What's everyone playing now?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Pees330, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. Pees330 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    I was just wondering what games everyone has been personally playing in bootcamp these days. I've been out of the PC gaming loop for a few years now, but I'm looking for a game to get back in. I already have BF2 from when I bought it for my PC a few years ago, so what else is there? I know of the big titles, but I want to get an opinion of what games people are into now.

    I'm going to grab a few demos and see how they run. I'm not looking for links to youtube, I've seen them all. I just want input of people besides ign.com I'm looking for more PC based games, not really into games that are also on the Xbox 360 since I already have one.

    Thanks for any replies.

    PS: I'm open to any game genres FPS, strategy, etc.
  2. redsteven macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2006
    don't know if you've played half life before... i hadn't until a few weeks ago.

    I bought half-life 1 on Steam (only $10), and then I bought the orange box

    Not done with the orange box, but it's been excellent so far, and half-life 1 was great, especially considering its age.

    note: $10 for half-life 1 on steam is a decent deal, but if you want, you can get the orange box cheaper elsewhere... you just won't be able to download it.
  3. mongrol macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    I've been playing Orange box, TF2 & HL Epsisode 2. I don't play it in bootcamp though, I use bootcamp to boot Windows XP and then I play it. ;)
  4. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    I've been playing a lot of World in Conflict and Supreme Commander, with a little Half Life 2: Episode 1 thrown in on the side. Next up will be Sins of a Solar Empire…
  5. Chone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    I've been playing some Dungeon Siege II lately, it's actually a pretty decent game in the Diablo genre (why bother calling it action rpg :D).

    I still load up Civilization IV from time to time, it's a pretty addicting game, I'm looking forward to Sins of The Solar Empire.

    I've also been having tons of fun with Crysis lately, the singleplayer campaign is actually pretty fun and has a lot of replayibility due to it's open design.
  6. iLao macrumors member


    Dec 26, 2007
    I am playing call of duty 4 and supreme commander FA with my friends.:)
  7. Iscariot macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2007
    Sins of a Solar Empire. Kind of meh because it lacks a single-player campaign.
  8. Pees330 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    Thanks for all of your replies, keep them coming. I'm checking out all of these games now.
  9. idonotliketostu macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2008
  10. mahashel macrumors 6502


    May 5, 2005
    "the lab"
    I pulled SimCity4 out of the closet. Great game! Too bad I've *always* sucked at it. lol
    Not sure how anyone can play that game without cheat codes..
  11. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    Team Fortress 2 on the Mac, Call of Duty 4 on the Xbox.
  12. HaGG macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2007
    I play Call Of Duty 4, looking forward to the release of Battlefield Heroes
  13. MoeOz macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2007
    Crysis Meduim Settings , COD 4 Max settings , soon Assassins Creed PC version [downloading now] :D .. Done with NFS ProStreet !

    MBP SR 2.2 Stock Configure
  14. Echinda macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2003
    EVE Online. I like multiplayer, but having my butt handed to me by teabagging fourteen year olds has gotten a little old, so MMORPGs are where I get my gaming fix. Considering LOTR Online, but haven't tried it yet.
  15. ChrisN macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2007
    Demarest, NJ
    On my Mac I have been playing Call of duty UO online and on my 360 I play rock band and gears of war.
  16. 1ncr3du10u5 macrumors member

    May 16, 2007
    The Orange Box takes some beating but for multiplayer, I just love Quake Wars which you can get a very good demo of to run via Boot Camp though the Mac native version is imminent.
  17. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
    I've been playing to much WoW and Guitar Hero 3. Don't need to use bootcamp for those.
  18. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    I don't really play games on the mac unless its online cribbage... big fan of that one.

    In the past, I have played COD2 which worked really well on a Core Duo iMac.
  19. Cudadown macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2007
    I have been playing Commander Europe at War & Eve. I just ordered Neverwinter Nights 2 from Amazon... should be here tomorrow so I will be busy with that one for a while.
  20. booksacool1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2004
  21. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    What would people recommend between this and Baldur's Gate II ?
  22. carlosbutler macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2008
    London City
    ive been playing the orange box... Great set of games but recently I started playing cod4 on the only decent console - the ps3. But try get cod4 for pc, should still be pretty amazing. Also another game which is just awesome is GTLegends. Its quite old but its also cheap. You can probably only find it on play.com or ebay.
  23. luffytubby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    In general?

    RTS: - RTS have gotten very far in the last few years. Company of Heroes, which is a great World war 2 RTS is one of the best there is. You should really try this demo. The expansion recently came out aswell.
    A personal favorite for me is World in Conflict. Absolutely amazing game. Amazing visuels. Some people say it's the most graphic intensive game there is on the marked, besides Crysis!
    If you are a hardcore RTS player. If you really know all the ropes and like it hard with micro management and like the idea of using dual monitors for better tactical strategy, check out the spirituel successor to TA, Supreme Commander.
    Another one of my personal favorites is Medieval Total War 2, and this is the game I would recommend over all the others. The game is a mixture of a war RTS and a table top risk/stratego game. It might sound strange, and in a way it is, but its great. The goal is to take over the world. You start the game around year 1200, and then you play as a faction. The english, the french or some other. And then you you fight for power. Its awesome. You play through alternative history being witness to stuff like the black plauge, the crusades in the holy lands, the introduction of gun powder, discovery of the new world, attack of Hannibal on the roman empire, etc...

    RPG: Back in 2006, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion made a big splash. This much more straight forward, open ended action First person RPG, boosted great graphics. Its a game that is worthy having in your collection. While the main story is nothing special and the fighting is a bit shallow, it does not have many of the game breaking bugs of its predecessors(Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind). Its fun just going off into the world and do random stuff and quests and help people.
    Another recent game, is called The Witcher, which is based on some novels by an acclaimed Polish fantasy writer. You play in a fictional fantasy land, as a monster slayer called Witcher boosting large swords and white hair. The combat is quite strange, and it will seperate folk. I recommend the game highly due to its interesting mechanics. But its not quite the wake up call for Action RPGs, that we had hoped it would be. There still is no single player action RPG like Diablo 2.
    And speaking of Diablo 2, you might also want to try Hellgate London. The demo at least. Some of Diablos creators created this post apocalyptic re-take on diablo, set in london. Many people where dissapointed by this game, but they have updated it constantly since last year, so maybe its better now.
    And while we are speaking of Diablo creators, another bunch of ex-blizzard veterans formed their own company back in 00, called Arenanet. They released a game a few years back called Guild Wars. It got alot of attention as the press labeled it as "the free MMORPG".
    Besides World of Warcraft(WoW) which came out almost a year before it, GW is the only "real" western MMO success story. It just passed the 5 million sold mark. Though this is only half of WoWs current Subscriber base.
    I recommend that you download free trials for both WoW and Guild Wars. Fileplanet.com is a good place to create a free account.
    While you are at it, you should also take a look of the free trials for the following: Lord of the Rings Online, Tabula Rasa, EVE and Everquest 2.

    FPS: Alot of FPS have been released lately. Some of the more interesting ones, includes STALKER. An open world FPS with light RPG elements.
    Also there is Bioshock. Not quite System Shock 3, in my mind, but still an excellent game boosting impressive animations and a believeable world. Believe me when I say, that it is worthy of your attention. It takes place in the early 60s, where your plane crashes. You find a lighthouse. You go into it. And suddenly you find yourself in an abandoned(not really) underwater utopia that went wrong. people started buthering each other. Now your stuck in hell under water with no way to get up. Its an interesting and different game. It recieved alot of praise for its art style. "Art Deco". It looks like something from ages past. It got a look to it you wont find in other games.
    You mentioned that you had BF2, and while it may dissapoint you, I would say that BF2 for the PC is still one of the best things there is. If you can crank up the visuals there is few things better than a 32 vs 32 fight. You might wanna try Battlefield 2142, a BF2 in space. Some people love it, others hate it. Quite like it Was with Battlefield Vietnam, before 2 was released!
    Unreal Tournament 3, also recently came out. It seemed to drown in the wake of the others. Even the PC version of Unreals own Gears of War, which you should also check out.
    Crysis of course. The most beautiful game in the world. Bar none. Nothing can touch it. Its far Cry on fire. Crytek outdid themselfs. If you got a beefy machine, and I mean, REAL BEEFY, then go ahead.
    I also recommend trying
    Call of Duty 4 and Orange Box are obvious recommendations too.
    Quake Wars.
    I could go on, but I would really recommend getting Orange Box. You will Get Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, and Episode 2, Portal(which is mindblowingly amazing) and Team Fortress 2! 5 Games in 1. And they are all of the highest quality.
    Regardless you should have Steam on your computer. There is this game particularly of mine, that is amazing, called AudioSurf.
    In AudioSurf, you "ride" your own MP3 songs. You control a ship, in wipeout/F-Zero style, but the track of the levels is created by the beat of your own MP3 songs that is playing in the background.
    Its an amazing game. You have to try it, and tell all your friends about it. Its so much fun.
    Steam has alot of great little products like that.

    A good place to download demos for free is fileplanet.com (yes you can create a free account. they just try to make you buy a full account) and filefront.com There are demos for almost all the games I highlighted(except for Oblivion).

    What to look forward to in 2008: 2007 was amazing for PC games, but 08 looks great. People are really itching for Starcraft 2! It showed when over 50,000 South Koreans attended for the games revealing.:O Pretty scay. Starcraft is religion to alot of people, hehe.
    Also worth talking about, is of course Sim, creator Will Wrights "Spore". It will be one to watch.
    And finally, after 10 years in the making, it finally seems that Duke Nukem Forever will be released this year. But then again... Its Duke Nukem!
    Also, a prequel to STALKER is coming out this year, called STALKER: CLear Sky. The developers promises big improvements to the core gameplay.

    Also, this year but it might not make it until next year, is Guild Wars 2 aswell as the next WoW expansion, called Wrath of the Lich King, boosting the cap up to level 80.
    As for other MMOs this year, alot of people are waiting for Age of Conan, which is coming out soon, and Warhammer Online! These two games have massive hype and big followings.
    Left4Dead is also a big release for Steam. Still running on source, this is a rare one for PC indeed. An online Co-op zombie adventure, where you have to play as either a few survivors or as the actual zombies themselfs. This should be really good.
    Battlefield Heroes is coming out this summer, and it will be completely free, so look forward to that aswell.
  24. luffytubby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    I hear you. I have a PS3 and a Wii and I am very dissatisfied with both of them. 360 in particularly. Noisy hardware, stupid online infastructure(they actually want you to pay for P2P), stupid interface... The Wii just dont have any games I like.
    I feel really crap about both of them. Sigh. Actually 360 is the main reason why I want to switch to Apple.
    It might be Microsofts wet-dream to have control of the living room, and have microsoft branded on both the hardware and the software that runs it, but... dammit do does people suck>: (
  25. RatSalad macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Central Florida

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