Six years after its release on the Mac OS X and Windows platforms, World of Warcraft, the most popular massively multiplayer online role playing game of all time, needed a shot in the arm to make a familiar thing seem new again.
With the release of the Cataclysm expansion pack, this has been delivered. The expansion, which centers around the return of the dragon Deathwing, opens with a beautiful, cinematic scene of Deathwing tearing loose from an underground prison to soar across the world of Azeroth, creating a sweeping cataclysm that both destroys and reshapes familiar territories across the game world. As a result of this, longstanding politics, allegiances and storylines have undergone radical changes within the game as well.
Two days ago, the cool cats at PopCap Games released the long-awaited Bejeweled 3. The newly released title features beautiful, high-definition graphics, amazing sound and music, four additional game modes from its predecessor, and an unlock and achievement structure centering around 65 achievement badges to be earned through gameplay.
In short, your brain, Mac and free time once again belong to a Bejeweled game.
In spite of its sequel status, the core gameplay in Bejeweled 3 remains much the same as the original: shift the jewels around the board to form identically colored chains of three or more in order the clear the jewels, score points and move on to the next level. As classic as this may be, the designers over at PopCap went several steps further, dreaming up a slew of new games modes that both retain the core gameplay of the series (as well as its incredible simplicity) while adding in new ways to play and achievements to unlock.
Without further ado, here's what several hours of wonderfully wasted game time were able to divulge as to how best to play the new modes.
Ladies, gents, countrymen, womanfolk, everyone please lend me your ears. Valve has announced that:
Valve today announced that Portal 2 -- the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date -- will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve's proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.
What do you get when you cross the eccentricity of Pink Panther’s Jacques Clouseau with the inquisitiveness of Twin Peaks’ Dale Cooper? You get Nelson Tethers, the charismatic protagonist of Telltale’s new point-and-click adventure, Puzzle Agent. Tethers is the only employee of the FBI’s neglected Puzzle Research Division, and his first real field assignment is to head to Scoggins, Minnesota, and solve the mystery of an eraser factory’s sudden stop in production. This small town is peculiarly obsessed with puzzles, so it’s up to Tethers to wade through the lot of them and finally figure out what’s happened to the town’s only industry.
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.
You may know John Carmack as the game-maker, the dreamer of dreams of sorts. Carmack is the creative brains behind such computer gaming classics like Quake, and now the mobile development team at id have big plans for iOS. Carmack demoed RAGE on the iPhone at this year's QuakeCon, and now he's speaking out about his plans for the game on all iOS devices.
It's Halloween, the most wonderful time of the year! Lots of candy, silly costumes, goblins and ghouls and a Left 4 Dead for Mac sale! Yes, the first Left 4 Dead has been finally released for Mac gamers everywhere. The co-op thriller is part of a special Halloween sale on Steam, which also includes 75% off of selective titles. Check it out!
Between celebrating Bejeweled's ten year anniversary, the release of Peggle Nights, and all that Michael Jackson hoopla, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about PopCap. Well, now the usually quite game giant is pulling out all the stops. PopCap’s fastest selling iOS game, Plants vs. Zombies, has gone on sale for the first time since it was released in February. The reason? It's Halloween!
Telltale Games has announced that it will release Back to the Future: The Game for the PC and Mac soon after the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy on October 26. Great scott, that's tomorrow!