Gaming on Macbook(2010)

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Hodes, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. Hodes macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2010
    I am planning to buy a current generation Macbook soon and I was wondering how well the following games run on it:

    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
    GTA IV
    Race Driver: Grid
    Street Fighter IV

    for those who do not know the new MacBooks come with these settings:

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2,26 GHz L2 3MB
    2GB SDRAM DDR3 1066 MHz
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB de SDRAM DDR3(shared)
    Hard Drive Serial ATA 250 GB 5400 rpm

  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    low - some medium settings you should be grand, except GTA4. That's positively a hog even on much more powerful hardware and performance is still meh! Bad pc port imho.
  3. Hodes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2010
  4. SebZen macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
  5. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    I can't imagine playing it under Windows would boost the performance that much. Maybe I'm wrong, but I just don't think the 9400m would even get close to that smooth at full resolution. Maybe maxing out the DDR3 Ram really helps it along???
  6. Hodes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2010
    Anyone out there ever tried to play these games on the macbook?
  7. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I have GRID on Steam but I haven't tried it on my Macbook. TF2, L4D etc run like a dream.
  8. vaderhater245 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    Flagstaff, AZ
    being somewhat of a hard core gamer, i recommend a 4GB ram upgrade and a 7.2K hdd upgrade.
  9. MarkCooz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2009
    I've played MWF2 Native OS X (It worked) it wasn't as fast as MWF.
    I could play it in a low resolution with low details and it's smooth.

    I've also played BioShock, Medium Settings at 1024x600? It's smooth.
    If you don't care about the looks Go with 1280x800 with low settings.

    Played Sims 3 It's fine with medium settings

    All these games were tested Native Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  10. Hodes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2010
    In fact I'm not a hardcore gamer, I will use it for work and college, But I want to play on weekends. =)
  11. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

    Dec 1, 2008
    Of the 4 games you mentioned (MW2, GTAIV, RD:G, SFIV), I've played all but Race Driver on my Macbook Pro. MW2 and SFIV run great in BootCamp (Vista) at fairly high settings, so turning them down for the 9400 should be fine. (Obviously I'm not limited by the 9400, but I've tried out the Mac Version of COD4, and it runs decently in OSX with just the 9400 with settings turned down, and there should be an extra performance boost when running the Windows version on a MB - with the 9600 there's about a 10fps jump between OSX and Windows, and that's with the settings turned up in Windows).

    GTAIV is an awful, awful port with zero optimization for the PC. Don't even bother.

    The same, incidentally, goes for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. My hatred for Aspyr know no bounds.
  12. Hodes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2010
    Can you confirm if these games have MAC version? I've been searching the internet and found nothing.
  13. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

    Dec 1, 2008
    There isn't a Mac version of any of them. You're going to need to get your hands on a Windows installation disk and run everything in Boot Camp. Mac versions of games tend to be pretty poorly optimized for the operating system anyway (since usually they're ported from Windows). Like I mentioned in the first post, CoD4 for OSX performs much worse on the same hardware than CoD4 for Windows, due to the fact that it uses Cider (basically a Windows emulator). Games are rarely ported to OSX, and if they are, they tend to be years late (just check out the lengthy Rome: Total War thread).

    My condolences, if you thought that Mac gaming was going to be a Windows-free experience. However, it's better to have to play games in Windows on a Macbook than not be able to play them at all, and things run pretty swimmingly on a uMBP, if my experience (MW2, Bioshock 2, Fallout 3 and SFIV, most recently, and Devil May Cry 4 has a permanent place on my Windows partition) is any indication.
  14. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Yea it's always best to go with Bootcamp for performance. What I used to do when my macs storage space wasn't enough, was to install Windows onto a tiny partition and run games off an external drive. The footprint is minuscule that way and it forces you to only play games when you're at your desk, rather than during lectures (we've all been there ;)).
  15. Hodes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2010
    Thanks for your advices. :)

    I'm only sad because I can't buy a Macbook Pro, here in Brazil a Macbook(basic) costs R$2700,00 and the Pro(4GB, HD 250GB) R$ 4.599,00. :(
  16. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    the macbooks don't have a high resolution to gaming with a 9400M shouldn't be a big deal. i play medieval total war 2 on a HP laptop with an ATI HD 2600 graphics chip which is pretty old. i play at the max resolution of 1680 by something and it plays OK as long as i don't have anti-aliasing turned on. everything else is maxed or close to maxed.
  17. mac88 macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Boston, MA.
    Wow. Apple hits you in the wallet in Brazil huh?
  18. Hodes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2010
    The fault is of my country and its taxes.
  19. Ljw1976 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2008
    to answer your ?

    ive got cod modern warfare 2

    plays superb

    my specs are
    macbook aluminum 2ghz 4gb ram


    no major go ahead and get it as its a great game
  20. funkyc macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2008
    anyone run something like counter strike on steam on their macbook pro's?

    i got it a little while back when it was on the $5 promotion but it wouldn't run well on my old macbook on bootcamp

    now i have a new mbp 2.53GHz with 4gb ram - will it run properly now?
  21. StopSign24 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    I can max out any Source game with no problems (besides the LFD games). Whether your playing CS:S or CS 1.6 you shouldn't have any problems whatsoever.
  22. funkyc macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2008
    cool thanks for clarifying that....old school CS here i come! haha
  23. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    it works, but windows

    IDK why, but then the problem is that whenever I run the same game on both Mac and Windows, the problem is that Windows runs a LOT smoother.
    That's because the games are made for Windows, and you know Apple WANTS the company to follow them, and not Apple getting cheap AND good graphic cards and keeping at same price for users to play good games.
    So, that's why the guy in the first link of the youtube video said he did some DX10 'hack', and that could bump up a little graphic.
    Just to let you know, or even you know, the Cider ports are not always great.

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