OS X Parallels or Fusion for gaming?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by canhaz, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. canhaz macrumors regular

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    folks, im wanting to put this shiny metal cylinder to good use and get a bit of gaming down.

    rebooting is not an option... what are my chances of having a good time?
     
  2. antonis macrumors 68000

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    It is a hit and miss of course. Some games will work, while others will not. The biggest concern, though, is the performance hit running a game within a virtual machine, so a strong hardware is of essence. Also, a bit of tweaking might be needed as some games seem to work better in windowed mode, while others perform better in full screen. Sometimes, it's night-and-day difference between those 2 modes.

    Having said that, parallels seem to be traditionally a better performer for running games, while vmware is considered more stable/compatible choice for other applications.
     
  3. Ainze macrumors regular

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    Agreed with antonis. I'd also add that I use Parallels to play some games and it it works very well. Don't expect everything to work, or work well, but a fair few things will work great and the older the game the better. As for newer stuff? Give it a try and see.
     
  4. Washac macrumors 68020

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  5. canhaz thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks everyone that's good to know

    cool. any specific titles you enjoy that also happen to run well?
     
  6. Ainze macrumors regular

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    Assassin's Creed II (it's a bit of a push and takes some tweaking, but acceptable)
    Command and Conquer 3
    Simpsons Hit & Run
    Tomb Raider Legend
    Tomb Raider Anniversary

    Those are the ones off the top of my head. I'm sure there are others I've forgotten. And bear in mind that the list is quite short anyway, as I haven't had the time to try all the games I've wanted to under Parallels.

    Also note that several of those actually have Mac versions, but I play them under Parallels because they actually work better virtualised than native (not often the case, but sadly some ports are just done by lazy companies that don't really care).
     
  7. Washac macrumors 68020

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    Parallels
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    Fallout 3
    Fallout New Vegas
    Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition
    Legend of Grimrock II
    Steam will run if you are that way inclined, I know Skyrim runs this way and it runs well, what other games would run I have no idea.

    It is as had been said trial and error, but the better your hardware the better the results will be. I have searched for a site that deals with Parallels and what works and what does not, without success.
     
  8. canhaz thread starter macrumors regular

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    got it thanks. is there a reason these seem to be older games (5+ years)? will newer games not work or is it just because you like these particular ones?

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    tnx. good to know Skyrim works nicel. also agree with you, that a website listing games that runs well with Parallels, would be useful.
     
  9. Ainze macrumors regular

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    Couple of reasons. Yes, I like those games, and therefore tried them first. I'm still getting around to some of the others. The other reason is that between my Wii U and the increase in Mac ports in recent years, most newer games that I enjoy haven't needed Windows at all.

    As Washac said, anything's worth a try. Skyrim is actually one of the games I've been meaning to test.
     
  10. canhaz thread starter macrumors regular

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    ahh ok that makes sense. yeah I love my wii U too. can't wait for the new zelda. really enjoyed windwaker refresh though in the meantime.

    ps: skyrim is amazing
     

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