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What Games Should I Get for My New G5?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the time-to-play dept.

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Lane.exe wonders: "So I just got a new Apple Mac G5 (Dual 1.8s, 1GB RAM, Radeon 9600, etc) and I was thinking about getting back into some gaming. I was looking over the game selection for Mac, and it's not looking as bright as I'd hoped. But I think this is due more to my ignorance of good games than anything else. What I'm looking for is a few good multiplayer shoot-em-ups (like Quake, UT or Half-Life) and a nicely engrossing RPG. The last few games I've played were Icewind Dale, Pool Of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor, and MechWarrior 4. Has anyone got any suggestions along these lines?"

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Halo.. (3, Informative)

AIX-Hood (682681) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175417)

Halo was just released for the Mac, delivering on the promise made by Steve Jobs and Bungie all those years ago.

Re:Halo.. (3, Informative)

RatPh!nk (216977) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175499)

In addition to Halo (which is awesome) check out Apple Games. [] It contains the largest (as I know it) layout for mac gaming both commercial and shareware on the web.

Not currently the best thing to link to... (1)

notsoclever (748131) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176117)

Currently they're giving top billing to old Atari 2600 games. I would have hoped Apple would try harder to kill the illusion that Mac only has games which are already at least three years out of date...

Re:Halo.. (3, Informative)

frozendevil (734631) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175747)

For some old school FPS/Bungie action, the Marathon engine has been open sourced. A google search for Marathon Aleph One should turn it up quickly.

Re:Halo.. (2, Informative)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176044)

Going back not as far...

I am pretty sure the original Dues Ex was on the mac.

Maybe the sequel too.

I never played either and don't own a mac, but I had a friend at work who had a mac and would go on and on about how good it was.

Re:Halo.. (1)

Maserati (8679) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177292)

Oooh, Deus Ex has an OS X patch. Right. I knew that. DE's goin' to work tomorrow !

Re:Halo.. (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176276)

Halo is overrated. I've been playing it. Yeah it's fun. But doesn't offer much over Quake!

$100 should get you every decent Mac game. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Mac Gaming (5, Funny)

genetic_freak (673003) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175423)

I saw an ad for this last year. Seems that best games for the mac are: puzzle game
2.super breakout

Happy gaming

Re:Mac Gaming (0, Redundant)

StrikerObi (145657) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175456)

Blast, beaten to the joke. I was hoping to make this one.

Re:Mac Gaming (3, Informative)

Tyrdium (670229) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175470)

For those who missed the reference: Red vs. Blue's Apple Switch ad [] .

Re:Mac Gaming (1)

silicon1 (324608) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175997)

Warcraft3, Breakout, super breakout...photoshop...

Re:Mac Gaming (1)

twiztidlojik (522383) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177037)

That would be DRUNKGAMERS.COM's Apple Switch Ad.


Re:Mac Gaming (3, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175597)

Photoshop is probably the hardest game _EVAR_! The one game that's fastest on a Mac (usually). :)

My favourite part of the game is seeing how many layers I can add before the dreaded "Execution Error".

BTW - Does anyone have any cheat codes for this thing?

Re:Mac Gaming (3, Funny)

Hes Nikke (237581) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175643)

BTW - Does anyone have any cheat codes for this thing?

if you hold the command key and type
, i'll let you open up images that look like US Currency.

thankyouverrymuch :)

Re:Mac Gaming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175822)

I've heard that playing "Make the dock icons bounce" is a pretty cool game

Funny you should mention that... (1)

kommakazi (610098) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177457)

Back in the day when I had the OS X Public Beta installed on my original rev. a bondi iMac a girlfriend of mine decided to play that game. She clicked everything in my dock and it looked kinda cool but crashed my system. OS X has come a long way since then... :)

Shareware! (4, Insightful)

faust2097 (137829) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175445)

There's a lot more shareware gaming on the Mac, companies like Ambrosia, Spiderweb and Freeverse put out good quality games. If you get anything though I'd recommend Escape Velocity.

You might want to check out Yohoho Puzzle Pirates [] as well.

Re:Shareware! (4, Informative)

Tyrdium (670229) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175565)

Agreed. Ambrosia Software's Escape Velocity: Nova [] , the third in a series, is one of the best games I've ever played. It's got about 6 great storylines; which one you follow depends on your actions in the game. The graphics aren't amazing, but more than adaquate. Gameplay is free for 30 days, at which point you need to pay $30 to register (there are a couple limitations in the unregistered version). Also, it's got a very good plugin system, so play time is almost unlimited, with a number of total conversions out, such as Polycon. Their previous two Escape Velocity games were also very good, but Nova is the best.

Re:Shareware! (2, Informative)

Colazar (707548) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175857)

And Ambrosia has released the previous two games, Escape Velocity, and Escape Velocity Override, as plugins to EV:Nova for free. So if you buy EV: Nova, you can play all three games.

Re:Shareware! thanks for that link... (1)

CeramicNuts (265664) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176454)

looks like Escape Velocity: Nova is also available on Windows. no details, just a link to the exe installer.

the first Escape Velocity was a memorable game.

Have you considered Quake or UT? (1, Insightful)

CuriHP (741480) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175468)

Have you considered Quake or UT?

Re:Have you considered Quake or UT? (1)

understyled (714291) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175843)

Have you considered Quake or UT?

why was this insightful? i gained no significant insight, considering the dude who posted this story mentions quake and UT in his blurb, ala:

What I'm looking for is a few good multiplayer shoot-em-ups (like Quake, UT or Half-Life) and a nicely engrossing RPG.

One Word (4, Insightful)

lambent (234167) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175469)


Re:One Word (1)

DustMagnet (453493) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176932)

Ok, I'm a huge nethack [] fan. I'd probably be rich by now if nethack never existed.

Still, I have to say, while this comment is quite funny it is not insightful. First of all, the `wc -w` thing has been done to death, please mod it down. Second, the guy asking the question bought a Mac. He don't want to even touch his keyboard or use a second mouse [] button.

Re:One Word (1)

lambent (234167) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177425)

Okay, Alex. I'll rephrase my answer in the form of a question.

What is, the greatest game of all time?

Also, due to the superb number of patches and guis, it is quite possible to dabble in the dungeon and never touch a keyboard (not even to enter your name!)

Or, you could just forget your ASCII roots and play nh's bastard son Diablo II instead.

Games for the mac (5, Informative)

tayjo (673861) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175473)

You could try NeverWinter Nights, Bioware even has instructions on their site for installing the expansions. Jedi Academy, which I am currently enjoying, just came out. Warcraft III and its expansion are also availible. The up and coming World of Warcraft will also be mac comapatible.

Re:Games for the mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175684)

you can load the expansions? I looked over the bioware site and forums, any chance you can give up a link?

Re:Games for the mac (3, Interesting)

tayjo (673861) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175862)

Here is a link to an explaination of how to install the first NWN expansion pack on the Mac. The second expansion installs much the same. =268892&forum=71&highlight=sotu+installati on

Re:Games for the mac (1)

dbirchall (191839) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177004)

Yeah, WarCraft III was, if I recall, the first game to ship a hybrid Windows/MacOS X CD in the retail box. I bought it the day it came out, solely to show my support for that practice. :)

Re:Games for the mac (1)

dakryx (646923) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177070)

I think later copies of starcraft came out like that also

Um... (-1, Flamebait)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175482)

There's... um... Starcraft... and... um.. Warcraft 3, I guess... And.. *thinks really hard* You got me, man.

rpg type game (2, Informative)

Polo (30659) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175483)

try dungeon siege...

AA (4, Informative)

RaisinBread (315323) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175488)

America's Army is goodun... Its good quality, and you can't beat free.

I've also found that there are some really good emulators for the mac, SNES9X [] being a favorite. There are more. []

If you're a MUDder, you can get to those with just about anything. I use Cantrip [] , but it doesn't seem there are as many great Mac MUD clients...

Best of luck: I'm interested to see what others have to say... Its been really slim pickins....

P.S. - I also heard there may be another option [] available soon.

Re:AA (4, Informative)

Quobobo (709437) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176249)

If you want to play SNES on your Mac, don't use the "official" port of SNES9X.. SNES9X Custom [] is much better, and is frequently updated with new features and SNES9X code (the official port hasn't been updated since April of last year!).

Re:AA (1)

May Kasahara (606310) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176818)

Yes, definately! I had problems with the official SNES9X port after upgrading to Panther. My boyfriend redirected me to this version and it works like a charm.

Coolest part: in SNES9X Custom, the icon in the dock isn't an SNES console (as in the official version), but a Super Famicon!

MUD (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177092)

I like Savitar for OS 9/X

Next Ask Slashdot: What Movies Should I Watch? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175489)

I've been meaning to rent some movies but I just don't know what I want to watch. I like movies that feature an interesting or original plot. Good acting is definitely a plus. And some action or beautiful cinematography would be nice. Anyone have some recommendations for me? Good movies, I mean. Please don't recommend dumb ones. I don't like movies that suck.

Don't count on big names (2, Informative)

ctr2sprt (574731) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175528)

The biggest names in FPS and RPG games are going to be Quake III and Neverwinter Nights. There are many other games, but you probably won't have heard of them. Nobody makes much money off Mac games, so there's a lot of "indie games:" games without a big-name publisher, usually distributed as shareware or sold only online. Now I'm not saying this is a bad thing, you just need to get used to not being able to play the latest and greatest games on your Mac.

This shouldn't be a big deal, since if you were big into gaming you wouldn't have bought a Mac. You should definitely be able to find enough games to keep yourself entertained, though.

Re:Don't count on big names (2, Informative)

kommakazi (610098) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176648)

You forgot about UT2003 and Halo for FPS. You forgot about Fallout 2 and Diablo 2 (yeah it's kinda old but it's still quite addicting especially with the expansion pack) in terms of RPG's...

DosBox (1)

metrazol (142037) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175541)

...hehe, just kidding. But you can run old DOS games screamingly fast (too fast, actually...) and newer (1997+) games at a good clip.

On the native side...

Fallout 2. It's ported to OSX and it's still the best post-apocalyptic RPG ever created.

I also bought Tropico, which is a fun but somewhat confusing (Why are you all unhappy? More death squads!) sim.

Totally OT, but yes (1)

notsoclever (748131) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176090)

I was recently pleased to find that DosBox [] can run Impulse Tracker pretty well, which is to say better than Windows XP. Not fast enough to be useful on my G4/450 but I'm definitely saving up for a dual G5. :)

Dark Horizons: Lore (4, Informative)

VisorGuy (548245) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175556)

Dark Horzons: Lore [] is an up-and-coming Action Mech game (not a simulation like Mechwarrior).
It currently runs in Win32 & Mac OS X and the Client will run [without crashing] on Linux as soon as the installer is ready, which should be Any Day Now(tm).

Here's a quote from the page:

Created by independent game developers, Max Gaming Technologies, Dark Horizons: Lore is set in the Dark Horizons Universe in the mid 22nd century. Lore throws you in control of the worlds most advanced weapon system during the conflicts between the Federated States and Eastern Confederation. Remote pilot vehicles like the AR-16b Hunter mechanized assault vehicle or the ECM-74 Juggernaut tank in explosive multiplayer action.

Crammed with fast-paced, extreme action, Dark Horizons: Lore puts you in command of the 22nd century's finest achievement, the Mechanized Assault Vehicle, or MAV. Remotely piloted from control pods located halfway around the globe these giant war machines are bristling with the latest plasma rifles, cannons and missiles. Pilot a single MAV or gain experience and take command of a MAV group or even an entire battalion and fight with your friends as a unit.

Check it out.

Shareware and Commercial (4, Insightful)

rackniraz (593103) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175587)

The great thing about using a mac is the cool shareware stuff. We've got some of the best developers (Ambrosia, Pangaeasoft, they're everywhere) and we get some great games. Here are a couple of great ones...

enigmo []
escape velocity nova []

As far as commercial games go, Halo is a great choice, you can pick up UT, EverQuest, Warcraft III...There are a ton, and more coming thanks to great porting houses like Westlake.

I'm personally hooked on EQ right now, and it's great...not nearly as many people per server, but it's become a nice community without the assholes that plague the pc version. If you don't know what I mean by that, think your typical battlenet user.

If you want quake, buy quake. (4, Insightful)

isaac (2852) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175588)

Quake 3 has been out for Mac OS for years. Lots of big-name franchises are available for Mac - Warcraft III, Neverwinter Nights, UT2003, Rainbow 6, Medal of Honor, etc. etc.

The biggest glaring omission from the Mac gaming world is Half Life (and, by extension, Counter-Strike). It does really suck not to be able to play Counter-Strike.

I'd check out [] to see what's available [] and what's coming soon [] . Note: I'm not affiliated with this site. It was just the first site that came up when I did a Google search for "mac games."



Seconding the rec for IMG (1)

Colazar (707548) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175837)

If you are going to game on a Mac, definitely start off by checking out ; it is a wonderful site with a lot of information.

I would also check out ; there's a lot of overlap between the sites, but what do you expect.

If I had a nifty new G5 I would use it to play Shadowbane with the graphics turned up, since my poor old G3 can only show me floating torsos. I'd probably also buy NWN and Morrowind, as others have suggested.

Quake 3 = Mods too! (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176346)

Many mods for Q3A too.


Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175592)

Go away. If you didn't know that well tough beans buddy almost every troll on /. told ya so.


kommakazi (610098) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175725)


Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8176734)

Wow sure showed me! 11 games and most of them are old Activision titles! HA HA HA HA HA. Admit it Mac fag you just bought that piece of shit crapintosh for the purdy colors!

Killing (0)

E10Reads (732984) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175595)

If you like FPS you could give the MOH series a shot. They've got Allied Assault and it's add on Spearhead. And if you loved it then you can love it again- go DL The Adventures Of HappyWeed and play in os9.

Way to get your troll story posted. (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175610)

Quake and UT both run on MacOS. You could start there. This "Halo" thing seems to be kindof popular too.

Dunno about RPGs. But my Mac is a G3 (an old G3), so I don't exactly keep up with Mac gaming. RPGs are for nerds, anyway.

Re:Way to get your troll story posted. (2, Insightful)

feyhunde (700477) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175973)

Rpgs are for nerds.
I always thought Slashdot was for nerds.

Re:Way to get your troll story posted. (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176319)

In retrospect, my joke was not funny. I apologize.

There's plenty available.... (2, Informative)

kommakazi (610098) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175678)

All of the Quake series is available...they are growing old but are still no less playable...but I still play Quake2 as it is my favorite game of all time...nothing beats a good round of ActionQuake! (shush you Urban Terror zombies!) There's Unreal Tournament 2003, Halo as mentioned already, Ghost Recon, emulators for about any console you can think of (hint: go to, Jedi Knight II, Jedi Academy, Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness, Age of Empires II, Civilization III, all of the Sims series, Sim City 4, Rainbow Six 3, Aliens vs Predator 1 & 2, Baldur's Gate series, Medal of Honor Allied Assault and Spearhead, the Myth Series (another one of my personal favorites), Neverwinter Nights, Everquest, Oni, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Starcraft (old but I doubt this game will ever die), Splinter Cell, Tony Hawk 2 3 & 4, X-Plane....And this was only a skimming of the more popular/newer games from the list on Apple's site [] ... gee whiz guys there's really no games for Mac...Pull your heads out of your asses and take a look around.

Re:There's plenty available.... (1)

Bombcar (16057) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177490)

Action Quake is the single most enjoyable multiplayer game I have ever had the pleasure of watching or playing.

That game simply combines the reality and fantasy prefectly.

Of course, the fact that me and my friends replaced the sniper head splitting sound (also the knife kill sound) with "Suck my ass and gargle my balls" made it much more interesting......


Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175679)


Never Winter Nights expansions (1)

Alcimedes (398213) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175700)

One nice thing about NWN (although not officially supported) is that all the PC released expansions work just fine on your Mac.

Blizzard! (1)

thdexter (239625) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175721)

Diablo II is still fun and engrossing, better with the expansion. The Mac version is on the same CD as the PC version is, and you can play online for free on since it's a Blizzard game.

I don't know about WCIII or whatever, but Diablo II and the expansion can be had for $20 combined nowaday, quite worthwhile.

Re:Blizzard! (1)

sebi (152185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175881)

Just a little note about Diablo II: WIth the original version you need classic to install the game. You can then patch it for native OS X compatibility. That might have changed in later editions of the game but is true for the original one.

Re:Blizzard! (1)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176934)

>> Just a little note about Diablo II: WIth the original version you need classic to install the game.

I've recently installed it on my wife's laptop - I think it was version 1.03 before the BattleNet update and it didn't require a classic install.

well, how about (1)

UID500 (715267) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175756)


Anything Quake3-driven should be fine. (1)

Maserati (8679) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175765)

We have a couple of dual 2GHz machines at the office. Playing Medal of Honor (on a 23" display) is like looking out a window. At some point I'll have to check actual framerates at that resolution - but it's obviously *really* good. So anything using the Q3 engine will be Just Fine.

Re:Anything Quake3-driven should be fine. (3, Funny)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175835)

dude you need to move out of iraq/afganistan/wherever_you_see_moh_kind_of_actio n_by_looking_out_of_window

Baldur's Gate II (1)

cenice (42933) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175820)

Baldur's Gate II and the expansion are excellent RPGs. Be sure you get the expansion as well, since there's a problem with dual processors that is only fixed in the expansion.

I heard that a great Mac game is... (0, Redundant)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175875)


Connectix Virtual PC so you can play wintendo (1)

servicepack158 (678320) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175895)

Windows + Intel = wintendo

Raven Shield (2, Insightful)

attaboy (689931) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175910)

Or Rainbow Six 3 as some people persist in calling it ;-) is an incredible multiplayer experience. The realism of the game surpasses that of some of the newer "realistic" shooters (e.g. America's Army, Vietnam), although not quite as good as Operation Flashpoint (although I find RS more enjoyable than OF, personally.)

You should definitely make this one of your first gaming purchases.

One of my favorite online features is coop play. Taking down 30 terrorists with a team of players is only surpassed in excitement by taking out 30 terrorists with a team of players who are all on voice comms!

apple games? meh! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8175917)

I'd recommend Apple Fagbot Mindless Drone. The object of AFMD is to give Steve "Blow" Jobs some oral tongue action, toss his salad and see how much of his "dressing" you can catch with your chin!

Translation (1)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175920)

Hi. I bought an expensive computer, I'm real cool you see. Now, maybe I should go ask people what games "Like Quake and Unreal" work on it..without saying if I know if Unreal or Quake work on it !

If you want a good shooter what the hell is wrong with Quake or Unreal ?

Games on a Mac? (0, Troll)

zelphior (668354) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175942)

Um, sorry dude, but I think you got the wrong computer to play games on. Sure, many games are now being ported to the Mac, but most are pretty old (relatively speaking), and don't represent a wide variety like the full spectrum of games you can get on a Windows PC. Sure there are a few new games for the Mac, but not many. Fortunately, the ones that were ported were pretty big, like NWN, Halo, Quake3, etc. However, for cutting edge gaming performance, look at an Alienware [] gaming rig or something like that. I know it's not cool to advocate Windows, but when it comes to hard core PC gaming, it's sort of a must.

Re:Games on a Mac? (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176959)

lol you know, only the good games where ported to the mac... if you want shit you should have bought a alienware.. a overpriced computer that plays the same good games, and ALL the shitty clone wintel ones

I'm confused (4, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8175981)

"What Games Should I Get for My New G5?"


Games I enjoyed most on Mac... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8176010)

These games won't exactly rock your setup, but I think they make excellent games to play on your Mac, and will work well with all your PC gaming friends at your next LAN party:

NeverWinter Nights (you can copy all the expansions straight across from a PC, so don't worry)
Unreal Tournament
Ghost Recon
Starcraft (of course)

For whatever reason, I enjoyed playing these games 20x more on my Mac than I did on my PC. Granted, for each game listed here there's 2-3 other games I thought were better on PC, but for some reason these games really shined on Mac.

My favs (2, Informative)

gearheadsmp (569823) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176028)

Here's my favorites:

Fallout 1
Fallout 2
Quake 3 Arena (for Xtreme Arena mod, among others)
Soldier of Fortune II
Baldurs Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Baldurs Gate 2 - Throne Of Bhaal
Civlization III
No One Lives Forever 2
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

NOLF2 does not run on Panther!! (1)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176128)

MacPlay doesn't have their act together with this game: NOLF2 only plays on QuickTime 6.3 [] . The most current version of QuickTime is 6.5 [] , and Panther cannot be downgraded below 6.4. It's a mess and customers who upgraded to Panther have been stuck waiting... Our only hope is that someone (apple or MacPlay) fesses up and fixes their problem. I'm a bit disappointed that Apple continues to sell faulty game [] - they should wait until it's fixed.

HA HA HA HA HA. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8176041)


Nobody buys Apple for applications, they buy them because they look pretty, they are expensive - and the advertising told them that they were all beautiful and unique snowflakes. You are not a computer user - you are a marketing tool.

Sort of the reason people buy BMW cars, then are suprised when they catch fire (eg: the whole X5 fiasco & recall - think Powerbook screens) or find replacement parts incredibly expensive (eg: paying the premium for a perfectly standard ATI graphics card). Yep - because both Apple and BMW have great examples of badly engineered products that value visual design and advertising more than the quality of the products.

"You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake" -- Fight Club.

Re:HA HA HA HA HA. (1)

reiggin (646111) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176103)

I could have taken you seriously ... until you quoted Fight Club.

Games for the Mac (2, Informative)

PylonHead (61401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176054)

This Apple "switch" ad [] should help you figure it out:

Re:Games for the Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8176078)

Ok, that was pretty funny. Actually, the best games I've played on the Mac were X-Plane and EV: Nova.

I suggest checking these links... (2, Informative)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176076)

mac games:


Hmmm (3, Insightful)

MalleusEBHC (597600) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176099)

Congrats on the purchase of the G5. For starters, check out GameRanger [] . GameRanger (aka GR) is the hub for most all Mac gaming outside of Bnet and MMORPGs. You can check the game list on the GR website, but you can find basically all the popular FPS and RTS games there. For the more popular games, finding a good host won't be a problem, but for older or lesser known titles it can be tough. That's just one of the downsides of the smaller Mac gaming community. However, being small can also be an advantage as you can get to know a large portion of the people you play with on a regular basis.

As for the actually games, I would recommend Raven Shield (aka Rainbow Six 3) for an FPS. It will look awesome on your G5, and the gameplay is quite addicting. Everyone I know who has tried Halo hasn't liked it. Ghost Recon isn't bad, but it feels much slower paced than Raven Shield. There are also the old standbys like MoH and Quake 3, and you can probably pick those up cheap if you shop around.

I'm not an RPG guy, so I can't really comment there. I know some guys who are enjoying NWN, but that's about it. However, one game I think you should definitely check out is Jedi Academy. It has both great single player and multiplayer action. Another highly recommend game is EV Nova [] . The Escape Velocity series has been a classic on the Mac for a long time now, and EV Nova does not disappoint. You should also take a look around Ambrosia's site. They are generally regarded as the makers of the finest shareware games for the Mac.

This topic is just asking for it... (3, Funny)

reiggin (646111) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176121)

Cliff, I really think this question comes from the "time-to-flame" dept.

Seriously, is there any other question (aside from "Games for BSD?") that could possibly draw more apple-flaming?!? I think not.

Re:This topic is just asking for it... (2, Insightful)

(mandos) (90321) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177410)

I can see your point, in that Macs haven't been "good" gaming platforms for a long time. However, many people buy their computers for tasks other then gaming, but still want to be able to have fun, without resorting to a console based system.

I just don't think asking what are good games for Mac's is flameworthy. Asking why the latest major production isn't availible for it is another story though. :p

Rrootage and Noiz2Sa (2, Interesting)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176209)

While they might not have the world's most descriptive titles, you'd do well to check out Rrootage [] and Noiz2sa []

They're both highly abstract top-down shooters with pretty cool graphics. It's quite difficult to describe them with words -- the only way to experience them is to just play them. There are also windows ports availible somewhere.

Mod Parent Up (1)

jabberjaw (683624) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176518)

I just downloaded both and am speechless. These are great games, thanks moosesocks!

tranquility (2, Interesting)

presearch (214913) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176264)

tranquility [] is simple to learn, yet takes months to master.

Playing through all it's levels takes most players over 100 hours.

It's a great way to show off what your G5 can do and looks amazing on a big Cinema Display.
It's good for you, it's cheap, and if you talk to it nice it might wash your car.

There's no other game like it (and there's probably a reason for that...)

Go to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8176285)

Go to and check out their specials.You can get Fallout 1 & 2 for $4 each!

I got one... (2, Informative)

brosmike (662936) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176343)

Descent 3. Not quite sure if it qualifies as a FPS (it is first person and you do shoot stuff, so...), but it is a truly kick-ass game. Amazon's got it here [] .

MAME! (Or rather, MacMAME I supposed) (2, Insightful)

Man In Black (11263) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176344)

I can't believe no one has recommended this yet... I play MAME way more than any of the piddly PC games that are out there. No system is complete without a nice copy of MAME. Of course, you'll have to dive into the newsgroups to find... *ahem*... "support files"...

Kiki (1)

edalytical (671270) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176567)

Kiki the Nano Bot []

While it's not a major game from one of the big game studios, it is a heck of a lot of fun. It's basically a 3D (actually uses 3 dimensions, not just a 2D game with 3D graphics) puzzle game. You play as Kiki, and your goal is to get to the exit. The best part is it free and the source code is available for download.

BTW, I want to sell my copies of UT2003 and American McGee's Alice.

Marathon (1)

cyrax777 (633996) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176652)

Get the Marathon Series it may be dated but its one of the best FPS's ive ever played to this day I still love marathon. Come on after all Halo is just Marathon 4!

Call Of Duty (0)

VoodooRay (117918) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176668)

Hands down the best game ever

er... no Wolf? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8176688)

... I can't believe no one mentioned Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory!!!

imho, best damn multiplay fps out there now - an' it's free!

UT 2004 (1)

May Kasahara (606310) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176748)

Unreal Tournament 2004 (which is basically UT2003 with lots of new stuff) is coming out soon (for the PC and Mac simultaneously). Might want to hold off getting UT until then ;)

Second Life (2, Informative)

dr_leviathan (653441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8176908)

...of course!

Well, the Mac client is currently in beta, but
it's only $9.95 for a lifetime of access.


BlueCodeWarrior (638065) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177019)

See title :-p

as good as Halo (1)

602 (652745) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177036)

Descent 3 is awesome--as good as Halo. Not sure if it runs under OS X.

Games to get (1)

PierceLabs (549351) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177079)

Halo, Call of Duty, C&C Generals, Jedi Knight II, Neverwinter Nights, Unreal Tournament, Warcraft 3, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Sim City 4, Unreal Tournament 2003, Dungeon Siege, Civ3, etc.

There are a fair number of games for the Mac these days - almost to the extent where one could be a casual gamer and semi hard core gamer and be a Mac user.

Blizzard (1)

OrcishSpacesuit (628088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8177452)

Blizzard [] has a good track record for supporting the Mac, and while none of their offerings quite fit the FPS or RPG catagories, I'd suggest getting Warcraft III for those with RTS leanings. Also, their World of Warcraft beta signups are still going on (end tomorrow night), and yes, the Mac platform is being beta tested.
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