Two important links of note for gamers came this week from Apple. The company has taken a look at Aspyr’s forthcoming release of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and made available a copy of NCSoft’s Lineage via iDisk.
A third way to get Lineage
Earlier this week NCSoft announced the
open beta release
of its massively multiplayer online role playing game Lineage. The game boasts four million subscriptions and more than 300,000 concurrent users. Originally developed in Korea, it’s taken some PacRim nations by storm, and was introduced to PC gamers in North America last year. Now it’s available for the Mac, and users who participate in the open beta get to play for free.
The new beta works on Mac OS X, and is available for download from NCSoft’s Web site. Users with limited bandwidth can also order a complementary CD from NCSoft, to be mailed to them. Now there’s a third option, as well — Apple is hosting the 385.8MB download themselves, via iDisk, Apple’s online storage solution for Mac users who sign up for its free iTools service.
To download the file, open your iDisk and go to the Mac OS X Applications folder. Inside that there’s another folder called Games, and you should find a file called “Lineage Mac Beta.dmg”. Simply drag that file to your desktop and it’ll be yours. Bear in mind the prodigious size, however, and also remember that this is for Mac OS X only.
If those instructions are too confusing, check Apple’s own
for more details.
Wolfenstein for Mac
If first person shooters are more your style, take a look at Apple resident game expert Brad Cook’s
on Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Powered by the same technology that drives Id Software’s legendary Quake III Arena, Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a new action game headed your way courtesy of Id Software, Gray Matter Interactive and the fine folks at Aspyr Media.
The game puts you in the role of a special Allied operative during World War II who must penetrate a top secret Nazi installation. You’re B.J. Blazkowicz, and it’s your job to defeat Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler’s twisted plot to combine harness the occult; his hope is to raise an unstoppable army of mutated horrors against which the Allies will have no defense.
There’s a ton of info in Apple’s preview of the game, which is expected to be released for the Macintosh very soon — including screenshots, detailed descriptions of gameplay, and quotes from folks at Aspyr Media and Id Software.