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Best games for a Linux newbie
holyrider108 commented on 13 September 2018 at 11:06 pm UTC
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Hello, folks!
I've just moved to Linux Mint 19 and I want to ask you for a list of best native games I should play for a single player and multiplayer as well. What should I try? Please suggest. I also want to know what's the most popular online game in Linux community?

Xpander commented on 14 September 2018 at 4:13 am UTC

Whats your hardware?

Popular Online games are probably Dota 2, CS:GO and Team Fortress 2. Theres a Rust GOL server as well.
There are tons of good singleplayer games also. Good story games like SOMA, State of Mind and Observer or Firewatch.

Best just check the steam store/GoG store and filter with Linux support and check for the ones you like

lucinos commented on 14 September 2018 at 4:59 am UTC

Linux is now a way too diverse platform for gaming, in the same scale to windows, to just give a list of popular games. It is mostly popular PC games on steam with Linux restriction.

This alone is way too many games.

To brake it a bit.

Almost all Valve games
like: Portal2

Games ported by Feral interactive
like: DiRT Rally

Most new games from Paradox Interactive,
like: Stellaris

Games from smaller companies (or indy) or ported from smaller companies (or indy)
like: Rocket League

I think Linux is especially strong on adventures and strategy (not only from Paradox)

Also, most "windows only" games do run fine with Proton (wine based compatibility layer for steam)

Other places to look:,lin_ubuntu&sort=popularity&page=1

Free games
like: The Battle for Wesnoth

Browser games

Other means
like: dosbox, scummvm, wine

Also, so far in my opinion at least the best place for news about gaming on linux is (by far)

Acrophobic commented on 14 September 2018 at 6:34 am UTC

Best is relative, however these are my favorites :

Metroidvania: Hollow Knight. It's beautiful, has a nice but subtle lore, long playtime period, and satisfying control. Not to mention it's cheap and the developer is great.

Roguevania: Dead Cells. It's a fast paced game with beautiful graphic. The world is generated with several constraint, so every playthrough is different but still similar, so you can learn as you die. The downside is there are almost no lore to learn.

Strategy: All Paradox and Firaxis games. My favorite is Crusader King II, where you play as a noble in middle ages. In this game, your goal is basically to expand your dynasty and expand your realm. To do this, you have to do many thing, e.g. managing your vassals, inviting talented person to your court, marrying your heir with genius or strong person, fabricating claim for another counties, etc. You can also do bizzare things like killing your imbecile son to prevent him become your heir, seducing all girls in your court to spread your seeds, or if you play as zoroastrian, you will need to marry your close family (incest) to retain the "blood purity" of your dynasty. At the end, you will realize that to destroy a great dynasty, you only need one crazy idiot to become a king.

Puzzles: All Zachtronics and Tomorrow Corporation game. All of them are original and great in their own way.

If this is your first time using Linux, you might want to check some open source game to see what we old Linux users used to play before Steam comes. In fact, I still play some of them to this day. My favorites are Battle of Wesnoth, Freeciv, OpenTTD, Endless Sky and 0 A.D.

debianxfce commented on 14 September 2018 at 10:33 am UTC

My top 5 native Linux games:
1. Rocket League
2. Rise of the Tomb Raider
3. Portal 2
4. Tomb Raider 2013
5. Saints Row 2

I got saints row 2 for free and others I have bought from sales with a few Euros.

razing32 commented on 14 September 2018 at 11:01 am UTC

Actually , what genres do you like ?
What do you like to play solo and what do you like to play online ?

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