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Games: Graphics, Total War: ROME REMASTERED, and Star Traders: Frontiers

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  • Gaming on Linux: Guide to Graphics

    GPUs are in short supply across the board due to delays brought by COVID-19, but don’t fret! Now is the perfect time to plan out your dream machine. If questions surrounding your graphics preferences render you confused, we’ve compiled some useful info below on NVIDIA GPUs and AMD GPUs, as well as suggestions for how much power you may desire.

    Don’t I just need a GPU?

    For games that require less rendering, any GPU will run just fine, like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 that’s served you well over the years. However, if you want newer games to run like smooth butter at their maximum settings, your old GPU puts a technical limitation on which ones you can add to your library.

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    While the 3D space is more intensive, the use of simpler models and less detailed textures reduces the computing power necessary to make any derpy shapeman game run beautifully.

  • Total War: ROME REMASTERED from Feral Interactive is out now

    Total War: ROME REMASTERED from game developer / porter Feral Interactive and Creative Assembly with SEGA as publisher is now officially out with Linux support. Note: key provided by Feral Interactive.

    Bringing us another quality natively supported game originally known as Rome: Total War, Feral really pulled out all the stops on this one. Some remasters simply give a refreshed look but this is a truly huge revamp of all parts of the game allowing people to relive a favourite and for Linux users - to play through it perhaps for the first time.

    The file size got a bit big for their liking though, so you will notice that a free DLC is available right away with the Enhanced Graphics Pack. Not surprising though, because together the installed size comes right up close to 70GB - so if you want the true full experience be sure to have some space ready.

  • The excellent space RPG 'Star Traders: Frontiers' is getting mod support

    Trese Brothers have announced that their fantastic space exploration RPG Star Traders: Frontiers is getting modding support, three years after the original release.

    As what looks like their most popular PC release, Star Traders: Frontiers had ended up with a bit of a following and a Very Positive overall rating on Steam from over 2.5K people. Over the years they've released something in the region of 250 free upgrades both small and some huge adding lots of new features.

Total War: Rome Remastered Released For Linux

  • Total War: Rome Remastered Released For Linux

    The previously announced Total War: Rome Remastered that was announced by Feral Interactive is now released.

    Feral Interactive didn't just port the game to Linux/macOS as they have been traditionally known for but with this go they worked on remastering Total War: Rome with improved visuals, new content, cross-platform multi-player, and other features. This Total War: Rome Remastered is out today for Linux, macOS, and Windows systems.

    Total War: Rome Remastered also brings 4K optimizations and other display improvements and catering to today's hardware.

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