You might well ask “What could possibly be better than playing an amazing game on your own?”
Short answer: Playing that amazing game with others online!
Not only is online gaming a place to really test your mettle, but teaming up with other people can be a more interactive and enjoyable experience.
Mac gamers have many options to choose from when it comes to great online multiplayer games. Whether you’re after open-world, FPS, racing, or RPG titles, you don’t have to go far to find something that will keep you entertained for countless hours. We want to showcase some epic games, so get ready for some of the best multiplayer games for Mac.
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The Best Multiplayer Mac games
Regularly cited as having one of the best multiplayer experiences ever made, Borderlands 2 is an FPS unlike any other. For one, graphics are not your typical polished and shiny Call of Duty but instead have a unique cartoonish finish, which looks absolutely brilliant. Gameplay is wild and fun, with a massive amount of updates available for your armor, weapons, and even your character’s fashion. Borderlands successfully combines a shooter with an RPG and feels like the bastard child Diablo and Halo would have.
Borderlands 2 is also different in its multiplayer mode, which has no PvP option available. Instead, you’ll team up with 3 other players in a co-op mode and shoot, explode, and hit your way through the regular campaign. Based in the Mad Max-esque world of Pandora, you’ll play as one of 6 trigger-happy treasure hunters, whose aim is to defeat the evil ruler Handsome Jack and his army. Want a great co-op FPS to play with a friend? Look no further.
Mac system requirements: 10.8.5, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 13 GB HDD, ATI Radeon HD 2600 / NVidia Geforce 8800/ Intel HD 3000.
Codemasters are developers well-known for their intense and hugely enjoyable racing games, and many fans are thankful that Grid Autosport has taken a more simulation route, as opposed to the arcade feel of previous Grid titles. GA is a solid racing game, with realistic handling, challenging tracks, and powerful cars.
A huge amount of racing vehicles is on offer in GA, including the Ford Mustang, Holden Commodore, Mercedes-Benz SLS, and even a Bugatti Veyron. For racing fanatics, it’s understandably hard not to get excited when sitting behind the wheel of one of these amazing cars. And as fun as this can be when playing solo, the experience is even better with friends.
Along with the chance to create your own racing team with friends, a great multiplayer aspect of GA is that you’re able to view track times from players all over the world. So, if you think you’re the best in a particular racing style, you can prove it online. You’ll also be able to earn in-game cash for your troubles, which lets you buy more cars and upgrade vehicles in your garage.
Mac system requirements: Mac OS 10.10.5, 1.8 GHz Processor, 4 GB RAM, 18 GB HDD, 512 MB AMD 5000 series or better, Intel HD 4000 series or better and NVIDIA 600 series or better.
Company of Heroes 2
World War II – although a terrible and brutal part of history – has nevertheless provided an incredible backdrop to many fantastic games, movies, books, and more. Although the Call of Duty and Medal of Honor series have given us some great FPS games set in WWII, Company of Heroes 2 remains largely different in that it is a real-time strategy game.
You can read our review, but here’s what you need to know. The campaign is good fun, but it is the multiplayer mode that will keep you coming back for more. You’ve got Skirmish, in which you can either battle against online opponents or in fact team up to duke it out against an AI enemy. There’s also Theater of War, which is an entertaining mode that gives you the chance to reenact historically accurate battles, such as the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942.
Mac system requirements: OS X 10.10.3, 1.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 35 GB HDD, AMD R9 series graphics card, Intel Iris Pro graphics card, or an NVIDIA 600 series graphics card or better with 512 MB of Video Memory.
Minecraft is easily one of the most popular open-world games on the planet right now. The level of personalization and exploration within Minecraft is unparalleled. While the game doesn’t have a story as such, it has perhaps become so famous for that very reason, as the gamer is able to build, mine, and customize as much as they like. This applies to multiplayer too, as Minecraft takes on a different feeling when played with others.
If you’re after a new challenge, then playing Minecraft on a server is exactly that. There are several multiplayer modes which definitely provide a nice break from solo play, and these include Capture the Flag, Player vs. Player, or even teaming up to build replicas from fantasy world locations, such as Middle-Earth, Westeros, and Hogwarts.
If you’ve looked through the list of servers and don’t like the idea of joining someone else’s, it’s actually possible to make your own. After doing this, you can decide what type of Minecraft server you’d like to create and then choose who you’d like to let in. Who knew Minecraft could be one of the top Mac Multiplayer games.
Mac system requirements: macOS 10.6.6, 1.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 512 MB RAM, 185 MB HD space, ATI Radeon 9500 or better, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 or better, Intel GMA 950 or better with 64 MB of Video Memory.
Based in the dark world of Sanctuary, Diablo 3 is as fast and frenetic as action games can get. Your mission (should you choose to accept) is to essentially rid the world of demons that have invaded your lands. You’ll achieve this by selecting a combat class – all with their own pros and cons – and then setting about to destroy as many dastardly demons before they destroy you.
With regards to multiplayer, you’re able to join up with 3 friends to assist you on your demon destroying mission, and what’s more, an expansion pack called Reaper of Souls gives you the chance to do a whole lot more online.
Firstly, there’s the Nemesis mode, in which any regular old demon who defeats you has the chance to turn into a terrifying Nemesis monster – one which grows in power after every player they kill. Plus, there’s the Apprentice mode, whereby if a player is at least 4 levels above your character, you can get taken in as an apprentice and pick up skills and abilities much quicker than normal.
Mac system requirements: macOS 10.8.5, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 MB RAM, 25 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro with 256 MB of Video Memory.
These are but 5 great multiplayer Mac games, and we hope this list has something for everyone. Playing online is always a great alternative to a solo campaign, as there is often more unpredictability and tougher challenges, as real-world gamers obviously play differently to that of a computer.
Let us know in the comments which Mac multiplayer games you love playing.
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