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The Steam Winter Sale is now live, prepare your wallet

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It's that time of the year again, Steam are now doing their own Winter Sale and there's obviously a lot of cheap games available for Linux.

Here's a few picks of my own, games that I know run reasonably well on Linux while also being on sale:

  • Rocket League - I reserve my right to talk about Rocket League any time. It's hooked me like no other game has been able to since the release of Dota 2 and it's my absolute favourite game in the world right now. You can also get involved in some of our tournaments!
  • Surviving Mars - A city-builder with a difference, can you tame the barren wasteland of Mars and build a thriving colony? Even better with the recent expansion!
  • Opus Magnum - The puzzle game that made me fall in love with Zachtronics. Build machines, watch them work and then make them even better.
  • DiRT Rally - One of the few good rally games to be available on Linux, ported by Feral Interactive it's a beautiful game. Difficult but still worth a look if you still haven't.
  • Dead Cells - Easily one of the best games released this year. Tough combat, absolutely gorgeous art and certainly addictive to push through one more run.
  • BATTLETECH - Massive mech units smashing each other to pieces, what's not to love about that? Linux version still classed as a beta, but it does work rather swimmingly.
  • Prison Architect - Building the best and most secure prison in the world just got more fun with money off. Even better, it just gained multiplayer support.

For those who want to try out Steam Play, remember to take a look at ProtonDB first before deciding. While user-reports should always be taken with a pinch of salt, they're at least a reasonable indicator of what to expect.

Valve are also giving out some free stuff each day at the Cozy Cottage. You will get things like profile backgrounds, emoticons, DLC for popular games and so on.

Whatever you decide to pick up, we hope you enjoy your new games. See more on Steam. If you just want to see want's available specifically for Linux while also on sale, hit this link.

As a reminder, the GOG Winter Sale is also still going and Humble Store are currently giving away LEGO Lord of the Rings free for 48 hours.

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etonbears 24 Dec, 2018
Quoting: iiari
Quoting: etonbearsand it doesn't work with Proton or Wine either, so it's a non-starter at the moment.
Which is interesting, as the early word on Proton was that anything utilizing Vulkan should work with it, and X4 does. Now, I realize it's not quite that simple, but it's disappointing that a 100% Vulkan utilizing game doesn't work with Proton out of the box...

Well, Proton/Wine are aimed at transparently running games/software that are coded solely for Windows APIs. I am guessing that Egosoft now have a less Windows-oriented codebase, to make X-platform easier, and this might push it out of the normal envelope that Proton/Wine reliably implement.

There are still large numbers of Windows APIs in Proton/Wine that are empty stubs, and "hosting" windows code on other operating systems will always throw up occasional edge-cases that you don't know about until you encounter an error.

From the reports I have seen, the problems with running under Proton are related to resource location and unpacking, so X4 doesn't get far enough before crashing to assess if Vulkan under Proton works.

I don't think it will take them very long to get their Linux version running once they get to it, but that will not be until the Windows version is largely bug-free at the engine/hardware level. Bernd ( the founder/CEO ) specifically said that the engine coders that would work on the non-windows versions have been given windows bugs as a higher priority.
iiari 24 Dec, 2018
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Quoting: etonbearsBernd ( the founder/CEO ) specifically said that the engine coders that would work on the non-windows versions have been given windows bugs as a higher priority.
Then, from what I'm reading on bugs right now, it might be a while until we see the Linux native version :(. Proton might be our best hope to sample it before then...
g000h 29 Dec, 2018
I have just (today) grabbed The Bug Butcher on Steam at historical lowest price: 80% discount (£1.11).

Very impressed so far. Great animations, novel enemies, fast and decent game play - and all for an awesome price.
Salvatos 3 Jan, 2019
I went for Unforeseen Incidents, Ultimate Chicken Horse and the White March expansions for Pillars of Eternity. I almost got Tyranny, but looking at Steam discussions it looks like Paradox and Obsidian are completely ignoring game-breaking bugs and with Microsoft taking over I don't need more reasons to stay away.
edmondo 3 Jan, 2019
Increased my backlog of games to play with:
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

  • XCOM 2 Collection

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
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