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A deeper look into Metal 2: expect VR support, eGPU support and better graphics

Jun 19, 2017
A deeper look into Metal 2: expect VR support, eGPU support and better graphics

Andrew Cunningham from ArsTechnica just published a very interesting article covering some of the most technical features of the new macOS High Sierra. It discusses several things and it goes into some quite technical details, but if you simply want to know more about what Metal 2, Apple's graphics API, has in stores, this is a great read.

First of all, to put things into perspective compared to other platforms:

While both macOS and iOS still nominally support open, third-party APIs like OpenGL and OpenCL, it’s clear that the company sees Metal as the way forward for graphics and GPU compute on its platforms. Apple’s OpenGL support in macOS and iOS hasn’t changed at all in years, and there are absolutely no signs that Apple plans to support Vulkan (when asked, Apple wouldn’t comment except to further praise Metal’s capabilities).

Regarding the actual improvements for most users:

Metal 2 is a technology for developers, so a lot of its improvements will be of interest primarily to developers. For instance, there’s now a GPU performance counter in Xcode’s collection of Instruments, and Apple says the frame debugger can be anywhere from 10 to 100 times faster depending on what you’re looking at.

But the API will enable some improvements for end users, too. People with newer GPUs should expect to benefit from some performance improvements, not just in games but in macOS itself; Apple says the entire WindowServer is now using Metal, which should improve the fluidity and consistency of transitions and animations within macOS.

But the biggest new features that made the most noise: VR and eGPU support:

Metal 2 is also the go-to API for supporting VR on macOS, something Apple is pushing in a big way with its newer iMacs and its native support for external Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosures (with Metal 2, developers will also be able to distinguish between external and internal GPUs, both because Thunderbolt 3 is slower than an internal PCI Express interface and may need to be treated differently by some apps and because apps will need to be able to failover gracefully if an external GPU is removed).

One less fun information though, some will be left behind:

Apple says that every device that supports Metal should support at least some of Metal 2’s new features, but the implication there is that some older GPUs won’t be able to do everything the newer ones can do.

And finally, perhaps another clue pointing to Apple's masterplan to unify iOS and macOS?

Another key feature for Metal 2 is full cross-platform compatibility between macOS, iOS, and tvOS—games and apps made for one of the platforms should have access to all the same API features on all platforms.

A little technical but still full of interesting stuff even for more casual users and gamers. Can't wait to see what Metal 2 will truly be able to deliver when High Sierra is released.

Jun 18, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 139
Best of Mac: E3 2017 (21 games to look forward to)

E3 2017 just wrapped up a few days ago, and while most think the show only covers consoles and Windows, this year was full of Mac (and Linux) games too.

As much as Sony and Microsoft want to convince us E3 is all about the hardware, E3 is, and will always be, about the games. And when it comes to games to be released on Mac, E3 2017 was the best one so far.

These 21 games were the most exciting games for Mac from E3 2017, confirming this year’s top games keep getting better and better.

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Jun 15, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 41
The new Hitman is coming to Mac on June 20

We knew the new Hitman was coming to Mac. The leaks were there and Feral Interactive eventually acknowledge it.

We also knew Metal was, again, the reason why Linux users were playing it while we weren’t.

That will all change soon as Feral just revealed Hitman’s Mac version is coming on June 20.

This latest adventure, which promises to be one of the finest on Mac this year, puts you back in the shoes of Agent 47:

As Agent 47, perform contract hits on high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Infiltrate and explore intricately layered locations brimming with secrets, weapons, disguises and, of course, targets to eliminate.

Originally released in episodes (with seven in total), Mac gamers will get Hitman: The Complete First Season.

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WWDC 2017: Everything a Mac gamer needs to know

Jun 14, 2017
WWDC 2017: Everything a Mac gamer needs to know

Apple’s 2017 WWDC keynote was packet with game-changing news for Mac gamers. iOS 11 for iPad probably stole the show (I gave up on iPads a long time ago but iOS 11 may change my mind), but MacOS High Sierra promises to be full of amazing features.

These are the most important ones for Mac gaming:


Apple introduces Metal 2

Apple announced the next update for Metal, it’s graphics API. Named Metal 2, it should be 10 times better at draw call throughput than the original and promises a faster frame rate debugger. This should all help Macs run games better.

But the real highlights are that it will allow Macs to finally support VR and eGPUs:

Metal 2 will also work with external graphics, making it possible to have external GPU boxes for Mac OS computers. Metal 2 will also help power virtual reality on Mac. The Unity and Unreal engines are coming to Mac, which studios can use to make VR games. Valve’s SteamVR is also coming to High Sierra.

Macs will finally support VR

Indeed, Apple is making a big VR push and it managed to get all the big names on board: Valve, Unity and Unreal:

Leading VR companies are joining Apple to drive VR innovation on the Mac with features coming later this year — Valve is optimizing their SteamVR platform for macOS and enabling connection of the HTC Vive headset, while Unity and Epic are bringing their VR development tools to macOS.

For the longest time Macs were laughed at because they weren’t powerful enough to support it. Oculus infamously dropped support for the Mac just before shipping last year, claiming Macs weren’t capable enough.

Now Apple is working hard to change that and their VR push is quite frankly impressive. According to Apple, VR support is made possible thanks to better performance squeezed out of Metal 2, and above all, new Mac hardware. According to a blog post on Vive’s official website:

Through a newly announced external GPU, developers and content creators will be able to use a beta of SteamVR and the new MacOS, High Sierra, to access the creative power of Vive with their MacBooks.

Which brings us to the new hardware.


The iMac Pro

We all knew something big was coming. Recently Apple admitted it made a mistake with the current Mac Pro and that it was working on an overhauled Mac Pro to set things right. They also claimed other products would help fill the gap soon. Enter the new iMac Pro.

The iMac Pro will look a lot like current 27-inch iMacs, but it will have crazy powerful specs for even the most demanding applications. The downside? It will have a crazy price too: $5000 for the base model.

Here are the specs:

  • 27-inch 5K display with 500 nits brightness and P3 color
  • 8-Core Intel Xeon CPU, configurable up to 18-Core
  • 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM, configurable up to 128GB
  • 1TB PCIe SSD, configurable up to 4TB SSD
  • AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU with 8GB of HBM2, configurable to Vega 64, 16GB
  • Front 1080p FaceTime HD camera
  • Built-in stereo speakers, with 4 microphones, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 10GbE Ethernet
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • 802.11ac wireless with Bluetooth 4.2
  • SDXC card slot with UHS-II

To be fair, PC Gamer went ahead and built a similarly specced Windows machine to see how overpriced the new iMac Pro was. The result? The iMac Pro is not overpriced. In fact, it can be considered reasonably priced as their Windows build was $4686.71. That’s only $313 less than a sleek machine made of premium materials with great warranty and customer service.

That said, their Windows machine is upgradable when the iMac Pro won’t. I don’t see myself spending $5000 on a machine that can’t be upgraded and will therefore become obsolete sooner than later.


Support for external graphics cards

Luckily, Apple is offering another solution for gamers, VR enthusiasts and other users who may need powerful graphics: External Graphics cards. This is already possible on macOS Sierra, but it’s not official and requires a lot of tinkering.

With macOS High Sierra, Apple will officially support eGPUs that will let you buy a powerful graphics card, put it in a dedicated case, and plug it to a thunderbolt 3 supported Mac (MacBook Pro or iMac) to give it enough power to run the latest games and VR apps.

Apple is already selling its own external graphics enclosure to developers:

The External Graphics Development Kit includes everything you need to start optimizing advanced VR and 3D apps on external graphics processors with macOS High Sierra.
Apple's External Graphics Development Kit comes with a Sonnet external GPU chassis with Thunderbolt 3 and 350W power supply, an AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card, a Belkin USB-C to 4-port USB-A hub, and a promo code for $100 towards the purchase of a HTC Vive VR headset.

Sadly, external GPU support likely won't arrive for consumers until spring 2018.


Latest iMacs have upgradable CPU and RAM

A teardown of the new 4K iMac reveals that the new machine is the most upgrade-friendly iMac Apple has released in years.

But before this gets you as excited as I was when I read the headlines, swapping out the components won’t be easy. At all. The CPU is buried underneath a lot of other components, including a glued-down glass screen. I don’t think Apple made this changes deliberately so we can all start upgrading our new iMacs, but at the end of the day, if you really want to upgrade your iMac’s CPU, it won’t next to impossible anymore.


Apple File System will make your computer faster

Apple went ahead and decided to completely replace the current file system which has been the standard for years. Not many companies would bother with changing a proven standard, but Apple did and the new file system should make your computer faster.

This won’t have a huge impact on games, but a faster computer overall will certainly have indirect positive effects, such as improving load times.


Apple replaces the entire iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup

While new MacBook Pros got me really mad too (I purchased my 2016 MacBook Pro in November and the new 2017 MacBook Pros are faster and $200 cheaper), it’s great for everyone else. The new iMacs and MacBook Pros have all Kaby Lake processors that should improve performance across the board.

Discrete AMD graphics cards are also coming to every 4K iMac, making them powerful enough for the HTC Vive VR headset. There’s also additional Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The 4K 21-inch iMac and entry 13-inch MacBook Pro got a $200 price cut too.


And that’s about it. Lot to cover, but that makes sense as 2017’s WWDC was one of the most packed conferences in years.

Jun 09, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 87
Dawn of War 3 for Mac Now available

Right on the heels of Mafia 3, another AAA game hits MacOS.

Feral Interactive just released the real-time strategy game, Warhammer 4,000: Dawn of War 3. The game appeared for both Mac and Linux on Steam and the Feral Store yesterday, June 8, 2017.

These are excellent news. First, because it’s the first Dawn of War game since 2009. Second, because the game is released on Mac less than two months later than the Windows version. Some games take years to come to the Mac. If they come at all…

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Jun 01, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 357
The 30 Best Mac Games of 2017 so Far (Released and Upcoming)

Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we spend a lot of time talking about how great the gaming situation is on the Mac. But this year, oh boy, it could go down as the best year for Mac gaming since OS X was released. Really.

The release of MacOS 10.12.4 in April seems to have provided the Metal upgrade developers needed to finish some of the top ports. Within weeks of its release, we saw F1 2016, Total War: Warhammer and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy released, and that promises more exciting releases for the next several months.

In all honesty, the list of games released in the first four-plus months of the year would make a pretty good year-end list; add in the titles we know or strongly suspect are coming during the rest of the year and our list of Best Mac Games 2017 gets truly impressive.

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The latest Humble Indie Bundle is something you do not want to miss

May 27, 2017
The latest Humble Indie Bundle is something you do not want to miss

As always, Humble Indie Bundles are great deals you do not want to miss.

I know I often share "great" deals, but Indie Bundles are on a whole different level. The discounts are spectacular (something like 95% off), they always include cross-platform games that work on Mac, Windows and often Linux, and they help charity. What more can you ask for?

With the Humble Indie Bundle 18 you can pay what you want (literally) for the following games:

  • Dungeon-crawling FPS Ziggurat
  • Co-op high-seas sailing title Windward
  • Turn-based tactics game SteamWorld Heist

For more than the average ($7.90 at the time of writing) price, you also get:

  • Real Good episodic adventure Kentucky Route Zero (the full season)
  • Spying-for-the-government landlord game Beholder
  • Wonky physics sandbox Goat Simulator (with all DLC)

And for $13 or more you also get:

  • Sublime-looking platformer adventure Owlboy

And more games will be added before the bundle expires. I suggest you don't wait any longer and get yourself a bundle while helping charity along the way.

Humble Indie Bundle 18 via Destructoid.

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Oxygen Not Include, the colony simulation from Klei, confirmed for Mac

May 21, 2017 - youtube.com - 101
Oxygen Not Include, the colony simulation from Klei, confirmed for Mac

Klei Entertainment, the developer behind indie gems such as Mark of the Ninja and Don’t Starve, has some news regarding their latest project.

Oxygen Not Included, their next game, will hit Steam Early Access later this month. This means players will be able to pick up a work-in-progress version and help shape the final game by giving feedback to the developer.

The bad news is that this Early Access version will only support Windows-PCs. The good news? Klei has confirmed that Mac and Linux versions are officially coming too, only at a later date.

This is what Klei told GamingonLinux on Twitter:

It's on our to-do list along with Mac. Not sure exactly when just yet, but we're working on that for a future update.

My take: I know we have another colony simulation game coming to Mac (Surviving Mars), but this one has me more excited. For one, it has the same type of graphics that worked so well on Don’t Starve. Second, it’s a game from Klei, a studio that only produces great games. Not good games, great games.

Via GamingonLinux.

May 20, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 65
Dawn of War 3's Mac version coming on June 8

ight on the heels of Mafia 3, another AAA game is about to hit MacOS.

Feral Interactive just announced real-time strategy game, Warhammer 4,000: Dawn of War 3, is coming to Mac and Linux on June 8, 2017.

These are excellent news. First, because it’s the first Dawn of War game since 2009. Second, because it will be released on Mac less than two months later than the Windows version. Some games take years to come to the Mac. If they come at all…

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May 19, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 72
Did Apple just kill tens of loyal websites?

In one swift move, Apple nearly killed tens of websites that exist for the sole purpose of promoting their ecosystem.

How could that be?

It all started on April 24, when Apple announced it would reduce the commissions it pays on App purchases from 7% to 2.5%, effective May 1st. Almost a two-thirds cut.

If you’re part of the iTunes Affiliate Program, each time a purchase is made using your affiliate link, Apple gives a commission. The buyer pays the normal price and the affiliate gets a cut from Apple, a win-win situation for readers and content producers.

Plus, because of the steady decline of Ad revenue, affiliate sales have become the main source of revenue for many sites, Mac Gamer HQ included.

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Survival game, The Long Dark, gets a release date (finally!)

May 17, 2017
Survival game, The Long Dark, gets a release date (finally!)

The Long Dark has been sort of available for a while now, but only as an unfinished game on Steam Early Access.

But now the team behind this beautiful survival game set in the Canadian wilderness is getting ready for a final release of the game set on August 1, 2017.

Other than including hundreds of fixes and enhancements, the final game will feature the long awaited story mode, which will be released in episodes (a trend I'm afraid is taking off). Only the first 2 episodes will be available on August 1.

Among the many other changes planned, the developer plans:

Modifications to the game world, environment art updates across the entire world, an entirely new UI, several new gameplay mechanics, and general refinements to existing mechanics, as well as optimizations and hundreds of bug fixes.

My take: I actually got it and played it for a couple of hours a few months ago. It was a very good game. The only reason I stopped was because I got obsessed with ARK: Survival Evolved... With a story mode, enhancements and bug fixes, this game has the potential to be really good. We shall see on August 1.

If The Long Dark sounds interesting to you, you should probably get it now for $20 before it goes to $35 later this month.

Via Destructoid.

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XCOM spiritual successor, Phoenix Point, is coming to Mac

May 15, 2017
XCOM spiritual successor, Phoenix Point, is coming to Mac

Phoenix Point, a tactical turn-based game from the creator of the original XCOM, has reached its crowdfunding goal.

The team at Snapshot Games has raised over $600,000 on Fig (with 23 more days to go) securing the game for Windows, Mac and Linux.

In Phoenix Point, players take on the role of a secret organisation called the Phoenix Point. The game features turn based tactics and world based strategy in a fight against a terrifying, alien menace. This may sound a lot like XCOM, but that makes sense as Julian Gallop, the man who gave birth to the XCOM franchise, is behind the project.

The game will also feature customisable soldiers, mutating aliens, destructible environments and boss battles. Enough to give XCOM 2 a run for its money. Julian Gollop says it’s the game he’s been wanting to make since 1997’s X-COM: Apocalypse.

The campaign is still open and has two interesting stretch goals if you want to participate. The first one, unlocked if the campaign reaches $650,000, will add drivable vehicles to the game. The second one, unlocked at $850,000, will add a floating fortress that can attack the enemy from the sea.

The game is expected for Linux, Mac and Windows PC in late 2018.

My take: XCOM 2 is an excellent turn-based game and I wouldn't want to compete against it. But after checking Phoenix Point and seeing what they have created so far, I have the feeling this will be a high quality game. Enough to surpass XCOM 2? Unlikely, but I hope they prove me wrong.

Via Polygon.

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Feel like colonizing Mars? City-building game, Surviving Mars, is coming to Mac in 2018

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Feel like colonizing Mars? City-building game, Surviving Mars, is coming to Mac in 2018

Developer Haemimont Games, better known for the Tropico series, is ready to tackle something new and exciting.

They have partnered with Paradox (also a veteran when it comes to strategy games) on a new city building game called Surviving Mars. As the name implies, the game takes place on Mars and is about making Elon Musk's dream a reality: colonizing Mars.

As officially revealed by Paradox:

In Surviving Mars, players will lead a colonization effort on the surface of Mars, from the very first rovers and supply drops to the construction of suitable habitats for brave settlers from Earth. Every colonist will be vital to the mission as the colony struggles to gain a foothold where the environment is hostile and resources are scarce.

With each success, however, players will gain the ability to expand further, and even establish a thriving society – and lead a new generation that has never known the Earth.

The game is planned for 2018 and will be released on Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One.

My take: It's great to see developers mention their plans for Mac and Linux right out of the gate. In many cases, I have to scour the web to find an obscure forum post mentioning possible plans for Mac and Linux. Kudos to Haemimont Games. Plus, I used to love their Tropico games, especially Tropico 3. The series eventually became a little too much of the same to me so I'm excited to see them move on to something different (while staying close to their roots: city-builders).

Via Destructoid.

May 10, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 100
Mafia 3 for Mac Released - Exclusive Reveal

Aspyr has finally confirmed the final release date for Mafia 3’s Mac version:

The game is coming tomorrow, May 11, 2017. And will support Apple’s Metal API.

This information comes straight from Aspyr, who agreed to let Mac Gamer HQ share this information exclusively.

It’s 1968 and after years of combat in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for.

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May 07, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 48
Apple is NOT lowering app affiliate commissions

It seems there has been a big misunderstanding.

Two weeks Apple shocked the press with the announcement that commissions for all app and in-app content would be reduced from 7% to 2.5%, effective May 1st.

A huge change that would deeply affect all sites that spend much of their day covering and reviewing apps, Mac Gamer HQ included. And by merely giving a one week notice, some wondered what was Apple’s plan here.

As officially announced by Apple:

Starting on May 1st 2017, commissions for all app and in-app content will be reduced from 7% to 2.5% globally. All other content types (music, movies, books, and TV) will remain at the current 7% commission rate in all markets. We will also continue to pay affiliate commissions on Apple Music memberships so there are many ways to earn commissions with the program.

The message is crystal clear, yet it seems that wasn’t exactly what Apple meant.

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May 01, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 110
April 2017 is the most exciting month for Mac gaming I have ever seen

I know I said something similar last month, but nothing comes close to this past April in terms of quality Mac games released. In fact, I would go as far as to say that April 2017 is the most exciting month for Mac gaming I have ever seen.

That's quite a statement, but the games are there to back it. In April there were three highly anticipated AAA games, two remasters of beloved classics and a few indies that first killed it on Kickstarter and now are killing with great reviews.

You know how I only include the top highlights to the New Mac games page? Well, April saw 10 highlights:

Everything: Everything is not merely a game, it's an experience. In this procedural simulation game, everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond. Everything for Mac takes place in a vast universe you can explore without specific goals or tasks to complete. Released on April 21.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is Telltale's latest adventure game. In Guardians of the Galaxy for Mac our heroes discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each Guardian has a reason to desire this relic, but so does a ruthless enemy who will stop at nothing to get it.

Planetscape: Torment Enhanced Edition: The original Planetscape: Torment, released in 1999, is considered a masterpiece. And if you haven't played it, Planetscape Torment: Enhanced Edition for Mac leaves you no excuse: it includes gameplay updates, bug fixes, remastered music, 4K support and more.

Total War: Warhammer: Following the Total War formula, this is an addictive turn-based empire-building with colossal, real-time battles. This time, it includes legendary heroes, giant monsters, flying creatures and magical powers.

Flinthook: Flinthook is a fast action oriented platformer with “roguelike” elements. The game will let you become the greatest pirate with the help of a hookshot, pistol and slowmo powers. Ethan Lee is in charge of the Mac port.

Hollow Knight: Featuring a gorgeous hand-drawn 2D style, Hollow Knight is an epic action adventure game taking place in a ruined kingdom of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs.

Yooka-Laylee: Yooka-Laylee is an open-world platformer from the creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie. Explore huge, beautiful worlds as buddy-duo Yooka and Laylee embark on an epic adventure.

F1 2016: F1 2016 is the latest Formula 1 racing simulation. This entry goes deeper, allowing you to work with your agent, engineer, and team to develop your car in a career that spans up to ten seasons.

As always, you can check out all new releases and upcoming Mac games on this page.

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Ars and GOG are giving away The Witcher to everyone!

Apr 26, 2017
Ars and GOG are giving away The Witcher to everyone!

You need to jump on tbis RIGHT NOW:

Ars Technica and GOG are giving away The Witcher: Enhanced Edition to everyone.

And yes, everyone gets a free copy, as long as you request it in the next 19 hours (the giveaway will only last 48 hours total). All you need to do is head over to Ars Technica and enter your email address into their little widget:

You'll need to supply a valid e-mail address, because we'll e-mail the code to you. Once you have a code, head to GOG.com to redeem the code and download the game.

I just followed the steps and got myself a free copy. I can confirm everything worked as planned.

The free code works on Windows and Mac, but sadly not on Linux.

Get your free copy here.

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Guardians of the Galaxy is finally available on Mac

Apr 24, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy is finally available on Mac

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:

  • OS: macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requires Metal

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.

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19 years later, Starcraft becomes free-to-play

Apr 19, 2017
19 years later, Starcraft becomes free-to-play

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.

Via Destruction.

Apr 19, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 136
Total War: Warhammer for Mac is Finally Available

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.

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Don't miss Feral Interactive's big Easter sale

Apr 15, 2017
Don't miss Feral Interactive's big Easter sale

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:

  • Alien: Isolation - The Collection - 50% off
  • Dawn of War II - Master Collection - 50% off
  • XCOM 2 - 50% off
  • Grid Autosport - 50% off

Plus, when you buy directly from their store, you support them better than simply using Steam or the Mac App Store.

Check it out.

Apr 13, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 207
The 10 Best RPG games for Mac

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.

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Apr 07, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 89
F1 2016's Mac Version is Now Available

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.

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Join this weekly Company of Heroes 2 session for Mac App Store users

Apr 04, 2017
Join this weekly Company of Heroes 2 session for Mac App Store users

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.

Apr 01, 2017 - macgamerhq.com - 101
Just witnessed an amazing month for Mac gaming

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
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.

Thimbleweed Park:
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:
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:
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:
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.