Batman: Arkham City and The Witcher 2 Arrive in Mac App Store

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Two hit games arrived for Mac today in Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition and are now available in the Mac App Store.

    After being announced for Mac in October, Feral Interactive has brought Arkham City to Mac a year after its release on consoles and a year after the predecessor Arkham Asylum was released in the Mac App Store.

    The Game of the Year Edition includes all the DLC that hit the consoles for no extra cost, including the Harley Quinn's Revenge story mission, multiple skins and Challenge Map packs. Arkham City is going for $39.99 in the Mac App Store [App Store Link] and its minimum system requirements are a 2.0 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 256MB graphics card and 16GB of harddrive space.

    The other big release is The Witcher 2 which, unlike Arkham City, comes from original developer CD Projeckt RED and is on sale right now for $19.99 [App Store Link]. It arrives eight months after arriving on Xbox 360 and a year and a half after it was released on PC.

    The Witcher 2 has been heralded as one of the best RPGs in the past could years and contains all the enhancements and DLC that the Xbox 360 version contains. You can check if your Mac meets the requirements at The Witcher website. The minimum specs require OS X 10.7.5 or later, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB RAM, GeForce GT 650M 512 MB, Radeon HD 5770 1 GB and 25 GB free HDD space.

    Article Link: Batman: Arkham City and The Witcher 2 Arrive in Mac App Store
  2. macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2010
    Sure I'm gonna get a copy of this when I can get a console version for 15 bucks. AC is an awesome game though...
  3. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    Just a clarification: Witcher 2 has been out for the Mac for months now. Today is just its MAS debut.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    Call me pedantic, but spec requirement is technically possible yet not plausible. Surely not for Mac.

    Which Mac that have Core 2 Duo AND Geforce 650M or even Radeon 5770?
    Any Mac with C2D wouldn't have enough GPU power to run those games, and any Mac with 650M or stronger already on Core i5 or i7. Confusing, no?
    While on PC it's still possible to pair C2D with geforce 680.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2010
    A bit late, while both are good games, they're both bargain bin games.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
  7. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Really? I wasn't aware quality games dropped in price so rapidly... I was shocked at the $40 price tag (seemed low to me.)

    I guess, with this new found knowledge, I may never buy a game at launch again... Why pay $60 (which is too expensive, whatever happened to $50 at launch?) when you can wait a year and pay $30?
  8. Cougarcat, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

    macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    As far as Mac ports go, it's actually a very good deal. $40, not $50, and it's the GOTY version so you get everything. The PC GOTY version is $30 on Steam, so it's not that much more (granted, that same version will be discounted to $14 or less during the Winter sale...)

    Unfortunately it's pretty much par for the course that Mac ports arrive when the PC version is in the bargain bin.
  9. crazy dave, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2010
    It's not so much meant to be reflective of a particular machine, just that the CPU requirements are not as intense as the graphics requirements. It might be barely possible for an old MacPro that's been updated to have such a spec (i.e. old processor but new or better graphics chip - obviously it would have desktop graphics card). I'm not actually sure that's a possible machine, but as I said, I think it is more reflective that the CPU usage is not as intense as the graphics chip.

    As an FYI I ran The Witcher 2 on my Windows partition on my 17-inch MacBook Pro with an i7 processor and Geforce GT 330M. It ran - it wasn't pretty, but it was playable. However, I get the impression that the OS X engine isn't quite as optimized (originally a DirectX game) and the drivers are likewise not quite optimized, so I'm not convinced it would work on my Mac side (I haven't tried even though I can download either version from GOG). I also only have Snow Leopard still.


    Also note, GOG's is both Mac and Windows version, DRM-free :)

    The 75% sale expires in less than 10 hours.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
    Batman AC will be native as it was ported by Feral... Don't know about the other though (?)

    Can't wait to play AC, have been waiting for the Mac version, thanks Feral! Though I'm almost 100% done on AA so will have to try and finish that first otherwise ill never go back :\
  12. macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2012
    Now they need to get Skyrim and Total War series to mac and it's bye bye windows for me :D. If only apple would update their opengl drivers
  13. macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    Even an old Mac Pro is faster than many Core i machines.
  14. g-7
    macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2006
    Witcher 2 seems to be native, there are no Cider or Wine files inside the bundle.
  15. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Never been big on anything batman but the witcher games look awesome!
  16. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    YESSSS. More support for Mac gaming. :cool:

    Will purchase Witcher 2 this weekend. Now can we also get the first Witcher on the MAS too? :D

    Still have to play through Arkham Asylum first so I can hold out for a price drop on Arkham city later, but I'm definitely happy to see both Arkham games on the Mac now.
  17. macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    If you're talkin about 6 core MP and beyond then yes.
    But a quad MP? It's not reallty that fast, both CPU and GPU has been crapped out by top end 27" iMac for some time now.

    Classic reason .. Top end iMac costs $2300 or so for upgraded CPU and GPU, 27" display included.

    while a new quad MP costs what? $2500 for a West"mere" Xeon and puny Radeon 5770? And it doesn't even have any display included. I find it really hard to justify the purchase, even if I am a blinded Apple fan.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2009
    Wonder how regional restrictions figure into this. The Witcher 2 in Australia could not achieve an MA15+ rating without being modified (as trivial as the modification was). If someone in Australia buys W2 from MAS, will they get the same version as everyone else?
  19. macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    The Witcher 2 runs about the same in Mac OS 10.8 and Windows 7 on my Mac Pro. Seems like a decent port. Getting the game in the MAS is a bad deal though, on you get both the Mac and Windows version completely drm free plus a bunch of other goodies (soundtrack, wallpapers, making-of videos, etc.).
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2011
    I only Paid $20 for B AC on the PS3.
  21. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Game companies need to stop selling the rights to the Mac versions to porting companies like feral. Instead they should pay them a large sum to port it and then release it themselves. This would allow the game to show up in steam and the people who already bought the game for pc in steam would already have a Mac copy. But because feral would lose tons of money that way since they don't get any money from pc versions, the Mac version cannot go on steam. It's a shame.
  22. macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    Not really. Mac steam sucks.

    I'm hesitant to get the AC, since AA choked on my mini at native res.
  23. macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2012
    North Carolina
    I have a hard time swallowing these types of gripes. Let's all please realize that game developers/publishers are in business to MAKE money....and not give their product away. I agree that it's unfortunate that PC versions come out 99.9% of the time prior to Mac versions being ported or released. But think where we would be if Feral closed up shop?!
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2010
    Exactly ... I never pay full retail price when it will drop in price in ~3 months. I have too many games to play!

    Yeah, both games are ~20.00 in Canada already. Hard to justify full retail price when it's already been discounted for console.


    Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are amazing games. A bit of RPG, stealth, action, and heavy story mixed in. You won't be disappointed! But to play AA/AC you absolutely need a game pad (or console).
  25. macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2010
    If those AC requirements are accurate, they're lower than the PC ones. How is that possible?

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