I'm looking for a good FPS (read like COD4) on Mac OS X Lion. I'm particular about this point as some of the old games don't install or even don't run at all even when copied from a previous install due to the missing rosetta layer in Lion.

I already own all the steam play FPSs on steam, Modern Combat domination, Uberstrike and Red Crucible 2.

Are there other gems you could recommend. I know they are not all on the App Store and on Steam. And actually good mods for HL2, or Quake 3 would be welcome.

I don't feel like paying for COD4 a 4th time I already bought it twice due to a lost installation key and once more on steam when I till had a windows computer. Mainly as the current price is 6 times superior to what I paid on steam.


I love Borderlands.

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It's an FPS with RPG roots, very stylish cell-shaded graphics. It's available in the Mac App Store, so no compatability issues if you run an OS recent enough to even hit the App Store...


★★★★★ Borderlands has bagged a position as one of the Mac App Store’s Best Games of 2011! ★★★★★

Bloodthirsty bandits. Vicious monsters. Tons of loot. Lock, load and face the madness.

Please check the system requirements below before you buy.

Check out the Borderlands mini-site! feralinteractive.com/borderlands

Gearbox Software’s acclaimed sci-fi hit comes to the Mac, complete with all four Add-On packs. Borderlands Game of the Year Edition is a unique hybrid of first person shooter and role-playing game with a super sharp visual style and a compelling four player co-op mode.

Planet Pandora is a sparsely populated wasteland where the rule of law gets rewritten daily in the smoke of the last gun battle. Civilization consists of small outposts on the fringe of human influence, in an area called the Borderlands. Pandora’s one claim to fame is a mythical Vault supposedly packed with fantastic riches.

Fortune hunters, corrupt corporate mercenaries and lowlife hoodlums roam the landscape, searching under every grain of sand for the treasure. Since most intelligent life on Pandora has the occupation of Vault Hunter, society has gone to hell – making the outposts and outback areas more than just a little dangerous.

• Unique hybrid role playing shooter that combines frantic first-person shooting action with accessible role-playing character progression.

• Super sharp graphics style gives Borderlands a unique comic book come-to-life look.

• Co-op Frenzy – drop in and out with up to 4 player co-operative for a maniacal multiplayer experience.

• Millions of randomly generated guns! Choose your weapon from rocket-launching shotguns, enemy-torching revolvers, and tons more.

• Huge single-player game with four playable characters and serious replayability.

• Includes all four Add-On packs – The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, and Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution.

• Supports PS3 gamepads connected using Bluetooth®.

  • Hi... I totally forgot about borderlands. I already own it on Steam, but it's not part of the steam play program and I would have to buy it again without getting the advantages steam offers ; cross platform saves syncing etc... But if no other solution is found I might re-buy either borderlands or COD4. – Coyote Mar 19 '12 at 16:24

A game that I've loved for a long time, with a pretty good online community is uRt.

ioUrbanTerror is a FPS built on the quake engine utilizing speed across successive jumps, squat-sliding at speed, and modern swat vs terrorist weapons and maps that could be compared to Counter Strike source.

  • I tried Urban Terror. I don't really enjoy it. It was a good idea though. – Coyote Apr 3 '12 at 0:53

A very good way to get the windows games on a mac is a programm called 'wine'. You can basicly install every Windows based game on your mac and play it. Steam and co. can also be installed on your mac, so you can still enjoy your old games and don't have to solely rely on games which were specificly programmed for a mac.

  • I have had mixed results with darwine and CrossOver Mac. But it has been years since I gave them a try. I will have a look at those again. – Coyote Mar 19 '12 at 16:21
  • I highly recommend you don't use darwine since it was sort of the first try to port windows apps to a mac or linux. But there's a newer project called 'wine' without the dar in front. It works flawlessly on my MBP late 2011 and on my iMac 2011. Every single program I've tried, worked. The program I need the most is drumroll Steam ^^. I couldn't live without a good battle of DoD. Dowload the version which includes Winebottler. You won't actually use Winebottler since it doesn't really work, but it has the latest wine version included. winebottler.kronenberg.org – 1amtoo1337 Mar 19 '12 at 16:27

Open Arena is ridiculous fun. its old but a lot of people play it. but they are all VERY good, so if your not used to arena shooters you will be demolished. i have it on my old powerpc mac mini from 2005 because it is the only game that works lol.


The Marathon Trilogy has been ported to OS X. (The graphics are horrible, because they are so old, but the games are classic, and they are free...)

Marathon Trilogy

Also, a note about Wine. If you want to install it, use the Homebrew package manager, which will make the procedure less painful.

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