After so many licensed properties have received the LEGO treatment in recent years, it's easy to blow them off and assume a new game won't bring anything different to the table. But in the case of LEGO The Lord of the Rings, developer Traveller's Tales has crafted something of a culmination of its efforts over the years. Yes, there's still some serious familiarity in the gameplay, but the journey to Mordor with Frodo and company is also the top digital LEGO experience to date.
Doing 30-plus laps while meticulously avoiding collisions and penalties won't appeal to most, but F1 2012 is meant for those interested in a tiny taste of what it's like to drive the most extreme vehicles on earth. The game requires patience, precision, and a steady hand to win, but still manages to be a good entry point for players new to the simulation racing genre.
Batman: Arkham Asylum, released on Mac last year, pushed superhero games in directions that nobody really expected but everyone wanted (and almost immediately began to copy). Its rhythmic fights were immediately satisfying and endlessly fun. Its wonderfully creepy, secret-filled world was a joy to explore. And its atmospheric detective puzzles and stealth challenges explored a side of Batman that seldom came through in games. So how does Batman: Arkham City top that formula? By giving us much, much more of it.
Traveller’s Tales continues to churn out LEGO platformers based on licensed franchises with varying results, and with Feral Interactive bringing many to the Mac. Frankly, despite a cute tone and easy-going gameplay model, the games have grown a bit stagnant in the originality department. But LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes manages to break the mold, creating an engaging world you’ll want to return to in search of those elusive plastic blocks.
Originally released on the PC in early 2009, the enhanced Gold Edition of Creative Assembly’s Empire: Total War finally storms the shores of Macs thanks to Feral Interactive, delivering 18th-century conquest strategy action to fans of the longtime series. Your goal: to lead one of 12 empires and control a specified number of territories on the historically accurate maps before each match ends.
The next major title in the beloved Total War franchise, Empire: Total War -- Gold Edition, ventures to the battlefields of the 18th century, with Feral Interactive bringing the massive follow-up to Mac gamers on September 13. What does it take to bring a massive game like Empire: Total War to Mac OS X, and what can Mac players expect from this enhanced Gold Edition? We recently spoke with Edwin Smith, Feral's executive producer, to get the lowdown on this highly anticipated real-time strategy game.
WWDC's annual Apple Design Awards were moved to a prime spot on Monday afternoon, just a few hours after the exciting keynote. Awards were given to 11 gorgeous applications, including student projects, and apps for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Find out who won after the jump!
This week is E3 down in Los Angeles, where game companies show off upcoming titles and strut their stuff. We'll be there covering iOS and Mac gaming for you this week, but until the articles are up and ready for you to read, why not join us for a fun little contest we're doing? Sound interested? Today we're giving away a copy of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
This week is E3 down in Los Angeles, where game companies show off upcoming titles and strut their stuff. We'll be there covering iOS and Mac gaming for you this week, but until the articles are up and ready for you to read, why not join us for a fun little contest we're doing? Sound interested? Today we're giving away a copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum.