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I never talk about iOS games, but this one is worth mentioning:
GRID Autosport is coming to iPad and iPhone.
Not only is GRID Autosport a serious, full-fledged racing game (easily one of the top racing games on Mac), it’s also a hardcore game that, once you bump all settings to Manual, can become a challenging simulation.
That would be a first for iPad or iPhone.
And just as the Mac version, Feral Interactive is in charge of Grid Autosport iPad and iPhone versions. We can, therefore, expect a solid port with good performance.
Want a change from the sci-fi adventures, the reckless shooting or the fantasy quests most games deal with? Then today you’re in luck:
The Mac is full of top-notch simulation games to try.
Whilst it is undeniably fun to play games for escapism, simulation games allow players to experience something from the real world.
From being the mayor of a city to managing a football team, these games require patience and a bit of brainpower to get the most from them.
This update was long overdue, but we now have confirmation that Mafia 3’s Mac version is coming soon.
According to Aspyr Media, the game is scheduled for 2017.
I first reported Mafia 3 was coming to consoles and Windows in June 2016, but little else was known at the time.
Besides an out of the record confirmation from 2K at last year’s Gamescom event, it was still unknown when the Mac version of the game would be released and who would be in charge of the port.
But everything is clear now.
And the list of hot upcoming Mac games keeps growing, this time with the help of three very exciting indie games.
All three games are scheduled for later this year and all three have confirmed Mac versions:
Tooth and Tail: From the creators of Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine comes Tooth and Tail, a arcadey real-time strategy game. Set in a world of animal revolution, Tooth and Tail boils down to a few buttons and intense eight-minute matches.
Gorogoa: Gorogoa is a beautiful hand-drawn game that takes place within a puzzle. The game is about solving puzzles by stacking and connecting panels, which may sound simple, but end result is stunning.
Chasm: Chasm is a pixelated adventure game featuring huge procedurally-generated areas. Help our hero, Daltyn, by gaining new abilities and equipment, evade dangerous traps, and defeat hordes of deadly enemies.
I would like to give Kevin, a Mac Gamer HQ reader, a big thank you for spending so much time looking for exciting new Indies coming to the Mac (and sharing the best with me). Keep them coming!
"Is that all? Aren't there more indies coming to the Mac?" I hear you asking. Well, of course there are. In fact, there are tenths of new games released every week, including for Mac. The thing is, I try my best to filter them to only include the most noteworthy games. Else, the list would become huge and it would become nearly impossible for you to separate the few good games from the many mediocre ones.
But then the problem becomes: How to separate the attention worthy games from the rest? It's easy for released games, you can just look at the reviews to get an idea of a game's quality. But what about the upcoming games?
This is a serious dilemma I face every week and I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
After more than a year waiting for it, The Witness is finally available on the Mac App Store.
Not familiar with The Witness? Well, this open world puzzle game comes from Jonathan Blow, the man behind the now indie classic Braid:
The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious. There's no filler; each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.
To play it, you'll need macOS 10.11.6 or later with 4GB of RAM and 5GB available storage space.
The Mac version of the game should be released on Steam soon (allowing you to get it for free if you already own the Windows version), but in the meantime, you can download it from the Mac App Store.
We are still waiting on Total War: Warhammer and Mafia 3, but that doesn't mean Mac gaming has been quiet. In fact, last week I spent a few hours verifying and adding lots of games to our Upcoming Mac games list.
If you want more details and a complete overview of all the games expected to come to Mac, head over to the New Mac games page. But if you want a short summary:
“War, huh, what is it good for?” – Edwin Star, War from the album War and Peace
Well… apparently, it’s good for good times. War games are all over the map. So, to honor our ever-present source of joy and soul-crushing doom, Mac Gamer HQ presents you with a four-star general overview of the best war games for Mac.
As always, we’re going for different styles and genres, as well as different price points and system requirements. We aim to help you discover great new Mac games and present different options, guaranteeing that at least one of these will be the perfect war game for you.
This is yet another important milestone for Mac gaming:
There are over 4,500 Mac games on Steam. 4,547 to be precise.
This is particularly impressive when you consider how often macOS is dismissed as a gaming platform.
But the numbers speak for themselves: Mac gaming counts 4,500 games and close to 4 million active players (3,17% of 125 Million active users according to Valve) on Steam alone. And don’t forget about all the games that are not part of Steam, such as EA’s and
And don’t forget about all the games that are not part of Steam, such as EA’s and Blizzard’s.
More sad news coming from Oculus...
Oculus announced Mac support a long time ago, back when they were still making prototypes and wanted to make everyone happy. But once they figured out they didn't need macOS customers, they changed their mind.
Maybe you thought things would eventually change, but according to Nate Mitchell, Oculus cofounder, don't expect Mac support in the near future.
Mitchell revealed in an interview with TechCrunch that the company has no such plans. He also said:
It's something near and dear to my heart, we're just not there quite yet. We do want to do OS X support for Rift, it's not something that's currently on the roadmap for — I can even say — the next six months.
To be clear, Mitchell isn't saying Mac support will never come. In fact, they would like to, but as it is not a priority, don't expect anything anytime soon.
I am very proud to share with you something I've been working on for hours these last few weeks.
You already know my Mac games calendar. Well, it was good, and it certainly was the best calendar with Mac games out there. But now that I realize how important this is, I completely revamped and improved it.
This new version includes:
How about that. Fortnite, the co-op survival game from Epic, is still alive and well. At least according to Epic co-founder, Tim Sweeny, who confirmed it at this week's Game Developers Conference.
And according to him, Fortnite will be playable this year and follow an iterative process similar to Paragon.
But by playable, he means an open beta within 12 months. Some say it could be beginning of 2018, but when considering that Epic initially promised a beta in the fall of 2015, it could be later.
I was extremely excited to hear about this game during Apple's 2015 WWDC keynote. It was meant to be great and it was supposed to be one of the first games to use Apple's Metal API to take Mac gaming to the next level. One year and a half later, little has been seen...
Hope this game turns as good as Epic claims it will be.
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.
Humble Bundles have always been great deals for gamers, but this time they're taking it one step further.
The Humble Freedom Bundle will support charity in a way it has never been done before and will include more quality games that no other bundle has ever matched.
As always, you can pay what you want for the bundle, but this time the minimum is set to $30. Although that's not too bad, as this bundle includes over 45 games (with more to come soon). Most of the games are quite good and some are excellent, such as Stardew Valley, Invisible Inc, Day of the Tentacle, World of Goo, Super Meat Boy and Nuclear Throne.
The whole bundle is worth over $600 and 100% will go to charity. Also, according to Humble Bundle:
Humble Bundle will proudly match your contributions up to $300,000. Support the ACLU, the IRC, and MSF and help us reach our goal!
Want to help a good cause? Want to get great games for extremely cheap? What about both? Then head over to the Humble Bundle store.
Some of us can't upgrade our Macs every year and I know some of you have Macs that now struggle with most modern games.
But that doesn't mean you should give up on gaming right? I tackled this myself with my take on the 10 Best games for Macbooks.
But if you're more into videos, this is an excellent video from MrMacRight. He's the most dedicated Mac focuses Youtuber right now and you should definitely check his channel out.
STASIS is one of my favorite Horror games for Mac, and CAYNE being a free game from the same developer, I know I have to try it sooner or later. If you're into tense games with good stories, I bet this game will be worth your time too.
The developer, The Brotherhood, reached out to me and said:
I developed this on a Mac an I am proudly a Mac user, however I havent had much press or even players from this community. Please check out CAYNE and also STASIS and let me know that we should still support this operating system.
What do you say guys? Let's show him we too can make some noise ;)
More about the game
CAYNE is a free, point-and-click, isometric adventure game, following STASIS and features a new graphics engine.
In this grim return to the STASIS universe, expectant protagonist, Hadley, wakes up in a facility. Where is she? Why is she there? And, why do they want her baby? Help panicked and anxious Hadley find her feet and brave stomach-churning situations to break free, by solving puzzles in this FREE horror adventure game. Each step will uncover colorful character stories as you help Hadley find her way out.
You can download it for free on Steam.
This isn’t a new rumor. I first covered this in May 2016, but we never heard from Feral Interactive. Until last week.
We knew Feral was working on Dirt Rally’s Mac version. But now that they officially announced it for Linux, we know it’s really coming. The question is when.
Feral just went on record explaining why Total War: Warhammer and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided are still missing on Mac. You can read their detailed explanation, but all you need to know is that Apple’s Metal API is the problem. It seems the API is not quite ready and developers such as Feral can’t properly optimize their ports.
If there’s one type of game where computers blow consoles out of the water, it’s strategy games.
And the Mac is as just capable as Windows PCs on that front.
With a few exceptions, the Mac has all the best games the genre has ever delivered.
These include not only all the major series such as Civilization, XCOM and Total War, but also some excellent indies.
Remember, the point with these Top 10 lists is to help you discover new games for your Mac. This is why you’ll notice different system requirements, price points, and mechanics. I’m sure one of the 10 best strategy games for Mac below will be perfect for you.
Indie adventure games are a dime a dozen these days and it's getting harder and harder to spot the truly great ones.
This doesn't apply to Owlboy, a game that took almost 10 years to be made, and it shows.
I could to try to describe it to you, but this short trailer does it much better. The game has been scoring great reviews for months (it currently has over 1,600 very positive reviews on Steam) and now that it's available on Mac, you can try it yourself.
About the game
Owlboy is a 'hi-bit' adventure game, where you can fly and explore a brand new world in the clouds! Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome obstacles and greater enemies, in one of the most detailed adventures of this era.
You can grab it on Steam.
Feral rarely talks about what happens behind the scenes, so when they do, we should all pay attention.
We all knew something was wrong. Total War: Warhammer was announced for Mac and Linux, but was only released on Linux. Something similar later happened with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. And I won't even mention F1 2015, the game that was released on Linux but canceled on Mac.
From our interview with Feral, it was clear that Apple's OpenGL was the problem and that Metal was meant to replace it and save the day. But clearly, things aren't going that smoothly.
Now Feral has opened up about the issue and confirmed that Metal is not quite ready for primetime. This is the reason Mac games are late:
As you may have heard, Apple is transitioning the API its computers use to render graphics from OpenGL to Metal. Metal is exciting because it holds the promise of making it easier to bring big demanding games to the Mac with awesome graphics and performance. But it’s a big change.
We’re working closely with Apple to resolve the issues we have with Metal. We currently cannot give firm dates for new Mac titles, but trust us: we are as keen to release them as you are to play them!
It’s likely you’ll see games for Linux and iOS popping up, but that doesn’t mean we’re putting any less effort into bringing games to Mac.
It may be my stoic side, but I see this message as a good thing. Feral has publicly acknowledged that there are issues, but it is working with Apple to solve them. Let's hope they sort it out soon enough as Mac gaming is not as exciting when Feral is down.
You can see their full message on their Facebook Page.
If you prefer getting your Mac games on the Mac App Store, this brand-new Twitch series from Feral Interactive will be perfect for you.
Every Tuesday at 6.30PM GMT / 10.30AM PST, Feral Interactive will face Mac App Store gamers on Multiplayer events and stream the epic battles live on Twitch. The series kicks off with Company of Heroes 2 on 31 January, but each week will feature different games and special guests.
You're all definitely encouraged to play and show Feral how tough we, Mac gamers, can be. But if you prefer to chill and watch, you can too.
If you want to watch, follow Feral's Twitch channel and tune in every Tuesday at 6.30PM GMT.
All you need to play is a Calico account and a copy of the game purchased through the Mac App Store.
Via Feral's website.
It's official, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is coming and it will be crowdfunded using Fig.
Right after finishing Tyranny, Obsidian Entertainment is back to work on the sequel to the exceptional Pillars of Eternity.
Pillars of Eternity, which was a huge Kickstarter success raising nearly $4 million, is an isometric role-playing game that promised to be the spiritual successor of classics like Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. I can confirm that it largely succeeded, delivering one of the best games of 2015 and one of the best Mac games all-around.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire promises to pick right where the original game left off:
A direct sequal, it promises to take the statue of Caed Nua, previously conceived as an elaborate sidequest funded in large part by Kickstarter backers, and turn it into the centerpiece of the entire game.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will be crowdfunded using Fig and will offer equity in the game. The campaign goes live today and is seeking at least $1.1 million.
Not much more is known so I guess we'll have to wait until Obsidian shares more information.
PS: This was originally leaked by Polygon just a few hours ahead of an official reveal but in the meantime their article has been taken down.
Great news, a new Humble Bundle has arrived and it includes many great games available on Mac!
I know I often share deals with you, but I can honestly say that the Humble Bundles are the best deals you can find on games.
I hope I got your attention now. Called Humble Bundle's: Best of 2016, this bundle includes some terrific Mac games.
If you decide to pay lower than the average price so far (because you can literally pay whatever you want), you get:
If you pay more than the average price (now at $4.05), you get these additional games:
And if you pay $10, you also get:
So there you have them. The clock is ticking and I personally recommend that you go for it and help charity along the way ;)
And an already excellent game just became cooler....
Ark: Survival Evolved, one of the most popular Early Access games on Steam, has a new mod that lets you catch Pokemon! Well, the mod itself is not new but it was recently hit with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claim and was no longer available. Luckily, the claim is now lifted and the mod can once again be downloaded.
According to Mystic Academy, the mod's developer:
Instead of gathering resources, you will gather credits by killing Pokémon. Once you have gained credits you can use the credits in the [in-game] Poké terminal.
With a five stars rating from more than 600 users, this is one of the Ark’s most popular add-ons.
In case you first hear about Ark: Survival Evolved, let me tell you out of the gate that this is a killer game. In Ark, you wake up in a deserted island full of dinosaurs that can be killed or tamed. You get to gather resources and build pretty much the most crazy fortress you can imagine.
The Mac port, however, was a complete mess when I first played it in 2015. But I gave it another go in July 2016 and I can confirm the Mac version is much more stable and better optimised. It can still be improved a lot (after all, I could barely play it on Medium settings and 720p on a top of the line Retina iMac), but that never stopped from playing it day and night for 2 weeks.
The Mac version should continue to be improved as the game gets closer to its final release.
And there you thought your wallet would be safe until the next Steam sale? ;)
The Humble Store, one of my favorite online stores, is having a huge sale that is definitely worth your attention. The sale includes loads of games, including popular Mac games such as Life is Strange (75% off!) and the Metro Redux Bundle (80% off!!).
I went head and filtered the games to only show those that support the Mac. You can check the complete list here.
Also, keep in mind that other than having a cool online store and offering cheap prices, the Humble Store is mostly famous because it gives part of your money to charity. You still pay the best prices out there while giving a little to charity. Neat right?
You can check their Winter Sale over here.
This comes way too late but… I wish you a great new year! Hope 2017 will rock for you, especially with lots of new Mac games to play! 😉
I have to say, 2016 was a great year for Mac Gamer HQ and myself, so I can only hope that 2017 will be just as good.
2016 was a record year in terms of traffic and content. Our most popular resources ever were published in 2016: 100 Best Mac Games, the release of our Count It app and our brand-new benchmark page are just some examples. Traffic wise, Mac Gamer HQ received 120,748 visits in December and 1,271,799 total visits In 2016! These are impressive figures that I still find hard to believe.
This proves that there are thousands of people playing games on their Macs out there. My aim for 2017 is to reach even more of them.
Speaking of which, I already have a few things planned for 2017 that should make Mac Gamer HQ an even better Mac gaming resource.