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RUINER is looking good on Linux, official non-beta build due on Monday

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RUINER, the brutal action shooter from Reikon Games recently arrived on Linux in beta and it's looking really good. It just received a fresh update, which the developer said fixes most of the reported issues, although they're still working on the issue of the in-game videos being in very low quality. On top of that, they're aiming for an official non-beta release on Monday!

I've had a bit of time with it now and I'm surprised by just how fun it actually is. It's absolutely mindless, as you run, dash and smash your way through anyone or anything standing in your way. The developers describe it as a "brutal action shooter" and they're certainly not wrong! As you go through enemy after enemy, rooms will fill with blood, but it's not just that. One weapon in particular is awesomely gross, the Storm-V, which fires condensed hot plasma that literally makes your enemy explode down to their skeleton—it's quite a sight. Although, I'm also quite fond of the SCR-1 Hellfire flamethrower too:

There's also special finishing moves you can do on a downed enemy, which results in some some rather explosive death-scenes. The game truly is brutal all through the combat. Heads will explode, random limbs will go flying, it's really quite gory. The combat is exceptionally fun, especially with the multi-dash mechanic where you hold the right mouse button which slows time and place markers with the left mouse button, then your character will dash between these spots making it extremely satisfying to get behind enemies and take them down swiftly.

There's just so many touches to the game to make it worthwhile to play, even the skill system is great. You accrue Karma as you do missions, which is their form of experience points. When you level up, you gain skill points to assign as you like across the skill tree. What's great about it, is that you can remove and re-assign points to any skill at any time, so you're not locked into your choices.

Past the initial starting area, you also have a helpful drone called the Weapon Grinder, which comes along to suck up all remaining weapons and turn them into sweet Karma, it will also then throw out a special weapon as well.

In terms on Linux performance, it's not too bad. I've been playing it through on max settings and most of the time it performs rather well. It does have the occasional dip, like when it's loading something for the first time (an issue a few Unreal Engine games have on Linux), but I haven't really had much trouble with it. There is one area that dips down a lot, which is after you finish the first section you're back in a city and the performance wasn't great there with it dropping down between 30-40FPS. I am on max settings, but that's still quite low. During actual missions it's fine.

If you're is sensitive to lots of flashing imagery, I would steer clear of it. Not something I suffer with, but some of the screen effects used are pretty full-on.

Here's a quick slice of the gameplay on Linux:

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About the game:

RUINER is a brutal action shooter set in the year 2091 in the cyber metropolis Rengkok. A wired psychopath lashes out against a corrupt system to uncover the truth and retrieve his kidnapped brother under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend. Combine preternatural reflexes, augmented tools, and the arsenal of fallen foes to tear down and dismantle the corporate titans of virtuality dealers at HEAVEN.

You can find RUINER on Humble Store (affiliate link) and Steam. If you love fast-paced action, plenty of weapons and upgrades and a cyberpunk setting, absolutely check it out.

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libgradev 13 April 2018 at 3:15 pm UTC
Loving this
ageres 13 April 2018 at 3:20 pm UTC
I finished it yesterday. It crashed twice and didn't always perform good, but was playable. Steam is downloading a 5.7 GB update now, I'm planning to play New Game+ after that. It's in the current Humble Mothly Bundle, by the way.
Shmerl 13 April 2018 at 3:21 pm UTC
Hopefully once it's non beta, they can make GOG release.
Xpander 13 April 2018 at 3:35 pm UTC
I wish it had Co-OP or even local coop.

first problem for me is that when i search "RUINER" from steam i get those 2 things only:
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luckily i had it in my wishlist or i could use the Liam's link to open it.
But now paypal/steam is acting up for me, had to confirm my card, paypal took 1.50€ from me but steam still thinks its not confirmed and now i got this:

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yeah i know, now many come say do not use paypal, but i dont like to enter my credit card number to multiple sites, so if paypal gets hacked or leaked i know where to search where it got leaked.

So i guess i have to wait now and figure out whats the problem
nitroflow 13 April 2018 at 4:27 pm UTC
ageresSteam is downloading a 5.7 GB update now
It also did for me, then it started an infinite install loop. Uninstalled the game and re-downloaded everything(13,5GB) and the same behavior persisted despite having 30GB free and the space taken is just 18GB according to steam. Cleared an extra 4GB and re-downloading the whole for the second time while keeping my fingers crossed it works this time(taking into account that 18GB of installed game + 13.5GB of download exceeded the total 30GB of free space I had before and was somehow screwing up the install even though the download validated successfully and monitoring available space while installing never went below 10GB...)
liamdawe 13 April 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC
ShmerlHopefully once it's non beta, they can make GOG release.
Might have something on that soon
Doktor_Mandrake 13 April 2018 at 5:16 pm UTC
Official release on Monday? Wow that was quick!

I get pretty low FPS in the city too

Just downloading update now, I hope it improves performance as for me on my linux install the game performs pretty badly

Ended up playing it on my windows hdd instead, completed it last night

And.. I LOVE the game, really enjoyed my playthrough of it and that's why I want linux version to perform better even more so

Loved every minute of it, although imo I found the end-boss kind of disappointing, would of liked slightly more level variety as well in terms of aesthetics.. Overall though, it's a friggin awesome game and easily up there as one of my favourite top down shooters of ALL TIME.. So glad they kept on the Linux promise!

And +1 for GOG, hell I might even buy the GOG version straight away at full price just to show my support, I've enjoyed my time spent with this game so far it's incredibly polished


Last edited by Doktor_Mandrake at 13 April 2018 at 7:04 pm UTC
nitroflow 13 April 2018 at 5:46 pm UTC
nitroflow
ageresSteam is downloading a 5.7 GB update now
It also did for me, then it started an infinite install loop. Uninstalled the game and re-downloaded everything(13,5GB) and the same behavior persisted despite having 30GB free and the space taken is just 18GB according to steam. Cleared an extra 4GB and re-downloading the whole for the second time while keeping my fingers crossed it works this time(taking into account that 18GB of installed game + 13.5GB of download exceeded the total 30GB of free space I had before and was somehow screwing up the install even though the download validated successfully and monitoring available space while installing never went below 10GB...)

It worked now
Doktor_Mandrake 13 April 2018 at 6:54 pm UTC
Night and Day difference with the performance, as Liam said there seems to be drops in the city area but even that area has had a massive FPS gain for me, game feels alot smoother then before, previously for me it was very inconsistent frames and looked very stuttery

Looking forward to replaying it, this game has very good replay value ^^

Edit: By the way, anyone found that "small" easter egg the devs mentioned? It's Linux specific easter egg right? Would be great to see a little tux penguin graffitied on a wall somewhere

To further iterate on performance, before in the city I could get drops even below 30fps! and not only that the frames would be moving up and down a lot of the time which made it stuttery and not fun to play, now in the city I get 60fps in most areas and a drop of around 44fps near mechanix but it stays at 44fps in that area so still feels smooth enough

I'm getting 60fps majority of the time so far with minimal drops, even when it does drop it still feels MUCH smoother as it will stay at whatever fps it dropped too instead of being inconsistent as hell!

Much, much smoother!

asus gtx 1060 3gb
i5 4690k 3.50
1600x900
16gb

Also worth noting, I am using libstrangle and have vsync turned off plus composition turned off as well


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burningserenity 13 April 2018 at 8:51 pm UTC
The beta worked fine for me, except for infrequent stuttering that never caused a real problem. The new update installed twice, and now it appears my saves are corrupted. I got an error saying it couldn't connect to the Steam cloud, even though I just finished downloading the update.
I'll try again later, but I almost finished the game so this potentially really sucks!
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