GOG.com, formerly known as Good Old Games, is a popular digital gaming platform for distribution successful, mainly older, classic PC games. In 2012, the Linux community asked for the Linux games on the GOGs wishlist. Today, 2 years later, the waiting has finally come to an end – 50 games has been released for Linux.
Among the first 50 games for Linux are many successful classics, such as Sid Meier’s Colonization, Duke Nukem 3D or Pirates. Until Tuesday, you can also get up to 75% discount for all Linux games. In addition, GOG.com is aiming to get 50 more games working on Linux in the coming months.
The most successful game titles poduced by Valve and generally one of the most successful computer games, has been released for Linux. While the first Portal has been available on Linux for a year now, Valve was working on other titles for Linux, like Left 4 Dead 2, Dota 2 or the new game consoles “Steam machines”, before releasing Portal 2 for Linux.
Portal 2 is fascinating by its sophisticated gameplay and, with 95 Metascore points, one of the most successful games on Steam. In the game, the player has to deal with a range of exciting puzzles and tasks using the portal gun, a device which can create inter-spatial portals.
The British video games company The Creative Assembly has finally begun releasing successful strategy games of the Total War series for Linux. The first title that was published recently is Empire: Total War.
All the games of the series Total War combine turn-based resource management, with real-time strategy battles. Now the Linux gamers can hope that other games of the series, such as Rome or Shogun, will be released for Linux shortly.
“Steam Machines” from Valve to “conquer” the living room, the first “Steam Machine” has been revealed recently. The American company iBuyPower has revealed its own vision of a Steam box to compete with the recently released game consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
The new Steam box will be available in two versions, codenamed Gordon and Freeman. It should go on sale in early 2014 at a price of $ 500. While there is still no detailed information about the hardware will be used the new console, The Verge has the information that it will be equipped with a CPU and discrete graphics card Radeon R9 270 from AMD. This should allow playing Steam games at Full HD resolution. According to iBuyPower, the box will be shipped with the new game controller from Valve and will be bigger than the PlayStation 4, but smaller than Xbox One.
Since the announcement of Steam Machines, more and more AAA games are being released for Linux. This time, the Ukrainian development studio 4A Games and the German Game Publisher Deep Silver have published the very successful and, perhaps graphically the most elaborate first-person shooter for Linux at the moment, Metro Last Light.
With very sophisticated and demanding graphics and thrilling game plot, Metro Last Light has got a lot of positive reviews in the media. In this horror video game, the player takes on the role of the protagonist Artyom from the novel Metro 2033 and leads him through the post-apocalyptic world of the metro stations and the surface in Moscow.
While Leadwerks for Linux is still in development, the beta testers can already get, apart of an IDE for Linux, the full access to the toolkit API. By its own admission, the development team were mostly happy with the quality of the Linux graphics drivers: “OpenGL drivers for Linux work great, much better than Windows drivers did a few years ago in the dark days between OpenGL 2 and 3”.
For those interested in the technical details of the Leadwerks Linux port, the development team reported that the new environment will be using GTK on Linux. According to Leadwerks, the major challenge on Linux is the case-sensitivity of file systems.
The founder of Leadwerks Josh Klint will be attending “Steam Dev Days” conference in Seattle in January 2014. At this game conference, developers can share their game design experiences, contact Valve’s Steam team and even test-drive their own games on the „Steam Machines“.
We have already reported that Painkiller: Hell and Damnation was being ported to Linux few months ago. The game developed by Nordic Games is an HD remake of the successful first-person shooter Painkiller from 2004.
Now, the closed Linux beta of the game has been announced for all of them who own it on Steam:
Dear Painkiller Linux fans,
We just set the Beta to our Linux version live. Please mind these known issues and note that these issues are temporary and being worked upon!:
* Open-source GPU drivers (Gallium rx00, radeonsi, Intel) may not work. Those drivers may lack support for the necessary OpenGL extensions. For the best experience we recommend the latest proprietary, vendor-supported GPU drivers. * Loading times may be slow because of shader compilations. Not much can be done about this because of the way the Unreal Engine 3 handles shaders. 🙁 * Loading screen movies have no sound. * Game controllers have no force feedback. * No multiplayer compatibility with Windows. * Multiplayer host might crash when a client is trying to join. This is a bug in the Steam Client fixed in the beta – if it happens, opt in for the beta: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta/discussions/1/864957817…
================================== You have to own Painkiller Hell & Damnation to get access to the Linux Beta version.
The successful game development studio Creative Assembly told in an interview, that the company is going to publish its latest strategy title Rome 2 for SteamOS.
Creative Assembly has developed, among others, strategy games Medieval, Shogun and Rome from the series Total War. The Director of the game studio Rob Bartholomew told to the gamer website PCGamesN that there is absolutely no reason not to publish Rome 2 for SteamOS.
Depending on how successful Rome 2 will be on SteamOS, the company will release further games for Linux.