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Another week full of game updates, new releases and plenty still to come. Time for another of our weekly chats about all the wonderful gaming we've been doing.

This week saw some interesting releases for Linux including Desperados IIIA Long Way Down, Crusader Kings III, a new set of Stadia Pro games and plenty of upcoming releases mentioned like The Jackbox Party Pack 7BOY BEATS WORLDart of rallyTenderfoot TacticsSongs of Syx and plenty more from our Gamescom round-up. Certainly no shortage and that's only off the top of my head from this last week.

My current love that I keep going back to is Super Bomberman R Online, which is currently a time-limited exclusive on Stadia. If you have Stadia Pro, it's free to claim until November 30 (and Stadia Pro still gives a month free on sign-up) and it seems there's plenty of players on it, I've had no troubles finding matches.

I've never been that big of a Bomberman fan but something about having 64 people running around various arenas is hilarious. The way it's done is very much like a Battle Royale, a little Fall Guys even. You're initially split into many arenas, with each round having a few taken away so you need to run across to another. It's frantic and brilliant fun.

I'm also mourning the loss of my trusty Logitech F310 gamepad, it had a good 5+ year run but it's time to wave goodbye as it has decided that it no longer wishes to stay connected for more than a few seconds (tested across multiple machines).

Opening it reveals no obvious fault that my total amateur tech mind can find to fix. So, it's time to shop for a new gamepad. While the Gioteck WX-4 Wireless I have still continues on, the PC/Linux support overall is still too lacking right now and as much as I still love the Steam Controller, and confessed much love before, there's times where a stick is just needed and for local multiplayer titles another is required. Sure would be nice if those older hints of a new Steam Controller came true don't you think? 

So, do I go for another trusty Logitech F310? For the price, the F310 is still one of the best PC gamepads around. Perhaps the wireless F710? Or one of those fancy units from 8BitDo? Although the last 8BitDo I had needed some manual repair only a few months after picking, with a button acting like it was always being pressed, so their build quality doesn't feel too great overall.

Feel free to give over your gamepad suggestions for Linux gaming in the comments this week. What are you using, what's your favourite with great game support? Other than that — over to you in the comments: what have you been gaming on Linux lately?

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subatomic 10 Sep, 2020
Been playing a 2nd playthrough of Grim Dawn in Proton and started playing HL2 ith my nephew after a few year break. Still a lot of fun with friends.
undeadbydawn 10 Sep, 2020
Quoting: AnzaI wasn't very good at stealth, so things usually ended up me having to knock everybody unconscious that would be running into my general direction. Bank was one of the worst places. Lot of security to get past.

Might have been easier to play it like regular FPS and just kill everybody...

Gah. They really did mess up the pacing badly towards the end. Prague is just a painful grind even with max stealth.. and of course it eats up all the Energy you need for London. I'm now at the last quest in the game and finding it a total nightmare... tempted to just blast through it purely so I've done it.
And I now discover I totally should've done the Heist mission, since it's impossible to get the best ending without it. Damn. This is a major damper on what was, up to now, arguably the best game I've ever played
Anza 11 Sep, 2020
Quoting: undeadbydawn
Quoting: AnzaI wasn't very good at stealth, so things usually ended up me having to knock everybody unconscious that would be running into my general direction. Bank was one of the worst places. Lot of security to get past.

Might have been easier to play it like regular FPS and just kill everybody...

Gah. They really did mess up the pacing badly towards the end. Prague is just a painful grind even with max stealth.. and of course it eats up all the Energy you need for London. I'm now at the last quest in the game and finding it a total nightmare... tempted to just blast through it purely so I've done it.
And I now discover I totally should've done the Heist mission, since it's impossible to get the best ending without it. Damn. This is a major damper on what was, up to now, arguably the best game I've ever played

I played the original Deus Ex without being aware of all the choices that I actually had. It must be easier to enjoy the story if you worry about about choices that you didn't even know you had.

If Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is your first immersive sim game, there's still plenty to explore. Previous Deus Ex games don't have official Linux support, but should work with Proton. The original is classic and if I remember correctly, it's new enough that developers had already sorted out the controls. As for the more modern ones, I have heard that Human Revolution is better than the Mankind Divided. I have never finished Human Revolution though as back then there was no Proton, you had to run Steam with Wine to play the Windows games.

Even older than that are are the System Shocks. The second one is much easier to get into. First one might feel like a flight simulator, though Nightdive Studios is working on improved version.

Bioshocks might also be fun, third one has even official Linux version. Maybe some day I should also play the first two as I have the first one already.

Also I have heard good things about the games Arkane Studios have developed, but I haven't played any of them.
TobyHaynes 11 Sep, 2020
I've been cranking Everspace (ten runs in, currently in Sector 4 and have acquired Gunship) - which is an interesting take on a shooter/looter/roguelike in space. I'm not convinced that a HOTAS is going to keep me alive any longer than the mouse+keyboard I'm currently using (I have a Thrustmaster HOTAS-X).

Elite:Dangerous keeps lurking in my to-be-properly-played list. I have it up and working - I've grabbed the Crab v6.01 HOTAS-X bindings and I need to retrain myself with this set of controls.

As for controllers, I've got a SC, two PS4 DualShocks (which work flawlessly over bluetooth and wired with almost everything) and a venerable Logitech F310 which comes out for the games that don't like any of the other controllers.
undeadbydawn 11 Sep, 2020
Quoting: AnzaI played the original Deus Ex without being aware of all the choices that I actually had. It must be easier to enjoy the story if you worry about about choices that you didn't even know you had.

I played the original a very long time ago, and loved it. The sequels not so much

Quoting: AnzaIf Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is your first immersive sim game, there's still plenty to explore.

Not at all. I play immersive sims and RPGs almost exclusively

Quoting: AnzaPrevious Deus Ex games don't have official Linux support, but should work with Proton.

Yup, I played HR immediately before MD, pretty much exactly the same way. HR is 'better' largely in that it wasn't ruined by an idiotic marketing department. Had MD been released without the boatload of stupid gimmicks, and as a complete game, it would probably have been rated as one of the best ever made. As it is, they very obviously released half a game and never made the second part. Given the quality of the game as is, this may well go down as one of the biggest losses in recent years. Other than the ball-ache stealth of Prague pt 3, it really is superb. Mankind Divided performs *vastly* better via Proton than native. The difference is 60fps Ultra vs 25fps Low native. That's absolutely nuts

Quoting: AnzaEven older than that are are the System Shocks. The second one is much easier to get into. First one might feel like a flight simulator, though Nightdive Studios is working on improved version.
I've played SS2, a few years back, and was deeply impressed. The new System Shock demo is on my HD ready to play, and the same team is said to be doing 2 as well

Quoting: AnzaBioshocks might also be fun, third one has even official Linux version. Maybe some day I should also play the first two as I have the first one already.
yes, I recently played all three, and resolved the horrible textures and crashing issues. Loved 1, liked 2 a lot and was, to my surprise, disappointed by Infinite.

Quoting: AnzaAlso I have heard good things about the games Arkane Studios have developed, but I haven't played any of them.
Again, I have all of them, though as yet I've only played part of Dishonored.


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Kuduzkehpan 11 Sep, 2020
Mostly İ play LoL
then Torchlight 2 with mods. quite funn
Running with rifles very interesting to play for me. especially if i can get a sniper rifle. o yeaah. rooof to roof shots..
then prooly i play Orwell.
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