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GNU/Linux Version of Life is Strange: Before the Storm

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  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm is now officially available on Linux

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm, the three-part prequel to the original Life is Strange ported to Linux by Feral Interactive is now available. After very much enjoying the first game, I can't wait to dive into this!

    While the original was made by DONTNOD Entertainment, this time around it was developed by Deck Nine and published by Square Enix.

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm Is Out Now for Linux and macOS

    UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today the availability of the Life is Strange: Before the Storm adventure video game for the Linux and macOS platforms.

    Developed by Deck Nine and published by Square Enix, Life is Strange: Before the Storm was launched on August 31, 2017, as the second installment in the BAFTA award-winning franchise. The all-new three-part standalone story features new and beautiful artwork set three years before the events of the first Life is Strange game.

  • Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Is Now Out For Linux

    Feral Interactive released today Life is Strange: Before the Storm for Linux and macOS.

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm is the latest in this episodic game series from Deck Nine and ported to macOS and Linux by Feral Interactive. Before the Storm was released for Windows in late 2017.

Games: Forsaken Remastered, Megaquarium, Nimbatus, BFF or Die, Unity 2018.3 Beta

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  • Forsaken Remastered adds Vulkan support to the Linux version

    For those who love testing out games with Vulkan, do take a look at Forsaken Remastered which was updated last night for Linux to add in Vulkan support. To enable it, simply load the game and go into the video options where it will now let you pick your graphics API.

  • Build the aquarium you always wanted in Megaquarium, out now for Linux

    Megaquarium is like theme park for those who love fish and it's now officially available with same-day Linux support. Developed by Twice Circled, who were responsible for the rather good Big Pharma which also has a Linux version. Note: Key provided by the developer.

    As someone who is fascinated by ocean life, I often visit our local aquarium to learn a little and take it all in. This is probably why Megaquarium speaks to me on a level other such tycoon builders don't.

  • Nimbatus - The Space Drone Constructor has come a long way since the Kickstarter, Early Access soon

    Nimbatus - The Space Drone Constructor, as the name might suggest, has you building drones, which you can directly control or give them some autonomous features. The closed alpha is extremely promising and a lot of fun to play with.

  • Puzzle game BFF or Die is out with Linux support, interesting in both singleplayer and local co-op

    BFF or Die is an interesting puzzle game from ASA Studio that I was testing before release (key provided by the developer), one that offers a decent experience if you're alone or if you have friends around for some local co-op.

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    The design is pretty good, while the early levels are naturally as easy as breathing, the later levels certainly get a lot more interesting when many more gameplay elements start coming together. Especially tricky when you think you've mapped out the level in your brain and new enemies appear to throw a spanner in the works, even more so in single-player when you're controlling a light to see what's around independently of your movement.

  • Unity 2018.3 Beta Promotes Vulkan Editor No Longer Experimental, Various Linux Fixes

    The first public beta of the Unity 2018.3 game engine is now available for testing and evaluation.

    Unity 2018.3 beta is shipping today with various workflow improvements, improvements to the Shader Graph, drops their legacy particle system, and other changes. From their overview there isn't all that much to get excited about by Linux gamers...

Games: Super Combat Fighter, Akane, Valve's Steam Play and Proton, Paratopic, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

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  • Linux will get another fighting game with Super Combat Fighter currently on Kickstarter

    One genre we certainly don't have enough in is fighting games, so I'm pleased to see that Super Combat Fighter [Official Site] will be released for Linux.

    Initially, the Kickstarter didn't actually mention Linux support.

  • Akane is an addictive blood-soaked slasher that's now out with Linux support

    The blood-soaked neon-fuelled slasher Akane [Official Site] released with Linux support, I took a look to see of it's worth your pennies. Note: Personal purchase.

    They did have a bit of a launch mess-up when it came to the Linux version, where it resulted in an empty download. I messaged them how to fix it and they managed to get it going quickly enough.

  • Game porter Ethan Lee gives his thoughts on Valve's Steam Play and Proton

    For today's article I spoke to Ethan Lee, developer of FNA and who has ported something around 40+ titles to Linux. He also recently helped get Dust: An Elysian Tail ported to the Nintendo Switch and so he certainly knows his stuff.

    As a reminder, you can see my initial thoughts about it all here. I did speak to game porters Feral Interactive in that article, although they only gave one line about plans not changing (which is good to know). Aspyr Media didn’t give a public comment for it and Virtual Programming still aren’t replying to our emails.

    If you missed it, you can also see our interview with the creator of DXVK, one of the projects that makes up Steam Play. Again, this article was supposed to be part of a larger one, but given Ethan Lee's thoughts here (and all the work he's done for Linux gaming) I felt it deserved an article by itself.

  • Paratopic, an atmospheric retro-3D horror adventure is out and it's a really strange experience

    Developer Arbitrary Metric have put out a rather interesting retro-3D horror title with Linux support and it's quite an experience. Note: Key provided by the developer.

    This is actually the "Definitive Cut edition" (the previous version didn't have a Linux version), which includes new areas to visit as well as the usual tweaks and improvements you would expect from an updated version.

  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is now officially available on Linux, more coming from Icculus

    As a reminder, this isn't the original Turok 2 but an enhanced version from Nightdive Studios that was ported to Linux by Ryan "Icculus" Gordon in beta form back in July.

Games: Open Match, Galaxy Champions TV, Need to Know, Solace Crafting, INSOMNIA: The Ark, Victory At Sea

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5 Sparkling Game Engines – develop great cross-platform games

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It’s been ages since we’re recommended the best game engines. After a lot of testing, it’s clear there’s a few amazing open source game engines that need to be added to our recommendations in this genre.

Game engines offer huge benefits to game developers. The main functionality they provide is the library of core functions used in a computer game. This often includes a realtime rendering engine for 2D or 3D graphics, physics engine with collision detection, a character animation system, scene graph, sound, artificial intelligence, threading, networking, input, streaming localization support, debugging tools, integration with languages, and the provision of performance monitoring and optimization tools.

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Games and Graphics: Valve's Steam Play, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Open Match and Vulkan

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  • Valve have updated the Beta of Steam Play which fixes VR games, fullscreen improvements and more

    Another Beta version of Proton is available for Valve's Steam Play for those who wish to give it a go with the latest fixes.

    To avoid some confusion: The Steam Play system as a whole is still in Beta, Proton (Valve's Wine fork) which Steam Play uses has a "3.7-3" version which is the default, but you can also switch to the Beta version of Proton itself in Steam's settings (compatibility tool dropdown box) to get Proton "3.7-6" which was just released today.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood - Latest Steam Play Game On Linux Receiving Mesa Fix

    While the Mesa OpenGL/Vulkan drivers have matured into great shape particularly over the past two years for vastly improving the Linux gaming experience on Radeon and Intel hardware, with Valve's Steam Play allowing more Windows games on Linux via Proton/Wine has opened up Mesa to needing a lot more optimizations, workarounds, and dealing with other intricacies. The latest receiving the special treatment is Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

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    Separately, over in the DXVK space, hitting its tree minutes ago for this Direct3D-to-Vulkan compatibility layer is a workaround so NVIDIA graphics cards are spoofed as AMD for Grand Theft Auto V with Steam Play / Proton. That appears to be good enough to get GTA V working now on NVIDIA hardware under Linux if you are using the latest components.

  • Google partners with Unity for open-source matchmaking tool Open Match

    Google has teamed up with Unity to create an open-source, but engine-agnostic, matchmaking system called Open Match.

    The goal of the project is to give game developers access to a tool that doesn’t require them to build a matchmaking system from the ground up in order to implement multiplayer in their games.

    Developers instead can integrate Open Match into their projects and tweak inputs and player selection logic to best fit their own games, but the bulk of the grunt work has already been done for them.

  • A multi-vendor extension for transform feedback in Vulkan is being worked on to help DXVK and others

    Commenting on an issue on the Vulkan-Ecosystem GitHub page, an NVIDIA developer has mentioned how transform feedback support will come to Vulkan.

    From what I understand, some DirectX games use it and Vulkan currently has no support for anything like it unless developers write their own workarounds. This is especially important for projects like DXVK which Valve's Steam Play uses, because it's translating DirectX calls into Vulkan and so it can't exactly ignore it.

Games: Dicey Dungeons, Stellaris, Blade Symphony

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Games: Emulators, System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Hand of Fate 2, Oxygen Not Included

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  • What Emulator to Choose to Play Your Favorite Console Games

    It is not a secret that currently users opt for Android and MMO games with their devastatingly cool graphics and captivating storylines. Nonetheless, there remain the old-school gamers that consider video gaming consoles the best tools for extracting gaming pleasure. Yes, there are players that still look at their cartridges with nostalgia, remembering of good old days when they used to spend long hours helping Mario and Sonic overcome the obstacles on the way towards victory…
    There is excellent news for the fans of old-school consoles that may have lost any hope to revive their childhood experiences. There is a variety of emulators both veterans and newly developed ones that will make it possible for you to relive the happy moments.
    Today’s article is going to interest true adherents of consoles craving to play the legendary games that once won the hearts of millions of players from the four corners of the world. Go on reading to learn more about the possibilities of Kega Fusion, one of the top emulators for video game consoles.

  • System Shock reboot to have a 'Retro Mode', also System Shock: Enhanced Edition 'soon' for Linux

    Nightdive Studios have given their usual update on the System Shock reboot as well as a fresh hint of System Shock: Enhanced Edition for Linux.

    Firstly, their last two updates on the reboot isn't as exciting as past updates, as they're working towards getting the "Adventure Alpha" version ready for backers at the end of the month.

  • Hand of Fate 2's big combat overhaul is now out and it's damn fine

    Hand of Fate 2 was already a fun game, but the combat was quite simplistic overall. That's not the case now, with the 'Combat Reforged' update that's now out.

  • Oxygen Not Included will now allow you to fly your little people into space

    Oxygen Not Included, the excellent survival colony builder from Klei Entertainment now has even more depth to it, as it will allow you to fly your Duplicant people off into space.

Games: My Brother Rabbit, Europa Universalis IV: Dharma, Fantasy Strike, Life is Strange

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  • My Brother Rabbit, the incredible looking adventure from Artifex Mundi is releasing on September 21st

    Artifex Mundi's latest beautiful game, My Brother Rabbit, is now set for release along with Linux support on September 21st. Their games always have some amazing art and this latest title certainly continues that tradition.

  • Europa Universalis IV: Dharma is now available, some thoughts

    The latest EU IV DLC focuses on South Asia and comes alongside a significant patch. I fought with elephants, braved the monsoons and have a few thoughts to share about the experience.

  • Fighting game 'Fantasy Strike' is now out on Linux, needs a quick fix

    After we speculated about it coming, Fantasy Strike the fighting game from Sirlin Games is now officially available for Linux.

    It's currently in Early Access, with a full release scheduled for "Q1 of 2019", they've also confirmed that online play is compatible with Windows and Mac.

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm Is Coming to Linux and macOS on September 13

    UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that it would release the Linux and macOS port of the Life is Strange: Before the Storm adventure video game on September 13, 2018.

    Developed by Deck Nine and published by Square Enix, Life is Strange: Before the Storm continues the acclaimed episodic graphic adventure video game series with an all-new three-part standalone story set three years before the events of the first Life is Strange game, with Chloe Price as the main character.

    "Return to Arcadia Bay in Before the Storm, a three-part standalone adventure set before the first game in the BAFTA award-winning series," said Feral Interactive in today's announcement. "Visit the minisite for snapshots and videos of the memorable characters in Before the Storm, then pre-order the game on the Feral Store."

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