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Another week down, most of us are still in lockdown with the Coronavirus and there's plenty of time to play games. Playing games can be a truly wonderful way to get your mind off everything too!

Personally, I've been very surprised by Iratus: Lord of the Dead which recently left Early Access with added Linux support. The mix of party-building from body parts, with reverse dungeon crawling as you're trying to escape is quite a wonderful. It's quickly become my new go-to game for a few rounds, replacing Slay the Spire. Apart from that, jumping into a few rounds in PUBG on Stadia (article info - see video) has proven quite fun.

Over to you in the comments!

What have you been playing recently on Linux and what do you think about it? What's tickling your fancy this weekend?

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Arcadius-8606 3 May, 2020
I've recently been learning to play games online since all local events are cancelled and having friends over is a not an option.

  • Streets of Rage 4 - GOG powered by WINE and Lutris

I played a lot of brawlers buy mostly from the arcades and computer scene and not from the home consoles eras until Raspberry Pi debuted and I started making home arcades then Steam came out with the DRM-FREE debut of SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics. I loved the Streets of Rage series from that and I also love the freeware Streets of Rage Remake. One of the main reasons I started using WINE back in the day is to play MUGEN and Beats of Rage. SoR4 is EXCELLENT. Works via of Lutris perfectly. This is going to be one of those games that is always going to be installed when I make a new rig or upgrade. Great job.

  • Destiny 2 - Stadia

Taking advantage of their free trial and I am greatly impressed with it. Been playing this since Friday with 3 other friends and we are having a blast and very surprised at how good Stadia is overall. Don't care much for the quest stuff but the PVP is a lot of fun.

  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War - Stadia

This one has to be the most fun game so far. Again playing it with 3 friends and it's been awesome. I've also gotten pretty far solo since starting on Friday.

  • Dual Souls: The Last Bearer - Steam

My kids love Skullgirls so much that they have become masters at it to the point where this old man is lucky to some hits in while they practice dummy me into the pieces. We picked this one up awhile back when it was on sale. The game is surprisingly good for an indie fighter and the netcode is decently. It also works outside of Steam for those of you like me that want save all of their LOCAL MP games just in case.

  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - Stadia

Picked this one up along with my 3 of my friends and started playing at the tail end of 2 am to 4 am. It's pretty fun and again runs amazingly. The co-op mode is all for this one.

  • The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest - Fightcade

One of my favorite games of the series. I have almost all of the SNK releases that have come to computer (including the boxed stuff from the 90's and 00's) with the exception KOF XIV which just went to GOG recently so it's on my wishlist. Been playing this one online via of Fightcade and Parsec (Windows job server hosting). I've had some excellent matches with long time friends and met some new people in my area that were bummed about locals going down and go about 20+ matches going this week.

  • Mortal Kombat 3 - GOG powered by WINE

Don't own UMK3 but been using this via of Parsec to play with friends online and it's been great. I'm a sucker for MK 1 to UMK3. My wife loves playing this one also so it's been a game we play often as of late. I tried to get the linux native dosbox working with this one but could not get it running properly for some reason. Using default wine just works.


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Keyrock 3 May, 2020
I've been playing X4:Foundations. I'm a long time fan of the series, I've been playing since X2:The Threat and have loved all the games except X: Rebirth. I'm slowly building up my fleet so that I can eventually wipe the Xenon from the galaxy. I'm currently sitting at a destroyer (poorly equipped because everything for that size ship is so expensive), 3 frigates, 3 fighters, 3 scouts, and 2 freighters. I have 2 stations generating money for me, I really need to expand that to supercharge my economy.
FT 3 May, 2020
I grabbed Alien Isolation for £1.50 which is a great price, and so far the game is good. The world, atmosphere and sounds are brilliant but the gameplay can be tedious in parts.
dubigrasu 3 May, 2020
Quoting: FTI grabbed Alien Isolation for £1.50 which is a great price, and so far the game is good. The world, atmosphere and sounds are brilliant but the gameplay can be tedious in parts.
If the alien makes the game tedious, I hear there's a mod that removes it and let the player concentrate on the rest of the game (somewhat similar with Soma).
Rooster 3 May, 2020
Kingdom Come Deliverence through Proton. The performance is not great 45 FPS on average for me on Very High. I haven't done any tweaking though.

As for the game itself, let me do a comparism with Witcher 3, since I think these two game are very similar:

Story

Both games have a sort of wild goose chase storyline (Ask this guy, he will tell you where this guy is, that guy will tell you where another guy is etc..). Overall, both games have great interesting story and characters. I would give a small edge to Witcher 3 in this area.

Combat

Both games have somewhat clunky combat which takes time getting used to and even then doesn't seem right. Kingdom Come is the clear winner here however, because the combat has way more depth and multiple ways you can approach it.

Graphics

Witcher 3 is the clear winner here. Kingdom Come looks great, when object are close. Look further away and trees look like made out of paper, houses and castles have little textures etc..

Soundtrack

Both games excel when it comes to music and sound, pretty much a tie. Personally I like the music in Kingdom Come more, but that is entirely due to my personal preference.

Immersion

Kingdom Come wins here, no competition. Read why in next section

Open World

Witcher 3 is a game set in an open world. Kingdom Come: Deliverence is a game lived in an open world. It's hard to explain, but that's how it feels. In Kingdom Come I find myself planning my daily activities in advance, then when the afternoon comes, I start to think where will I sleep. Are there some Lodgings near to my location? Will I go sleep now and get up earlier, or do I still try to do some something and get up late? They tried to implement many.. many mechanics to make the game realistic and I would say they succeeded.

Replayability

Again, Kingdom Come wins this one. I played Witcher 3 for about 40 hours on PS4 when I still had it. I enjoyed it and do want to know how the story will continue, but I just can't make myself to play through it again. Because story aside, gameplay-wise, I know it would be the same experience. In Kingdom Come, there are many approaches you can take, not only different combat styles (longsword, shortsword and shield, axe, polearms) but also the way Henry solves problems depends on which stats you concentrate on. You can even complete the entire game without ever killing anyone, if you so desire.

Verdict
If you are looking for a game, where you will be heavily invested in the story and characters, Witcher 3 might be the better game for you.

If you want a realistic open world RPG to live in for a while, pick Kingdom Come. Just a word of warning though. In the beginning, the combat can be extremely frustrating. Which makes sense, you a the son of a Blacksmith, you barely have any armor and don't know your way with the sword yet. My advice: Try to avoid most combat early in the game, train with the captain in the arena, try to get some good gear and find combat style that suits you.
Dunc 3 May, 2020
I picked up Total War: Shogun 2 in the free giveaway last week. It's a series that's been on my radar for years, but which I never quite got around to. I'm glad the giveaway finally introduced me to it. I expected more real-time tactical battling and not as much turn-based strategy, but it's a pleasant surprise. I've thoroughly enjoyed what I've seen so far.

I've also still been taking Assetto Corsa and both Project Cars for the occasional spin. The handling in Assetto, even with a controller, is so impressive.

Quoting: TobyGornowI prefer fiddling with Godot, I had an idea in my head for some times and I had to exorcise it.
My problem is coming up with ideas. At least, ones that I might feasibly be able to achieve with my limited talent.

QuoteSo far so good, I suck badly at texturing, I lack the patience needed to paint all the little detail by hand and using shaders in Blender is a long process when you don't really know what your doing...
Provided you aren't looking for anything too specialized, CC0 Textures is a good resource. Also HDRI Haven for CC0-licenced HDR environment maps. You probably wouldn't want to use them in a commercial game (although you could), but for a spot of tinkering, they're very good.

Having not really dabbled much since the early '90s, what surprised me on coming back to game development (*snort* :S: ) with Godot is how much of it nowadays is the creation of the art assets, compared to coding. At a very rough guess, I'd say it was about 10-20% art, 80-90% coding back in the '80s, and now - thanks both to 3D texturing and game engines like Godot doing all the really hard low-level stuff for you - it's pretty much the other way round.
Purple Library Guy 4 May, 2020
Been playing Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus. So you play nasty cyborged-up religious fanatics that remind me of Opus Dei-type Catholics without any non-fascist elements, mixed with Shadowrun Street Samurai running seriously low on humanity from an overdose of cyber. But that still makes you the good guys because it's Warhammer 40k so the opponents manage to be much worse.
It's fun!
Whitewolfe80 4 May, 2020
Combat

Both games have somewhat clunky combat which takes time getting used to and even then doesn't seem right. Kingdom Come is the clear winner here however, because the combat has way more depth and multiple ways you can approach it.

To each his own personally i like fast flowing combat so witcher 3 is a clear winner here because kingdom come has a worse version of the warband mixed with skyrims combat.
Redneck 4 May, 2020
Quoting: einherjar
Quoting: RedneckI streamed some Saints Row 4 2 hours ago and I will be mostly playing csgo with my team! We're always on the lookout for new players. DM if interested!

What does team mean in your case?
Is it more like a clan, with training and so on? Or is it more to have a few friendly guys to play with from time to time?

Actually both. We are playing together to have a relaxed atmosphere while playing MM on csgo, l4d2 and Forza as well. But we're setting up a faceit roster too!
TobyGornow 4 May, 2020
Quoting: DuncProvided you aren't looking for anything too specialized, CC0 Textures is a good resource. Also HDRI Haven for CC0-licenced HDR environment maps. You probably wouldn't want to use them in a commercial game (although you could), but for a spot of tinkering, they're very good.

Thanks for the links, much appreciated, quality stuff in there.

For me texturing take the most of my time, you're always after the small details or repairing the discrepancies between Blender and godot. And I feel the same way about coding today, everything is so documented (Godot API doc is great), there's so much tutorials around and if really you're stuck there's always a forum post with the same problem. On the other side, Assets have become so complex, just look at the number of map you can apply to your mesh. So 80 / 20 seems right
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