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Genre: Shooters
Min OS X: 10.7

Call Of Duty: Black Ops
September 27, 2012 | Jon Carr

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On my Mid 2010 27" iMac (see "Reviewers Rig for full specs) the game ran smoothly on High settings and 1920x1080 resolution. There aren't tons of graphical options to tweak, but definitely enough for people to get things running smoothly if their machine is in the lower range. I had a few hitches in the game, but I also had about a dozen programs open on my Mac at the time, which could have easily been the cause.

For all of you out there worried about either not meeting, or just meeting minimum requirements, fear not! I did some testing on my very under-spec Mac Book Air (13" Mid 2011. 1.7 GHz Core i5. 4GB RAM. Intel HD 3000. Lion 10.7.3). The machine itself is "unsupported" in the processor and video card department, as well as OS version (It wanted 10.7.4). But it ran very smoothly on auto-detect settings which was 1024x768 resolution and medium settings overall. I played through the first few missions just fine in the campaign, and since there's less going on in Multiplayer it should be just fine there as well. It could probably even handle turning up a few things, like the resolution to 1280x720 but I didn't try that yet.

It won't look that pretty, but the game will run just fine on under-spec or minimum hardware. Just don't expect Aspyr to offer you support on an under-spec machine, or recommend that you do so. They claim it has potential for FPS drops or crashes or "a sub-par gameplay" experience. I didn't play long enough to see if that was the case, but I believe this game will run on a lot more hardware than people think and it's safe to pickup if you don't mind the lowered graphical settings.


Black Ops will cost you $50 for the core game, or $45 if you pre-ordered. If you're thinking it's pricey for a 2 year old game, keep in mind the PC version of the game is still $40, and since Aspyr included a $15 DLC pack for free, the Mac version is actually cheaper in that light. Is it worth it? I definitely think so for any CoD or shooter fan. If you're planning on this for just the campaign, you may be disappointed. It's good, but not $50 good. But you will get your moneys worth for a long time to come if you are into the multiplayer/zombie modes. The campaign has some minor issues, and the multiplayer is missing some features, but the whole package delivers a fun, exciting and memorable experience. If the latest shooter is your thing, don't miss out on this one.


• Intense and engaging campaign
• Exciting and varied multiplayer
• Zombies mode is silly fun
• Combat Training lets anyone practice


• Short campaign
• Occasionally annoying "press-key-repeatedly" events in the campaign.
• Some multiplayer limitations

Jon Carr is an IMG writer who also hosts the MacGameCast and enjoys conducting interviews, previews and writing all the features he can think of. When not reviewing games or scheming world domination, he's probably playing a new game in Bootcamp or keeping up on all the latest game and tech news. He builds websites for a living but spends all the time he can furthering the Mac game community.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops
Mac Version: Aspyr Media
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