OS X What game next?

Spikeywan

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I'm a bit out of touch with computer games, being old. :eek:

I absolutely love Tomb Raider - the new 2013 one. The puzzles; sneaking round forests, shooting nasty men in the head with a bow; and (of course) her bum. :D

So, what should I get next? What else is of a similar vein?

I'm playing on a late 2013 MacBook Pro...
Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 1024 MB
Software: OS X 10.9.2
 

iMacFarlane

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Play Skyrim! Make a female character, play in third person. Sneak around the forest. Shoot nasty men in the head with your bow. Enjoy her bum.

Seriously, playing through the thief and/or assassin's guild storylines are VERY, VERY FUN.

FWIW, I absolutely loved the tomb raider reboot. I so wish they would come up with a story expansion DLC, but I guess it's not in the cards.
 

BenTrovato

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I just fired up Assassins Creed Black Flag - really good so far! It's fun being a pirate and exploring 1700's Havana.
 

Spikeywan

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Play Skyrim! Make a female character, play in third person. Sneak around the forest. Shoot nasty men in the head with your bow. Enjoy her bum.

Seriously, playing through the thief and/or assassin's guild storylines are VERY, VERY FUN.
Are the thief and/or assassin's guild storylines part of Skyrim? (Sorry, I told you I was out of touch.)

FWIW, I absolutely loved the tomb raider reboot. I so wish they would come up with a story expansion DLC, but I guess it's not in the cards.
What! That's the last Tomb Raider!? :(
 

Spikeywan

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PS. They need to be OS X native games. I'm not prepared to buy windows, or whatever I need to run a windows version.
 

Huntn

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You might like Farcry 3. Adventure on a wide open island. See that distant mountain? Go climb it with no screen loads. Feels similar to Tomb Raider.

Edit: I need to update this answer, Farcry 3 is PC only so on your Mac you'd need to run Bootcamp.
 
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MacGamerHQ

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Limiting the answer to only Native Mac Games:

If what you liked most about Tomb Raider was the Action Adventure genre: Batman Arkham City => The best action adventure mac game out there. Or Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

If what you liked most about was the stealth mechanics:
Deus Ex Human Revolution (FPS) or Mark of the ninja (platformer)

If what you liked the most were the puzzles, you have Fez, Rayman: Origins and lots of other platformers.

There's a ton of amazing games on the Mac, I won't post the link because moderators hate it but I made a list with the 75 most popular Mac games for my Mac Gamer HQ blog.
I'm sure you'll find something you'll like there (you can click on my signature to go to Mac Gamer HQ and on the right sidebar, click on Top 75 Mac Games).
 

Cougarcat

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Limiting the answer to only Native Mac Games:

If what you liked most about Tomb Raider was the Action Adventure genre: Batman Arkham City => The best action adventure mac game out there.
I actually preferred the first game, Arkham Asylum. The story was more coherent (doesn't suffer from Villain overload), and the setting more interesting. Yes, City has the sandboxy gameplay, but I never thought it did the game any favors. The side missions were dull and exploring the city wasn't that fun, I found.

If what you liked most about was the stealth mechanics:
Deus Ex Human Revolution (FPS) or Mark of the ninja (platformer)
DX: HR and Mark of the Ninja are both terrific (except for the bad ending of HR). OP, if you get Deus Ex, go with the new Director's Cut on Steam, as they fixed the major flaw with this version, the really poor boss fights. And the graphics are a bit better.
 

saturnotaku

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OP, if you get Deus Ex, go with the new Director's Cut on Steam, as they fixed the major flaw with this version, the really poor boss fights.
They didn't "fix" the boss fights, so much as they added an extra way of dealing with them that is ever-so-slightly more in-line with the original Deus Ex. You still have to kill the bosses, though. There are couple other gameplay changes, among the most notable are the integration of the DLC mission and the ability to recharge two of your power cells simultaneously.

While I'd rather have the game on Steam, I have the MAS version because it was cheaper at the time I purchased it, plus I had some iTunes credit that needed used. I know I'm probably in the minority, but I prefer the DLC mission as a separate "game" and I've no intention of re-buying it just for the slight improvements of the director's cut.

Now if you don't already own it, by all means, go for the full monty. It's still a fantastic game.
 

Cougarcat

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They didn't "fix" the boss fights, so much as they added an extra way of dealing with them that is ever-so-slightly more in-line with the original Deus Ex. You still have to kill the bosses, though.
Ah, I was under the impression you could go fully nonlethal (like in the DLC). Too bad...but I guess it makes sense plot-wise.
 

MacGamerHQ

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Now if you don't already own it, by all means, go for the full monty. It's still a fantastic game.
Agreed, I wouldn't advise buying it again if you already have the "normal" version. But if you don't, the director's cut gets you a Steam-Play version including better graphics, slightly improved boss battles and all the DLC... Can't go wrong with that....
 

imacken

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Just to add to the above recommendations, I loved Velvet Assassin. Great graphics and gameplay, and hugely underrated IMO. Available on MAS.
 

saturnotaku

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If you like puzzles, you can't go wrong with Portal and Portal 2. The latter is on sale for $5 until noon Central time Friday. With its library of user-created content, Portal 2 offers nearly unlimited gameplay.
 

madeirabhoy

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Agreed, I wouldn't advise buying it again if you already have the "normal" version. But if you don't, the director's cut gets you a Steam-Play version including better graphics, slightly improved boss battles and all the DLC... Can't go wrong with that....
depends on whether the original is steam or MAS.


i bought the steam version ages ago in a sale (like 75% of my steam library) and had never got round to playing it (like 75% of my steam library), and when i clicked on the directors cut it only charged me, i think, 7 euro due to having the original.
 

Red Cube

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Play Skyrim! Make a female character, play in third person. Sneak around the forest. Shoot nasty men in the head with your bow. Enjoy her bum.

Seriously, playing through the thief and/or assassin's guild storylines are VERY, VERY FUN.

FWIW, I absolutely loved the tomb raider reboot. I so wish they would come up with a story expansion DLC, but I guess it's not in the cards.
Problem is, he says he only has OSX as an operating system, and hasn't bootcamped.
 

VI™

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I actually preferred the first game, Arkham Asylum. The story was more coherent (doesn't suffer from Villain overload), and the setting more interesting. Yes, City has the sandboxy gameplay, but I never thought it did the game any favors. The side missions were dull and exploring the city wasn't that fun, I found.
Agreed. In fact, I never even finished the second and probably won't as my PS 3 died and I now have a 4. It's really doubtful that I'll ever purchase another copy of the second game.
 

imacken

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Yeah, I see that now. What a pain. With the sheer number of units Skyrim has sold, I find it almost irresponsible for there NOT to be an OS X native version available.
Probably because it is easy to play in a wrapper on OS X.
 

imacken

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It's easy to eat soup with a spork, but you won't see me doing it.
I have no idea about the relevance of the analogy there, but....
I thought you were interested in playing Skyrim on OS X, so playing your Steam version of it via a wrapper is a simple and easy way of doing it. what's the problem?
 

iMacFarlane

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I have no idea about the relevance of the analogy there, but....
I thought you were interested in playing Skyrim on OS X, so playing your Steam version of it via a wrapper is a simple and easy way of doing it. what's the problem?
The problem is performance. I've tried the wrappers from MacPortingTeam, Paul the Tall, made my own directly with Wineskin Winery, and even tried Crossfire. The game runs terribly. I reboot into my Win7 bootcamp partition, runs much better. I just hate the whole windows experience, feel isolated from my email and everything else, etc.

Wrappers are great for the older games, like Planescape Torment or System Shock 2, but fail to deliver on most games released over the last 5 years or so, at least in my experience.
Disclaimer: I have a baseline 13" MBP from 2012. I'm not expecting Titan SLI performance. I just look for equal performance between Win7 and OSX on my (weak) hardware.
 

imacken

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The problem is performance. I've tried the wrappers from MacPortingTeam, Paul the Tall, made my own directly with Wineskin Winery, and even tried Crossfire. The game runs terribly. I reboot into my Win7 bootcamp partition, runs much better. I just hate the whole windows experience, feel isolated from my email and everything else, etc.

Wrappers are great for the older games, like Planescape Torment or System Shock 2, but fail to deliver on most games released over the last 5 years or so, at least in my experience.
Disclaimer: I have a baseline 13" MBP from 2012. I'm not expecting Titan SLI performance. I just look for equal performance between Win7 and OSX on my (weak) hardware.
Agreed about the Windows thing, but don't agree about comments on wrappers.
Of course, the performance of wrappers isn't as good as you will get in Bootcamp, but for me BC is a non-starter, so wrappers or Parallels is the only way I will play non-OS X games, so I accept the compromise.
I have had good experience of Skyrim and Tomb Raider (long before it was released for OS X) wrappers. Have had good experience of games in Parallels too, e.g. Dishonoured, F1 2012, etc. All of these I have run and completed @2560x1440.
Of course, if there is a OS X version it's a no-brainer, but sometimes, we have no choice but to compromise.