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#1 Huntn

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 05:48 AM

These are my votes:

Shooter: Half Life 2

RPG: Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

RTS: Rome Total War

MMORPG: Too many (that I don't have experience with) to pick; looking hard at Hero's Journey

Online Shooter: Joint Operations:Typhoon Rising (Nova Logic/ Demo Available) or Battlefield 2?

Flight Sim: Falcon 4 (new version)?*

*not sure

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 02:06 PM

City of Vilains, City of Heroes, Battlefield 2, VtM: Bloodlines, Silent Storm, Pirates!, Morrowind, Deus Ex, AvP2, NOLF2, Total Annihilation, ...

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 05:23 PM

Some of those titles were ported to the Mac.

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 06:40 PM

My list includes really only games I'm interested in playing, not as a bias, but simply to make it easy on myself ... in no order ...

Rome Total War (I'm loving it, oh yeah! Probably the only one I'll play for a while)
Pirates!
Half Life 2
Winning Eleven 9 (Pro Evolution 5)
Galatic Civilizations II Dread Lords
Oasis (shareware from Mind Control)
NWN (with Aurora Toolset!!!!!!)

Future games include ...

CivCity: Rome (Firaxis/Firefly)
Titan Quest (with editor!!!!)
Dragon Age (with editor!!!!!)

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 06:55 PM

half life 2 (and CS Source), battle field 2, CoD 2 (even though its getting ported).

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 10:10 PM

View PostDaveyJJ, on April 19th 2006, 07:40 PM, said:

My list includes really only games I'm interested in playing, not as a bias, but simply to make it easy on myself ... in no order ...

Rome Total War (I'm loving it, oh yeah! Probably the only one I'll play for a while)
Pirates!
Half Life 2
Winning Eleven 9 (Pro Evolution 5)
Galatic Civilizations II Dread Lords
Oasis (shareware from Mind Control)
NWN (with Aurora Toolset!!!!!!)

Future games include ...[..]
You forgot the IL-2/Pacific Fighter series, Silent Hunter 3 and Dangerous Waters.

...not to mention Medieval 2: TW. ;)

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 12:38 AM

View PostDaveyJJ, on April 19th 2006, 05:40 PM, said:

My list includes really only games I'm interested in playing, not as a bias, but simply to make it easy on myself ... in no order ...

Rome Total War (I'm loving it, oh yeah! Probably the only one I'll play for a while)
Pirates!
Half Life 2
Winning Eleven 9 (Pro Evolution 5)
Galatic Civilizations II Dread Lords
Oasis (shareware from Mind Control)
NWN (with Aurora Toolset!!!!!!)

Future games include ...

CivCity: Rome (Firaxis/Firefly)
Titan Quest (with editor!!!!)
Dragon Age (with editor!!!!!)
I second this list, while adding Caesar IV, Neverwinter Nights 2, and The Witcher to the future games list. :)
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Posted 20 April 2006 - 04:53 AM

Yeah, Caesar IV is on my list too. And IL2 series but it only plays in windowed mode via Boot Camp as it flips upside down if you try full screen (weird bug).

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 04:54 AM

Currently playing because they are  the once that interest me the most:

RPG: OBLIVION!!!!!

Shooter: Call of Cthulhu :DCoE (have this on X-Box too :P)

RTS: Star Wars Empire at War

TBS: Galactic Civilizations II

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 06:25 AM

View PostHuntn, on April 19th 2006, 04:23 PM, said:

Some of those titles were ported to the Mac.

Yes, and those don't work very well.

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 09:51 AM

I just saw a movie showing off the Titan Quest editor. I'm hooked. Solidly hooked now. Wow.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 01:01 AM

When I get an Intel Mac, my allegiance will be to native Mac games first and foremost, unless something just has no hope of making it.

That said... I saw no racing games mentioned, and I know those are scarce on OS X to date. FWIW, I noticed "World of Need For Speed" at MicroCenter: a $19 4-pack of Need For Speed games including Underground and Hot Pursuit 2. Not the latest and greatest, but they're fun on PS/2 and the price is right. Also, I was curious and went a Googlin', and all 4 games do support widescreen resolutions--although most of them require a hack to make it happen.

I hate black bars alongside games, and I like that Mac games have supported true widescreen for years. It sounds a little more hit-or-miss on the Windows side, or maybe they're just more vocal about it :)

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 07:53 AM

View Postnagromme, on May 5th 2006, 12:01 AM, said:

When I get an Intel Mac, my allegiance will be to native Mac games first and foremost, unless something just has no hope of making it.

That said... I saw no racing games mentioned, and I know those are scarce on OS X to date. FWIW, I noticed "World of Need For Speed" at MicroCenter: a $19 4-pack of Need For Speed games including Underground and Hot Pursuit 2. Not the latest and greatest, but they're fun on PS/2 and the price is right. Also, I was curious and went a Googlin', and all 4 games do support widescreen resolutions--although most of them require a hack to make it happen.

I hate black bars alongside games, and I like that Mac games have supported true widescreen for years. It sounds a little more hit-or-miss on the Windows side, or maybe they're just more vocal about it :)


Well to bad COD has no widescreen support on my intel mac :( , really sucks , but runs bad to ... not universal :(

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 11:56 AM

View Postopmdude, on May 6th 2006, 09:53 AM, said:

Well to bad COD has no widescreen support on my intel mac :( , really sucks , but runs bad to ... not universal :(

Universal I can't help you with  :blush: ( EDIT: it looks like a Universal patch for CoD may be coming:
http://forums.macrum...ad.php?t=188694 )

But I think you CAN play CoD widescreen on Mac. Check out the game's Readme and the tips here (remember to edit both cfg files, not just one):

http://forums.macrum...ad.php?t=149492


Back on-topic... I might also be eyeing Need For Speed Most Wanted on my Intel Mac. Older NFS games are cheaper, but the graphics on the newest one (and the police chases) look great.

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 04:33 AM

View Postnagromme, on May 6th 2006, 10:56 AM, said:

Universal I can't help you with  :blush: ( EDIT: it looks like a Universal patch for CoD may be coming:
http://forums.macrum...ad.php?t=188694 )

But I think you CAN play CoD widescreen on Mac. Check out the game's Readme and the tips here (remember to edit both cfg files, not just one):

http://forums.macrum...ad.php?t=149492
Back on-topic... I might also be eyeing Need For Speed Most Wanted on my Intel Mac. Older NFS games are cheaper, but the graphics on the newest one (and the police chases) look great.

widescreen doesn't work on my macbookpro :( , it keeps the same ugly black borders on the side

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 04:52 AM

I've grabbed a few older games that I've wanted to play but they were/are PC only.  My list includes:

Temple of Elemental Evil
Syberia I & II
Still Life
Everquest II
Post Mortem

I doubt these will ever be ported.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:03 PM

I am currently very hooked on Silent Hunter III.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 09:52 PM

Oblivion
Guild Wars/GW: Factions
FEAR
HOMM V
Dreamfall (Weird is not ported to the Mac since Aspyr did the PC version)
Sin Episodes
Half-Life 2

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 09:57 AM

I've simplified my list somewhat now that my new 20" has arrived and is up and running well (despite the fact that I forgot to back up about 150 custom Photoshop brushes which I now have to rebuild, d'oh!) ...

Here's the list including near future releases ...

Rome Total War
Winning Eleven 9 (Pro Evolution 5)
CivCity: Rome
Titan Quest (with editor!!!!)
Pirates!

Galatic Civilizations II Dread Lords
Oasis (shareware from Mind Control)

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 03:58 PM

Has anyone tried Star Wars Galaxies on their Mac?  I downloaded the free trial and I'm running it on my new MacBook.  It's playable and suprisingly smooth most of the time.  However, it has crashed frequently, so much so that I doubt I'll sign up for a monthly subscription.