crossover games for mac.

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  1. jeffuwee macrumors member

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    i was just wondering. does anybody here use it? and does it work well with steam games such as css cod4 tf2 etc? and how about non steam games like wc3 quake 4 d2(lod) sc? thanks.
     
  2. jsgrabo macrumors regular

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    I use it for TF2 and City of Heroes. Works fine, but the City of Heroes compatibility is still under development. TF2 runs almost flawlessly.
     
  4. eXan macrumors 601

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    I use it only for KOTOR2. Its buggy, but still rather ok.. strangely enough this game doesn't work in Bootcamp XP so I have to use crossver............. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I use it for Civ IV + expansions since Beyond the Sword wasn't ported to the Mac, and I like the BtS content the most. I bought it over Steam, and it works just fine in Crossover.

    I've also loaded Guild Wars, and it works fine. I've ended up not being a very big fan of the game, though, but that has nothing to do with Crossover.

    Other games I've loaded into Crossover Games are Dawn of War + first 2 expansions, Star Wars Empire at War and Forces of Corruption. The all play pretty well. I also have Homeworld: Cataclysm (never got Homeworld 2) and that seems to be fine using OpenGL drivers.

    WC3 has a Mac native version, so you don't need Crossover for it if you get that one. Mac native Starcraft doesn't work on the latest OSX installed on a MacBook Pro with nvidia graphics because Apple removed 256 color support in the driver in 10.5.4. I haven't tried the Windows version of Starcraft in Crossover to know if it works there. I suspect it works just fine given how popular the game was, though.

    I haven't played any of the other games you mentioned to know how it works.
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    Fixed.
     
  7. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    That is odd ... I played it in XP on my previous Macbook Pro ...
     
  8. palebluedot macrumors 6502a

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    I'm an "advocate" for Crossover which means I'm supposed to talk it up on other forums.

    I will be honest though. Crossover is a great idea, and the staff is great. The problem is the implementation leaves something to be desired.

    Case in point: Right now there is a huge thread in the TF2 compatibility forum about how bad the mouse movement is for all FPS games. Basically the mouse lags, even if your sensitivity is jackeda ll the way up. This is very, very bad when you are needing th emouse to play a game. The scroll wheel also doesn't work that well. A lot of people have complained. The thing that is frustrating is they often say "well its probably this.. or this other thing... if its the other thing then there is nothing we can do." They never really state "sorry its impossible to fix that", its always being pushed into the realm of maybe which leaves people guessing.

    Crossover Games will run TF2 but it will have lots of graphics glitches, no DX9 (i.e. no HDR sheen) and will just look and play way worse then Bootcamp obviously. I hate Windows and I hate dual booting so I still tinker with Crossover.

    Check it out, you can get a 7 day free trial and see if it works for you. I just wish they'd realize their base is gamers and not office users and start pouring more money into fixing their stuff.
     
  9. IanC macrumors regular

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    source and goldsrc games (ie pretty much everything by Valve) run well in Crossover, at least the ones ive tried. They might have to run at a lower resolution/graphical setting than they do in Windows though.

    Guild Wars also runs very well - aside from the odd graphical glitch that is. (nothing serious though).
     
  10. iPapa macrumors member

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    I use CrossOver Games for Star Wars Galaxies and Lord of the Rings Online mostly. Both games run sweet (stable and fluid framerates just as under Windows, no lag, mouse pointer works without flaws, graphics on max settings) on my 2.8GHz 8-core Mac Pro with the Nvidia Geforce 8800 card and 10 gigs of memory.

    The only thing lacking from making the LOTRO experience the same as under Windows, is that Crossover Games supports only up to DirectX 9, whereas you can enable DX10 in LOTRO under Windows. No big deal though.

    I also use CrossOver for some older Windows games, some of which run well, some not. And I plan on extending my Windows gaming library with Guild Wars and content from Steam. And to continue experimenting with interesting Windows titles from the past.

    In fact, the only game that glues me to Windows itself is Age of Conan. That one won't work at all via CrossOver. In future CrossOver versions it might though.
     
  11. jeffuwee thread starter macrumors member

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    wow thanks for all the info guys. and fyi. my sig is wrong i'll have to change it lol. im planning on playing games on macbook mainly sc and wc3 and probaby css since i run my own server. :D
     
  12. t19880821 macrumors regular

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    that's pretty pricey... $2699, not to mention you have to pay tax and you DEFINITELY want to get Apple Care. that would put you at $3000.

    exactly what do you need this MBP for? unless you're doing serious graphic and video processing (outside of videogames) then that is way too much money. I'm in school for business/advertising and i use photoshop cs3 and MAYBE LATER ON use final cut express 4. but my current system can handle that well. the MBP you want to get is something that professionals would use.

    if you need this for school, something outside serious graphic work (i myself am not even doing serious graphic work at the moment) then hell a macbook would suit you well. macbooks are very popular for students because they're reliable, not cheaply-made like Dell or HP.

    if you want a gaming rig... definitely get something else and use the saved up money for a $999 macbook. just my two cents.. trying to save you A LOT of money.
     
  13. jeffuwee thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah im planning to get a blackbook. i don't do that much serious gaming. just a few times here and there you know.. to relieve the stress and stuff... so yeah. im pretty confident that blackbook will be able to handle sc and wc3 and css so yeah...
     
  14. apple-smarts22 macrumors newbie

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    Cross Over A WASTE OF MONEY

    I think that CrossOver would be a waste of money if you would buy it, but otherwise it's OK to download the trial :apple:
     
  15. iPapa macrumors member

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    Waste of money? With that statement in mind, what's your experience with CrossOver Games?

    For me, the 40 dollars is definitely worth it. CrossOver is based upon Wine. Wine is free, and you can of course use Wine rather than CrossOver on OS X. But CrossOver has made the concept a lot easier for those of us who don't want to waste time, and CrossOver brings some very nice features not found in Wine. And the income from CrossOver Games goes back to the Wine community, so it benefits the developers there.

    Anyway, no matter if you use CrossOver Games or Wine, this is a worthy option for those who don't want to buy a Windows license. Oh, and it's not an emulator like Parallels or Fusion. All good points in my book.
     
  16. t19880821 macrumors regular

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    Experience with CrossOver games would be compatibility issues. That's more than enough reason for it to be a waste of money.
     
  17. zango macrumors member

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    for every one saying they got guild wars to work, i cant?

    im not running crossover games, im running crossover mac.

    would it make that much of a difference if i use crossover games instead?

    and also, the problem is, when i install the game, after installation it opens up automatically and i can move the mouse, but nothing is clickable and i cant type anything and i have to force quit or whatever.

    every time i try to open the game this happens.

    anyone know whats up?
     
  18. iPapa macrumors member

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    I've not tried Guild Wars, so I can't really help. But yes, there is a difference between CrossOver and CrossOver Games. The latter is optimized for gaming, with the latest builds from Wine, whereas the standard CrossOver is made mostly for non-gaming purposes.

    Guild Wars is officially supported by Codeweavers. Try their website for tips, tricks and discussions if the Guild Wars players who've posted here are unable to help. Good luck :)
     
  19. zango macrumors member

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    yeah i figured it out, for some reason it wasnt installing into a winxp bottle, but i fixed it and now it works, also i use it with these run commands:

    -dx8 -noshaders -windowed -dsound
     
  20. IanC macrumors regular

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    So LOTRO runs well? Anything special you have to do to get it to work? I bought it the other day and still havent installed it in Windows yet to give it a shot (at least for the free 45 day period)...
     
  21. Anhaedra macrumors newbie

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    :rolleyes:
     
  22. apple-smarts22 macrumors newbie

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    Cross Over, Ok but BootCamp better

    :apple: Well in my choice I'd just use BootCamp, it's free and It's easier to use, besides the fact that you sometimes don't won't to reboot, but VMware fusion is good for that reason, and so is Desktop Parallels

    6/10 for BootCamp
    8/10 for Desktop Parallels
    7/10 for VMware Fusion
    4/10 for CrossOver :apple:
     
  23. redsteven macrumors 6502a

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    Though Crossover does suffer from major compatibility issues... I wouldn't say the bootcamp is "easier to use." It means that you have to partition ur hard disk and go through the installation of another operating system.... compared to double clicking on something and then it automatically opening in crossover.

    Also, although I haven't used Parallels or Fusion, I'm guessing Crossover would have perform a lot faster (when it works), since you're not dealing with the additional overhead of the Windows operating system (Crossover does not actually run a copy of Windows).

    I personally do prefer bootcamp though because of the almost 100% guaranteed compatibility and the performance.
     
  24. Dizzee macrumors member

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    i just installed steam using crossover games and it wont update past 4%!!!
    help?
     
  25. apple-smarts22 macrumors newbie

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    Bootcamp drivers

    :apple: There is one down side about BootCamp, If you wont to use certain drivers you need to have Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later. And Vista. :apple:









     

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