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Friday, October 3, 2003

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IMG Takes a First Look at Mac Halo
3:41 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

IMG's Jean-Luc Dinsdale has gotten his hands on one of the most highly awaited titles in Macintosh gaming history, Halo: Combat Evolved. Originally developed by Bungie Studios and released for the Xbox it has now finally made its way to the platform it was first showed on back in 1999 thanks to the porting skills of Gearbox Software and Westlake Interactive who worked on the PC and Mac versions respectively.

From the preview:

One of the first things players will notice about the game is its graphical beauty. Gearbox has gone through tremendous efforts in bringing the visually-rich Xbox game into the realm of high resolution PC graphics. Through extensive use of vertex and pixel shaders, the latter which have never been seen in a Macintosh game before, Halo brings a rich and vastly textured alien world to player’s screens. Taking advantage of today’s high-end graphics technology, Halo pushes graphics cards to their limits with gorgeous exterior environments, stunning visual effects like reflections and glows, and multi-pass texturing to put the latest versions of Unreal Tournament to shame. While the game is being programmed for the latest and greatest hardware available, the porting teams over at Gearbox and Westlake are putting great pains into making sure the game is scalable for some of the older graphics cards out in the market today.
To read the full three-page preview, follow the link provided below.

Mac Halo recently entered Beta stage of development and will ship later this year from the publisher MacSoft. Those who want the game as soon as possible can pre-order their copy at the IMG Store for $48.99, or $43.99 for MacGames CD and IMG Pro Subscribers.

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