Five Of The Best - Games For Mac

Written by Katie Allen on Sun, Apr 6, 2014 1:00 PM
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Design versus compatibility. Slick interface versus range of software. Window versus fruit. Chances are, whether you’re a Mac or PC user, you’ve at some point had an argument with the opposite side about why your platform is infinitely superior.

You’ve probably heard about how virus-free Macs are and how true-to-life Apple machines screen colours are. If you’re the other side, you’ve probably heard counter arguments that Mac’s have much less software, and importantly, far fewer games…

But whilst our Mac-toting brethren might have a lot less choice when it comes to games than us PC gamers, there are options out there for the discerning gamer who likes to bat for Team Apple. Love for these games shows no platform prejudice; they are open to all.

Here are our five picks for some of the best games out there also available on Mac. We've tried to cover all bases here, picking disparate games of varying genres, lengths and styles to find something to suit every gamer.

Starcraft II

Blizzard is one of the few publishers and developers that has made all of its games Mac-compatible since the age of yore. The Diablo series, World of Warcraft, the oldschool Warcraft RTS games and newcomer Hearthstone can also be played on Apple’s platform, but for good, old fashioned, desktop-oriented click-intensive RTS action it has to be Starcraft II.

Starcraft II isn’t the only major eSport that is Mac compatible. Games that command the vast audiences and player bases of League of Legends and DotA 2 are helped by the fact they are as compatible as possible, and both of these huge titles can be accessed by the Mac afficionado.

Fez

 If your friendly neighbourhood Mac user wants to be introduced to something along the indie lines, 2012’s charming Fez might be a great choice. Designer Phil Fish helped make this 3D-puzzle-in-a-2D-world title as ubiquitous as possible, so as well as being available on both Windows PC and console, Linux and OSX devotees can both run the title on their rigs, too. As one of the most critically acclaimed indie titles of the last few years, it shows there are some excellent indie titles as well as big-name games available on Mac.

The Witcher 2

2011’s machine-killer from CD Projekt RED wasn’t just a hardware busting title for PC. Those who have an Apple machine at their disposal were also able to have their rigs tested by this glorious RPG. At three years old, The Witcher 2 is now a little easier to run on modern rigs, but the fact that both this title and The Witcher 1 got Mac ports suggests highly anticipated 2015 title The Witcher III: Wild Hunt will probably come to Mac, too. Now everyone can become Geralt of Rivia and take on one of the best RPGs of the decade so far.

Portal 2

Like Blizzard, Valve has worked to make sure that all its titles are as ubiquitous as possible, and as a result, Portal 2 is just one of the brilliant Valve games accessible for Mac users. Those who want to travel a little further back in time can also get the Half-Life games, the first Portal and the Left 4 Dead games for their Macs, but for something a little more recent, Portal 2 is a brief but excellent puzzler that along with its predecessor has become somewhat iconic in gaming. It’s one of the few titles that most of my non-gamer friends have tried out, and its great sense of humour and absorbing gameplay gives it extremely wide appeal.

Bioshock Infinite

We couldn’t really justify a list of great games for Mac without plumping for something released in the last 12 months. 2013 had some real gems, and Bioshock Infinite still stood out from the rest. It pretty much ticked all the boxes you need from a great game: visually impeccable, stellar storytelling, and great gameplay and setting.

Bioshock Infinite’s now virtually defunct developer Irrational Games didn’t release all of its titles on for Apple machines, but there are some other, older gems you can get for the Mac OS, including the original Bioshock and System Shock 2.

There’s a good number of other indie classics you can play on Mac. Braid, World Of Goo and Mark of the Ninja are all accessible to anyone who chooses a computer with a glowing piece of fruit emblazoned on it. The Civilization games are also compatible with Mac, as is the Grand Theft Auto series up until number 4 (if GTA V EVER gets around to releasing on PC, maybe Mac users can play that, too. Not that we’re bitter about the issue or anything…).

What’s your favourite title that’s available on Mac? Do you think there should be more compatibility, or are you happy with Windows still holding a monopoly on PC gaming?

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14:37 Apr-07-2014

Well, you seem to forget the Football Managers franchise from Sega. It certainly attracted people to form a cult out of their aficionados within. ;)
Nice post though, Portal 2 is a brilliant brain squeeze Half-life spin-off.

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11:49 Apr-07-2014

What about Total war series?They are better than any game out there on the list IMO.

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07:59 Apr-07-2014

I played The Witcher 2 on couple Linux distros, works flawlessly except DotNet lanucher menu :)

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02:21 Apr-07-2014

Never liked Apple, their branding, their products, their policies, none of it. Anyone who needs a little help reaching this conclusion, check this out and prepare to be dazzled...


Also, pound for pound (and dollar for dollar) my PC drastically outperforms anything comparable offered by Apple, and I can swap/upgrade any time I want...and I'm not limited in programs/OS choice.

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07:29 Apr-07-2014

Apple fanatics don't care if it's powerful. They care that it's apple and how expensive it is.
It's like car collectors: Buy many things you really don't need just to look wealthy.

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07:00 Jul-03-2014

That Cracked article is rubbish, reasons 4/3 are the same reworded, and reasons 5/1 are done by basically every IT company. What that Flash update? Have McAfee! Want that DirectX Update? Have IE 9! Feel free to rag about price though...

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19:46 Apr-06-2014

What? No Tomb Raider?

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20:34 Apr-06-2014

Well it wasn't even the best of Tomb Raider.

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13:12 Apr-06-2014

'At three years old, The Witcher 3 is now a little easier to run on modern rigs,



I think you mean TW2 :D

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08:47 Apr-07-2014

Thanks. Updated that typo

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