What games will run 'good - great' on New iBooks?

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  1. iBunny macrumors 65816

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    1.2Ghz 512K L2 G4 133FSB is not a bad processor, and I want to get 1.25GB of ram....... but the 9200 w/ 32MB of ram sorta sucks... what games will run good on this iBook?

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  2. haiggy macrumors 65816

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    WarCraft III: The Reign Of Chaos
    WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne (Expansion)
     
  3. monarch macrumors newbie

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    its an ibook....not a gaming machine

    woah....warcraft is so cutting edge


    dont expect anything spectacular from that moblie 9200.
     
  4. iJon macrumors 604

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    your not going to be to impressed with that ibook. but i will agree with the above member, warcraft will play nicely just because of blizzards excellent mac coding.

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  5. iindigo macrumors 6502a

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    I wish there were more "true" Mac game companies - most just do quick & dirty ports from their Windows versions, hence the terrible performance on Macs.

    Another game that would run well, since the company who made it is a Mac-only, is Nanosaur II.
     
  6. Rezet macrumors 6502a

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    Well... technically, even possible to launch UT2004. But would I recommend it? That's another story.
     
  7. iBunny thread starter macrumors 65816

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    well i was more hopin for like, Star Craft, War craft III, Sim city and stuff... i have a PC that i built for gaming.... this is just my first mac... so... you know
     
  8. thatwendigo macrumors 6502a

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    The games that you've mentioned should all run fine, really. You're going to need to download the 1.10 update of Starcraft to run it on OS X, but that's not a big deal.

    Anything else you'd like to know?
     
  9. Mord macrumors G4

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    i played it on my sisters 800MHz g4 ibook and it ran fine
     
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    Your computer will run Sim City 4 but it will run it slower than molasses on a cold day in antarctica. On the box it requires at least 32mb of VRAM but they should have put 64 because even with 128mb it slows down once the cities get to be a little larger.
     
  12. mrdeep macrumors member

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    I play starcraft on my powerbook every day, i'm sure an ibook could handle that.

    And Simcity 4 is slow for large cities even on x86 machines. ("back in the day", my xp1800+ felt the pain)
     
  13. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a

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    C'mone, people. Don't forget Civ III or Age of Empires II, Age of Mythology, Tropico, etc.
     
  14. iBunny thread starter macrumors 65816

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    :) SIMCITY 2000


    But thanks for the tip :p
     
  15. parrothead macrumors 6502a

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    Well Simcity 2000 will run like molasses on a hot day on the surface of the sun. :D If you like the old simcity I would suggest checking out SimCity 4, maybe just keep the graphics down or run it on your PC. It is absolutely incredible. I was a SC2000 addict but now, I practically dream SC4. ;)
     
  16. Rezet macrumors 6502a

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    Spare me the BS dude. I tried UT2k4 on 12"pbook and its nearly unplayable on large maps. And forget the ONS and Assault modes.

    Why don't ya take some screenshots with fps on your 800 ibook in assault mode. I can't wait to see them.
     
  17. Madmic23 macrumors 6502a

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    Unreal runs.....sorta

    I downloaded the Unreal 2004 demo for my iMac 800MhZ with 512MB of RAM. I also downloaded it on my ATI Radeon 9800 equipped PC, and well... who ever plays on my PC has a pretty big advantage.
    Unreal will launch on the Mac, and play, as long as everything is turned to low, the resolution is like 640x480 (800x600 is too slow) and all effects are turned off.
    Strategy games should run pretty good. I wonder how the new powerbooks would handle Unreal, with the 64 MB graphics cards and all.
     
  18. Rezet macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah that sounds more like I'd expect to hear...
    it's just cant run normally on 800 ibook in ONS or ASSAULT mode when it was unplayable on 1ghz pbook.
     
  19. Danrose1977 macrumors regular

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    Sorry Hector but the others are right... the demo runs.... but very badly.

    Games that I have installed on my iBook that run nicely are all a little older (aside from WC3:FT):

    Aliens Vs Predator
    Civ3
    AOE:Age Of Kings
    Fallout 2
    Baldurs gate 2
    Warcraft 2
    Warcraft 3 (Plus Frozen Throne expansion)
    Quake 3

    As you can see they are almost all 2D strategy or RPG's
    Aliens and Quake3 both run great, but... they aren't exactly new are they?

    Medal of Honour: Allied Assault and Star Trek Elite Force use the same engine as Q3... so they should run too...
     
  20. Dippo macrumors 65816

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    Really, what were you running it at 320x240?

    What kinda of framerates are you getting?

    EDIT: Here's a review showing UT2004 chocking down even the fastest graphic cards
    [​IMG]
     
  21. neonart macrumors 65816

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    Halo will run, but luosy.

    Ghost Recon will run nicely. So will Rainbow Six 3 If you turn down things just a tad.
     
  22. porovaara macrumors regular

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    Has the Demo for Unreal Tournament been patched yet or is still the version that cuts your frame rate in half on non dual proc machines?

    Dippo: the iBook is 1024x768 not 1600x1200 and sheesh those numbers in that graph include full screen antialiasing and filtering.
     
  23. Dippo macrumors 65816

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    I was just showing that if the next generation cards can't play the game all out, then their is certianly no hope for a 800Mhz iBook with an ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 to play it, even at 1024x768 without AA, AF!

    EDIT, here's some stuff
    [​IMG]
    http://www.barefeats.com/ut2004.html
     
  24. Mord macrumors G4

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    i dont have acsess to my sisters ibook at the moment but i will post a screenshot of the fps for my 450MHz g4cube when the demo finishes downloading
     
  25. Rezet macrumors 6502a

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    HAHA, This is what happens when mac fan boys overestimate Mac power.
    Hector, Do you see the comp I have? Well with 16ppls w.o AA everything on highest 1600x1200 (on dell 20") and 1280x1024 apple 17", in Assault modes fps barely breaks over 30-35 fps barrier. And many times it's in low 20s and even crosses into teens territory at times.
    And when I had nVidia 5200 card in Dual G5, ONS-Torlan wasnt decently playable on anything higher than 800x600 with details on medium.
    Ati 9600 in my first g5 was doing ok @1024x768/high (but i didnt test ONS/Assault back then).
    I do think u maybe able to play DM-GAEL with lowest settings and something like 640x480 res. But I don't believe game can run fine on 800ibook on any map that isnt a tiny square box.
     

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