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SimCity Video Reveals Three City Sets From Deluxe Edition
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

EA has released another video showcasing elements from the upcoming SimCity, this time revealing three city sets available in the SimCity Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. Scheduled for a March 8 release, development of the latest incarnation of the popular city building sim is being led by Maxis. SimCity Mac will once again give players the chance to construct and manage a thriving city.

What do the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate and the Big Ben Clock Tower have in common? Besides being three of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, they’re also the three core components of the city sets that are available in the upcoming SimCity Digital Deluxe Edition, available exclusively on Origin on March 8.

More than just window dressing, these three landmarks will influence and change your cities. Plop any of these three buildings and watch the surrounding buildings adapt and change to fit their style. Ever wanted to make your own city of lights? Plop down the Eiffel Tower and you’ve got your very own SimCity version, all without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Here’s what you get in the SimCity Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Paris City Set – Includes the Eiffel Tower, Parisian-themed buildings and the Paris police station Ploppableand French Police Cars
  • German City Set – Includes the Brandenburg Gate, German-themed buildings and the German rail stationand unique German Trains
  • British City Set – Includes the Big Ben Block Tower, London-themed buildings and the London bus stationand Double-Decker Buses

Developed by the renowned Maxis studio in Emeryville, SimCity delivers unprecedented depth of simulation with the new GlassBox Engine, where everything is simulated, including up to 100,000 individual Sims in a city, to every Kilowatt of power pulsing through a region of cities. The model-like world and detail of the simulation make this the most responsive and personal SimCity ever. This is also the most expansive city management game yet where multi-city gameplay across regions delivers a larger playing field. Play a single city or up to 16 cities at once each with different specialisations, it’s your choice.

Multiplayer is also a first for the series, adding a new dimension to the game, as decisions impact both the city and the region, creating new ways to play by collaborating or competing to earn achievements. Finally, SimCity is a live service that simulates real-time updates and pushes them to players in the form of new challenges. Through this platform, Maxis is also able to provide a continuous stream of new gameplay features and content. Whether you play by yourself, with your friends or the rest of the world, SimCity introduces an infinite world of possibilities. What kind of mayor will you be?

View the new video at the page linked below.

SimCity Landmarks Video
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Enter The Cave At Mac Game Store
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The Cave, from Double Fine Productions and legendary adventure game designer Ron Gilbert, is now available for download and purchase from Mac Game Store. The title gives players the chance to assemble a team from seven unlikely adventurers, each with their own unique personalities and stories, and descend into the mysterious depths for an adventure unlike any other.

The Cave is a new adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions, the award-winning studio behind Psychonauts and Brütal Legend.

Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, each with their own unique personalities and stories, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore locations including a subterranean amusement park and a medieval castle, not to mention a fully armed and ready-to-launch nuclear tipped ICBM. The Cave awaits.


    Seamlessly Spelunk – Explore a ginormous completely seamless cave-world presented in astounding cross-section that will blow... your... mind.
    Assemble a team of 3 explorers – From the Hillbilly to the Time Traveller; all 7 characters have their own unique personalities, special talents and a dark and secret reason for descending The Cave.
    A Cave like no other – If you enjoy spelunking and dark rocky caverns then be prepared to be disappointed. Your first clue The Cave is a place like no other will be when you stumble across the subterranean amusement park or the medieval castle, not to mention the fully armed and ready to launch nuclear tipped missile.
    Let's work together – Switch between the 3 characters, in cooperation with each other, and solve physical and adventure puzzles as you learn the truth behind why they are here. Share the cave exploring adventure with friends in local co-op.
    Unlock all the secrets of the cave – Replay the adventure with a new set of characters for a whole different experience including unique story, puzzles and areas of The Cave, plus hidden treasures (not redeemable for cash) and collectables.
    Watch the Cave come alive – Experience the detailed, stunning art style and humor that only Ron Gilbert and Double Fine can dream up.
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 256 MB VRAM
  • Video (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
  • Video (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • Video (INTEL): Intel HD Graphics 3000
The Cave is available now for $14.99 (USD).

The Cave
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Vendetta Online Dynamic Warfare Details, Graphical Updates
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Guild Software has updated its Vendetta Online Kickstarter campaign with two new videos offering details on Dynamic Warfare, updates to graphical and rendering technology, and an explanation of how the changes will produce more immersive and engaging environments. Guild's Kickstarter is intended to support further game enhancements along with an iPad version of their long-running space MMORPG. Some of the game enhancements planned include improved graphics, improved player owned capital ships, larger asteroid fields, more mineral types, more complex space stations, and more persistent NPC types.

Dynamic Warfare And RTS Battle Command:

As promised in my update earlier this week, I've made a video discussing some of our plans for future real-time-strategy command of our Dynamic Warfare battles, leading to players commanding armadas of other players and NPCs! I think this is going to be pretty awesome. We've had the fundamentals of battlefield control working for some time, only accessible to developers for use in events, and the rank system will let us begin to expose some of these command-and-control game mechanics to our userbase. There's still a lot of work to do, building the interfaces and tuning command behaviours for NPC units, but the groundwork is all there.

Graphical Updates, New Rendering Technology And Gameplay Impact:

I've made an effort to lay out some of our graphics and rendering technology roadmap in detail, to try and answer the related questions that you've posted and sent us since we launched the Kickstarter. I hope this helps illuminate what we're trying to build, along with why this funding will be so important to our goals.

FYI that when I talk about some possible graphics that might be PC-only, that simply means that they'll launch on the PC. As mobile devices increase in power, we'll back-propagate changes when they become realistic for the platforms, much as we have already.

Also, by PC-only I mean as differentiated from mobile. "PC" includes Windows, Mac and Linux.

Check out the videos at the links below. The Vendetta Online Kickstarter has gathered nearly $28,000 of its $100,000 target. The campaign ends on February 24.

Vendetta Online: Dynamic Warfare
Vendetta Online: Graphics Updates
Vendetta Online Kickstarter
Guild Software
Strategy First
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Heileen 3: Sea Maidens Available Now
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Visual novel developer Winter Wolves has announced the release of Heileen 3: Sea Maidens. An expansion for Heileen 3, Sea Maidens introduces four new female characters to date, each with a unique personality. The additions bring the game's number of romanceable characters to 8.

Heileen 3: Sea Maidens is an expansion of the standard game Heileen 3. It adds four new beautiful and interesting female characters to date, each one with her own personality, life goals, and associated ending images, increasing the original number of romanceable characters to 8.

The game has been updated with several new scenes added to the original game story, which now consists of over 180,000 words of text. New additional scenes show the player's progresses through the 14 unique job careers, and at same time reveal more of some secondary characters' past.

The expansion and the standard game are now an unique installer, and you can choose to purchase both versions or only one. You can download the demo and buy the game from Winter Wolves website.

The game uses a one-time online activation so there are no extra downloads required.

Find out more about Heileen 3 and the Sea Maidens expansion at the site linked below.

Heileen 3: Sea Maidens

Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cities In Motion 2 Trailer Unveiled6:00 AM
Dawnstar Brings Outer Space Roleplaying To MGS6:00 AM
Napoleon: Total War - Gold Edition Coming This Spring6:00 AM
The Success Of The Walking Dead6:00 AM
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