2013 was an amazing year for Mac gaming, leaving us with lots of high quality AAA games and indies. Yet, the video-game industry is relentless. It moves on so fast, we’re already looking for what’s ahead.
After celebrating and paying homage to 2013, it’s time we focus on this new year. While it’s still early to tell and there’s a huge chance release dates will change and games will be pushed back, lets take a moment and look at the most exciting games 2014 has in store for the Mac.
Granted, there are tenths of high profile games expected this year, specially with the indie movement growing more and more, but for the time being, lets focus on the 13 most anticipated Mac games for 2014.
2014’s most anticipated Mac Games
Diablo 3: Reapers of Souls
Originally released back in May 2012 for Mac and Windows, Diablo 3 is still extremely popular. The game was later released on PS3 and Xbox 360 last year and has sold over 15 million copies across all platforms. You think that’s impressive? Well, Diablo 3 is not stopping, not even close, and that’s mainly because of Reaper of Souls, the game’s first expansion coming later this year.
Reaper of Souls has enough arguments to make Diablo 3 even more popular. it will introduce a variety of new content, including the Crusader class, an expanded level cap of 70, an additional Act, new enemies, the Mystic artisan, and a sandbox-style Adventure mode. Blizzard describes the Adventure Mode as “an open world with goals” and will reward you gold, XP, powerful items and more.
The Game of Thrones
Developer Telltale Games has done such an amazing job with both The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us series that virtually everything they announce creates a lot of hype. But what happens when you take Telltale’s recent success and mix it with the hottest TV series of the moment, The Game of Thrones? Well, you get one of the most anticipated games of the year, all platforms included.
The Game of Thrones universe is so rich, we can’t wait to see what Telltale will do with it. Given the great job they did with The Walking Dead (specially when you compare it with other games that tried and utterly failed), expectations are high.
We don’t know much more about this game but The Game of Thrones is scheduled for later in 2014.
The Witcher 3: Witch Hunt
The Witcher 2 already delivered stellar graphics when it was first released on Windows and it became a graphic’s benchmark for the Mac when it was finally released on October 2012. The Witcher 3: Witch Hunt promises to raise the bar yet again.
Other than looks, The Witcher 3 will feature an open-world universe (supposedly 30 times the size of previous Witcher games), a 50 hours main storyline, a new combat system and over 36 different endings (talk about actions with consequences).
The Witcher 3 definitely has a lot of promises to fulfill, but given developer CD Projekt RED’s track record, we can expect a Game of the Year contender..
Developed and published by Codemasters on October 2013 for consoles and PC, F1 2013 is the most refined Formula 1 game currently on the market. As most yearly franchises, F1 2013 is expected to further improve gameplay and graphics, however, Codemasters will also introduce brand-new modes and twists. For example, the game will give you the chance to race classic cars on iconic circuits in a new game mode called F1 Classics.
Besides new modes , F1 2013 will also feature all the thrills of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship, including all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 season. The game will also feature Steam-Play as well as 16-player cross-platform multiplayer.
F1 2013 for Mac will be handled by Feral Interactive and just got an official release date earlier this week: March 6th.
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning Elder Scrolls franchise and will bring the experience for the first time online.
The game is set roughly 1,000 years before the events in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and takes place in the continent of Tamriel. As in previous Elder Scrolls titles, the gameplay will be a mixture of quests, random events, and encouragement for players to simply explore the world. While it won’t offer an “offline” mode, developer ZeniMax promises “plenty of content” for those who prefer to play solo.
The game is set in an alternate history timeline, in which a nuclear holocaust took place in 1998. Wasteland 2 will feature a turn-based and party-based RPG with tactical combat. Players will have control of a party of up to 7 characters. 4 of these will be playable, fully customizable Rangers, while the 3 others will be non-player characters, each with their own personality, motivations, opinions and agendas.
Wasteland 2 is expected to be released for Mac, PC and Linux sometime in 2014.
While every new iteration continues to add new features, it seems Tropico 5 will drastically change and improve the Tropico experience you know. The game will span centuries of a nation’s development, from colonial times all the way to the present, giving the game a whole new perspective.
The game will also introduce a “Dynasty” feature, allowing you to appoint extended family to positions of power (it seems Kalypso’s interpretation of a dictatorships is getting more accurate!). Tropico 5 will also introduce a maritime fleet-based trading system and new cooperative / competitive multiplayer modes.
While Mac gamers recently got Tropico 4 on Mac, Tropico 5 is set to debut on Xbox 360, PC, Mac and Linux sometime this year.
Hearthstone is an online card game from Blizzard based on the older World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. The game takes the more recognizable characters and spells from the Diablo, StarCraft and World of Warcraft franchises and creates a free card game which is easy to learn, difficult to master and best of all, insanely fun.
The learning curve is small enough for children to pick it up and play, yet challenging enough for adults well versed in the WoW canon to enjoy the game and attempt to master the nuances of the strategy. A must play, and dare we say: Possible game of the year?
Tales from the Borderlands
Another one from Telltale Games, Tales from the Borderlands will combine the developer’s tried and true formula and combine it with the popular Borderlands universe.
Granted, Telltale’s chose your own destiny formula isn’t fullproof and critics wonder if the Borderlands universe is interesting enough to hook gamers. Still, with Borderlands 2 being one of our favorite games and Telltale’s track record (thanks to the Walking Dead, A Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead 2 trio), we can’t help but want to put our hands on Tales From The Borderlands.
No a lot of details have been shared so far, but Telltale plans to release this game later this year.
StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void
Legacy of the Void is the third part of the StarCraft II trilogy. Like Heart of the Swarm before it, Legacy of the Void will include additional units and multiplayer changes, as well as the final part of StarCraft II’s campaing, this time focusing on the Protoss species.
The campaign will span approximately 20 missions and will focus on Zeratul as its main character.
Lego The Hobbit
Lego: The Hobbit will follow developer TT Games‘s tried-and-tested formula, giving players an action-adventure game set in an unique universe, coupled with movie based Lego characters full of tongue-in-cheek humor.
In this case, the adventure will take place in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit universe and take on Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Co.’s journey to find adventure and kill the evil dragon Smaug. Players will get to explore, solve puzzles and fight in key locations from the first two films, including Bag End, the Misty Mountains, Hobbiton, Goblin-town, Mirkwood, and Rivdendell.
Lego: The Hobbit is due in spring 2014 on consoles, PC and Mac.
Bastion was one of the earliest indie success stories of modern gaming. Since its Xbox Arcade release back in July 2011, we’ve been wondering what the game’s developer, Supergiant Games, next project would be. Enter Transistor.
In Transistor, you take the role of Red, a young woman who somehow gets her hands on a powerful sword, the Transistor. Problem is, evil forces will stop at nothing to recover the weapon.
Transistor is a science fiction Action RPG with real-time gameplay and planning mode. Planning mode will allow you to freeze time and plan a series of attacks and movements (each consuming a bit of the action bar) while the real-time mode will require you to dodge enemies and stay alive.
Bastion’s famous narrator and familiar top-down perspective will be back as well, giving Transistor a sense of familiarity.
Transistor is set to hit the Mac, PC, Linux and Playstation 4 later this year.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
Revealed at BlizzCon 2013, Warlords of Draenor will introduce players to a new Area called Draenor which consists on seven zones. The expansion will allow gamers to boost one of their characters to level 90 immediately, introduce lots of brand-new 5-player dungeons, new raids, new “seamlessly instanced” PVP zone, new world bosses and quest their way to the new level cap of 100. The game’s engine is getting updated too so expect better looking graphics.
Tomb Raider shouldn’t technically be listed here, as the game was released last month. Still, the game is so good, it deserves a place among 2014 Mac Gaming’s highlights.
Tomb Raider is Feral Interactive’s first release of the year and definitely 2014’s best mac game so far. Tomb Raider is also Feral’s first title to further benefit from OS X Mavericks’s graphics improvements. The game looks amazing on the Mac and has virtually all the bells and whistles from the Windows version (exclusing Tesselation).
With such a fine roster of games planned for 2014, our Top 75 Mac Games list will probably change a lot in the following months.
While many of these release dates are unknown, I think you will have enough good games coming out every month to keep ourselves busy. With Tomb Raider out in January, F1 2013 planned for March and The Elder Scrolls Online for April, the year is definitely having a good start. Lets just hope not too many release dates will be pushed back to 2015!
What is your favorite from the list? Did I miss any highly anticipated game for the Mac? Let us know in the comments section!