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Author: Steven Marx

The 30 Best Mac Games of 2017 so Far

Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we spend a lot of time talking about how great the gaming situation is on the Mac. But this year, oh boy, it could go down as the best year for Mac gaming since OS X was released. Really. The release of MacOS 10.12.4 in April seems to have provided the Metal upgrade developers needed to finish some of the top ports. Within weeks of its release, we saw F1 2016, Total War: Warhammer and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy released, and that promises more exciting releases for the next several months. GameNameGenreRequirementsMetascore Mafia...

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Gone Home Mac Review

In the current gaming world, it often seems like you have a choice between shooters and casual games, with the occasional RPG and Sim thrown in. In the last few years however, story-based games seem to be making something of a comeback. Made famous in the mid-1990s by Myst, point-and-click adventure games had a good run before shooters overtook them a few years later. Recently we’ve begun to see more of these, some coming from more of a graphic novel background with a choose-your-own-adventure feel (i.e. Telltale’s Walking Dead) and others more traditionally in the vein of Myst, although...

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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. 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, create zones for residential, commercial and...

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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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