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

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It's question time once again, time to tell the world what you've been playing and let us know if it's worth getting.

I've actually been really enjoying Sid Meier's Civilization VI with the new expansion, it's far more addictive than I originally thought. While I previously got bored with it after a few rounds, that's no longer the case.

The disasters system with climate change adds so much to the game to seriously make it that much more interesting. Soon my English army shall take over what's left of the world…

In regards to the performance of the port (which isn't great in the later game), Aspyr Media did say this on Reddit:

The answer is actually not technical, but simply bandwidth. Frankly, it was a valentines miracle to get Linux out along-side Windows in a playable state that we were happy with AND cross platform. There will be time for optimizations once the dust settles, and we will continue to optimize for as long as we work on the product. For Civ V, that was years.

As for other games, I still can't pull myself away from Rocket League. Now that I have a few hundred hours in it, the amount of tricks I can pull off is increasing all the time, once you get to grips with some aerial maneuvers the game certainly opens up a bit.

Another shout out to Streets of Rogue, still one of my absolute favourite indie games. The amount of time I'be put into this is nuts. Probably one of the funniest games I've ever played with friends. Absolutely check it out if you haven't and do have a look at our video of it!

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Arehandoro 18 February 2019 at 2:10 pm UTC
wvstolzing
scaineThe Witcher 2 put me off The Witcher 3. Having to drink potions before certain fights to have any chance of success is just a horrible gameplay mechanic.

That's one of my favorite things, though; because it adds an element of strategy into the combat, and also motivates the player to read the codex, to get an idea as to which signs & oils & potions are effective with what type of enemy. Since in-lore a witcher is supposed to have encyclopedic knowledge of such matters, having to do this kind of preparation deepens the role playing aspect a bit.

In any case, in easier difficulties one can pretty much ignore potions & alchemy; so there's a way to bypass that, if you don't enjoy it.

My exact thoughts on this too
emptythevoid 18 February 2019 at 2:36 pm UTC
I've been getting (sucked) back into Stardew Valley again, as well as Sunless Skies. Had a couple of issues with Sunless Skies, but they were easy fixes. Really liking it!
Patola 18 February 2019 at 3:46 pm UTC
So many people playing Witcher via proton! I thought I was alone on that. Bought it recently, started the campaign in the second-most difficult setting, loving it so far, 60h in the game and I didn't even get to act 2 - to be frank I haven't even traveled to Skellige yet, because I am trying to complete all side quests to properly enjoy the stories.
Mohandevir 18 February 2019 at 3:48 pm UTC
wvstolzingIn any case, in easier difficulties one can pretty much ignore potions & alchemy; so there's a way to bypass that, if you don't enjoy it.

Since I'm a "fealty casual", that's exactly what I do. Not a fan of Darksouls like battles.
I confirm. No need for potions and alchemy to get through a full run.

Personnally, I'm trying to figure out a way of removing my computer from my living room and use the Steam Link app on my android box (iptv)... Unfortunately performances are not stable. There are games like Shadow of Mordor and Mad Max that are stuttering like hell and there are games like Witcher 3 and Bioshock Infinite that runs like champs... Go figure.

This said, Witcher 3 on my cell phone, in 720p, with a steam controller phone mount is just awesome. A little small, but awesome.
Linuxak 18 February 2019 at 3:58 pm UTC
DUSK - awesome, super fun, oldschool, back in time throwback, highly recommended if you like oldschool FPS... btw: Look! I found a secret!
Bioshock 1 Remastered - I never played before linux. It works, its fun, kind of wierd.
Diablo 3 - ehm, really?
Dark Souls 3 - YOU DIED

And because I love "the true" RTS, especially Command and Conquer series, I play:
Red Alert 3, C and C 3, and of course Generals. What a nostalgia!

(Shame on me, only one true linux game in this short list. Hm, maybe next time.)
stretch611 18 February 2019 at 5:08 pm UTC
voyager2102
  • Particle Fleet: Emergence - being a HUGE fan of Creeper World III I just had to play this. What should I say - played through the campaign in one day... probably not going to play it again since while it is not a bad game it is just so much less than Creeper World 3.

I enjoyed Particle Fleet, but yes, I also agree that Creeper World 3 was better.

Good News, the devs at Knuckle Cracker currently have Creeper World 4 in development. It is essentially a 3d version of Creeper World 3. While linux is not listed on the Steam Page, I believe I read somewhere that they said that being a unity game, that they will bring it to linux.

Edit: According to the developer's website it is planned to come to Linux, just no guarantee until they start testing it more.
QuoteNo, it just means I’ve not fully tested the current build on Linux and I like to be conservative with what I say. I have tested some on linux, and it is working for the most part (in opengl3.3). I have not tested using Vulkan, etc. It’s my intention to release on Linux, I just can’t say with 99.9% certainty yet that I will, hence leaving it off the store page for the present.


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Dunc 18 February 2019 at 5:18 pm UTC
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DuncI played TW1 after TW2, and never actually completed TW2 on the PC (I got almost to the end and thought, “Yeah, I remember what happens now. That'll do.”), so I don't have a proper “history” of saves.

TW3 works around that, by asking your what choices you made in the past (it's built into the story). If you provide a save, that part is skipped.
Yes, I noticed that. But it would be nice to have a complete run. I'll probably get round to it someday...
no_information_here 18 February 2019 at 6:09 pm UTC
g000h- I don't like to uninstall a game until I've completed it, and now I'm racking up about 40 installed games and practically zero completions.
- A lot of the time, I'm keen to have relatively casual entertainment when gaming, and find that often games are set up to be frustratingly difficult.
- Going somewhat in hand with the previous grievance, I'm irritated by games requiring excessive numbers of controls. Quite often I'm having keyboard fumbles and not able to change weapon or swap mode or whatever. It's not so bad if the game is slow, but if it is a twitch-shooter like Serious Sam, where you need to make key presses as fast as possible, well - Not happy.
- If I leave a game for a while, then I forget the story, where I've got to, and get disinclined to go back into it again. That accounts for about 30 of my 40 installed titles.
This all sounds very familiar! I can't speak for others, but I think getting older makes me less tolerant of frustrating games. Also, I am spoiled for choice so it is very easy just to move on to something else. In the "old days" I would never leave a game unfinished. Fight to the bitter end, even if I wasn't really enjoying it...

Forgetting storylines just means I have to play only 1 or 2 games at at time, until completion (or abandonment). I also have to wait for a solid stretch of time when I can actually play so that my memory doesn't get interrupted.


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Mohandevir 18 February 2019 at 6:51 pm UTC
no_information_here
g000h- I don't like to uninstall a game until I've completed it, and now I'm racking up about 40 installed games and practically zero completions.
- A lot of the time, I'm keen to have relatively casual entertainment when gaming, and find that often games are set up to be frustratingly difficult.
- Going somewhat in hand with the previous grievance, I'm irritated by games requiring excessive numbers of controls. Quite often I'm having keyboard fumbles and not able to change weapon or swap mode or whatever. It's not so bad if the game is slow, but if it is a twitch-shooter like Serious Sam, where you need to make key presses as fast as possible, well - Not happy.
- If I leave a game for a while, then I forget the story, where I've got to, and get disinclined to go back into it again. That accounts for about 30 of my 40 installed titles.
This all sounds very familiar! I can't speak for others, but I think getting older makes me less tolerant of frustrating games. Also, I am spoiled for choice so it is very easy just to move on to something else. In the "old days" I would never leave a game unfinished. Fight to the bitter end, even if I wasn't really enjoying it...

Forgetting storylines just means I have to play only 1 or 2 games at at time, until completion (or abandonment). I also have to wait for a solid stretch of time when I can actually play so that my memory doesn't get interrupted.

All of this is the reason why I play the first run of all my games on the easiest setting and then adjust accordingly. I don't have enough play time to waste an hour on a single combat or puzzle that require too much reflexes.
Mohandevir 18 February 2019 at 7:03 pm UTC
An0nx3nMetro Exodus... Awesome game, using Steam/Proton on Fedora 29.

Sweet!

https://www.protondb.com/app/412020

Waiting for 2020...


Last edited by Mohandevir at 18 February 2019 at 7:11 pm UTC
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