Game Overview

Once Human is a post-apocalyptic open-world survival game developed by Starry Studio and published by NetEase Games. Set in a world reshaped by a catastrophic event known as “Starfall,” the game offers a unique blend of survival and MMO elements, creating a captivating and immersive experience for players. Once Human combines elements of survival, looter-shooter, and MMO genres. Players navigate a world transformed by an alien spore called “Stardust,” which has mutated flora, fauna, and humans into dangerous entities. The player, immune to Stardust, gains new powers and abilities, effectively turning them into a superhero within this hostile environment.

Once Human has quickly become one of the most popular games on Steam, achieving significant milestones even before its official release. The game had over 15 million pre-registrations and attracted more than 300,000 users during Steam Next Fest. The combination of survival mechanics with MMO elements, along with a focus on player feedback and immersive world-building, has resonated with a broad audience. Additionally, Once Human’s free-to-play model, with optional cosmetic microtransactions, makes it accessible to a wide range of players. Once Human is available on multiple platforms, including PC, iOS, and Android. For Mac users, the game can be played using CrossOver, Parallels cloud gaming or even an emulator like BlueStacks, which allows Mac users to run Android applications on their devices. This makes the game accessible to a broader audience, ensuring that Mac users can also enjoy the post-apocalyptic survival experience.

Once Human on macbook

1. Play Once Human with CrossOver via Steam

CrossOver is a software tool that enables users to run Windows applications on macOS and Linux without needing a Windows operating system license. It is based on the popular open-source Wine project and works by translating Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and resource penalties of virtual machines. With CrossOver, users can seamlessly integrate Windows applications into their native environment, running them as if they were native applications on their Mac or Linux systems. This software is especially useful for those who need access to certain Windows-only programs for business, education, or gaming purposes, providing a streamlined and efficient solution without the complexity of dual-booting or maintaining a separate Windows installation. Here’s how to play Once Human using CrossOver through Steam:

Download CrossOver
  1. Visit the CrossOver website, purchase the software, and download it. Install CrossOver on your Mac by dragging it into the Applications folder.
  2. Open CrossOver, click Install a Windows Application, and select Steam from the list. Follow the prompts to install.
  3. On the right side, in the Advanced Settings, switch D3DMetal and MSync toggles.
  4. Launch Steam within CrossOver, log into your Steam account, find Once Human in the Steam store, and install it.
  5. Navigate to the Library in Steam, find Once Human, and click Play to start your simulation.

2. Play Once Human on cloud gaming services (Boosteroid and AirGPU)

Cloud gaming platforms stream games from remote servers, offering high performance without demanding hardware. Cloud gaming services are expanding the accessibility of gaming by eliminating many of the traditional barriers, such as the need for constant hardware upgrades and the initial cost of games. As internet speeds increase and technology advances, cloud gaming continues to grow as a popular alternative to traditional console and PC gaming.

GeForce Now

Once Human on geforce now

GeForce Now is a cloud gaming service developed by NVIDIA that allows users to stream video games to their devices, leveraging NVIDIA’s powerful cloud-based GPU servers. This service enables gamers to play their own games from popular digital libraries such as Steam, Epic Games Store, and Uplay on virtually any device, including PCs, Macs, Shield TVs, and mobile devices. GeForce Now differentiates itself by not requiring users to purchase games from a specific library, instead allowing them to play games they already own, provided those games are supported on the service. It offers various membership tiers, including a free option and a premium subscription that provides enhanced graphics with RTX technology, reduced waiting times, and extended session lengths.

  1. Register for a GeForce Now account on their website. Choose between free or premium plans.
  2. Install the GeForce Now app on your chosen device (PC, Mac, or mobile).
  3. Use the search feature in the app to locate Once Human.
  4. Click Play on Once Human within the app to begin streaming the game.

AirGPU

AirGPU is a cloud gaming service that offers users the ability to rent high-performance virtual gaming PCs on demand. This platform enables gamers to stream the latest and most demanding games directly to their devices without the need for high-end local hardware. AirGPU provides a flexible rental model, allowing users to pay by the hour for access to powerful gaming rigs equipped with top-tier graphics and processing capabilities. The service supports a variety of devices including desktops, laptops, and some tablets, ensuring that users can enjoy a premium gaming experience from virtually anywhere. AirGPU stands out by offering personalized settings and configurations, giving gamers the freedom to customize their virtual machines to meet specific gaming needs.

  1. Sign up at AirGPU and rent a high-performance virtual PC.
  2. Connect to your cloud PC, install Once Human from any digital platform.
  3. Enjoy the game with high-quality graphics.
  • GeForce Now
  • $9.99 / month
  • RTX support for realistic graphics
  • Game streaming up to 1080p
  • Session-based gameplay
  • Compatibility with most digital game stores
  • Free and premium membership tiers
  • Sign Up
  • AirGPU
  • $0.65 / hour
  • Top-tier GPUs and CPUs for demanding games
  • Flexible per-hour pricing
  • Compatible with PCs, Macs, and some tablets
  • Customizable configurations
  • Quick setup
  • Sign Up

3. Play Once Human using Parallels

Once Human is playable on Parallels, however performance might not be the best on less powerful Mac machines.

Parallels is a software application that allows users to run Windows and other operating systems simultaneously alongside macOS without rebooting. This virtualization technology is particularly popular among Mac users who need to access Windows applications for work or play. Parallels Desktop is known for its seamless integration, offering features like Coherence Mode, which allows applications from different operating systems to run side-by-side as if they are part of the same system. This makes it incredibly convenient for users to switch between macOS and Windows applications. Additionally, Parallels is designed to optimize performance, ensuring that both the Mac and the virtualized environments run efficiently. This software is a robust solution for those who require multiple operating systems but prefer to use one computer. Here’s how to use it:

Download Parallels Desktop
  1. Go to the Parallels website, download the installer and apply for free trial.
  2. Install a Windows operating system within Parallels. You’ll need a Windows license.
  3. On Windows, download and install Once Human as you would on a PC (using Steam).
  4. Launch the game within the Windows virtual machine.

4. Use Boot Camp (for Intel-based Macs only)

Note: Boot Camp is not supported on Macs with M1/M2/M3 chips.

Boot Camp is a utility software included with macOS that allows users to install and run Windows on Macintosh computers in a dual-boot configuration. By partitioning the computer’s hard drive, Boot Camp enables a Mac to boot either into macOS or Windows, providing full system performance for Windows as it runs natively on the hardware. This solution is ideal for Mac users who need to run Windows applications that do not have macOS versions or who require the performance benefits of running certain programs directly on the hardware without virtualization overhead. Boot Camp simplifies the installation process, guiding users through the setup with step-by-step instructions and making it straightforward to switch between operating systems.

  1. Get the Windows 10 ISO file (Windows 11 ISO file) from the Microsoft website. Choose the version that matches your license.
  2. Find Boot Camp in the Utilities folder within your Applications. Open it to start the setup.
  3. Use Boot Camp Assistant to allocate space on your hard drive for Windows. Follow the on-screen instructions to adjust the partition size.
  4. Follow the prompts in Boot Camp Assistant to begin the Windows installation. Your Mac will reboot into the Windows setup.
  5. During the Windows installation, choose the BOOTCAMP partition and format it.
  6. Complete the installation by following the Windows setup instructions.
  7. To switch between macOS and Windows, restart your Mac and hold the Option key to select the operating system you want to use.
  8. Once Windows is installed, set up Once Human like on any PC.
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