2015 Year in Review

2015 was a great year for Mac games. Before we get too far in to 2016, I wanted to have a quick look back and highlight some of the great releases that took place, along with Apple’s progress. Some amazing games this year are still in early-access, so I am not considering them for this list.
 
Aspyr Media

Aspyr didn’t have the busiest year, at least compared to 2014, but there is still quality gaming to be had from our friends in Texas. Aside from the new Civilization game, they released remastered or updated versions of old favorites. My top picks are KOTOR 2 and HomeWorld Remastered Collection. Some amazing sci-fi gaming to be experienced from those.

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth
  • Civilzation: Beyond Earth: Rising Tide
  • StarWars Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy
  • HomeWorld Remastered Collection
  • Sims 2 Life Stories

Feral Interactive

The big cat in London had a pretty productive year. Starting with the amazing Shadow of Mordor, then looking to knock it out of the park even further with multiple AAA releases as the year came to a close. Whether you wanted action, strategy, racing, shooting, exploring or to terrify yourself, Feral has you covered in 2015.

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Thief: Master Collection
  • Medieval II: Total Warfare (App store only) 
  • Company of Heroes 2
  • Shadow of Mordor
  • GRID: AutoSport
  • DiRT 3
  • LEGO: Jurassic World
  • Bioshock 2: Minvera’s Den DLC and Steam release of Bioshock 2
  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Blizzard Entertainment

  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void

Other Notable Releases:

There’s other big names, but with fewer notable releases. Virtual Programming put out GRID: Showdown. Transgaming did Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance because who doesn’t want to be a futuristic ninja cyborg? Electronic Arts put out The Sims 4, because life isn’t virtual enough already. Digital Devolver published the action-packed Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and BroForce, letting you live out your psycho-murderer and hero fantasies respectively. 

RPG fans got Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition, Pillars of Eternity, and Wasteland 2: Directors Cut. We finally get to be crazy wizards in Magicka 2. We could explore the galaxy in Elite: Dangerous. Frozenbyte once again dazzled our eyes with Trine 3. And we got to re-live some good old fashioned Syndicate goodness with the spiritual successor that is Satellite Reign.

Apple

As they have for the last 3 years in June, Apple released a new version of OS X, this time 10.11 into the wild. Entitled El Capitan, this would mark the 12th major release of our beloved operating system. As usual, the release focused on performance, stability and security with arguably mixed results. Many users reported improvements, others reported downgrades. I think every release of OS X is a little polarizing, but ultimately successful in what it sets out to do. There were some game-specific bugs caused by El Capitan, some of which were addressed by the likes of Feral/Aspyr, while others remain as-is. (Friends from Black Ops still complain about losing their ranks/profiles.) 

In March, Apple revealed a new Macbook, and updates to the MacBookAir and MacBookPro line. In October, Apple refreshed their flagship iMac’s with new processors, AMD graphics and eliminating all non-Retina models in their 27” lineup while retaining lower cost displays in the 21” versions.

Overall 2015 was a solid year for hardware and games for Mac users with improved Mac's and a huge selection of games to choose from for everyone. 2016 promises to be even better with a ton of games upcoming and Metal starting to be implemented in game development.

What were your favorite releases in 2015? Let us know in the comments.

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