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Painkiller: Hell and Damnation FPS Game Now In Beta For Linux

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We told you it would come and it finally has, we got notified via twitter from the porter in question that Painkiller: Hell and Damnation (Steam Link) now in beta and be sure to read the release notes.

If you have Painkiller H&D on Steam check your Linux Games!

Leszek Godlewski (@TheIneQuation) October 16, 2013


You can find the steam announcement here with the notes:

QuoteDear Painkiller Linux fans,

We just set the Beta to our Linux version live.
Please mind these known issues and note that these issues are temporary and being worked upon!:

* Open-source GPU drivers (Gallium rx00, radeonsi, Intel) may not work.
Those drivers may lack support for the necessary OpenGL extensions. For the
best experience we recommend the latest proprietary, vendor-supported GPU
drivers.
* Loading times may be slow because of shader compilations.
Not much can be done about this because of the way the Unreal Engine 3
handles shaders. :(
* Loading screen movies have no sound.
* Game controllers have no force feedback.
* No multiplayer compatibility with Windows.
* Multiplayer host might crash when a client is trying to join.
This is a bug in the Steam Client fixed in the beta - if it happens, opt in
for the beta: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta/discussions/1/864957817328247556/

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You have to own Painkiller Hell & Damnation to get access to the Linux Beta version.

Your Nordic Games Team


It's a bit sad to see more games come out that don't have cross-platform multiplayer on them (like Worms in the recent Humble Bundle), I guess sometimes it cannot be helped for older ports. I hope no brand new games do this though.

Compatibility for multiplayer will be added the developer confirmed:

@gamingonlinux Liam, multiplayer compatibility will be there in an update, don't despair! :)

— Leszek Godlewski (@TheIneQuation) October 16, 2013


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Evil has returned! Demonic powers are manifesting themselves as a myriad of dark creatures, fighting over the fates of imprisoned souls caught in Purgatory.

Once again, it is up to Daniel Garner, in the unenviable position of being the Curse of Darkness and the Toy of Light, to fight his way past hordes of demons and fiends.

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storma 19 October 2013 at 7:18 pm UTC
It's 75% off atm over at Get Games. DLC is also on sale at 50-75%.

http://getgamesgo.com/category/painkiller-sale
scaine 29 October 2013 at 10:11 pm UTC
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It's also 80% off on Steam right now, for two more days: so it's £3.60 (less than a pint of lager) rather than £18. Looks like it's launching officially in a couple of days.
scaine 29 October 2013 at 10:20 pm UTC
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Actually, I'm talking spraff. It's out now. It's downloading after I bought it and I didn't opt into any beta. Don't know why this isn't on the front page of Steam (Linux section) to be honest. It all seems a bit under the radar. It's not even listed in the specials??
richie442 29 October 2013 at 10:30 pm UTC
Quote from scaineActually, I'm talking spraff. It's out now. It's downloading after I bought it and I didn't opt into any beta. Don't know why this isn't on the front page of Steam (Linux section) to be honest. It all seems a bit under the radar. It's not even listed in the specials??
Yes, it's kinda weird.. but thanks for pointing that out, i'am probably going for it .. 
philip550c 29 October 2013 at 10:35 pm UTC
Actually its still in beta, thats why its not listed. Play it and you will see, there are some missing textures among other things. Just got everyone at work to pick this game up today though. Cant wait for the next LAN game. We all bought left4dead2, painkiller hell and damnation, natural selection 2, serious sam 3 and killing floor. Thanks to steam's halloween sale.
richie442 29 October 2013 at 10:37 pm UTC
Quote from philip550cActually its still in beta, thats why its not listed. Play it and you will see, there are some missing textures among other things.
what about performance?
philip550c 29 October 2013 at 10:41 pm UTC
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Quote from philip550cActually its still in beta, thats why its not listed. Play it and you will see, there are some missing textures among other things.
what about performance?
It works fine for me, my computer is fairly beefy though. Some of the guys were playing on low settings cause they were using the work computers with $30 nvidia cards. Theres some issues, we were unable to select individual graphics settings, it was either all low, medium or high. No mix. Also not all resolutions were available. Im sure that will be fixed but the actually gameplay was fine. You need a decent video card to play though, so dont expect it to work well on intel graphics. Also the loading screen was black for about 30 secs, so dont despair if you think it froze, just wait it out.
scaine 30 October 2013 at 12:38 pm UTC
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I played for an hour yesterday and the experience was nearly flawless. Like philip550c, my PC is pretty hefty - a 3rd gen i7, 16Gb RAM, and an Nvidia gtx670, so I put everything on "very high" and played at 1920x1200. Couldn't tell you the framerate, but the gameplay was fluid, in a way that twitch/skill-based shooters need to be in order to work well.

No missing textures, but the initial film-based cut-scene lacked music. The in-game engine cut-scene was perfect though. No other issues that I could tell, but it's early days I suppose.

Really enjoying this so far and can't believe it cost me less than £4.
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