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In the war between PC and console gaming, the former is just assumed to always be Windows. But what about Mac? Sure, there isn’t a huge number of games available for Apple’s desktop operating system, but it’s not completely bereft of titles.

In fact, in recent years, some developers like Valve have seemed keen to develop for Mac too. We have already taken a look at the best action games for Mac The 10 Best Action Games You Can Play On Your Mac [MUO Gaming] The 10 Best Action Games You Can Play On Your Mac [MUO Gaming] Getting your frag on with a Mac has never been easy. The most popular action shooters, like most of the Quake games and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare have been ported, but as you... Read More , but that covered every single type, from action-adventure to third-person shooters. I wanted to go old-school and discover what first person shooter (FPS) games are available for OS X, and I was quite surprised by the selection…

1. The Orange Box [$19.99]

It’s been six years since Valve released The Orange Box, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is still the best deal in gaming available. For just $20, you get Half-Life 2, its expansion packs Episode One and Episode Two, the original Portal and Team Fortress 2. Half-Life 2 is among the best games ever made, with a fantastic storyline, gripping gameplay and graphics that still don’t look outdated today. Portal is the finest first-person puzzle game, and Team Fortress 2 is the most fun multiplayer team game you will play. Five high-quality first-person shooters for that price? You’d have to be crazy not to buy that.

2. Borderlands 2 [$29.99]

If you asked me to name the most insane yet fun action game in the past few years, I wouldn’t even need to think for a second to say Borderlands 2. The original Borderlands was a blast and the sequel only improves on that. Playing as one of four “vault hunters”, you have a wide variety of weapons at your disposal, from shotguns to sniper rifles, with plenty of variation in each type. The comic book-like animation style only adds to the charm, taking away realism and putting fun back into the virtual world of guns and gore. No wonder this one made it to our list of the top 10 games on the PlayStation 3 10 Of The Best PS3 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] 10 Of The Best PS3 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] This generation of games consoles is coming to an end, with the Wii U already having arrived to usher in the next-generation, and successors to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 expected in 2013. However,... Read More .

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3. Bioshock Infinite [$39.99]

Like the original Bioshock, Bioshock Infinite has one of the best storylines in video games 3 First-Person Shooters That Actually Have Great Stories [MUO Gaming] 3 First-Person Shooters That Actually Have Great Stories [MUO Gaming] First-person shooters (or FPS) have long been a genre that is based around competition. Ever since the invention of multiplayer gaming, it only made sense to have shooters as a key genre. I once wrote... Read More . Steampunk has never been executed so well in gaming and Infinite scores high on every aspect: story, gameplay, graphics, voice acting and sound. My personal favorite is hopping on to the Skyline, a single-person railway system which you use to travel around the floating city of Columbia with a hook mechanism. There is nothing as cool as zipping along and shooting enemies. The video above doesn’t do it justice, you need to try it!

4. Call of Duty: Black Ops [$49.99] & Modern Warfare [$19.99]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is arguably the best FPS game to be made in the last few years, and definitely the best war game. The franchise kicked away the obsession developers had with World War II shooters and focussed on modern combat instead. The result was one of the most engrossing games ever made with incredible variety in the gameplay, be it as the perfect sniper in Chernobyl, shooting targets on the ground from an airplane, or crawling through enemy lines undetected with your camouflage. Matt wrote a great article on the evolution of the FPS genre Doom Vs. Call Of Duty Modern Warfare - Just How Far Has The FPS Come? Doom Vs. Call Of Duty Modern Warfare - Just How Far Has The FPS Come? First person shooters have been at the forefront of game development since their first incarnation over two decades ago. They combine adrenaline-soaked action with a perspective that provides a great stage for technology; first-person games... Read More from the early days of Doom to COD: Modern Warfare. And after the success of Modern Warfare came a new franchise, Black Ops. The gameplay is similar, so when you’re done with MW, hop on to Black Ops.

5. Left 4 Dead 2 [$19.99]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaXl7DKG86U

If you like zombie shooters, Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 is as good as they get and deservedly finds a spot in the best Xbox 360 games 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their... Read More . As a single-player game, L4D2 is a lot of fun, making you attempt to live through a zombie apocalypse as part of a band of four survivors. But where it really shines is in co-op gameplay. Buy it on Steam, connect with other players online and stave off wave after wave of zombies to make the world a safer place once again.

6. Deus Ex Human Revolution [$39.99]

Perfectly marrying the strengths of RPG with those ofthe  FPS, it’s a pity that Deus Ex Human Revolution doesn’t get the recognition it deserves (although Dave ranked it as one of the best games of 2011 My 5 Favorite Video Games Of 2011 [MUO Gaming] My 5 Favorite Video Games Of 2011 [MUO Gaming] It is that time of the year. 2011 is over, and 2012 is upon us. The big games from last year are on the shelf, and it is time to talk about our favorite games... Read More ). How you interact with other characters will determine the outcome of the game, and meanwhile, there’s plenty of fighting and stealth action to keep you occupied. And when you throw in a mechanically augmented man as your lead character, there’s always going to be the kind of mayhem you want to be in the middle of!

7. The Darkness 2 [$19.99]

This one is contentious and might just start a flame war in the comments, but The Darkness 2’s gameplay is a blast. Sure, the storyline is silly. Sure, the graphics aren’t the best. Sure, the voice-acting is downright amateurish. But does any of that matter when you’re a paranormal being with a human body appended with two tentacles? You can slice up enemies, grab and toss them, or perform the most gruesome kills once you have them in your power. This one ain’t for kids; I’m not even sure this one is for most adults given the amount of gore involved. But if you like twisted fun, you can’t go wrong with The Darkness 2. Leave your brains at home and just enjoy the crazy gameplay.

Let The Flame War Begin!

Yup, I know I didn’t mention some great FPS games for the Mac. Portal 2, if you can look beyond the “shooter” part, would top this list. Max Payne 3 might look like a third-person shooter, but it plays like an FPS. And then there’s Serious Sam 3: BFE, which is as close as you can get to being Arnold Schwarzenegger. There’s no “definitive list”, so I want to know your picks. What would you remove from this list and what would you replace it with?

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  1. KMACR
    January 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I guess there are further distinctions to be made in the quest for a list of great Mac OS X FPS's. That may be games compatible with the current version of OS X (10.10) and those that are no longer supported at that level. My own limited experience in FPS was with the 2003 ASPYR Tom Clancy Rainbow Six 3 series and 2002 ASPYR Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series .

    I enjoyed a great level of graphics (for the time). Rainbow Six still holds up even now, whereas Ghost Recon shows its age slightly more, but is still enjoyable. The downside is that both of these titles do not operate on the current Mac OS X 10.10. I appreciated the games so much that I dedicated a spare iMac and installed Mac OS X 10.4.11 just so I could continue to play. I never upgrade the software and use it as a time capsule to great gameplay.

    Each of these has really great CHOICE for the player.

    In Rainbow Six 3 you have options of weapons, individual loadouts including ammo, grenades, scopes, uniforms AND gameplay options of missions and free-ranging firefight modes. The AI in this game is pretty remarkable and you have a wonderful range of individual member control within a squad. Operate up to 3 squads and then further direct other members of a squad to remain in place while one of the team goes ahead to scout, etc.

    Ghost Recon, being a year earlier, has graphics that are a little rougher-edged than Rainbow, but the artificial intelligence here is as good or better than Rainbow. It doesn't provide as much in-team individual command capability but you can have each squad more than adequately defend itself while you're occupied with other squads. The game allows you to range freely in various mission scenarios and seems more engagingly "strategic" in nature with all the fun of a firefight too. There is more suspense, I feel, in Ghost and the player anticipation within the game runs high.

    I've had fun with these off and on since 2005 and though the maps are well worn by now, the tactical situations and play offer as much playability and enjoyment as they did back then. I highly encourage anyone who loves FPS's and has a computer system retro-graded enough to support these older games to explore what they bring to the table. My particular games are:

    Rainbow Six 3 Raven Shield, Rainbow Six 3 Athena Sword, and Ghost Recon including the Desert Siege Mission Pack. All of these titles were produced by ASPYR / Ubi Soft.

  2. Solrac A
    January 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Hao about non FPS games; How RPGs? Better Yet; RPG Maker c; No Seriously... Please do on for RPG Maker..
    I mean, there's plenty of Windows games from game engines alike RM that can't run on Mac... :1

  3. Jon
    January 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Considering that Bungie got their start making Mac FPS games, the venerable granddaddy of them all ought to be on this list, especially since Bungie open-sourced it long ago, and the project is still alive, and playable on the latest Mavericks. This game is the Marathon series. (marathon.sourceforge.net) And add in all the third-party scenarios (Marathon:Rubicon FTW), and you have nearly endless gameplay. But one must start with the original trilogy, and make sure you have the music playing for the first Marathon.

    It's worth considering that if there had been no Marathon, there would be no Halo... Scary thought. ;-)

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