players will experience an astonishing level of physical interaction with a beautiful, unpredictable and treacherous world. From the crystalline waters of coastal Thailand to the rain-lashed jungles of Mexico and on to mysterious sunken edifices deep beneath the Arctic sea, Lara won’t stop until she knows the truth.

With over a thousand motion-captured moves at her disposal, Lara responds deftly to her environment by free-climbing, wall-jumping and using found objects to create new paths. Each level is an epic multi-stage puzzle which players will need to use all their cunning - and Lara’s athletic abilities - to solve.

A platforming game of unparalleled sophistication, Tomb Raider: Underworld gives players control over everything from Lara’s outfits to whether she brandishes lethal weapons or tranquilizers. Lara can now use her grapple to abseil and manipulate vast mechanical devices, while the treasures of the Underworld give her superhuman strength and the power to lay the undead to rest.

Minimum system requirements:

  • 1.8GHz Intel Mac
  • 3.0GB RAM
  • Mac OS 10.6.8 or later
  • 128MB or better graphics card
  • The following cards are NOT supported:
    • ATI X1xxx series
    • NVIDIA 7xxx series
    • Intel GMA series
    • The Intel GMA HD3000 is only supported using Mac OS X 10.7.3 Lion
Tomb Raider: Underworld for the Mac retails in North America for US $24.99, £17.49 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €19.99 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe. It is available online for direct download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide.

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The Sims 3: Supernatural Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Maxis and Electronic Arts have announced that The Sims 3 Supernatural expansion pack for PC/Mac is in development and will launch worldwide in September 2012. The latest offering from The Sims Studio allows players to create and live out the lives of supernatural Sims like werewolves, witches, vampires and fairies. They can "curse or charm their Sims’ lives with powerful spells, volatile elixirs, and magical abilities in a world of strange happenings, spooky surprises and even the occasional zombie attack."

“With a variety of deep and mysterious supernatural lifestyles to choose from, The Sims 3 Supernatural allows players to dive into powerful new gameplay that showcases a darker side of The Sims,” says Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio. “This pack introduces a fresh perspective while maintaining the characteristic playfulness, humor and innovation of our studio. With The Sims 3 Supernatural, we are adding a wealth of rich creative possibilities, surprising new content and intriguing storylines to the world of The Sims 3.”

The Sims 3 Supernatural gives players the new ability to create werewolves, fairies, witches and more intriguing vampires directly in the Create A Sim tool, customizing characteristics that range from the hairiness of a werewolf’s body to the shape of a fairy’s wings. While playing as supernatural Sims, players will discover new abilities, traits, skills and interactions that enhance their gameplay, including delayed aging for fairies and vampires, innate magic channeling for witches, and lycanthropy for werewolves, which enables them to control their animal instincts and transform at will.

In The Sims 3 Supernatural, players also have the option to learn magical crafts by casting spells and brewing elixirs that will charm or hex their Sims’ lives. These potent concoctions have a wide variety of effects from career-boosting to weight loss and even zombification. The zombification elixir will turn unsuspecting Sims into brain-hungry, shuffling monsters that are driven to wreak havoc on the town. In addition, players have the ability to share their brews with any friends who have The Sims 3.

As players delve into the world of the supernatural and explore the eerie new town of Moonlight Falls, they will uncover enchanted objects and gothic décor, including a sliding bookcase that conceals a hidden lair and a powerful mirror with magical interactions. Players may also choose to embark on a new career path as a mystic fortune-teller or build their skill to become an alchemic master. Meanwhile, the onset of the mysterious lunar cycle will unveil strange revelations, secrets and mysteries that will shake up the entire town.

As part of the integration between The Sims and PopCap’s Plants vs. ZombiesTM, those who pre-order The Sims 3 Supernatural will receive a special Limited Edition version**, which features the exclusive Plants vs. ZombiesTM content pack. Players with this limited edition content can ward off attacking zombies in their game with the famous Pea Shooter from Plants vs. Zombies and dress their Sims with classic zombie-themed attire for the ultimate creepy-chic look.

For more information follow the links below.

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IMG Reviews Diablo III
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Blizzard Entertainment's action RPG sequel, Diablo III. The game once again returns players to the demon plagued world of Sanctuary, where they must take up arms against the hosts of hell.

Here's an excerpt:

On the presentation end, the graphics are just as amazing as you'd expect from a Blizzard game. Simple, but recognizable player and monster models roam the lands, with hundreds of particles and beams flying everywhere as hammers hit shields and death rays hit flesh. If you switch out a skill rune for another, the color or animation of the skill will change. If you dye your armor, you can even create a perfect set of holy white or aquamarine to match. There are also a wide variety of unique monster models, which are tinged blue or yellow to represent their respective eliteness when necessary. The world looks great.
Read more at the page below.

IMG: Diablo III Review
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Wasteland 2 Vision Document Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

inXile Entertainment has released a vision document for its upcoming Wasteland 2. A sequel to the classic post-apocalyptic RPG of the 80's, Wasteland 2 will be a top down, turn-based, tactical RPG that the developers have promised will "stay true to its roots."

Game Mechanics and Tactics that allow for your approach and your play-style: Combat in Wasteland 2 is turn-based and tactical, the approach to battles requires strategy, even choices in how to outfit and customize your gun greatly modify your chance of success. Ammo is a resource. It’s scarce. Healing is tough. Your fellow Desert Rangers have various strengths and weakness, and your recruits often have personality traits you need to balance and keep an eye on, depending on the encounter.

Flank opponents, switch gear, learn to use fog of war and line of sight to outflank opponents and go for quick kills before an alert can be sounded... or you can approach a combat simply and aggressively, taking a lot more damage and damaging your gear but reaching your objective quicker.

If that’s not to your liking, use patience and demolitions to lure your opponents into a prepared kill zone of traps, explosives, and sniper bullets that can cut through opposition like a proton knife through butter. It’s your call, your choice, and your risk – and enjoyed through your game-play style, not ours.

We give you great control during combat, but it doesn’t have to be a slog. While tough fights are just that, you can get through minor threats quickly. Once combat is initiated, turn based progression begins, but if you have the overwhelming advantage you can just let your guys go to work without micro-managing the tactics.

We give you the tools and the rules - then stand back and let you do the rest.

Follow the links below to read the document and learn more about the game.

Wasteland 2 Vision Document
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Mac Games News for Thursday, June 14, 2012

Crossing Over: Sacrifice6:00 AM
Diablo III Real Money Auction House Debuts In The Americas6:00 AM
Feral Wins Apple Design Award For Deus Ex: Human Revolution6:00 AM
Ground Branch Seeks To Revive Ghost Recon Gameplay6:00 AM
Save The Prince In Dragon Keeper 26:00 AM
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