Dragon Age: Origins for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by plethon, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. plethon macrumors newbie

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    Anyone played this and can compare with the PC version as far as stability and quality? I'm interested in getting this, but wondering if I should be just booting Windows 7 to play, or if the OS X version is fine.
     
  2. SuperMatt macrumors 6502

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    I'd like to add to this question: Can you get downloadable content in the game if using the Mac version, and can you get the expansion(s) using the Mac version?
     
  3. aki macrumors 6502a

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    First, DAO is a fantastic game, however you play it. Buy it. Play it. No really, do. :D

    Second, it runs well under OSX. It's stable and performance is good. As is often the case, the PC version runs better under the same hardware; but that's not to say it doesn't run properly or doesn't run well under OSX. It does.

    The supplimentary questions are important ones though. As you may be aware, DAO is sold on a DLC-oriented model, ie. a significant (in toto anyway) amount of content was released after the actual game in the form of numerous small DLC downloads. As things stand, on-going support for the OSX version of DOA is extremely limited. (To the best of my knowledge) the latest DOA update is not available for OSX, and neither are the vast majority of DLCs.

    It's possible there are workarounds now to install this stuff, I haven't kept up with it to be honest.

    But if you have bootcamp running already, my advice would be to buy the Windows version, as it is properly officially supported. If you buy the OSX version, you seem to be more or less on your own re updates and additional content.

    Sad but true.

    UPDATE: Amusingly, just thirty-six hours ago there was this post on the DAO forums:

    FYI the latest PC patch is 1.04 - but that was only released like yesterday or something. My only caution would be that it's not clear how quickly all DLC content will become available. Hopefully it will all come at once more or less. Anyway so if you really dislike rebooting into bootcamp, maybe hold off on purchase for a few days and see what comes of this.

    Oh, here is the salient thread.
     
  4. bismarrck macrumors newbie

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    DAO is one of the best games on Mac and I am sure you wont regret buying it.
    In terms of the DLCs, you can buy them and add them to your game via Modzapin except Awakenings. Go to official forum for more information.
     
  5. Huntn macrumors G5

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    This would be a good question to get answered. See this MR Dragon Age Origins Guide. Look in the mod section. I created the guide but can't confirm if the mod info is still up to date or not.

    I imagine any expansions are dependent on them also being ported.
     
  6. Venkman90 macrumors regular

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  7. Hansr macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think it will, haven't seen any Transgaming ones there yet.
     
  8. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    Well ... today is the 20th so tonight I'll start up DA on the Mac and check it all out tonight. I hope this is true - I have widely called DA for Mac 'unsupported abandonware' but also said I'd be more than happy to eat those words ...

    Now I wonder if this is another 'have to rebuy even if you already own' things ... going into my Bioware account and seeing multiple copies of stuff is hard enough, and now with Steam:Mac and all the stuff there it is hard to personally justify buying such a tiny thing as RTO.
     
  9. bkap16 macrumors member

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    If it does, I doubt it will be a Steam Play game (both Mac+Windows versions together). Unless Transgaming works out some sort of revenue sharing agreement with EA.
     
  10. kaltsasa macrumors 6502a

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    I have RtO attached to my Social.bioware account and It looks like I'm able to download the .dmg file from my registered game promotions. I'm at work so I can't confirm until later but selecting that gives me the option of downloading a .dmg for RtO.
     
  11. aki macrumors 6502a

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    Seems like 1.04 will be coming too.

    Anyway, watch the Bioware DAO Announcements thread, it'll all be announced there.

    So basically at this point I guess I can take back everything I said more or less, the OSX version should be fine. :p

    UPDATE: Link to quote.
     
  12. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    Can you give a link to that announcement?

    I have to agree - I'm going to be posting today at GearDiary saying I am 'eating my words' as I had called DA:O for Mac 'unsupported abandonware'.

    And I am happy to be eating my words :)
     
  13. Paulyboy macrumors 6502

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    I just thought I'd let everybody know that the popular "FtG UI Mod - More Readable Fonts and UI" mod that is now compatible with the newly updated Mac version of Dragon Age might be updated to be fully functional for Mac users by the developer. The mod comes with a config utility that is an executable for Windows. Without being able to use that utility the mod will work but only with its default values. I spoke with the developer and he said he might be willing to recompile the config utility for MacOS X. He said he would look into it and let me know in a few days. In the meantime if you want to know what this excellent mod is all about looks here:

    http://www.dragonage.../file.php?id=73

    -PN
     
  14. kaltsasa macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe have a nibblete, I wouldn't eat them until we see Awakening.
     
  15. aki macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds very interesting, I had no idea there was such a mod for DA. Unfortunately though the link you pasted seems to have been truncated. Can you repost it? Want to check it out!
     
  16. Paulyboy macrumors 6502

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    Try this:

    http://www.dragonagenexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=73

    Btw, would you happen to be the same "Aki" from Clan Lord? :)

    -PN
     
  17. aki macrumors 6502a

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    Alas no. What's Clan Lord? :p
     
  18. Paulyboy macrumors 6502

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    Ah ok. Clan Lord is an old school MMOLRPG I use to play and there was a character named "Aki" who played when I did. :)

    -PN
     
  19. kaltsasa macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone else notice that the Created date of the .dmg for RtO is March 29th......

    This thing has been sitting on the "shelf" for four freakin months?
     
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  21. Paulyboy macrumors 6502

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    Ooooga!! :)

    -PN
     

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