Battle Academy: New Name, New OS X Version, New Add-On
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments
Slitherine has announced the renaming of its World War II turn-based strategy game, Battlefield Academy, to its new title: Battle Academy. The renaming is the result of a settlement reached with Electronic Arts over the use of the Battlefield name, a dispute which had delayed add-ons and other updates. The resolution also results in the release of a Mac OS X edition of the game, and the release of a new add-on: Operation Market Garden.
The OS X version of Battle Academy includes cross platform multiplayer with Windows edition players, an interface designed specifically for Mac users, cross platform saved game files, and the ability to continue multiplayer matches on a Mac that originally began on a PC.
The Operation Market Garden add-on challenges players to capture Arnhem bridge. It features 8 new single player missions, four multiplayer maps, the introduction of a new campaign mode, new forces, new terrain, and new buildings.
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Originally launched in August 2010, the game was immediately proclaimed by both critics and players as one of the most innovative and enjoyable strategy games of the year for novices and grognards alike. The product was originally scheduled to have a number of add-ons and platform adaptations, but these have been held back after allegations of copyright infringement was initiated by Electronic Arts.
Settlement has now been reached and the game is back with a change of name BBC BATTLE ACADEMY, together with a wealth of new content to rekindle the flame and continue the success that has been badly curtailed. Slitherine may have lost the field, but have certainly won the battle!
Apple Users Now Able To Play Against PC Users
BATTLE ACADEMY re-launches in a grand style, with a brand new version for Mac users. This iteration of the game has exactly the same content, but a completely renewed and intuitive UI to make it more accessible for the different control systems available on Apple devices. The game is fully compatible with the PC version, so any player that bought the PC version will be able to use their save-games in the Mac version.
Moreover the multiplayer system is also fully compatible, so any Mac user is able to play against PC users through Slitherine’s acclaimed PBEM++TM. This system makes the game completely ‘portable’, so that any game started on PC can be continued on Mac and if required switched back again to PC.
“We are very proud to bring this franchise to Mac”, said Philip Veale, Technical Director of Slitherine. “There is an increased demand for our genre of games on the Mac and we are sure BATTLE ACADEMY can easily challenge to become the most played strategy game on the Apple system. Players find it so easy to get into the game and start head-to-head battles, through our PBEM system. We have taken the decision to make the game fully integrated with other platforms and we will continue to do this in future iterations as well!”.
Battle Academy - Operation Market Garden
Additionally a brand new add-on is now also available for both PC and Mac: BATTLE ACADEMY Operation Market Garden challenges players to use all their tactical skills to capture Arnhem bridge and secure a crucial victory against the Germans in one of the most complex engagements ever fought. Eight brand new single player missions, four multiplayer maps and the introduction of a campaign mode which includes carrying over units from mission to mission, make this new add-on an incredible package that any BATTLE ACADEMY player will just have to have to play.
“We listen to our players as much as we can,” said Iain McNeil, Development Director of Slitherine. “We have been asked for a campaign mode and we know this has been the top demand from our players. It took us a lot of development resources and time, but we decided that we just had to bring this to our loyal fan base, and it makes the expansion an amazing package. We are sure we are going to make a lot of our fans happy with this one”.
Battle Academy Demo
Slitherine is also launching a brand new BATTLE ACADEMY demo, for both PC and Mac. The demo is a custom created mission with a movie-like flavor, taking players to a small village in Normandy. It’s the perfect introduction to the series and makes an ideal step into the realm of BATTLE ACADEMY for anyone who has not yet had a chance to play this great game.
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Duke Nukem Update Adds Cross Platform Multiplayer
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment
Aspyr Media has announced the release of a new update for the Mac version of Duke Nukem Forever. In addition to bug fixes and improvements the patch also adds the ability to carry up to four weapons in single player mode, and thanks to the addition of cross platform multiplayer support the chance to compete against Windows version players.
Big news for Duke Nukem fans! Aspyr has recently finished work on the latest Duke Nukem Forever patch, and the update should be live shortly (if it isn’t already). The patch matches pretty much everything from the initial PC patch, including the ability to carry up to four weapons in single player. But the really kickass part? Cross-platform multiplayer is now at your fingertips! We’ve put together a short FAQ below (after the jump) that will hopefully answer any questions you may have. If we missed anything, let us know in the comments!Head over to the page below to learn more.
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Great–a new patch! So, uh, what’s been changed or fixed?
Here’s an official list of updates:
- Mac-to-PC multiplayer compatibility
- 4-weapon inventory option (single player only)
- MP Server favorites
- FOV can be modified
- Change VOIP to push-to-talk (bandwidth fix)
- VAC anti-cheat system enabled
- Auto-aim fix
- Blood effects on surfaces behind enemies when shot
- Texture quality improvements
- Fixes to prevent single player and multiplayer save data corruption
- Leaderboard exploit fixed
- Crash/compatibility fixes and other minor bugs
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IMG Reviews Hector: Badge Of Carnage Episode 2
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Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Telltale Games and Straandlooper Animation's Hector: Badge of Carnage - Episode 2. The second installment of Detective Inspector Hector's adventures in Clapper's Wreake, the game puts players in the role of Hector as he searches for the terrorist encountered in the first episode.
Here's an excerpt from the review:
The story arc and gameplay this time around has a decidedly detective-like feel to it, which is fitting given Hector is, after all, an inspector. The first game didn't suffer for the lack of it, but it works very well here and makes it even more enjoyable. You see a lot more of the town, such as other parts of your police station, a nail salon that also doubles as a gun shop, a disgusting restaurant and a church-themed strip club. These locales are populated with even crazier characters which Hector must deal with. There's a one handed, tap dancing street urchin, oversized prostitutes, midget hackers, a serial killer butcher and more.Check out the full review at the link below.
IMG Review: Hector Badge Of Carnage Episode 2
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Shamanville Now At MGS
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Macgamestore.com has announced the addition of Dynamic System Group's Shamanville to its list of titles available for download and purchase. The action arcade game challenges players to learn the secrets of ancient magic as they undertake a dangerous journey to recover the stolen Heart of Earth.
The Heart of the Earth has been stolen by dangerous barbarians! Train in ancient magic and go on a dangerous journey to get it back from the thieves. Travel through dangerous environments hot on the trail of the barbarians. Teach the pupils and help them fulfill their destiny and save the Heart of the Earth in Shamanville, a fun Action & Arcade game.Shamanville is available now for $6.99 (USD).
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- Unique gameplay
- Incredible trophies to earn
- Light the Heart of the Earth!
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