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Wipeout-inspired racer BallisticNG now has Linux support

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For those who remember Wipeout, the fast-paced futuristic racer you will probably want to take a close look at BallisticNG [Official Site] now it has Linux support. Released alongside update 0.9.4 that also added SteamVR support, which is the last Early Access version of the game. 

BallisticNG features 17 tracks set in unique locations, with a bunch of them being reversible, 13 different teams each with their own different racer, in-game pickups like mines, 6 different game modes, a single-player campaign as well as split-screen support.

The developer, Neognosis, was kind enough to send over a Steam key so I've been having a play with it. Surprisingly, it really does feel like Wipeout, I think they've hit the exact mark they were going for. It feels incredibly fast, it has good gamepad support with my Steam Controller working right out of the box too.

I think my favourite feature is the cockpit view, as each ship has a unique cockpit and what they did with the audio there to try and make it sound authentic is pretty sweet. I actually found it easier to control the ship while in the cockpit mode as well, as they really are crazy fast it takes quite a lot of practice.

For those thinking that it doesn't look graphically impressive, that's part of the point. They really are emulating the feel of the classics, although there are a few effects you can turn on if you wish. 

In terms of performance, not a single issue. It's super smooth and responsive, exactly how it should be done.

Find it on Steam, it's only £3.99 and that's crazy.

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Geppeto35 24 April 2018 at 9:37 am UTC
instabuy!
We need a P.O.D. rebirth!! Best racer EVER!
Planet Of Death
logge 24 April 2018 at 10:35 am UTC
I'll buy that for sure! But we also need a High Octane rebirth!
pb 24 April 2018 at 11:29 am UTC
Ah, I hoped that BeamNG.drive will be next, but it's a different team. Wishlisted all the same. ;-)
g000h 24 April 2018 at 12:01 pm UTC
Thinking about this. I quite like the look of the Redout game, but that's only on Windows (ack) whereas this fulfils the Linux preference. Used to really like Wipeout. Does this play really nicely? Probably check out some game-play videos later.
Keyrock 24 April 2018 at 12:12 pm UTC
I'll almost certainly get this once it comes out of early access.
axredneck 24 April 2018 at 12:30 pm UTC
Size of the game in Steam is 0 bytes.
And strangely it's in my library though i didn't buy it.


Last edited by axredneck at 24 April 2018 at 12:32 pm UTC
Doc Angelo 24 April 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
axredneckSize of the game in Steam is 0 bytes.
And strangely it's in my library though i didn't buy it.

Even more strange: It's not visible in my library, yet the store page says I own it. It doesn't turn up in my purchase history, neither Steam nor HumbleBundle. When I click "Play Now", it installs it within a second and can't be started because of "missing executable". (Note: Just tried this on Windows because I'm on that partition right now.)

Apart from that: Looks nice and the soundtrack reminds me of the good old 90ies tracks. Nice one! I really want to buy it... if I don't already own it. Well... I kinda wish that I don't own it yet, because such projects need financial support!

Edit: There is a Swordfish II model on the workshop... I can't not buy this...!!!


Last edited by Doc Angelo at 24 April 2018 at 3:20 pm UTC
maydn 24 April 2018 at 4:28 pm UTC
axredneckSize of the game in Steam is 0 bytes.
And strangely it's in my library though i didn't buy it.

Doc AngeloEven more strange: It's not visible in my library, yet the store page says I own it. It doesn't turn up in my purchase history, neither Steam nor HumbleBundle. When I click "Play Now", it installs it within a second and can't be started because of "missing executable". (Note: Just tried this on Windows because I'm on that partition right now.)

Apart from that: Looks nice and the soundtrack reminds me of the good old 90ies tracks. Nice one! I really want to buy it... if I don't already own it. Well... I kinda wish that I don't own it yet, because such projects need financial support!

Edit: There is a Swordfish II model on the workshop... I can't not buy this...!!!

Double check in your game licenses: https://store.steampowered.com/account/licenses/ -- You'll need to remove that copy and then buy the game.

There's a thread in the discussions: https://steamcommunity.com/app/473770/discussions/0/3288067088110182595/#c3288067088119073404

I don't remember it, but I had a copy from June 2017.

After buying the game, it shows up in my games list and I can install and run it (it's about 1.6GB).

Runs really well (only tested out the custom races so far) and really feels like Wipeout, love it! You can even switch to a fake 240p mode if you hate yourself.
Doktor_Mandrake 24 April 2018 at 9:50 pm UTC
Oh man, I had already been playing this on linux previously because a fan of this game actually had his own linux build running which was awesome of him, big props to that guy!

Glad to hear its got official linux support, it does actually have alot of really nice extra detail in the graphics that wouldn't of been possible on the original playstation

BallisticNG even has its own Zone mode like out of wipeout pulse

This game is simply awesome
gustavoyaraujo 25 April 2018 at 6:11 am UTC
I bought it. Interesting game.
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