This is a list of some of the most popular freeware and free and open-source softwarefirst-person shooter games.
Realistic environments, fast arcade game play, many game modes. Black Shades: Wolfire games 2001 Linux, OS X, Windows, Mac OS, iOS: Wolfire Games: Freeware: Free First-person shooter BZFlag: Chris Schoeneman, Tim Riker 1993 2016-10-10 (2.4.8) Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows, other UNIX: GNU LGPL: Tank combat Chub Gam 3D: Director. Look, it's an alright game, but it doesn't belong on a list of story-driven single player games. The story's thin, and the focus for the game is definitely multiplayer. Sure, you can play single player (I always do, because I hate people), but excellent storytelling it ain't.
|Title||Developer||Release date||Last update||Operating system||Engine||License||Notes|
|Action Quake 2||The Action Team||1998||2003||Linux, Windows||id Tech 2||Freeware||Team and Deathmatch based very fast FPS|
|AssaultCube||Rabid Viper Productions||2006||2013||Linux, Mac OS, Windows||Cube Engine||zlib License (code), Individual licenses (media)||Realistic environments, fast arcade game play, many game modes. Single/Multiplayer.|
|Black Shades||Wolfire games||2001||Linux, OS X, Windows, Mac OS, iOS||Wolfire Games||Freeware||Free First-person shooter|
|BZFlag||Chris Schoeneman, Tim Riker||1993||2016-10-10 (2.4.8)||Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows, other UNIX||GNU LGPL||Tank combat|
|Chub Gam 3D: Director's Cut||ChubGamSoft||1998||MS-DOS||Pie in the Sky||Freeware||Surreal horror single player game|
|CodeRED: Alien Arena||COR Entertainment, LLC||2004-11||2011-12-29 (7.53)||Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows||CRX Engine||GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media)||Science fiction, with single or multiplayer modes.|
|Cube||Wouter van Oortmerssen||2001||2005-08-29||Linux, BSD, Mac OS, Windows||Cube Engine||zlib License (code), Individual licenses (media)||Quake style multiplayer deathmatch. Single/Multiplayer.|
|Cube 2: Sauerbraten||Wouter van Oortmerssen||2004||2013-01-04||Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows||Cube 2 Engine||zlib License (code), Individual licenses (media)||Quake style deathmatch, includes built in level editor. Single/Multiplayer.|
|The Dark Mod||Team Dark Mod||2009||2015-02-08 (2.03)||Windows||id Tech 4 engine||CC-BY-NC-SA||First person stealth game in the style of the Thief (series) games (1 and 2) using a modified Id Tech 4 engine|
|Fallen Empire: Legions||GarageGames, InstantAction||2009-06-30||2013-06-27||Windows||Torque Game Engine||Proprietary license||First-Person Shooter with Jetpacks, Multiplayer, CTF, Deathmatch|
|Freedoom||Freedoom project||2019-10-22 (0.12.1)||Linux, OS X, Windows, Android, Mac OS, MS-DOS, others||Doom engine||GNU GPL (code), BSD (media)||A Doom WAD file intended to be used instead of the copyrighted file from the original Doom and Doom II.|
|The Glorious Mission||Giant Interactive Group||2013-06-20||Windows||Proprietary license||Online multiplayer. Developed with the People's Liberation Army of China for use as a recruitment and training tool.|
|Gore: Special Edition||4D Rulers||2008-07-04||Windows||AMP engine||Proprietary license|
|Hidden & Dangerous||Illusion Softworks, Take-Two Interactive||1999-07-29||2001-11||Windows||Insanity Engine||Proprietary license|
|.kkrieger||.theprodukkt||2004||Windows||Proprietary license||Won first place in the 96k game competition at Breakpoint in April 2004.|
|KumaWar||Kuma Reality Games||2004||2006-07||Windows||Source engine||Proprietary license||Tactical episodic shooter. Single/Multiplayer.|
|Marathon||Bungie||1994-12-21||2007||Mac OS (original), ported to Linux, OS X and Windows via AlephOne||Aleph One||GNU GPL (code)||Released as freeware and source code.|
|Nexuiz||Alientrap||2005-05-31||2009-10-01 (2.5.2)||Linux, OS X (10.4 or later), Windows||DarkPlaces Quake engine||GNU GPL||Unreal Tournament style deathmatch. Single/Multiplayer.|
|OpenArena||OpenArena team||2005-08-19||2012-02-20 (0.8.8)||Linux, OS X, Windows||GNU GPL||Free software content remake of Quake III Arena. Single/Multiplayer|
|Point Blank||Zepetto, NCSOFT||2008-03||Windows||N/A||Proprietary license||Free FPS created by Zepetto in 2009. Close Beta version.|
|Red Eclipse||Quinton Reeves, Lee Salzman||2009||2019-12-19 (2.0.0)||Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows||Cube 2 Engine / Tesseract||zlib License||New take on the first person arena shooter, featuring parkour, impulse boosts, and more.|
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R. build 1935||GSC Game World||2009-02||Windows||xrCore build 1935||Proprietary license||2004 Alpha build of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Contains content and features cut from the final release. Has a number of bugs but contains a full, playable single player campaign.|
|Savage: The Battle for Newerth||S2 Games||2003-09-09||Linux, OS X (commercial), Windows||Silverback Engine||Proprietary license||Hybrid FPS/RTS with both ranged and melee combat|
|Savage 2: A Tortured Soul||S2 Games||2008-01-16||Linux, OS X, Windows (commercial)||K2 Engine||Proprietary license||The sequel to the award-winning game, Savage: The Battle for Newerth.|
|Smokin' Guns||Smokin' Guns Productions and Iron Claw Interactive||2009-01-01||2012-06-08||Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows, others||GNU GPL (code/some media) Proprietary license (some media)||Western Quake-like FPS. Single (with bots)/Multiplayer.|
|Starsiege: Tribes||Dynamix, Sierra Entertainment||2004 (free release)||Windows||Darkstar engine||Proprietary license||Futuristic team based combat, released for free to promote Tribes: Vengeance. Multiplayer only.|
|The DinoHunters||Kuma Games||2006-04-24||Windows||Source engine||Proprietary license||Also a machinima series. Single/Multiplayer.|
|Tremulous||Dark Legion Development||2006-03-31||2009-12-04 (preview release)||Linux, OS X (unofficial), Windows||GNU GPL||Aliens vs Humans multiplayer team combat with some RTS elements.|
|Tribes 2||Dynamix, Sierra Entertainment||2004 (free release)||Windows||Torque Game Engine||Proprietary License||Futuristic team based combat, released for free to promote Tribes: Vengeance. Single/Multiplayer.|
|UberStrike||Cmune||2010-09-17||OS X, Windows||Unity||Proprietary license||Free-to-play 'social shooter' on Facebook, MySpace and Apple's Dashboard Widgets.|
|Unreal Tournament||Epic Games||TBA||2015-03-09||Linux, OS X, Windows||Unreal Engine 4||Proprietary license||Crowdsourced and free first-person shooter.|
|Unvanquished||Unvanquished Development||2012-02-29||2018 (Alpha 0.51.1)||Linux, OS X, Windows||modified ioquake3||CC BY-SA 2.5/GPL||Fork of Tremulous with new assets|
|Urban Terror||Silicon Ice Development / Frozen Sand||2000-08-05 (Beta 1.0)||2016-09-30 (4.3.0)||Linux, OS X, Windows||GNU GPL (ioquake3 engine), Proprietary license (mod code, media)||Fast-paced, Hollywood tactical shooter. Originally a Quake 3mod, now a standalone game.|
|Warmonger: Operation Downtown Destruction||NetDevil||2007-11-28||2009-08-27||Windows||Unreal Engine 3||GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media)||High-end Free-to-play first person shooter with destructible environments.|
|Warsow||Warsow team||2005-06-08||2016-04-14 (2.1)||Linux, OS X, Windows||GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media)||Quake style deathmatch focussed on high-paced action and trickjumps.|
|Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory||Activision, id Software, Splash Damage||2003-05-29||2015-08-21 (ET:Legacy 2.74)||Linux, OS X, Windows||id Tech 3, ET:Legacy||GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media)||Intended expansion pack turned freeware. WW2 multiplayer team combat|
|World of Padman||Padworld Entertainment||2007-04-01||2011-07-16 (1.5.4 beta Windows/Linux), 2011-01-24 (1.5.1 OS X)||Linux, OS X, Windows||GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media)||A free Quake 3 like comical FPS game|
|Xonotic||Team Xonotic||2010-12-23||2017-04-01 (0.8.2)||Linux, OS X, Windows||DarkPlaces Quake engine||GNU GPL||Fork and direct successor of the Nexuiz Project.|
|Team Fortress 2||Valve||2007-10-7||2019-3-28||Windows, Mac OS, Linux.||Source||Proprietary license||Also available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, formerly pay to play, sequel to Team Fortress Classic.|
Some free-to-play online first-person shooters use a client–server model, in which only the client is available for free. They may be associated with business models such as optional microtransactions or in-game advertising. Some of these may be MMOFPS, MMOTPS or MMORPG games.
|Title||Developer, Publisher||Release date||Operating system||Engine||License||Notes|
|Blacklight: Retribution||Zombie Studios||2012-04-03||Windows||Unreal Engine 3||Proprietary license||Online multiplayer, futuristic setting.|
|CrossFire||Z8Games||2006||Windows||Lithtech Jupiter||Freeware||Modern team-based shooter. Many game modes.|
|Mission Against Terror||Kingsoft Dalian JingCai Studio, Wicked Interactive / Suba Games||2012||Windows||Proprietary license||Free-to-play online fps, developed by KingSoft, published by Wicked Interactive / Suba Games.|
|Fallen Earth||?||?||?||?||?||Online multiplayer|
|Heroes and Generals||?||?||?||?||?||Online multiplayer|
|War Rock||?||?||?||?||?||Online multiplayer, features controllable vehicles|
|Combat Arms||Nexon||2008-07-11||Windows||Lithtech||Proprietary license||Online multiplayer, modern setting; microtransaction business model.|
|CrimeCraft||Vogster Entertainment||2009-08||Windows||Unreal Engine 3||Proprietary license||Massively multiplayer online with 3rd and 1st-person perspectives; microtransaction business model.|
|PlanetSide 2||Sony Online Entertainment||2012-11-20||Windows||Forgelight Engine||Proprietary license||Massive battles with 2000 players per continent at a time. 3 factions fighting over 4 continents. Player customization, microtransaction business model.|
|Sudden Attack||Nexon||2005-4-11||Windows||Lithtech||Proprietary license||Online multiplayer|
|Tribes: Ascend||Hi-Rez Studios||2011-12||Windows||Unreal Engine 3 (modified)||Proprietary license||Online multiplayer; microtransaction business model.|
|Engine||Developer, Publisher||Release date||Linux||OS X||Windows||other||License||Notes|
|Aleph One||Bungie (originally)||2000-01-17||Yes||Yes||Yes||Mac OS, BSDs||GNU General Public License||Aleph One is an open-source project based on the Marathon 2: Durandal code, which was released to the public by Bungie.|
|Build engine||Ken Silverman/3D Realms||2000-06-20||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes[which?]||Custom licence, GNU General Public License||First released by Silverman; 3D Realms later did GPL releases of Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior|
|Cube Engine||Wouter van Oortmerssen||2001||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||zlib License (code), Individual licenses (media)||FPS with sandbox style level-editor|
|Cube 2 Engine||Wouter van Oortmerssen||2004||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||zlib License (code), Individual licenses (media)||FPS with sandbox style level-editor|
|Dim3||Brian Barnes||No||Yes||Yes||No||MIT License||Development set|
|id Tech 1||id Software||1999||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||GNU General Public License||Known as the Doom engine, originally used for Doom, Doom II, and clones|
|id Tech 2||id Software||2001-12-22||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||GNU General Public License||Quake 2, CRX and Qfusion are open-source derivatives|
|id Tech 3||id Software||2005-08-19||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes[which?]||GNU General Public License||Quake 3, ioquake3 is an open-source derivative|
|id Tech 4||id Software||2011-11-22||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes[which?]||GNU General Public License||Doom 3|
|Quake engine||id Software||1996||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||GNU General Public License||Quake, DarkPlaces is an open source derivative|
|Torque Game Engine||GarageGames||2012-09-20||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||MIT License|
|Unity||Unity Technologies||2009||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Purchasable license for commercial use, iPhone license, Free indie license||Development set|
|Unreal Engine||Epic Games||1998||Yes||Yes||Yes||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android||Proprietary||Free to download and use|
|Wolfenstein 3D engine||id Software||1995||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||GNU General Public License||Also available from Blake Stone: Planet Strike source release; earlier versions in Hovertank 3D and Catacomb 3D source releases, and further developed in Rise of the Triad source release|
“War, huh, what is it good for?” – Edwin Star, War from the album War and Peace
The free-to-play version of Starcraft 2 gives you the complete Wings of Liberty campaign, ranked and unranked Multiplayer, and every co-op commander available. And if you ever want more, you can pay to unlock more single-player campaigns, special skins, etc. Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game. Benchmark results (in FPS).
Well… apparently, it’s good for good times. War games are all over the map. So, to honor our ever-present source of joy and soul-crushing doom, Mac Gamer HQ presents you with a four-star general overview of the best war games for Mac.
As always, we’re going for different styles and genres, as well as different price points and system requirements. We aim to help you discover great new games and perhaps one of these will be perfect for you:
Want even more good games for Mac? These are the 100 Top Mac games you can play today.No round-up of the best Mac war games for Mac would be complete without touching on the big franchises that have left their mark on Mac gaming, so I’ll start with two of the major ones. These are perfect for those of you who enjoy crushing your enemies under the heel of your polished and well-kept boots.
The condition of man… is a condition of war of everyone against everyone – Thomas HobbesWar is all-encompassing and to give you the taste of blood you crave, the Total War series relies on a dual-engine approach. First, there’s a real-time war theater which allows you to command your troops’ every move on the battlefield. It lets you deploy your soldiers, define your engagement strategy, groupings, pace, and more. In between battles, there’s a turn-based strategy interface (think a very stripped down version of Sid Meier’s Civilization series) that lets you construct the whole of your war machine. Different games in the Total War franchise take you from before the birth of Christ to the end of the Napoleonic period and all over the globe.
MacGamer HQ’s head-honcho Ric is a fan of the franchise’s take on feudal japan, Total War: Shogun 2, but I’m definitely fond of the most recent release, Total War: Attila. Attila takes you to the end of the western Roman empire and puts you in control of one of the Mediterranean or Germanic tribes that carved up former Roman territory, and their enemy’s hides in the process. The game features a skirmish mode, historical battles mode (which lets you relive some epic battlefield confrontations of the period) and a campaign mode. Campaign mode features a dynasty interface that allows you to play the court game of intrigue if you’re the type that likes your war in intimate settings. You can purchase additional campaigns and culture packs if your favorite war-mongering pack of blood-thirsty maniacs isn’t in the base game.The Wargame series, from Eugen Systems, is a real-time strategy (RTS) wargame that gives you control of Cold War Era militaries across the globe. One of the biggest selling points is Eugen’s effort to bring you as close to the real battlefield as possible, accurately reproducing hundreds of military vehicles, troops, and weapons. The campaign modes have grown with each release and the multiplayer modes are worth hundreds of hours of replay value. A unique aspect of the game is the satellite camera mode which, on its own, is little more than a cool video effect but, in reality, demonstrates the scale of the game’s battlefields.
Wargame: European Escalation, gives the player the chance to control one of the Cold War militaries in Thatcher-era Europe. The game’s sequel, Wargame: Airland Battle, takes you right back to the battlefield in a conflict between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces. But if you had to buy just one, the series’ latest, Wargame: Red Dragon, brings you near the end of the Cold War and adds a variety of the Asian communist states, expanding the theater of war to a truly global scale.The RTS genre is dominated by war games, but the variety of styles still leaves Mac players with plenty of options for demolishing their foes.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time – Leo TolstoyAnother Mac Gamer HQ favorite, Company of Heroes 2 is the sequel to the original Company of Heroes, released over a decade ago. The sequel takes you directly onto the Eastern Front of WWII for a close-up look at the vagaries of the war you’re waging. The Essence 3.0 engine provides a beautifully rendered war theater that utilizes a variety of in-game systems to enhance the realism of the battlefield and encourage victory by skill rather than firepower. The destructible environments never cease to amaze me and the many ways the enemy can be countered with the right units is equally impressive.
The three released DLC packs introduce more armies for single and multiplayer modes (including action on the Western Front), each of which carries their own strengths and flaws. You can pick up the CoH2: Master Collection for a tidy $39.99 and choose how you want to win and on which map to reign supreme.Paradox Interactive is well known for its grand-strategy simulations. Each of their titles features an adjustable real-time clock allowing you to watch your decisions play out in a matter of minutes or extending the results of your strategic decisions to hours and days. Their games can bring you from the start of the crusades through the end of the WWII; the company’s most recent offering, Stellaris, will even take you hundreds of years into the future for galaxy-wide statecraft. Each game has it’s own idiosyncrasies and loyalists, but they’ll all give you your fix if grand strategy is your thing.
Hearts of Iron 4 is the company’s most war-oriented, giving you god-like command over pretty much any country that existed in the WWII period. An almost ridiculously complex technology system lets you guide your country’s development as you like, while diplomacy systems let you conduct trade, form and break alliances and treaties, and appoint advisors to help you turn the world from a divided battleground into one of your making. The military system provides you with the chance to specialize your battalions. Pause the game, set your plans, bump up the game-clock speed, and unpause and you can watch your grand vision bring the war to a close on your terms, or bring your country to ruin.It would be hard to find a gamer in the world that isn’t at least aware of Blizzard’s Starcraft 2. The game extends a nearly decade and a half’s long campaign of real-time space war with an RTS system that serves as a cross between the resource acquisition of traditional 4x turn-based strategy games such as the Civilization series and the RTS battlefield play of the Total War series.
Starcraft 2 gives you control over one of three races, each with its own strengths and weaknesses, to craft a mobile war machine from, almost literally, the ground up. Nearly every aspect of your fighting force, from securing resources to front-line battle commands, is under your control and while the battlefield is yours for the taking, it’s also everyone else’s.
While Blizzard controversially released each race’s story as its own game, as opposed to the original which had all three in one package, Wings of Liberty, Legacy of the Void and Heart of the Swarm can now all be bought and played separately. With a variety of playable races, Starcraft 2 can easily satisfy any urge to dominate your fellow man … or alien.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The tactical combat system provides turn-by-turn control over 5 classes of warriors that you can tailor to your own strategy. The technology system of the previous game remains, in expanded form, giving you control over how you’ll exterminate your alien overlords. A greater cast of friends, foes, NPC’s, and increased diversity in weapons and gear complete the game’s customization options, giving you total control over your forces in both the campaign and multiplayer mode. With XCOM 2, you are humanity’s last stand, again, after the first last stand against alien invasion forces failed.Easily one of the most highly regarded series’ on Mac, The Banner Saga takes you into a fantasy Viking world for an RPG epic story. A turn-based tactical battle system gives you control of 25 customizable characters, each of 2 different races and 7 different classes, in both the campaign story mode and multiplayer skirmish modes. The narrative is an important aspect of this series and each of your choices over the course of the game affects the rest of your experience in an open-ended story-mode that requires strategic decisions on the battlefield but also outside.
The 2-D graphics call to mind the old-school style of Dragon’s Lair with beautifully animated battlefields and story animations. The campaign mode is currently 2 games deep, with a third episode in development, and since decisions made in the first game carry over to the second, I recommend you start with part one and play through the second.No look at the top war games would be complete without a look at the First Person Shooters (FPS) that put you right onto the front lines in the muck and the mire of warfare. The three discussed here are just a sample of the FPS war games available for Mac gamers.
I’m better when it’s breathing. – Chris, American SniperIn truth, it’s hard to find anything to say about the Call of Duty series. After all, who isn’t familiar with Call of Duty’s trademark fast gameplay and shoot everything that moves style. But of all the versions available for Mac gamers, Modern Warfare 3 is the one Mac Gamer HQ head honcho Ric recommends. MW3 is on Steam, features cross-platform multiplayer, a spec ops co-op mode and survival modes. Call of Duty games all have fun campaigns with production values worthy of a Michael Bay film. Yet Multiplayer is where they all shine and MW 3’s cross-platform multiplayer makes it the best Mac alternative.
The entire MW series (CoD4MW+MW2+MW3) is also available on Steam in one bundle that puts all of Modern Warfare in your hands, along with DLC, for a reasonably tidy sum. There’s really not a lot to say about it. It’s Call of Duty, but on Mac hardware. Just aim, run, and shoot people in the face.Arma 3 puts you in control of a variety of battlefield soldiers and mechanical vehicles of destruction. The single-player story mode puts you in the boots of Ben Kerry for a 3 episode campaign. Single player training and scenarios help you beef up your battle-chops before you enter the sandbox multiplayer mode featuring both official and unofficial community-made maps and scenarios. Unique to the Arma 3 multiplayer mode is the Zeus mode, which gives players god-like influence over other players and the contingencies of the battlefield. A content editor also gives you the chance to design your own maps and scenarios for both the community and yourself. The Mac version of the game is currently in
The Mac version of the game is currently in experimental beta mode so you might want to hold off on buying the game until it receives official support. Then again, if you really can’t wait, you can buy the Windows version and then hype your friends on the Mac beta to help the process along.A personal favorite of Ric’s and mine, this 3rd-person shooter from Yager Development studios takes you into the darker psychological recesses of war. Taking control of Special Operations Force’s Captain Martin Walker, you lead his three-person team through a single-player campaign in post-apocalyptic Dubai in search of mysterious Colonel John Konrad. I won’t spoil the story for you, but let me just say that it’s different and unique. Call of Duty and Battlefield should both take notice.
The gameplay is good too, featuring some exploration but mostly taking cover and shooting (similar to Gears of Wars games). You’ll find yourself short of ammo, time, and patience often enough that you might end up needing a new controller in this game that, for myself, calls to mind the 1999 film Fight Club, but instead of not being about war, it’s about war. Post-script spoiler alert.This final entry comes from 11-bit studios and is easily one of the most intriguingly heartfelt approaches to the war genre in gaming history.
Our nation exists because of the people! We exist because of them. – Cidolfas Orlandu, Final Fantasy TacticsAnother personal favorite of Ric’s and mine, this scavenger-hunt game is about choices when choices are too few. Putting you in control of three civilians trapped in a building in a war-torn town, your goal is to keep these people alive amidst sniper fire that keeps you inside during the day, and among thieves and other civilians just trying to survive at night.
Only the dead have seen the end of war – attribution questionable
Resource management, scavenging missions, and housekeeping are central to the survival of your group. Decisions on how your players behave toward remaining survivors affect the morale and health of your characters in the randomly generated world brought to life in a beautifully animated tale of survival and loss in a devastated world.This is far from an all-encompassing list, but any of these games should provide hours of good times. MacOS war games come in all shades, styles, and sizes and there’s no end in sight to the destruction you’ll reap upon your adversaries. That being said, keep count of your ammo, your eyes on your scopes, and your wits about you and don’t forget to be at least reasonably respectful to your fellow gamers. As Einstein was fond of saying: Say what you want about me and how I play the game, you’ve at least gotta admit that I’m the guy with the rocket launcher.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. – Albert Einstein
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The weekend's here and if you're worried about being bored, here are some great FPS games you can play on your Mac.
This time around I'm focusing on some of my favorite first person shooters (FPSs) that are currently available for the Mac platform, ranging in price from free to not free. Locked and loaded? Good. Here we go.
Every once in a while a sequel comes along that completely eclipses the original game. Such is the case with Borderlands 2, which took everything that was good about the original Borderlands and made it better.
For the uninitiated, Borderlands 2 drops you on the surface of a hostile alien world called Pandora. You're essentially a treasure hunter on a mission. You can choose from one of four different character classes, each with unique abilities, and in a nod to role playing games, you can develop special abilities by assigning skill points that you gain through experience. Borderlands 2 also features a weapons randomizing system that produces an almost unlimited number of variations on handguns, rifles, grenades and other weapons.
A hilarious script and great voice acting provides you with constant laughs through the 30+ hours of single-player fun your first time through (and you will replay this game to get experience with each character class). Add to that fantastic cooperative multiplayer gameplay and downloadable content to extend the game, and you've got a potent mix that will keep you coming back again and again.
Aspyr makes the game available through the Mac App Store and Steam (which we've linked above). Our recommendation is to go for the Steam version so you can get cross-platform multiplayer - Mac App Store downloaders are relegated to Mac-to-Mac play only through Game Center.
Few recent FPS's have had the impact of the BioShock series. The game struck gold for its detailed storyline involving Rapture, a Randian utopia far beneath the surface of the ocean, run amuck. A survival horror game, BioShock 2 puts you in the role of a Big Daddy - a genetically altered human encased in a heavily armored diving suit. Rapture is filled with psychotic and dangerous people who have been altered by a substance that can record their genes, granting them superhuman powers (and, unfortunately, driving them mad).
The game sports multiplayer action too, but unlike Borderlands 2 isn't available from Steam, so the Mac App Store is a safe bet. BioShock 2 is the sequel to the first BioShock, and if you haven't picked that one up, it's definitely worth your time as well, especially at $19.99 price. Both should wet your whistle until BioShock Infinite shows up for the Mac this summer.
Short of having its superlative sequel on the Mac, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the next best thing. Sure, it's been around for a while, but this game stands up to the test of time: it's a phenomenal FPS that puts you in the role of U.S. Marines and British SAS commandos as you travel to the U.K, the Middle East, Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine on the hunt for international terrorists who plan to detonate a nuclear warhead.
COD4: MW takes a break from past COD games by bringing the action to the modern era, instead of focusing on World War II, which means you have plenty of modern weapons to choose from. It also sports great multiplayer capabilities with plenty of challenges, unlockable perks at matchmaking to make sure you're paired with players of similar abilities.
A team-based multiplayer first person shooter available through Steam, Team Fortress 2 is almost six years old and still going strong. The game pits two opposing teams against each other in a variety of different modes: Capture the Flag, Control Point, Territorial Control, King of the Hill and more. The play maps vary from the ridiculous to the sublime, and you can choose from nine different player classes, some with offensive capabilities (like the Scout), some better on defense (like the Heavy), and some best for support (such as the Medic).
The game's fun to play not only for its varied gameplay modes and different character classes to master, but also for its cartoon-style art. And it used to be you had to pay for TF2, but Valve made it free to play in 2011. (The company makes money through in-app purchases players make to buy unique equipment and character outfits.)
The original Counter Strike took the world by storm when it was introduced as a mod for Valve Software's legendary game Half-Life. Valve reworked CS as its own independent game using the Source engine (hence the name). It's a team-based first person shooter that emphasizes accomplishing objectives - kill your opponents, rescue hostages and so on. What makes it a bit different than the rest is that when you're shot, you stay dead until the end of the round - no instant respawning.
Twelve years since its first release, Counter Strike still has a huge following and remains ridiculously popular. Last year Valve released Counter Strike: Global Offensive (seen above), so if you've gotten tired of the original, you can immerse yourself in a new game that features updated content from the original, along with new maps, characters and weapons.
There are many books that talk about the importance of setting goals and making sure that you look at them regularly. Goal Setting: Setting goals is very powerful as it creates a plan and a vision for your week, month, year, etc. Project/Task Management: If you just can’t seem to make a task management system work for you, try using a mind map instead. Mindmaple for mac. Being able to visually see how your tasks are related might help you see your to-do list in a new light and help you get more done.
Before Halo, before Myth, before Marathon, way back in 1993, Bungie Software made a name for itself with Mac gamers with one of the most innovative first person shooters we'd ever seen (and really, we hadn't seen a lot of them, but we knew this one was cool). That game was called Pathways Into Darkness.
Man Up Time has resurrected this 20-year-old masterpiece for modern Mac and they've made it absolutely free. Not 'freemium' - there are no in-app purchases you need to make to keep playing. Free. The game traps you in a mysterious pyramid in the Yucatan that threatens the very survival of the Earth. You must descend into its innermost recesses, battling fearsome monsters to save the world.
PID is a game of its era. Its graphics are quaint and primitive, its interface is awkward by modern standards, but it stands out as a period piece worthy of remembering and enjoying. It's a bit of Mac legend. And it's free, so you have nothing to lose but some download bandwidth.
Those are my favorite FPS games on the Mac right now, but if there are any other can't-miss shooters on your short list, let me know in the comments below. You can never have too much of an awesome thing!
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A court in Brazil has dismissed a case against Apple over the iPhone slowdown controversy as unfounded after authorities determined that Apple had taken appropriate action.