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A little look over ProtonDB reports for Steam Play in September 2019

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ProtonDB have released another of their monthly data dumps of user reports for Steam Play, so let's take a look over what happened during September.

Looking to get started with Steam Play on Linux? Be sure to check our previous beginners guide.

Like our look over the data for August, we're going to continue this method of looking over the top twenty titles being most reported through September. This is basically the list of what games were the most popular in terms of users testing and reporting how they work with Steam Play. If they have a number of Platinum and Gold ratings, they probably work quite well. Sorted by total number of ratings, while also showing how many were Platinum or Gold to give you a good idea how they run overall.

Name No. Total Plat Gold
Grand Theft Auto V 76 16 18
Cube World 42 19 2
Spyro Reignited Trilogy 33 9 10
Warframe 28 5 12
Noita 28 20 0
I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator 27 0 6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 25 19 4
GreedFall 24 0 12
Blasphemous 24 0 10
CODE VEIN 21 12 3
No Man's Sky 20 11 4
Fallout 4 20 3 8
HITMAN 2 18 7 5
Children of Morta 17 2 10
Path of Exile 16 7 6
DOOM 15 11 2
World of Warships 13 3 1
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition 13 0 11

Noita is an interesting new arrival in the list there that seems quite popular from Nolla Games. A magical action roguelite set in a world where every pixel is physically simulated. Going by the reports it certainly seems like Linux gamers are having a good time with it thanks to Steam Play. Here's a video of Noita running on Manjaro Linux (key provided by the developer):

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Be gentle, it was my third time…and everything scared me.

Back to the September info dump now. Let's take a look at what games were first reported during September, sorted by the amount of reports of them being broken. These are titles were Steam Play is either not working or has too many issues to be playable on Linux.

Name Borked (broken)
I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator 20
GreedFall 8
Gears 5 5
Solasta: Crown of the Magister 4
Planet Zoo 4
PlanetSide Arena 4
AI: The Somnium Files 4
Spyro Reignited Trilogy 4
Cube World 4

Back onto the positive side of things again!

Let's take a look at games being first reported during September that actually did get some good (Gold+) reports showing they should work with Steam Play on Linux shall we?

Name Total good
Cube World 21
Noita 20
Spyro Reignited Trilogy 19
GreedFall 12
Session: Skateboarding Sim Game 7
I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator 6
The Surge 2 6
Crying Suns 6
AI: The Somnium Files 3
The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game 3
Calvino Noir 3
G2 Fighter / 基因特工 3

As always, you should take ProtonDB ratings with a pinch of salt. It's an unofficial website, although there's currently nothing better available. As we can see some games end up with reports mixed between broken and playable. Much like native Linux games it can depend on a lot of factors including GPU, drivers and more. This monthly overview is just to give you a little slice of what people have been testing out and having some luck with.

Just a reminder that some browser plugins are available to help view ratings on the Steam store. For Firefox you can use the plugin ProtonDB for Steam which adds the rating to store pages. Additionally, there's also the Augmented Steam plugin for Firefox and Chrome which adds a handy link to the ProtonDB entry but it doesn't show ratings yet.

Are you enjoying Steam Play? What have you been testing on Linux? Open up in the comments, maybe help someone find their next game to enjoy.

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ixnari 4 Oct, 2019
QuoteFor Firefox you can sue the plugin ProtonDB for Steam...
Done! I'll call my lawyer in the morning.
In all seriousness, that's a really useful plugin. Thanks for the find.
haiku 5 Oct, 2019
I just start playing "Dawn of man", it work out the box thanks to proton. ^_^
Keyrock 5 Oct, 2019
Proton is amazing. Code Vein was working, and working well, out of the box on many people's systems DAY 1. I can confirm this on my Intel/Nvidia system. I bought the game 2 or 3 days after it came out and it works great out of the box, no workarounds necessary. I did encounter a visual glitch during character creation where hairstyles would layer on top of the preset default you chose rather than replace it, so to get around that I just used a short buzz cut preset and layered on top of that, though I don't know if that's a Linux specific glitch. Regardless, once in game that goes away and everything shows correctly. As an aside, this game has one of the best character creators this side of Saints Row.

Anyway, the game runs great, no issues (outside of the aforementioned graphical glitch during character creation), and with very good performance. I can't compare to Windows, but I'm running at 1440p on a laptop variant GTX 1080 with graphical settings nearly maxed (turned off film grain and motion blur because yuck, and turned anti aliasing down to medium, whatever that means, everything else is max) and everything is running smooth as a baby's bottom.

A big thank you to GabeN and everybody contributing to WINE, DXVK, D9VK, and every other project that makes up Proton. Y'all are doing yeoman's work.
Nevertheless 6 Oct, 2019
Uhh Red Dead Redemption 2 comes for Windows on Steam. The fact that they plan to release it on Stadia too, makes me hope they also use Vulkan for both versions!
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