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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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Patola 14 October 2019 at 9:15 am UTC
ValckA few sour grapes though: It seems you can't get achievements with the GOG Linux version (might work on Steam, idk). Not that I care at all about achievements, but apparently they are a requirement for playing as one of the races, which sucks.
There is no such requirement, I am happy to say. Achievements do not unlock anything from gameplay in X4: Foundations.
Ardje 14 October 2019 at 9:16 am UTC
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I just powered up my bases in NMS: beyond after a hiatus, having stopped at NMS: next.
It really runs great after hitting all those upgrade barriers...
  • steam controller layout has been reworked and hence it's terrible without fixing the controller layout. Streaming it to a win2 makes the win2 gamepad layout work perfectly fine though

  • Your base needs power to be able to do anything

  • You need to upgrade your tech to be able to create power

  • You need a lot of power to power a simple base

  • For switches you need to visit the nexus, which have you confronted with real time other players....


Anyway, also doing Fortresscraft evolved again, GTA EFLC, Gay Tony, and Oxygen not included.
Patola 14 October 2019 at 9:19 am UTC
m-svoI have finished and got 100% achievements in Valley, which I got more than a year ago and dropped due to issues with controller input (I decided that the game is just too hard, I was very wrong, it`s super easy with a kb).
Wonderful game. If you enjoyed it, there are others like it like The Free Ones and A Story About My Uncle, both of which have a native linux version on Steam and go very very cheap on sales.


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m-svo 14 October 2019 at 9:25 am UTC
Patola
m-svoI have finished and got 100% achievements in Valley, which I got more than a year ago and dropped due to issues with controller input (I decided that the game is just too hard, I was very wrong, it`s super easy with a kb).
Wonderful game. If you enjoyed it, there are others like it like The Free Ones and A Story About My Uncle, both of which have a native linux version on Steam and go very very cheap on sales.
Thanks, I own them both and The Free Ones is on my soon (TM) to play list, and I dropped A Story About My Uncle because it was too hard. Hmm, looks like I need to try with a keyboard
Patola 14 October 2019 at 9:25 am UTC
ArdjeI just powered up my bases in NMS: beyond after a hiatus, having stopped at NMS: next.
It really runs great after hitting all those upgrade barriers...
  • steam controller layout has been reworked and hence it's terrible without fixing the controller layout. Streaming it to a win2 makes the win2 gamepad layout work perfectly fine though
Just use sc-controller instead of the native steam driver. It is so much better.

Ardje
  • Your base needs power to be able to do anything
Yeah but only the biofuel generator is grossly inefficient, my advice is "never use it", the solar panels are so much better specially coupled with a battery, and if you get the blueprint you can have eletromagnetic generators.

Ardje
  • You need to upgrade your tech to be able to create power

  • You need a lot of power to power a simple base

  • For switches you need to visit the nexus, which have you confronted with real time other players....
  • Awww, come on, in the nexus they cannot really do anything to you besides giving you gifts, isn't that nice? Also, the game automatically limits the amount of players in your local hub, so you never feel overcrowded (besides, there are limited landing spots for the spaceships).
    Valck 14 October 2019 at 12:28 pm UTC
    Patola
    ValckA few sour grapes though: It seems you can't get achievements with the GOG Linux version (might work on Steam, idk). Not that I care at all about achievements, but apparently they are a requirement for playing as one of the races, which sucks.
    There is no such requirement, I am happy to say. Achievements do not unlock anything from gameplay in X4: Foundations.

    Egosoft support staff seems to say otherwise, as did mod developers already shortly after X4's launch, and my personal experience backs that up. Maybe you're using the Steam version; as I said, I don't know whether that has the same issue. Or maybe you just didn't know about things because they are hidden from view.

    When you start the game, there are three options to start with – two Human characters and one Boron. Once you have finished a part of the storyline, a fourth option is supposed to become available – playing as a Teladi character.
    Only it doesn't if you didn't get an achievement validated by the DRM library, which requires either Steam, or GOG Galaxy. There is no GOG Galaxy for Linux, so no achievements, so no additional game start.
    Arehandoro 14 October 2019 at 12:44 pm UTC
    Started Pine on Friday and have put in more than 6 hours already, which isn't normal for me. Struggled the first 4 with combat, damn guards in the villages, and trying to find stuff to do. Finally, got to the first vault and loving it. The story slowly seems to unravel, leaving an effect of a fable that I quite like.

    Magi: The Gathering - Arena has also occupied most of my gaming time lately.
    Patola 14 October 2019 at 3:33 pm UTC
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    Patola
    ValckA few sour grapes though: It seems you can't get achievements with the GOG Linux version (might work on Steam, idk). Not that I care at all about achievements, but apparently they are a requirement for playing as one of the races, which sucks.
    There is no such requirement, I am happy to say. Achievements do not unlock anything from gameplay in X4: Foundations.

    Egosoft support staff seems to say otherwise, as did mod developers already shortly after X4's launch, and my personal experience backs that up. (...)

    Thanks. Hadn't read that thread. You are correct and I was wrong.
    logge 14 October 2019 at 4:09 pm UTC
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    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?
    Without mods. And without ventures.

    Edit: after reading some replies in this thread I am now aware that I don't need ventures.
    What would be cool, though, would be a NPC clothes mod that adds "Vacuum Flowers" skins to some of the NPCs - would be totally pron!


    Last edited by logge on 14 October 2019 at 4:16 pm UTC
    Orkultus 14 October 2019 at 11:36 pm UTC
    Been playing Wreckfest alot recently.
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