Lara Croft’s origin story can now be told to a new audience; Mac users can experience 2013’s Tomb Raider, available through the App Store and Steam, however select versions come with a catch.
Crystal Dynamics’s 2013 Tomb Raider reboot is now available for Mac, courtesy of Apple publishing specialists Feral Interactive; Feral is responsible for bringing several titles over to the OS X platform including Bioshock 1-2, Borderlands: GOTY Edition, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Batman: Arkham Asylum/Arkham City, Tomb Raider Anniversary and Tomb Raider Underworld.
While Tomb Raider is currently available for $49.99, purchasing a copy today comes with a slight catch:
As of today, users can purchase a copy through the App Store; while doing so gives buyers the full game, and the complete collection of DLC for an additional $19.99, this version does not include any of the online multiplayer features found in the console and PC versions.
Those who want the full singe-player and multiplayer experience will have to wait until Jan. 30 before Tomb Raider becomes available on Steam for Mac; the Steam version does include multiplayer, but will only be limited to other Mac users- i.e. no Mac VS PC multiplayer. The Steam version of Tomb Raider can also be pre-ordered through Feral Interactive.
Regardless of purchasing-outlet, the system settings remain the same:
OS: Mac OS X 10.9.1
Processor: 2 GHz Intel
RAM: 6 GB
Hard Disk: 14 GB
OS: Mac OS X 10.9.1
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel
RAM: 8 GB
Hard Disk: 21 GB
Graphics: 1 GB or higher
Input: Game Pad
Tomb Raider was nominated in several VGX 2013 categories, including “Game of the Year”, “Best Action Game”, “Best Xbox Game”, “Best PlayStation Game” and “Best Voice Actress”. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will release this year, featuring updated graphics, character models, and 1080p presentation, but its release is limited strictly to Xbox One and PS4.
Sources: Polygon, App Store, Feral Interactive
Image courtesy of Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics