June's Mac games
Have you checked out the Steam Summer Sale? If you’re looking for fresh things to play on your Mac, that should definitely be your first destination, given the insane deals on display. We’ve even picked out the best deals in the bunch.
However, if you’re specifically looking for brand new games for Mac, regardless of price, then you’re in the right place. We’ve picked through the listings and found the 10 most exciting new releases from June, including episodic assassination sim Hitman, fantasy card-battler The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and intense sci-fi strategy game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. And if you need even more recent picks, be sure to loop back on our list of May’s top releases.
Tired of games filled with mindless killing? How about a game with thoughtful, meticulous killing instead? That’s exactly what you’ll find in Hitman, the new episodic reboot of IO Interactive’s long-running assassin series. You’ll use a blend of stealth maneuvering, costumes, diversions, and various tools to plot and execute your kills, hopefully without ever being detected.
Agent 47’s latest quest takes him to an array of different destinations, each one contained within its own episode filled with missions and objectives. IO and Feral Interactive are selling the Mac version as a complete season, but the first episode is totally free to download. And you should act fast: the entire season is on sale for under $24 on Steam until July 5, so if you enjoy the first episode, grab it all while it’s cheap.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends (Free)
It’s been a busy couple of months for Bethesda’s fantasy favorite: May saw the release of the Morrowind expansion The Elder Scrolls Online, and now free-to-play collectible card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends is available on Mac via Steam.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends takes the characters, setting, and artwork of the vast role-playing games and transfers them onto digital cards, which you’ll collect in the game and battle against both computer and online players. Legends promises a large amount of single-player content, but the biggest draw is sure to be the real-time online competition, for which you’ll build your best deck to prepare for tense battles. The main game hit Mac at the start of June, and now the Heroes of Skyrim expansion adds even more content this week.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III ($60)
Mac players only just got their hands on the previous game, Dawn of War II, last fall—seven years after its original PC release. But this time around, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III has arrived just weeks after the PC debut, letting fans tear into this deep real-time strategy experience while it’s still totally fresh.
Dawn of War III tosses players back into the popular sci-fi fantasy world, where intense battles are waged between the Orks, Eldars, and Space Marines. You’ll experience massive skirmishes punctuated by special Giant units and battlefield-clearing special abilities, with a campaign that spans all three forces alongside online play. Critical reviews have been pretty strong, although Steam users are mixed in their appraisals. It’s on sale for $45 until July 5, though!
Micro Machines: World Series ($30)
If last year’s free-to-play Micro Machines for iOS saw Codemasters lightly revving the engines of its classic racing franchise once again, then Micro Machines: World Series is the real main event. Like the mobile revival, this Micro Machines puts you in command of an array of tiny vehicles in comparatively large real-world environments, like a bedroom or billiards table.
World Series looks largely similar, taking a Mario Kart-esque approach to speedy racing with lighthearted weapons and attacks, as well as a battle mode that cuts out the racing. This one’s fully premium, however, with a $30 price tag and glossier presentation to take advantage of your Mac hardware.
Blitzkrieg 3 ($30)
Craving an intense World War II strategy game? Blitzkrieg 3 might fit the bill. It has just arrived a dozen years after the previous game, and it delivers large-scale battles in which you’ll control the USSR, Germany, or Allies in real-time combat.
While online battles are sure to be the biggest draw outside of the campaigns, which collectively offer 63 total missions, Blitzkrieg 3 also has a unique hook in the form of Boris. Who’s Boris? Well, he’s claimed to be the “world’s first neural network AI” in a real-time strategy game, which means he’s a skilled A.I. opponent that plays in a realistic fashion. Seems intriguing, although Steam reviewers are very mixed on the game, with some fans saying that it loses the depth of past entries.
Pathfinder Adventures ($25)
If The Elder Scrolls: Legends doesn’t satisfy your fantasy collectible card-battling needs, then maybe Pathfinder Adventures will do the trick instead. Based on the physical card game, Pathfinder Adventures has you work together with other characters to take down dangerous monsters and secure an array of new loot and abilities.
However, there are some key differences here from Legends or even Blizzard’s Hearthstone. It’s a premium game, most notably, but it’s also a strictly single-player game—which means you’ll battle with A.I. allies instead of real ones. There’s also a $40 Obsidian Edition that bundles in extra cards and perks, and both versions are 25 percent off in the Steam Summer Sale right now.
Passpartout: The Starving Artist ($10)
We have a lot of intense action games on this month’s list, but if you’re looking for something a bit lighter and totally unique, then give a look to Passpartout: The Starving Artist. It’s not quite like any other game out there, as you take the role of a French artist trying to paint masterpieces while learning the ropes of the local art scene.
And you’ll do the actual painting, too! You’re given a Microsoft Paint-esque panel that lets you bring your creations to life on the in-game canvas, and then they’re plastered up in art galleries and restaurants as you try to “survive your expensive wine and baguette addiction,” according to the Steam listing. Beyond the clever premise, Passpartout also impresses with its puppets-and-papercraft aesthetic.
First Strike: Final Hour ($12)
What kind of thing can be both first and final? Atomic bombs, naturally—and you’ll have to try to avoid a nuclear horror in First Strike: Final Hour for Mac. You might have already encountered First Strike on iOS or Android, where it’s been out for a couple of years, but now First Strike: Final Hour adds some content and upgrades the graphics for Mac.
First Strike: Final Hour lets you take control of one of a dozen different nuclear superpowers around the world, giving you access to an arsenal including increasingly-powerful rockets and missiles. You’ll have to navigate conflicts as they arise, and fend for yourself as projectiles fly around the glossy globe. It’s only $4 on iOS, though, so you might consider starting there.
Tormentor X Punisher ($8)
Well, this looks completely insane. Tormentor X Punisher is a wildly chaotic arcade-style shooter that finds you blasting hordes of fast-moving monsters to bits. They’ll surround your character and back you into corners, but luckily, all of them can be killed with a single shot. There’s just so many of them around you at all times.
Raw Fury’s latest game is aesthetically abrasive, with huge blood spatters, quite a bit of vulgarity, and a blistering speed metal soundtrack. It also takes place on “Planet F—- You,” has boss enemies with names like BIGBONES and GUTSHANK, and lets you reload one weapon by firing the other. If that all sounds appealing, then Tormentor X Punisher’s relatively cheap thrills should satisfy.
Cold Waters ($40)
Got a soft spot for submarines? If so, you’ll probably want to point your attention towards Cold Waters. Designed as a spiritual successor to Red Storm Rising, a 1988 PC game based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name, Cold Waters puts you in command of a nuclear submarine attempting to stop an impending war with Russia.
The real-time combat requires methodical strategy, with a campaign mode that includes more than 40 authentic ships and submarines. Steam user reviews have been very positive overall, with most of the players praising the attention to detail and level of challenge for die-hard simulation fans to enjoy.