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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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Alm888 18 May, 2020
Decided to make a break from "X4: Foundations" and play something different.

Ended up playing "Kerbal Space Program" non-stop. :D
Vulphere 18 May, 2020
Still continuing with Valkyria Chronicles (1).
SystemShock 18 May, 2020
Ultima Ascension, Bladerunner, Resident Evil 2 the Remake. I was impressed how well RE2 runs on my Machine with ProtonGE out of the Box.
omicron-b 18 May, 2020
Played through Red Faction Guerrilla (Proton) just because I liked the first game as a child, turns out the game is quite fun.

Tried Dead Cells again and found out I no longer suck at it, picked up my character at Black Bridge and finished the game without dying once. This gave me the confidence boost I needed, so I got all the runes and proceeded to unlock and finish all levels, including the free DLC. I even got "What's wrong with these?" achievement by completing the game with the starting shield. Will take a break and then buy a Bad Seed DLC and hunt for more achievements, because I like the game so much.

Now playing System Shock 2 and I am surprised it's so addictive, I think I will finish the game in 4 days straight. It's interesting that the Linux release (wine wrapped) no longer starts for me, and Andrew Eikum from Code Weavers (who packaged this release) recommends Proton these days, which works flawless.
Never played the first game, but read the plot. Waiting for a remaster.

Taking a break from the original Unreal (Proton), which I have fond memories of as a child, and still kinda like it. My progress is about 30% now.

Overall, I am using that 4K display I have to it's maximum, as you can see :D

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Xpander 18 May, 2020
Still Warhammer Online: Return of Reckoning. Runs amazingly with wine+DXVK. Using vkbasalt with sharpness, smaa and fakehdr to make it look better in 2020. Lots of great PvP action.

Video about RvR Roaming
damarrin 18 May, 2020
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I tried playing Half-Life: Alyx after the native version came out as I couldn't before due to it being a stuttery mess on my Nvidia card. Now SteamVR doesn't even start throwing up an error. Haven't had time to fix that yet.

I also tried to continue my Mortal Kombat X story mode playthrough and now after a couple of fights the game repeatedly crashes on a keypress during a cutscene.

So the only thing I have been able to play this weekend is Xenosaga Episode III on the PS2. Splendid game.
omer666 18 May, 2020
Trying out my brand new Logitech MX518 Legendary playing some of my favourite FPS, namely Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Painkiller HD. Also got to try it on CS:GO.

After two Razers and a SteelSeries Rival 300, plus a fair amount of non-gaming mice (including Apple mice from my Mac-era), I've got got tell you it's the best mouse ever. The worst I had is the SteelSeries, felt cheap and ended up having the two click buttons rubbing each other which made it uncomfortable to play with. I loved my Razors but let's be honest, they don't look serious enough on a workstation, and they are not tank-built like the MX518. Also each had its own flaw, like the Abyssus' lift distance which was... well... abysmal. The Copperhead from my Quake clanarena days was also not very comfortable, I mainly played claw-grip at the time. On those two I had the same issue with the wheel, which is really tough in the beginning and breaks after a year or two. Their wheels are not meant to be used for everyday computing and that's irritating.

The MX518's Hero sensor is just amazing, best tracking I ever had, and that's coming from a Pixart 3360. I'm impressed.
Shmerl 18 May, 2020
Quoting: psy-qThe Witcher 3 (still! been trying to finish it for weeks)

Feel free to share your experience in the dedicated thread (but beware of spoilers if you are deep in the middle of the game).

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appetrosyan 18 May, 2020
Shadow Warrior 2 (gog) has everything eternal has, some of the things that eternal doesn’t have and a much better game overall. I particularly like that the main chacarcater has some witty banter and an IQ above the teens. Also *all* cutscenes are skippable.

Sprinkle in some Starcraft ii and Dungeons. I really prefer dungeons, but Starcraft is not a bad either.
rustybroomhandle 18 May, 2020
Been playing AssCreed Odyssey and Life is Strange 2.

I don't have Doom Eternal m'self, but if anyone's interested, here's a script to downgrade it to the pre-Denuvo-anticheat version.

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