It used to be that if you wanted to buy a game for your Mac, you had to dig into the crates at your local CompUSA and find a version of Tetris that might work on OS 7. But now, Mac gamers are starting to be taken seriously, and there’s a whole world of to programs to buy.
If that wasn’t cool enough, we also have the Steam platform, making it simple to purchase games on the fly. But enough about that, let’s get into the good stuff. After the jump, check out some great, blockbuster games that are available to download and play on your Mac right now!
Alright, so this game was released for consoles over 6 years ago, but it still stands up to the test of time. Play in the mammoth San Andreas sandbox, and have some fun being a gangster.
Requires: OSX 10.5.8 or 10.6.2, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (no PowerPC processors)
Developer: Rockstar Games
Assassin’s Creed II picks up the storyline from Assassin’s Creed, removes all of the playability issues, and brings you to the Italian Renaissance. Stealth gameplay and a historic storyline make this game a must have.
Requires: OSX 10.5 or 10.6, Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz (no PowerPC processors)
Half-Life 2 is one of the best first person shooters ever released, and now it’s out on the Steam platform. Better yet, get it as part of the Orange Box package for $29.99 and get Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 as well.
Requires: OSX 10.5.8 or 10.6.3
Ever wanted to wield a lightsaber and take on Darth Vader? Dream no more, because Star Wars: Force Unleashed is available for the Mac. Better yet, the Ultimate Sith Edition brings you to Tattooine and Hoth, and lets you take on Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker.
Requires: OSX 10.4
Everybody loves The Sims series of games, and one of the latest expansion packs is out. In Ambitions, play as a firefighter, tattoo artist, or choose another cool new career path. What does the future hold for your Sim?
Requires: OSX 10.5, The Sims 3
Developer: Electronic Arts
What’s Your Favourite Mac Game?
Although our humble platform isn’t quite ready to go toe-to-toe with an XBOX 360 or Playstation 3 just yet (at least not in terms of the range of games available), support for OS X gaming is forging ahead in the right direction.
We’ve picked out a range of great games above, but I’d love to hear your favourites. Which blockbuster Mac games have you enjoyed over the last year?