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It's coming to the end of another week on planet Earth. More games have released, tons have seen updates and it's time for another chit-chat.

You might laugh but a lot of my time has been spent playing Troll Patrol, I've actually found myself somewhat hooked by it. The simplicity of match-3 gameplay with a dash of RPG elements makes for quite a fun brew. I'm genuinely surprised by how fun it actually is and it seems the PC release has gone firmly under the radar with only one single user review on Steam.

I will also fully admit that Planetary Annihilation: TITANS has pulled me back in too. While the addition of a Unicorn commander was a little amusing, I found myself wanting to go back and throw an entire moon at someone. Such a huge RTS, the scale of it is crazy and it's really wonderful to see the newer developer (Planetary Annihilation Inc took over from Uber Ent) keep polishing the experience.

There's also a fair bit of Titanfall 2. I can't tell you how happy I am that it works so well on Linux with Steam Play Proton. It seems the Steam release has given the 2016 shooter an entirely new life, who would have thought? It's repeatedly breaking new player records too with over 11 thousand online in it right now.

Over to you in the comments again: what have you been playing and what are you clicking on across the weekend?

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Patola 27 Jun
Mostly the same as last week. But I was able to finally make Skyrim VR run with SKSE, specially because I force myself to not use Windows -- I did not conform. This way I was even able to share my own proton build to help others.

I also used the Summer Sales to buy a bunch of games I was longing for. So I spent a good time testing them. First, of course, X: Rebirth VR. Unfortunately, it did not work, crashes in the very beginning, but at least I dilligently opened a bug report for it and also sent a protondb report. If someone knows some way to get it working, though, I'm all ears, might buy it again (I did that with Spacebourne ).

I bought Everspace too, but there must be something wrong, because its performance is HORRIBLE in VR even with legacy reprojection on. Also, its controls are very bad. I start to understand why Everspace 2 isn't going to have VR -- Rockfish sucks at it, apparently. Still going for a few attempts, maybe I will refund it.

UPDATE: Got it to work natively, it performs so much better I consider it viable now. However, it only works with joysticks, does not work with HOTAS or Mouse & Keyboard or even the steam controller (it can emulate a gamepad, but the touchpad joystick emulation is terrible for steering). I am keeping the game because visually it's quite appealing and I will try a way to properly pilot it.

Next, Fallout 4 VR which so far I have been liking more than Skyrim VR. Also Doom VFR which runs like a charm. Dead Effect 2 VR does not have very good performance, but it seems bearable. Boneworks, on the other hand, is pretty well optimized.

Bought Alice VR which doesn't have VR on the Linux build, only the Windows build, go figure. It is a little janky on the controls, but doesn't seem terrible.

Bought a "VR Adventure Collection" bundle which has Apex Construct, Budget Cuts 2, The Wizards, Shadow Legend VR and Battlewake. So far, liked all these games. And also bought a VR RTS called Final Assault - it runs very smoothly and it is very innovative.

I have sent some protondb reports for some of these games, not all yet. I am yet to play them more.


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Mnoleg 27 Jun
I downloaded Diaspora: Shattered Armistice long ago and left it forgotten in a folder. Now I'll try to play it at last, compiling the engine (FS2 Open) was easy on Fedora 31, but the launcher was a pain.
g000h 27 Jun
As a result of the new Steam Sale, and that extra discount if you spend enough offer, I've been trying out demos. Space Robinson demo is still accessible: [steam://install/1144320](steam://install/1144320) or here https://steamdb.info/app/1144320/. I like it, but as yet cannot get far enough "in the demo" let alone progress deep into the game. (I'm one of these people who doesn't like gamepads, and tries to play twin-stick shooters with keyboard and mouse, and naturally it is a little too much for some titles.)

Mars Power Industries First Job is a demo/free game for their Deluxe version. I've been giving that a go, too.

I've been checking out a lot of game play footage to see if I like various titles, e.g. Stranded Deep, Dying Light: Hellraid dlc, The Enchanted Cave 2, and others.
Cimeryd 27 Jun
This week I wrapped up the class storylines for Sith Inquisitor and Jedi Consular on SW:TOR. I'm quite impressed with how well that game runs now. I'm still subscribed for another week or two, then it's time to try some other games. My Steam wish list just got half as long thanks to heavy discounts.
Ehvis 27 Jun
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7 Days to Die. Finishing up stuff before the big A19 drops next week (assuming this goes ahead as planned).

And a bit of shapez.io.
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I got back in Portal 2 again. Such a lovely game. I just bought another copy during the sale so we can finally do the coop that I have yet to play.
wytrabbit 27 Jun
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tofuhead 27 Jun
after several attempts on getting Assasins creed Black Flag working (black screen) I went for playing Witcher 2. still has to finish that game.
WorMzy 27 Jun
Dungeons 3 - Just started, and it's as wacky as Dungeon Keeper, but doesn't have the same level of charm. The controls are clunky and switching between dungeon and overworld maps is jarring. Still, I'm enjoying it so far, but I'm finding myself being drawn back to War for the Overworld.

Northgard - The missions are getting a little repetitive now. Still enjoying it, but I'm having to get in the mood to play it. I've found that if I stop mid-level, and come back to it later, I lose all the momentum I'd been building up and I don't fare so well, so I try to get each mission done in one sitting. Managing scouts is still a pain in the arse.
I don't generally buy games to play on Proton, but I made an exception for Okami. I don't think there was a chance of it ever being ported. Proton runs it quite well.

I think it is one of my favourite games from the past and I am sad that the team didn't make any more in the genre (DS spinoff ignored). I also own it on PS2 and PS3, but playing with the Steam controller is very nice.
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