How to play Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition on Mac

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Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition is a popular action game developed by Ubisoft Montreal. It was originally released for Windows on 4 Mar, 2010.

You still can't play Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

What is Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition?

Here's a quick description:

An epic story of family, vengeance and conspiracy set in the pristine, yet brutal, backdrop of a Renaissance Italy. New low price!

How to play Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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3 comments on this post


Jan 20, 2021

Aha! You've found another one! How exciting!


Aug 4, 2020

Played 5+ times on different platforms and still a good old AC game. Not gonna say anything against the modern RPG ver of AC, but Ezio Trilogy is still worth playing after all these years. Chilling in Italy quickly became one of my favorite to do in home amid the pandemic.


July 13, 2020