Author: Steven Marx

SimCity 4 Mac Review

SimCity 4? Yes, you read that correctly, SimCity 4. But SimCity 4 was released in 2003, why are you reviewing it now? I hear you cry. Well, it’s complicated. You may have heard that Electronic Arts, owner of Maxis, SimCity’s original developer, released a new SimCity recently. It was not received with acclaim. And after a fiasco of a launch on Windows, there was a fiasco of a launch on Mac. So imagine everyone’s surprise when SimCity 4 appeared suddenly on the Mac App Store last April. Why would anyone bother? One explanation is that this version was released by Aspyr, who perhaps saw an opportunity to cash in on frustrations with EA’s new version by rejiggering SC4 to run on modern Macs and releasing it at a lower cost. (Bonus feature: this version includes the Rush Hour expansion pack as well). So if you, like me, were frustrated and annoyed by the “new” SimCity, is this the SimCity you’ve been searching for? Does it have enough chops to be considered one of Mac gaming’s most popular strategy games? Read on. Download on the Mac App Store: Note: As always, this game was reviewed on Mac hardware. Read on for the full specs.   Enter SimCity 4 on Mac If you’ve ever played a SimCity (SC) game, SC4’s basic gameplay elements should be familiar. You start with some land,...

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Pillars of Eternity Mac Review

Funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Pillars of Eternity promised a return to classic RPGs such as Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale. Created by Obsidian Entertainment and featuring a team with plenty of experience creating top-tier games, the campaign blew past its original funding goal, the Mac & Linux version stretch goals, and many others on their way to raising almost $4 million, making it the highest funded game ever on Kickstarter at the time. In addition to the Mac/Linux ports, stretch goals included the creation of more races, classes, regions, gameplay modes and much more. Released simultaneously...

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Civilization: Beyond Earth Mac Review

Civilization Is Back And It’s Far Out… Announced to some acclaim in April 2014, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth (CBE) promised to go where no Civilization title had gone before … At least since Alpha Centauri came out in 1999. Successor to both that title and Civilization V, CBE was developed by Firaxis, ported to the Macintosh by Aspyr, and released in the fall of 2014 on the Mac App Store and Steam. Note that the Steam and Mac App Store versions are not interchangeable. DLC packs won’t transfer and online Multiplayer is limited to the Steam version, though the...

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This War of Mine Mac Review

A war game where you don’t see the war, a resource management game where the resources are literally a matter of survival, and a survival game where your odds of surviving are pretty slim, This War of Mine has the usual elements you find on games, but is anything but usual. Developed by 11 bit Studios, makers of the Anomaly series, and released simultaneously for Mac, Windows & Linux, This War of Mine has garnered excellent reviews for its unique approach to war, excellent graphics and challenging gameplay. It’s time we test it ourselves and see if it’s worth your hard-earned money. Get...

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Hitman: Absolution Mac Review

Are you tired of just walking into a room or arena and shooting everything in sight? Bored with measuring success by having the biggest gun or fastest trigger finger? Do you like your killing more quiet, subtle and tactical? Well Hitman: Absolution is here to give you a run, hide and sneak for your money. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of killing along the way. Ported to the Mac by Feral Interactive and available on both Steam and the Mac App Store, Hitman places you in the shoes of Agent 47, a genetically engineered hitman designed to take on the toughest...

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