Best playable games for 2012 Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by danistyping, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. danistyping macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Boston, MA
    So I have the 13" 2ghz i7, 8gb RAM, 256SSD MBA. I'm wondering what popular games run well? I know some games tax the graphics card too much and get choppy. I have a Steam account so I'm hoping there's a few on there.
  2. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Team Fortress runs buttery smooth, as does Counter Strike GO.

    Diablo 3 ran well too.

    Fans kick in to keep things cool, but performance was sound.

    Mine is a standard 13" 2012 MBA
  3. fretdevil macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    San Diego

    Give Bastion a try.

    Using a trackpad is a little frustrating, use a mouse.

  4. l0gikb0mb macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    None that are 3D from my experience.

    All games made the fans go extremely loud and the MBA hot to the touch. All with poor FPS. It's not a gaming machine, 2D side scrollers and others (like Bastion) are fine.
  5. Wokis macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I disagree. Fans are there for a reason and the machine has no problem being hot. If ut gets too hot it will take action by itself.

    Been playing vindictus (windows, bootcamp) on medium and WoW (osx) on custom medium/high. No problems there. I did also try some batman arkham asylym (the osx port) on medium settings and it played just fine.
  6. Robyr macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    You just can't resist giving wrong/misguided/baseless "information", can you?
  7. Raggsokk macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Portal 2 works well, and would be the best in my opinion. Also Half life 2 (and episodes).

    Bastion would be better for a decent experience on a 13" jet plane airbook though.
  8. MacLappy macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2011
    I did complete diabolo 3 inferno mode on the MacBook Air 2012 11", had it connected to a 30" external display. The game was very playable at lower settings. Was for the most parts quite enjoyable. #
  9. l0gikb0mb macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    Actually my information is more accurate than lies spread on the forum. Maybe all you've had in your life are MacBooks, but they do not run the games well at all. I have a gaming desktop and even simpler 3D games run awful on the Air.

    Of course, my definition of 'running well' includes >=30 FPS.

    If your definition is 15 FPS, then sure.
  10. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012


    Like I said, TF2 runs great.
  11. Robyr macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Hey, pal, heres a tip: you're idea of what a powerful computer is or isn't is an opinion, and you've shown over and over you don't have any time for accurate depictions.

    You can't just call me a fanboy (btw: the Air is my second Mac, and I have over 10 years in systems engineering and have owned machines that could light you on fire from 100ft away) and act like that dismisses anything.
  12. Violet1337 macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2013
    I noticed that you're MBA has 8GB of RAM, just wondering whether that's too much for your usage or is it good enough? I'm just not sure whether to get the 4GB or 8GB.
  13. Boomhowler macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    Counter Strike : Global offensive works decently if you run it without the phat:est presets on textures etc.

    League of Legends (using iLol from is also fun.
  14. danistyping thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The 8GB comes in handy when I'm running a lot of apps or apps that use a lot of memory. If all you do is surf the net and play music, 4GB will get you by for many years. 8GB will future proof you if you do any more than basic use.

    From what I understand, 4GB vs 8GB does not affect games/graphics. A recent firmware update made it so that both models use 512mb RAM for the video card.
  15. Violet1337 macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2013
    Ahh, I see. Thank you very much! ^^
  16. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    I tried out a lot of games on my recently gifted 2010 11" MBA and was always surprised at how well the little computer gamed. I'd imagine the 2012 will do just as good if not better as the HD4000 should be better than the 320M. Some games I spent some time on over two+ years were:

    1. Mass Effect 2 (Bootcamp, played through this completely on the MBA)
    2. Portal
    3. Portal 2
    4. The Walking Dead
    5. Bastion
    6. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Bootcamp)
    7. Dead Island (Bootcamp)
    8. Braid
    9. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Bootcamp)
    10. Starcraft II

    Most of the above are on Steam and I would imagine they would run great on your machine. My MBA had 4GB of RAM and all of the above played fine, which for me was 25+ FPS in the most taxing games (ME2, Dead Island, and SCII). The MBA is a great little computer and if you have reasonable expectations it can smoothly play a lot of great games.

    Edit: Let me add Legend of Grimrock. I haven't played this much (hoping to in the future) but tried it out when I still had my MBA and it played great. If you are into old school dungeon crawlers definitely give it a try! It's on GOG or Steam.

    Have fun!
  17. l0gikb0mb macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    Oh nice, not only is it not running in native resolution (2 notches down actually), but it's a source game.

    Source games are well optimized. Playing Portal 2 is all I hear for the "Macs can play games too!!!" argument.

    Still, expect tons of heat.
  18. GoPro macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2012
    I have the same exact model (2012, 2.0ghz, 8gb ram, 256gb ssd) and I can say without hesitation that TF2 and CS Go run like beasts (over 60fps) on highest settings (not AA set low, like x2 or something)
  19. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    I play Torchlight 2 in parallels and it runs smooth as butter. im really enjoying the game compared to the first one. i love the added outdoor areas. much more fun to explore. its a cheap game too which is always a bonus.

    there is no mac version yet only the first release had a mac version.

    parallels is on sale for like 40 bucks all the time though so.
  20. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    I have a 2012 8 GB MBA

    I play Left 4 Dead 2 on high and its very smooth

    The fans go berserk when I play online and the top near the hinge gets too hot to even touch but that's normal I think
  21. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    I play a FPS called Sauerbraten that does well on the MBA. I have the same model MBA. It does better than my 2008 iMac with the ATI 2600; not that the 2008 is a beast, but it shows than in 4 years the integrated gfx are better than mid-level cards from 4 years ago.
  22. petsk macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    Northern Europe
    During the last month I've been playing Battlefield 1942 in Parallels Desktop.

    11" i5 with 8GB ram, connected to a 27" ACD... Fans run as crazy but who cares :D
  23. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    I run World of Warcraft on my Air from time to time. Works great! I get anywhere from 30-100 fps depending on what I'm doing (can of course go lower during very intense 25man+ fights, but usually not). I have set the fps limiter to 30 fps (type "/console maxfps 30" in the game), this keeps the computer at about 75-80 degrees, which is perfectly fine.

    I've also tried Diablo 3, Tales of Money Island, Baldur's Gate (through Wineskin) and a few others, never had a problem or noticed bad performance (<30 fps) in any of them.
  24. Project538 macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    Iowa, USA
    Can anybody offer up some info on how Minecraft runs? I'm in the market for a new computer, and the Air is one of the ones I'm considering. Obviously "ability to run Minecraft" is relatively low on the priority list since the computer is primarily for school use, but it'd still be good to know. Thanks in advance!
  25. thoughtmecca macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011

    I run Minecraft fine on a mid-2011 MacBook Air 11", without any real lag - it keeps a nice framerate, though the fans are cranked for the duration of playing.

    I even ran around in the Westeroscraft server the other day, and it didn't have any problems.

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