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

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It's been quite some time since we last had an open discussion about what you've all been playing recently. Let's get things going again.

We've almost finished the second month of 2020, we've had tons of Linux games that have released this year already and a huge amount more on the way. Now with the rise of game streaming, Steam Play Proton and more options appearing constantly there's never a shortage of gaming to be had.

Personally, I've been getting back into the deck-builder Faeria (Humble/Steam).

With the big recent patch, it gave me a new reason to pick it up and I had honestly forgotten just how good the gameplay is. Building the board as you go really does spice up the usual turn-based tactics, as does the single-player content that's quite plentiful. Gamepad support that was recently added has also made it more accessible than ever. Crafting a good deck of cards is always the hard part but Faeria is fun to learn.

So, over to you: what have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?

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Feist 24 February 2020 at 11:50 am UTC
Played through Kingdom Come: Deliverance sometime around christmas/new year, wonderful game that made it impossible for me to play "ordinary" rpgs for a little while afterwards, I wish there were a ton of similar rpgs focused on realism and historical or contemporary accuracy.

After that I went through Wolfenstein II: The New Collossus, a decent shooter but it felt pretty bleak compare to New Order/Old Blood.

Then I played through Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, both were decently good but not quite up to the level of the original.

Currently I'm playing Fallout 4 and have finished it with one faction but plan to do the rest as well. This was a little better than expected, not nearly the quality of New Vegas but still a game worth playing.

In other words, lots of "Proton Activity" in my gaming, I think the last native game I played was Shadow of the Tomb Raider back in November.
tonR 24 February 2020 at 1:18 pm UTC
No time to playing any game. 2 days and 2 nights (and still counting) non-stop watching our "political soap-opera" marathon (and no sign this "episode" will be ended).
Pangaea 24 February 2020 at 1:18 pm UTC
Late to the party at 9 pages, but recently I've played The Witcher 3 modded with Ghost Mode. Great fun, and a lot more challenging than the vanilla game.

Before that I had a long stint with Stardew Valley.
kokoko3k 24 February 2020 at 1:18 pm UTC
Finally enjoying (a lot) Shadow tactics:Blades of the shogun and Stardew Valley.
The first is absolutely appealing, on the second one.. i can't say yet if i'll continue playing for much longer.
jumbles83 24 February 2020 at 1:20 pm UTC
Yakuza 0 via Proton has been great. Runs perfectly and a lot of weird and wild fun to play. Learned some great tips for becoming a cult-infiltrating karaoke-loving rockstar-promoting dominatrix-training environment-smashing ex-gangster.

Just finished Ori And The Bĺind Forest (also via Proton) which was a challenging platformer with a compelling story, plays well with Steam Controller (as do most platformers).

GRIS via Proton was also a beautifully compelling puzzle/platformer art game, shame that on Proton the end scene doesn't play though.

Still struggling to complete Hollow Knight 60 hours in; superb game and loving the challenge but I'm just not very good at it...

On the basis of previous GOL recommendations:
Basingstoke is a challenging zombie survival crafting stealth roguelike cute Britishness mayhem of a game. Not quite the Souls-like experience from dying where there's a learning process, as your deaths are typically either plain dumb or just mundane, but still lots of fun to play in bursts.
Attack Of The Earthlings was a fun take on the alien invasion trope with a smattering of Borderlands/Portal humour in turn-based action. Would love to play more humour-laden games if anyone has recommendations.
Dunc 24 February 2020 at 2:20 pm UTC
Fallout 4. I dunno. I tend to agree with Shamus Young: it's a decent enough game, but it's not Fallout. I came to the series with F3, but even in that game I could see that Bethesda's take on it doesn't make sense. It's 200 years after the bombs fell. Who are these feckless morons who haven't even cleared away the skeletons from the buildings they're living in? Sheesh. And after the Big Plot Twist (which I won't give away, although you can see it coming a mile off), I kind of lost interest in the main questline. There's certainly plenty of other stuff to busy yourself with though, and I thought Far Harbor was surprisingly good. They should have made that the main game.

I bought South Park: The Stick of Truth over the weekend, on sale. (For the price of a sandwich, as Ross Scott - Freeman's Mind, etc. - puts it. It's a good way of looking at it, I think. ) So far, I'm seeing Costume Quest with fart jokes. Sounds good to me.

And slightly OT, because it's about as far from Linux as it gets, but for some reason I found myself going back to Mirror's Edge, Rez HD, OutRun Online Arcade (offline these days, of course), and Space Giraffe on the XBox 360 yesterday afternoon. I hate to admit it because, well, Microsoft, but that's definitely my favourite console of all time. It just is.
Dunc 24 February 2020 at 2:27 pm UTC
kaimanI kinda wish for a steering wheel and pedals (my old set has long since been trashed), but it seems an excessive investment for just one game, so a gamepad must make do.
Oh, I hear you. I mean, for me it would be F1, Project Cars and Dirt Rally. And I'd probably end up playing them more than I do now. So I'd get a lot of use out of them. But it's still a lot of money to sink into what is, when all's said and done, a toy.
mahagr 24 February 2020 at 3:11 pm UTC
I've been playing Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Proton 5). I got it from a bundle and I totally ignored it as not being interesting until someone said that I should play it.

Yup, it has to be one of the best games I've ever played and it runs just fine in Linux as long I don't torture myself with ultra high quality on 4K (runs fine on tweaked high settings with HD texture DLC). I've had to kill the game twice as it got stuck, but I guess it would have had the same bug also in Windows...

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g000h 24 February 2020 at 3:49 pm UTC
OrkultusBeen playing Dying Light recently. It had been a while since i tried it, and after i started it up, i noticed that the performance had gotten way way better. I am also loving this new story mode feature.

Out of interest, are you playing the native Linux version or forcing the Windows version to play using Proton?
TheReaperUK 24 February 2020 at 4:55 pm UTC
TheReaperUKAnd also Terminator: Resistance (Proton)
What do you think of that title so far? Videos I've seen of gameplay have been mixed...

I like it and am on my 4th run though of the game, It's running always at 60hz with v-sync on with all graphics options cracked right up on my I7-6700 and RTX 2060, also it has never crashed and runs great.

Gameplay wish it's a little like Dying Light with out the Parkour or big open world levels, You got lock-picking, search for stuff to trade, search for stuff to craft with, Skill levels to upgrade, also terminator weapons can be upgraded with special chips you get from killing robots, Stealth bits, and shoot lots of robots.

Mission based levels with side mission and also you can explore to find more stuff to trade/craft/ammo/etc.

Graphics do the job but could have been better, NPC models are some what hit or miss at some animation parts plus as other have said on steam the eye's are so big, but if you want a light version of dying light but with robots and no parkour and love terminator 1 and 2 (the game is set between the 2 movies) then you may like it.
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