games for rMBP 13"

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  1. Constantine.T, Nov 15, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2014

    Constantine.T macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Hi guys,

    I just want to share some gaming experience on rMBP 13" (late 2013).
    I have checked already league of legends and team fortress 2 - both run well on medium settings.

    Are there any other modern games which our rMBP 13" could handle satisfactory?
    Please, share your experience.

    P.S.: what we have now (based on your reviews I will be adding more info below):
    Alan Wake - at 1280 x 800 at medium settings runs tolerably.
    Fallout 3 Vegas - It runs pretty good at max graphic settings (set in launcher) with 1440x900 resolution.
    TERA online - it runs fine at 1440x900, graphic settings preset is 3, using these settings you can get 20 fps in city and 30 fps in dungeons.
    Path of Exile - runs smoothly under bootcamp (win7) at high settings including screen resolution
    Dead Space 3 - runs well
    Tomb Raider - runs well at medium-high settings 30-45 fps
    League of Legends - runs well at hight settings (1680x1050)
    Team Fortress 2 - runs well
    Black ops 2 - runs well
    DOTA 2 - 1440x900 high settings no AA (30-40fps)
    Counter Strike Global Offensive - runs well 45-55 fps (in Windows runs with better fps)
    COD4 - runs well (same requirements as BF3)
    Diablo 3 - runs fine at mostly high settings (1680x1050)
    World of Warcraft - runs fine, 60fps at good settings (1680x1050)
    Eve Online - runs fantastic, over 100 fps sometimes on decent settings
    BF3 - runs ok at decent settings in campaign mode, multiplayer requires lower settings
    Skyrim - runs surprisingly fine, even with middle of the road settings (35-40 fps)
    Guild Wars 2 - medium setting 25/45FPS
    Dow2 - playable at 1440x900 medium/high no aa (ave of 30fps)
    Wargame airland battle - 1680x1050 medium settings (30-40fps)
    Insurgency 2 - 1280x800 high settings (60-80fps) optimised for 60fps2
    DayZ - low Settings averaged 30FPS. 1280 x 800; All low settings, NO AA/AS
    Civilization 5 - runs well on default settings
    X Com Enemy Unknown- is playable at 1280x800 at med/high settings
    FTL - playable at 1280x800 med settings (full screen and no sync)
    Star Wars: KotOR - playable at 1280x800 med settings
    Kerbal Space Program - playable at 1280x800 med settings
    The cave - runs great at default settings
    Arma 3 / Breaking Point DayZ - runs at low on 1440 x 900 @ 20-30FPS (considered playable for Arma)
    Bioshock Infinite - 1280x800 at high graphics settings is definitely playable, at medium is perfect.
    Borderlands 2 - runs smoothly
    Star Conflict - runs smoothly
    BF4 - runs perfectly with low settings in 1280x720 (Running it on Windows 8.1 with lastest iris drivers and lastest update on Battlefield. rmbp 13 late 2013/8gb/512gb/i7 2.8).
    30 or more fps. Most settings are on low with resolution at 1600x900.

    What runs under Dolphin 4.0-481 version at 1.5x internal resolution, 1280x800 full screen:
    WiiSports - 60 fps (only dips a frame or two here and there, completely playable)
    New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 60 fps (same as WiiSports)
    NBA JAM - 50-60 fps, with major dips at menus and sometimes at the start of a quarter.
    FFXIV - unplayable lagging level even at low settings (20 fps)
    Coh2 - unplayable 1280x800 low 15-20 fps
  2. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    You should be able to pull of Battlefield 4 on low settings
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    At 1200x800, it should run any modern game with at least adequate performance (>=30 fps) once you tweak the settings a bit.
  4. pscl macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2013
    i dont think those new games run that good. and, really, 30fps for a first person shooter is very very low!

    i think league of legends etc. should run well
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I never had any problems with first person shooters at 30-40 FPS. Then again, I don't play competitive PvP.
  6. Constantine.T thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Just share your experience of succesfully tested games. Theoretically, you can run almost all modern games, but practically you may face unplayable fps or 640x480 resolution :) Therefore the real experience would be pretty useful. Maybe we could even make a list of well-playable games for rMBP 13".
  7. onemustfall macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2013
    I've played Civ 5 on default settings successfully. Does produce a lot of heat though...
  8. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    league runs fine on mine, wouldn't not play bf4 tho. bf3 works great in a windows partition however
  9. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
  10. TooSmooth macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
  11. Constantine.T thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Sometimes, especially under constant GPU load I use heat dissipation for laptop.


    Thanks, man.

    Black ops 2, DOTA 2, Counter Strike Global Offensive - run very well
    Battlefield 4 - unplayable lagging level
  12. RobboMB macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2013
    Not got as many games as i used to have unfortunately but scrounged round a few mates for logins and tried out the following:

    Diablo 3 (OSX native) runs fine at mostly high settings (shadows and a few others turned down and dropped the resolution to 1680x1050 to give it a helping hand). Wouldn't have any issue playing it on here.

    World of Warcraft (OSX native) hovers around 60fps on good settings with the same resolution. More than playable but it does heat up a hell of a lot and the fans are at full tilt within 3 minutes or so. Checked on istat and the cpu is hitting 95 degrees after 10 minutes just standing around so wouldn't fancy playing it for any decent stretch without some sort of cooler.

    Eve Online (OSX native) runs fantastic, best one i've tried so far, although it's pretty well optimised these days so i was expecting good things. Didn't get chance to jump into any big fleet stuff (been ages since i've played so didn't fancy messing around too much on my mate's account, but the few missions i jumped in ran perfectly, over 100 fps in some areas on reasonable settings)

    Bootcamp'd over to windows i've tried the following which all run fine: TF2, CS:GO, Saints Row 3, Minecraft (presume this also runs fine on OSX, i had it on my windows image so figured i'd try it while there), Anno 2070 (bit choppy when there's a lot going on), Dawn of War (various expansions), Age of Empires 2 (hell why not??).

    Staying on windows:

    BF3 - runs ok, depends on what level of quality and fps you're willing to accept. If you're doing competitive multiplayer then it's not the machine for you, but if you want to play a bit of campaign mode or something then it'll be fine.

    COD - Only had 4 installed but figured seen as they're all the same it should be a good indicator - worked fine, as with bf3 it depends what settings you're willing to play at and what you expect from a laptop with no dedicated graphics card.

    Skyrim - Surprisingly fine, even with middle of the road settings i was getting 35-40 fps from it. Laptop did start kicking out some heat after a while (seems to be the done thing with the big 3d rpgs for some reason, but it wasn't as bad as others)

    As for stuff that didn't run so well:

    I tried out FFXIV just to see what happened with it (not expecting much). It did run and got to about 20fps on low settings, for me it's not ideal but at a push it's playable (as long as it's nothing too intensive / reaction dependant).

    BF4 - as someone else has said, near enough unplayable, lag all over the shop, textures cutting in and out. Saying that it gives my PC a headache which has got a decent graphics card on board so I wasn't expecting miracles.

    Hope some of those help anyway, spec sheet is below if you need it. Not a gaming beast by any stretch, but pleasantly surprised with some of the games it managed to run!
  13. Constantine.T, Nov 16, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2013

    Constantine.T thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Thanks a lot for such detailed reply.
    I will sum it up and put to the top of this thread.
  14. Nostalgia macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2013
    quick question, what is the windows index score with the rmbp 13" ?

    Just out of curiosity... could you take a screenshot of that please?

    Also, can i ask you if it can run `Combat Arms´ ? It´s a 2009 game, but still, I´m wondering (?)

    Thanks in advance and thanks for the detailed games preview! Cheers
  15. Game64 macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    If it can run CS, It can run Combat Arms.

    I'm curious has anyone tried playing DayZ on it?
  16. yabot macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    Pretty chuffed it can run skyrim and battlefield 3, my two only games more of a reason for me to downgrade to it from my early 2013 15 rmbp.

    Just a note though, Battlefield 4 wasnt even playable on mine at 1280x800 with everything on low, its horribly optimised at the moment, give it a couple of months and things might improve.
  17. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    Great thing is I'm witnessing on my 15 inch with 750M is better performance with OS X native apps running OpenGL than in Boot Camp with Windows 7 running DX11 and latest Nvidia drivers.

    I do find the image quality to be far worse on the Iris Pro over the 750M in OS X however. Blur is not as good, textures do not look as sharp and transparency seem to be over transparent.

    BF4 was unplayable on the 750M until I updated the Nvidia drivers. Maybe try updating the Intel ones?®+Iris™+Pro+Graphics+5200
  18. Nostalgia macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2013
    But does it run smoothly at the highest settings and resolution?
  19. Dany007 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2013
    Guild Wars 2 - medium setting 25/30FPS all the time with FPS limiter at 30.

    Generally I use the FRAME LIMITER set to 30, but the game without that option can run at 25/45 FPS for sure I think!

  20. TooSmooth macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Do games generally run better in OSX or bootcamp?
  21. yangchewren macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    It depends. Valve's source engine games (HL2, portal, TF2, CS Go, L4D2, Dota 2) run much better on bootcamp. And this is with more than 3 years of optimizations done.

    In OS X you get cursor lag and what could be described as dropped frames/choppiness. Eg. you may be running at 60+ frames per second but you will feel as though you have poorer control over your character.

    If you are wondering, I've tested this on a few macbooks, gpus listed - the 320m, 330m, 9600m, HD 3000 and 750m.

    But the comparison ends there, Dirt 2 runs as smooth in Windows as it does on OS X.
  22. Constantine.T thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
  23. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    gotcha. appreciate you trying to organize the info
  24. scbond macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2010
    Nottingham, UK
    Personally, I don't think a game is worth playing unless it's on the highest possible settings.

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