My MP8800 Shipped! What game should I buy?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by gsfgf, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. gsfgf macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2007
    My Mac Pro with that new 8800 card just shipped. I really want to see this thing in action; what game do y'all think best shows off this card? I don't really play games (except Civilization) on my mac, so I'm new to this whole thing. Will I need to use Windows to get the best games? My friends are all on Steam. Can I play any of those games without rebooting? They play Team Fortress 2. Will Paralells or VMWare play games? That would be totally cool.
  2. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    If you want a game to play under OS X then you absolutely have to get World of Warcraft. It doesn't exactly need the high end graphics, but it'll look beautiful with all the settings turned up on full and it'll be butter-smooth :D
  3. macz1 macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2007
    I play Oblivion. Looks nice and is much more interesting than every First-person shooter. You can run it reasnably well with the 2600xt but if you own the 8800GT you can play this beautiful game whitout compromises.

    I tried the Crysis demo as well. It looks veeeery good, I could even run it at a decent frame rate on the 2600, but nevertheless this game disappointed me.
    It looks good and works well but... it's boring. You are always doing more or less the same things and once you have killed 300 enemies it gets repetitive. It's funnier to shoot the trees and the barrels. That's my point of view
  4. ray_uk macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2005


    Definitely Crysis, its the current pinicle of first person shooters a real demonstration of what a high end system should be capable of.

    It would be mighty nice if you could post some screenshots and framerates.

  5. johny5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2007
    you will need to install windows xp via bootcamp if you intend to play any graphic intensive games
  6. Rowlander macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2007
    I´m afraid, if you want a wide range of choices, you will have to get Windows. The Mac just isn´t a gaming platform at all. :(

    If you install Windows and your friends are playing Team Fortress 2, get the "Orange Box" on Steam! Can´t beat the price for the amazing content you get. You have to like first-person shooters though.

    For eyecandy, check out Crysis.

    Mac Games:
    I still haven´t decided if I really want to buy a copy of Windows just to play a few games.
    I intend to try out "Eve Online". Apparently there is a (Intel only) Mac-version of that game.

    World of Warcraft is good, but it´s a dangerous time-sink if you get addicted! I´m not joking. It can get out of hand with some people.

    I´ve been looking around a little. If you just want to see some pretty graphics, you could also download this Prey-Demo:

    I´ve also seen that there is a mac-version of "X3", which has amazing graphics. But unfortunately there doesn´t seem to be a demo available and the game is not very accessible.

    That´s all I found for the moment. I would like to hear more from others but I´m afraid, I will have to install Windows after all.
  7. GreyHare macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2007
    Austin, TX
    If Windows MMOs are acceptable, I'd recommend Tabula Rasa (screenshots). On my new Mac Pro with the ATI card, it gets about 10-12 fps with Deferred Lighting and 25 fps without. It's what I'm going to be "testing" (^_-) when I get my 8800GT card.

    Make sure you set your graphics to full resolution (their "recommended" settings always seem to pick 1024x768) and max out the settings.

    I can get you a 3-day free trial key if you want.
  8. aibo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    Southern California
    I've been playing Team Fortress 2 on my new Mac Pro (8800 GT) via Crossover and it works surprisingly well... no Windows install needed, no reboot required. There's a trial version you can check out.
  9. Brianna macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    Crysis is the eye-candy game of the year, but you can not play it at full resolution with AA turned on without SLI. That's how graphics intensive it is.
    You might be able to get close in XP without SLI, but it will look best using Vistas DX10.

    One thing I do know about crysis is that it was programmed with multiple processors in mind, and because the Mac Pro uses FB-DIMM's the game will be able to reach in and use all 8 processor cores where as it wont on any regular gaming PC, but an SLI machine will still play it better.
  10. ^squirrel^ macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2006
    I wanna see what kind of benchmark results we'll see from these beasts!
  11. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    CrossOver for Mac runs Team Fortress 2 in OS X without needing a Windows install, they have a compatibility forum for it. It also runs some other Steam games, but not all of them.

    I play Half-Life 2 using CrossOver, it works very well, although it definitely works better under Boot Camp running native Windows. I could not get it working playably in VMWare Fusion, and did not try Parallels.
  12. Volante macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    I think most of blizzards PC games run under mac? If you're into strategy, rpg or mmorpg you really have to grab a copy. Dota under WC3:TFT is really nice.
  13. gsfgf thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2007
    It came yesterday. I haven't had a chance to get windows installed, but that should be later today.

    I have two questions and then pictures. First, I got a free copy of Vista 32bit from my school. Is it worth it to try and track down a 64bit copy? I asked the lady at OIT and she didn't think I could get it from the school(wtf?). Second, someone asked for bechmarks; how do I do that?

    As for the pictures, how do i get pics out of iPhoto? I can't drag and drop, and export is grayed out.
  14. Tracer macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    Surprised that more people aren't recommending Call of Duty 4. It's pretty short but sure is a lot of fun.

    Besides it looks plenty good looking at high-resolution.

  15. OnePumpChump macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    What setting are you running with the 2600Xt on Oblivion? I can't wait to check this one out on the pro.
  16. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I'd take the Orange Box on Steam over anything else, considering it's actually fun to play. Portal, HL2 and its two subsequent episodes... just good times throughout.
  17. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Don't get people hooked on MMO's, it'll cause the decline of society :)

    Very fun game, but I'm glad I tore myself away from it when I did, right before 1.12 released. Thank God.
  18. OnePumpChump macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Good call!
  19. elvisizer macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2003
    San Jose
    jeez, why not just send him a gift basket full of crack? :D
    Just messing with you . . . . but I personally refuse to play any MMO with a monthly fee.
    The first games i installed on vista were crysis, and then my steam collection- half life 2, hl2 episode 1, psychonauts, call of duty 4, Race 07, Tomb Raider Anniversary.
    Next up for tonight is Company of Heroes, then Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption, and then System Shock 2.
    The only games that have failed to work for me had DRM issues, specifically starforce protected games like GTR2 and GTR legends. But that's between starforce and Vista, and has nothing to do with the mac pro itself . . . .

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