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There you have it, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is now available on Mac.
The game was only a few days late, but it still made me nervous (the fact Telltale never replied to any of my 100 tweets helped). Getting a Mac port just a few days later than Windows is quite an accomplishment, but as pointed out by PAG, Telltale's Batman game and The Walking Dead: A New Hope are still missing on Mac.
I was worried Telltale had officially given up on MacOS.
Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mac system requirements are the following:
As seen on the system requirements, Guardians of the Galaxy also requires Metal and I bet this is what's delaying Telltale's games. Metal blocked several Mac releases for months until it was properly updated with MacOS 10.12.4.
I'm glad to see Telltale supporting their latest game and I hope Batman and the newest The Walking Dead will follow soon.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest game from Telltale and another attempt to create a great episodic game using a popular franchise:
In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of the Guardians has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.
You can grab the game on Steam.
Originally released in 1998, the first Starcraft changed the real-time strategy genre for the better. It was a massive game that also helped develop online multiplayer and cemented Blizzard as one of the best video game developers out there, a title it still holds.
Now, nearly 20 years later, the monument to gaming that is Starcraft has become free to play for Mac and Windows-PC. And by free-to-play, I mean completely free, no micro transactions nor paid subscriptions. Don’t believe me? You can grab the original Starcraft and the Brood Ward expansion over here.
As Destructoid’s Brett Makedonski rightfully points out, this isn’t simply a good deed from Blizzard. This is a marketing effort to help promote their upcoming (and paid) Starcraft Remaster. But, hey, giving away the originals and remastering one of the games I played the most when I was a teenager are still great news.
So thank you for the gift Blizzard and hope that remaster will help such an amazing game survive for many more years.
It was disappointing when Total War: Warhammer was released on Windows with no signs of a Mac version. It was even worst when it was later announced for Autumn 2016 but never made it.
But Total War: Warhammer’s Mac version is finally available!
The Mac version of the game was released by Feral Interactive on April 18 and you can get it from the Mac App Store right now.
Feral Interactive is hosting a big Easter sale, full of Mac and Linux games.
And the discounts are significant too (I wouldn't bother you with a measly 20 or 30% discount!). Most games are 50% off:
Plus, when you buy directly from their store, you support them better than simply using Steam or the Mac App Store.
f you’re a Mac gamer and a fan of Role Playing Games (RPGs), you’ve never been at a loss for AAA titles.
Even during the dark days of the late 1990s/early 2000s, when we wondered whether gaming on the Mac would survive, top tier RPGs continued to be released on our favorite platform. Thankfully those dark days are long gone, but the pedigree of the best RPG games for Mac has continued unabated.
More recently the RPG genre seems to be undergoing a renaissance, thanks especially to Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites. New games, updates of classics, and innovative takes on the genre have all found crowdfunding success.
Of all game genres, Mac RPG games arguably provide the greatest embarrassment of riches, so much so that picking a top 10 is sure to leave some great games out in the cold. That said, we’re going to give it a shot (with a little cheating), and if we left your favorite RPG off our list, let us know in the comments.
And the exciting news continue. After finally setting a definitive
After finally setting a definitive release date for Total War: Warhammer, Feral Interactive reveals another surprise:
F1 2016 Mac version is now available for Mac.
It’s been three years since a new F1 game was released on Mac and I’m glad Feral managed to lock down one of the best-rated Formula 1 games from recent times.
Feral Interactive keeps working hard on making their ports better. Company of Heroes 2 was released over a year ago, but Feral keeps improving the Multiplayer experience for Mac App Store users.
If you purchased the game on Steam, you don't have to worry as Steam already has solid online multiplayer as it is. If you got your copy on the Mac App Store though, you probably noticed how hard it was to set up an online match.
Feral Interactive has your back though. A few months ago they released Calico, their multiplayer matching service for games purchased through the Mac App Store. We discussed it in length when we interviewed them.
But Feral is taking things one step further. They are starting a weekly multiplayer event in which someone from Feral plays Mac App Store users in Company of Heroes 2. That's right, you can take on one of the individuals that brought Company of Heroes 2 to Mac. Cool right?
The event is every Friday at 3PM UK time, and Feral aims to show us how easy it is to play online using Calico.
To join, you'll need to:
1. Create a Calico account on the website: https://www.feralinteractive.com/calico
2. Use the "Friends" tab to add "Feral_Samy" as a friend.
3. Launch the game shortly before 3PM BST / 2PM UTC / 7AM PDT on Friday.
4. Look for our public lobby or ask Feral_Samy for an invite.
5. Advance on the enemy in full force!
See you on the other side.
I just witnessed an amazing month for Mac gaming.
And I just had to share it with you. Because the final days of March brought so many exciting news and games to the Mac platform it's hard not to get excited.
As always, all new releases and upcoming Mac games can be found here, bbut I wanted to give you a quick summary of the most exciting games. The games I personally can't wait to try.
In March 2017, the Mac platform saw the following releases:
X-Plane 11 is the most detailed, realistic, and modern flight simulator around. It includes a refined user interface, 3-D cockpits, and more. This all helps make this tough simulation more accessible to newcomers. Released March 30.
From the creators of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion comes a new adventure game. This Kickstarter success let's you switch between five playable characters to uncover the surreal secrets of a strange town. Released March 30.
Beat Cop is a new adventure game from 11bit studios and Pixel Crow. A murder took place and it is your job to find out who did it. Expect thick crime story and a lot of black humour. Released March 30.
Ballistic Overkill is a fast paced PvP shooter where you can select from one of 7 classes, each with their own skills and weapons. It aims to be a combination of Call of Duty with Overwatch and the result is quite impressive. Released March 29.
Obduction is a new sci-fi adventure game from Cyan, the creators of Myst. Abducted far across the universe, you find yourself far away from Earth. Explore, uncover, solve, and find a way to make it home. Released March 29.
And if these are not enough to get you excited, Feral Interactive finally gave us a release date for Total War: Warhammer and F1 2016!
For even more releases from March, check our New Mac games page.
It was disappointing when Total War: Warhammer was released on Windows with no signs of a Mac version. It was even worst when it was later announced for last Autumn but never made it.
But Total War: Warhammer’s Mac version seems to be finally ready for prime time.
According to Feral Interactive, the company behind both Mac and Linux versions, it’s coming this April 2017. Within 30 days.
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.