We took last week off for the holiday, but the App Store didn’t, unleashing a load of new games while everyone was scarfing down turkey. So we’ve got a couple weeks’ worth of intriguing picks in the latest column, including the first episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones series, the first free-to-play Peggle, and newly released ports of older Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest, and Oddworld favorites.
Most of the focus at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo was on the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, but E3's a big show, and games for other platforms — including iOS and (to a lesser extent) Mac — played a big role as well. In fact, more iOS games than usual joined the mix this year, with major publishers like Konami, Ubisoft, and Square Enix getting in on the action. It was a lot to take in, but here's the best of what we saw.
While Mac gamers frequently have to wait a substantial amount of time to see AAA games arrive on the platform, the delay is sometimes a gift. Such is the case with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition. We’re now free to enter this dark, adult-themed, medieval fantasy world at its prime, with user-interface upgrades and add-ons a seamless part of the journey. You’ll need some hefty hardware to get the full experience, but Witcher 2 is an amazingly well-crafted tale with uncompromising grit.
Man, oh man. What an awesome day for Mac gamers. If you've missed out on the excellent classic-game marketplace that is Good Old Games due to a lack of Mac compatibility, the team at CD Projekt RED and GOG.com just announced some amazing news. Starting today, a huge selection of exclusive games are ready for download on your Mac -- and they're all on sale.
Originally released in 2008 on the PC, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition offers a complex solo role-playing experience, made all the more engrossing by the rich, dangerous world it takes place in. It tells the story of Geralt of Rivia, a gifted warrior who belongs to an order of magic and alchemy-aided monster-hunting mercenaries known as Witchers. While on a mission, Geralt is seriously wounded. He wakes years later in the Witchers’ fortress, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Before his compatriots have time to give him the most basic of information, the fortress is attacked by a group of bandits who steal the secrets to the Witchers’ inhuman powers.