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Come tell us about what you've been gaming on Linux lately

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Another week down, plenty of new games have released or been updated and we're about to begin another cycle. Let's have a chat.

With the recent huge Stellaris 2.7 update, we were going to be diving into a fresh multiplayer game with excitement to look at all the new visuals. Sadly though, it appears the latest update has numerous problems that caused all sorts of lag and sync issues. Thankfully, Paradox keep around older versions on Steam you can opt into with the 2.6.x series still working well. Issues aside, Stellaris is such a fantastic RTS overall to sink a great many hours into.

Into the Breach has also been sucking up more time lately, as a small and focused strategy game it's pretty close to perfection. I'm really not surprised it has reviewed so well. Subset Games also continue to tweak the Linux build to ensure it's running smoothly.

Across today though I've been quite sick, so thanks to Stadia I've been able to just sit back and relax with a flawless Assassin's Creed Odyssey experience to just zone-out with. It's nice to have another option if your net is good enough. The developer of firefighting game Embr also sent over a pre-release Stadia key to us, and it's quite amusing. Something to look forward to when it arrives in Early Access next week (no Linux desktop release for now).

I'm also highly jealous of everyone who has a VR kit now that Half-Life: Alyx is available on Linux. Hopefully it's working well, it looks pretty incredible and sounds like Valve did a really fantastic job on it. Half-Life: Alyx has now passed twenty-five thousand user reviews on Steam too!

Additionally, while I've not played it myself, it appears DOOM Eternal became the first game to get the brand new Denuvo Anti-Cheat (different to the DRM). This made it instantly unplayable on Linux under Steam Play Proton. Another thorn in our side. However, according to TechRaptor who spoke to Michail Greshishchev, Product Owner at Denuvo Anti-Cheat they said:

We've been tracking the Proton issue immediately after launch and are committed to delivering a fix soon. This isn't a request coming to us from a publisher or anything like that - we genuinely respect such an enthusiast community and regret introducing this incompatibility on day 1

So at least there's some sort of hope on the horizon about DOOM Eternal single-player working again on Linux under Proton.

Quick tip for parents: currently on Steam the LEGO NINJAGO game is 100% off making it free to keep, seems to work well in Steam Play proton. That deal will last until May 22.

Over to you in the comments: what have you been gaming on Linux lately?

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tomaszg May 17, 2020
Most of the time Lego Star Wars or Lego Avengers. Also some Elder Scrolls and Turmoil.
mos May 17, 2020
1) Vangers (
2) Launch SoF with sound ( - unsuccessful so far
MikhailSaTuRn May 17, 2020
Keep playing Torchlight 2
tpau May 17, 2020
Shadow Tactics, now that Desperados 3 is almost there
robvv May 17, 2020
I've installed Lego Ninjago to play with my daughter. She loves the Lego games :-)

Also picked up recently have been a heavily-discounted Battletech (with DLC) and Aura of Worlds which looks interesting.

Driftmoon is great fun, though I must remember to save regularly as there are some bizarre bugs in it. Examples are being able to get off-map but not back again, and moving so fast I got stuck behind a wine vat and couldn't escape!
Ivancillo May 17, 2020
Brutal Doom 64.
Orkultus May 17, 2020
I have been playing Tom Clancy's The Division via Proton.
Woodlandor May 17, 2020
I had bought Doom Eternal on sale and started playing it via Steam Play.
Then “Update #1” came out and completely broke it due to DRM.
Requested a refund due to that “feature” not being advertised when purchased.

Refund received 👍

I’ll go back to playing Borderlands 3 & The Witcher 3 I guess
scratchi May 17, 2020
Couple of weeks ago I was hooked on Dirt 4. Clocked 55 hours on it...finished the Triple Crown Challenge. After that, I looked through my GoG collection and installed Grim Fandango Remastered and Full Throttle Remastered...sunk another week into those two titles :)

Thanks for the heads up about Lego Ninjago...I always hear about the freebies from here first. Added to library :)
axredneck May 17, 2020
Doom with GZDoom and some wads: Golden Souls and Planisphere 2
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky with Время Перемен 3.0 mod
Idle Wizard (so called clicker)
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