I’ll cut to the chase: gaming on the Mac hasn’t been the best for years, unless your cup of coffee is Angry Birds, Crossy Road, and similar games that run on Apple devices.
While Valve’s Steam store appeared in 2010 on the Mac, it has almost died out thanks to lack of support and the switch from Intel chips to Apple Silicon. Granted, the best Mac games offer some high-quality titles, it never felt like Apple went out of its way to support game developers.
However, it appears Apple is taking steps to change this, with a new gaming framework called Metal 3, which can more easily port recent games from Windows to both macOS 13 Ventura and iPadOS 16.
With Resident Evil VIllage and No Mans Sky on the way due to this framework, we wonder what other games are likely to appear on both Mac and iPad in the future, thanks to Metal 3.
Inspired in part by Sonic’s 31st anniversary this year and Sonic Origins, there is currently no way to play any of the Sonic games on macOS natively.
From Sonic 1 to 2018’s Sonic Forces, playing these games will require the use of virtualization software like Parallels Desktop and booting up Windows 11 and Steam to try out some of the series.
For a brand like Sonic, it seems odd that there’s no way to play the games on macOS, and Sonic Generations feels perfect to test the waters for SEGA. Being able to play zones from previous games, redone, is still fun even after more than a decade since its release.
Hidden collectibles and replayability can keep you coming back again and again, along with Classic Sonic charm and redone songs for each challenge and level that would work just fine on a Mac.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
With Capcom surprising everyone with its appearance at the WWDC 2022 keynote, Resident Evil Village has been confirmed to be coming to the Mac, but what about the other entries?
The Resident Evil 2 remake, released in 2019, received high praise, showing how a remake can be done, and was arguably a better remake than what Resident Evil 3 did in 2020.
It seems that this is solely dependent on the success of Resident Evil VIllage on the Mac, both in sales and how well it runs on Apple Silicon. With the Resident Evil 4 remake confirmed for a March 2023 release, it may encourage Capcom to release more games for the Mac, alongside PC and consoles.
Elden Ring, already the game of the year for many on TechRadar, could be an easy win for both FromSoftware and Apple.
The games are more than just birds and crossroads: they can be challenging and full of boss battles as you level up your character traversing the seemingly ever-changing Middle Lands with their cave, castle and catacomb areas.
Elden Ring is a game that can test your patience, but it rewards you in droves once you defeat certain enemies. Its stunning design and graphics may be a great showcase for Metal 3, but it also gives macOS users more confidence that games like this have a place on the platform as well.
dragon ball fighter z
A personal recommendation here, as there are very few fighting games on the Mac. They can test your reflexes as you play as characters you’ve seen or read about for years in different media, and Dragon Ball is the perfect example of this.
Akira Toriyama’s anime is one of those for me. I used to watch it during the ‘Toonami’ days in the late 90’s on Cartoon Network where it aired every weekday after school, and FighterZ (opens in a new tab) is one of the best representations of the series in recent years. It’s all here, from the animations and voice acting to the pinpoint shots of each character’s special attacks.
That’s why this dragon ball fighter z (opens in a new tab) It would be great to see it on macOS. It’s not as violent as Mortal Kombat, nor does it have as many licenses as Marvel vs. Capcom, so it could have a big place on Apple’s platforms, especially if cross-play is involved with players on iPadOS and Apple TV.
Grand Theft Auto series
A bit of a catch here, but there’s no reason every GTA entry could come to macOS, especially since Vice City and San Andreas are already there, as the iPadOS versions can be played on an Apple Silicon Mac.
With GTA V seeing another re-release on PS5, it’s a great opportunity for the game to also see a release on macOS, alongside the Definitive Edition releases which are already seeing a ton of fixes since their buggy debut.
There’s been a long-standing myth that any game involving horror and violence isn’t fit for Apple, but with Resident Evil Village coming to the Mac and plenty of games available in similar categories, there’s no reason why all Los GTA games can’t come to macOS.
Aside from Rockstar confirming that GTA 6 is in development, seeing a cross-platform release of the game across consoles, PC, handheld, and Mac would be an impressive but justified feat.