If you put much stock in Metacritic, Bioshock Infinite is the best (or at least best-reviewed) PC game of 2013 so far. Set in Columbia, a sprawling steampunk metropolis floating in the clouds, it's at once a beautiful achievement in world-building; a moving sci-fi story populated by memorable characters; a thinking man's ultraviolent shoot-'em-up; and an unflinchingly brutal critique of the myth and reality of America at the dawn of the 20th century. And this Thursday, five months after its release on other platforms, it arrives on Mac (presumably via Sky-Hook and with guns blazing).
It's difficult to describe the premise of Papers, Please without making it seem crushingly dull; in some ways, it is. Manning a tiny office, your job is to slowly process a huge line of travelers at the newly opened border of a fictional Eastern Bloc country, checking their papers for discrepancies and rejecting or accepting them depending on whether everything's in order. You're paid by the number of visitors you admit during the few minutes you're open, but make too many mistakes (or "mistakes," whether they're to help someone unfortunate or earn yourself a few easy credits), and you'll be fined — which, given your hand-to-mouth existence, could spell the difference between life and death for your family at home.
Tabletop-gaming classic Shadowrun was released to a subdued audience of pen-and-paper die-hards in 1989, and quickly carved out a niche for itself by fusing fantasy with cyberpunk in a dystopian vision of the future that was all its own. More than 20 years later, Shadowrun Returns (developed by a team led by Shadowrun creator Jordan Weisman) borrows the 2D isometric view from an early '90s Super Nintendo adaptation, but it most embodies the open-ended heart of tabletop gaming. It's really about the democracy of storytelling.
It's been a transformative last couple of years for Mac gaming, with the continuing popularity of Apple's hardware and the Mac launches of Steam and the App Store delivering convenient and well-supported ways to grab awesome new games in a pinch. We now have a much wider array of Mac games to choose from, both large and small, and each year lately has seemed better than the last in terms of selection and quality. If you're new to Mac and want to get your game on, or simply need a refresher on the most fantastic games available right this moment, we've assembled a list of the 25 best Mac games today. No doubt, the platform has hosted some truly memorable and influential titles over the decades, but these are the modern and magnificent games you'll want to fire up now.
It’s not clear, at this point, exactly what the second season of The Walking Dead will bring to the unassumingly brilliant adventure series. If the new add-on episode 400 Days is any indication, however, it’s going to be riveting — and possibly very different from Lee and Clementine's adventure in Season One.
It's been 11 years since Max Payne — the perpetually beleaguered detective who brought bullet time, John Woo-inspired acrobatics, and noir monologues to shooters — made his last appearance on Mac, and his overdue return (originally released on PC in 2012) didn't get much build-up or fanfare. No matter; Max Payne 3 is a strong, stylish comeback for the middle-aged Max, who now finds himself battling kidnappers and drug gangs as a bodyguard in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The twist is that he's not particularly good at it.
Most of the focus at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo was on the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, but E3's a big show, and games for other platforms — including iOS and (to a lesser extent) Mac — played a big role as well. In fact, more iOS games than usual joined the mix this year, with major publishers like Konami, Ubisoft, and Square Enix getting in on the action. It was a lot to take in, but here's the best of what we saw.
Resurrecting a beloved old gaming franchise for a modern audience seems like a challenging, thankless task. Even if you succeed in making something great, you run the risk of alienating existing fans if you stray too far from the original formula. When the alien-fighting strategy revival XCOM: Enemy Unknown was released last year on PC and consoles, however, it accomplished something we thought was impossible: It made just about everyone happy.
Digital distributor GOG.com expanded its library of Mac games by an impressive 22 titles today with an update that includes both classics and newer hits such as the Diablo-themed dungeon crawler Torchlight. We’ve already seen the bulk of these games on the Mac before, but GOG’s update also brings a few '90s PC favorites to the Mac for the first time. Better late than never.
The BioShock series is undoubtedly one of the biggest franchises in modern gaming. The upcoming third game, BioShock Infinite, already looks amazing. But as a Mac gamer, maybe you're concerned about when you'll get a chance to SkyHook your way through the skies of Columbia. Well, fear not -- Infinite is coming to Mac, and sooner than you might think.