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What have you been playing recently, come tell your thoughts

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It's the weekend and it has again been a while since we had a community talking point article, so here we are!

Time to make a cup of your favourite brew, put on some headphones, turn the volume up and get some serious gaming done. The question is though: what play button do we click on? What game eats up all of our time?

For a lot of people that will be a stupid question as the answer is probably…Valheim. It certainly is for me, as it's an absolutely fantastic experience. In my own play-through, the second boss has recently been defeated after a casual 50+ hours and it just keeps on getting better. So much to see and do, so much to discover and get excited about.

If you're interested, a developer on Twitter made a thread about some Valheim performance troubles and it's an interesting little read. Now that Iron Gate have plenty of monies from over 6 million sales, hopefully they can get someone in to go through the game and optimize it some more.

Valheim has sucked me in so much so that I've not had much time to go back to the also excellent Loop Hero, which is sat in my library begging to be played. It feels good to have so many great games waiting though!

Over to you in the comments: what have you been playing recently? Do tell us your thoughts on it.

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denyasis Mar 27, 2021
Just started No Man's Sky last night, using proton 4.11. it seems cute. And runs ok for what appears to be a console port. I've never really gotten into the survival craft games, finding them tedious. I was kinda hoping it was more in the Morrowind / STALKER vein of game, But I'm going to give it a shot.
Keyrock Mar 27, 2021
Valheim is love, Valheim is life.
soulsource Mar 27, 2021
Mostly Loop Hero and Stellaris.

Yesterday I tried Lutris, and I must say I'm a bit torn. On the one hand the community-based install scripts for games are really convenient. No need to check wine's appdb for workarounds, as Lutris just installs them automatically. On the other hand it downloads more than a gigabyte of ancient libraries, and also installs its own wine builds.
Overall, I'd say for me those downsides outweigh the convenience.

(Edit: After thinking about this some more, and just right now dealing with a stupid font rendering regression in wine, I see the benefit of Lutris installing its own WINE builds.)

Also, Lutris' GoG integration has potential, but feels incomplete in its current state, as update notifications seem to still be lacking, so there's no real gain over just using the website.

Long story short: I'll likely delete it again.

Last edited by soulsource on 27 March 2021 at 10:52 pm UTC
axredneck Mar 27, 2021
Many community maps for Duke Nukem 3D + EDuke32, also Catalyst: Complementation mod for S.T.A.L.K.E.R, also some Picross puzzles on Android tablet.

Last edited by axredneck on 27 March 2021 at 2:45 pm UTC
ageres Mar 27, 2021
I'm trying various games on Switch emulators. They ran badly last time I tried them, but now lots of games are playable on my computer. yuzu seems to run better, probably due to the Vulkan support, but has worse compatibility, no resolution upscaling, is harder to manage updates and DLC for games, so I prefer Ryujinx. I'm mostly playing Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and also have beaten few levels in Ghosts 'n Goblins: Resurrection. Ryujinx is about to get a Vulkan renderer next month, I'm going to play Super Mario Odissey and TLoZ: BotW after that, they don't perform well enough now.

SM3DW is a very fun game with interesting and unique levels and nice colourful graphics. The only issue I can't get used to is movement inertia. Characters don't move instantly when I press direction buttons. The game is easy, and even gives you an invincibility item when you die several times.

There is a problem with Nintendo's button layout that differs from familiar ABXY on XInput controllers. Games rarely have an ability to change controls, and sometimes don't even show letters on buttons. Instead, they show a picture with all four buttons but one of them is highlighted. Very confusing.

I've also bought Dragon Quest XI on the current Steam sale and continued my progress from the demo where I spent 11 hours few months ago. But I already forgot everything about the game, so I'm lost and don't know how to play and what to do. In most cases I start a new game, but losing 11 hours...
rojimboo Mar 27, 2021
I'm playing Grim Dawn yet again - this time through GOG. STarted afresh without my very well stacked stash from my STeam game saves, and enjoying it. A bit slow going without EXP potions and Saviour's merits to jump into Ultimate right away + plus lack of gear, but it's OK. Old-school 3 times playthrough per difficulty.

Completely made up my own build that was really bad in the beginning. Bone Harvest Spellbinder stacking Aether+Vitality+Cold dmg. Now it's semi-good even. Had a person join me in multiplayer last week, and noticed he carried me all the way with his pet build though :)

Yeah I got crossplay multiplayer working between GOG Galaxy (wine) + him on Steam. The major pain was getting GOG galaxy to function properly under Wine to begin with...wrote a short guide/my experiences from that ordeal, posted on Reddit + GOG forums.
FredO Mar 27, 2021
I finished Desperados 3, and what a great game! Just be prepared to save very often
kokoko3k Mar 27, 2021
I'm totally in borderlands 3 and i will for loong time to come.
It works so GOOD on AMD 5600xt/6GB
It worked so BAD on NVIDIA 1060/4GB
I'm super happy.
Joeg1484 Mar 27, 2021
After hearing about Metro Exodus being released for Linux, Ive decided to stop playing the proton version until it comes out HAH... Instead, Im going through the first game again, then will go through Last Light :-D.

On the multiplayer side, playing Dying Light with a friend - zombie bashing time !!! YAY :-D.

I also have a spattering of WoW-Mania, DOD, CS:GO, etc...

Have a super great weekend all!
CatKiller Mar 27, 2021
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I've been trying to clear some of my backlog.

Monkey Island
Monkey Island 2
Monkey Island 3

About ten minutes of Monkey Island 4 before I gave up on it.

Full Throttle
Whispering Willows
Grim Fandango
Helium Rain
CAT Interstellar
Near Death
Sigma Theory

My little one's been playing Minecraft, Qube 2, Contraption Maker, Slime Rancher, Pikuniku, and Area 86. He's also decided that he really wants to play Tacoma, which I'd lined up as my next one to play through, but I'm trying to gently discourage that, since I suspect it will get grim at some point.

Last edited by CatKiller on 27 March 2021 at 6:10 pm UTC
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