OS X May I have some recomendations from last decade?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by LeandrodaFL, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Im looking for some good titles to play, may I get some recomendations? I prefer them to be from before 2008 as I like to play in MAX settings, and my Mac is only a 2010 MacMini. Therefore, current games are out.

    I may have already played some of the most popular games, so feel free to surprise me.
  2. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    It would be good to know what kinds of games you like, but here you go (some are older):

    -Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, from GOG.com. My favorite TBS.
    -System Shock 2
    -Baldur's Gate I / II: Enhanced Edition
    -The Myst series, though some of these may be unplayable in OS X. RivenX is a free utility that will allow you to play it (my favorite game of all time) and Uru is now open source.
    -Knights of the Old Republic
    - Penumbra games (Overture and Black Plague)

    Some newer games that will play "maxed" no problem:
    -The Walking Dead
    -Papers, Please
    -Kentucky Route Zero (note: not a game, it's really magical realist interactive fiction. But it's amazing.)
    -The Dream Machine
    -Mark of the Ninja
  3. Miharu macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2007
  4. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Thnaks. I will check them, I like allkinds of games. I already played:

    Knights of the Old Republic
    Walking Dead

    I really disliked Walking dead and Bastion tough, loved the other ones.

    Im surprised No One Lives Forever wasnt mentioned, my favorite game ever
  5. Huntn, Nov 17, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2013

    Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Both of these supurb titles are more than a decade old, but they have staying power, and I assume they will run on your hardware- The original Half Life series (Mac Steam) would run on your setup. It's awesome if you like adventure/shooters. And also System Shock 2 which was recently added to Mac titles (horror/survival/shooter on a space ship).



    I'd also highly recommend Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, but that would require a Windows install.
  6. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    You can always go to gog.com, and look at the highest rated games there.

    They have a wealth of games from pre-2012, and even some newer games with low demands on CPU/GPU.

    The reviews are usually pretty good, and there is a wide range of genre's to choose from. They have a decent selection of Mac games, but if you are adventurous, many of the older Windows games will work via WINE (like Planescape: Torment -- a great game that never made it to the Mac).
  7. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    until recently i had a 2009 mini, only replaced it with a refurbed 2011 iMac a few months ago

    fallout 3 and fallout new vegas both played very well on bootcamp. not highest settings but good frame rates and great games. don't even think about sky rim it was like watching a power point slide show.

    civ 4 was great, civ 5 was too much for the mini.
  8. bkar89 macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2012
    Age of Empires III. Yes there actually is an OS X version

    Really blew my mind that last decade was 200X and not 199X :eek:
  9. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Thanks guys! I actully palyed Halflife too and Portal. Loved them. I also really enjoyed X-men legends 2, I happen to have windows in bootcamp, so no game is out of reach

    I believe Im gonna try Age of empires III or Resident Evil 4 or Vampire Masquerade
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  11. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    I have the Mac PowerPC version of No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way. Great game. And you will have to get the PC version if you want to run it on an Intel Mac.
  12. Thraun macrumors regular


    Dec 18, 2008
    Abbotsford, BC
    A couple people, including the OP, have mentioned Half-Life, but are you including Half-Life 2? Because that may be the best game ever created to date. Not to mention it's episodes, particularly episode 2. While the original Half-Life was already a fantastic game, its successor literally blows it out of the water.
  13. yangchewren macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    Haha, please do get the expansions too... Have to say that Age 3 was one of the most graphically beautiful games in 2006. Storyline of the first game was good but pretty short.

    Do note that the PC/mac versions vary greatly too.

    If you play on bootcamp you can toggle higher graphic settings (mac version was ported with lesser choices) and play online. The mac version lacks proper online matchmaking. Steam has the PC version on extreme discounts at times.


    Both versions play maxed out on a 320m way above 60 fps at 1280X800.
  14. Dr. McKay macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2010
    Belgium, Europe
    For System Shock 2 in Steam, it says you need a 3D graphics card. Does anyone know if it runs on intel graphics ?
    Not a question of power, I've got a 2013 MBA, but you never know. And does it work under Mavericks ?
  15. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    It should work fine under Mavericks. Even basic integrated graphics are "3D." That system requirement is a throwback to the days when the game was released and not every computer had such capability.
  16. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    It runs like a champ on the intel 4000HD, which is what I have in my 13" cMBP, late 2012.

    Thing is, there are a ton of mods that enhance the experience, but they are problematic to set up in OS X.
  17. MichalM.Mac macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2006
    2010 Mac mini. That is NVIDIA 320M, right? Do you still run Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or have you upgraded to newer OS X?

    Some Mac OS X Games from last decade that Mac Mini should Handle:
    I've tested most of them on OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion
    (MAS = Mac App Store, DVD = "Go to Amazon.com")

    Doom 3 (MAS)
    Quake 4 (MAS)
    Prey (MAS)
    SW Jedi Knight 2, SW Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (MAS/Steam)
    Command & Conquer Generals (DVD, Requires UB Patch, maximum OS X: 10.8)
    Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4 (MAS)
    The Sims 2 + Expansions Close Combat: First to Fight (DVD, Requires UB Patch)
    RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (MAS)
    Civilization 4 + Expansions, Civ4: Colonization (MAS)
    NeverWinter Nights 2 (DVD)
    SW: Empire at War (MAS)
    Company of Heroes (MAS)

    (Feral = https://store.feralinteractive.com)
    Worms 3D (DVD, Requires UB Patch)
    The Movies (Feral, MAS)
    Tomb Raider Anniversary (DVD)
    Fable: The Lost Chapters (DVD)
    Battlestations Midway, Battlestations Pacific (Feral, MAS)
    Sid Meier's Pirates! (Feral, MAS)
    TOCA Race Driver 3 (DVD)
    Rome: Total War (Feral, MAS)
    Brothers in Arms: Double Time (Feral, MAS)
    Borderlands 1 (Feral, MAS)
    DiRT 2 (Feral, MAS, low details)
    Sid Meier's Railroads! (Feral, MAS)
    Tropico 3 (Feral, MAS, low detail)
    GRID (Feral, MAS, 8GB RAM, low detail)

    MacSoft (Dead publisher)
    Age of Mythology (DVD, Requires UB Patch)
    Halo (DVD, problems with OS X 10.9)
    Unreal Tournament 2004 (DVD, Requires UB Patch)
    Close Combat: First to Fight (DVD, Requires UB Patch)
    Zoo Tycoon 2 (DVD, Requires UB Patch)
    Age of Empires 3 + Expansions (DVD, Requires UB Patch)
  18. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    I didn't have a problem. Downloaded this modpack and extracted it in System Shock 2.app/drive_c/games/system shock 2/DataPermMods.
  19. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    Oh. Hell. Yes.

    Thanks, man! I will definitely check this out when I get home today.
  20. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    Also worth noting is their most recent Mac game dump includes non-Mac games, including two of the best RPGs of the modern era - Divine Divinity and Wizardry 8.
  21. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Just as a personal review, I recenlty played Quake 4, and I had no fun at all.

    After playing No One Lives Forever, Half-Life/Half-Life2, Portal and Bioshock, I dont see how I can find Quake4 interesting

    The above titles have the following positives:

    -Very interesting weapons, with diferent types of ammo
    -Complex Storyline
    -You have to think where you are going, several puzzles

    with Quake 4 all you do is press "Forward" and the Fire button and eventually you win the game. No thinking, no creativity, no challenge

    So, if you havent cplayed any of the above Shooters, I recommend you check them out!
  22. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    I looked back at my review from 2005 (which is hard because the site is long since defunct), and could sum it up as 'meh' ... looked great, but mediocre gameplay and a 'who cares' plot.

    I know I own it digitally on Steam, but haven't even installed it ...
  23. chris.k macrumors member

    May 22, 2013
    Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Play it via VMWare - works perfectly.
  24. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
  25. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012

    agree with that, loved the no one lives forever games (there was a sequel), the first max payne game, and XII were all great storylines whereas quake and doom....

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