God of War is now on Steam and runs out of the box on Linux with Proton

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Something that still doesn't quite feel right somehow is seeing the likes of a PlayStation logo on Linux. Anyway, the smash hit God of War is now on Steam and works right away on Linux. You can thank Steam Play Proton for that.

It's hard to believe the changing face of gaming sometimes. Previously console exclusive games now coming to PC more often. A trend I hope to see continue for years to come. Of course the new release comes with the kinds of things you would expect like enhanced graphics, ultra-wide support, NVIDIA DLSS, AMD FSR and so on.

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Enter the Norse realm
His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… and teach his son to do the same.

Grasp a second chance
Kratos is a father again. As mentor and protector to Atreus, a son determined to earn his respect, he is forced to deal with and control the rage that has long defined him while out in a very dangerous world with his son.

Journey to a dark, elemental world of fearsome creatures
From the marble and columns of ornate Olympus to the gritty forests, mountains and caves of pre-Viking Norse lore, this is a distinctly new realm with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters and gods.

Engage in visceral, physical combat
With an over the shoulder camera that brings the player closer to the action than ever before, fights in God of War™ mirror the pantheon of Norse creatures Kratos will face: grand, gritty and grueling. A new main weapon and new abilities retain the defining spirit of the God of War series while presenting a vision of conflict that forges new ground in the genre.

There's some really heavy stuttering though with an NVIDIA GPU. As always with more graphically intense games built for Windows and run through Proton, they need time to build up a shader cache. Once that is done, eventually Steam will have it to give out while the game downloads for your machine to sort it ahead of time. So, if you want a smooth experience, it usually pays to wait a week or so. That said, if you want to put up with the stuttering for a bit, don't let us stop you as outside of that, it seems to play quite brilliantly.

Like me, you might find that the lip-syncing voice audio is completely off though. It's possible you can fix that by adding this as a Steam launch option:

In my own testing, that made it match up much better but not always.

One possible way to improve day-1 performance in this and other single-player games is to use the community built  Proton-GE, which you can get easily with ProtonUp-Qt. Proton-GE has DXVK_ASYNC, which can help reduce stutter but is not recommended for multiplayer titles as it can trip up anti-cheat. In my own testing, it made God of War massively smoother. If you choose to try that out it's this launch option: DXVK_ASYNC=1 %command%

Since I'm not much of a console gamer, even though I do own multiple consoles, I completely missed this and had no idea that Christopher Judge was the voice actor for Kratos so if you'll excuse me I have some fanboying to do.

You can buy it on Humble Store and Steam.

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lectrode 14 Jan
Does this game have anti-cheat? If not, a good way to get rid of stuttering on nvidia is using proton-ge with
DXVK_ASYNC=1 %command%

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare had *horrendous* stuttering whenever you'd load into a map for the first time with a new proton version or new nvidia driver. Setting that gets rid of nearly all the stutter (although some textures will be black until the shader has been compiled for them, which it will do in the background)

If it has anti-cheat, don't use this! It can get you banned!
WorMzy 15 Jan
Oh boy, another developer that can't be arsed to support Linux, but will still benefit financially from open source software picking up their slack. Whoopee.
Salvatos 15 Jan
Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: BlackBloodRumWhat to do?!
What I do is to wait for a sufficient discount: the developer gets some money by virtue of their game not being broken on Linux, but they'd get more money if they'd made a properly-supported game.
Would be neat if Steam had a slider for revenue share. Give maximum amount to Valve for Proton games, and maximum amount to devs for native games :)
STiAT 15 Jan
Damn, I had my eyes on that in the past - but lacking a playstation...

That's a must buy. Though, still involved in some other game(s), in a month or so I'll certainly buy and try it.
chowder 15 Jan
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Quoting: WorMzyOh boy, another developer that can't be arsed to support Linux, but will still benefit financially from open source software picking up their slack. Whoopee.

I agree! The Open source community gets abused all the time. I've worked for so many companies that relied heavily on open source software, and when I'd ask them to donate even $100.00 a year to the developers they would look at me like I'm crazy...

Good example of the bull:
Let me put this out, THIS is the best game i ever played. I finished it on PS4 years ago... I usually wait for heavy discounts for AAA titles, but this game deserves a full price for me, it is a master piece. Also i would like to see sony pushing their titles on PC.
x_wing 15 Jan
Quoting: WorMzyOh boy, another developer that can't be arsed to support Linux, but will still benefit financially from open source software picking up their slack. Whoopee.

Steam gets their part at least.
Devlin 15 Jan
I had problems with the stuttering too using a 3080 no matter the graphic details selected, even at Low the same issue. The thing that fixed it for me to use the FPS Limit in Display options, that by default is disable which I assume that is unlimited. After setting it I've been playing for a couple of hours and everything runs smooth an looks great at 4k Ultra, no more stuttering.

Last edited by Devlin on 15 January 2022 at 3:20 am UTC
Quoting: d10sfanRuns pretty bad with nvidia 1070, so refunded it for now.

You need Proton-Experimental to improve the NVIDIA experience, but it still has VRAM Leak issues
ghiuma 15 Jan
Excellent! one more game in the list, for stuttering better to have patience some corrections will come out soon, when I bought Cyberpunk 2077 it was unplayable, now I play it with high settings on Nvidia 1060 6gb without stuttering and without correction... (Proton GE and Experimental)
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