The Ultimate Call of Duty on Mac guide

Are there better First-Person shooters on Mac than Call of Duties? Definitely (we reviewed the Top 10 so you can decide for yourself). Still, Call of Duty earned it’s place as king of first-person shooters for a reason.

It all started over 10 years ago with the original Call of Duty. That game was simply mind-blowing. The graphics, the scale of the battles, the Multiplayer, it puts all the competition to shame.

The games only got better from there (peaking perhaps with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare) and the fact each game breaks a new sales record is telling. The formula is well-known: Solid graphics, Hollywood-worthy single player campaigns and extremely intense Multiplayer modes. In fact, the Multiplayer is so good, most players skip the single-player campaign altogether and go straight to Team Deathmatch (I know I do)!

But the success doesn’t prevent people from criticizing the franchise. The graphics feel stale, yes, and the formula has barely changed since Modern Warfare. Still, Call of Duty is one of the Mac Gaming’s cornerstone franchises.Call of Duty Mac Art Not all Call of Duties has made it to the Mac, but you would be surprised by the choices you currently have. This guide is meant to introduce you to all the Call of Duties out there and help you chose the best one for you. Starting with the latest…

 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3 MacMac Release date: May 2014

Modern Warfare 3 (along with Modern Warfare 2) came to the Mac by surprise only a few weeks ago on Steam. That last part is particularly a big deal, since Steam has lots to offer: Steam-Play games can be played on both Windows and Mac (for the price of one copy) and also let you play competitive cross-platform multiplayer!

Developed by Aspyr (as all Call of Duties on Mac), Modern Warfare 3 is the most recent Call of Duty available on the Mac. Besides having the best graphics the franchise has to offer (as you can see for yourself on the video below), the game concludes the story that started two games before. Without spoiling anything for you, Modern Warfare 3’s campaign is as intense and crazy as it can get:

But even if the campaign is solid, the competitive Multiplayer is where you’ll spend most of your time. The formula doesn’t change much, but adds enough features to make a difference. For example, the entire Killstreak system has been replaced by a new system where kills are no longer the only way to go. Completing objectives also count, and the whole purpose is to encourage different play styles.

Modern Warfare 3 also  features a new mode, called Survival, where you and a friend get to fight endless waves of enemies, with each wave becoming increasingly difficult.

Should you get it? If you’re a fan of the Call of Duty series, this is the one for you. Granted, at $39.99, this the most expensive game on the list, but it’s also the most feature packed.

 Get it from GamersGate (Steam Version)

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Black Ops MacMac Release date: September 2012

Developed by Treyard, Black Ops was the first Call of Duty game set in the Cold War.

The campaign has everything you can expect from a COD. It has tons of explosions, missions taking place all over the world and memorable set-pieces. The story itself is good, but what really steals the show here are the Multiplayer and Zombie modes. Black Ops’ Multiplayer doesn’t reinvent the wheel, yet it takes things further with the introduction of hundreds of customization options, more perks and new match modes.

And just in case you don’t feel like saving the world or dominating the competitive Multiplayer mode, Black Ops also introduces a brand-new Zombie mode in which you play cooperatively with friends against endless waves of zombies (which get tougher and uglier with each wave).

Should you get it? Overall, Black Ops is a great package and that’s why it’s part of our Top 5 First-Person Shooters. But without the goodies Steam-Play has to offer (for example, Black Ops doesn’t support cross-platform Multiplayer) and a price tag at $39.99, you’re better off with Modern Warfare 3.

Get it from the Mac App Store:

Call of Duty®: Black Ops

by Aspyr Media, Inc.

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2012-09-27

  • Genre

    Games

  •   39.99$
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.18 ⋅ 12 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Call of Duty®: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops includes the "First Strike" DLC! Enjoy 4 additional multiplayer maps and an additional zombie experience. Play the Rezurrection DLC, available via in-app purchase, offering 4 re-mastered levels of spooky Zombie lore, plus an all new Moon level!

Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Mac takes players to conflicts across the globe as elite Black Ops forces fight in the deniable operations and secret wars that occurred under the veil of the Cold War. The included First Strike DLC gives you 5 additional incredibly diverse maps, including 4 new multiplayer maps and a chilling new Zombie experience. Call of Duty: Black Ops features an epic single-player campaign, an incredibly deep Mac-to-Mac multiplayer experience and expanded co-op gameplay.

● ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS ●

We do NOT recommend that you play Call of Duty: Black Ops on any of the following unsupported graphic chipsets:
HD3000 (2011 Mac Mini, 2011 MacBook Air, 2011 13” MacBook Pro)
HD4000 (2012 13” MacBook Pro)
ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, HD 4670, HD 6490M, HD6630M
NVIDIA 8000 & 9000 series, GT100 series, 320M, 330M
Intel Integrated GMA950, x3100

● Please Check System Requirements Prior to Purchasing. If you are unsure about your system specs, head over to GameAgent.com and let the MacMatch feature do it for you! ●

In order to run the game with satisfactory performance, your Mac must meet these minimum system requirements:
2.4 GHz CPU Speed | 4 GB RAM | 15 GB free disk space | (ATI): Radeon HD 3870 | 512 MB VRam

Supported Video cards:
NVIDIA GT 640M, 650M, 660M, GTX 675MX, GTX 680MX
ATI Radeon HD 3870, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6750M, HD 6770M, HD 6970M

Call of Duty: Black Ops supports both the Microsoft Xbox 360 wired gamepad AND the PlayStation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller

NOTICE: We have created default settings for the most optimal experience on the Mac. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND DEFAULT SETTINGS FOR THE BEST PLAY PERFORMANCE

NOTICE: Call of Duty: Black Ops is a VERY large file size. Please be patient when downloading.

NOTICE: Internet connection required for Multiplayer and Zombies

NOTICE: 10.7 and above required for In-App Purchases

© 2010-2014 Activision Publishing, Inc. ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY and CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. This product contains software technology licensed from Id Software (”Id Technology”). Id Technology ©1999-2013 Id Software, Inc. Published and distributed by Aspyr Media, Inc. “Aspyr” and the Aspyr “star” logo are federally registered trademarks of Aspyr Media, Inc. Aspyr makes no guarantees regarding the availability of online play, and may modify or discontinue online service in its discretion without notice, including for example, ceasing online service for economic reasons due to a limited number of players continuing to make use of the service over time. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The ratings icon is a trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2bMac Release date: May 2014

Modern Warfare wasn’t as revolutionary as the first one was, but it still managed to improve the amazing Call of Duty 4’s formula.

As far as the single player campaign goes, this is a direct sequel to the original Modern Warfare story. Despite your best efforts in the previous game, the ultranationalists seize control of the Russian Federation and begin a series of terrorist attacks. I won’t spoil the story for you, but the campaign is packed with impressive moments. For example, the infamous airport mission, which asks you to kill hundreds of innocent civilians is in there…

As far as the Multiplayer goes, Modern Warfare 2 retains the same experience points and unlockable reward system as before. As it was expected, the developer focused on adding new features, new weapons, equipment and perks that can be upgraded to “pro versions” after meeting certain requirements.

Modern Warfare 2 also introduced the effective, but extremely annoying tactical nuke. After a 25 kill streak, the nuke gives you an instant victory and kill everyone on the map, including yourself…

Should you get it? At $19.99, Modern Warfare 2 is a great buy, perhaps the Call of Duty with the most bang for the buck. If you haven’t played newer COD games before, this one should be perfect for you.

 Get it from GamersGate (Steam Version)

 

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Mac games - Call of Duty 4Mac Release date: September 2008

I keep referring to this one, and for good reason… Other Call of Duties have perfected and improved the formula, but it was Call of Duty 4 that started it all.

This was developer Infinity Ward’s first multi-million dollar hit. The game completely revolutionized the first-person genre, including a single player campaign like we’ve never seen before and a completely revolutionary Multiplayer. Call of Duty 4 was the first game to pull off the Hollywood-worthy action sequences you and me now take for granted. It was also one of those rare COD games to have a story that was both engaging and made sense (just play Modern Warfare 2’s story and you’ll see what I mean).

On the Multiplayer side, it introduced experience points, unlockable weapons, customizable classes and perks. This sounds basic today, but that’s only because this game made it happen.

Call of Duty 4 is also available on Steam and offers cross-platform Multiplayer. However, be aware that the Multiplayer is packed with cheaters…

Should you get it? This game could be the perfect introduction to the COD franchise, but at the same price as Modern Warfare 2 ($19.99), this is a hard sell. The only exception could be fans who absolutely want to experience the whole Modern Warfare campaign.

Get it from the Mac App Store:

Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare™

by Aspyr Media, Inc.

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2011-01-12

  • Genre

    Games

  •   19.99$
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.7.2 ⋅ 6.8 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare™

• Please note that currently there is ongoing server maintenance that can cause interruptions or prevent multiplayer play. Single player games are unaffected. •

Featuring a tense storyline, filled with plot twists, Call of Duty 4 thrusts players into battle like never before. With amazing special effects, including rim-lighting, depth of field, texture streaming and character self-shadowing, players are enlisted into one of the most photo-realistic gaming experiences imaginable.

The community-oriented Call of Duty 4 multiplayer gameplay features a robust leveling system, variety of unlockable perks, hot-join and matchmaking, as well as create a class and party capabilities to ensure that players of all skill levels can join in the fun. Additionally over 100 challenges and a host of new game environments and modes deliver unlimited possibilities. Infinity Ward has also included Kill-Cam, a fan favorite feature that they created in Call of Duty 2, which allows for spectator instant replays.

© 2014 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision and Call of Duty are registered trademarks and Modern Warfare is a trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. This product contains software technology licensed from Id Software ("Id Technology"). Id Technology © 1999-2013 Id Software, Inc. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. Aspyr is a registered trademark of Aspyr Media, Inc., and the Aspyr star logo is a trademark of Aspyr Media. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

• Please Check System Requirements Prior to Purchasing. If you are unsure about your system specs, head over to GameAgent.com and let the MacMatch feature do it for you! •

• This is a BIG game (nearly 7GB!), so it will take a while to download. Please check the system requirements below.

• Supported in English Only*

• Intel Integrated video chipsets are not supported (GMA 950/GMA X3100); X1900 not supported

In order to run the game with satisfactory performance, your Mac must meet these minimum system requirements: CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo / 2.0 GHz / 1 GB RAM / HD Space: 8.0 GB + 1 GB Swap File / ATI Radeon X1600; NVidia Geforce 7300; 128MB VRam

• Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, GT 120, 320M, 330M, 640M, 650M, 660M, 675MX, 680MX
NVIDIA GeForce Quadro FX 4500
ATI Radeon X1600, HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6630, HD 6490, HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6970
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4000

MULTIPLAYER REQUIREMENTS:
• Internet (TCP/IP) or LAN (TCP/IP) play supported
• Internet play requires broadband connection

NOTICE: Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported

NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended(Case Sensitive)

NOTICE: This game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.
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Call of Duty and Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2Mac Release date: June 2006 (COD 2)

This is as classic as it gets. Both Call of Duty 1 and 2 focused on the intensity of World War II’s battles and played an active role in the evolution of the First-Person genre.

I will always remember COD 2’s single-player scale of the battles. It was the first time I actually felt like I was part of something bigger than just me and my M1 Garand (man, I loved that weapon!). There was action everywhere and a ton of people to shoot at.

The Multiplayer was also top-notch. The Xbox 360 only allowed 8 players in a single match, but you could push it to 64 players on the PC. That was HUGE back then.

But alas, those days are long gone. These games deserve a place in history because of everything they did for the genre but it would be hard to fully enjoy them today.

Should you get them? If you enjoy old-school gaming, yes. If you are still rocking an older MacBook, this game could also be a good option as its requirements are pretty easy to fulfill nowadays. For the rest of you, you will be better off playing Modern Warfare 2 or 3, depending on your budget.

Get them from the Mac App Store:

Call of Duty® 2

by Aspyr Media, Inc.

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2011-03-31

  • Genre

    Games

  •   19.99$
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.3.1 ⋅ 3.6 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Call of Duty® 2

Fight some of WWII's most epic battles looking through the eyes of ordinary soldiers.

The sequel to Call of Duty, the 2003 Game of the Year and winner of more than 80 awards, Call of Duty 2 offers more immense, more intense, more realistic battles than ever
before, thanks to the stunning visuals of the Call of Duty 2 engine. Call of Duty 2 provides an amazing experience with all-new enhancements, ranging from stunningly realistic graphics to seamless gameplay, a new engine, groundbreaking AI, and choice-based innovations that allow players to experience the closest thing they’ll ever get to real warfare. Beautifully rendered snow, rain, fog and smoke, combined with dynamic lighting and shadows, make this the most intense WWII first person action title yet.

© 2014 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision and Call of Duty are registered trademarks and United Offensive is a trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Developed by Gray Matter Interactive, Inc. This product contains software technology licensed from Id Software (“Id Technology”). Id Technology © 1999-2014 Id Software, Inc. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. Aspyr is a registered trademark of Aspyr Media, Inc., and the Aspyr star logo is a trademark of Aspyr Media. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

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** System Requirements **
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.6 CPU Processor: Intel chipset CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz Memory: 512 MB or higher Hard Disk Space: 4.0 GB free disk space Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600 Video Card (NVidia): GeForce 7300 Video Memory (VRam) : 128 MB or higher Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection. Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M ATI Radeon X1600, X1900, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6750 Intel HD Graphics 3000

NOTICE: Integrated video chipsets are not supported (GMA 950 Mac Mini(2006,2007), iMac(2006), Macbook(2006,2007), GMA X3100 Macbook(2007,2008), MacBook Air(2008))

NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)

NOTICE: This game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.
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Call of Duty®

by Aspyr Media, Inc.

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2011-04-21

  • Genre

    Games

  •   19.99$
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.5.5 ⋅ 1.2 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Call of Duty®

Call of Duty® delivers the gritty realism and cinematic intensity of World War II's epic battlefield moments like never before - through the eyes of citizen soldiers and unsung heroes from an alliance of countries who together helped shape the course of modern history.
 
Play through the chaos of battle as part of a well-trained squad, that lays down covering fire and pulls its wounded to safety. In addition to authentic squad movements and tactics, each soldier's distinct personality and training comes out on the battlefield.       
 
No one soldier or nation single-handedly won the war. For the first time, Call of Duty captures the war from multiple perspectives, through the eyes of American, British and Russian soldiers. Battle through 24 missions spanning 4 interconnected historical campaigns. Take on mission objectives ranging from sabotage and all-out assault to stealth, vehicle combat and rescue. Authentic weapons, locations, vehicles and sounds of war all contribute to the realism, immersing you in the most intense World War II experience yet.

© 2014 Aspyr Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved © 2014 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision and Call of Duty are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. This product contains software technology licensed from Id Software ("Id Technology"). Id Technology © 1999-2014 Id Software, Inc.

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• SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS •
If you encounter problems playing the game, please visit
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In order to run the game with satisfactory performance, your Mac must meet
these minimum system requirements: 1.8 GHz CPU Speed | 512 MB RAM | 2.0 GB
free disk space | (ATI): Radeon X1600; (NVidia): GeForce 7300 | 128 MB VRam

Supported Video cards:
NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M
ATI Radeon X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6750
Intel HD Graphics 3000

Recommended System Requirements:
CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz | Memory: 2 GB or higher | Video RAM: 256 MB

Notice: Integrated video chipsets are not supported (GMA 950 Mac Mini(2006,2007), iMac(2006), Macbook(2006,2007), GMA X3100 Macbook(2007,2008), MacBook Air(2008))

NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)

NOTICE: If you are experiencing issues launching this game with a NVIDIA 650M (2011, 2012 MBP), please click the support link at the tip right of this page!

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What next?

The Call of Duty franchise got better thanks to the recent releases of Modern Warfare 2 and 3. Aspyr did a great job too, ensuring the games plays smoothly and support Steam-Play. That said, the Mac still has some significant catch up to do. Both Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty Ghosts have been out on PC (18 months and 6 months, respectively) with no signs of a Mac Port.

As always, the Mac Porting business is full of secrecy and Aspyr is no exception. We can only hope they’re working hard on bringing some more COD action to the Mac. Or if they ever decide to bring Titantall instead, we won’t complain… 😉

So what’s your favorite Call of duty game? If you’re looking for other Mac gamers to play some Muliplayer with, let us know in the comments!

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  • Janichsan

    “Modern Warfare was the first to mix FPS games with RPG elements,…”

    No, it wasn’t. Battlefield 2 (2005) did this earlier than CoD 4 (2007).

    • http://macgamerhq.com Ric Molina

      I was mainly focusing on COD games but you are right indeed, they did it first.

  • Janichsan

    Sorry for posting again, but I missed this first: “The only problem with Modern Warfare for Mac was its release date: 2011! 4 years after the original release!”

    CoD 4 for Mac was originally released in late 2008 – *one* year after the Windows version.

    • http://macgamerhq.com Ric Molina

      Wikipedia says you are right but most digital stores say it was released in 2011. In fact, even the Game Agent (Aspyr’s store) says the game was released on 2011… I will contact them to verify the actual release date and modify the article if needed.
      Thanks for the comment!

      • Janichsan

        Well, that’s because the digital download version was released in 2011. You might remember that in the dark, long forgotten past games were shipped on shiny disks. And with “dark, long forgotten past” I mean 2008. 😉

        • http://macgamerhq.com Ric Molina

          I got the confirmation from Aspyr and yes, the first release was back in 2008. Thanks for the clarification.
          BTW, man you are tough, hope you at least enjoyed the article 😉

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  • Jeronimo Yuli

    Nice guide, i hope mw2 or 3 appear in the summer sale

    • http://macgamerhq.com/ Mac Gamer Ric

      I’m confident they will man, Steam’s summer sale has some much going on, you just need to be on top of the limited-time sales and so on!

  • ikir

    Interesting reading Ric!
    PS: check Cod4 release date

    • http://macgamerhq.com/ Mac Gamer Ric

      Thanks man, mistaken copy / paste!