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10 Games You Won’t Believe Your M1 or M2 Mac Can Run

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Even the entry-level M1 Macbook Air packs more power than the previous generation of consoles, so it may come as a surprise that the M1 and M2 Apple PCs can play some demanding games.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 was released late in 2019 and is the newest installment in the enormously successful looter-shooter franchise. The cel-shaded styled aesthetics are retained, but the game is filled with current visual enhancements. It also scales really well, and if you’re careful with the in-game settings, Borderlands 3 is playable even on the M1 Air.

We began with a 50% resolution scale of 25601600 and the “extremely low” preset, with the framerate limit set to “smoothed.” This works well on the most basic M1 system, but you can increase the resolution depending on the model of Apple Silicon computer you’re using. Also, the Epic Game Store version of the game includes Mac support, whereas the Steam version does not!

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation is not only one of the finest survival horror games ever developed, but it also flawlessly recreates the look and feel of the classic film franchise. Running on our M1 MacBook Air, we were able to alter the game to make it playable while still preserving an appealing look. Simply do not play in the dark.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 deserves to be ranked with the top role-playing video games of all time. It has a complex tale, a sophisticated and satisfying fighting system, and a setting and characters that are brilliantly built. It’s the ideal game for passing the time on a flight, in bed, or in a hotel room.

Divinity Original Sin 2 plays flawlessly on every Apple Silicon computer on the market, and it is also playable on the 2018 iPad Pro. Unfortunately, the Mac and iPad versions are offered separately, so if you want to play on both, you’ll have to buy the game twice.

Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition

While everyone is familiar with its legendary sequel, the original Original Sin was a fantastic RPG in its own way. The upgraded edition may not match the visual magnificence of its successor, but it does improve on the non-improved version.

It also performs better than Original Sin 2 on our basic model M1 Air, and you don’t have to be afraid to turn up the detail levels.

Diablo 3

Unfortunately, Diablo, Diablo 2, and Diablo 2 Resurrected do not work on macOS Catalina and later, and Resurrected has no macOS version at all. Still, if you want to spend hours hacking, stabbing, looting, and generally having a good time clicking on objects until they die, Diablo 3 is an excellent pick.

It works well on the base model M1, and if you have an M2 or a higher-end M1-variant, you may have lots of extra eye candy to boot.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

That’s correct, today’s blockbuster AAA games may now be played on a fanless ultrabook. We tested Rise of the Tomb Raider at 1440900 resolution with the medium settings and frame rate limited at 60. You can set the frame rate to 30 if you want, but even if the frame rate fluctuates slightly, the game felt entirely playable for the sections we tried.

DiRT 4

DiRT Rally is one of the greatest popular rally racing games on the market, following in the footsteps of a long line of accessible rally games that look and feel amazing to play. Racing games are more optimized than other genres, and DiRT 4 is no exception. On a basic M1 system, you can crank up the graphics to reach a consistent 30fps at high resolution or 60fps at medium-high settings. When you consider the fantastic controller support integrated into macOS, you’re in for a treat.

Disco Elysium

Every game does not have to be about rapid frame rates or action. Many games are performed at a slower pace that you may miss on your Apple Silicon system. Disco Elysium is a perfect example of a sophisticated roleplaying game that has gained critical praise but may go unnoticed as a title to put onto your MacBook for a rainy day or a trip.

Disco Elysium works well on a basic model M1 Mac and, even better, is a game that can be played entirely using the touchpad. It’s also a terribly underappreciated title, so it’s worth playing if you want to try something different from popular gaming.

Bioshock Remastered

 

Every game does not have to be about action or fast frame rates. Many games are played at a slower pace, which you may miss if you have an Apple Silicon system. Disco Elysium is an excellent example of a complex roleplaying game that has received critical acclaim yet may go undetected as a title to download onto your MacBook for a rainy day or travel.

Disco Elysium runs smoothly on a base model M1 Mac, and it’s a game that can be played exclusively using the touchpad. It’s also a highly unappreciated title, so it’s worth playing if you want to branch out from mainstream gaming.

Bioshock Remastered

When the original Bioshock was released for the Xbox 360 device, it entered the ranks of games like System Shock and Deus Ex as a title that rewrote the definition of a first-person shooter. Even now, it’s a beautiful title that looks great. However, because to their poor integrated Intel GPUs, even the 2019 Intel 13-inch MacBook computers unable to run the original game.

The M1’s GPU easily handles the remastered edition of Bioshock, plus it offers excellent controller compatibility if you want to play while traveling and can’t use an external mouse.

Cities: Skylines

SimCity is the finest city-building game franchise in history, but we haven’t seen a new release in the series in many years. Other developers have come in to scratch this specific itch, seeing a gap in the market, and Cities: Skylines is likely the best contender to the title.

This game is substantially more CPU-intensive than other titles, especially when your city reaches end-game intricacy, yet you’ll obtain passable frame rates even with a basic model M1 Air. Dips below 30 at medium detail settings and modest resolutions are typical, however given the nature of the game, this has little impact
on gameplay.

MMO Bonus: Final Fantasy XIV

The world’s most renowned MMORPG, World of Warcraft, is well known for running well on M1 and M2 Apple Macs. Still, Final Fantasy XIV is another hugely popular MMO (which you may play for free up to level 60) that explicitly notes on its website that it does not accept Apple Silicon.

We were, however, able to install the game and go around the beginning area without incident. With moderate settings, performance was completely workable, and given this game includes an optional 15fps maximum, you can tell that frame rates aren’t particularly vital for this gaming type.

Is Apple Gaming Good Again?

While the M1 and M2 Apple Silicon computers aren’t commonly seen as gaming machines, Apple’s investment on the GPU side of their phone and tablet businesses is paying off handsomely. We’d be hesitant to recommend anyone buy a Mac expressly for gaming without robust industry backing. However, if you’re using an M1 MacBook Air or greater as your work or school daily driver, you should definitely consider packing a gamepad with your ultrabook because there’s a ton of amazing stuff to play.s

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