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What have you been playing and what are your thoughts?

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It's been a while since I last asked and plenty of games have been released or updated since then. Let's get talking.

For me, the usual Rocket League has been played a lot recently. Especially with the new in-game event going on, the Spike Rush game mode (video) is a huge amount of fun and it's pretty ridiculous. Even the normal game modes continue to keep the game as my #1, it's gotten to the point where I'm attempting all sorts of insane goals. It's still free to try until tomorrow at 5PM UTC with a 50% off sale on Steam.

Plenty more Dota Underlords as well of course, I'm absolutely terrible at it but it's also stupidly engrossing. I like that I can quickly go for a toilet break or to grab a drink when needed, since you don't have to be at your PC during the battles if you have to run for a minute.

Apart from that, Eagle Island continues to pull plenty of my attention. Such a sweet game and really quite a challenge at times. I've especially enjoyed jumping into the Roguelite mode to continue playing after the story is all done.

I also let the mini-me try out Bastion, while it's not a game I personally enjoy as I find the narrator a little irritating, he seems to love it on the more casual game mode and he's getting surprisingly good at it.

Do let everyone know what you've been playing and if it's worth picking up in the comments.

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kaiman 15 July 2019 at 6:36 pm UTC
GrabbyI've just finished Firewatch. I quite liked it, the writing and voice acting are excellent (even if the ending is a bit anticlimatic...), so it's definitely a recommendation if you like story-focused games in the same vein as Tacoma or Life is Strange.
I loved Firewatch, as I could absolutely relate to the main character. I only ever watched a bit of gameplay footage of Life is Strange, and all it did for me was make me feel old and shake my head about those silly teens with their funny language and odd problems.

Firewatch on the other hand felt like it has been made for my age group :-). So I am very much looking forward to In the Valley of Gods. Given that Campo Santo have been absorbed by Valve, I'd hope that this will also be a native Linux title.
Nezchan 15 July 2019 at 7:07 pm UTC
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AcrophobicI've been playing Terraria lately. I've never played sandbox game before but I've heard many good thing about it. Since it was dirt cheap on last sale, I bought it. Unfortunately, I don't really like it, but somehow I can't stop playing it.

Exactly how I would describe my time with Terraria. I would even give it a the status of great game, if it wasn't for the shitty control mechanics.

I tried Terraria recently, and seriously could not get into it. Partly because of the terrible control setup (crafting especially), but partly because you can't really play it without a wiki open in another window. I think it's okay if you're playing with other, more experienced players who can show you where the fun things are at, but solo it's nothing to write home about.

So I went back to Crea, which I've had for quite a while, and found it's much more fun to play. Same concept, but a bit more cohesive and more interesting combat and crafting. It's got more of an RPG focus and a lot more quality of life stuff (like a skill to detect minerals so you're not just randomly digging for hours on end).
Plintslîcho 16 July 2019 at 5:54 pm UTC
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PlintslîchoBattlefield Bad Company 2. This is the first Battlefield game that I've played and I still think it's one of the best multiplayer FPS. No other game like it. Unfortunately, Punkbuster isn't working properly in Wine, so, sadly, no multiplayer. =(
Playing this through Proton multiplayer this game works fine for me

Yeah, maybe that's a Steam/Proton thing. I have the retail version installed in Wine-staging and I've tried everything I could think of to make the game work with Punkbuster. But as soon as I install the latter, BFBC2 will freeze with a white screen right at startup.

iiariI think I've decided that the Battlefields are my favorite FPS so far. Sure, Insurgency is more realistic and nail biting, and the COD series is faster paced action, but the Battlefields have the best mix of realism and gaming (it's supposed to be fun in the end) and its degree of immersion in the environment is just unmatched.

True. I didn't like Battlefield when it was first released. As I've mentioned already, Bad Company 2 was my first Battlefield and I kind of had a love-hate relationship with it. But now I'm really missing it and I'd love to play some multiplayer again. There simply is no other multiplayer game like Battlefield.
iiari 16 July 2019 at 9:55 pm UTC
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PlintslîchoBut now I'm really missing it and I'd love to play some multiplayer again. There simply is no other multiplayer game like Battlefield.
If you have the retail version, run it through the Lutris launcher instead and use Proton as the runner rather than Wine-Staging. Maybe MP will work for you that way. Or maybe try running it through the Steam launcher itself if that doesn't work. The MP is worth tinkering for...
DaiKaiser93 19 July 2019 at 7:36 am UTC
on_en_a_grosNo problem, I will keep you abreast if I find something interesting when I test it.

Just finished the game on Linux Mint 19.1 turns out some cutscenes play without subtitles.
Example; in the first cutscene when you start the game and the one starting the epilogue are supossed to have text but it does not appear, just realized after I missed the entire big bad's monologue.


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on_en_a_gros 20 July 2019 at 11:56 am UTC
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on_en_a_grosNo problem, I will keep you abreast if I find something interesting when I test it.

Just finished the game on Linux Mint 19.1 turns out some cutscenes play without subtitles.
Example; in the first cutscene when you start the game and the one starting the epilogue are supossed to have text but it does not appear, just realized after I missed the entire big bad's monologue.

I just tried the first level on manjaro and all seemed to work out of the box, but keep in mind that I have the steam version and in an Nvidia GPU.


Last edited by on_en_a_gros at 20 July 2019 at 12:04 pm UTC
DaiKaiser93 20 July 2019 at 12:48 pm UTC
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DaiKaiser93
on_en_a_grosNo problem, I will keep you abreast if I find something interesting when I test it.

Just finished the game on Linux Mint 19.1 turns out some cutscenes play without subtitles.
Example; in the first cutscene when you start the game and the one starting the epilogue are supossed to have text but it does not appear, just realized after I missed the entire big bad's monologue.

I just tried the first level on manjaro and all seemed to work out of the box, but keep in mind that I have the steam version and in an Nvidia GPU.

Did the intro in the elevator had red subtitles?

If so, I guess we can pin the problems with some incompatibility with mesa.

Either way, thank you so much for the time you took to test the game.


Last edited by DaiKaiser93 at 20 July 2019 at 12:49 pm UTC
on_en_a_gros 20 July 2019 at 2:49 pm UTC
DaiKaiser93
on_en_a_gros
DaiKaiser93
on_en_a_grosNo problem, I will keep you abreast if I find something interesting when I test it.

Just finished the game on Linux Mint 19.1 turns out some cutscenes play without subtitles.
Example; in the first cutscene when you start the game and the one starting the epilogue are supossed to have text but it does not appear, just realized after I missed the entire big bad's monologue.

I just tried the first level on manjaro and all seemed to work out of the box, but keep in mind that I have the steam version and in an Nvidia GPU.

Did the intro in the elevator had red subtitles?

If so, I guess we can pin the problems with some incompatibility with mesa.

Either way, thank you so much for the time you took to test the game.

No problem.
Yes everything worked like intended, the intro the cutscene and the menu tutorial after the first level.
Good luck if you keep investigating.
igimenez 26 July 2019 at 12:33 am UTC
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AcrophobicI've been playing Terraria lately. I've never played sandbox game before but I've heard many good thing about it. Since it was dirt cheap on last sale, I bought it. Unfortunately, I don't really like it, but somehow I can't stop playing it.

Exactly how I would describe my time with Terraria. I would even give it a the status of great game, if it wasn't for the shitty control mechanics.

I tried Terraria recently, and seriously could not get into it. Partly because of the terrible control setup (crafting especially), but partly because you can't really play it without a wiki open in another window. I think it's okay if you're playing with other, more experienced players who can show you where the fun things are at, but solo it's nothing to write home about.

So I went back to Crea, which I've had for quite a while, and found it's much more fun to play. Same concept, but a bit more cohesive and more interesting combat and crafting. It's got more of an RPG focus and a lot more quality of life stuff (like a skill to detect minerals so you're not just randomly digging for hours on end).

Well, but i think that part of the fun of the game is to discover all the strangers things that are in the giant map. When i start playing i was very confused about what to do, and i think; "well, i'm going to dig a hole to the bottom of the world" and when i found all the tunnels, and creatures there, i was amazed. And just continue exploring for hours. Later i take a look to the wiki, and craft some things, but just the necessary to survive and go deeper
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