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Apple Games Features Assassin's Creed II
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new feature article, this time entering the stealth action world of Assassin's Creed II from TransGaming. Apple's article includes an overview of some of the game's features, commentary from designer Jean-Francois Boivin, a rundown of the historical setting, and a list of the iOS titles featuring characters from the series.

Boivin observes: “One thing that came up a lot with fans of the game was the first one’s fighting system, which many thought was slow-paced and lacked variety, so we wanted to improve upon that in Assassin’s Creed II. Adding more weaponry, more counter kills, and more moves was how we attacked that need. The AI system was also much improved, which required us to invest in more ways to use social stealth, such as hiding spots and blend groups.”

Ezio dispatches the last of his enemies and takes a break. I ask Boivin about the decision to include a young Leonardo da Vinci, who turns out to be a key ally of our hero by decoding mysterious writings left behind by Altaïr, a 12th century assassin whose memories were visited by Desmond in the first game. Boivin nods and responds: “There were very important historical events that happened in Florence and Venice between 1470 and 1500 that we wanted to include, such as the Pazzi conspiracy and Borgia becoming Pope Alexander VI.
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Supreme Commander 2 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld has posted a new review of Supreme Commander 2 for Mac from Virtual Programming. The real time strategy game drops players into the middle of a war between three galactic empires and gives them the chance to command enormous armies comprised of a host of customizable units. Macworld gave the game a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Gas Powered Games has always been unafraid of scale. The Supreme Commander series still puts the “epic” in real-time strategy. That 200-unit cap you see with other sci-fi RTS? Pfft. Try a 500-unit count. While other games will present you with a mini map of the entire battlefield, with Supreme Commander, you can zoom in and out and actually see the entire battlefield from a God-like vantage point or zoom in and see individual units attack and defend. You also don’t have just one build unit, but can train slews of engineers to build your armies and bases in no time.

This of course means that build-orders and micromanaging are extremely important in Supreme Commander 2, even more so than in games like Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty () or Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (). All three factions start with an ACU, which is a building unit/mech that has a great defensive system but is often essential to keep intact in order to win any mission. There are also tanks, robots, air units, naval units, hovercraft, experimental units, amphibious units, nuclear bombs, and experimental structures. You’ll be doing your fair share of resource gathering by extracting mass and producing electricity, but you can only extract mass from specific, tactically-important sources.
Read the full review at the link below.

Macworld: Supreme Commander 2 Review
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New BlizzCon Diablo III Gear Sets Revealed
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Blizzard Entertainment recently updated its Diablo III site with new character information. The update offers new images of gear sets that will be featured in the demo version on display at the upcoming BlizzCon event. Diablo III will return players to the action RPG franchise where they once again must choose a character and face off against the forces of darkness.

Two decades have passed since the demonic lords, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, set out across the world of Sanctuary on a vicious rampage, twisting humanity to their unholy will. Yet for those who battled the Prime Evils, the memory fades slowly.

When Deckard Cain returns to the ruins of Tristram Cathedral seeking clues to defeat new stirrings of evil, a fiery harbinger of doom falls from the heavens, striking the very ground where Diablo once entered the world. This fire from the sky reawakens ancient evils and calls the heroes of Sanctuary to defend the mortal world against the rising powers of the Burning Hells once again.
Check out the link below to view the new images..

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Castle Vox Trailer Available
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Sillysoft has released a video trailer for the new world domination game, Castle Vox. The game is a turn-based strategy title that combines elements of Diplomacy with Axis & Allies. Castle Vox features 35 maps, online multiplayer support, and a challenging Hard AI.

Castle Vox is a next generation strategy wargame. Capture all the enemy Castles to win!

Myriad Maps
Maps from many eras and mythologies. Play on historical, geometric, geographic, and fantasy settings. New maps get added all the time, and can be one-click installed using the built-in Map Manager.

Same-Time Turns
No waiting while other players make their moves. Everyone plans their moves at the same time. When planning is finished, all battles are resolved simultaneously. Finish an epic game in half an hour.

Collaborate with teammates to conquer your enemies. Jointly occupy continents to earn their bonuses. Secret team chat in multi-player modes.

Challenging Artificial Intelligence
Computer AI will give your brain a good workout.

Online Multi-Player
Fast real-time multi-player games. Or play slower once-a-day turns games. The network game tracker lists them all. Host your own server.

Axis & Allies meets Diplomacy
Castle Vox is an homage to these classic strategy boardgames.

Use the built-in Map Editor to create your own maps. Send it in and we'll add it to the Map Manager. Programmers can create AIs with the Sillysoft SDK.

Castle Vox costs $19.99 to purchase. A free demo is also available. Follow the links below for more information.

YouTube: Castle Vox Trailer
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Civilization V Coming To Macs This Holiday Season6:00 AM
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Available For Pre-Order6:00 AM
Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge Released6:00 AM
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