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City Of Heroes: Animal Pack Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCSoft and Paragon Studios have announced the release of City of Heroes: Animal Pack. The pack includes a new set of animal themed costumes, new body parts, new auras, and a new power. The booster enables the new features for all characters on an account.

This new Booster Pack will allow you to craft brand new characters inspired by the grace of a giant cat, the power of a savage wolf, or the fury of a falcon.

Features include:
  • Over 60 new costume parts and patterns.
  • Wolf, Feline, Avian, Minotaur head and monstrous legs.
  • Two new tails - Minotaur and Ragged Wolf.
  • Two animal-inspired auras, Bestial Rage and Fleas.
  • The Beast Run travel power.
The City of Heroes Animal Pack is now available for sale from the NCsoft store for $9.99 (€8.99, £5.99). Learn more and view a trailer at the link below.

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IMG Review RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum from Aspyr Media. The Platinum collection of the theme park sim includes RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked, and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

With the two expansion packs installed together, Platinum turns RCT3 into an even more rounded game than it was before, but without compromising its familiar interface. The new resources are highlighted by the use of icons to tell you which expansion pack provides them, but the new features are otherwise integrated seamlessly into the existing game structure. In other words, there's not all that much that's new for existing players to learn, and that's a good thing: the interface is slightly refined and extended, but remains essentially the same as it was before.
Check out the full article at the link below.

IMG Review: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum
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Two Worlds II Coming Soon To MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | 4 comments is now offering Topware Entertainment's Two Worlds II for pre-order from its website. The game sends players to the unexplored land of Eastern Antaloor and features detailed graphics, a unique magic system, and a flexible combat system.

A breathtaking journey into Antaloor's past.

After the downfall of Aziraal, God of Fire, the Dark Lord Gandohar has nearly achieved his objective to disrupt the balance between the elements. Dark magic surges into the land to fill the void. Recognizing the potential for complete control over the dark powers, Gandohar starts to use the power of Aziraal trap within Kyra, the descendant of the Orphans. Despite her ancestry, Kyra cannot endure the strain. With Antaloor already in his clutches, Gandohar concocts a new plan from his stronghold in Oswaroth. There are still those who struggle against the tyrant, hoping to shift the balance of forces in their favor. The fight for Antaloor continues...

Five years have passed since dramatic events brought the whole world to the edge of the abyss. The hero is a prisoner in the dungeons of Gandohar's castle. His hopes of saving his sister vanished with his freedom. Just as despair threatens to overcome him, hope comes from where he would have least expected. The Orcs, a race the hero had always hated, have put together a rescue squad that frees the hero from his bonds. He emerges into a land desecrated by evil. He embarks on a journey to shed light on Gandohar's dark past, hoping to discover a weak point in his enemy's defense. If he fails, he will lose his sister forever.

A perfect mix of flexibility, creativity and state-of-the-art technology "Two Worlds II" is a perfect blend of classic and innovated RPG features, atmosphere, and technology. A complex quest system and an exciting main story draw you into the world of Antaloor, made richer by secondary quest scenarios. Rich gameplay and engaging atmosphere propel the story and captures attention, promising danger and exploration throughout the many quests and video sequences. Enhanced AI, balancing standards, experienced authors, an active combat system, the innovative DEMONS™ magic management, and the PAPAK™ alchemy system guarantee enjoyment for new and experienced gamers. An artistic system of attack and defense moves has been integrated into the game. Parries and changing hit results creates a real opportunity for tactics and excitement, as the AI engage in combat and employ strategy of their own. The game also offers extreme flexibility in the weapon and armament design possibilities. The cornerstone at the heart of this feature is the newly created 'CRAFT'™ tool. Players can break down items into their basic materials and create new unique items. "Two Worlds II" is also graphically superb. The powerful GRACE™ engine offers technological highlights such as an unlimited number of dynamic light sources, 24 bit HDR post-processing, and Real Eye Adaptation. It will drastically reduce loading times, improve general game performance, and enable full gameplay with only moderate hardware requirements.


  • A flexible combat system with variable attack moves, parrying and special tricks
  • State-of-the-art technology, thanks to a powerful GRACE™ engine and special tools
  • Lots of mini-games for breaking up gameplay
  • Intuitive user interface for the DEMONS™ Magic system and the PAPAC™ Alchemy system
  • Mercenaries and magically-created beings accompany the player
  • Complex object management with movable and usable items
  • Special CRAFT™ tool enables the individual configuration of armor and weapons
  • Many Boss opponents, including special combat strategies and unique rewards
  • Flexible MoSens system guarantees realistic every day and combat movements
  • Various ways of moving, like walking, running, sprinting, riding, swimming, sailing and teleporting
  • Captivating background story with numerous cutscenes
  • Extensive Multiplayer part including building/setup simulation
Minimum Requirements:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later
  • Processor: Intel Mac (2,0 GHz)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Shader 4.0 and 512 MB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB hard drive space
  • Other: Internet connection for Multiplayer
  • Peripherals: Mouse, Keyboard
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later
  • Processor: Multi-Core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 2900, Geforce 8800 GTX
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB hard drive space
  • Other: Internet connection with 6.000 BPS for Multiplayer
  • Peripherals: Mouse, Keyboard
Two Worlds II is now available for pre-order for $49.99 (USD). Visit the site below for more information.

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Wakfu Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ten Ton Hammer recently posted a new preview of the upcoming Wakfu, a new tactical MMO from Ankama. Taking place in the same world of the flash based Dofus, although far in the future from the events of the original game, Wakfu will feature a cartoon based visual style and an environment which responds to player actions.

Taking on opponents in Wakfu is an experience I've never before seen in an MMOG, as it is entirely turn-based. Although many other MMOGs have a round-based combat system, they uniformly obscure it with layers of complexity and a timer that goes by so quickly that you barely notice its passing. This is not the case at all in Wakfu, where you are given an almost infinite amount of time in which to plan your strategies, and act. However, if you do manage to learn your abilities well and execute your commands swiftly, you will be rewarded! The timer on the right shows how much you will fill the bar on the far right, and filling the bar on the far right will unlock an extra bonus. The longer you take on a turn, the less the bar fills.

This balancing act of strategy and speed strikes a very rewarding balance in solo play. I'm unsure how it stacks up in group situations, as I have yet to experience the multiplayer aspect of combat in Wakfu.
Read more at the link below.

Ten Ton Hammer: Wakfu Preview

Mac Games News for Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Clandestiny Now At Macgamestore.com6:00 AM
Din's Curse: Demon War Released6:00 AM
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Reviewed6:00 AM
New Fray Teaser Film Available6:00 AM
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