Crossover Games 9 - Viable for heavy games?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Malkishua, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Malkishua, Oct 9, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2011

    Malkishua macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2010

    I own a MBP 15', i7, 4g ram, 2010 model, and running Lion.
    Recently I've been snooping around for new games since Diablo 3 is going to be delayed (BOO!!!)

    The only games I've been putting my eye on are Battlefield 3 and Heroes of Might and Magic 6, which are both PC only.

    So after looking around I was wondering if Crossover Games 9 is a good emulator that can handle such heavy games or I shouldn't even bother?

    I'm a sound engineer and I don't want to run Boot Camp since I'm afraid what it will do to my system regarding sound editing via Pro Tools 9. the software is very delicate and requires a very clean hard drive.

    Thanks! :)
  2. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    I'm a little confused what you mean with clean hard drive a boot camp partition will separate your drive no files will be added to osx. Crossover will not handle battlefield 3 you will be lucky to get it to run in windows.
  3. crimsontide165 macrumors member


    Feb 5, 2011
    Yeah I agree with Airforcekid. You would be lucky to get any games to install using Crossover 9, let alone Battlefield 3. With the Mac you have it would be better to look into a cheap gaming pc. Your Macbook Pro will fry your lap trying to run Battlefield 3 (even in Bootcamp) on low settings.
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    It's OK for simple games, but for complex stuff, not so much. The newest game I got working through Crossover was Race Driver 3.
  5. antonis macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2011
    Don't underestimate crossover guys. It's not like running something inside a virtual machine, it's not an emulation. It's native execution so it is (most of the times) super fast. The only concern is about compatibility (if it could be run at first place).

    Lots of people run Age of Conan with crossover, which has a very heavy graphics engine, along with other demanding games as well. I'd say, you should check on the crossover forums first, since the only problem with crossover is the compatibility with specific games, rather than the speed.
  6. lfc macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    Wine doesn't support directx10 (only 9 and lower) and won't for a long time, and when it does initially support it, don't expect those dx10+ only games to work good.

    This might also help you out a bit

    I'm glad someone knows what WINE stands for :)
    Wine Is Not an Emulator.

    You're mostly right, although speed is definitely an issue with the 'heavier' newer games (any app should be perfectly fine in speed). You usually have to tweak wrappers/bottles to get the best performance out of it.

    Also, Wineskin is much better than Crossover in my opinion, and it's free and open source.
  7. antonis macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2011
    Absolutely, definitely agree with wineskin. Plus you get your game wrapped in a single application file. Yes, WINE is a very nice project, used it a lot during my Linux years, really glad Mac has adopted it so nicely.

    For what is worth, I was able to play even Dragon Age II during this August without any problems, full effects and in iMac's 27" native resolution. It's an amazing project.

    Though, comparing wineskin with crossover I'd say that wineskin would require a bit more of work from the user while crossover is more friendly (but non-free).
  8. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    Thanks for the props to Wineskin.... :) I prefer it very much also, but I'm completely biased.

    Crossover 9 is a bit old.. look at 10 :)

    You are more likely to be able to get a game to work or work better in Wineskin than in Crossover, but it can become MUCH more complicated to do so. Crossover tries to go for being super easy... a few games end up being easy, but most of the time any Wine solution can get complicated for games if you are doing it yourself, but its a game by game basis.

    Most of the time if you want to play the newest games out, or play games at the max settings you can, you just want to game in Windows. Wine base solutions are for people who do not want to run Windows, do not mind waiting to play new games, and do not mind some performance hits.
  9. Malkishua thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2010
    The only game I'm interested in atm is Heroes of Might and Magic 6.
    How heavy is it supposed to be?..
  10. lfc macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2010
  11. Hansr macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2007
    It's not out, no one knows how it will perform with Wine. 5 took a few months before it was completely playable. The new engine is suppose to have higher requirements but the HOMM games generally aren't that advanced when compared to current gen. If you want to play it on day one just install Windows via Bootcamp.

    Also replace "How heavy is it supposed to be" with "How high are the system requirements going to be" etc. graphical requirements aren't measured by weight :D
  12. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    2d this. I run COD MW2 and Black Ops using Crossover, I may have to crank the eye candy down a notch or two, but both run fine for me.

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