Gone are the days when there were no games available for Mac. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that those days ended as soon as Steam came out, since the digital distribution service offers hundreds of titles for the operating system. As of this writing, there are over 700 Mac-supported games available on Steam and that numbers will likely grow exponentially as time goes by. Needless to say, making this list was incredibly difficult and a lot of you are likely to disagree with specific entries. Nevertheless, I can assure you that if you play the titles below, you’ll have a great time.
10. Borderlands 2
Who doesn’t like loot? Who doesn’t like shooting things? Borderlands 2 combines both of these concepts in a remarkably entertaining manner. And you can shoot and loot with up to three other friends either online or locally via a LAN in drop in and drop out manner. Apart from that there are new characters, classes, enemies and a surprisingly big world to explore.
9. BioShock Infinite
Rapture was one of the most delightful setting to ever grace a video game, but Columbia is a marvel in its own way. But apart from exploring a city in the sky, you’ll meet intriguing characters, you’ll be exposed to complex themes and you’ll throw fireballs and shoot lightning from your hands. Also, the game features a mode called 1999, so if you have any appreciation for old-school games, this mode is definitely for you.
How often can you say that you play a video game that has a harrowing, gut-wrenching, emotionally affecting story? Not that often. But Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead achieves the unthinkable with this dark point-and-click adventure. Set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, The Walking Dead is a unique episodic adventure that will remain in your memory for years to come.
Navigating a 3D world from a 2D perspective sounds confusing right from the get go, but this is one of this platformer’s most interesting aspects. But once you get past this gimmick, you’ll notice that Fez is more than a one-trick pony: the artwork is unique, the mechanics are creative and those puzzles…
6. Left 4 Dead 2
Set in the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead 2 is a cooperative first-person shooter where you and your friends explore cemeteries, swamps and cities as you make it to the next safe-house. As a sequel to Left 4 Dead, this game is better in every single aspect. There are more weapons, new survivors, a new story, new dialogues, new modes and more.
5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
As far as competitive shooters go, it doesn’t get better than CS: Global Offensive. After all, this is arguably the most refined version of Counter-Strike, featuring terrific visuals, a variety of competitive and cooperative modes, new maps, weapons and more updated content. If you’re a fan of the team-based action gameplay, Global Offensive will be your new favorite. If you’re not, you should at least give it a chance. Who knows? Maybe this game becomes your favorite title from Valve.
4. Dota 2
There are many reasons why millions of players participate in Dota 2 matches every single day. Dota 2 is rewarding, entertaining, there are hundreds of heroes to choose from, multiple modes to participate in, hundreds of items to equip and the best part is that Dota 2 is completely free. If you want to pay for cosmetic items, go ahead, but you can play thousands of hours of this game without paying a cent and still enjoy the game.
3. Team Fortress 2
Another free-to-play title. In this case, a team-based shooter where you can play as one of nine different classes. At its core, this is one of the best third-person shooter games ever released, but the best part is that it’s constantly updated with new maps, weapons, equipment and hats.
2. Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 revolutionized the first-person shooter genre in ways that didn’t seem possible. The story is simply outstanding, the new weapons are fun to use, the characters display realistic emotions and the AI behaves realistically. But once you’ve played the story a couple of times, you can download dozens of free mods, such as Synergy which lets you play cooperatively with friends.
1. Portal 2
Portal 2 takes the creative gameplay from the original Portal and uses it in refreshing ways. Portal 2 is longer, bigger and better than its predecessor in almost every way. There are new mechanics, characters, puzzle elements, test chambers, editor tools and a two-player cooperative mode that’s a blast. Is this the best video game sequel ever made?
These are some of the titles that were considered for this list, but didn’t make it to the final version: Batman: Arkham City XCOM Enemy Unknown, The Stanley Parable, Call of Duty 4, Braid, Limbo, Super Meat Boy, Guacamelee!, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Bastion, Gone Home, Insurgency, Torchlight, Jazzpunk, Proteus, Brutal Legend, Rocksmith 2014 and Civilization V.