Written by Ronald Lye
In recent years, thanks to the growing popularity of the Mac, the launch of the Mac App Store, and Steam’s availability on Mac, users have been inundated with brand new gaming options. Previously, most of the popular games were only released on Windows, and Mac users had to install virtual Windows environments that were inconvenient and frustrating. Developers have finally started to see Mac as a viable gaming platform, and have been releasing a stream of top rated games for Mac users. Here are some of those that we enjoy.
Credits: OS X Daily
As far as sports games are concerned, the FIFA series is the most popular one out there. No surprises there, since soccer is the most watched sport in the world. The latest FIFA instalment is tremendous fun, and will keep you occupied for hours on end. The Ultimate Team mode, where gamers have to win matches and gain points to purchase booster packs (just like how we purchased sticker packs back in the 90s) to unlock new players and skills, is one of the most interactive and innovative features in a sports game. Our favourite game mode is Online Seasons, where you get to challenge other players around the world. Nothing is more satisfying than utterly humiliating your opponent, and watching him resort to petty insults to mask his agony. Heh.
Left 4 Dead 2
Everyone loves killing zombies and first-person shooters; combine them and you get Left 4 Dead 2. Unlike other games from the genre, this one actually requires strategy. You play as one of four survivors, and must work together as a team to survive the zombie-infested levels. Try lone-wolfing it and odds are you’ll be zombie food in no time. The characters are lively and humorous, which take away some of the tension of trudging through creepy terrain. Weapons are aplenty; you can choose from a bunch of long and short range weapons (including a frying pan, our favourite) to help you bludgeon, decapitate, and annihilate your enemies.
Credits: YoYo Games
We had to wait more than 10 years for the next instalment of Diablo, making this dungeon crawler one of the most anticipated games ever. There’s not much of a story, but the meat of the game comes in the battles. There’s lots to do, from battling monsters to finding weapons and materials, to keep you entertained. You get to customise your character based on five classes: Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, Demon Hunter, or Witch Doctor, with each having its own strengths and weaknesses. Despite a few reported flaws, such as lags and game crashes, this is still an extremely addictive button masher.
Credits: OS X Daily
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman has made a triumphant return to pop culture in recent years, mostly due to the movies starring Christian Bale. This Batman game maintains the high quality associated with the caped crusader, by delivering a compelling story with simple but effective mechanics. The inmates at Arkham Asylum have taken over, and it’s up to you to step in to save the day. Test your wits and skill against classic Batman villains like The Joker, Bane, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, and many more. The best part of the game is the story, which will keep you at the edge of your seat. After beating this game, do check out the sequel, Batman: Arkham City.
Credits: Batman Wiki
World of Warcraft
One simply cannot compile a list of great Mac games without including World of Warcraft. This MMORPG has been around since 2004, but it still remains an undisputed fan favourite. You get to select your character from a variety of races and classes, before embarking on an epic journey around the mythical realm of Azeroth. You can choose to go solo, team up with friends, or join a guild to enhance your gaming experience. In short, the possibilities are endless, and expansion packs are frequently released to ensure that the game doesn’t get old. Beware though, as immersing yourself into this game may result in a non-existent social life!
Credits: Blizzard Entertainment