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What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?

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It's reader question time here on GamingOnLinux, something we do infrequently to generate a bit of discussion.

Having seen a number of great Linux releases lately, it's getting tough opening Steam and actually picking something to play. The very new release of Pine has certainly sucked away a lot of my time, something about the world Twirlbound created has seriously pulled me in. It's not without issues though. While forcing my CPU to stay in Performance mode has made it smoother, it definitely needs improving.

Some of the quests in Pine don't seem like they've been thought through enough with the game mechanics. There's a time you need to get special tokens from different types of creatures like gatherers, traders and guards. So to help you're given blueprints for some traps. Something that should be a challenge but I decided to run around the nearest town and just place traps directly in front of every creature around and in the space of 2 minutes it was done. It was really dumb but it worked.

The world in Pine is certainly not as big as it initially seemed either, it doesn't actually take that long to see the entire area. It gives a good illusion of a lot to do but so far it seems a little basic. Don't let me put you off though, I'm thoroughly nitpicking. Still great fun, just not even close to as expansive as expected.

Meanwhile, I've also carried on my playthrough of the latest Factorio release. Maddeningly engrossing. Incredible game, with such a massive amount of depth to it. The complexity isn't even remotely hidden and yet, it feels so ridiculously approachable it's a real joy to play.

Anyway, enough about what I've been clicking on lately. Over to you, what have you been playing recently and what do you think about it? Help your fellow readers find another interesting game to pick up.

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rafagars 13 October 2019 at 2:21 pm UTC
Batman Arkham Knight: I couldn't resit epic giveaway either. It runs better than expected and it's really fun.

Also Among the Sleep thanks to Celphy giveaway, short game but I like it.
TimeFreeze 13 October 2019 at 1:48 pm UTC
Monster Hunter XX ( Generation Ultimate) on the Nintendo Switch. No one said it needs to be a PC game right?
Patola 13 October 2019 at 1:53 pm UTC
denyasisStill playing elite dangerous via wine. No hiccups so far. I absolutely love old space traders like privateer, so this really is enjoyable. Dying I'd rather frustrating, but not any worse than the old games if yore.

Ps, don't know why no one ever made a star wars themed space trader. The setting would be perfect for it. Who doesn't want to be Han solo?
Apart from other games (The Witcher 3 is occupying this weekend, I want to finish it), I bought Elite: Dangerous and have been playing it with 6 different devices (mouse, keyboard, and a HOTAS kit comprised of one flight stick (Thrustmaster Warthog), one thruster (Saitek X52 Pro), one button panel (MFD F-16) and the pedals of my G29). It is an incredible visual and mechanic experience, but it tires very quickly, so I am kind of hesitant to play it (specially in Open Mode, where I am scared of losing my hard-earned ship to pirates). I have tried to configure the steam controller for it but I don't find it as gratifying as using the HOTAS, although it is much less tiresome.

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Patola 13 October 2019 at 2:00 pm UTC
NeverthelessI decided to give Pathfinder Kingmaker a pause after >150 hours, because it's so incredibly big that there is no chance to finish it anytime soon. It has very bright sides and some questionable design decisions, but was totally worth playing!
I'm now playing The long journey home on Proton. It really reminds me of one of my all time favourite games: Starflight from 1986, that I played on Amiga around 1991..
Edit: typo
Please convince me to like this game (Pathfinder Kingmaker), expand your impressions. I want to like it but so far I've seen some gameplays and it seemed boring, with lots and lots of windows and inventory and skills management, and very few environments, all very much alike, and generic fights. I want to be proven wrong, you can insult me if it helps.

Also I took a glance at The long journey home. Look amazing, although it does not have a good rating on Steam but I have learned to be skeptical about this rating anyway. Can you tell more?

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Nanobang 13 October 2019 at 2:04 pm UTC
I've been trying to get into something new for the last few months, but to no avail. On the plus side, I have been (very, very) slowly winnowing down my backlog of games. In the last month or so I have played:

  • Ostrich Island: I was enjoying this well enough in the beginning, but became bored when the action moved off of the titular island and into a series of poorly illuminated dungeon hallways. I left after 6 hours.

  • Payday 2: For a few hours with a friend, but after 2K hours on Steam and about as many on the X360 before that, I'm pretty played out with this.

  • King Oddball: A super chill physics game where you play as the aforementioned monarch---a giant, floating orb with a face and Gene Simmons' tongue---conquering your enemies by flinging boulders onto them. I play it often, if never for very long.

  • *Rombie: Phroot's latest open world robot joint. Similar to his excellent XX89 trilogy, but dingy, monotonous, and unrewarding. I gave it 4 hours before uninstalling it with a sigh.

  • 3089 and 4089: The first two games of Phroot's delightful XX89 series, neither of which would run from their initial launcher.

  • Runic Rampage: Played it all the way through and (finally) beat the end-boss, which was the real victory here. Not because it was particularly hard, but because I tend to find boss battles immensely tedious, frustrating excercises in pattern recognition. Nevertheless, a fun enough hack-n-slash-lite game spoilt only by the 'Dash' button being a common button used in attack combos. Instead of 'dashing' at or away from enemies, I often found myself walloping the ground with a bloody huge axe for no rhyme or reason.

  • Jettomero: This is one of the most unique looking games I've ever played. Unfortunately, the game has a number of issues centered on controls which render using a Steampad as anything but an Xbox controller simply moot. I may get back to it at somepoint.

  • Everything: A delightful experience peppered with mind-blowing sound bites of Alan Watts lectures. After 2 hours, though I hadn't seen everything, I'd seen enough. I stopped playing and began downloading Alan Watts lectures from Youtube.

  • Insignificant: I bought it and returned it all within a few hours. I've no idea how good the game is or isn't. It appears to be one of the most imaginatively conceived games ever, but it sees the Steam Controller as a gamepad. Full stop. I use a Steam Controller mapped with keyboard + mouse for all FPS games and the inability to get Insignificant to accept this meant asking for and getting a refund.

  • Bard's Tale: I downloaded it last night but haven't played it yet. Here's hoping.

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Patola 13 October 2019 at 2:31 pm UTC
loggeX4 - even though some quests appear to be a bit buggy. It has a great depth, and kept me busy 90 hours, so far.

Compared to X2 it is more easy to progress and make money, so it's up to me how fast I want to be magnate or lay more importance into better know the whole universe.
Do you play it with or without mods? Do you use ventures?
axredneck 13 October 2019 at 2:40 pm UTC
Stalker: Shadows of Chernobyl with "Тайные Тропы 2" mod. Very long mod, longer than original game.
jumbles83 13 October 2019 at 3:53 pm UTC
Recently completed Sundered which was a fantastic platformer from Thunder Lotus (who also made the brilliant and beautiful Jotun). Periods of exploration interspersed with manic intense combat in a cleverly crafted world, with unlockable combat skills to make your escape from the Eldritch abyss that little bit easier. Some great boss fights too that really show off the games mechanics.

Also love Pillars Of Eternity II, recently went to try the new(ish) turn-based mod the devs released but couldn't get into it with my Wizard (and I absolutely love turn-based games), would be interested to hear anyone's thoughts about the turn-based gameplay. Shame Obsidian were bought by Microsoft too, I also wonder if this will impact in any way their support for Linux...
aokami 13 October 2019 at 4:53 pm UTC
Hi there!

I usually don't think my gaming experience is relevant, though I'm quite proud about my latest doings.

First of all I finally finished all achievements of Portal 2 including the co-op ones, and for which I'd like to thank Valve for their transparent cross-platform system (can't be perfect, my friend was on windows). Yet Valve really have been involved in developing native Linux versions, shootout to them!

Then I finished XCom: enemy unknown, great game, a bit stressful as you play against the clock while trying to keep tour base afloat. Great port, nothing more to say, and I'd like to thank Feral Interactive for that!

Then I could finally come back on my favourite mmorpg, Guild Wars 2, thanks to a custom installer found on the forums, as the Lutris install script didn't perform that well, though it's only some tweaking steps away to actually make it into an install script. Shootout to the gw2 community and the D9VK developers!

Ultimately I managed to have a massive laugh out of a Star Citizen mining expedition with the LUG organization/community on the latest 3.7.0 updatw. The game is promising and its performance on Linux are quite decent. I kept crashing for a couple of hours but once all my shaders were compiled them game was stable and ran smoothly (I have a 7 years old AMD FX8350). Anyway, the LUG community recently managed to figured out the black texture issue people were experiencing from the RC patches (called PTU). Shootout to the community and everyone that's making possible, from the wine developers to dxvk and but also Lutris!

Thank you guys!

PS: this signs my Solus treason to the profit of Manjaro adoption.
ghiuma 13 October 2019 at 5:16 pm UTC
For now I play with (almost only Steam play) Pine, Resident evil 2, Greedfall and Fallout 4 ... Beautiful!
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