Playing Diablo 3 On Mac

Blizzard announced Diablo 3 in June 2008 although the development of this game first started in 2001. It was first released in 2012 and at the same time setting sales records for computer games. Over 3.5 million copies sold during the first 24 hours. This says something about the anticipation.

Reaper of Souls, the first expansion came out 25 March 2014. This expansion fixed some issues the game had. Removal of the auction house, changing the looting system and a lot of other changes made the game much more fun to play.

Blizzard have a proven track record of making great games that often exceeds expectations. They are also true to the Mac platform by releasing their games for Mac users.

Gaming on Mac or Windows?

Recently I have tried playing this game (the RoS expansion) on a MacBook Pro (Retina Late 2013) with 16GB ram and the GeForce GT 750M. In my opinion the game is pretty much unplayable in OS X if you don’t turn down absolutely everything to low. However when I reboot into Windows using bootcamp the gaming experience is much more enjoyable for the first 30 minutes, before the computer starts throttling due to heat, even with fans at max.

I really wanted to play this game so I caved and did an experiment. I wanted to try building a really low end PC that still would beat the expensive retina mac I use gaming wise. But I didn’t want to use a lot of money on that PC because I usually just use it for some casual gaming. Also I didn’t want to have an expensive rig collecting dust in the corner. So I decided to buy a cheap Intel Dual Core CPU (G3220), cheap 4GB ram, mini-itx motherboard with a cheap cabinet and PSU. Combined with GeForce GTX 750 TI OC 2GB which I over clocked some. I didn’t think the CPU would be able to run this game but it certainly does and it delivers 60 stable FPS in the standard HD resolution.

So there you have it, I don’t game graphic demanding games on my Mac. It just doesn’t work that well.

A Great Game

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I think Diablo 3 is a worthy successor to the previous games. Metacritics high score makes this one of the top PC games today. You may read that some of the hard core fans is disappointed, maybe they expected too much but for me this is a high quality game with lots of fun gameplay. Not to mention the replayability with different characters and difficulty levels. Even the environment changes so you never really know where to go.

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