Latest Mac games
Andrew Hayward looks at this month’s best new releases
If you’re specifically looking for brand-new games for Mac, regardless of price, then you’re in the right place. We’ve picked through the listings and found the 10 most exciting new releases, including episodic assassination sim Hitman, fantasy card-battler The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and intense sci-fi strategy game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III.
1. Hitman: The Complete First Season Price: £39.99 (tinyurl.com/hj5zrdk)
Tired of games filled with mindless killing? How about a game with thoughtful, meticulous killing instead? That’s exactly what you’ll find in Hitman, the new episodic reboot of IO Interactive’s longrunning assassin series. You’ll use a blend of stealth manoeuvring, costumes, diversions, and various tools to plot and execute your kills, hopefully without ever being detected.
Agent 47’s latest quest takes him to an array of different destinations, each one contained within its own episode filled with missions and objectives. IO and Feral Interactive are selling the Mac version as a complete season, but the first episode is totally free to download.
2. The Elder Scrolls: Legends Price: Free from Steam (tinyurl.com/ybpkLj9m)
It’s been a busy few months for Bethesda’s fantasy favourite: Last month saw the release of the Morrowind expansion The Elder Scrolls Online, and now free-to-play collectible card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends is available on Mac via Steam. Legends takes the characters, setting, and artwork of the vast role-playing games and transfers them onto digital cards, which you’ll collect in the game and battle against both computer and online players. It promises a large amount of single-player content, but the biggest draw is sure to be the realtime online competition, for which you’ll build your best deck to prepare for tense battles.
3. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Price: £39.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/kyd9ngd)
Mac players only just got their hands on the previous game, Dawn of War II, last year – seven years after its original PC release. But this time around, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III has arrived just weeks after the PC debut, letting fans tear into this deep real-time strategy experience while it’s still totally fresh.
Dawn of War III tosses players back into the popular sci-fi fantasy world, where intense battles are waged between the Orcs, Eldars and Space Marines. You’ll experience massive skirmishes punctuated by special Giant units and battlefieldclearing special abilities, with a campaign that spans all three forces alongside online play.
4. Micro Machines World Series Price: £24.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/mpysqfa)
If last year’s free-to-play Micro Machines for iOS saw Codemasters lightly revving the engines of its classic racing franchise once again, then Micro Machines: World Series is the real main event. Like the mobile revival, this Micro Machines puts you in command of an array of tiny vehicles in comparatively large real-world environments, like a bedroom or billiards table. It looks largely similar, taking a Mario Kart-esque approach to speedy racing with lighthearted weapons and attacks, as well as a battle mode that cuts out the racing. This one’s fully premium, however, with a £24.99 price tag and glossier presentation to take advantage of your Mac hardware.
5. Blitzkrieg 3 Price: £24.90 from Steam (tinyurl.com/y9n9aLpu)
Craving an intense World War II strategy game? Blitzkrieg 3 might fit the bill. It delivers large-scale battles in which you’ll control the USSR, Germany, or Allies in real-time combat.
While online battles are sure to be the biggest draw outside of the campaigns, which collectively offer 63 total missions, Blitzkrieg 3 also has a unique hook in the form of Boris. Who’s Boris? Well, he’s claimed to be the world’s first neural network AI in a real-time strategy game, which means he’s a skilled AI opponent that plays in a realistic fashion. Seems intriguing, though Steam reviewers are mixed on the game, with some fans saying that it loses the depth of past entries.
6. Pathfinder Adventures Price: £18.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/yc7ws727) If The Elder Scrolls: Legends doesn’t satisfy your fantasy collectible card-battling needs, then maybe Pathfinder Adventures will do the trick instead. Based on the physical card game, Pathfinder Adventures has you work together with other characters to take down dangerous monsters and secure an array of new loot and abilities. However, there are some key differences here from Legends or even Blizzard’s Hearthstone. It’s a premium game, most notably, but it’s also a strictly singleplayer game, which means you’ll battle with AI allies instead of real ones.
7. Passpartout: The Starving Artist Price: £6.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/y7cy4ty9) We have a lot of intense action games this month, but if you’re looking for something a bit lighter, then give a look to Passpartout: The Starving Artist. It’s not quite like any other game out there, as you take the role of a French artist trying to paint masterpieces while learning the ropes of the local art scene. You’re given a Microsoft Paint-esque panel that lets you bring your creations to life on the in-game canvas, and then they’re plastered up in art galleries and restaurants as you try to “survive your expensive wine and baguette addiction,” according to the Steam listing. Beyond the clever premise, Passpartout also impresses with its puppets-andpapercraft aesthetic.
8. First Strike: Final Hour Price: £10.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/y8ggoope) What kind of thing can be both first and final? Atomic bombs, naturally – and you’ll have to try to avoid a nuclear horror in First Strike: Final Hour for Mac. You might have already encountered First Strike on iOS or Android, where it’s been out for a couple of years, but now it adds some content and upgrades the graphics for Mac.
First Strike: Final Hour lets you take control of one of a dozen different nuclear superpowers around the world, giving you access to an arsenal including increasingly-powerful rockets and missiles. You’ll have to navigate conflicts as they arise, and fend for yourself as projectiles fly around the glossy globe.
9. Tormentor X Punisher Price: £5.59 from Steam (tinyurl.com/y8veq4Ln) Tormentor X Punisher is a wildly chaotic arcadestyle shooter that finds you blasting hordes of fast-moving monsters to bits. They’ll surround your character and back you into corners, but luckily, all of them can be killed with a single shot. There’s just so many of them around you at all times.
Raw Fury’s latest game is aesthetically abrasive, with huge blood spatters, quite a bit of vulgarity, and a blistering speed metal soundtrack. It also takes place on “Planet F—- You,” has boss enemies with names like BIGBONES and GUTSHANK, and lets you reload one weapon by firing the other. If that all sounds appealing, then Tormentor X Punisher’s relatively cheap thrills should satisfy.
10. Cold Waters Price: £29.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/yd6auufn) Got a soft spot for submarines? If so, you’ll probably want to point your attention towards Cold Waters. Designed as a spiritual successor to Red Storm Rising, a 1988 PC game based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name, Cold Waters puts you in command of a nuclear submarine attempting to stop an impending war with Russia.
The real-time combat requires methodical strategy, with a campaign mode that includes more than 40 authentic ships and submarines. Steam user reviews have been very positive overall, with most of the players praising the attention to detail and level of challenge for diehard simulation fans to enjoy.