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Must play classic games?
Linas commented on 28 March 2019 at 11:06 pm UTC

Now that Steam Play is upon us, and a huge game catalog is suddenly there for the taking, I wonder what classic games should I try?

I picked up Tomb Raider Anniversary and Max Payne, and enjoying them both quite a bit. Unfortunately I was not much of a gamer at the time these were released, and that makes me wonder what other gems am I missing?

mirv commented on 29 March 2019 at 11:50 am UTC

Depends what people think of as a classic. I think Aliens vs Predator is a classic (the one from 1999). Apparently has GNU/Linux files available for it here:
(I've not tried it, but perhaps I should....)
(--edit: hooray, AvP on GNU/Linux!)

Giants: Citizen Kabuto was fun, as I recall.

The original Unreal is probably considered a classic, if you've not played that. And the original Unreal Tournament. All depends what kind of games you enjoy.

Linas commented on 29 March 2019 at 1:49 pm UTC

mirvDepends what people think of as a classic.
Very true. I was thinking something in 2000-2010 period. Go back before that, and things get really blocky and awkward real fast... I think I just carbon dated myself.

TobyGornow commented on 29 March 2019 at 2:57 pm UTC

If you are into point & click, Full Throttle Remastered, If you prefer action, I would say Return to castle Wolfenstein but it's really personal choices.

EDIT : I second Unreal tournament, it's a classic in my book.

Ehvis commented on 29 March 2019 at 3:06 pm UTC

Bioshock 1 and 2 games fall in that range. And they make a nice companion to the native Bioshock Infinite.

stud68 commented on 29 March 2019 at 4:30 pm UTC

+1 for Bioshock series.
There is always Oblivion and Mass Effect trilogy.
I've lost too many hours in all of them.

Shmerl commented on 3 April 2019 at 8:38 pm UTC

I stick to GOG games, but there are too many good ones there to list them all

Recently I tried installing Severance: Blade Of Darkness (it's one of the most challenging games when it comes to melee combat). Too bad GOG actually pulled the game from the catalog (but those who bought it still have it).

g000h commented on 4 April 2019 at 7:13 am UTC

The Ur-Quan Masters HD is a freeware reimagining of 1992's Game of the Year Star Control 2, with native Linux installer.

Baldur's Gate was released back in 1998, and there is a new Enhanced Edition re-release, on Steam and GOG - with native Linux installer (Also Baldur's Gate 2, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment, Neverwinter Nights)

The Elder Scrolls III Morrowind can be played with modern OpenMW engine and the original game can be found on Steam, GOG, Bethesda website (to get the game data files).

Quake, Quake 2, Quake 3 Arena are on Steam and GOG. Once game data files are grabbed you could play them with other game engines on Linux (or with WINE or Proton).

The full set of Serious Sam games can now be played via their new Fusion (2017) engine (It comes with the games) on native Linux. The old ones are Serious Sam 1 (2001) and 2 (2002), and on Steam and GOG. (Not sure about Fusion engine on GOG, because I own them on Steam.)

X-COM: UFO Defense was released back in 1993. Steam (Proton) and GOG (Windows only) have it. Likewise, X-COM: Enemy Unknown (2012) is in that series, but a bit later than you were aiming for (with a Linux installer) on Steam and GOG.

scaine commented on 15 April 2019 at 11:24 pm UTC

The original 2005 F.E.A.R. is superb. As is the 2007 Crysis and the even better 2011 follow up Crysis 2. If you like the Dishonoured series (and hence Arkane Studios), it's really interesting to try 2006's Dark Messiah of Might and Magic - great ragdoll physics and you'll recognise Arkane's hallmark level layouts and excellent voice acting throughout, even if the game is tiny bit rough by today's standards.

I'm pretty sure they all work pretty well under Proton, although the original Crysis needs some tweaks.

liamwilson commented on 25 April 2019 at 6:48 am UTC

Aliens vs Predator and Bioshock

rcgamer commented on 5 May 2019 at 2:07 pm UTC

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