Aspyr ships Spider-Man, readies other games

Spider-Man
Mac game publisher Aspyr Media has noted that its conversion of the 3D action game Spider-Man is now shipping.

"The first preorders, including preorders taken at [Macworld Expo San Francisco], went out the door today," said Aspyr spokesperson Amy Torres.

Spider-Man is based on the Marvel Comics action hero. Peter Parker, bitten by a radioactive spider, gains super powers including a "spider-sense" which can tell him when danger is coming, super strength and the ability to climb walls and ceilings like a spider. Combined with some crafty inventions like web-spinning wrist packs, Spider-Man is able to spin a web (any size) and catch thieves (just like flies). Look out, here comes the Spider-Man ...

Developed originally by Neversoft, the game features the same 3D engine technology that powered last year's monster hit, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. In this game, you have to help Spidey clear his name after he's been framed for a crime he didn't commit by none other than his long-time foe, Doctor Octopus. Doc Ock isn't the only supervillain Spidey will have to confront -- he'll also have to battle legions of thugs, other supervillains, and run from the cops.

Aspyr Media also noted that its Macintosh conversion of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is now in final candidate testing. The game was demonstrated by Aspyr's own Michael Rogers and Brandon Owens on the keynote stage of Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002 earlier this month. This game uses the 3D engine technology seen in Unreal Tournament and offers players a chance to help Harry and his friends overcome similar challenges as found in the hugely popular book and motion picture.

Also in final candidate testing is Return to Castle Wolfenstein, the 3D action game developed by Id Software and Grey Matter Interactive. Based on Quake 3 Arena engine technology, the World War II-era title puts you in the role of a special Allied forces agent who must defeat Heinrich Himmler's plans to mix the occult and genetics together to raise an unstoppable army of monstrous creatures.

If off-road racing is your game, Aspyr also said that 4x4 Evolution II -- the latest title from Fly! maker Terminal Reality Inc. -- is now Gold Master, the final step before a software title is put into distribution. The company said that 4x4 Evo 2 will go into duplication next week.

And if you're a strategy game fan and you've migrated to Mac OS X, you might be pleased to know that an OS X version of Aspyr's Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (SMAC) is just around the corner. The company plans to make a beta version of SMAC available on Friday. Originally developed by Firaxis Games, SMAC is an earlier release of Aspyr's that caters to folks who like empire-building strategy games.

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