Team Fortress 2 Available for Mac
The wait is over, Team Fortress 2 has been released for Mac OS X. Often called TF2, Team Fortress 2 is a fun multiplayer first person shooter that has cartoony graphics and fast paced gameplay.
TF2 System Requirements
The system requirements to run Team Fortress 2 are similar to other Steam games; Intel processors only, newer versions of Mac OS X, and a decent video card. Obviously the better your Mac the better the game will run. Read on for some tips you can use to improve the performance of TF2 in Mac OS X (the tips work for Windows versions too btw).
TF2 Performance Tips & Tweaks for Mac
If Team Fortress 2 performance is a little slow on your Mac (either lagging graphics or low FPS rating), give these tips a try:
- Turn off Anti-Aliasing (AA) support – this typically gives the biggest frame rate boost
- Disable HDR (high dynamic range) in graphics options
- Change graphics settings to Low or Off
- Lower the game resolution to a setting below your displays capability
- Update to the most recent version/patches
- Restart Team Fortress 2
Performance reviews of Team Fortress 2 on a Mac have been mixed so far, while some gamers say the app runs great, other users are reporting choppiness, general bugs, lagged network play, and lower frame rates than they’d expect. Much of these problems are likely the result of growing pains, as this is the first version of TF2 to show up on the Mac platform. It’s safe to assume that most of these complaints will be ironed out in update patches released over the coming weeks as Valve refines the Mac user experience, so hang in there if you’re experiencing anything unusual!
Valve was a day late on the release (not that they ever set a definitive date for TF2 for Mac), the protocol had been that every Wednesday a new Steam game is available for Mac gamers to download. I don’t hear anyone complaining though, everyone is just excited to get their hands on the fun filled FPS.
The announcement came on June 9 in a peculiar manner from Valve’s TF2 blog:
Big things are happening RIGHT NOW at Valve. Things involving cultivated tree-fruit. BIG things. Things that rhyme with “grapple.” Things that rhyme with “Speem Gortress zmavailable on the Babac.”
Not today. But tomorrow. BIG THINGS. Stay tuned…
Obviously cultivated tree fruit rhyming with ‘grapple’ is Apple, and this is indeed pretty big news for Mac gamers. TF2 has been a big hit in the Windows world, and now Mac users will get to join in the multiplayer fun. So when you launch Steam you’ll be able to download the Mac TF2 client, awesome huh?
Here’s a screenshot of Team Fortress 2 in the Mac section of Steam:
For a limited time the price is $9.99, or you can get it as part of the larger Orange Box for $29.99.
The game was actually free to play until June 14th, and you’ll get a free set of in-game earbuds as well (not sure how that works exactly).