First-Person shooter games are so popular, they can make or break a gaming platform: “Does this console support Titanfall? What about Gears of Wars?” is a good example. First-Person shooters (FPS) are poster boys and the Mac suffers in that department.
But everyone just assumes that the Mac is lacking because it doesn’t support the latest Call of Duty or Battlefield. Yet, the Mac still has many great First-Person Shooters to offer, including some of the very best.
After rounding up the best Racing games, MMORPGs and Strategy games for Mac, it’s time we tackle the most popular genre of all, the Mac’s best First-Person shooters. As always, there will be no web-based fremium here. Sorry!
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The Best First-Person Shooters for Mac
2013’s Mac Game of the year, BioShock Infinite is a hell of an experience.
Brought to the Mac by Aspyr, BioShock Infinite is a single-player game, driven by an amazing story. The story takes place in an unforgettable universe (the flying city of Columbia) that could only be matched by BioShock’s city of Rapture. I won’t spoil the story for you, but I can tell you the ending alone is one of the best I’ve seen.
While the story alone could put BioShock Infinite in any Top 10 list out there, the game’s gameplay and graphics are almost as good as the story. The shooting mechanics are solid and the graphics are nothing short of impressive. At some points I had to stop and just absorb the breathtaking vistas Columbia had to offer. You can also read my full review for more details.
If you fear your Mac won’t be able to handle it, the original BioShock is a great alternative that can run great on a MacBook.
A Good Match for: Everyone. That story is worth your time, no doubt.
You cannot make a best First-person shooter list and not mention Team Fortress 2. The fact that it’s free certainly helps, but the game could cost 50$ and I would still buy it.
TF2 is a team-based First-Person Shooter developed by Valve. The game gives you the choice among nine character classes. After choosing a character, you then join one of two teams and battle in a variety of game modes including capture the flag and king of the hill. The style is cartoonish and the gameplay squad-oriented. You will need a solid team to succeed.
Overall, people love it for its art direction, gameplay, humor, and strong community. And as with any other game from Valve, you can expect the same high-quality as always. Being free, this game is not only one of the best Mac FPS, it’s also one of the Mac’s best free games.
A Good Match for: Folks who prefer community above anything else. Close to 10 years after it’s release (in 2007, as part of the Orange Box), Team Fortress 2’s community is stronger than ever.
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When it was first released back in 2011, Human Revolution offered a refreshing approach. It was something different than what the Call of Duties kept forcing on us. For once we had choice.
Developed by Eidos Montreal and brought to the Mac by Feral Interactive, Human Revolution is a cyberpunk first-person shooter that can do stealth and action if needed. The game will always give you the choice to tackle a given situation in different ways. You can be stealthy and sneak up on enemy soldiers, worrying about noise and hiding bodies. Or you can just run and gun, if that’s your cup of tea, a la Call of Warfare: Modern Battlefield 4.
While Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be mostly remembered by the different strategies it allowed (and encouraged), it will also be remembered by the top-notch story it tells. The single-player campaign is fascinating and will make you forget all about Multiplayer.
A Good Match for: Fans of stealth games. Also everyone that’s tired of the Call of Duty formula.
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The Metro series was infamous for its beautiful graphics and punishing performance. In fact, Metro: Last Light was so demanding, it was often used to benchmark gaming machines. If that wasn’t enough, the game was recently enhanced and improved for next generation consoles. Reborn as Metro: Last Light Redux, the game looks even better.
Developed by Ukrainian developer 4A Games, Last Light is a single player shooter that puts you in the middle of a post-apocalyptic Moscow. As the name of the game suggests, most of the story takes place inside the metro system, with occasional missions above ground. Last Light’s universe is scary, desolated and immersive. And the game’s stealth mechanics are the perfect feature to go along with it.
If you want to take a break from the fast-paced Multiplayer shooters that dominate the market, Metro Last Light is just what you need.
A Good Match for: Fans of horror and survival genres.
It’s no secret that I love Borderlands 2. In fact it’s the game that turned me a Mac gamer for good. But why isn’t it on this list at all? Because Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel did everything a Borderlands fan would expect: It improved upon the previous Borderlands in every way.
Brought to the Mac by Aspyr, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel kept the winning-formula of mixing First-Person Shooter with Role-Playing elements. Here, you will kill and loot, and gain experience points and skills. Yet, Borderlands: The Pre-sequel added new gear, low-gravity mechanics and new skill trees. Enough features to keep you busy in the enormous universe that is entirely at your disposal.
The game also supports up to 4-players co-op. And needless to say, the adventure is much more fun with friends.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is demanding on low-powered Macs, but only because of it looks great. You read my full review for more details.
A Good Match for: Folks who love open-ended universes and role playing games.
Portal 2 was a tough pick. Not because it lacks quality, but because it isn’t technically a first-person “shooter”. Regardless, this first-person game is so good, it deserves a spot on this list.
Also developed by Valve, Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle-platform game. And as you can imagine, it doesn’t focus on guns and shooting baddies. Instead, it revolves around solving mind-bending puzzles. Portal 2 retains all the elements that made the first Portal so unique, and at the same time, it includes enough to make it surpass it’s predecessor (including a co-op campaign).
Our review is all praise, but that’s only because this game is one of the best games ever made. By it’s own rights, Portal 2 is one of Valve’s best games to date and that means a lot.
A Good Match for: Folks who want to shoot less and think more.
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People love to hate Call of Duty, but there’s a reason Call of Duty breaks sales records every time. Call of Duties are as mainstream as it gets, but they do offer great graphics, over-the-top stories and competitive Multiplayer.
From all the Call of Duty games available on Mac, Modern Warfare 3 is the only one that made it to our Top 10. Why? Mainly because it’s the latest one available on Mac, which means that it’s better looking and featured-packed of the bunch. It also helps that Modern Warfare 3, unlike Black Ops, offers cross-platform Multiplayer between Windows and Mac OS X gamers on Steam.
Modern Warfare 3 is truly a complete package. It offers a big-budget story, a co-op mode you can play with a friend and the fast-paced Multiplayer most people buy the game in the first place for.
A Good Match for: Gamers who enjoy the fast-paced Call of Duty style.
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Left 4 Dead 2 is yet another game from Valve, and the sequel of the fan-favorite Left 4 Dead. One could argue that too many Valve games made it to this list, but truth is, they all bring something completely different to the table. And Left 4 Dead 2 is no exception.
The game puts you and 3 other friends in a world full of zombies where you are forced to work as a team. Each level will make you cross zombie-infested areas in order to reach a safe zone. All while doing your best to survive the hundreds of hideous creatures the game will throw at you. L4D2 will throw at you zombies in great numbers, but also tougher monsters to keep you on your toes.
Left 4 Dead 2 is the perfect example of a successful sequel.
A Good Match for: Gamers wanting to do some co-op. L4D2 is the best co-op first-person shooter you can play on your Mac.
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Counter Strike: Global Offensive is another great game from Valve.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is an online tactical first-person shooter developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment, and the fourth game in the franchise. CS: GO features classic content from the original Counter Strike, such as revamped versions of classic maps, as well as brand new maps, characters and game modes.
The game offers the most competitive online Multiplayer out there. This was true with the original CS and CS:GO doesn’t disappoint. CS:GO also features cross-platform Multiplayer between Windows and Mac OS X.
A Good Match for: Gamers wanting a challenge. CS:GO’s Multiplayer is ruthless and requires much practice to master.
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If you’re much younger than me, this could be the very first time you hear about this game. This one is a special dedication to fans of old-school and retro games. But other than being a monument to gaming (it was revolutionary when it was first released in 1994), the game is genuinely fun and one of the best free games you can get for your Mac.
Marathon is a science fiction First-Person shooter from Bungie, the creators of the legendary Halo franchise. The game takes place several centuries into the future and puts you in the shoes of a security officer attempting to defeat an alien invasion aboard a colony ship named the Marathon.
Marathon is a perfect break from all those online First-Person shooters that have saturated the market. You can get the Marathon Trilogy for free and it includes the original Marathon, Marathon 2 and Marathon Infinity.
A Good Match for: Folks who love old-school gaming, fans of the Halo series, and gamers willing to embrace an important piece of Mac gaming’s history.
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It looks like you no longer have an excuse not to try a First-Person shooter on your Mac. With so many options, ranging from fast-paced games to platformers, the Mac has something for everyone.
In fact, many other FPS didn’t make it to the list, but are still great games: Rage, Doom 3, Quake 4, Outlast, The Darkness 2, Shadow Warrior, and many more.
So what is your favorite FPS? Are you currently playing some on your Mac? Let us know in the comments section, perhaps you’ll even find fellow Mac users to play with!