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What have you been playing on Linux lately and what do you think?

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Well now, it's been quite some time since I asked a direct question to my readers. Here we are once again, as I open up the floor to you.

What have you been playing on Linux lately and what do you think about it?

Personally, I've been testing out Sudden Strike 4 which releases with day-1 Linux support tomorrow. I'm going to be livestreaming a preview of it in about 10 minutes on our Twitch channel. So far, so good and I will have more thorough thoughts on it at release! Remember to keep an eye on the sidebar, as it list the next livestream and this page where you can see our schedule.

I also decided to dive in at the deep end with The Long Dark story mode, but I have to say so far it seems quite disappointing. The story feels a little boring and some of the mechanics have been annoying me quite a lot. I've lost a few campfires that I desperately needed trying to go to the pause menu quickly, but instead it just stops making my campfire — annoying. I will have more thoughts to share when I've finished the first episode, the sandbox mode is great though.

Also, a shout out to the Putt-Putt games, as my son recently completed Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo in an hour, with very little help. He loves it, so if you have kids and they might like short adventure games I highly recommend the series.
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Furor 10 August 2017 at 12:07 pm UTC
Mostly Eve Online with the unofficial official launcher (that uses Wine), also:

-7 Days to Die
-CS:GO
-Pillars of Eternity expansions
-I would have been playing to Rocketbirds if crossplatform coop don't failed totally (and now I couldn't get a reimbursement as I tested after two weeks of bought it)


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FredO 10 August 2017 at 12:07 pm UTC
Overlord (I had this in my library for ages, but finally decided to give it a go - and what a great game! 20 hours in and I'm nearing the end. The port has been completely stable, but keyboard and Steam Controller support are a mess. I played with a XB360 controller, which works fine).

Divinity Orignal Sin (Playing local co-op split-screen. What a great RPG and another solid port).

X-Plane 11 (As a long-term Flight Simmer, this release really is the best I've tried for General Aviation to date, and they have great plans over the next months/years including VR support).
Guppy 10 August 2017 at 12:09 pm UTC
Minecraft pocket edition ( though with the 1.2 update I suppose it's just 'Minecraft' now ), although playing is perhaps overstating it I seem to spend most of my time on trying to make the mcpelauncher easier to compile for newbies xD

Also I've been trying ( and failing ) to get Blood bowl 2 running on wine


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Whitewolfe80 10 August 2017 at 12:12 pm UTC
Xcom 2 love the game and looking forward to the last of the dlc

Dishonored via Wine works perfectly

Mad Max still making my way through the game almost finished it

Also hoping that feral get the go ahead to port Total Warhammer 2


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nevvy 10 August 2017 at 12:22 pm UTC
- Avorion - pretty engaging, at least in the first hours. Guess it's only getting boring from there on.
- Interplanetary - okay, but feels like it's lacking something.
- Broforce - fun and destruction with a horrible netcode and most bugs I've seen in the past five years.
- Don't Starve Together - still a cute coop survival.
Restmensch 10 August 2017 at 12:26 pm UTC
GuppyAlso I've been trying ( and failing ) to get Blood bowl 2 running on wine

It would be great if you succeeded. Bloodbowl 2 is one of the games I would actually run on wine.

I'm playing some Rocket League and try to find the time to finish Shadows of Mordor.


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omer666 10 August 2017 at 12:30 pm UTC
- Played recently: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
That game took me quite some time because I focused a lot on side quests (the best part of the game) and all three DLCs. I'm really not disappointed and I consider it to be very close to the quality of the first Deus Ex.

- Now playing: Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III
I really enjoyed DaW II last year, and despite what many people state on the Web, I think the third installment is really great. The mix between DoW I and DoW II works nicely, unit management is less messy than in Retribution - yet less tactical. It's focused on really different parts of gameplay compared to the first two games, but what it does, it does really well. Each unit fills its own role and positioning on the map is crucial.
Eike 10 August 2017 at 12:33 pm UTC
I'm playing Detention. It reminds my of Cat Lady: Rough optics, very dark atmosphere and not great gameplay-wise. But while I stopped playing Cat Lady after half an hour or so, I'm continuing with Detention. I fear I won't get all those arty dark scenes, though. Which is probably my fault.


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mcphail 10 August 2017 at 12:41 pm UTC
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The kids have been off school for the summer, so it has been mostly local multiplayer games.

We finished Trine 2 quite early in the holidays. We found it had begun to outstay its welcome: the final 3rd suffered from a lot of repetition of puzzles. Overall, we enjoyed it but were certainly a bit "Trined-out" by the end.

Next up was Broforce. This was a lot of fun, and everyone could grasp the mechanics and contribute easily. The game itself is a bit short and far too buggy. I don't think I've ever seen so many CTDs on a Linux game. Nevertheless, it was hugely enjoyable.

After this, we tried Move or Die. This wasn't nearly as much fun as we expected. Having watched the trailers, we expected a riot of game styles, skins and characters. However, the local multiplayer experience doesn't give XP or unlocks. It all felt a bit flat, and we gave up after a couple of evenings.

River City Ransom: Underground was next on the list. We hated it. Repetitive and opaque, and the multiplayer felt like a hindrance rather than a help with a lot of the fighting happening off screen.

Finally, we relented and installed Trine 3. It's very half-baked. The 3d platforming is a mess and it is far too easy to lose a character off camera. It is disappointing to see that some puzzles can now be solved by having everyone change into the same character. That loses some of the fun of Trine (e.g. "how are we going to get the wizard across there?" ). But it looks pretty, and has been more fun than we expected.

So, the order of preference has been: Broforce, Trine2, Trine3, Move or Die, and with RCR:U a very distant last. Any other suggestions for local multiplayer games?
Eike 10 August 2017 at 12:44 pm UTC
mcphailAny other suggestions for local multiplayer games?

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