Last week Mac game publisher Aspyr Media announced that its conversion of Ghost Recon: Game of the Year Edition was done and shipping. There’s some great news for those gamers who want to try Ghost Recon before they buy it: Aspyr project manager Chris Silman today told MacCentral that his company anticipates releasing a demo version of the game at 6:00 pm Eastern Time.
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Ghost Recon Game of the Year Edition is the latest in the series of games that started with Rainbow Six and continued with Rogue Spear. It’s a squad-based tactical action game that puts you in charge of the Ghosts, an elite team of Green Berets sent to military hot zones to surgically defuse situations until they explode into global conflicts.
Featuring realistic military hardware and missions, Ghost Recon sports missions that seem to be pulled straight from the newspapers, or at the very least from Tom Clancy thrillers. And that’s no wonder: The game’s original developer is none other than Red Storm Entertainment, the game maker owned by Clancy himself.
Aspyr’s release combines the original Ghost Recon with an expansion pack called Desert Siege. In Ghost Recon, you visit Russia to help take down a hardline communist regime with hopes of restoring the country back to its Communist past, while Desert Siege brings the Ghost team to the East African country of Eritreya to help repel an incursion of Ethiopian invaders who threaten to destabilize lucrative Red Sea shipping lanes.
System requirements for the game (and, presumably the demo version as well) call for a G3/450MHz or faster, 128MB RAM (256MB for Mac OS X), and an ATI RAGE 128 graphics card with 16MB VRAM or better.
The Ghost Recon demo measures about 70MB and allows players to try out Quick Missions on one map — the Castle. You can try your hand at three types of single player games — Mission, FireFight and Recon — and select your team from a variety of specialists. The demo also allows you to play multiplayer games against other Mac demo users via TCP/IP over a LAN or the Internet. Get ready to visit Macgamefiles.com this afternoon at 6PM ET/3PM PT to grab the file.