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Adventure game Syberia 3 looks like it will be heading over to Linux
27 April 2017 at 10:43 am UTC

Awesome! I can finally get some closure to the series.

Some thoughts on Hard West
25 April 2017 at 4:09 pm UTC

HamishI am sure that play style matters in this case - in Shadowrun I would fortify myself and lob grenades and the like from a safe vantage while in Hard West you have to keep moving and get as close to an enemy as possible before you can get a hit, which is often difficult due to the enemy reaction shots. You have to be a lot more aggressive and confident, not least because the luck system also favours the bold by penalizing you for missed shots while rewarding you for being fired upon.

I should also point out that I have never actually played X-COM.

Yeah I play very aggressively in all three games.

While Hard West has reaction shots, hit calculations are completely deterministic. By looking at the luck counters, I can estimate to a good degree of accuracy how much health each side will lose for a particular string of movements. This allows me to decide when to trade luck/health for a superior position and/or damage without fear of RNG failures. (Trading off one strategic/tactical resource for another is something I learn in chess e.g. material for initiative or position). My overall strategy is to close in and/or flank for crossfire and maximum damage. Mobility is key in this approach so my characters are equipped with weapons and cards that confer luck and movement.

For X-COM, I have 1 or 2 snipers to bleed or pin down enemy units while assault soldiers armed with shotguns close in for flanking or for reconnaissance in exposed areas. Ditto for Shadowrun where I have a fast-moving melee character buffed by magic and backed up by sniper fire.

Some thoughts on Hard West
17 March 2017 at 5:29 pm UTC

Odd.. I played Hard West more than a year ago (or maybe longer) and don't distinctly remember it was any unstable. I've also found the game to be quite easy compared to Shadowrun and XCOM.

What have you been playing recently and what do you think about it?
10 March 2017 at 8:17 pm UTC

I've been playing a mix of games.

The one that left the strongest impression on me was a surreal, horror point-and-click called Detention. You play as a student stranded in high school after dark, sometime in 1960s Taiwan under martial law. Its unexpectedly personal and emotional story (which is probably based on real-life incidents) hits home and is the source of my melancholy this week. If you liked games like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Oxenfree or Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, I cannot recommend this enough.

Playing DiRT Rally is a weekly routine for me now to practice driving at extreme speeds over extreme terrains. Drifting through one dangerous corner after another without crashing is tremendously rewarding. Almost therapeutic when you get into the flow.

I also indulged in some FPS action with ET Legacy (modern build of the Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory) for a bit of nostalgia.

Then there's Renowned Explorers: International Society, an turn-based adventuring game which I find extremely entertaining to kill time with in between things.

Start your engines as DiRT Rally is now on Linux, port report & review
2 March 2017 at 3:45 pm UTC Likes: 1

ldriftdoes anyone has a logitech g29 and could test it with dirt rally on linux?

i really wanna play this game with wheel and pedals, but all mentioned wheels by feral are quite old and not for sale anymore. so it looks like, the g29 would be a good way to go. but i would be thankfully, if someone already has one and could say something about it.

I have a G29+shifter and drove a few stages in Greece, Wales and Monte Carlo. Feral's port runs very well (I say this as someone who's already clocked about 30+ hours in DR on Windows.)

There are however a few things you'd want to take note of:

1. The G29 wheel must be in PS3 mode for the inputs to work.

2. The G29 controller preset in the game has the clutch and throttle axes swapped on my system (Ubuntu 16.10, kernel 4.8.0-32). Fix this by setting them yourself.

3. Some advanced FFB sliders e.g. self-aligning torque also appear to be missing. Unless you need specific tweaks, just locate and load one of the FFB presets from Steam workshop that players have created for the G25/G27/G29. I've found the "FFB G25/G27 by Real rally Driver" preset best for driving.

Have fun!

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