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Thursday, September 10, 2009

CrossOver Games 8.0.0 Supports New Games and Snow Leopard

CodeWeavers has announced CrossOver Games 8.0.0, the first version of the piece of software to fully support Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard (CrossOver Mac is already friends with Mac OS X 10.6). This piece of software enables Mac users to play the most popular Windows PC titles on their Macs, without using costly virtualization software.

“I am happy to announce that we have now released version 8.0.0 of CrossOver Games, for both the Mac and for Linux,” Jeremy of the CodeWeavers team says. “Version 8 now supports Left4Dead, Tales of Monkey Island (via Steam), and a range of other new games,” his email reads. “It also sports a lot of 'under the hood' improvements that should lead to better visuals, better frame rates and more enjoyable game play all around,” Jeremy adds.

“Version 8 also supports Snow Leopard, so everyone, even the most up to date folks, can exterminate the Zombie plague,” the message reads. A complete list of changes is also provided by the people at CodeWeavers, who claim to have fixed several problems with memory management. The company has set Shader Model 2.0 and 3.0 to be enabled by default and fixed various regressions in HL2; TF2; Spore; Guild Wars; Civilization IV; LOTRO (unsupported); EVE (unsupported); Pharaoh (unsupported); City of Heroes (unsupported); Lego Starwars (unsupported); Bejeweled.

We’ve saved the best for last – CrossOver Games also includes support for new games. Those are: Dragon Sky; Last Chaos; Jade Empire; Ether Saga; Perfect World; Left4Dead; Tales of Monkey Island (via Steam); Shaiya (“though only in non-English versions, for DRM reasons,” the team at CodeWeavers says).

Overall, CrossOver Games is probably the best solution for hardcore gamers due to the super-fast Wine platform and it's greater reliability/convenience for gaming over Parallels and Boot Camp.

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