When it comes to M1 and M2 Mac, the base model of M1 Macbook Air cam play some serious games and is more powerful than the previous generation. We bring you 10 games that you can play on your M1 or M2 Mac.
Borderlands 3Borderlands 3 is the latest game in a series that has had phenomenal success. The graphics preset is much more modernized, making it also playable on low-powered devices such as the M1 Air.
This game works fine on lower-end Mac systems, but it will work better for higher end Macs. The steam version does not have Mac support.
Divinity: Original Sin 2Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an RPG that can stand with the best in history due to its deep story, intricate and rewarding combat system, and masterfully crafted world and characters. It’s a perfect game for those looking for a game to pass the time on a flight, in bed, or in a hotel room.
Divinity Original Sin 2 can be played on any Apple Silicon computer, but if you want to play it on both an iPad and a Mac, you’ll have to buy two copies of the game.
Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced EditionThe original Original Sin had great features that were overlooked by many people. The enhanced edition lacks the visual majesty of its sequel though a lot of color compared to the non-enhanced version.
The base model M1 Air, can run Original Sin 2 better without worrying of the setting details.
Diablo 3Diablo and Diablo 2 have been unsupported or have not been released for macOS. Diablo 3 is a viable option to those who want to lose hours of time clicking on things until they die.
The Airmotion runs great on the base model M1, and if you have a higher-end model, you can run extra eye candy.
Alien: IsolationAlien: Isolation is one of the best horror games ever created that also recreates the movie franchise by looked and feeling like it. The game can be tweaked in order to have it running smoothly on a MacBook Air while maintaining an attractive image. Just don’t play it when in the dark.
Rise of the Tomb RaiderGaming on a fanless ultrabook is now possible; this means AAA titles from yesteryear don’t need high-end systems to run. We successfully played Rise of the Tomb Raider, achieving a playable FPS with the game set at medium preset and resolution set at 1440×900. The frame rate fluctuated, but it was still enjoyable because we were playing on an ultrabook.
DiRT 4If you want a game with rally racing, DiRT 4 is the best on the market. It’s easy to play and provides fast graphics.
DiRT Rally, an accessible rally racing game, is one of the best rally racing games on the market. Racing games such as DiRT 4 tend to be more optimized than other genres. Using a system that’s based on M1 and cranking the visuals, you can run at high resolution with 30fps or medium-high settings and 60fps. The controller support for macOS makes it great to play.
Disco ElysiumNot every game has to have a high frame rate, like an action game. There are many slower paced games that receive critical acclaim but might be overlooked for an Apple Silicon system. Disco Elysium is a great example of a deep roleplaying game that’s received critical acclaim but might be overlooked as a title to load onto your Apple device.
Disco Elysium is the perfect game to play using nothing but your Mac’s touchpad. It can run on a base model M1 Mac, and it’s worth playing to experience something different from mainstream gaming.
Cities: SkylinesCities: Skylines, a game that came out and filled the need for more city-building games like SimCity. It’s the best game to come out in years that tried to replace SimCity.
Even though this is a game that heavily utilizes the CPU in its processing, you can still enjoy reasonable frame rates even with a low-end M1 Air. Even on a moderate resolution and setting, the game will often dip below 30 FPS, however it doesn’t affect gameplay.
SimCity is the greatest city-building game franchise in history, but it’s been many years since we’ve received a new title in the series. Seeing a gap in the market, other developers have moved into scratch this particular itch, and Cities: Skylines is perhaps the best pretender to the crown.
Bioshock RemasteredThe original Bioshock played on the Xbox 360, and it made its mark as a new shooter game with System Shock and Deus Ex. Today, the 2019 Intel 13-inch MacBooks have problems regularly because of their not advanced graphics card.
MMO Bonus: Final Fantasy XIVMMORPG World of Warcraft runs well on M1 and M2 Apple computers, which is common knowledge. However, Final Fantasy XIV is another popular MMO that does not support Apple Silicon and says so on the website.
Performance for the game is alright and you’ll be able to play with moderate settings. The game also features a 15 fps cap option so frame rates aren’t key to gameplay.