Which of the following strategy games should I get?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by MXM, May 26, 2009.

  1. MXM macrumors member

    May 23, 2009
    I'm thinking to get a strategy game, and I have the following in mind
    (i). Civ4
    (ii). Age of Empires III
    (iii). Age of Mythology
    (iv). Simcity4

    I played (i), (ii) and (iv) a bit on windows before. I wonder which one runs better on a Macbook Pro (2G RAM, 256M graphic memory). Which game is in general more playable and more fun? (I haven't completed any of the games above). Any suggestions?
  2. fblack macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I can't comment on SIM because I always found it boring, and I haven't played CIV4, just the older ones. But I have played Age of Mythology and Age of Empires 3. AoM is fun and cheap to buy, but graphics are dated now and story line is a bit shallow, plus i don't think its universal which means you will be running it thru Rosetta. Requirements are low, but it could still have issues. AoE3 has alot more eyecandy and might be more fun than the sometimes dryer Civ series. I liked it. AoE3 also has add on packs which might extend the game for you a bit. These I do not have.

    You also might want to give Command & Conquer3 a look. I haven't had time to get it yet (working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl), but some of my friends enjoyed it and said the cut scenes were pretty good too.
  3. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    All games will run on your MBP at max settings and resolution.

    As to which is best, hopefully you know what type of games you like better than I do.
  4. Ol3s macrumors regular


    Dec 6, 2008
    L'viv, Ukraine
    If you bootcamp, buy cossacks: european wars, very good game, relatively undemanding (released in 2001), but i still play it often. Quite cheap now too
  5. jakeguy99 macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2007
    Out of that list, Age of empires III and Age of mythology. Get gameranger and you will have a blast playing against other people.
  6. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
  7. Antares macrumors 68000


    Would you consider Heroes of Might & Magic V....or would it be too "fantasy" for you? I really enjoyed it. If not. Civ 4 and Age of Empires III are fun. Can't speak about the others.
  8. happydudeca macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    They all have their merits. I suggest downloading the demos of all of them and seeing which one you enjoy the most.

    Civ IV is great if you're into nation building from the dawn of time. The diplomacy and intricacies of technologies and development are really rather interesting but combat is poor to say the least.

    Age of Empires III is just like the first two but with muskets. It's well done and generally enjoyable. The combat system is still the rock-paper-scissors type as in the previous AOE series but I happen to enjoy that. The new home city and card approach adds something different and it works well.

    Age Of Mythology, in my opinion, isn't all that great. I'm not a fan of fantasy games and AOM utilizes fantasy elements in an AOE type of game. It's not bad by any stretch but I didn't enjoy it as there was more a fantasy than a historical approach.

    I haven't played Sim City in a loooooonnnng time so I can't comment, but I imagine if you're looking for combat you won't find it there.

    I'd also recommend Rise of Nations. The gameplay is basically Age of Empires but you start off in ancient times and research your way through to the modern era all in the course of one game (although you can put limits so all players ca only reach the industrial era). It's very enjoyable and the campaigns are pretty neat.
  9. gregorsamsa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2006
    (Metamorphosing near) Staffs, 51st State.
    Agreed. I've also got both AoE III expansion packs. Both well worth it, IMO.
  10. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    Yup, I've got 2 copies of each of the expansion packs, and play LAN all the time.
  11. MXM thread starter macrumors member

    May 23, 2009
    Do you think they'll also run on MB 2.4G?
  12. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I vote for Age of empires III (I still prefer AOE II).
  13. MXM thread starter macrumors member

    May 23, 2009
    I played this game a bit on Windows and liked it, but I heard its Mac version can sometimes run into problems, what's the min requirement for a Mac?
  14. kemo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2008
  15. iTookUrNick macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2009
    speaking of AoEII

    All of them, as someone pointed out before, have their merits. And yes, I also agree that AoM is the one I appreciated the least.

    Yeah, AoE II brings back memories...

    Btw, does anyone know why AoEII Gold Edition doesn't start on a white-cased MacBook? Its error message seems to indicate graphic issues... ?
  16. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    I also vote for Rise of Nations - I play in BootCamp, however, so I can't speak to performance in OS X. RoN and AoEIII are similar, in my opinion, but RoN feels quicker. I mean, the pace of the game is quick and you really need to keep up with the tech of the times. Lag just a little bit and it is hard to recover. Both games are great, though.

    I just started Civ IV and so far I am liking it but it's much different from RoN and AoE. So many more things to keep up on and manage.
  17. superman666 macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    I have recently picked up Civ 4 (for windows) and it is like the greatest PC game I've ever played... However, I picked up the Mac version (Aspyr) and the port is ****ing horrid. It's extremely choppy while in mac (lowest settings and resolution) and in windows it's smooth (highest settings and resolution)... so I wouldn't recommend getting Civ4 for your mac.

    BTW my MBP is 2.4GHZ 4GB Ram.

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