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Aliens: Fireteam Elite is out and works right away on Linux with Proton

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite from Cold Iron Studios is a brand new co-op third-person shooter, which is out officially today and it works right away on Linux with Steam Play Proton. Note: key personally purchased.

Since I am an absolute fanatic when it comes to the Alien franchise, I couldn't pass up this opportunity. Not only that, we don't get a lot of good online shooters that work on Linux with so many blocked by anti-cheat. Thankfully this is one game that seems to just work. Testing with the latest Proton 6.3-6, everything appears to work out of the box.

It's pretty clear that this is something of a budget game though. It's nowhere near the quality of Alien: Isolation but it's the first reasonably good Aliens shooter we've had in a long time. Remember Colonial Marines? Gearbox destroyed that and my hopes of any future alien blasting games. Also a surprise to even see this being released since Cold Iron has been through multiple owners which complicated the development.

Here's how it looks on Linux with Proton:

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Running it on Linux everything seems to work reasonably well. The initial short cutscene (if you can even call it that), NPC voices, matchmaking, gamepad or mouse both work fine. On Linux though, there's the notable stuttering and frame-drops when you load it up for the first time since we are running it through a compatibility layer, which needs to load everything in and build up a shader cache. It doesn't take long for that specific issue to smoothen out though, so it's just an initial inconvenience.

There's also a few settings with the MangoHud overlay (top left in the video) that will cause performance to drop severely. Even when not recording though, performance is wildly all over the place. Here's where the fun vanishes: with my 2080 Ti, it will go from over 100FPS and randomly drop down hard to 30-40FPS but with no clear reason why. Some firefights with tons going on stays over 60FPS happily, while I've seen other smaller fights flick all over the place. Sometimes it seems that each time you just fire your gun it turns into a terribly stuttering mess for the entire mission. The performance just isn't great. Thoroughly annoying because it swings so wildly between perfectly playable one mission, not so the next. So yeah it works but the experience is a nuisance more than anything.

As mentioned it's a budget game, and that's pretty clear (if the lower than usual price didn't give it away). For example: voiced dialogue for NPCs is great but characters just stand staring at you with no lip syncing. It's a little funny to see from a brand new release, especially for a major franchise but you don't see much of it so it's a minor issue. They clearly spared the expense on any cutscenes too, of which there's basically none. It's all about the running and gunning. There's also no FOV slider, so it's pretty claustrophobic. There is a keybinds menu though, so you can happily set up the controls how you want them.

I'm a simple man - I like to run around shooting Aliens as if I'm a Colonial Marine and this hits the mark for that when it works well enough. Living out that fantasy gives you an initial high while playing. The fact that I can do it on my favourite operating system day-1 is lovely thick chocolate icing on top of the cake. However, it's not going to be for everyone because it really is quite a basic cover shooter. Fun to see aliens hopping from wall to floor and swarm you, so it's very much like Left 4 Dead Aliens. It's repetitive in exactly the same way all other horde-style shooters are.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite will keep me busy for the next week but after that? It remains to be seen if it has any staying power. It's fun enough for now but it's not massively exciting once you've played a few rounds and the performance is problematic. The developer has plans for a bunch of free post-release content and any extra purchasable content will only be cosmetic.

You can buy Aliens: Fireteam Elite from Humble Store and Steam.

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nattydread 24 Aug
Wow that's intense. I was a huge fan of aliens vs. predator 1 and 2.
I just love those pulse gun sound effects.
Great to see a new fun aliens game.
psymin 27 Aug
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ProtonDB reports from the past couple days say it is "platinum"

https://www.protondb.com/app/1549970
Solitary 27 Aug
Quoting: psyminProtonDB reports from the past couple days say it is "platinum"

https://www.protondb.com/app/1549970

Platinum doesn't really mean much anymore, Psychonauts 2 also have it even though it has media foundation issues and you need to tinker.
slaapliedje 28 Aug
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Quoting: Solitary
Quoting: psyminProtonDB reports from the past couple days say it is "platinum"

https://www.protondb.com/app/1549970

Platinum doesn't really mean much anymore, Psychonauts 2 also have it even though it has media foundation issues and you need to tinker.
Yeah, this is what I mean by it needs to be cleaned up.

Platinum = Zero scripts or launch changes, it just plain works, from clicking install, to download to the play button. Works 'out of the box' and is as stable as the release on Windows.
Gold = Works flawlessly, but requires some manipulation to get it to work (like some script, or changing the case of files, etc. Once tweaked, it works fine.)
Silver = Works, is playable, but has missing features (like anti-cheat?). I tend to think graphical options as features. Though sadly this also sometimes is where native games are rated...
Bronze = Works, but with issues. Graphical glitches, crashes to desktop, etc.
Copper = installs, may launch, but is pretty trash experience.
Dog Poo = Looks like it, and smells like it. Please clean up after your pets, no one likes stepping onto their lawn and finding a surprise.
14 28 Aug
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Looks like a good time to me.
pete910 29 Aug
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Well I caved being a massive fan of the franchise,

It's a true Platinum title for me , click and play no messing!

@Liam, I noticed on your steam review you had issues with FPS drops have you managed to solve the problem ?

For those on AMD/Mesa it runs flawlessly.
mark348 31 Aug
It's a decent game, but only play it in coop, don't even try it on singleplayer.
Liam Dawe 20 Sep
Quoting: pete910@Liam, I noticed on your steam review you had issues with FPS drops have you managed to solve the problem ?
Nope, the issue persisted. There's an entry on ProtonDB with someone showing the same issue, with ProtonDB still giving it the thumbs up on that entry which I find hilarious because it makes it unplayable.
scaine 20 Sep
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: pete910@Liam, I noticed on your steam review you had issues with FPS drops have you managed to solve the problem ?
Nope, the issue persisted. There's an entry on ProtonDB with someone showing the same issue, with ProtonDB still giving it the thumbs up on that entry which I find hilarious because it makes it unplayable.

Been watching Corben stream quite a lot of this, and it runs well, which is really frustrating (for you) because he's on similar hardware, I think?
Liam Dawe 20 Sep
Quoting: scaineBeen watching Corben stream quite a lot of this, and it runs well, which is really frustrating (for you) because he's on similar hardware, I think?
Nope, he has a much newer CPU and GPU, different distro and different desktop :P
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