If you made a Venn diagram (you know, with the overlapping circles) of
people who love point-and-click adventures, people intrigued by
Leonardo da Vinci, and people who don’t get carsick, everyone in the
overlapping area absolutely needs to play The Secrets of Da Vinci. But
anyone else might find this game’s flaws too much to take.
Fret not, Mac gamers. Though your PC brethern may be infiltrating your
Twitter feed with inane status updates boasting their Zerg domination,
you can lay low knowing deep in your heart that Blizzard is, allegedly,
developing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for both Mac and PC.
Warhammer Online doesn’t waste time with petty introductions. Just seconds after starting the game, you make the most important decisions of all: Selecting your character’s faction (two choices), race (three per faction), and career (another three options). The factions basically boil down to good and evil, but the other choices are more complex because they dictate how you’ll play the game. Certain characters are more difficult to play than others, but each offers unique gameplay elements. Once you choose your faction on a game server, you can create 10 characters, but they all must belong to the faction you chose. So yeah, choose wisely… because Warhammer Online isn’t messing around with warm-ups or second chances.
What combination of love-to-hate-’em videogame villains could outmatch
the absurdity of a Nazi zombie? That shtick was the backbone for the
incredibly popular (and aptly named) Nazi Zombie bonus mode in
Treyarch’s console and PC shooter, Call of Duty: World at War. After
making millions of dollars on downloadable maps, we can see how a
portable port seems only natural. The enjoyment of the original game,
however, is almost completely buried beneath a heap of flaws.
Remember when point-and-click adventure games were actually popular?
These days, they’re often associated with children’s educational
software and Web-based Flash games, which hardly push the boundaries of
gaming brilliance. But the beautifully animated Machinarium shakes up
the genre with an intensely engaging storyline and plenty of plot
twists to keep you engrossed all the way through.
If you don’t mind a game that uses chest size as an indicator of
success and happiness (we certainly don’t), The Movies packs a
ridiculous amount of depth and replayability that’ll reel in gamers,
creative types, and machinima fans. (Ma-shin-a-wha? It’s animation
created by a 3D graphics engine, usually one from a videogame.)
Set in an alternate universe circa 1960, BioShock puts you in the role
of Jack, a lone plane crash survivor stranded in the dystopian
underwater city of Rapture. Your mission is to fight psychotic mutants
and robot drones, all while figuring out what happened to bring the
city to its knees.
World Tour is Activision’s response, ported to the Mac by Aspyr, and in
most respects, it rocks. You can play lead guitar, plus lay down bass
grooves, pound on the drums, or steal all the glory as the lead singer.
Unfortunately, you’ve got to bring your own USB instruments--but we’ll
get to that a little later.