OS X Game Reccomendation?

appledude411

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I just picked up a new Mac Book Pro.. retina display.

Looking to pickup my first mac game ever, any suggestions? I like strategy etc..

Not sure whats hopping right now
 

Huntn

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Wardenski

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Civ IV!

Its one of only three games I keep permantly installed. The Mac version doesn't like AA for some reason though.

I used to have a soft spot for Command and Conquer Generals: Zero Hour too but I have moved on now. Recommend Shockwave mod. Don't know if Zero Hour is available anymore off the top of my head for Macs.

Its a pity that Red Alert, Red Alert 2 and Tiberian Sun were never ported over. I also have Red Alert 3 (PC) but I am not that keen on it.

FYI, someone remade the original Starcraft and Brood War campaign in the Starcraft II engine. Its a lot of fun although its quite hard, especially the Zerg Brood War campaign.
 

Wardenski

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Ive been playing Starcraft II

Civ 4 looks kinda slow and boring ?
Its a turn based strategy game but you can specialise in world domination if you wanted. However you do need to manage your cities otherwise you won't have enough gold/resources to fuel your war machine.

There is Civ V as well but I have not played that.

Only other RTS that springs to mind is Supreme Commander but that was never ported. Oldies include Total Annihilation but again, not available for modern OSX.

If you like FPS try the Valve games and maybe Bioshocks and System Shock 2 but I don't know how well they would run.
 

iMacFarlane

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If you haven't played the mass effect trilogy, I highly recommend you do so. Gameplay is realtime w/pause strategic team-based shooter with very heavy RPG design paradigms and an over-arching storyline that totally blew me away. After playing through the whole trilogy as one character (that you import into successive installments in the series), you will have a new standard for gaming that has yet to be beaten.

Or Diablo III, if you want to click on stuff and kill hordes of baddies. It's like crack without the crime. Be warned.
 

Solomani

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Its a turn based strategy game but you can specialise in world domination if you wanted. However you do need to manage your cities otherwise you won't have enough gold/resources to fuel your war machine.

There is Civ V as well but I have not played that.
The Civ V Mac port by Aspyr is one of the most highly-rated (in reviews and game ratings) among current Mac strategy games. Absolutely one of the best strategy games I've played in recent years. And once again, a solidly good port thanks to Aspyr.

Of course, Civ 4 might work better for less-powerful Mac hardware.
 

Nunyabinez

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Your first step should be to install Boot Camp and Windows. Then you at least have a chance of having a reasonable gaming experience on a Mac.
 

PatrickCocoa

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Soccer5se

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If you are into turn based games there is no better than CIV! However, if you have the space go Bootcamp and your game choices will be unlimited. Starcraft 2 is an awesome game but for windows I still love playing Rise of Nations!
:)
 

Solomani

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I dunno, OP said that Civ IV "looked boring". Civ IV is like brighly colored unicorn candy compared to EUIV or CKII.
I've played both. They are 2 very different kinds of strategy games.

Europa Universalis series and Crusader Kings are historically accurate games. In fact, if you are a gamer that knows very little about history, you'd be totally lost and clueless when "events" come up for your nation. Events are like multiple choice things, turning points which will steer the direction of your nation. Does England choose to become a Naval power, or a Land power? Historically, the correct choice was that England chose to be a Naval power. But the game gives you the choice to do the exact opposite. When an event called the "Treaty of Kasr-i-Sirin" comes up for the Persian Empire, do they choose to make peace with the powerful Ottoman Empire who could easily steamroll their Persian butts? Do they make partial concessions? Or do they spit in the face of the Ottoman ambassador and choose to ramp up their centuries-old war of Shia versus Sunni? The choice is yours when you are the Shah of the Persian Empire.

EU4 and CK events are in the hundreds. They are triggered scripted events. For example, the event that allows Kingdom of England to become the "United Kingdom of Great Britain" requires that England must have first conquered some parts of Ireland, and has subjugated all of Scotland. Without achieving those goals by a certain date, you have zero chance to ever become "Great Britain" (which boosts your economy, prestige, and awards you a boatload of victory points).

They are turning points that let you guide your empire towards historical outcomes…. or if you think you can do better than history, then you go against the historic choices.

Civilization 4/5 is a very attractive strategy game, but it only pretends to be a historical game. In fact, there is never any "historically" accurate map when you start as a Civ. Most of the time, you start on a randomly generated terrain map. There is only token history in the Civ games, like for example the German Empire has strong "militaristic" advantages. Yes German Empire was historically a military nation. But that's a very general stereotype. Eye candy and graphics is fantastic in the Civ games. Historical accuracy is minimal.
 

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