Review: DualShock 4 Controller

Manufacturer: Sony | Year: 2013 | MSRP: $59.99 | Buy from Amazon

dualshock-4-blueThis review has been a long time coming. Even though I don’t yet have a PS4, I’ve had a blue DualShock 4 since Black Friday, when I saw it on sale. With it connected to my Mac, I’ve played through BioShock, Spec Ops: The Line, and BioShock Infinite. I’ve also just finished a 60+ hour playthrough of Dark Souls with it as well (expect a review soon!). I don’t actually own a DualShock 3, but I have used it extensively at friends’ places and will be comparing the DualShock 4 to it a lot. I can tell you right away, that from the 100 or so hours I’ve used the DualShock 4, it has met if not exceeded my expectations in every way.
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Tutorial: Use your DualShock 4 with a Mac

iw4vdsmdppnguodkok3eDuring a Black Friday sale, I bought a blue DualShock 4 for the rather low price of $40 even though I don’t (yet) have a PlayStation 4. This is because I’d played with it extensively at a friend’s house and really liked it. For the best compatibility with games, the better choice might’ve been the Xbox 360 controller, but that’s less compatible with the Macintosh architecture itself, and comes with it’s own set of problems. I knew it’d be a hassle now and then, but I was willing to give the DualShock 4 a shot because of how great it is as a controller (but more of that in a future article). With the right tools, you can even get the DualShock 4 to work with games that don’t natively support it. Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first though:
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Review: BioShock Infinite

Developer: Irrational Games | Year: 2013 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

cover_close-upDESIGN03I discovered last week during a Humble Bundle sale that, once upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion, my Mac almost exactly meets the minimum requirements to play BioShock Infinite. So I got it, but I was half-expecting it to crash and burn halfway through my adventure. It didn’t, and after 7 hours of running around Columbia (over 3 sittings), the adventure is over and the questions have all been (sort of) answered. Note: I’ve played BioShock, but not BioShock 2 (yet), so I can’t compare Infinite to the latter, but will certainly be comparing it to the original BioShock.
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Tutorial: Play Valkyria Chronicles (or any other PC Steam game) on a Mac

1832934-box_valkchrnI’m playing Valkyria Chronicles. On a Mac. With a DualShock 4 controller. I betcha no one’s ever been able to say that before! Yep, Valkyria Chronicles is on sale right now on both Steam and Humble Bundle. I’m only three hours and a couple of missions in at the moment, but if you’re a fan of turn-based RPGs, and/or story-based campaigns, and/or third-person shooting, you really owe it to yourself to try it. It’s like 7 dollars or so, and though it’s only for PC at the moment, you can actually get it to work on a Mac with the help of Wineskin and some patience.
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Review: BioShock (Mac)

Developer: Irrational Games | Year: 2007 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

BIOSHOCKI don’t often get to review big console-scale games. I own exclusively handheld consoles, with the exception of GameCube, which I don’t have a huge library for. Recently, I was interested to try some of the last generation’s big games, so I invested in a DualShock 4 controller even though I don’t (yet) own a PS4. Many limitations came into play when deciding on a good game to try. First of all, the only computer available to me is a Mac, so that limits the library right off the bat. Secondly, it is an Early 2008 iMac, so I couldn’t try any games from the last 5 years or so. Third, it had to have gamepad support, so I could try out my new DualShock. One game that I saw on every list was BioShock, released back in 2007. I’d heard lots of great things about it before, so I downloaded myself a copy from Feral Interactive’s site and gave it a whirl.
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