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Download: Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 Patch 1.1

We just named it as the worst PC game of the year and now the first patch for Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 has been released for PC owners of LucasArts' most recent action game. It doesn't look likely that the patch will change our minds as it looks like it only fixed a few minor bugs.

Among the bug fixes in this 1.1 patch (which updates both English and French language versions) are fixes for some texture issues in Radeon graphics cards, the cut scenes not working after 50 minutes of gameplay and some Stormtroopers becoming stuck in mid-air while using Force Push.

Download the Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 1.1 patch at Big Download (11 MB)

Civilization V for Mac to officially support SteamPlay; still coming Tuesday

Civilization V will officially be released for the Mac platform on Tuesday via publisher Aspyr but until today it was unknown if the Mac port of the turn-based strategy game would support Valve's SteamPlay feature. Today Aspyr confirmed that thanks to user feedback the Mac port will indeed support SteamPlay. That means people who purchased the PC version will be able download the Mac port for free and vice versa.

Aspyr explained its decision by saying, "From the comments that poured in, it seemed clear that many of you had purchased the PC version, even though it was the Mac version that you really wanted, and either expected that Civ V Mac would support SteamPlay or that Civ V Mac would not even be released for some time." The Mac version will be made available on Steam and other download sites as planned on Tuesday.

Other aspects of the Mac port are detailed in the blog post including world that SteamCloud game save support would be coming sometime after the game's release. Unfortunately there will be no Mac demo of the game nor any support for mod tools for the Mac version.

Civilization V for the Mac to be released November 23

The Civilization series has always been a big favorite for Mac gamers and today it was announced that the latest game in the series, Civilization V, will be making its Mac debut on November 23. Aspyr Media is handling the publishing and development of the Mac port of Firaxis Games' turn-based strategy title. The system requirements for the Mac port include installing the Steam client which would suggest the Mac port will be made available on Steam at some point.

You can go ahead and pre-order the Mac port on Aspyr's GameAgent.com web site for both the download and box copy versions. And if you pre-order the game you will be put into a special drawing to receive a boxed Mac version of the game's Special Edition that's signed by Mr. Civilization himself Sid Meier. Also, all of the previous Civilization games for the Mac are currently being sold on GameAgent.com for 50 percent off.

Star Wars The Force Unleashed II PC system requirements announced

Star Wars The Force Unleashed II is released next week and unlike the first game in LucasArts' action game series the sequel will be released for the PC the same day as the console versions. The game's official Facebook page has now revealed the PC system requirements for the sequel.

The game is being ported to the PC by Aspyr Media and continues the story of Starkiller who was once Darth Vader's apprentice who has now rebelled against his former master. As with the first game, The Force Unleashed II is a single player only title. You can check out the PC system specs after the jump:

[Via Shacknews]

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II confirmed for PC via Asypr

When the announcement was made late in 2009 that LucasArts would be releasing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, the publisher didn't reveal any platforms for the game so we were unsure that the third person action sequel would be getting a PC port, at least right away.

Thankfully an info page on the game from LucasArts that was sent out to some game web sites has indeed confirmed that a PC port in in the works. The PC version is being ported by Aspyr who did the same job on the first Star Wars: The Force Unleashed game. For the first game PC players had to wait over a year after the console games were shipped before our version was released. Hopefully that won't be the case for the sequel which is due out on October 26. In the meantime the official box art for the game has been released. You can see a cropped version above; the full effect is over at the official Star Wars web site.

Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition now available for the Mac

Last year, LucasArts made a lot of old time fans of the publisher's adventure games happy with the release of the graphically revamped The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition. Now, nearly a year after the game was first released for the PC, the remake is now available for Mac users.

The $9.99 download is on sale now via download from GameAgent, the downloadable game store from Aspyr Media. LucasArts has already announced plans for a special edition remake of Monkey Island 2. The remake will also be available for the Mac and the PC when its released this summer.

[Via Blue's News]

Mac version of Civilization IV: Colonization released


Announced late in December and noticed by almost no one, the Mac version of Firaxis Games' strategy title Civilization IV: Colonization is now available from publisher Aspyr. The Mac port is also available to purchase and download exclusively via Aspyr's GameAgent service.

As we reported last month, Aspyr has apparently suffered through some massive layoffs late in 2009. The company has yet to officially comment on the layoffs, despite several phone calls and emails to Aspyr. At the moment the only upcoming game project Aspyr has listed is the Mac port of the LucasArts action game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition.

Steam offers free Dreamkiller weekend


One of the cooler elements of Valve's Steam service is that it allows folks to download and play a full game for free for a limited period of time. Games that have used this offer include Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead and Unreal Tournament 3. Beginning today, Steam users will be able to play the recent first person shooter Dreamkiller for free for the rest of the weekend.

The game, released last October by developer Mindware Studios and publisher Aspyr, features a single player campaign where a woman enters the mind of patients and battles their manifestations with, well, firearms. There's also a number of multiplayer modes. Dreamkiller is also on sale from now until Monday for 25 percent off its normal Steam price.

Gallery: Dreamkiller

Large layoffs reported at Aspyr Media

Big Download has learned through several unnamed but reliable sources that Austin, Texas based game publisher Aspyr Media has laid off a large amount of its team members a couple of weeks ago. One of our sources estimated that over 50 percent of the workers were let go with only a handful of team members now remaining in the offices.

Aspyr Media began in 1996 as a major Mac game developer and publisher but has expanded over the years to include PC and console titles. This year it released several PC games including a number of titles from Russia-based 1C Company. Last month the publisher released Star Wars The Force Unleashed Ultimate Edition for the PC to retail stores and Dreamkiller as a Steam download exclusive. Most recently the company was responsible for the Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network port of the original Call of Duty game. Big Download has both emailed and called Aspyr Media to get any official comments on their current situation.

Review: Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition


Released in September of last year, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed let players run wild with force powers while embracing the dark side. However, the game was a console exclusive and skipped over the PC because developer LucasArts stated that it wanted a uniform playing experience across all platforms (apparently, the Nintendo Wii team never got that memo). With the release of the Ultimate Sith Edition, the game finally gets its long overdue release on the PC thanks to the porting work and publishing handled by Aspyr. The PC release includes everything one would expect, like high resolution graphics along with keyboard and mouse support. However, between the dull gameplay and performance issues, we have to wonder if PC gamers would have really missed out on anything if this one had stayed on console systems.

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