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Dragon Age 2 Goes Gold
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Bioware recently announced that Dragon Age 2 has gone gold for all platforms and is on target for a March 8 release in North America and March 11 in Europe. The game puts player in the role of Hawke and allows them to craft the story of the legend's rise to power.

You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.

Dragon Age 2 thrusts players into the role of Hawke, a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age. Known to be a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, the legend around Hawke’s rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumor. Featuring an all-new story spanning 10 years, players will help tell that tale by making tough moral choices, gathering the deadliest of allies, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history. The way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever.

Key Features:
  • Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
  • Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
  • Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
  • Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
  • Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.
Dragon Age 2 comes to the Mac courtesy of TransGaming and its Cider Portability Engine. It is currently available for pre-order.

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IMG Reviews LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
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Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Feral Interactive's LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for game consoles and PC, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is the latest in a line of LEGO titles brought to the Mac by Feral Interactive.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

LEGO Harry Potter is very good at constantly rewarding you as you play, so every minute you feel like you've accomplished something. This isn't just a facade, as all the things you collect serve a purpose. The more LEGO bits you gather, the more spells and trinkets you can buy. The more Gold Bricks you find, the more bonus levels you unlock. While you can get away with simply plowing through the levels and story, it's a lot more fun to explore nooks and crannies, looking for secrets and House crests. Those "must find everything" types will eat their heart out as the game is bursting with collectibles and things to discover. Every level gives you a percentage completion so you will know when you've done everything.
Read the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4
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The Sims Medieval Collector's Edition Announced
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EA has announced the upcoming release of a Collector's Edition for The Sims Medieval which will feature a sketch and art booklet, kingdom map, special downloadable content, and other bonus collectible items. The Sims Medieval will allow players to create heroes, venture on quests, build and control a kingdom, and play every Hero Sim character in the land.

The Sims Medieval offers players a chance to build up a medieval kingdom, controlling characters from all walks of life, from Kings and Queens, to Knights and Wizards, Blacksmiths and Bards. It provides a host of storytelling possibilities in the form of quests, from crafting a legendary sword to arranging a royal wedding, to protecting the kingdom from an evil sorcerer, to finding the fountain of youth. Every quest plays out differently depending on which Hero Sim the player is controlling.

The destiny of the kingdom rests in the players’ hands. Will players build up their kingdom through internal expansion, or perhaps look for a more imperial type of domination, expanding their rule by conquering territories? Will they take on quests in pursuit of fame, or focus on the health and wellbeing of their people? The choice is theirs! With the start of every new game, players will be able to select a new ambition for their kingdom, and embark on a new set of stories.

Everything in The Sims Medieval is crafted to create an immersive medieval world, from the quest-based gameplay, to the medieval objects such as swords and stocks and thrones, right down to the warm look of the characters, and the painterly approach to the world itself. Players can choose to customize every new Hero that comes to the kingdom, including selecting their traits and their fatal flaw. Players get close to their characters, not only sending them on epic quests, but also making sure they carry out their daily responsibilities such as healing the sick, trading for exotic goods, or forging armor. From having a baby to competing in a royal tournament, what happens to their Sims is up to the player. The time of romance and chivalry is back with The Sims Medieval.
The Sims Medieval is scheduled for a March 25 release and is currently available for pre-order. Follow the links below for more information.

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Portal 2 Pre-Orders Begin, New Trailer Released
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Valve Software has announced that its upcoming action puzzler, Portal 2, is now available for pre-order. Those who purchase may receive a discount or exclusive in-game content. The company has also released the Portal 2 Valentine's Day trailer.

"Portal 2 is shaping up to be the most innovative title in Valve's history, and to be a much larger experience than we originally planned," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve. "As such, we are aggressively promoting the title with more retail promotions than we have put behind any prior release."

Special pre-order offers vary at participating outlets around the world and include a variety of dollars off and/or exclusive in-game content for those who reserve the game for purchase before it is released the week of April 18. These include $5 off the full price, exclusive in-game skins for the coop bots (Atlas and P-body), and more. Check your favorite outlet for details.

The highly anticipated sequel to 2007's Game of the Year, Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science.

Using a highly experimental portal device, you'll once again face off against a lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS. And this time you won't be alone. Meet an expanded cast of characters as you think your way through dangerous, never-before-seen areas of Aperture Laboratories.

Break the laws of spatial physics in ways you never thought possible, with a wider variety of portal puzzles and an expansive story that spans a single player and co-operative game mode.
Portal 2 is scheduled to ship worldwide the week of April 18, 2011. Check out the links below for more information.

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Mac Games News for Friday, February 11, 2011

Blizzard Entertainment Begins 20th Anniversary Celebrations6:00 AM
Civilization V DLC Packs Now Available6:00 AM
Fray Announced6:00 AM
Three Rules For RPG Difficulty6:00 AM
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