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Cold Space, a fast-paced one-shot kill FPS has Linux support

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A rather interesting looking fast-paced FPS released with Linux support recently called Cold Space [Steam, Official Site], I took a look to see if it's any good.

The Linux build released only a few days ago, not long after the Windows version. The initial announcement said it was only for NVIDIA, but it seems it may work on AMD GPUs now too as it's listed in the system requirements.

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  • Every shot is a potential kill.
  • Fast respawn for unstoppable process.
  • Melee weapon makes you more deadly in a close combat.
  • Use the force-field, if you would like to live a little longer.
  • Watch radar to cover your back.
  • Use double jump mechanics to take advantage on a battlefield.
  • Grab pickups dropped on the level, to make yourself more dangerous: rapid-fire, wallhack, speedhack, quad-jump and improved force-field.
  • Customize your spaceman with a looted outfits.

I tested it out for a bit and it's a bit rough, but if you do enjoy fast-paced shooters with the one-shot kill mechanic then it might be an okay choice. It currently only has two game modes: team deathmatch and domination. After trying out both, I can see the appeal with these types of games and I actually did have quite a bit of fun. If the developer continues to expand the game and polish the experience, it could end up being pretty decent.

I do like the spawn system, with people flying down in little drop pods, that looks pretty good. The retro sci-fi spaceman character is also quite amusing.

If you don't see any servers online, be sure to hit refresh. Right now, it seems it doesn't auto-populate the list. It's on sale on Steam with 75% off until January 24th. Don't go expecting much, but it might surprise you.

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PublicNuisance 14 Jan, 2018
Price is right and I like FPS. I'll be picking this up before the sale is over.
jeja110 14 Jan, 2018

played it for like 10 minutes and here's what I think:

1. the game feels like it's pre-pre-pre-pre-alpha
2. movement is junky, you come to a full stop before changing directions when trying to strafe
3. melee is non-obvious
4. jumping is absolutely pointless
5. crouching takes forever
6. game just kicks you to main menu right after a match has ended
7. server list appears only after you've clicked the button to search for a server, and even then shows wrong information about player count

Game spawned me right at the edge of them map, and while you spawn, you can't see anything because you're in a cloud of smoke, you also float for whatever reason, so I just "floated" off the map ...

Haven't touched player customization, so can't say anything about that.

3/10, can definitely improve. Right now it looks like they took default U4 assets and made a quick game out of them.

Don't recommend right now. Would like to see more games like this, but improved.
Beamboom 15 Jan, 2018
My immediate thought was; "Just play Xonotic?". And after reading the experiences it actually sounds to be a good advice. Xonotic is a really really good classic oldschool arena shooter.

But great find, Liam! This is one of the reasons I trust this site when it comes to Linux gaming news - you are good at digging up also the smaller/more obscure titles, also outside Steam. That indirectly kind of guarantees that you'll not miss out on the bigger things as they happen. :)

Edit: Spelling errors & stuff.

Last edited by Beamboom on 15 January 2018 at 9:26 am UTC
pete910 15 Jan, 2018
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Quoting: BeamboomMy immediate thought was; "Just play Xonotic?"

Mine was UT99 instagib tbh :)
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