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These are some upcoming Mac games that should be on your watch list
I usually just update the calendar without making too much noise. Sometimes I round-up the best new games of the month. But I thought it was about time we also highlight and celebrate the exciting games that have been confirmed for Mac.
As always, you can find the complete list of new and upcoming games over at our New Mac Games calendar, but in the meantime, these are some cool upcoming games we should all add to our watch list:
The Escapists 2: Perhaps the ultimate prison sandbox experience, The Escapist 2 for Mac is not about building the ultimate prison, it's about escaping it. The game will let you craft, steal, fight, and basically do what needs to be done to escape. Plus, The Escapist 2 will feature multiplayer for the first time, allowing you and a friend to bust out of the toughest prisons in the world.
Nidhogg 2: Sequel to the indie hit of 2014, Nidhogg 2 is an action/fighting game that builds upon the gameplay of its predecessor with new weapons, character customization, and captivatingly grotesque art. The rules are simple. Reach the other side and kill anyone that stands in your way.
Next Up Hero: Next Up Hero for Mac is a multiplayer game unlike anything you've played before. This arcade action-adventure game features Community Continue, a mechanic that lets players take turns fighting and dying against tough-as-nails monsters, one hero at a time. You can revive fallen heroes to fight by your side, build your army, and take out the boss together.
Avorion: Avarion for Mac is an exciting co-op space game that lets you build your own space ships out of dynamically scalable blocks. Already available on Steam Early Access (and killing it according to the user reviews), you'll be able to fight epic space battles, explore, mine, trade, wage wars and build your own empire.
Games that finally have a release date:
Tooth and Tail: From the creators of Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine comes Tooth and Tail, a arcadey real-time strategy game. Set in a world of animal revolution, Tooth and Tail boils down to a few buttons and intense eight-minute matches. Coming this September 12, 2017.
Finally, you'll notice our calendar has two new information boxes. One explains which games can be added to the list, the other tracks the latest changes and additions. If you visit that page often, that box should help you see straight away what new games have been added.
The Humble Bundle store is giving away Shadow Warrior for FREE!
And time is running out too!
The Humble Bundle store is giving away Shadow Warrior: Special Edition for Free. And by free, I mean completely free, forever. The game works on Mac, Linux and Windows.
Shadow Warrior is a bold reimagining of the classic 3D Realms' shooter from independent developer Flying Wild Hog (Hard Reset) starring the legendary and quick-witted warrior Lo Wang. Combine the brute force of overwhelming firepower with the elegant precision of a katana to annihilate the merciless armies of the shadow realm in an exhilarating and visually stunning transformation of the classic first-person shooter.
At the time of this writing, you have one day and three hours left. You can download it over at Humble Bundle.
Did you know these many good Mac games were released last month?
As always, our New Mac Games page keeps growing each month. Quietly, all the popular new games were added, creating a surprisingly long list of games to try.
PS: By popular, I mean games with at least 300 Steam reviews. If I don't set a limit, that would mean tens of games per month, including (sadly) lots of shovelware.
The month of June was no different, bringing brand-new indies, AAA games, and even exciting expansions. These are some of the highlights, but for the complete list of games released these past months, head over to the official list:
Micro Machines World Series: From the creators of Grid and F1 games, comes Micro Machines World Series, an unique take on the racing genre. Micro Machines World Series for Mac combines the madness of racing micro machines with epic team battle strategies. And all taking place in interactive backdrops of an everyday home.
CRYPTARK: Cryptark for Mac is a 2D roguelike shooter that challenges you with boarding and neutralizing procedurally generated alien starships. As you neutralize enemy ships, you earn income that can be used to purchase improved equipment and weapons to tackle even more dangerous targets. But you'll need to be careful, aliens will defend themselves with cyborg monstrosities, robotics, and security systems.
HITMAN: Hitman is the latest stealth action game from IO Interactive. As Agent 47, you perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. This game comes in episodic form and features seven episodes.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood: Stormblood is the latest Expansion of the critically-acclaimed MMO Final Fantasy XIV. In Stormblood, you get to journey to the East to explore vast, new lands and play as two new jobs─red mage and samurai. Stormblood for Mac also features hundreds of new quests as the Warrior of Light, a level cap increase, changes to the battle system and more.
Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon: Armageddon is a hex-based, turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. In Armageddon for Mac, you lead the Imperial forces of the Steel Legion and Space Marines as they defend the planet against the Ork invasion. The game features over 30 scenarios and powerful modding options to keep you busy for hours.
Kindergarten: Kindergarten for Mac is an original adventure indie that takes place in a deranged school. The teachers are out trying to get rids of their students as the janitor cleans up the blood left behind. Kids get strange brain implants and one of your friends is missing. It will be up to you to figure out what is happening before it's too late.
Cold Waters: Inspired by the 1988 classic “Red Storm Rising”, Cold Waters for Mac puts you in command of a nuclear submarine at a time when Cold War becomes WWIII. This unique wargame features real-time naval combat, over 40 classes of ships and submarines, a dynamic Campaign, authentic Soviet combat tactics, and more. Enough to recreate a deep warfare simulation.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3: Dawn of War 3 for Mac features a terrific campaign and challenging multiplayer mode, giving you command of the heavy-hitting Space Marines, the savage Orks, and the technologically-sophisticated Eldar. The game also features Mac and Linux cross-platform multiplayer.
The month June 2017 also saw the release of critically acclaimed indies such as Passpartout: The Starving Artist, Blitzkrieg 3, Everspace and Hover: Revolt of the Gamers. For the complete list with all the details (descriptions, release dates, links and more), head over to New Mac games: Releases.
This was long overdue and I apologize for not making it happen before...
In March 2016, I released my Top 100 Mac games.
It was by far the most difficult and longest post I had ever written: 14,000 words long, filters, sorting options, images, performance requirements, etc. It was worth it as many of you emailed me back saying it was great. But then I dropped the ball and failed to keep it updated...
Well, it was about time to change that. Our Best 100 Mac games guide is now updated with 18 new games, much more variety, more diversity, and fancy sorting and filtering options.
StarCraft: Remastered is coming to Mac this summer
You can go ahead and mark August 14, 2017, on your calendar. That's the day when Blizzard will release the remastered version of the venerable StarCraft, the fast-paced RTS that stole hours of my teenage years and was source of much frustration (I never got any good in spite of said hours playing it).
Teased a few months ago, StarCraft: Remastered is a “full graphical upgrade” of the 1998 original and its expansion. The remastered version will feature high-definition support up to 4K resolution, higher fidelity music and sound, new matchmaking and leaderboards, cloud saves, and more.
Plus, as is often possible with remasters, you will be able to go from the remastered visuals to the original visuals “with the click of a button.”
If you're a true fan and can't wait to get your hands on it, Blizzard is accepting pre-orders and is offering a few incentives too. According to a press release:
All players who pre-purchase before August 14 will receive three unique building skins for use in StarCraft: Remastered—the Char Hive, the Korhal Command Center, and the Aiur Nexus. Additionally, those who purchase StarCraft: Remastered will receive digital bonuses in StarCraftII, including the Alexei Stukov co-op commander and three unique portraits that celebrate StarCraft: Remastered.
StarCraft: Remastered will be available for Mac and Windows PC on August 14, 2017 for $14.99, a "reasonable" price if you ask me. You can pre-order the game at Blizzard's official website.