How to play Crysis 2 - Maximum Edition on Mac

Screenshot of Crysis 2 - Maximum Edition

Crysis 2 - Maximum Edition is a popular action game developed by Crytek Studios. It was originally released for Windows on 22 Mar, 2011.

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

What is Crysis 2 - Maximum Edition?

Here's a quick description:

Aliens are decimating New York City, only you have the technology to survive. Be The Weapon.

How to play Crysis 2 - Maximum 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 Crysis 2 - Maximum 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 Crysis 2 - Maximum 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 Crysis 2 - Maximum 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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Jan 20, 2021

So basically you are going to buy a special edition that gives you more multiplayer items that are going to be useless soon since Multiplayer is soon shutting down on it...Nice....Edit: They even still advertise the maximum edition having all sorts of multiplayer exclusives WHILE IT'S SHUT DOWN.


Aug 4, 2020

Way to ♥♥♥♥ up your sequel Crytek. Honestly, I blame EA more for it but still. The original Crysis had complex sandbox missions with multiple approaches and secondary objectives and plenty of bad ass suit powers. Crysis had an enjoyable cast of characters that I actually cared about. Crysis had varied vehicles, all of which were drive/flyable, Crysis had BLUE aliens that froze things. Crysis had a unique blend of strategic, tactical, intense, fun combat. Crysis had an original and interesting multiplayer.This is not Crysis. This is Call of Halofield 7: Future Warfare. They traded in EVERY SINGLE THING that made the first game great. Whether it's the linear as all hell story missions, the characters that were one-dimensional, cliche and predictable to the end, the dumbed-down nanosuit that somehow manages to feel less powerful than the marines you fight with, the HORRENDOUS checkpoint system, the aliens that are the exact opposite of the first game's, the lack of Psycho's presence, the removal of the ability to carry two primary weapons AND pistols AND use your fists (in fact, fists are completely gone), you can only use humvees/APCs instead of, oh, I don't know, TANKS and VTOLS and HELICOPTERS and other awesome ♥♥♥♥, the bland/generic EVERYTHING, the multiplayer that is a complete rip-off of Call of Duty (and is now full of hackers that nobody does anything about), the list goes on.Anyways, the point is DON'T BUY THIS GAME. It is an insult to the original and in fact an insult to games in general.


July 13, 2020

Crysis 2 is a game about a cripple.You play as Alcatraz, a United States Marine with a funny name. New York is under attack from a deadly virus and some stupid alien looking things so you and your platoon are deployed to get killed. You don’t get killed but, ♥♥♥♥, they tried.You’re saved by Prophet, the leader guy from Crysis 1 and he gives you his cool Master Chief suit before shooting himself in the head because he thought the look on your face would be priceless not taking into account that he’s dead now.So now you’re a corpse in a gimp suit and you have to save whats left of New York from both evil mercenaries as well as stupid aliens that don’t know when to leave well enough alone.Here’s something funny. When I first played this game my computer told me it detected a Trojan.Crysis 2 is known as the “console” one, at least it was when it first came out. Its a step down graphically and has a lot more linear, closed in environments. I mean, I guess it makes sense, you’re in New York. New York isn’t really known for its lush jungles. It still looks pretty good, though, or maybe its just an art direction. Just like real like, New York looks particularly disgusting, especially with all the trash and the people turning into human goop.Just like real New York. Shooting actually feels better in this one, with nice, satisfying CRUNCH when you kill a fool. There are some new weapons to play with, but its not something you can just write home about. CELL operatives are also dumber than their KPA counterparts, using rudimentary tactics to try and stay alive before I throw a trash can at them. What DID improve are the Ceph, the funny little squid babies from Crysis 1. The Ceph are goofy squishy squid people, so they have to use exo-armor to actually do their human killing. But instead of being floating tentacle monsters that suck, they took a note from the Flash game Combat Instinct 3 and gave themselves MAN bodies to fight with. The Ceph kind of make the game this time around, having more variety and more interesting encounters. They use their class-types to screw with you and basically fill the rolls the KPA had in Crysis 1 and Warhead, if in a glue-eater sort of way.They’ll pin you down, charge you, melt you with superior fire power, even try to sneak up on you.Also, they’re [really] fun to shoot now, making a impactful squish when you take them down, they basically fixed the Ceph from the last game.You can also stab them now. Welcome to Earth, mother ♥♥♥♥♥♥. Crysis 2 had a multiplayer mode, but its also shut down. I played it, it was like other shooters at the time, but you had suit powers instead of perks. I don't remember much from it other than Crysis 2 is another example why community servers are sort of mandatory. Someone probably wants to still play it, I found people playing Starseige, you telling me no one wants to play Crysis 2? Crysis 2 is alright, I don't know what else to say about it.I found out last week that there's a Crysis 3, so I should probably play that sometime as well.Crysis 2 gets a 7 out of 10. But loses one because EA ate the multiplayer. So Crysis 2 gets a 6 out of 10. Elvis Presley was a natural blond. Join the curator or the aliens will turn you into goop.