OS X Best option for running PC game on Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by bobright, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

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    I saw a thread or two but they were pretty outdated I'm curious what are my options out there without installing Windows on my Mac? If there is some workaround is it reliable or hit and miss?

    I sold my PS3 and want to buy 2k14 on PC to play, don't want to buy it for nothing though if I can't get it going.
     
  2. Pyromonkey83 macrumors 6502

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    If you do NOT want to install Windows by any means (meaning no parallels/fusion, and no boot camp) then your only two options are Wine, and Crossover. Technically, crossover uses Wine, but it is a self contained package program that installs everything for you and makes the application good to go from the start.

    I will say, however, that I have had literally ZERO success using Crossover. Most of the programs that it "supports" are through Steam, which doesnt help you if you have the disks of the game.

    The only way I have ever had a reliable way of playing whatever game I wanted was through either Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop (with an installed copy of Win7). Parallels have worked hard to bring graphics enhancements to virtual desktops, and is my personal favorite program to use.

    If you dont mind sitting down for 20 hours troubleshooting why the hell your program doesnt work, then Wine will (eventually) work for you! Otherwise, just install Windows. It is truly the easiest and best way to go.
     
  3. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

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    Ugh alright I'll look into what you suggested. Not easy but maybe worth it depending on how much of an urge I get to play some hoops.

    Thanks
     
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Wine and Crossover are your only opinions if you absolutely do not want to run Windows. However, getting apps to run in them can be a little like pulling teeth.
     
  5. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    As well as Crossover there are other applications which make using Wine easier such as Barrel, Wine Wrappers or Wineskin.

    I don't know whether any of them will run the game you mentioned though, I've not heard of 2k14. Mostly Wine based solutions is better for playing older games.
     
  6. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    Install Windows via Bootcamp or wait for the OSX Version.

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    Install Windows via Bootcamp or wait for the OSX Version.

    Without an emulator like WINE.

    Windows games don't just " work " on OSX systems.
     

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