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Combat Mission: Fortress Italy Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Battlefront.com has announced the release of Combat Mission: Fortress Italy. The first in a "new family" of Combat Mission titles, CM:FI focuses on the Allied struggle to defeat Italy during World War II. The stand alone game gives players the chance to play as the American, Italian, and German forces in three unique campaigns. CM:FI also features a variety of new equipment and vehicles, and is the first Combat Mission game to utilize the features of CMx2 engine Version 2.0.

Fortress Italy is a new "family" of Combat Mission games covering the Allied struggle to knock Italy out of the Second World War. This initial release deals explicitly with the battle for Sicily and sets the groundwork for future additions to simulate the hard fighting in the rugged terrain of "Europe's underbelly" up until the war's end in 1945.

The combat forces immediately available to players include the full range of historically available American, Italian, and German forces which fought in Sicily. In addition to the completely new Italian forces, both the American and German organizations differ significantly from those familiar to Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy players. Some of the highlights are elite formations such as:

  • Italian Bersaglieri
  • American Rangers
  • German Herman GŲring Division
Of course, the time frame and units involved require equipment new to the Combat Mission series. A full list is available on the new Fortress Italy website, however here are some particularly fun gadgets to play with:
  • R-35 Light Tank
  • Semovente 90/53
  • Panzer Mk III
  • Grille
  • M3 GMC Halftrack
  • T30 HMC Halftrack
Players get to dive in and try these forces out in three (!!!) campaigns, one from the perspective of each national force (USA, Germany, Italy), a host of new stand alone battles, and of course the automatically generated QuickBattles. It won't take long for Normandy players to feel how different this time period and setting is from what they are used to. And the Italian forces are very interesting indeed! Squads the size of Platoons, almost no radios at all, few antitank weapons, proportionally few support weapons, and relatively light armored vehicles present even the best CM player with a lot of new challenges.

But wait, we didn't come to the best part yet... Fortress Italy features more than just a new setting and new units. It is also the first Combat Mission game to be upgraded with our CMx2 engine Version 2.0 features! If you haven't heard about the new Upgrade path for Combat Mission, click here for more info. For those who have, here's just a few of the new features you'll experience:

  • Moveable Waypoints
  • Target Armor Arc Command
  • Expanded Floating Icon Categories
  • "Fog of War" Floating Icons
  • 2D Editor Map Overlay
  • Auto-Assemble Road/Wall/Hedge Tool
  • Camera Jump to Groups
  • Target Briefly Command
  • New Rendering Shaders
  • Bump and Normal Mapping
  • Improved Framerates
  • Pausable Realtime TCP/IP Mode
  • ...and more!
Available immediately for PC and Mac OS X operating systems for only $55 as digital delivery, mail delivery, or both - exclusively and directly from www.battlefront.com! The mail delivery version includes a 100 page printed and ring-bound Game Reference Manual, the DVD, as well as a metal Tin Case (as long as supplies last) that holds up to 4 discs (for future modules)
Combat Mission: Fortress Italy is available now for $55. Learn more at the links below.

Combat Mission: Fortress Italy
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Grave Mania: Undead Fever Now Haunting Macgamestore
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Macgamestore.com has added a new title to its growing roster of games available for download and purchase. This time the addition is Big Fish Games' Grave Mania: Undead Fever. Players must assist a funeral director struggling to save her funeral parlor after a zombie outrbreak ruins business.

After the dead start to rise, Funeraria Loca sees their funeral parlor business go down the tubes! Find a new way to put them to rest in Grave Mania: Undead Fever, an incredible game. After the people of Pastryport are turned into zombies, itís up to you to put them underground! Fix up the undead and put them back in their graves to collect big bucks and upgrade the parlor in Grave Mania: Undead Fever!


  • Run a funeral parlor
  • Fix up the undead
  • Put zombies to rest!
Grave Mania: Undead Fever is available now for $9.95 (USD).

Grave Mania: Undead Fever
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Cyberpunk RPG Q&A Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

CD Projekt RED's Community Manager Marcin Momot has posted a short Q&A about the company's upcoming Cyberpunk RPG. The post answers five questions posed by fans about the game including inspirations for the game, the importance of customization options, and locations players will get to visit in their travels.

Guipit: Will choosing your class affect the story? If so, how much?

MM: Itís always been very important to us to deliver mature and ambitious entertainment. Itís not going to be any different this time around. We want to keep the role system from the pen & paper version of Cyberpunk. As opposed to the regular fantasy set-up with mages, warriors and archers, weíre going for something different. In Cyberpunk, each character role will offer a set of special skills that will impact your stats in many different ways. Thatís where the challenge kicks in, we want to create a game where character customization will be strongly tied with the plot. Now going from that, we believe that we can make a game where, with many different role choices, you will get a very strong, engaging story, just like it was with The Witcher.

Read more at the page below.

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The Book Of Unwritten Tales Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gaming Illustrated recently posted a new review of Nordic Games' The Book of Unwritten Tales. The humorous point and click adventure game pays homage to the genre with a variety of zany characters and over 150 puzzles for players to solve. Gaming Illustrated gave Unwritten Tales a score of 93%.

From the review:

The puzzles in The Book of Unwritten Tales tend to be fairly logical, something that canít be said for the many of the genreís forebears. This is a much appreciated aspect of the game, as it lessens the need for the player to seek out hints and walkthroughs. I donít know whether itís a product of my experience, or a testament to the thoughtfulness of the developers, but I managed to beat the game without having to consult a single walkthrough. That isnít to say the game is too easy, as I certainly had my fair share of stumps. If youíre an experienced player, you may find the first couple of chapters to be almost too easy, but the puzzles and interactions do get more complex as the game progresses. While the gameplay feels wholly familiar, TBoUT manages to introduce fresh twists on the genre, like switching between multiple active characters. Thereís also a rhythm based mini-game thrown in for good measure.
Head over to the link below to read the full review.

Gaming Illustrated: The Book Of Unwritten Tales Review
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Mac Games News for Thursday, August 2, 2012

Guns Of Icarus Online Beta Key Giveaway6:00 AM
Life Quest 2: Metropoville Now At MGS6:00 AM
SpellTower Now Available For Mac6:00 AM
The Banner Saga Status Update Released6:00 AM
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