What games is the Macbook Pro 13 inch UNABLE to play

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by respectabilia, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. respectabilia macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2010
    I've just ordered a new macbook pro 13inch (2.4ghz - first mac ever btw).

    As I understand it, the Nvidia 320m should allow for most games to be played, and I've seen gameplay vids on the macbook pro 13 for most mainstream games (MW2, COD4, Bad company 2, Metro 2033, Street Fighter 4, Crysis, etc.)

    I understand that most games need to be played through windows (using bootcamp I guess?) or through the steam or similar client.

    Anyway, the question is, from the above list, it seems the macbook pro 13 inch can take most games (even if not all at high settings). So which games can it NOT run at all? Or is it able to run all games currently out?

    I'm just wondering whether I should be worrying 'is my macbook tough enough to run game x or not?' or should I be confident that it will run everything that's out there and not really be too concerned when buying a new game?
  2. applepearpp macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2010
    it can take most game, but in low/medium setting only.

    for example, it runs starcraft 2 on medium setting. at high and ultra it becomes powerpoint slide show
  3. Tankfantry macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2010
    Houston, Texas
    ohhh that made me laugh, thanks. But he is right medium setting is normally your best friend.
  4. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2010
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    Inb4 but can it run crysis?
  5. jagger27 macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2010
    Hahaha. It can. ;)
  6. Venkman90 macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    Depends what you mean by "run". Games are far better optimized these days than the late 90s when you needed a new graphics card every month.

    It will run almost anything out now but some people need 60 fps constant at high to consider a game "running".

    My view is as long as I can get 30 fps at medium then it's running fine, which the 320m will do for almost anything, including Crysis according to Youtube.

    Bear in mind we are talking 1280x800, most PC gamers play on desktops running at 1920x1800 so demand much faster hardware.
  7. kevintech macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2010
    Then they should get a gaming laptop
  8. respectabilia thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2010
    Parallels, VMware or Bootcamp?

    Thanks for the replies.

    Having looked at a few youtube rviews, it appears that VMware and Parralels eat more cPU (obviously) than bootcamp, but also that as a result the games may not run as smoothly compared to Bootcamp.

    Hence, I'm thinking of installing bootcamp instead of the other two. Although I would have preferred the other two because it would allow for quick and easy access to the Wndows software (like Microsoft Office Onenote) wihtou having to log out.

    Can anyone confirm that bootcamp runs games faster than parallels or VMware?
  9. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
    There is no contest even.
  10. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Parallels has gone a long way in performance. There were days where it everybody would have called you stupid to even try running a 3D application in a Virtual Machine.
    Today you can but a native OS will always be faster. Still afaik parallels is faster than running an OpenGL port in OSX.

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