The 10 Best FPS games for Mac

Mac Gamer HQ picks its favorite shooters, including worthy free FPS games for Mac
By Steve Marx & Ric Molina | Updated Sept 4, 2018

Sometimes you just want to shoot something. Or lots of somethings. Fortunately, First-Person Shooters (FPS) allow us to do that from the comfort of our homes.

And while MacOS may not have all the latest and greatest shooters, we’ve always had a fine selection to choose from. We last did a rundown of the top Mac FPS games 6 months ago, so it’s definitely time to take another look.

If you’ve got an itchy trigger finger, we have something here for you whether you’re looking for a graphics-intensive, realistic shooter for your iMac or a casual shoot-’em-up for your older Macbook.

And we’ll throw in a couple of curveballs (sorry, it’s Spring Training) that stretch the genre and maybe your idea of what a shooter can be.

Looking for something less shooty? We also have a list of the 100 Best Mac games in all the best categories.

Our PickRunner-UpBudget PickBonus Pick
Borderlands 2 Mac artBorderlands 2Deus Ex Mankind Divided Mac artMankind DividedCS: GOFortnite Mac artFortnite
The Best of the Best, it particularly shines when playing with friends.A close second, this Action RPG is one of the best looking games on Mac.A cheaper alternative, CS:GO is the toughest competitive FPS around.Technically not an FPS, this is the most popular shooter in the world right now.
✅ Not Demanding⛔ Very Demanding✅ Not Demanding⚠️ Fairly Demanding
2012201720122017
$19.99$29.99$14.99Free

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Last updated: September 4, 2018

After reviewing our Top 10 games, we decided to replace three of them with games that are a little more recent and/or have better reviews. Also, we completely overhauled the Competition section to make it more useful and focused more on the actual Mac performance of games and benchmark results.

Real-world MacOS tests

This is what makes our Top 10 guides unique. We tested every single game featured below on at least these three Macs. 

Remember, all of our results are on Frames per Second (our MacOS performance section explains what they mean). This is the overview of our tests:

Our absolute favorite Mac FPS games

9

Best Multiplayer shooter to play with friends

Borderlands 2
Mac Release date: 2012 MacOS developer: Aspyr Media Metascore: 89

We previously had Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as our pick from this series. So what happened? Over time it’s become clear that Borderlands 2 is the king of this series, with perhaps the perfect blend of shooting and looting. That’s probably why it has 12,000 concurrent players a month compared to the Pre-Sequel’s 1,100 players.

The Borderlands series is known for its winning formula of mixing FPS gameplay with RPG mechanics, and Borderlands 2 just got it all right. Here, you will kill and loot, and gain experience points and skills. Enough features to keep you busy in the enormous world that is entirely at your disposal. The game also supports up to 4-players co-op, and needless to say, the experience is much more fun with friends.

One more thing…  Borderlands 2 is also beautiful, with a graphic novel style that ages well. Luckily, Aspyr did such a terrific job with the game’s Mac version that most will be able to experience it, including gamers with older MacBook Pros.

Borderlands 2 benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using Medium settings, 2X Anisotropic Filtering, FXAA, and 1280×800 resolution:

Borderlands_2_results

Can your Mac run it? Taking into account that even our 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro handled the game just fine, most Macs from 2013 onwards should be able to handle it.

Any bugs you should be aware of? The game sometimes crashes on the start menu. To avoid that problem, just launch a game as soon as you enter the open menu.

Verdict: ✅ Low Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.8.5, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, 256 MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 / NVidia Geforce 8800/ Intel HD 3000 or better, 13 GB hard drive space.

9

Best looking shooter on MacOS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Mac Release date: 2017

MacOS developer: Feral Interactive

Metascore: 83

The latest entry in this venerable franchise replaces the previous installment, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which easily earned a place on the list thanks to its innovative approach that allows you to play the way you want. You like stealth, play stealthy, you like frontal assaults, you can do that too. In Deus Ex, you can use the RPG-like system of augmentations to gradually evolve your character to suit your playing style.

While Feral Interactive had to delay it while waiting for Metal 2, once it arrived it easily took its place as one of the best and most innovative shooters on the platform. With a deep story continuing from the last (and previous) installments, beautiful graphics and replayability thanks to the augmentation system, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was worth the wait.

One more thing… The main thing holding it back from the first place is the hefty system requirements; all that beauty comes at a cost and our results from our test machines make it clear you’ll need a fairly recent machine for a satisfying gaming experience.

Mankind Divided benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using the Medium Preset, 2X Anisotropic Filtering, V-Sync Off, and 1280×800 resolution:

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Mac results

Can your Mac run it? As you can see from these results, this is one tough game to run. It looks great but you’ll need a high-end machine to enjoy it. Make sure your Mac meets the very strict system requirements before purchasing it.

Any bugs you should be aware of? If your Mac can handle it, you should encounter a bug-free experience.

Verdict: ⛔ High Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.13.1, 3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 2GBAMD R9 M290 or better, 67 GB hard drive space.

9

Best competitive multiplayer shooter 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Mac Release date: 2012

MacOS developer: Valve

Metascore: 83

Valve has more than its share of games on this list, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is probably the best. I’ll forgive you if you don’t recognize the title, as you mostly see it as CS: GO because people don’t want to waste time typing it, they just want to get into the action.

CS: GO is an online tactical first-person shooter and 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, including professionals playing on the eSports circuit. CS:GO features cross-platform Multiplayer between Windows and macOS, and if you’re worried that after six years players might have moved on to something newer, fear not. CS: GO is the second most played title on Steam after Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (I know, I know).

One more thing… Be warned though, CS:GO’s Multiplayer is ruthless, filled with players with thousands of hours, and requires much practice to master. On the other hand, it runs great on MacOS, even on our 2013 MBP test machine. Valve knows how to take care of a Mac port.

CS GO benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using Medium settings, 2x MSAA, 2X Anisotropic Filtering, V-Sync Off, and 1280×800 resolution:

CS GO Mac results

Can your Mac run it? As you can see from these results, our 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro did just fine, squeezing a comfortable 37 FPS. Most Macs from 2012 onwards should be able to handle it, including those with integrated graphics.

Any bugs you should be aware of? No bugs were encountered during our tests.

Verdict: ✅ Low Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.6.6, 2 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 2400 or better / NVidia 8600M or better, 15 GB hard drive space.

9

Best free-to-play shooter 

Fortnite

Mac Release date: 2017

MacOS developer: Epic Games

Metascore: 81

Battle Royale games are all the vogue now, and Fortnite from Epic Games is one of the most popular. While technically a third person rather than a first-person shooter, it is nonetheless the hottest shooter right now, so we thought it deserved to be on our list. That’s right, we’ll bend the rules if a game’s good enough.

Free-to-play, Fortnite: Battle Royale puts you in the middle of 100 player PvP battles on a large map where in addition to killing or being killed you gather resources to build shelters and collect weapons and ammo to, again, kill everyone else.

Featuring solo and team modes, Fortnite presses all the traditional shooter buttons. If you’re looking to give that whole Battle Royale thing a try, Fortnite is the game for you.

One more thing… Mac gamers usually have to wait until the most popular games get a Mac release. Not with Fortnite. The Mac version of the game was released on day one, and even if performance isn’t great, it continues to improve with every update.

Fortnite benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using Medium settings, 100% 3D Resolution, V-Sync Off and 1280×800 resolution:

Fortnite Mac results

Can your Mac run it? Fortnite is quite demanding. Even our 2016 MacBook Pro couldn’t manage 30 FPS (the absolute minimum required for a fast-paced online shooter). The Mac performance of the game keeps improving with every new update, but performance is low.

Any bugs you should be aware of? Not exactly a bug, but be aware that performance is terrible as soon as your character jumps from the bus. Be patient and wait a few minutes until performance improves and FPS stabilize.

Verdict: ⛔ High Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.12.6 and a machine that supports Metal, 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD 4000 or better.

Also great Mac first-person shooters

BioShock Infinite

Mac Release date: 2013

MacOS developer: Aspyr Media

Metascore: 94

BioShock Infinite, like the others in the series, is a hell of an experience and an obvious choice.

Also ported 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 the original 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 finest I’ve ever 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.

One more thing… Infinite was a graphically intensive game when it was first released, and now that it’s a few years old, it’s playable on a wide variety of machines, including older MacBooks.

BioShock Infinite benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using the Medium Preset and 1280×800 resolution:

BioShock Infinite Mac results

Can your Mac run it? Bioshock Infinite is somewhat demanding, but that’s not surprising because, well, the game looks pretty good. If you’re willing to play at the lowest settings, you should be able to run it at comfortable FPS even on older MacBook Pros.

Any bugs you should be aware of? This is yet another fine Mac port from Aspyr. We never encountered any bugs during our tests.

Verdict: ⚠️️ Medium Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.8, 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, 512 MB ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVidia Geforce 640M / Intel HD4000 graphics card or better, 30 GB hard drive space.

Paladins

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Hi-Rez Studios

Metascore: 83

Set in a fantasy universe that contains both modern weapons and magical elements, Paladins has quickly become one of the most popular multiplayer shooters around. Featuring a unique blend of fantasy and modern weaponry, Paladins shines because it has two things that are rarely found together: Free-to-play and excellent gameplay.

Paladins also includes deck-building elements which you can use to customize your character in a variety of ways and an upgrade system like those found in MOBAs. Ultimately, Paladins is an action-packed game that is fun from the first second you play it. Without a doubt one of the best free shooter games for Mac.

One more thing… Paladins is a great choice for those looking for a free-to-play team-based shooter with low system requirements. Plus, this is as close to Overwatch as we’ve got on the Mac right now.

Paladins benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using the Medium settings, 2X Anti-Aliasing, Vertical Sync Off and 1280×800 resolution:

Paladins results

Can your Mac run it? Testing Paladins was an extremely pleasant surprise. The game ran great on all machines, and even in the heat of battle, it ran at an acceptable speed on our older MacBook Pro. If you have a MacBook from 2013 onwards, you should be able to run it. 

Any bugs you should be aware of? The game ran smoothly and the experience for us was bug-free.

Verdict: ⚠️️ Medium Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.10, 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, ATI Radeon 3870, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher, 10 GB hard drive space.

Superhot

Mac Release date: 2016

MacOS developer: Superhot Team

Metascore: 82

By now you may be wondering if there are other new shooters for Mac. Yes, there are, and Superhot is almost certainly the most innovative. In addition to not looking like the other FPS games for Mac on the list, Superhot doesn’t play like the others either.

In Superhot, you face waves of enemies and time only moves when you do, allowing you to plan your strategy for staying alive. Think bullet-time from The Matrix with minimalist but still stylish graphics and you’ll have some idea of what you’ll face. There is no story, health regeneration or ammo drops here, only tight gameplay meshed into an original take on the FPS genre.

One more thing… Praised for its innovative look and gameplay, Superhot’s minimalist graphics also mean it can play on a wide variety of Macs, with great performance even on our 2013 MBP.

Superhot benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using the Low-End Graphics Preset and 1280×800 resolution:

Superhot Mac results

Can your Mac run it? Superhot is not a demanding game and runs fine even on our 5-year old MBP. Notice that frames per second are capped at 60 FPS. That explains why our newer machines could squeeze (much) more FPS from this game.

Any bugs you should be aware of? The experience for us was bug-free.

Verdict: ✅ Low Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.8, 2.4 GHz Intel Processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 GB graphics card or better, 5 GB hard drive space.

Dying Light

Mac Release date: 2016

MacOS developer: Techland

Metascore: 87

An open-world, action survival game which again stretches the definition of shooter, if you want to kill zombies & use parkour, Dying Light is for you.

Set in a city devastated by a mysterious epidemic, you spend your days exploring a dangerous and open city, scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons. With your parkour skills you can explore and travel wherever you want; verticality is an important feature, you’ll want to think in three dimensions.

The fun begins at night when the zombies and other mysterious and worse enemies go on the attack, forcing you to use those weapons and skills to survive until dawn. Featuring single player, multiplayer and four-player cooperative modes, Dying Light more than fills your need for a zombie apocalypse shooter.

One more thing… While this a demanding game, it always worked great, even on our lower end test machine. That said, you’ll still want a fairly hearty Mac to fully enjoy it.

Dying Light benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using the Medium settings, all effects set to On and 1280×800 resolution:

Dying Light results

Can your Mac run it? Dying Light is a demanding game. The size of the game world, the quantity of zombies, buildings, and objects, it’s not surprising this game requires some decent horsepower to run. Stay away from it unless you have at least a recent MacBook Pro.

Any bugs you should be aware of? Testing Dying Light was a real treat. Sometimes games can be tricky when tested on older machines. In this case, the ran worked just fine on all of our machines, including the much too old 2013 MBP.

Verdict: ⚠️️ Medium Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.12.1, 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2 GB VRAM, 40 GB hard drive space.

Insurgency

Mac Release date: 2014

MacOS developer: New World Interactive

Metascore: 74

From New World Interactive, Insurgency features modern, close-quarters, tactical combat. In contrast to the usual shoot everything that moves FPS, Insurgency focuses on teamwork in order to capture key strongholds and destroy enemy supplies. Featuring forty realistic weapons, nine multiplayer and five cooperative multiplayer modes, and sixteen maps playable in day and night combat, you won’t run out of options any time soon.

Insurgency is known for being brutally difficult, but in a realistic way; aside from possible single-shot death, the HUD provides no ammunition count, health info, or even a crosshair to help you aim. Weapons and communication behave realistically, and as you gather supplies and upgrade weapons you’ll be heavier, move slower and get tired. And despite its difficulty, Insurgency remains incredibly popular.

One more thing… This being another game using Valve’s Source engine, the Mac version is solid and ran surprisingly well on all our machines. We did encounter a few funky bugs (such as soldiers gliding around without moving their legs), but they were all harmless.

Insurgency benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

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Testing Conditions: We tested the game using the Medium settings, 2X MSAA Anti-Aliasing, 2X Anisotropic, and 1280×800 resolution:

Insurgency results

Can your Mac run it? Insurgency is one of the games than delivered the most FPS. Taking into account it can do close to 35 FPS on our 2013 MacBook Pro, this game should run fine on most Macs from the past 5 years.

Any bugs you should be aware of? We did encounter some strange bugs and odd warnings but they were all completely harmless and never caused any real problem.

Insurgency warnings

Verdict: ✅ Low Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.6.6, 2 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor, 4 GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 2400 or better / NVIDIA 8600M or better, 10 GB hard drive space.

Metro 2033 Redux

Mac Release date: 2014

MacOS developer: 4A Games

Metascore: 90

The Metro series was infamous for its beautiful graphics and punishing performance. In fact, Metro: Last Light, which made our last list, was so demanding it was often used to benchmark gaming machines. Enhanced several years ago with improved graphics and enhanced gameplay, Metro 2033 Redux looks as good as it plays.

Developed by Ukrainian developer 4A Games, Metro 2033 Redux 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. 2033’s universe is scary, desolate 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 2033 is just what you need.

One more thing…  We went into our tests expecting the game to crush our 13-inch MacBook Pros. But the game performed great on all three of our test machines. Considering the level of detail and great graphics overall, that’s impressive.

Metro 2033 benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

Expand to see if your Mac run it

Testing Conditions: We tested the game using the Medium Quality Settings, SSAA set to 0.5X, Anisotropic Filtering 4X, V-Sync Off and the 1280×800 resolution:

Metro 2033 Redux Mac results

Can your Mac run it? Famous for its demanding and beautiful graphics, Metro 2033 Redux isn’t that difficult to run anymore. Even our 2013 MBP did fine.

Be very careful with these settings. Resolution can’t be changed and is blocked at 2560×1600. The only way to alter that is to change SSAA to 0.5X (to divide the resolution by 2) or 0.25X (to divide it by 4).

 

Verdict: ⚠️️ Medium Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS 10.10, Intel Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, Intel HD3000 graphics card or better, 400 MB hard drive space.

Left 4 Dead 2

Mac Release date: 2009

MacOS developer: Valve

Metascore: 89

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 zombies at you 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 and more proof that age doesn’t equal obsolescence. Now almost ten years old, Left 4 Dead 2 still has a large user base, beating out Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer!

One more thing…  Left 4 Dead 2 offers by far the best performance in our list. Granted, it may be the oldest game in here, but to manage 70 FPS on our lower-end MacBook is nothing short of impressive.

Left 4 Dead 2 benchmark results (in FPS):

2013 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro

2014 27-inch iMac

Expand to see if your Mac run it

Testing Conditions: We tested the game using Medium settings, Anisotropic 2X, V-Sync off, Anti-Aliasing off, and the 1280×800 resolution:

Left 4 Dead 2 Mac results

Can your Mac run it? This is an extremely light game to run. Our 2013 MBP did great and I wouldn’t be surprised if much older machines could play it just fine. If you were looking for a “MacBook FPS”, this is it.

Any bugs you should be aware of? The experience for us was bug-free.

Verdict: ✅ Low Demand Levels

System Requirements: OS, 10.7, 2 GHz Intel Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M / Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics card or better, 13 GB hard drive space.

The Competition: Free FPS games for Mac and more

We had a hard time limiting the best FPS for Mac to a Top 10 list, so we decided to honor the games that didn’t quite make the cut but were close.

These games are all high-quality and I would recommend them in a heartbeat. And as an added bonus, we included a few worhty free FPS Mac games:

GamesGamesOur takeDemand LevelFree games only?
Team Fortress 2 Mac art

Team Fortress 2

✅ Not demanding
Team Fortress 2Another Valve creation, TF2 is a team-based shooter. After choosing a character, you join one of two teams and battle in a variety of game modes including capture the flag and king of the hill. The graphics style is cartoonish and the gameplay squad-oriented. You will need a solid, balanced team to succeed.

Overall, people love it for its art direction, gameplay, humor, and strong community. And Team Fortress 2 is still among the most played games on Steam and one of the best free fps games for mac.

92

Metascore
Not demandingYes
Modern Warfare 3 Mac art

Modern Warfare 3

✅ Not demanding
Modern Warfare 3Modern Warfare 3 is the latest game in the series available on Mac, so that means that it's the best looking and most feature-packed CoD on Mac. Modern Warfare 3 also offers cross-platform multiplayer between Windows and MacOS on Steam.

Modern Warfare 3 offers a big-budget story, a co-op mode and the fast-paced multiplayer most people buy the game for. And there’s still a good sized player community for that multiplayer gaming. Also it ran amazing on all of our test machines.

78

Metascore
Not demandingNo
Shadow Warrior Mac art

Shadow Warrior

✅ Not demanding
Shadow WarriorA remake of the classic game of swordplay and shooting, Shadow Warrior is known for both its violence and its humor. In addition to a full complement of guns, Shadow Warrior has you fighting with your shogun’s sword, fighting hordes of enemies, human and demonic, without firing a shot. You also have magical abilities when physical weapons just won’t cut it.

With a solid story, humor that is essential to the game, and modest system requirements, Shadow Warrior is a worthy remake of a classic FPS.

73

Metascore
Not demandingNo
Metro Last Light Redux Mac art

Metro: Last Light Redux

✅ Not demanding
Metro: Last Light ReduxThe sequel to Metro 2033, Last Light is more of that same post-apocalyptic goodness. A story-driven shooter like its predecessor, this version also includes all the DLC and additional gameplay improvements.

Again taking place largely in the Moscow Metro, Metro: Last Light picks up the story from Metro 2033 and features the same beautiful, atmospheric settings, horror elements and difficult to kill monsters. One of the best FPS series on the Mac, both Metro titles are worth your time and money.

76

Metascore
Not demandingNo
Wolfenstein Enemy Territory Mac art

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

✅ Not demanding
Wolfenstein: Enemy TerritoryWolfenstein, free, multiplayer. Do I need to say anything more? Ok, a little. Play as Axis or Allies in team-based multiplayer combat where you need to cooperate to complete objectives while leveling up your character. Working with your team, utilizing each person’s abilities is the only way you’ll succeed.

With five player classes to choose from, six official maps (and quite a few more from the community) and support for up to 32 players at once, Enemy Territory is your ticket for a free fps for mac set in WWII.

90

Metascore
Not demandingYes
Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Mac art

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

⚠️ Fairly Demanding
Borderlands: The Pre-SequelA fun game for fans and non-fans alike, the Pre-Sequel to our list winner takes place between the 1st two installments and offers all the gameplay of Borderlands 2 in a new environment and with a new story.

In this installment, you’re on the moon Elpis to shoot tons of bad guys with much less gravity. The gliding around is fun as soon as you realize how far you actually can go. Places that would otherwise be inaccessible are now available. But pay attention to your oxygen level.

75

Metascore
Fairly DemandingNo
Killing Floor Mac art

Killing Floor

⚠️ Fairly Demanding
Killing FloorLooking for your zombie/monster-killing to be set in England in a cooperative survival environment? Killing Floor has it all: a 6-player co-op survival FPS with offline single player and cross-platform multiplayer that remains popular eight years after its release.

Sent in after a secret military experiment goes awry, your job is to kill all the results of this experiment, fighting wave after wave of zombie-like creatures. And unfortunately it looks like this is your only Mac option in the series.

72

Metascore
Fairly DemandingNo
Ravenfield Mac art

Ravenfield

✅ Not demanding
RavenfieldA Steam Early Access game, Ravenfield is designed to be an easy to pick up, hard to master team-vs-team shooter. A single-player military FPS, you can play as infantry, vehicle, aircraft or watercraft in battles limited in size only by your computer’s horsepower.

In active development, with new additions coming regularly (most recently, parachutes!), Ravenfield has a whopping 93% positive on Steam. So don’t let the blocky graphics fool you; if you’re looking for some single-player army mayhem, Ravenfield is both affordable and easy on your machine.

NA

Metascore
Not demandingNo
Devil Daggers Mac art

Devil Daggers

✅ Not demanding
Devil DaggersDevil Daggers is a fast-paced game with throwback graphics but modern physics and gameplay. Featuring pixel art graphics and high-end audio, Devil Daggers is an action-packed mix of retro and modern. You’ll face increasingly large and deadly waves of demons with nothing but magic daggers and slick moves to save you.

Known for its difficulty and non-stop action, you’ll also collect demonic crystals so that you can upgrade your magical daggers. Devil Daggers is single player but does let you compare your scores with others on global leaderboards.

83

Metascore
Not demandingNo
Verdun Mac art

Verdun

✅ Not demanding
VerdunA multiplayer FPS set in the trenches of World War I, Verdun is designed to be as realistic a depiction of trench warfare as possible. Self-described as the first realistic multiplayer FPS set during WWI, Verdun recreates the weapons, tactics, and maps of the Western Front with a focus on the 1916 battle of Verdun.

Allowing you to choose from a variety of squads and several different game modes, Verdun’s unfortunately suffers from a lack of players, a problem for an online-only game.

70

Metascore
Not demandingNo
Day of Infamy Mac art

Day of Infamy

⚠️ Fairly Demanding
Day of InfamyAnother New World Interactive title using Valve’s Source engine, Day of Infamy features realistic combat across the battlefields of western Europe during World War II. A team-based multiplayer game focused on close-quarters combat, Day of Infamy is popular both because and in spite of its notorious difficulty.

In Day of Infamy you really do have to communicate with your teammates to achieve your objectives, and a healthy modding community helps keep the game fresh. If you can deal with the difficulty, this is one of the best FPS’s out there.

77

Metascore
Fairly DemandingNo
Spec Ops The Line Mac art

Spec Ops: The Line

✅ Not demanding
Spec Ops: The LineA 3rd person shooter, The Line’s team-based action focuses on the morality of the decisions you must make in modern combat and the psychological effects of those decisions. You lead a team of three through a mysteriously ruined Dubai, looking for Colonel John Konrad (yes, Heart of Darkness reference).

As with many modern military shooters, you’ll be in an urban landscape practicing your cover and shooting skills while you work to achieve your objectives. The game features single and multiplayer, including cross-platform and coop.

76

Metascore
Not demandingNo
Portal 2 Mac art

Portal 2

✅ Not demanding
Portal 2Featuring the return of GLaDOS and the addition of a two-player cooperative mode, the sequel to Valve’s surprise hit Portal keeps everything that was great about the original and builds on it in almost every way.

With separate stories for the single player and cooperative campaigns, there’s twice as much for you to explore. And while not technically a shooter, this puzzle/platformer may still be the most first person fun you can have without killing a thing. Another bonus: it will run on any Mac around today.

95

Metascore
Not demandingNo
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7 Days to Die

⚠️ Fairly Demanding
7 Days to DieJust another post-apocalyptic, zombie, survival, horror, RPG, cooperative, multiplayer FPS. Really. On Steam Early Access for five years now, in 7 Days to Die you have to survive in a post-apocalyptic world by learning to craft, loot, kill, and in some modes, cooperate.

With strong RPG and crafting elements, 7 Days offers a compelling blend of genres in its zombie survival wrapper. Technically in alpha though players describe it as closer to beta, concern has been the lack of updates, though it appears one is finally on the way.

NA

Metascore
Fairly DemandingNo
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Ballistic Overkill

✅ Not demanding
Ballistic OverkillBallistic Overkill is a classic multiplayer shooter: pick a class & gun, pick a map & game mode, start shooting. Featuring cross-platform multiplayer and designed to be easy to learn, impossible to master, Ballistic Overkill looks great and is sure to please your itchy trigger finger.

With over 80 weapons available as you level up, the key to Ballistic Overkill seems to be finding servers with enough players to fill a game. This is also another great game for your older or less powerful Macs.

NA

Metascore
Not demandingNo
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Unreal Tournament

⚠️ Fairly Demanding
Unreal TournamentIntroduced with much excitement, and with a playable alpha currently available, Unreal Tournament is a community-based effort by Epic to make a new version of the classic arena shooter. Offering several tutorials to help you get started and some functioning game modes, Unreal Tournament showed promise as the return of a classic.

However, since the release of Fortnite the game has languished, with no updates or information in over a year, leaving the community frustrated and parts of the game no longer working.

NA

Metascore
Fairly DemandingYes

Our Criteria

While everyone’s top ten list might be different, we strive to ensure that ours is at least a legitimate list for Mac gamers. To do that, we have a set of criteria we use for all of our games and lists:

Native support: These are Mac games, no Wine, Parallels or Bootcamp needed. They all install natively on your Mac.

MacOS performance: One of the main things we aim to provide that no one else does is a look at how these games perform on Macs. If you want to see how they run on consoles or Windows, go ahead, but we’re pretty sure that’s not why you’re here. Our games are all tested on a variety of different Macs under the exact same conditions:

iMac (5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)

3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2013)

2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016):

2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5GB)

We’ve had a lot of questions about this, but we test our games on Medium settings because we know Mac users hang onto their computers for a long time, because we can. These are all the results of our tests in Frames per Second (FPS): FPS games results V2 And for reference, this is how we interpret the results:

Below 20 FPSUnplayableLaggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
20-30 FPSBorderlineCan be Ok in slow paced games. Still, not optimal.
30-45 FPSPlayableAcceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
45-60 FPSSmoothFluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
60+ FPSVery SmoothFor hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.

We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience. Critical acclaim: We all know how subjective reviews can be, and how games can be review bombed by the public for reasons sometimes having nothing to do with the game itself. But we make sure we pick only games that have been positively received by both professional reviewers and average gamers. Pricing: We all want quality, but just like we hold onto our Macs as long as we can, we don’t have unlimited budgets for games. We always keep in mind price tags and production levels to give indies and AAA games equal chances. After all, we’re after games that are fun to play. Looks are important but fun gameplay is even more so.

Wrapping Up

If you’re into FPS games but feel that without PUBG and Overwatch there’s nothing for you on the Mac, this list should change your mind. Despite not having some of the latest and greatest shooters, there are still plenty of fun FPS games out there and this list should have at least one and probably more to suit your mood.

Whether you’re looking for high-end graphics that punish your system, a great story, something for your older Macbook and anything in between, there’s an FPS to suit your hardware and your style.

Which one is your favorite? Did we miss any you think belong on this list? Let us know in the comments section.

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