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MacOS Metal games: The Definitive List

MacOS Metal games: The Definitive List

When Apple announced Metal for MacOS it promised a new era in Mac gaming performance.

Unfortunately, almost two years passed before we saw the payoff, and aside from hating to wait, it also led to delayed top-tier games while companies had to wait until the API was mature enough to implement.

In the spring of 2017, the wait was finally over and an avalanche of both AAA and excellent independent MacOS Metal games quickly followed.

The only downside: if a game requires Metal support, it will need a Mac from 2012 onwards, except MacBooks (2015 or later) or Mac Pros (2013 or later).

GameNameGenreRequirementsMetascore
Dirt Rally MacDiRT RallyDiRT RallyRacing⚠️️ Medium86
World of Warcraft MacWorld of WarcraftWorld of WarcraftMMO⚠️️ Medium93
Total War Warhammer MacTotal War: WarhammerTotal War: WarhammerStrategy⚠️️ Medium86
The Witness MacThe WitnessThe WitnessPuzzle⚠️️ Medium87
Deus Ex Mankind Divided MacDeus Ex: Mankind DividedDeus Ex: Mankind DividedShooter🔥 High83
Obduction MacObductionObductionAdventure⚠️️ Medium76
F1 2016 MacF1 2016F1 2016Racing🔥 High86
Refunct MacRefunctRefunctAdventure⚠️️ MediumNA
Ballistic Overkill MacBallistic OverkillBallistic OverkillShooter✅ LowNA
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 MacWarhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3Strategy⚠️️ Medium77
Guardians of the Galaxy MacGuardians of the GalaxyMarvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyAdventure✅ Low78
Cities Skylines MacCities: SkylinesCities: SkylineStrategy⚠️️ Medium85
Mafia 3 MacMafia 3Mafia 3Action🔥 High62
F1 2017 Mac artF1 2017F1 2017Racing⚠️️ Medium89
War Thunder MacWar ThunderWar ThunderMMO✅ Low81
Everspace MacEverspaceEverspaceAdventure🔥 High79
Hitman MacHITMANHITMANAction🔥 High83
Fugl MacFuglFuglAdventure⚠️️ MediumNA
Micro Machines World Series MacMicro Machines World SeriesMicro Machines World SeriesRacing⚠️️ Medium58
Minecraft Story Mode Season 2 MacMinecraft: Story Mode Season TwoMinecraft: Story Mode Season TwoAdventure✅ Low74
Headlander MacHeadlanderHeadlanderAdventure⚠️️ Medium74
Batman The Enemy Within MacBatman: The Enemy WithinBatman: The Enemy WithinAdventure✅ Low76
VirtualC64 MacVirtualC64VirtualC64Retro✅ LowNA
Fortnite MacFortniteFortniteShooter🔥 High69
BioShock Remastered Mac artBioShock RemasteredBioshock RemasteredShooter✅ LowNA
Observer MacObserverObserverHorror🔥 High78

Without further ado, here is the definitive list of every MacOS Metal games available today (and every new game released will be included in future updates).

Let's get started.

Games currently running on Metal

These are the games that currently use Metal's API and officially support it. Some games support Metal but only in beta form, those can be found in the next section.

Sort by name?MacOS Metal gamesSort by genre?Performance requirements?
DiRT Rally 
Dirt Rally Mac

DiRT Rally

DiRT Rally is Codemasters’ latest racing game to arrive to macOS.

DiRT Rally has won high praise for its realism, although this includes cautions that it is a deucedly difficult game to master. That’s what comes from being the most thrilling and authentic rally racing game out there.

DiRT Rally features three different disciplines: Rally, Rallycross and Hillclimb; 45 cars to choose from; and cross-platform multiplayer with Windows & Linux. You also get 70 stages around the world, multiple tracks in each location, and the ability to fine-tune your car just the way you like it. It’s exhausting reading about all this game offers, much less playing it.

DiRT Rally will give you hours of off-road racing challenges and as an added bonus, the system requirements are not that steep: pretty much any Mac that supports Metal can run it.

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Release date: November 16, 2017.
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World of Warcraft 
World of Warcraft Mac featured Metal

World of Warcraft

Blizzard’s World of Warcraft has a special place in our hearts as the first game released with Metal support.

Though a (much) older game, last year’s Legion expansion breathed some new life into this venerable MMORPG, and Metal support has made a huge difference in the game’s performance, as you can see from our benchmarks. And while player numbers are certainly down from their peak, there are still plenty of people logging on to what is probably the most popular MMORPG of all time. Furthermore, as an older title, the system requirements are somewhat modest and, despite its age, you're still looking at one of the best MMORPG’s around.

Most Macs from the last several years should be able to run WoW, including your older MacBook Metal just enhanced.

Download it from Battle.net.

Release date: November 23, 2004; Metal support added August 30, 2016.
MMOMedium
Total War: Warhammer 
Total War Warhammer Mac

Total War: Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer was one of those AAA games that was delayed while waiting for Metal support.

And the delay was worth it as Total War: Warhammer didn't disappoint once it was released. Taking all that’s good about the Total War series and setting it in the Warhammer universe, this is a game with something for everyone.Total War: Warhammer is the first Total War game not set in a historical period. That said, it’s still a Total War game, with both turn-based strategy and real-time battle modes. Just this time with a heavy mix of fantasy, including gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and more.

So if you're a fan of the Total War franchise (I personally own three … so far), the Warhammer universe, or fantasy games, this game is for you. Unfortunately, multiplayer isn't cross-platform, but it does include a co-op mode.

Total War: Warhammer requires a recent Mac with a powerful graphics card; you can check Steam or Feral’s website as they’re very specific on which graphics cards work and which work but not well.

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Release date: April 18, 2017
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StrategyHigh
The Witness 
The Witness Mac

The Witness

Considered by its creator a spiritual successor to the classic Myst, in The Witness, you wake up alone on a mysterious island with no memory of who or where you are.

To solve these mysteries and find your way home you'll explore the island and be challenged with a series of puzzles. As you solve the puzzles you will solve the mysteries as well.
One of the first of the spring of 2017’s onslaught of Metal Mac games, The Witness is a Mac App Store Editor’s Choice which has been praised for its beauty and difficult but solvable puzzles (and lasers!). Featuring an open-world island to explore, The Witness emphasizes line puzzles and a story that some find philosophical while others find pretentious.

Everyone agrees it’s a gorgeous game though, worthy of being compared to Myst and its successors. The Witness requirements are modest and should run on most Macs released since 2012.

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Release date: March 8, 2017.
AdventureHigh
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 
Deus Ex Manking Divided Mac

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Of all the announced games we’ve been anxious about for months, this was the biggie.

While Feral did a decent job of keeping us up to date, at least confirming that it was still on the way, it took a disturbingly long time for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to make it to MacOS. As you might expect, the latest in the Deus Ex franchise was waiting not just for a mature Metal, but for Metal 2.0.

This installment continues the franchise’s excellent story and open-ended gameplay. In the latest edition, augmented humans such as yourself have become outcasts, segregated from the rest of society. As in previous entries, you choose how to upgrade your augmentations and how to play the game: stealth, barrels blasting, hacking, etc. In fact, the ability to choose how you play through the game has always been one of the franchise’s most outstanding features. How you approach both missions and upgrading your augmentations is paramount.

As you might expect, DE: MD comes with some hefty system requirements. While the game looks gorgeous, you're going to need a fairly recent machine to play it, or maybe it’s the perfect reason to get a new iMac Pro.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: December 12, 2017.
StrategyHigh
Obduction 
Obduction Mac

Obduction

If you’re as old as I am you remember how groundbreaking it was when Myst came out.

Sure it may have been made in HyperCard, but it had 3D generated scenes, QuickTime and an amazing puzzle-based story. It was groundbreaking and essentially created a new genre of video games. Well, Cyan, the team behind Myst, is still around, and their latest game builds on everything they've done before. Obduction takes place in a mysterious world to which you are abducted. In traditional Cyan fashion, your goal is to solve the mysteries of the world in order to find your way home. The game continues Cyan’s tradition of beautiful games with great stories, engaging characters and challenging puzzles.

Initially released for VR systems, Obduction is everything good about the puzzle-adventure genre that Myst pioneered and all it requires is a machine that supports MacOS 10.12.4 (Sierra).

Mac App Store Badge
Release date: March 30, 2017.
AdventureMedium
F1 2016 
F1 2016 Mac

F1 2016

The world of Metal games really got going in April 2017 with one of the biggest surprises of the year.

Feral Interactive dropped F1 2016 on us with nary a warning, and we couldn't be happier to have this franchise back on the Mac for the first time in four years.
One of the best rated and most realistic racing games out there, F1 2016 includes the complete 2016 racing season. In addition to its crazy realistic racing and graphics, the game allows you to simulate your team, working with your agent, engineers, and others to become a true F1 champion.

Realistic cars, tracks, and racers from the 2016 racing season make this the closest thing to actually racing your own F1 car, and multiplayer rounds things out, allowing you to test your skills against other players. As you might suspect, this does come at a cost in system requirements, with F1 2016 requiring a fairly powerful graphics card with at least 2GB RAM.

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Release date: April 6, 2017.
RacingHigh
Refunct 
Refunct Mac

Refunct

In today’s gaming world you might think that a non-violent platformer that admits to only having about 30 minutes of gameplay would be mercilessly criticized.

You'd be wrong. Refunct is one of the most positively reviewed games you'll find, and you can't beat its $2.99 price tag. An open-world platformer where your job is to restore a beautiful world, Refunct doesn't try to be more than what it is, and that’s why it succeeds. Featuring beautiful graphics, great music, and gameplay that plops you into the, well action isn't quite the right word, but game anyway, Refunct is the game to go to when you want to have some relaxing playtime on the computer.

And if it wasn't for World of Warcraft, it would have been the first Mac Metal game ever. At this point, the only question is, where’s Refunct 2? Refunct system requirements are modest, any recent machine will suffice.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: October 16, 2015, Metal support added September 5, 2016.
AventureMedium
Ballistic Overkill 
Ballistic Overkill Mac

Ballistic Overkill

As you might expect from the title, Ballistic Overkill is a fast-paced, multiplayer FPS, with a focus on jumping into the action and shooting.

With seven classes, over 80 weapons, 10 maps and four game modes, Ballistic Overkill aims to give you your online shooter fix as quickly as possible. That said, make sure you have a good internet connection: there are many complaints of game-killing lag, and also some concern over the lack of players online, making balanced match-making difficult. If you're looking for a good looking shooter with cross-platform multiplayer, it’s easier to jump into this than on similar games such as Team Fortress 2 or Call of Duty.

The game has a much smaller hard drive footprint than those games and modest system requirements. Shooter fans on older machines, you might want to take a look.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: March 28, 2017.
ShooterLow
Dawn of War 3 
Dawn of War 3 Mac

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3

The latest in the famous series of real-time strategy games, in Dawn of War 3 you play as the heavy-hitting Space Marines, the savage Orks, or the technologically-sophisticated Eldar, in huge battles where you control whole armies, special elite squads, and huge hero characters.

In this edition of the franchise, you battle on the mysterious world of Acheron, seeking a special weapon. The game features single player and multiplayer, although multiplayer is only cross-platform between Mac and Linux. While receiving generally positive reviews from the gaming press, user reviews have been mixed. Some complained about a simplified game compared to previous entries, bugs, and a limited single-player campaign.

Despite being a newer game with beautiful graphics, system requirements are modest and most Metal-capable Macs will run it.

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Release date: June 8, 2017.
StrategyMedium
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Mac

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series takes place in Marvel’s universe using Telltale’s signature game style.

For those who might not be familiar with it, Telltale specializes in choose your own adventure games, with lots of story, choices that affect how the game plays out, and occasional action scenes. They're great casual games for those who favor story over non-stop action; just go in knowing what to expect. Guardians of the Galaxy occupies a space somewhere between the movies and the comic books. You'll play as Quill (Chris Pratt in the movies) as you and the other Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power.

And while you will face a nasty adversary who also seeks the relic, more interestingly each of the Guardians has their own reason for wanting it, leading to conflict between them. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy continues Telltale’s run of story-rich superhero games that are as fun to watch as they are to play. Another nice thing about these games are the relatively modest requirements; Guardians of the Galaxy requires macOS Sierra, though a dedicated graphics card is recommended.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: April 24, 2017.
AdventureLow
Cities: Skyline 
Cities Skyline Mac

Cities: Skyline

Want to play SimCity but not the lousy version Electronic Arts released and want something newer than the re-released SimCity 4? Cities: Skyline is the game for you. Taking all that was great about SimCity and building on it, Cities: Skyline is what SimCity could have become.

For those unfamiliar with the city builder genre, you are the mayor of a city, responsible for all aspects of its creation. This includes providing electricity, zoning for housing, retail and industry, and all the services your citizens expect. And of course you have a limited amount of money, so you have to decide on tax rates as well. Good luck. With a host of official DLC, expansions and user-created mods, Cities: Skylines also runs no risk of becoming stale or confining.

Oh, and a level editor. I've also been impressed with how it adds complexity as you play, allowing you to get a handle on things before opening up more possibilities.

Metal was added to Cities: Skylines in May 2017, and it appears that it is not required to run it. However, you should have a Mac with a dedicated graphics card as Intel Integrated Graphics are not officially supported.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: March 10, 2015.
StrategyMedium
Mafia 3 
Mafia 3 Mac

Mafia 3

Mafia 3 was Aspyr’s first Metal release.

The story takes you back to New Orleans in 1968. You're a soldier back from Vietnam and as you prepare to escape your criminal past, your surrogate crime family is betrayed and wiped out. You must get your revenge by building a new “family” and battling the Italian crime family & corrupt officials with guns, fists and fast cars. This open-world game is about giving you the freedom to explore the city at will and tackle quests in different ways. You can go in guns blazing or use stealth to go unnoticed by your enemies.

While winning praise for its story, soundtrack and especially its graphics, even those who enjoy the game continue to experience some bugs. That said, it is considered possibly the most beautiful game on the Mac right now, and Metal no doubt helps with that. Beauty comes at a price, however, and Mafia 3 requires a powerful new machine with a 2GB AMD graphics card.

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Release date: May 11, 2017.
ActionHigh
F1 2017 
F1 2017 Mac

F1 2017

Just a few months after F1 2016’s glorious surprise, we not only got F1 2017, we got it on the same day as everyone else.

Including all the realistic racing goodness of 2016, F1 2017 also includes classic F1 cars from the past 30 years, a deeper career mode, and more gameplay options. All of this allows it to easily retain the crown of the most realistic F1 racing game ever.

F1 2017 allows cross-platform multiplayer with Windows while including female driver avatars for the first time. Also new are some alternative track layouts and the ability to customize both the look and makeup of your car even more than before.

What’s not new is that even more so than F1 2016, F1 2017 requires a Mac from the last few years with a powerful graphics card.

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Release date: August 24, 2017.
RacingMedium
War Thunder 
War Thunder MacOS Metal games

War Thunder

A newer entry in the genre formerly dominated by World War II Online, War Thunder also includes the Korean War era in its air and land combat options. Free to play and offering cross-platform support on MacOS, Windows, Linux, and PS4, War Thunder added Metal support in May 2017.

With a huge number of available planes, tanks, and other vehicles, War Thunder offers anything your heart could desire for mid-20th-century combat. War Thunder also features cooperative multiplayer and is under continuous development from the developers and the fan base. Free to play with modest system requirements, what have you got to lose?

Download it from theirOfficial Site.

Release date: August 15, 2013, Metal support added May 24, 2017.
MMOLow
Everspace 
Everspace Mac

Everspace

If you’re looking for a beautiful rogue-like space shooter, Everspace may be the game for you. Focusing on action and persistent upgrades, Everspace owes some allegiance to FTL: Faster Than Light but with more focus on combat and less on story and exploration.

However, when you do get a chance to explore, you may get lost in the beautiful, procedurally generated universe. Everspace does also include crafting and resource gathering, but the clear emphasis is on fighting … and dying. You will die and will have to restart at level 1 (of 7), but your upgrades persist through each spawn, allowing you to progress through the levels.

While light in the story department, Everspace is beautiful to look at and just the fix for your single player space combat trigger finger. However, that beautiful universe does require a moderately powerful machine.

Download it from Humble Bundle

Release date: May 25, 2017.
ActionMedium
Hitman 
Hitman Mac

Hitman

He’s back and deadlier than ever. That’s right, Agent 47 is back.

A bit late coming to the Mac due to Metal, the latest in the Hitman series features six “episodes”, each taking place in a different location. A connected storyline spans across all the episodes and the different methods for completing your missions give it great replay value. For those unfamiliar with the series, you play as an expert but somewhat mysterious assassin Agent 47, tasked with carrying out a variety of different hits.

But what makes this series different is that you do not want to go in with guns blazing, if you do you will lose. Instead, the Hitman series places value on scoping out your target and using stealth and strategy to complete your missions as quietly and unobtrusively as possible. In fact, Hitman: Absolution, the previous entry in the series, made my palms sweaty at nearly every mission.

Featuring gorgeous graphics, unique gameplay, and as mentioned above, extreme replay value, Hitman is another AAA title that was worth the wait. However, Hitman does require a fairly recent machine with a powerful AMD graphics card. Future Nvidia and Intel graphics support is hinted at but not confirmed by Feral.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: June 21, 2017.
ActionHigh
Fugl 
Fugl Mac

Fugl

Looking for another relaxing, casual game that doesn’t task your brain? You might try Fugl, a game where you fly your shape-shifting bird around a procedurally generated world, basically doing whatever you want.

Fugl is currently in Steam Early Access but quite playable, though as a voxel game you might wonder why it needs Metal. Presumably, it’s the procedurally generated world that requires this, and while my description may not make it sound like much, people love it. So again, if you're looking for something relaxing and fun, and a game where you can help guide its development, Fugl is worth a look.

Fugl’s world requires a moderately powerful machine with a dedicated graphics card and Metal 1.1 support.

Download it from Steam.

Release date: In Steam Early Access since September 14, 2017.
AdventureMedium
Micro Machines World Series 
Micro Machines World Series Mac

Micro Machines World Series

A throwback title that might make you feel nostalgic for your childhood, Micro Machines World Series brings back this racing title with updated graphics, multiple game modes, and a focus on online multiplayer racing action.

Well, one of the modes is racing, but the main focus of the game is 6v6 online multiplayer battles in household “arenas” such as a pool table or a kitchen counter. In these matches, you can equip your car (or tank, or ambulance, etc.) with different weapons such as a Nerf gun as you attempt to knock or blast the other team’s cars out of the arena.

While we all love the idea of taking the toy cars from childhood and racing them, or even better, equipping them with weapons and fighting it out, Micro Machines is hampered by difficult mechanics, a limited number of real opponents online, and a lack of any significant single-player mode.

It looks great and will run on most Macs from the last five years, but you might be better taking your old toy cars out for another spin.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: June 29, 2017.
RacingMedium
Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two 
Minecraft Story Mode Season Two Mac

Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two

Another from Telltale Games, this time, as you might suspect, in the Minecraft universe.

Following the success of Season One, Season Two continues the story with Telltale's trademark choose your, story gameplay. And for a change, this entry is suitable for children. Set in the Minecraft universe but not requiring knowledge or experience with Minecraft to enjoy, you once again play as Jesse and set off on a new adventure. Featuring Telltale’s expected mix of strong story and characters with meaningful choices driving gameplay, Minecraft Season Two continues to delight with its more lighthearted tone compared to many other entries in the Telltale universe.

So if superheroes aren't your thing but Minecraft is, this may be the Telltale game for you. As with the other Telltale games on this list, most Metal capable machines should run it, although Intel integrated graphics are not recommended.

Download it from Humble Bundle

Release date: July 11, 2017.
AdventureLow
Headlander 
Headlander Mac

Headlander

From the developers who brought you Broken Age and Psychonauts, Headlander is a somewhat Metroidvania-style side-scrolling action game set in an alternative 1970’s world.

You play as the universe’s last remaining human (maybe), a disembodied head that docks with robotic host bodies, as you try and save humanity from the deranged computer that currently rules over you. As you proceed, you will pop your head on and off a variety of robotic bodies, unraveling the story and attempting to save humanity. Featuring gorgeous graphics and great sound, Headlander also features great gameplay, with the different bodies you inhabit having different abilities.

Headlander also features a story worth paying attention to if you can, what with all the beautiful bouncing lasers and head popping going on. As usual, those beautiful lasers mean you'll need moderately powerful hardware.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: July 25, 2016.
AdventureMedium
Batman: The Enemy Within 
Batman The Enemy Within Mac

Batman: The Enemy Within

Mac gamers were surprised and disappointed when the original Batman: The Telltale Series failed to make an appearance on Mac; most of the Telltale Series games have been showing up on our favorite platform, so it seemed an unusual omission.

Well, we can rejoice again, as the latest in the franchise, Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series made its debut on MacOS this summer. Chapters 1, 2 & 3 are available now, with 4 and 5 coming presumably over the next several months, as is the usual way with Telltale games. As with most Telltale games, Batman: The Enemy Within focuses on the story and characters, and while Mac users have experienced some bugginess, it’s winning praise as an improvement over the original.

On the other hand, as the game continues the story from the first game, so you may be a little lost starting out. And again with the Telltale games, Batman: The Enemy Within is not recommended for Intel integrated graphics, though otherwise, the requirements are modest.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: August 8, 2017.
AdventureLow
VirtualC64 
VirtualC64 Mac

VirtualC64

Less a game than, as you might suspect from the name, a Commodore 64 emulator, VirtualC64 creates a virtual environment in which you can run your own Commodore 64 programs.

As with any emulator, ROM images aren’t included due to copyright issues, but VirtualC64 gives you a Mac-centric way to get into or back into Commodore 64 gaming or programming.Since version 1.1, VirtualC64 requires a Metal capable Mac to run, but any machine that meets those requirements should be able to run it.

Download it from itsOfficial Site.

Release date: October 7, 2017.
RetroLow
Fortnite 
Fortnite Mac

Fortnite

A bit of an odd beast, Fortnite, from Epic Games has a little bit of everything.

Released as a paid Beta with a free standalone PvP released in September as Fortnite Battle Royale, the final game is expected in 2018 as a free to play title. Confused? I am a little, but Epic’s pedigree affords them a bit of latitude, and the game, described as a co-op sandbox survival game, certainly looks interesting.

Set in a world where most of the Earth’s population has disappeared and zombie-like creatures rain from the sky, you are a commander of one of the survivor’s bases. During the day you go out and scavenge for supplies, craft weapons, and build up your base, while at night the zombies come and attack in waves. Missions cover up to fourteen days in game time, making the title quite the play on words. While there is currently no cross-platform multiplayer, there have been hints that it can exist, so we can hope. Regardless, Epic’s history gives one confidence that this will be one of the top titles of 2018 when released.

As a beta title, no official system requirements have been listed yet, but as of now it looks like most Metal capable machines will meet the minimum system requirements; the speed of your internet connection may be more important than your graphics card.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: July 25, 2017 (Beta).
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Bioshock Remastered 
Bioshock Remastered Mac

Bioshock Remastered

You read that right, one of the best shooters ever has been remastered with improved graphics and Metal support, making it both one of the oldest and one of the newest on our list.

Including DLC and other content not included in the original release, Bioshock Remastered allows you to return to the beautiful and creepy city of Rapture while taking advantage of your Mac’s graphics capabilities. With 4K resolution support, Bioshock Remastered should appeal to fans of the game wanting to return to Rapture and those who may have never tested the waters but were wary of buying a ten-year-old game when there are newer versions available.

While Bioshock Remastered will run on most modern Macs, older ones without Metal are not officially supported by Feral.

Mac App Store Badge
Release date: October 22, 2017.
ShooterLow
Observer 
Bioshock Remastered Mac

Observer


Observer is a cyberpunk horror game developed by Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fears.

Set in a post-apocalyptic 2048, you are Dan Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer. You are part of a corporate-funded police unit whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds to gather clues and evidence. In this future, anything you think, feel, or remember can be used against you in a court of law.

The game takes place in a dark future where drugs, VR, and neural implants ravage the minds of the survivors of plague and war. But as you relive the memories of the criminal and insane, you begin to question how much of your own reality you can trust. Considered by many one the top cyberpunk games of all-time, Observer made our list of the top 20 Mac games of 2017. Featuring the voice of Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and a Mature rating for many reasons, >Observer is the game to go to for your horror fix… if you have the computer for it.

Observer‘s a gorgeous but graphically demanding game and requires a newer Mac with a 2GB graphics card; porting house Aspyr confirms that the game supports but does not require Metal.

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: October 24, 2017.
HorrorHigh

Games with official Metal support coming soon

These are the games that have confirmed Metal versions coming soon. Some of these even have Metal betas available.

Sort by name?MacOS Metal gamesSort by genre?Performance requirements?
Ark: Survival Evolved 
ARK Survival Evolved Mac

Ark: Survival Evolved

Finally in full release after being on Steam Early Access since what felt like forever, Ark: Survival Evolved is a couple of different games in one: a single player open world survival game with dinosaurs or an MMO you can play on private or public servers.

You begin the game stranded, naked and freezing on a mysterious island. If you survive long enough, you'll work your way up to crafting, farming and, yes, taming dinosaurs and other creatures. This game gives you so much to do. You can use skills, craft, breed animals, ride them, and fight or become friends with other human players on the island.

There have been complaints that on the public servers it’s practically impossible to survive any length of time, as experienced players will come and kill you and/or take your stuff. More importantly, both Mac and Linux versions have suffered from poor performance, something we hope Metal will at least partially solve.

In fact, the developer mentioned Metal support in December 2016; but all related questions and reminders since then have gone unanswered...

Download it from Humble Bundle.

Release date: August 29, 2017, Metal support last said to be coming in 2017.
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X-Plane 11 
X-Plane 11 MacOS Metal games

X-Plane 11

The most venerable and most realistic flight sim on the market, version 11 also offered a major upgrade of its notoriously unfriendly user interface.

If you're unfamiliar with the title, you should be aware that this is truly a flight simulator, and some even argue it’s not really a game. Featuring loads of different aircraft provided for free and a huge developer community with free and paid content, X-Plane provides the most realistic flying experience possible. Depending on your level of interest that can go all the way to setting up your flight plans and contacting control towers just like a real pilot. In fact, more advanced versions of X-Plane (not your desktop versions) can be used for some aspects of pilot training.

X-Plane 11 requires only a moderately powerful Mac, but the better your specs the more you can boost up the realism in every aspect of the game (plane details, scenery, cities, etc.). As to Metal, the developers continue to insist that support is coming in X-Plane 11, but have given no time frame.

Download it from Humble Bundle

Release date: March 30, 2017, Metal support confirmed, but no time frame given.
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Arma 3 
Arma 3 Mac

Arma 3

Not only is Arma 3’s Metal support in beta, the whole game is officially called an “experimental” port. It is being developed by porting house Virtual Programming, with no promise of it ever being released in a full version on MacOS. In fact, the only way to get your hands on the Mac version is to own the Windows version.

That said, our fearless leader Ric says the game is more than playable on Mac, despite being a non-native port, and that performance continues to improve with 64 bit now supported.
Arma 3 is a military simulator, bringing the most realistic fighting experience to players in modern battlegrounds. Very much NOT a Call of Duty clone, Arma puts a focus on realistic combat and tactics in vast battlefields.

You might think this makes it a demanding game both for playing and for computers, and you’d be right: Arma 3 requires a modern, powerful machine that supports Metal 2.

Download it from Steam.

Release date: September 15, 2017.
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Starcraft 2 
Starcraft 2 Mac

Starcraft 2

The sequel to one of the, if not the, greatest RTS games of all time, Starcraft 2 provided the same intense gameplay, while updating the graphics and adding some additional elements such as some non-linear missions, RPG elements, and tweaks to gameplay.

While Blizzard received criticism for releasing the game as three separate installments, one for each race, the game nonetheless proved extremely popular. In January Blizzard released an update adding what it’s calling Beta support for Metal, but there has been no word on its development since then. On the upside, as a 7-year-old game, the system requirements are pretty mild and most Macs can run it.

And as of November 14, 2017, the first installment, Wings of Liberty, is free to play. Yay!

Download it from Battle.net.

Release date: July 27, 2010, Beta Metal support added January 24, 2017.
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Heroes of the Storm 
Heroes of the Storm Mac

Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard’s entry into the MOBA space, Heroes of the Storm brings heroes from various Blizzard properties such as Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft and others into 5 on 5 online battles.

With 71 heroes, 13 maps and a variety of game modes, there’s plenty of variety, and their offering of both free-to-play and freemium models makes the game available to a broader audience. Updated in April to what Blizzard calls Heroes 2.0, elements from Overwatch were brought into the game along with other gameplay adjustments.

As with Starcraft 2, beta Metal support was added in January 2017, system requirements are modest, and there is no word on when it might lose that beta moniker.

Download it from Battle.net.

Release date: June 2, 2015, Beta Metal support added January 24, 2017..
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Your Turn

And there you have it. As of publication, this seems to be the comprehensive list of Metal games for Mac.

And worry not, as soon as Metal games appear, we will update this list accordingly.

Metal is finally delivering on its promise of improved graphics performance for Mac gamers, and game developers seem all on board.

Granted, there have been disappointments down the road, such as Firewatch. Winning praise just about everything, Firewatch was a surprise hit with Metal support planned and very publicly advertised during Apple's 2015 WWDC conference. Unfortunately, publisher Panic decided to drop Metal support...

Luckily, many other developers and publishers have supported Metal since, proving Firewatch was the exception and not the rule.

The only downside with Metal? If you keep your Macs as long as I do, it’s time to start saving for an upgrade as more and more games will require Metal support, leaving anything more than 5 years old, and even some Macs that are newer than that, out in the cold.

10 Comments

  1. DJ

    Thanks, this is a great post for a new Mac gamer.

    Does using Metal mean that all these games are 64-bit executables and won't be affected by Apple's 32 bit cull in a year or two?

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    • Steven marx

      I can't say authoritatively yes, but it seems like it must be so as Metal requires 64 bit.

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    • Ric Molina

      It's a great post indeed, Steve here certainly got the job done 😉

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      • Steven Marx

        Gee, I'm blushing. 🙂

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  2. RexPrivater

    Thanks for the information. I am running a 2017 iMac on Sierra. It appears that the Blizzard stable of games are detected as 32 bit applications and not 64-bit as is the case with Windows and even in Bootcamp.

    Another issue is that High Sierra seems to be killing support for gaming platforms e.g. Steam. What can be done to remedy this, please?

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    • Chris

      Honest question: how is steam support being killed off? Massive worry if so!

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      • Nathan Wharry

        The new APFS file system is causing issues with many gaming platforms (not just Steam) but I don't see this a killing everything - developers are actively working to solve this as losing Mac games would kill a lot of their revenue.

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    • Ric Molina

      Not sure I follow, never seen a sign that Steam is in peril. And if there was ever an issue with 32-bit etc, I'm certain Steam will make sure they support 64 bit to live on.

      Have you read anything specific about this? I'd be very curious!

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  3. henry

    we need more people publishing more articles like this ,like Steven Marx did and I wish he have a twitter for people to follow his latest update

    this is essential for die hard apple users like me whom hellbent on playing games running on apple metal only which fully utilise the potential rendering power of my iMac pro

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