Capcom’s expeditions into the App Store thus far have often been port overs or re-releases of past console hits, like Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 4. The creators of Mega Man are taking that trend one step further with the newly unveiled Capcom Arcade, a free-to-download, officially licensed emulator for retro Capcom games. For now, the only games available to play are Street Fighter II, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, 1942, and Commando, but Capcom has promised to update the arcade with new releases each month.
If there’s one rule to surviving the inevitable zombie apocalypse, it’s this: No man is an island, and you’re going to need some help. With this in mind, Valve has offered Left 4 Dead 2, the sequel to its groundbreaking Left 4 Dead cooperative first-person shooter for the Mac. Like the original, Left 4 Dead 2 places you in the role of one of four survivors who must fight legions of zombies across multiple levels in order to reach a safe haven.
From its cartoony graphics to the adorable grunts and hi-yahs of its protagonist, Mini Ninjas might feel like just another kids’ computer game. However, once we got past the tutorial and began battling some of the game’s equally adorable enemies, we found that Mini Ninjas’ storyline has real depth and the cut-scenes are more than just cheese.
It doesn’t take long to see why Madden 2011 is a truly exceptional iPad game. The first time you exploit an offensive weakness by quickly drawing a blitz before the snap and then crushing the quarterback, you’ll get it. So many of the controls and features are perfectly suited for the iPad--whether it’s tilting your device from side to side to check your receivers on the line of scrimmage or drawing new routes for all of them at once via the wonders of multi-touch.
You’ve heard of cloud storage, but what about cloud gaming? OnLive lets you play 20-some games--including Windows-only titles--running on servers in data centers up to 1,000 miles away, streaming HD video to your Mac while you control the action with your mouse, keyboard, or Xbox 360 gamepad. Launched at this year’s E3, the long-awaited service is free for one year to the first wave of members, with an optional second year for $4.95/month (month-to-month, no commitment). OnLive is letting players into the service gradually, to make sure their data centers can handle the load, but you can sign up for the waiting list at onlive.com and you’ll get an invite when they’re ready for you.
A good dungeon crawler may drive you to the edge of insanity, but it’ll never get old and can always be reinvented. Case in point: Torchlight from Runic Games, available from Valve’s Steam for Mac digital storefront, combines the best elements of Blizzard’s classic Diablo titles with an accessible arcade style that makes it easy to create a character, upgrade their talents, and keep playing without interruptions.
You gotta love gaming news for the Mac. There's no doubting the popularity of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto Series. Well apparently the company is planning to expand their hit series to the Mac according to their Facebook page.