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Some thoughts on The Lion’s Song, a narrative-rich adventure
3 February 2018 at 9:16 pm UTC Likes: 1

That's a great review, but leaves me conflicted whether to pick this up or not; in many ways, similar to Vienna which entrances and evades me in equal measure.

The Humble Paradox Bundle 2018 is a rather enticing deal
25 January 2018 at 11:21 am UTC

ColomboYou can have fun with CKII for a while, but currently you really need to have at least several DLCs. But I haven't played CK for a while, so maybe it is different from Stellaris and EU, where without DLCs, it is quite bland. Stellaris is currently quite bland, I would wait till they release Cherryh update, maybe it will finally be better? But some changes are really stupid.

As for PoE, I would say no. PoE sucks. It is not very RPGish. You don't have freedom. Everything is locked down.

I'd heartily disagree, which just goes to show we all have different tastes!

I found PoE gave a lot more freedom than the old games like BG or IWD. I have the expansions but haven't played those yet. The base game had enough to keep me going for ages and I enjoyed working through many of the side quests and approaching problems in different ways. Maybe I was lucky, but I felt I could play my character the way I wanted.

As for CKII, even the base game is more than sufficient for a ton of fun. I really like the Old Gods DLC (which is bundled in the deal, I think) because I can play on my own turf as the Kingdom of Strathclyde, which had been subsumed by the starting date of the base game. There are a couple of DLCs which genuinely enhance the game but none are essential.

The Humble Paradox Bundle 2018 is a rather enticing deal
23 January 2018 at 9:43 pm UTC Likes: 1

RedfaceWow, that is nice. I already have Stellaris, so I will buy tier 2 for Magicka 2, Crusader Kings II and Pillars of Eternity, 3 games I have been interested in for some time.

You're in for a treat. CKII and PoE are 2 of the best games available for Linux. I've lost hundreds of hours to them. What a bargain!

Finding Paradise officially released on GOG & Steam with same-day Linux support
16 December 2017 at 10:06 am UTC Likes: 2

I loved To the Moon, and had a lump in my throat by the end.

I played Finding Paradise through in one sitting last night, and sobbed like a child for the final hour.

Beautiful, beautiful game in my opinion. If you hated To the Moon, you're not going to like this as it follows the formula to the letter. If you enjoyed the first title, the current story may affect you more or less than the previous one depending on how much it resonates with your own life. I would give it my strongest recommendation.

The release trailer for Finding Paradise, the follow-up of To the Moon is up
13 December 2017 at 6:06 pm UTC

Now I know how I'll be spending my weekend.

GZDoom 3.2.3 released with improved Mesa driver support and more
9 December 2017 at 12:38 am UTC

If anyone has the time to test my snap of gzdoom with WolfenDoom: Blade of Agony, it would be much appreciated.

Open source game engine 'GemRB' for Bioware's Infinity Engine games updated
29 November 2017 at 5:36 pm UTC

wvstolzingThey seem to be focused almost exclusively on BG1&2, and IWD1. It's been a while since I last played around with GemRB; but the status of support for PST seems to have stayed the same. It says 'roughly completable', but a lot of UI elements didn't work at all, making it 'roughly playable' at best.

It seems like most of the work they are doing for game compatibility these days is for PST. They're very reliant on people playing through the games on their engine and reporting bugs, though, and I suppose the BG and IWD games have a larger player cohort for testing. I'd encourage anyone very familiar with the original games to try them in gemrb and report discrepancies to the developers.

A look at some incredible Linux gaming deals going on right now
24 November 2017 at 9:27 pm UTC Likes: 3

I picked up F1 2017 on Steam for 27 quid. I wasn't going to buy it at full price because I didn't know if it would run on my terrible hardware. But, beyond a segfault if the Steam overlay appears, it is giving me a constant 30fps on 720p/low settings. I accept that'd be too ugly for most people's tastes, but it has made me a very happy boy. Well done Feral!

To the Moon sequel 'Finding Paradise' will launch in December with Linux support
23 November 2017 at 11:41 pm UTC Likes: 2

I'd echo the previous sentiments, Liam. It would be well worthwhile playing To the Moon (and the small expansions) before embarking on a new chapter. It is one of those games I hesitate to recommend; I adore it but I wouldn't expect everyone to feel the same way. The gameplay (and even the interaction) is minimal. But I found the story heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, and not many games can flutter my ventricles.

Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition is coming from Beamdog, Linux support confirmed
21 November 2017 at 7:10 pm UTC Likes: 1

Mountain ManI've had Neverwinter Nights installed on my system for over a decade. I remember the installation process for Linux was a bit convoluted requiring you to manually copy some files from the CD, but it always ran well. I haven't played the game in years, though. I wonder if it will still run on my current distro? Now I'm curious.

Yep. I followed some links on GOG and got it working on Ubuntu 16.04 a few weeks ago.

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