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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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omer666 23 May 2020 at 10:10 am UTC
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 23 May 2020 at 11:31 am UTC
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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