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Sunday Mag: Linux gaming news odds and ends and a quick look at what’s on sale

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Another week has flown by and it’s been a pretty good one, here’s a roundup of some odds and ends that we didn’t fit in this week plus a quick look over some good deals.

First up, the open source racing game ‘Yorg’ has a release candidate available for testing, which includes a new track, improved multiplayer, a new camera, an improved driving model and more.

Developer Leslaw Sliwko is working on a revamp of the original Age of Fear named “Age of Fear: The Undead King GOLD”. With the original being around 7 years old, it’s a good time to modernise it a bit. Find out more on the Steam page, no release date set yet.

GOG recently released ADOM (Ancient Domains Of Mystery) with a Linux version, this rather successful roguelike is pretty engrossing and well worth a look if you mainly stick to GOG for your gaming needs.

The recent Prison Architect alpha update that brings in multiplayer is now on Linux. Initially when released back in early September it was only for Windows. You can grab it from Humble Store, GOG (I’ve personally checked, GOG have the multiplayer build for Linux) and Steam.

As for some fun Linux games on sale:

  • Humble Monthly has HITMAN, Hollow Knight and 7 Days to Die as early unlocks—amazing deal.
  • The Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle 2 has 9 days left with some great Linux titles too.
  • Total War: WARHAMMER is 75% off on Steam which is another great deal.
  • Shadow of Mordor is 50% off on the Feral Store, a good chance to support Feral’s continued Linux ports directly.
  • GOG also have a bunch of Linux games on sale, as well as some bundles for their 10 year celebration, which ends later tonight so act fast if you were planning to get some.

Parkitect, the theme park building game that’s currently in Early Access released Beta 11, which includes a brand new buildable ride, new statues, a new operating profit scenario goal, guests can now take photos and more. It can be found on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

Knights of Tartarus, a rather retro looking 2D RPG that’s currently in Early Access recently added Linux support. It doesn’t have many reviews, but early thoughts from users seems positive enough. Have a look on Steam.

Varion, a local multiplayer arcade-action game is now aiming to release on November 8th with Linux support. The gameplay seems pretty amusing, with you bouncing shots off the walls of enclosed arenas to take down your opponents. From the trailer, it looks like it could get pretty manic! Find out more on their Steam page.

Jupiter Hell, the modern sci-fi roguelike from the creator of DRL (D**m, the Roguelike) that was crowdfunded on Kickstarter has released a Beta, which has Linux support! The developer has provided me with an early key, so once it hits Early Access we should have some thoughts up. They also now have a Steam page live.

Also, on the Crate and Crowbar podcast the developer of Gunpoint and Heat Signature comments on Steam Play’s Proton system. This link should take you to the exact point. The laughs the “no tux no bux” comment got says it all, I’ve never particularly liked that saying and I’ve said numerous times before how it means nothing to developers—I think they proved my point. That aside, they sound pretty positive about it.

Additionally, I had a quick chat on the Destination Linux podcast on Friday night (episode release later this week). They asked me to come back each month, so that's going to be fun.

Finally: What have you been playing this week? Tell us what you think about it! I’ve been playing a lot (understatement) of Rocket League, to the point that I even had a dream about it…

See you all tomorrow for another week of awesome Linux gaming news, plenty still to cover.

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Brisse 7 October 2018 at 11:49 am UTC
QuoteFinally: What have you been playing this week? Tell us what you think about it! I’ve been playing a lot (understatement) of Rocket League, to the point that I even had a dream about it…

Still playing Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin using Proton. Works like a charm, and it's an amazing game. Steams playtime counter says 117 hours and IIRC I've not had a single crash or issue as long as I stick to x.org and not Wayland where most Vulkan applications are currently broken for me.

I plan to start Nier: Automata but I have to wait for Debian to push out Mesa 18.2 and LLVM7 because it causes GPU hangs on Mesa 18.1 and LLVM6.
pb 7 October 2018 at 11:57 am UTC
Finally playing through Rise of the Tomb Raider, after installing that additional 8GB I bought because of this game's recommended specs. ;-)
madchaotikan 7 October 2018 at 12:04 pm UTC
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I was trying hard to achieve the 3 stars in Croquembouche in Theme Two Point Hospital but finally did it on Friday.

Yesterday I started playing Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War. And will continue this later on. To the discomfort of my son because I'm not allowing him to watch. To my discomfort I now have to wait until he is in bed and sleeping.

Also I used the sale on Steam to buy all DLCs for Total War: WARHAMMER. This game will be next on my list.

Besides this I'm looking enviously at my friends playing bard's tale 4 on windows while I'm still waiting for the Linux version. :-(
on the good side is, they claimed the game to be buggy and now waiting for patches.
WorMzy 7 October 2018 at 12:08 pm UTC
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I have been playing:
Streets of Rogue - nearly unlocked all characters now. Very fun game, although the cop lock down mutator is annoying, I always get it when I'm trying to be pacifist. :/

Graveyard Keeper - pretty sure I'm almost at the end game of this now. Quests seem to build up a backlog, then when you finally progress one, it causes a chain-reaction of quest progression.

L4D2 - joined Sin for a stream and had a good couple of campaigns. L4D is always good fun, although it can become a bit of a timesink.

Beyond that, I've been replaying Legend of Zelda: Oracle of {Seasons,Ages} on my 3DS, and Spiderman on the PS4.
ziabice 7 October 2018 at 12:25 pm UTC
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About the GOG bundles: the one with Battle Chasers:Nightwar, Shadow Tactics and Kingdom Come: Deliverance works on Linux with some tweaks.

GOG offers Battle Chasers only for Windos+Mac, so you need WINE+DXVK run the game. It needs some additional video codecs to play videos (I installed the one from here http://www.cccp-project.net/), but maybe with a proper Gstreamer with -ugly and -bad plugins it should works. If I recall correcly I also installed Xact using winetricks.

Kingdom Come runs only using DXVK and copying d3dcompiler_46.dll and d3dcompiler_47.dll from "bin/Win64" to "bin/Win64Shared" (or viceversa, can't recall). Performance is good, but not stellar, I played very few minutes.

Shadow Tactics is native, I still haven't tried it.

What I'm playing this weekend? I'll kill all the remaining Nazis of Wolfenstein: The new order! ;)


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Linuxak 7 October 2018 at 1:08 pm UTC
I finished Dying Light The Following, Mad Max and R.A.G.E., now its time to finish Rise of the Tomb Raider and maybe finally Borderlands 2. Also I play Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, Titan Quest Anniversary, and I have to go back to games like: Painkiller Hell and Damnation, Observer and Dead Space. Yes, novadays Steam Play makes me crazy like the glorious never ending Dead Cells. LOL
tuubi 7 October 2018 at 1:20 pm UTC
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liamdaweThe laughs the “no tux no bux” comment got says it all, I’ve never particularly liked that saying and I’ve said numerous times before how it means nothing to developers—I think they proved my point.
It might not mean anything to developers, but it sure means a lot to me.

BTW, The Interwebs do not forget! ;)
buckysrevenge 7 October 2018 at 1:30 pm UTC
I finished playing Little Bug, a fun platformer with grappling as its main mechanic. Figured out a fun but not very useful exploit of the physics in the game where you can slingshot the character into the air for minutes at a time; unfortunately, it's hard to predict where you're going to land so it's more for amusement than anything.

I also just started playing Rumu, which recently released a Linux version. It's fun so far and runs great, although it has some problems detecting the buttons on the Steam Controller properly.
Liam Dawe 7 October 2018 at 2:05 pm UTC
tuubi
liamdaweThe laughs the “no tux no bux” comment got says it all, I’ve never particularly liked that saying and I’ve said numerous times before how it means nothing to developers—I think they proved my point.
It might not mean anything to developers, but it sure means a lot to me.

BTW, The Interwebs do not forget! ;)
I've always made jokes about the saying, i guess the winky face there wasn't clear enough ;)

I get the saying and I understand it means something to us, my point was it needed to be clearer and not sound as silly.
Lolo01 7 October 2018 at 2:51 pm UTC
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Too bad I'm stuck on a non-native game.
I played a lot of Overwatch and I like it.
I'm a little ashamed.
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