A Mac would usually not be most people’s first choice for playing a First-Person Shooter game, yet there are still quite a few titles in that genre that are available for macOS, so if you own a Mac and want to spend some time shooting at NPCs or at other players in online matches, here is a list of FPS games that you can download and play on your Mac right now, without the need for resorting to any complex workarounds.
After the Native Playlist, we’ve also included several highly-popular quality FPS titles that are not supported for Mac but can still be easily played on one with the help of cloud gaming services like Boosteroid or GeForce Now.
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Best FPS games for Mac in 2022
Price: Free to play
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a well-known tactical FPS game in which two teams – terrorists and counterterrorists – fight one another while also trying to complete a specific objective such as detonating/defusing a bomb or holding/evacuating a group of NPC hostages. The core of the Counter-Strike formula that dates all the way back to 2002 remains mostly unchanged in CS:GO, giving it an old-school feel, compared to more modern shooters. In CS:GO, all player characters are virtually the same, with the only difference being their appearance. Everyone has the same amount of max hit points, max armor points, movement speed, accuracy, reload speed, etc., which is one of the main differences between CS:GO and the games from the hero-shooter genre that seems to be more popular nowadays.
However, despite using an older formula and having been released nearly 10 years ago, CS:GO retains its popularity and benefits from full support for macOS. It is still one of the most played FPS games and is also one of the bigger e-sports. Its simplistic premise and leveled playfield may not provide the same amount of spectacle as more modern shooters, but the game makes up for it with very fast-paced and tense matches as well as balanced, fair, and highly-polished gameplay – the result of two decades of refining the initial Counter-Strike formula.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Price: $59.99 (Steam)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is one of the most popular games from the famous Call of Duty Series, offering both an engaging campaign mode with a co-op option as well as an exciting and fast-paced multiplayer, where you can play as a number of different characters, each with their unique abilities, skills, and traits, much like the hero-shooter games such as Apex Legends and Valorant.
A cool mechanic in Black Ops 3 is the mind-control powers that you have access to and that you can use to attack or even control enemies. This adds a sci-fi flavor to the game and helps diversify the gameplay in campaign mode. However, the actual campaign is rather short and, though its story is interesting, it won’t be anything that you haven’t seen before.
As for the multiplayer, it’s as competitive as ever and the diverse cast of characters, each with their specific role in a team, adds another layer of strategy and tactics to make each match even more engaging and exhilarating.
Last but not least, the zombie mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is one of the best parts of the game. It may feel like a totally different game, as the sci-fi setting is replaced by a 60s noir atmosphere, yet it’s a strangely fitting setting for a zombie apocalypse Also, the cool cast of scallywag characters and their amusing interactions are a treat to behold and experience as you are trying to survive another wave of incoming zombies.
Price: $39.99 (Steam)
Metro Exodus, much like the other games from the Metro series, is a story-driven single-player FPS experience that, rather than encouraging you to run and gun away at your enemies demands that you take your time and slowly and carefully progress through its diverse levels. This is a very atmospheric and cinematic game that immerses you in its rich setting and requires that you stay alert and aware of your surroundings, lest you get surprise-attacked by an angry mutated animal or a hostile human NPC.
Unlike its predecessors, a lot of levels in Metro Exodus feature wide-open areas rather than always shoving the player into narrow underground corridors and rooms. However, through the creative use of ambient effects, dynamic lighting, and environment, the game still manages to keep you on edge and fuel your anxiety even when you are out in the open and should technically be able to see when a threat is coming long before it gets to you.
The only potential downside of the game is that its final act may come off as a bit anticlimactic – it doesn’t feature any big showdown where you fight an overpowered bad guy, which may be a bit disappointing to some players. Despite this, the game is still a great, atmospheric, and story-rich experience with some horror elements, and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for an immersive single-player game filled with thrills and tense moments but also flavored with well-placed emotional beats.
Price: $19.99 (Steam)
Borderlands 2 is a colorful and hectic PvE FPS with tons of different weapons, weapon upgrades, add-ons, and equipment that you can find in the game. It can be played in single-player, but the best way to experience it is in its multiplayer co-op mode where you and a maximum of three other players come face to face with a diverse selection of enemies that have varying attack patterns and weaknesses that require you to work as a team in order to successfully take down. Though on the surface, this may seem like a run and gun game, there’s a lot of tactical depth under the surface, and a lot of it comes from the four character classes that you can choose to play as. Each class has its unique abilities that come in handy in different situations and often only a coordinated team effort, where each character’s ability is used at the right time and in the right way, would be enough to defeat some of the stronger enemies. That said, you can still play through the game single-player or with only one or two more people – the game’s difficulty automatically adjusts to the number of players on a team.
To conclude, Borderlands 2 is tons of fun, especially if you have one or more friends that want to play it in co-op mode with you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more single-player-oriented game, there are better options out there.
Price: $19.99 (Steam)
BioShock Remastered, as the title implies, is a remastered version of the original BioShock single-player FPS game, which, over the years, has reached the status of a cult classic among the fans of the single-player FPS genre. If you are looking for online shooter mayhem, you should check out some of the other games that we have on our list, but if you are into story-rich, atmospheric, and highly-immersive single-player gaming experiences, especially from a first-person perspective, BioShock Remastered is a must-try. It is regarded as one of the FPS games that have the best stories and most immersive settings and is often put next to classics such as Half-Life 1 and 2, System Shock, Dead Space, and Deus Ex. In BioShock, you gain access to a variety of weapons and special powers that help you fight your way through a vast underwater city, as you slowly learn more about its past and uncover its mysterious secrets. Throughout the game, on many occasions, you are forced to make moral decisions and given the opportunity to customize the powers of your character, which gives the game some role-playing elements.
Overall, it is a great game that fans of this specific type of FPS should definitely try if they haven’t done that already.
Dying Light is another story-driven FPS experience, but here you can choose between engaging in its single-player mode or play the game with your friends in the online co-op mode. Dying Light combines several elements from other popular gaming genres to create something that’s both unique, and familiar. The setting of the game is a city infested with zombie-like creatures that you can fight choose to fight or, preferably, run away from. The twist here is that the game employs parkour-style character movement. In other words, you can use your character’s parkour skills to evade and escape the zombies that are chasing you, and, in some cases, you can even use those skills offensively. You do, of course, get the option to simply shoot or whack away at the incoming zombies, However, more often than not, you’d find it much smarter and more efficient to climb over a wall or jump to a neighboring rooftop to save your skin rather than engage face to face with a horde of enraged zombies. This mix between games like Left 4 Dead and Mirror’s Edge lends Dying Light a unique, yet appropriate dynamic and makes the game very enjoyable and engaging, which is why we’d recommend it to anyone looking for some tense and fast-paced unconventional FPS with zombies.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Price: $29.99 (Steam)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is yet another immersive story-driven single-player FPS. Like the previous games from the Deus Ex series, Mankind Divided incorporates RPG elements, such as various ways to upgrade and enhance your character. Similarly to its predecessors, Deus Ex features a distinct sci-fi setting that the game makes great use of. The player’s character has access to a wide selection of hi-tech abilities and since the game’s environments are so densely-populated with different types of technology, you are able to hack into almost anything and use it to your advantage. Other abilities that you have allow you to quickly move from one place to another, gain stealth, reach inaccessible locations, and more. The great thing about this type of gameplay is that there is always more than one way to complete a given objective, which encourages player creativity and paying attention to every detail.
Through stealth and completing objectives without getting noticed is a major part of the game, there’s also the compulsory gunplay, or else this wouldn’t be a real FPS. While stealth is most certainly encouraged in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, this absolutely doesn’t take anything away from its combat sequences, in which you do not feel overpowered, but are given lots of control and, if you are good enough, you may even manage to deescalate the situation.
The only thing that may count as a downside of Mankind Divided is its somewhat restrained story. Not that it’s bad or unenjoyable, but, compared to other Deus Ex games, it feels smaller in scale and not as impactful. That said, it’s still a solid and immersive experience, that’s only heightened by the slick and thrilling gameplay.
Best FPS games for Mac in 2022 with cloud gaming
Apex Legends (Boosteroid; GeForce Now)
Price: Free to play
Apex Legends is a free-to-play multiplayer hero shooter game that uses the well-known Battle Royale formula, found in so many games today. It is, however, one of the best games Battle Royale games at the moment. Apex Legends offers a colorful cast of unique and interesting characters with cool abilities that do not feel overpowered, and it also has a nice selection of large maps with creative, futuristic, sci-fi designs. Personally, my favorite thing about this game is how rich and inspired its maps look and feel – there’s hardly a place on any of the maps that are wasted and that doesn’t have something going for it, which makes even the earliest stages of the game, when the players are usually far apart from one another, fun, as you go around, exploring the map for weapons, upgrades, gear, and ammunition.
If you have played other Battle Royale games in the past, you should feel right at home with Apex Legends, on the other hand, if this is your first time trying out a game of this type, you should be able to quickly get a general idea of how to play the game. However, to truly get good at Apex Legends, you’d need to pay attention to the specific of each weapon, character, map specifics, and even the variety of movement patterns and how they interact with the terrain you’re currently on.
All in all, Apex Legends is a game that we can recommend, especially since it’s totally free to play. If you are interested in giving it a try on your Mac, you can play Apex Legends on it using Boosteroid or GeForce Now.
Dying Light 2 (Boosteroid)
Price: $59.99 (Steam)
Dying Light 2 is the sequel to Dying Light, and it offers a lot of the same thrills as the first game, only here the parkour and zombie-chasing sequences have been ramped up to eleven. If you liked running through a zombie-infested city using slick parkour moves in the first game, there’s a lot more of that in the sequel. Furthermore, now even the city in which the game is set (it’s a different city from the first game) feels like the player’s parkour playground (as it should). High buildings close to one another or connected via zip-lines allow for escaping the hordes of zombies even when it all seems lost.
There are, of course, a number of differences from the first game. The whole setting is, in fact, different. The storyline takes place a lot of years into the future, after the first game, and humanity seems to have gone back to a kind of dark age. Technology is scarce and modern weapons are a rarity, meaning that you’d need to rely more on melee weapons and your parkour skills to survive. It’s truly a unique setting that helps distinguish the sequel from the original and gives it its own character and style.
Both Dying Light games are great, so we recommend them both. However, the sequel is not available for macOS, so you’d need to use a streaming service to play it on your Mac computer. The service we’d recommend using to play Dying Light 2 on Mac is Boosteroid.
Left 4 Dead 2 (Booosteroid; GeForce Now)
Price: $9.99 (Steam)
Left 4 Dead 2 is another co-op FPS with zombies, but this time it’s a more straightforward game, where your character doesn’t have any advanced parkour skills or special abilities that would allow them to escape the onslaught of infected. Instead, you’d need to rely on any weapons that you can find and on the three other people in your squad in order to survive. Even though Left 4 Dead 2 is over a decade old, to this day it remains one of the best zombie FPS games of all time with its extreme attention to detail, intuitive and easy to pick up gameplay, and advanced zombie horde AI (called “The Director”) that makes each play through unique and adapts seamlessly to how each team of survivors is playing the game.
We thought about putting the newer Back 4 Blood game (a spiritual sequel to Left 4 Dead) in this list, but even though Left 4 Dead 2 is a much older game, it’s still times better and features significantly more advanced mechanics, AI, atmosphere, and characters which is why it’s the one we’d recommend.
Unfortunately, though the game used to have a Mac version, it cannot run natively on Macs that have macOS Catalina or higher installed. However, you can still play the game on your Mac even if you have Catalina, Big Sur, or Monterey with the help of Boosteroid and GeForce Now.
Team Fortress 2 (Boosteroid; GeForce Now)
Price: Free to play
Team Fortress 2 is another beloved FPS game by Valve that embraces the hero-shooter formula and is probably the main reason this specific FPS genre has become so popular over the years. Even though Team Fortress 2 is almost 15 years old (released in 2007), to this day it continues to have a very large player base and community. The game has the status of a cult-classic by now and if you are someone who enjoys games like Overwatch, Valorant, or Apex Legends, you should absolutely try Team Fortress 2 – the game that started it all.
Despite its age and despite there are now many other games that more or less try to do the same, Team Fortress 2 is still relevant today and a lot of this is due to the game’s distinct art style, its cast of ludicrous characters, and balanced gameplay. By far, the best part of the game are its iconic characters and their interactions on the battlefield – every character has their own distinct personality that gets perfectly reflected in their unique abilities and gameplay style, yet all of them are equally silly yet oftentimes relatable.
For users who haven’t played any hero shooters before (or even ones who have), it may be a bit difficult getting into Team Fortress 2, due to the variety of character classes. At first, it can be difficult to learn how to properly play with and against each class. However, the Team Fortress 2 community is actually surprisingly friendly for the most part, which should ease the process of getting better at the game when you are first starting off.
Sadly, though the game used to be supported for macOS, it no longer has an updated Mac version. However, you can still play it on Mac using the Boosteroid and GeForce Now cloud gaming services.