View Full Version : Mac or PC version?

Apr 28, 2007, 05:42 PM
hey, I am still somewhat new to the Mac (I got my iMac in January) and have not played games on it yet...I'm a fan of strategy games, and was wondering if I should buy the Mac or PC versions of games (specifically Civilization IV or Age of Empires)? I have Windows XP running under Boot Camp, and would prefer to use Mac OS X as much as possible, but not if the games will run much better under Windows...I have a 20" iMac 2.33 Core 2 Duo with 2 GB of ram. If anyone has played either of these games or can recommend them, that would be great too...thanks!

Apr 28, 2007, 06:01 PM
Theoretically, performance should be identical.

However, test them for yourself. Both AoE and Civ4 have demos on the Mac (and probably on the PC; I'll give you links for the Mac demos).

Take a look:



Apr 28, 2007, 06:04 PM
Does the Civ4 Mac demo have the fix for video performance that's now in the retail version? If not, the demo could be a lot slower than the game would be.

Apr 28, 2007, 06:12 PM
Mac OS X: Convenience. No rebooting.

Windows: Performance, features, flexibility.

You decide what suits you better.

Apr 29, 2007, 01:29 AM
I have the mac version of Civilization IV and it has so many unresolved bugs (sound + graphics problems) and performance issues that I would highly recommend getting the PC version instead. Just check the user reviews on macgamefiles and you'll see what i mean. The game has been out since August and the current "fixes" break more things in the game...So yeah, get the PC version.