Gaming news summary for September 29, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Alien: Isolation for Mac is delayed, a BattleTech Kickstarter exceeds expectations early, Microsoft prepares for holiday sales of the Xbox One, and Sony readies itself for a PlayStation 4 firmware update taking place tomorrow.
Gaming news summary for August 18, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Uber Entertainment revives Planetary Annihilation with an expansion, Mike Bithell releases a stealth game, Feral Interactive reveals it is bringing Company of Heroes 2 to Mac, and Rodeo Games plans to ship a free expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch.
Peg the dyno, keep the interval small, and race to victory
The more a game franchise expands, the harder it is to bring something new to the table. With driving games especially, subsequent sequels are usually considered as graphical improvements on the previous release, tweaking the existing formula without daring to step too far outside the box. Dirt 3: Complete Edition, an off-road racing game developed by Codemasters in 2011 and brought to Mac this year by Feral Interactive, not only manages to improve the basic game, but still manages to find new, unexpected items.
Lara Croft reintroduced to the gritty world of treasure hunting in an awe-inspiring adventure
Last year, Square Enix published a new take on a fan favorite character that made a debut on the PlayStation back in 1996. Under the development of Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider was rebooted to reintroduce the origins of Lara Croft. Rather than rely on some of the typical tropes associated with the character, the development team added a depth and human touch that was welcome in the series. Earlier this year, the game was ported to OS X by Feral Interactive, giving Mac owners a chance to experience Croft's new story.
Humorous approach to Marvel universe, team-ups make Lego game enjoyable
Hot brands and franchises get a special treatment when it comes to video games these days, namely being granted a Lego series that fits within their universe. Marvel Comics is no different, following up the success in the box office with Lego Marvel Super Heroes. The game isn't restricted by Hollywood franchise deals, allowing team-ups between X-Men, the Avengers and Spider-Man that aren't possible outside of comic books. With the Lego games trying to bridge the age gap, does Lego Marvel Super Heroes offer an experience that everyone can enjoy, or does the Lego skew it too far into territory only for children?
Hybrid capacitive keyboard released in United States, coming to Europe in November
Cooler Master's Novatouch TKL "tenkeyless" keyboard has hit the market in the United States, offering consumers a new switch type that the company calls "hybrid capacitive." The Novatouch is meant not only for gamers looking for an edge, but also professionals looking for a high-quality keyboard with quick response. Cooler Master worked with Japanese company Topre to create the new design, which is a cross between dome and mechanical switches. It requires only a 45-gram force and 1mm travel, less than we were told at Penny Arcade Expo, to actuate.
Feral Interactive to release Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac
Feral Interactive has announced that historical strategy game, Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac is due for release in the coming weeks. Total War: Shogun 2 features real-time battle tactics and turn-based political strategy, set in 16th century Japan. Players play as the leader of one of nine competing clans, attempting to dominate Japan and become shogun.
Disney's Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse released for OS X July 24
Feral Interactive today announced the upcoming release of its fairytale platforming game Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, a reworking of the SEGA Genesis and Mega Drive original. Players navigate the 3D game as Mickey, with the goal of rescuing Minnie Mouse from the evil witch Mizrabel. Players will run, jump, swing and swim through whimsical levels such as a haunted forest, and solve puzzles along the way.
Racing game Grid 2 Reloaded Edition to be released this summer for OS X
Feral Interactive has announced that its multi-discipline racing game Grid 2 Reloaded Edition will be released for Mac gamers this summer. Featuring "World Series Racing," players aim to become the star driver of the league by facing off against international drivers from local clubs. Races are set in a variety of locations, such as mountain roads and city streets of Paris, Miami or Hong Kong. Each vehicle option varies in respects to its gearing, torque and weight distribution.
Formula One comes to OS X with adrenaline fueled simulation, challenging gameplay
When gamers have ever wanted to get into the seat of a race car without spending millions of dollars to do it, they've turned to games to get the experience. From NASCAR, dragsters, rally cars and everything in-between, gaming has covered much of the realistic side of racing. What about players, however, that want a game that touches on simulation aspects, but pushes them to gain a little as a tenth of a second each time around the track? Codemasters' F1 2013 is the title that will set the pace for a proper racing experience.
Hit Firaxis strategy game will make its way to Linux with Enemy Within content
Multiple award-winning game XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be making its way to Linux distros in the future, including Ubuntu 14.04 and Valve's SteamOS. The port to Linux will also include the expansion pack XCOM: Enemy Within, which was originally released in November 2013. The strategy game from Firaxis Games is a re-imagined remake of the early 1990s game XCOM: UFO Defense. Feral Interactive will be handling the development and publishing.
Feral Interactive's Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition now available for Mac
Feral Interactive has announced Thursday that its stealth-action game Hitman: Absolution Elite Edition is now available for Mac. Players navigate the game as Agent 47, a genetically-engineered assassin who is on the run from previous employers, and seeks to protect a young girl from the criminal world. The Elite Edition features all previously-released additional content for Hitman Absolution, including "Sniper Challenge," a standalone mission where players use sharp-shooting abilities to execute long-range hits.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut released for OS X
Feral Interactive has announced today that Deus Ex: Human Revolution -- Director's Cut has been released for OS X, available exclusively through Steam. A player performs as an ex-SWAT specialist who has been hired to oversee the security of an experimental biotechnology firm. Adam Jensen discovers there is more to the company than previously thought when a black ops team breaks in and kills scientists.
Documents 5 launches for iPhone and iPad February 27
Readdle's Documents 5 is set to launch this Thursday, offering users a centralized hub for interacting with digital content. By creating an interconnected ecosystem of core Readdle apps, Documents 5 facilitates a workflow where users can readily access different tools normally found in separate apps. For example, if a user wants to convert a PNG file into a PDF, one can open the PNG file and convert it to PDF from the Documents 5 app, which will automatically open PDF Converter and paste it in the Documents 5 root folder. This applies to PDF Expert 5, and Printer Pro integration as well. Documents 5 will be available free from the App Store beginning February 27.
Rayman Origins to be released for Mac on December 12, 2013
Game and software maker Feral Interactive today announced that Rayman Origins will be released for Mac on Thursday, December 12. Rayman Origins has gamers play the role of Rayman, whose goal is to defend his homeland from a Livid Dead army throughout 60 levels. Players can jump, swim, sprint and hover in various environments, wielding a variety of fighting tactics.
Feral releases GRID for Mac
Feral Interactive has announced that GRID, an addition to the TOCA Touring Car series is now available for purchase. GRID lets players run their own race team, acting as the primary driver behind the wheel of race-tuned road cars from manufacturers such as Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. As players progress they advance from rookie to pro, gain sponsors and can hire teammates to drive alongside them. The game retails for $25 and can be purchased as either a physical box or digital download.
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega All-Stars come to Mac
Mac games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that the company is bringing Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sega Superstars Tennis to the Mac for this summer. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a racing game, wherein popular Sega characters make their way across a variety of tracks inspired by the worlds of classic Sega games. In Sega Superstars Tennis, classic Sega characters battle it out in doubles and singles tennis matches, with a variety of power-ups and gameplay options. The game also contains mini-games inspired by Sega titles such as House of the Dead and Space Harrier.
Sequel to Battlestations: Midway hits Oct. 8
Battlestations: Pacific, a popular wartime simulation game, is coming to the Mac in early October via Feral Interactive and original publisher Square Enix. A sequel to Battlestations: Midway, the new game features two elaborate campaigns, over 100 types of aircraft, ships and submarines, 14 missons within each campaign, and an opportunity to change history by having the Japanese dominate the Pacific theater.
Superstar pack ships soon
Feral Interactive has announced that The Movies: Superstar Edition will ship June 30. The Superstar edition features the original game with the new Stunts & Effects expansion pack and a bonus musical soundtrack from composer Dan Pemberton. The game places players in the role of a Hollywood studio executive as he progresses through various eras, from silent productions to action blockbusters, and develop films from ideas to complete movies. Players must film the movies, then release them to theaters and coordinate the critical reception and award shows that follow.
Lego Batman coming to Mac
The official announcement has yet to be made, but Feral Interactive is giving MacWorld gamers a first-hand look at the Mac OS X version of Lego Batman.
Rome Total War Gold Ed.
Feral Interactive (booth no. 2530) on Thursday announced it will release the Mac version of Rome: Total War Gold Edition. Due in March, SEGA’s top-rated strategy game will be released by Feral as the second in the series of Feral Legends titles: "Encompassing three centuries of warfare from the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire, Rome: Total War is regarded as one of the best strategy games ever with a seamless integration of strategic and tactical modes and featuring a 3d graphics engine that is capable of rendering over 10,000 soldiers on a single battlefield."
Feral ships Battlestations
Feral Interactive today announced that Friday, June 27th would be the release
date for Battlestations: Midway, Eidos' action strategy game for the Mac. Created by Eidos Studios Hungary, the game invites you to take command of the greatest battles of the Pacific theatre. Players will experience every aspect of combat in a unique blend of action and strategy as they lead a host of US and Allied air, sea and underwater units through intense, action-packed missions in hotspots from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway itself.