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Games: Total Warhammer 2, Tomb Raider, Stellaris: MegaCorp, SuperTux, QuakeWorld Team Fortress and More

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  • Total Warhammer 2 jacks into Linux & Mac

    Official Mac and Linux ports of Total War: Warhammer II are out now, and folks who already got it for Windows have those now for free too. As is the way with Total War, the ports are handled by long-running portpeeps Feral Interactive. While running Windows games on Macs and Linux b0x0rs is easier than it once was, especially with Valve working on Steam’s new built-in Linux trickery, it’s still nice to have formal support.

    Feral used to sell such ports separately but nah, these days publishers have ’em thrown in as bonuses. Getting the game for any OS gets you it for all three.

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider for Linux and macOS Announced

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third game of the Tomb Raider Reboot series by Crystal Dynamics, the game came out back in September and was also recently cracked by scene groups. Now Shadow of the Tomb Raider for Linux and macOS has been announced.

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    Sadly Shadow of the Tomb Raider didn’t quite do too well in Sales, as it was already on Sale a month after it’s release on Steam and users were pissed off at having to buy deluxe editions only for the game’s price to come down a month later.

    [...]

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider was another game to fall victim to the scene groups a few days ago as it was cracked by famous scene group called CPY and became available for pirates to download from torrent sites.

    Are you excited about Shadow of the Tomb Raider for Linux and macOS? Will you be getting it? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Stellaris: MegaCorp expansion to release December 6th

    Have you always wanted to build your own powerful corporate empire? On December 6th you will get that chance.

    Paradox have announced the rather large Stellaris: MegaCorp expansion is releasing then, as usual it should come with a hefty free content patch for all players too.

  • Classic free and open source platformer 'SuperTux' has a new alpha release out

    SuperTux, a name I've not heard in quite some time, a free and open source platformer inspired by Super Mario Bros is still chugging along and it's heading towards a new release.

  • Get some classic FPS action on with QuakeWorld Team Fortress

    The free FPS QuakeWorld Team Fortress emailed (previously Team Fortress, Quake Team Fortress) that later became the inspiration for Valve's own Team Fortress games has a new release out with a Linux installer. The lead developer emailed it in, so we could help spread the word.

    After trying it out today, I was impressed to see a good number of servers online with one of them almost full of players. Quite a surprise, as these classic FPS games tend to get forgotten about in favour of modern experiences. The one active server today was modded, so it took quite a while to download all the extras (it was very slow).

  • This War of Mine: Stories - The Last Broadcast release for Linux as promised, needs a fix on Ubuntu

    As promised by 11 bit studios, the next episode-based DLC The Last Broadcast is now out for Linux players of This War of Mine: Stories.

    There's quite a lot to it, with it including: 7 remastered locations, 4 new locations, a new shelter, new playable characters, new radio mechanics, new investigating and reporting mechanics, new dilemmas mechanics and a non-linear story with 6 different endings.

  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - The Forgotten Sanctum is due out December 13th, the last planned DLC

    Obsidian Entertainment have announced the final DLC for the RPG Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire named The Forgotten Sanctum is going to release on December 13th.

  • Software industry sim 'Game Dev Studio' updated to now officially support Linux

    Can't get enough sims? Game Dev Studio from Roman Glebenkov officially supports Linux now with the 23rd update released yesterday.

    Back in October, the developer added in preliminary support for Linux although it wasn't advertised while they finished it up. As promised, it's here and it does look pretty good. Players on Steam seem to like it too, it's rated "Very Positive" so it's a reasonable indicator of a good game.

Total War: Warhammer II AMD Radeon / NVIDIA GeForce Linux Gaming Benchmarks

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Yesterday Feral Interactive released their much anticipated port of Total War: Warhammer II for Linux. This latest Linux game port is yet another Vulkan-powered game. Here are some initial benchmark results of Warhammer II running natively on Ubuntu Linux with a variety of AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

As a reminder, Feral lists the GeForce GTX 680 / Radeon R9 285 as the minimum requirements since this is a Vulkan-powered game. They recommend though at least a GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon RX 480 graphics card. The game needs at least Mesa 18.1.5 or NVIDIA 396.54, which isn't stiff driver requirements like some of their last ports that have required the bleeding-edge drivers.

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The Humble Jumbo Bundle 12 is out with a couple of Linux games

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The Humble Jumbo Bundle 12 is another bundled rammed full of good games, some of which have a native Linux version.

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Total War: WARHAMMER II

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  • Total War: WARHAMMER II Is Out Now on Linux and Mac, Ported by Feral Interactive

    The UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today the availability of the Total War: WARHAMMER II turn-based strategy and real-time tactics on Linux and Mac platforms.

    Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, Total War: WARHAMMER II was announced on September 28, 2017, only for Microsoft Windows platforms, as the sequel of the Total War: WARHAMMER video game released in 2016. The game is set in Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy universe of colossal proportions.

    "Choose from four iconic Races from the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, and mount a campaign of conquest to save or destroy the New World," said Feral Interactive. "Enjoy hundreds of hours of sophisticated gameplay with a combination of turn-based strategy on the campaign map and immense real-time clashes on the battlefield."

  • Total War: WARHAMMER II released for Linux, port from Feral Interactive

    Originally developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, Total War: WARHAMMER II is another Linux port from Feral Interactive. Arriving on Linux a little over a year after the Windows release, it's another game to use the Vulkan API on Linux.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER II Now Available For Linux Gamers, Powered By Vulkan

    Feral Interactive just lit up the Linux build of Total War: WARHAMMER II on Steam.

Games: The Witness, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Blimey! Black Mesa and More

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  • Gaming: The Witness

    Overall a great game I enjoyed a whole let – mostly because I like brain gymnastics. The riddles are well prepared, the steps to learning the rules well thought out, I great piece of entertainment.

    There are only two points where I had problems: One were the puzzles depending on colors, which due to my color weakness was a major hurdle.

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux and Mac in 2019

    UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that they plan to port the Shadow of the Tomb Raider video game to Linux and macOS platforms for a 2019 release.

    As expected, this comes as a huge surprise for all Linux and Mac gamers, as the Tomb Raider franchise featuring the gorgeous and always brave Lara Croft will be coming to their beloved platforms sometime next year, thanks to the hard work from Feral Interactive, who just ported the Total War: WARHAMMER II game to Linux and Mac.

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider is officially coming to Linux in 2019

    Originally published by Square Enix and developed by Eidos-Montréal, Feral Interactive confirmed today that Shadow of the Tomb Raider is officially heading to Linux in 2019.

    Making sure we have the full experience, with Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider already ported to Linux by Feral this is really quite exciting news!

    This replaces the recent teaser put out earlier this month on the Feral port radar. So we now have Total War: WARHAMMER II arriving today plus Life is Strange 2, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS and Shadow of the Tomb Raider all heading to Linux. Feral sure are busy and that's good for us.

  • Feral Is Bringing Shadow of the Tomb Raider To Linux

    While waiting for the release of Warhammer II today, Feral Interactive just announced they will be releasing Shadow of the Tomb Raider for Linux (and macOS) in 2019.

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider just recently premiered for Windows as the latest release in this Lara Croft franchise. The game is graphically impressive and is quite popular at the moment on Windows.

  • To celebrate Half-Life turning 20, Black Mesa released a trailer for Xen

    Has it really been 20 years? Blimey! Black Mesa, the fan-made recreation of the original with plenty of bells and whistles has a trailer for the hotly anticipated Xen levels.

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    It's also interesting to see how they made more of a splash about Half-Life being 20 years old than Valve themselves did, which was, well—nothing.

  • 7 Days to Die now has an experimental build available for Alpha 17, it's a huge difference

    After waiting what feels like forever, the pimps have put out an experimental version of their Alpha 17 release for everyone to try out.

    It's a very different game to the previous alpha version that's for sure. I won't go over everything that has changed, here's a copy-paste from what I wrote before for those who missed the highlights:

  • Steam Link hardware officially walks the plank, there's an app for that

    Valve has quietly mentioned that the Steam Link is selling out across the world with stock either sold out or about to be sold out. It's already sold out in Europe with stock in the US almost gone too, so if you want one you better act fast.

  • The Early Access MMO 'Project: Gorgon' now has a demo available

    Elder Game, LLC have now put up a demo for their MMO Project: Gorgon, this will allow you to progress quite a bit to see what's on offer. Note: We would have looked at it more thoroughly, but the developer didn't reply to repeated requests for a key.

Games: Starsector, Squally, Where The Water Tastes Like Wine: Fireside Chats, 103

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  • Open-world single-player space-combat RPG 'Starsector' has a major new release out and it's awesome

    Starsector (formerly "Starfarer") is a game that I've followed for quite a few years now, one I personally purchased many years ago and the latest release is a big one.

    I've tested it at various points over the years, always coming away impressed by the visual design just as much as the gameplay. The spaceship design really is quite incredible.

    Thankfully, the issues that plagued the Linux version (for me) in the past are gone. Multi-monitor support has vastly improved, with it not messing with my secondary monitor and going fullscreen correctly on my primary monitor. That alone, is a big deal for me and it's so much nicer.

  • Squally now has the Early Access release on Linux with the Hexus card mini-game available

    Squally is what they're calling a 2D puzzle RPG, which is supposed to teach you "video game hacking" without needing prior experience and no "boring lessons".

  • Where The Water Tastes Like Wine: Fireside Chats, a free standalone adventure is out

    Where The Water Tastes Like Wine: Fireside Chats acts as a free standalone companion to Where The Water Tastes Like Wine and it's out with Linux support.

  • First-person mystery adventure '103' will have Linux support at release

    103 is a rather stylish and intriguing first-person mystery adventure that's releasing next month and it will have Linux support at release.

    A game we covered previously as it was on Kickstarter, they managed to hit over their funding goal in in September by other seven thousand Australian dollars so they did quite well.

    In reply to a user question on Steam earlier this month, the developer noted that the Linux version will in fact be available at release so that's some rather nice news to see them so positive about it.

Games: Vendetta Online, Bad North, Fighting Games

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Games: Developer Priority Interrupt and Linux Gaming Performance

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  • First-person dungeon crawler 'Delver' now has an open source engine and editor

    Developer Priority Interrupt has officially released the game engine and editor behind their first-person dungeon crawler as open source. This is the same developer who made 'Shockolate', a cross-platform open source System Shock.

    Writing on Twitter a few days ago, the developer said "In fun and scary news, we've just open sourced the tech behind Delver".

  • Linux Gaming Performance Can Be Impaired By STIBP, But Hope May Be On The Horizon

    It's been a busy past few days of benchmarking after discovering earlier this week the Linux 4.20 performance was dropping, bisecting the cause to be the introduction of STIBP for cross-hyperthread Spectre V2 mitigation, and seeing just how significant is the impact. Here are my latest tests and findings.

20-Way AMD / NVIDIA Linux Gaming Benchmarks For The 2018 Holidays

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If you are hoping to pick-up a new graphics card during the upcoming holiday sales, here is a 20-way NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon Linux gaming benchmark comparison using a wide assortment of GPUs while using the very newest graphics drivers and a variety of OpenGL/Vulkan titles.

In preparation for the Radeon RX 590 launch this week, I've been re-testing my available graphics cards on the latest AMD/NVIDIA drivers and newest kernel (unlike some Windows sites that may regurgitate their existing data points for months at a time, Phoronix tests are always done fresh on the current/latest components). But with the Radeon RX 590 currently being a dud on Linux with the current AMDGPU kernel code, I decided to keep testing including some older graphics cards to make for this twenty-way comparison ahead of Black Friday sales and the holidays.

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Games: Serious Sam Fusion, Surviving Mars: Space Race, Total War: WARHAMMER II

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  • Serious Sam Fusion has the first update in some time

    Serious Sam Fusion, the game hub that allows you to play Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE along with the VR version finally has an update. It's still in beta, but not classed as "Early Access" on Steam.

    If you pickup any of those games, it automatically gives you Fusion which is especially good for Linux gamers since some of their titles weren't officially available on Linux but are with Fusion. The Fusion hub also brings Vulkan support, so that's awesome.

  • Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion and Gagarin free update have released, working well on Linux

    Haemimont Games along with Paradox Interactive have released the Surviving Mars: Space Race expansion today and it's great.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER II will release for Linux on November 20th

    Feral Interactive have announced that Total War: WARHAMMER II for Linux is officially releasing on November 20th. Originally developed by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop and published by SEGA for Windows, this is the follow-up game to the original which was released for Linux in November of 2016.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER II Launching For Linux Next Week

    Feral Interactive has just announced that Total War: WARHAMMER II will be released for Linux (and macOS) next week.

    On 20 November they will be releasing this latest native Linux game port following the Windows release a year ago. We've known it was slated for November and now it looks like they have the release all squared away for debut next Tuesday.

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