A Good, Solid FPS

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by JonLF, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. JonLF macrumors newbie

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    With the semi-imminent advent of the updated iMacs nearly at hand.....


    Anyhow, I am getting my new machine sometime soon (I hope) and I was curious about some solid FPS's. I have been out of the market for a while and haven't messed around with much since Q3A and MOHAA.

    I don't need anything flashy or stunning, but I do want something:

    a)cheap
    b)that runs well
    c)that is well done and doesn't sacrifice game-play for ridiculous complexity or graphics

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The Halo Demo.

    Free.
    Runs well.
    Done well and online play is still fun.
     
  3. AxisOfBeagles macrumors 6502

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    "cheap" is in the eye of the beholder. Call Of Duty 2 and Doom 3 are awesome FPS's.
     
  4. redsteven macrumors 6502a

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    What are u looking for? Something with a solid single player campaign, or is multiplayer more important to you?

    Also, would you want a class-based multiplayer game?

    Quake 4 is a few years old but I think it's a nice game, and the mac version runs pretty well.
     
  5. HiRez macrumors 603

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    It's a few years old, but I had a great time playing Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Should run extremely well on any modern Mac. Don't know how much they charge for it nowadays, but I'm sure it's in a bargain bin somewhere. No One Lives Forever 1 & 2 were pretty cool too and a lot of people like Far Cry, though I never played it.
     
  6. tominated macrumors 68000

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    Half life 2 (and the episodes) has got to be the best shooter I have ever played. Great mix between story line and overall fun-ness. HIGHLY recommend it
     
  7. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Orange Box. It's £24 on Steam and you get;

    Half Life 2 - Benchmark of modern FPS and story telling
    Half Life 2 Episode 1 - More of the same but with scary dark moments
    Half Life 2 Episode 2 - And some more but with big cinematic fights
    Portal - 4 hour long FPS puzzle thingy, celebrated moment in gaming
    Team Fortress 2 - Addictive team based multiplayer


    Doom 3, Prey, Stalker are all quite good too. Original Farcry is also worth a mention - and it's free!

    Might want to check out the id pack on Steam. I think it's about $60 or something but you get about 20-30 games from id games. Which are all very good.
     
  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    Unreal Torunament (any version except 2003, but original doesnt have a good Mac OS X version)

    People are saying Call of Duty 4 to be really good.

    All I can think of atm...
     
  9. tominated macrumors 68000

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    Call of duty 4 is good. I prefer more sci-fi shooters though, so i don't play it too much. Half life is a real time killer...
     
  10. Carlog200 macrumors newbie

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    Definitly look at the Orange Box. 5 amazing games for 50$. I keep coming back to it.

    Bioshock(great fps game for thinkers) and Unreal Tournament 3 are only 30$ now.

    You could pick up fear or stalker if you are into horror.

    Crysis for 40$ if you want a solid fps game that looks amazing.
     
  11. molintorch macrumors member

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    call of duty 4 is awesome (cod4 for short) and its really close to launch. The single player story is about 9 hours of playtime and the multiple player aspects are amazingly addictive as well. I've played it on 360 and on pc, and plan to get it for mac as well. It was definately my favorite Fps last year with orange box a close second (hugs to the companion cube!!!). Orange box is great simply cause you get five good games for the price of one. Some people play orange box with crossover, but I couldn't get it to work so I play it in bootcamp.

    Have fun and frag hard!!
     
  12. Totty macrumors member

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    I have to agree with Unreal Tournament. The 2004 version runs awesome on my x1600 MBP. Also, a Mac version isn't out yet, but UT3 for PC is really good too if you don't mind running in Boot Camp.

    Also, Sauerbraten is a free fps which looks good and is multi-platform. Might look into it too.
     
  13. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Will any of these run decently on a MB C2D (original, not X3100)? This thread got me to hankering for some good old fashioned FPS play. An older single player game would be fine (I don't care for multiplayer).
     
  14. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for CoD4. Playing on bootcamp on MacBook Pro and its first class. Out soon for Mac too! :)
     
  15. eXan macrumors 601

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    UT2004 deathmatch runs solid on my Core 2 Duo GMA950 MacBook at medium settings (30-50FPS, depends on map). Onslaught and Assault make it drop into single digit FPS quite often though.
     
  16. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    I loved this game on PC and picked it up cheap of eBay. Half the time it refuses to run on my MacBook though which is really irritating because it's such a fun game
     
  17. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Thanks, but I would really prefer a single-player game. I have tried the UT games and don't care for them.
     
  18. DaveTaylor macrumors 6502

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    Quake :) Has to be said, haven't played it in ages :( last time I played it was in the airport some lady told her kid to stop watching me play it as it was "offensive"
     
  19. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a

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    No-one else has mentioned it but I love Mafia (not really FPS but great fun). Of course, it isn't available for the Mac but if you are after cheap FPSs you most likely need to bootcamp Windows anyway. That also gives you access to the GTAIII/VC/SA set which again aren't FPSs as such but great fun.

    For true FPSs, I really enjoyed Call of Duty 1 and 2. Doom 3 was pretty good but not as good as Far Cry which is simply gorgeous and has a very varied and fun story and is far far better than the Xbox version.

    Others have mentioned Return to Castle Wolfenstein and I have to agree. Fabulous game that I keep going back to and for those MacBook owners out there, it should run well since it is based on the old Quake 3 engine as is Medal of Honor Allied Assault (far better than any of the later versions). Quake 4 was good although I only have that on the 360 but it was pretty good fun.

    Halo? meh. Got all three. Played through once each, probably won't touch them again. The first one was best of the bunch and is available for Mac. Don't really like on-line stuff myself either so the fact the fanboys go on and on about how fabulous the on-line play is doesn't really swing it for me. Main story is far too repetitive. This room? Again? For the 10th time? Sheesh!

    Half-life 2 is fantastic. Definitely grab a copy of that. I've played it through a couple of times which is always a great sign.

    Sadly, these days I see so little for the PC to like, Crysis is simply impossible to run well and not much else has taken my fancy since PC gaming has moved more and more to MMORPG rather than good FPSs. Still a great time to go through the old back catalogue if you can still find the games. Got me thinking I should pull Far Cry out again.....
     
  20. hankolerd macrumors 6502

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    im thinking cod2 is probably your best unless you can run cod4, then it, because cod4 is amazing.:apple:
     
  21. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I never saw what was so great about Halo. It's just not my cup of tea I guess.
     
  22. eXan macrumors 601

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    Yea... IMO Halo sucks, in both SP and MP. Yes, I played it all the way from start to finish.
     
  23. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I kinda liked Halo. Played it on my Xbox and IMO one of the best console FPS games going. Didn't like the sequels though. I played through Halo 2 but couldn't even be bothered to finish the first level on Halo 3. Have played multiplayer and saddened to see Sidewinder still hasn't returned (my all time fave Halo 1 map).

    Not sure why I like it. It just felt so atmospheric, the location was pure genius and that you can only hold 2 weapons at once brought a lot of strategy to the table. Worked great in co-op too, my friend would be a sniper and I'd be up front in the battles. If I died then I would respawn near him since he was away from the action :D
     
  24. eXan macrumors 601

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    The most atmospheric games I've played were Knights of the Old Republic 2, Oni, certain maps in UT2004, most maps in UT3.

    I don't really know why I dislike Halo... I didn't like weapons, enemies, graphics never felt "right", too many repetitive (and boring) levels, etc. I also find the multiplayer of Unreal Tournament (any) to be waaaay better than Halo's. The game wasn't fun at all to me, except for the final level where you need to drive a truck to you ship for escape - that was actually a nice level :) the music during it was very fitting.

    I played only Halo 1 though, probably sequels are better.
     
  25. Carlog200 macrumors newbie

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    I never liked farcry. I don't understand what everyone liked about it so much.
    Also, I played the cod4 demo and got very little enjoyment out of it. Is the real game signifcantly better?
     

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