Best games for Mac

With all of the focus on console gaming these days, the poor old Mac often seems to be totally ignored. But fear not, Apple fans, for some of the greatest PC games are also available for your Mac. We’ve gathered some of the best here for your convenience.

Portal 2

Price:AU$89.95

Portal 2 is an accessible, clever and downright hilarious adventure into the eccentric world of Aperture Science.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Immensely clever writing, Portal mechanics combine with new elements for delightful puzzles, Cooperative campaign creates intriguing situations, New characters are hugely entertaining

The Bad

  • Frequent load times, No challenge maps or leader boards to inspire competitive play.

Dragon Age: Origins

Price:AU$109.95

Incredible storytelling, great characters and exciting battles are just a few of the things that make this fantasy role-playing game so extraordinary.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Intricate, involving storytelling, Amazing dialogue and voice acting bring characters to life, Rich fantasy world filled with interesting lore, Enjoyable questing with plenty of twists and surprises, Lots of spells and abilities make combat fun

The Bad

  • A few glitches.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Price:AU$89.95

Traditional and fresh in all the right ways, this strategy sequel is an absolute joy for veterans and newcomers alike.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Campaign offers a lot of variety, Awesome cinematics and great voice acting get you involved in the story, Element of choice gives campaign lots of replay value, Excellent online play featuring three disparate but balanced factions, Challenges and practice league ease neophytes into competitive play

The Bad

  • Some Battlenet inconveniences, Only one campaign.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Price:AU$119.95

With an excellent mix of biff, stealth and sleuth, you don’t need to be a fan of Batman to enjoy this excellent third-person action game.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Story mode really sucks you in, Uncomplicated combat is fast paced and looks fantastic, Tons of cool stuff to unlock, including Challenge-mode maps, Audio and visual presentation is uniformly impressive, You won’t want to stop playing even after you’ve solved all 240 riddles

The Bad

  • Too tempting to play through the entire game in detective-vision mode, Super villains that you don’t get to fight feel like missed opportunities

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Price:AU$109.95

The single-player campaign is over in a flash, but the high quality of that campaign and its terrific multiplayer options make Call of Duty 4 a fantastic package.  Full Review »

The Good

  • High-quality story mode packs in a lot of thrilling and unexpected moments, Well-designed multiplayer progression gives you something to shoot for online, Terrific audiovisual presentation,

The Bad

  • Campaign mode is much shorter than those of the average shooter,

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Price:AU$59.95

Blizzard’s long-awaited new expansion to the World of Warcraft universe, due out on 7 December, will introduce, among other things, new zones, two new races and increased level cap.  Full Review »

The Good

  • New zones with satisfying stories and varied quests are the best to date, Fun and very different starter zones for new races, Guild leveling and rewards systems are great additions, Level and gear restrictions introduced for battlegrounds and dungeons respectively, Masterful use of phasing technology makes your actions feel impactful

The Bad

  • New archaeology profession isn’t fun, Not enough zones to level a second character without repeating lots of content.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Price:AU$20.33

Amnesia just might drive you insane, but in a very good way since this is one of the scariest horror games you’re ever going to play.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Creepy Lovecraftian atmosphere and monsters, Good mix of physics-based puzzles with old-fashioned adventure brainteasers, Spooky visuals and disturbing insanity effects, Horror-show sound effects that will keep you on the edge of your seat

The Bad

  • Physics-based interface can require some annoying mouse manoeuvres, Dated visuals.

BioShock

Price:AU$109.50

BioShock creates an amazing world that you’ll want to explore from top to bottom and a compelling mystery that slowly comes together as you play.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Absolutely amazing atmosphere and visual design with the technical prowess to back it all up, Lots of character-customisation options to play around with, Great voice cast really sells the storyline,

The Bad

  • Annoying hitches cause the game to freeze for a few seconds at a time, but it only seems to start happening after playing the game for several hours, Lack of death penalty keeps things fun, but also keeps things a little too easy,

Sid Meier’s Civilization V

Price:AU$99.95

Excellent tactical battles and a slick interface make the latest Civilization another wonderful addition to a classic franchise.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Hours of addictive turn-based glee, Fantastic new tactical-combat system, Excellent interface makes it easy to keep track of every aspect of the game, Great automation features allow you to focus on the big picture, Lovely visuals and classical soundtrack

The Bad

  • Inconsistent, overly aggressive AI, Scattered annoyances, particularly in multiplayer.

Super Meat Boy

Price:TBA

This sublime platformer provides tons of challenge, precise controls and incredible level design that will keep you glued to the screen.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Precise controls ensure you’re always in command, Amazing level design is always varied and entertaining, Smooth difficulty curve gives you a chance to learn the ropes before the difficulty ramps up, Tons of unlockable characters and levels, Catchy music and goofy story add to the appeal

The Bad

  • No way to view leader board replays.

Fable: The Lost Chapters

Price:AU$90.00

The Xbox hit finally makes it way onto PCs armed with new areas, quests and content. Does it trump the console original?  Full Review »

The Good

  • Hours of new content added, Looks great on PCs, Retains the Fable morality-based gameplay, Excellent sense of humour

The Bad

  • Controls will take some getting used to.

Limbo

Price:TBA

Thoughtful puzzles and striking aesthetics make Limbo a cerebral adventure you must experience.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Moody, black-and-white visuals, Excellent sound design, Thoughtful puzzles with lots of variety, Hidden secrets reward a second play-through

The Bad

  • Ends abruptly.

The Sims 3

Price:AU$99.95

The latest Sims game is also the greatest, striking a terrific balance between the fresh and the familiar.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Free-to-explore town leads to a sense of community, Robust, intuitive creation tools, Charming visuals and audio, Good balance of sandbox play and specific goals, Loads of content to keep you busy for months

The Bad

  • Most additional official content costs real money, Some path-finding issues.

Colin McRae: DiRT 2

Price:AU$109.95

If you have any interest whatsoever in off-road racing you’d do well to take this beautiful and thrilling game for a spin.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Variable difficulty caters to players of all skill levels, Lengthy career mode is tough to put down, Multiplayer is lag free and loads of fun, Audio and visual presentation is superb

The Bad

  • No split-screen multiplayer.

Left 4 Dead 2

Price:AU$108.00

With exciting new content across the board and plenty of it, Left 4 Dead 2 outdoes its predecessor and makes the zombie apocalypse an absolute blast.  Full Review »

The Good

  • New campaigns are very well designed, Explosive new guns and deadly new melee weapons, Scavenge mode is a great short-form versus mode, New survivors have more character, and new infected have fun abilities, Realism mode delivers a new level of tension

The Bad

  • No major leaps forward in gameplay, AI allies can still trip you up.

Neverwinter Nights 2

Price:AU$89.95

Neverwinter Nights 2 isn’t without some technical issues, but the engaging, dynamic story and proven Dungeons & Dragons framework make it a role-playing game that shouldn’t be missed.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Compelling story will keep you hooked for the entire 50-plus hours it takes to finish the single-player campaign, Full-featured tool-set lets you easily create and share new modules, This is just about the most authentic representation of dungeons & Dragons that you’ll find in any game, Excellent music and mostly well-done voice acting; the interactive dialogue and influence system make for dynamic and entertaining character interactions,

The Bad

  • Frustrating camera requires constant attention, Steep system requirements for a game that doesn’t look particularly good, The artificial intelligence doesn’t always cooperate.

Frozen Synapse

Price:AU$14.99

Frozen Synapse is a great turn-based game with stirring tactical multiplayer battles that reward clever thinking.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Engrossing tactical gameplay, Exhilarating, addictive multiplayer, Massive single-player campaign, Pleasant electronica soundtrack

The Bad

  • Auto matches can leave you at the mercy of grizzled veterans.

Trine 2

Price:AU$15.00

With the wholesome appeal of a fairytale, Trine 2 is unapologetically packed with comfortable tropes. Like the first game, it stars a trio of classic fantasy heroes: a merry knight, a sly thief and a nervy wizard.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Gorgeous visuals, Fun, open-ended physics puzzles, Smooth, accessible platforming, Fun co-op, online and off

The Bad

  • Unremarkable story.

The Orange Box

Price:AU$99.95

The Orange Box is the one of the greatest gaming packages we have ever come across, and there is incredible value inside for an exceptional price.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Huge amount of game time included, Exceptional value, Portal is one of the most unique and fun games we’ve come across, Team Fortress 2 is one of the best multiplayer shooters to date, Excellent visual presentation across all games

The Bad

  • Half-Life 2: Episode Two is far too short,

Age of Empires III

Price:AU$100.00

After an absence of several years, the venerable Age of Empires series is finally back with Age of Empires III.  Full Review »

The Good

  • Extensive single-player campaign with good storyline, Outstanding graphics, New home-city system an interesting addition, Plenty of fun to be had in online multiplayer

The Bad

  • At its heart still an old-school RTS, Will push most PCs in terms of performance.

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