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Deep Rock Galactic, a game about badass space Dwarves mining for goodies and one I've highlighted before continues to be awesome with Steam Play on Linux. It just had a rather sweet update too.

Update 24, the "Explosive Expansion" was released yesterday adding in a ton of new types of grenades. Each class in Deep Rock can now unlock up to three unique class-specific throwable items too and it sounds like more are on the way.

  • Engineer: L.U.R.E, Plasma Burster, Proximity Mine
  • Gunner: Sticky Grenade, Incendiary Grenade, Cluster Grenade
  • Scout: IFG, Cryo Grenade, Pheromone Canister
  • Driller: Impact Axe, HE Grenade, Neurotoxin Grenade

The loading screen and end-game screen have also been overhauled. Cosmetics you unlock are shown, making them a bit more useful and exciting to unlock and equip. There's also a ton of Steam Achievements added in now, five new varied creatures to fight against like the Naedocyte Breeder, a floating bag of slime that constantly spews out eggs so you will need to take them down quickly.

Another change, is that if you join a game in progress (it's a friendly co-op game), new players now drop into the world in their very own personal drop-pod instead of just appearing. It adds to the atmosphere quite a lot actually, although you will need to make sure they don't drop on your head. There's also a pickaxe power attack, some new models for things like the Heavy Sentry model for Engineers, new sounds and so on. A truly massive update!

Since they didn't do a trailer for this update and since I love it so much, here's a fresh look at some clips on Ubuntu 19.04 using Steam Play Proton 4.2-4 (the latest at time of writing):

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The full game from where those clips were taken took over 30 minutes, some of the missions are quite long when you're going for the secondary as well as the primary objectives. Secondary objectives aren't necessary though, so you can do some of the missions quite quickly. A higher difficulty level (which you pick before each mission) can also adjust the length due to the intenseness of it all. So much fun though, especially some of the environment interactions and the various types of enemy swarms certainly keeps you on your toes.

Honestly, this could easily make my GOTY. A huge surprise to be sure, one that seriously keeps my entire attention when playing it. Not only does it look great and perform nicely it's also incredibly intense. Without Steam Play I would have never experienced what's now one of my favourites, good times to be a Linux gamer for sure.

If you're looking for something that has a huge amount of replay value, continues expanding and works very well with Steam Play I do recommend checking out Deep Rock Galactic. You can find it on Humble Store and Steam.

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scaine 16 May 2019 at 6:34 pm UTC
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This is an absolute gem of a game - I have nearly 100 hours in this already. It's all the small touches I love: the way the dwarves will just shout voice lines randomly, the way you can use your laser point to call out enemies, or ores, the way you can "salute" your comrades by hitting the 'v' key. It just fosters this camaraderie you don't see in many games. Love it.

Rock and stone, brother!
soulsource 16 May 2019 at 6:45 pm UTC
The devs had an awesome talk at Unreal Fest last year, about how their levels are being made/generated (it's a semi-procedural approach). I guess the slides are online somewhere?
scaine 16 May 2019 at 7:02 pm UTC
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soulsourceThe devs had an awesome talk at Unreal Fest last year, about how their levels are being made/generated (it's a semi-procedural approach). I guess the slides are online somewhere?

Found this article, but no slides that I could see.
Alm888 16 May 2019 at 8:07 pm UTC
And what it has to do with gaming on Linux, again?

Is launching any random Windows game through WINE worthy of a news article?
x_wing 16 May 2019 at 8:43 pm UTC
Alm888And what it has to do with gaming on Linux, again?

Is launching any random Windows game through WINE worthy of a news article?

With that mindset, Liam should stop making articles regarding DXVK, Proton, D9VK, etc.
marcelomendes 16 May 2019 at 8:55 pm UTC
Alm888And what it has to do with gaming on Linux, again?
It's gaming, and it's on linux, hence, "gaming on linux".

Alm888Is launching any random Windows game through WINE worthy of a news article?
If the game is good and runs flawlessly, I think so.
TheSHEEEP 16 May 2019 at 9:30 pm UTC
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Can you actually play the game alone? Well, I mean, I know that you CAN, but how is it?
I don't usually have people to play with and I loathe playing with totally random people. But I'd like to give the game a try as it seems really interesting.

Alm888And what it has to do with gaming on Linux, again?

Is launching any random Windows game through WINE worthy of a news article?
To prevent useless comments like these, articles now have tags that can be ignored.
So you no longer have to suffer the terrible fate of reading Wine-related news, and other people don't have to suffer comments like yours.


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scaine 16 May 2019 at 9:42 pm UTC
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TheSHEEEPCan you actually play the game alone? Well, I mean, I know that you CAN, but how is it?
I don't usually have people to play with and I loathe playing with totally random people. But I'd like to give the game a try as it seems really interesting.

Alm888And what it has to do with gaming on Linux, again?

Is launching any random Windows game through WINE worthy of a news article?
To prevent useless comments like these, articles now have tags that can be ignored.
So you no longer have to suffer the terrible fate of reading Wine-related news, and other people don't have to suffer comments like yours.

You can and it's okay up to hazard level 3, if you're decent at FPS and spend a bit of in-game cash to upgrade the drone you command. But to be honest, this is a game where, almost always, "random people" are awesome. Like I say, the little touches in the game make, the way it actively encourages teamwork (driller making areas accessible, engineers laying platforms for scouts to grapple to, gunners laying down ropes for getting across chasms, or setting up shields during a swarm), just makes you happy when someone joins your game.

Honestly, when I get out my drop-pod after joining a game, I hit V, my character hefts their axe and shouts "Rock and stone, brother" and almost immediately, everyone else present will hit V and I'll get a chorus of "For Caaaaal", or "Rock and stone to the bone!" back at me. It's just pretty goddam awesome.

Should Liam be reporting about Windows games that work perfectly on Steam Play? Yep. I wouldn't be playing this indie masterpiece if he didn't. Or Overwatch. Or Path of Exile.

These games are near-as-damn PERFECT on Linux. I'd like to hear more of that, not moan about the purity of the platform. Great to see Sin streaming Rage 2 yesterday too - even better that they've just removed Denuvo from it. Playing AAA games on day 1 doesn't happen very often for us. This is a crucial technology for us, whatever your (Linux) politics are.
liamdawe 16 May 2019 at 9:47 pm UTC
Alm888And what it has to do with gaming on Linux, again?

Is launching any random Windows game through WINE worthy of a news article?
Do us all a favour and add Steam Play to your list of blocked tags in the UserCP, I'm tired of answering this rubbish. Steam Play is here, it's a thing. GamingOnLinux will get left in the dust if it doesn't cover it, we're moving with the times, take it or leave it.
Luke_Nukem 16 May 2019 at 9:54 pm UTC
Damn this looks intense! I might buy it soon.

As for the comments on Proton vs native... The one game I've clocked up a lot of hours with is No Man's Sky. On Linux. It runs flawlessly, and it runs on Linux, hence I'm Gaming On Linux.

TBH, with the amount of frustration there can be with targetting Linux natively I almost prefer Proton sometimes. The Linux ecosystem is too damned fragmented, with many distros being out of sync with library versions compared to one-another. Hmm, I'd like to see DRM free games be released using either snap or flatpak now, even better would be Valve incorporating one of those in to Steam.

Seriously... several dozen distros. All packaging the same user apps and games, just differently, for a massive duplication of effort. Can we please embrace snaps and flatpaks, and get a "base" Linux install, with all user apps installed this way.
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