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The Sims 2: Bon Voyage Ships For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Sims 2: Bon Voyage has begun shipping for the Macintosh throughout North America. The title will be in stores nationwide later this week. Licensed from Electronic Arts, The Sims 2 Bon Voyage, the sixth expansion pack for The Sims 2, was developed for the Mac by Aspyr Studios, Aspyr's internal development team.

Whisk your Sims away from their everyday routines and take them on exciting trips to three exotic locations! Whether relaxing on a lush tropical island in a luxury suite, camping with the family on a pristine mountaintop, or exploring the culture of the Far East, your Sims will enjoy new activities to relax and rejuvenate them. Transform them from bumbling tourists to savvy international travelers as they learn new customs including local greetings, dances, and more to take home and teach to their friends. Send your Sims packing for the trip of a lifetime!
Bon Voyage requires The Sims 2 for Mac OS X to play. More information on The Sims 2 Bon Voyage can be found through Aspyr's site at the link below.

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StarCraft II: TF-620 Nomad Feature
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has added another unit to the growing list of buildings and units featured on the official StarCraft II website. This time Blizzard has unveiled the TF-620 Nomad, a new Terran unit offering surveillance and protection abilities. The site update features new visuals, animations, and sounds.

Nomads are normally employed for first-line colony surveillance and protection duties against dangerous local life forms or climate events. These vehicles boast an impressive array of sensors delicate enough to detect even cloaked or burrowed enemies. By deploying its two aft-mounted nano-welders, the nomad can construct a variety of small, semi-permanent defensive structures to meet various threats in a matter of moments.

Several standard template constructions are available to the nomad, a popular example being the auto turret. This simple robot gun emplacement is suitable for driving off smaller hostile life forms for an extended period of time.

The Terran Dominion initially provided nomads to give low-level protection to its most isolated outposts, typically manning them with local civilians as something akin to a volunteer fire truck or ambulance service. Over time the military support applications of the nomad have seen it deployed in escalating levels of conflict, gradually replacing the older and vastly costlier science vessel.
Click over to the site below to check out the new unit.

StarCraft II: TF-620 Nomad
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Looking Forward To Europa Universalis: Rome
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

GameShark recently posted a new interview with producer Johan Andersson. The Q&A reveals new information about Paradox's upcoming Europa Universalis: Rome, the next installment of the popular strategy game series. The game will cover the Roman Era up until the year 27 BC, featuring a map area extending from England in the northwest to Persia in the southeast.

Each of Paradox's grand historical games have had something to distinguish them from the Europa Universalis series. Crusader Kings has character development, Victoria has economics, Hearts of Iron has a military focus. What will set the Roman game apart?
Our team has chosen to excel in what we do best, and that is Grand Strategy. All of our games belong to that genre but each one has had a specific focus. For Rome specifically, the most obvious difference is of course the time period and everything time period specific that comes with that, however in addition I would say that players will notice the new concepts in politics and character development and influence the most.

The period in the game is really the history of how Rome came to rule the Mediterranean world; once Carthage was done, that was pretty much it for serious rivals. Will the game be playable from the non-Roman side?
Yes and the focus of the game is to allow other potential empires to form in the hands of the players or the AI. Id argue that the Parthians for instance were a pretty serious contender and it will be interesting to see how far players can take this in gameplay.

How will you distinguish between the Republican systems of Rome/Carthage, monarchies of the East and tribal federations of the north?
There are plenty of differences between them, a few examples are the different technological discoveries and the different religions who all bring different gameplay features to play, like the Carthaginian who sacrificed their children to their gods (Bhaal) etc.
Europa Universalis: Rome is scheduled to ship for Windows machines in mid 2008. Keep an eye on IMG for any updates on the possibility of a Mac version.

For the full interview head over to the site listed below.

GameShark: Europa Universalis Rome Interview

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Travelogue 360: Paris Reviewed
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GamersInfo has posted a brief new review of Travelogue 360: Paris. The treasure hunt title challenges players to collect all the items on their list from a variety of scenic locations in Paris, France. GamersInfo recommended the game as an enjoyable educational tool.

From the review:

Travelogue 360 Paris is one of those titles that is really rather difficult to review. It's not really a game in the traditional sense, but it has gameplay elements. It's basically a seek and find adventure on a very basic level.

It is aimed to inform people about France by making them find things in various locations around the city. In keeping with Paris, France, it has rather surreal visuals, including such things as giant mimes and various other French-type things, like baguettes and berets. You are able to view the environment in 360 degrees - hence the name - to find all the items on your list. To aid you, one can focus in and out; there also is a tip finder, which resets each time you use it.
For the full review follow the link below.

Gamers Info: Travelogue 360 Paris Review
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Mac Games News for Monday, December 17, 2007

Apple Games Features Brain Challenge6:00 AM
Blades Of Avernum Leopard Update Available6:00 AM
Peanuts: It's The Big Game Charlie Brown Reviewed6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 246:00 AM
Stunts & Effects Coming Soon To The Movies6:00 AM
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