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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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robvv May 19, 2020
Forgot to mention that I've also been playing Cat Quest II on the Switch with my 15-yo daughter. She really loves the game :-)
Dunc May 19, 2020
Quoting: TechieInAKAt some point, I'll have to check out GTA from the Epic offer this past week. I was wondering whether that would work through Lutris or not. I was a bit hesitant to invest the time and space to download and install it.
It might work through Lutris, but I've just spent 24 hours downloading it only to find that it doesn't work in straight WINE. :><:

(The Rockstar Launcher flashes up a window then just closes. No error messages. Looking through the Lutris script, I tried installing the Arial font, but to no avail.)

Update: I finally got it working through Lutris (I think it's probably the patched WINE Patola mentioned, rather than Lutris itself), but it refuses to run in anything other than 800x600. Even in fullscreen/borderless, with the settings clearly reading 1280x1024, it sits in a little 800x600 window in the corner of a black screen.

Oh, well. As I said right at the start, I'm not too bothered. I'll sort it out eventually.

Last edited by Dunc on 20 May 2020 at 11:49 am UTC
Pompesdesky May 20, 2020
Quoting: appetrosyanHow do you get origin to play with lutris?

I just got it going using the installer from the Lutris website (, it didn't work well for me until a couple of months and now the client works fine apart from randomly showing me offline (but that doesn't prevent from playing).

As for the Battlefield V game itself it seems to work best with the Lutris runner Wine4.2 Jedi something, this runner also provides ping display when playing Battlefield 4, helps in not being kicked from some servers watching for ping.

If you need any more detail you can PM me if you like, I'm not a Linux specialist but I'll try to help if I can
WendishBovine May 20, 2020
I jumped into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided last Wednesday, finished it today.

Have finished Human Revolution several times but had not played the original or Invisible War (I know people like to bash it but it looks decent, like a KOTOR-lite).

So I'm looking to rectify the situation by playing Deus Ex via Lutris with the GMDX v9.0 mod this weekend. Runs great with a wine wrapper and no additional fiddling, neither with the mod or the game itself. It's really great. Can't wait.

Last edited by WendishBovine on 20 May 2020 at 5:11 pm UTC
omer666 May 23, 2020
Quoting: WendishBovineInvisible War (I know people like to bash it but it looks decent, like a KOTOR-lite).
The fact is that Invisible War was some kind of a "Deus Ex for XBox", and nowadays I tend to see it almost as a spin-off. It's really limited, and is more or less the same quality standard as Project Snowblind. Which is, well, decent, as you put it.
Pangaea May 23, 2020
Started a new character on Pathfinder: Kingmaker, but on HARD. And holy moly did we get torn to absolute shreds :'( Very brutal in the early levels, and we're getting one-shot right, left and centre. Looks like I need lucky with my own rolls AND the enemies' rolls to survive. For people familiar with the D&D(-like) d20 system, they get +4 to AC and hit rolls, which is huge in the early game. Basically means they hit on just about anything, and we need something like 16-17 to hit them. Yeah... not easy. It's even more insane on "Unfair" (apt name) where the bonus is +8.

I either need to tune the difficulty down, or get used to hit F8 all day long for quick reloads. Should be better once we get to level 4-5 I think, but early on D&D is always tricky, and this is taking it to new extremes. I had a nag about it over on GOG:
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