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I am in dire need of your expertise. I am looking for a new game to keep me over the christmas period. The original idea was to get an awsome shooter and play it on my brand new TV via my mac, but guess what - most new games are not for mac. Sadface.
Anyways, the last game I bought was Crysis (yes, the first one), so I have been out of the "other gaming" scene for some time, but I know I have some more dedicated people to guide me here! I am open to any suggestions, have been youtubing some trailers and Battlefield 3/Crysis 2 look great, but the thing is other than my new Macbook Pro (I have no idea about the specs on it...), all I have is this Vaio laptop, 2.20GHz 2GB RAM with a GeForce 8600 something graphics card, so I don't know how far I will get with all these amazing graphics shooters etc. Looking for a great single player game, something that will keep me busy for the next 2-3 weeks without getting repetetive after a couple of hours. Any thoughts guys?
edit; nice layout. What is the feedback score?
Mac? Hmmmmmmmmmm........................... Oh, you have a pc also.
Try and grab a PoE key. (Path of Exile)
Star wars, the empire of this or something like that.
errrr................. Not sure of many new-ish compy games. Sorry David Hasellhof.
Crysis 2 was definitely one of the better shooters I've played, it runs pretty well on older hardware (much better than the original) and doesn't take you an afternoon to play through. The latest CoDs and BF have maybe 7 hours of gameplay each so they're definitely not worth it for the SP alone.
Other than that.... Skyrim is mind-blowing, but I wouldn't try it without a decent PC as the amazing visuals are a big part of the game. I don't know much about that Bootcamp business so I wouldn't know whether that's an option for you.
If you can't run Skyrim, then go for ESIII - Morrowind. Game is awesome, and it can hold you hooked for more then 2 - 3 weeks, especially with its two expansion sets; Bloodmoon and Tribunal. Lots of content, npcs, +1000 quests to be done etc :) Game has issues with bugs and somewhat imbalance if you really know what you are doing. Then game can be too easy sometimes.
Main issue probably is - game is really annoying when you start from zero cause your hitrate is ~5-10% and every rat and crap can kill you. When you get a bit into it, game is really golden.
Bootcamp required for Mac users tho.
I've been having fun with Mount and Blade. The graphics are only OK, but it's pretty addictive. It's set in medieval times, and you can pretty much ignore quests and do your own thing if you want - for example, I've recruited and trained a band of fighters, and have pledged my service to a local lord. I've raided into neighboring territories, plundering and burning towns. I've both participated in seiges, and defended castles. I captured and held for ransom a king. Plus, you can fight on horseback if you like. It might be worth a look - don't believe it's very expensive at all.
ES Oblivion is a good option too.
Thanks all for the replies! ES seems a popular choice - never played any games in that series but it looks interesting. Does it require too much thinking though? Thats not my best department :)
@coju - mine just appeared like this, already logged in and all...
@Noodle - I know - they should have left pluto alone!!!
What about strategy games? Anyone on here big on SC2 or the AoE series?
Have you checked Steam? Their holiday sale is going on right now. If you're after a hack-n-slash RPG, Fable, The Witcher I and II, and Torchlight are all at decent prices. Titan Quest and its expansion are always pretty cheap too. If you're against playing another Diablo II clone, then I personally will recommend Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 if you've never played the series before (currently selling for $5 USD each on Steam). It's SP and it has an RPG feel to it but not really type of thing. I've heard ES games are fun? :badteeth:
If you're up for some post-apocalyptic shooter-adventure games, Fallout series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R series, and Metro 2033 are going cheap. If you want guns-blazing-rambo shooters, Serious Sam, Call of Duty (tis true, CoD fans don't deny it) come to mind. For more strategical shooters, I've played almost every Splinter Cell game and they are fantastic.
Strategy games - I'm not a big fan of real-time (unless its Blizzard). Blizzard tried to put some RPG elements in SC2, it should be fun and will probably last you the entire Christmas period (especially if you try to get all the SP achievements!). I never liked AoE. Cheat codes that let you have the batmobile as a unit were a big turn off because I started laughing too much. I had some fun with some of the LOTR RTS games. C&C games (especially Red Alert) are also fun and come with lots of cleavage. Turn-based strategy - Civilization, Age of Wonders, Disciples, and Heroes of Might and Magic (although I never liked HoMM much). Nubio is trying to convince me to buy Shogun 2 and I think it also falls under this genre.
I realize I'm posting as if I was one big Steam ad. Sorry. :<
I'm just rambling atm because it's 4am, but I am trying my best to make this post coherent. Anyways, if none of those are up your alley, here are some excellent other miscellaneous games I can think of:
1. Play a Visual Novel. :D
2. Download emulator, play Seiken Densetsu 3 (ignore kestegs and Grisu if they come into this thread). This game shaped my love for RPGs.
2a. Substitute SD3 for Mario RPG.
3. Download emulator, play Pokemon Sapphire/Ruby/Emerald. Excellent fun. Pick Mudkip.
4. The Sims. Whoever doesn't like playing the Sims is a downright liar.
4a. Playboy: The Mansion. Kinda like The Sims except you get pixelated boobies.
Awww yeah, time to sleep. Check out Steam sales, maybe you'll find something you like that works with a Mac.
 I forgot Dead Island. Fantastic fun.
 Also Amnesia: The Dark Descent and The Longest Journey (very fun adventure games).
 King's Bounty! I bought the whole set on Steam last year. Turn based strategy, also very fun.
 Under misc, getting 3 stars on every stage in Angry Birds also takes a lot of time, it took me like an entire month.
 Oregon Trail and Rollercoaster/Zoo Tycoon? I know for a fact that Oregon Trail works with Apples, I used to play it all the time in elementary school. :D
Yes, I second OMG's Oregon Trail for the Macintosh, it works flawlessly; up until you get scabies or w/e it is you always die from.
There is a LOTR RTS!? WQAhaZ?!
5$ steam games!??! WQAhaZ!?
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