Coming up on this LinuxGamecast Weekly: Steam prepares for new releases, Humble misses a bundle, and we play the most CPU intensive game ever created for Linux. Then we throw the chairs at Sonic 3D. All this; plus your hate mail.
Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro
I’ll probably have to try this on my old desktop PC at some point. Though I doubt the 8 year old GS7600 will have any of that.
Neat stuff. Will definitely try it out when I have a few spare cycles
Steam News :
This minor update includes improvements for upcoming Steam releases
11bit studios hands out 6000 keys for Anomaly 2 Multiplayer beta. Oh, about that Linux support.
- Locks up my laptop, need to drop into a TTY to kill it manually.
- Same here.
- ^ Yup. Like how they are keeping a game that locks Linux boxes available.
- Same here.
Public Linux Beta of Euro Truck Simulator 2
Still suffers from the excessive flickering, which stems from the fact that the in-game vsync option is broken. If I force vsync through the Catalyst Control Center the flickering stops.
Anna gets Steamy
- Crashes as soon as it’s done loading. Which is a known bug with Unity 4 and fglrx 12.10+.
- Unity devs have no idea why some games work fine (Guns of Icarus, Cubemen 2, etc.) and why some don’t (Anna, Wander, etc.).
AMD refuses to acknowledge it as a bug, regardless of the countless number of reports me and a bunch of other people have sent them. “Linux is not our top priority.”
Don’t quite feel like paying 10 bucks for it. Will wait until it drops in price
SEYKEN:Crystal Kingdom JRPGS beta
Java MMO, strangely similar to WarSpear Online for Android.
Look at all the fucks I don’t give! ^__^
Humble not-so-weekly Bundle
- I had a sneaking suspicion that they were gonna have some trouble keepi
g this up. They don’t have all that many games, do they.
Hey, I like that they are trying new things but FFS stick with it.
Most demanding game for Linux ..is?
- Runs slow as balls on my computer. Geez! Is this all done on the CPU?
- Shoulda got that 8 core gorrammit
Still crawls on my box. Probably set P mans on fire.
Chasm now has a Linux demo
- It uses Mono to run an .exe… Lazy!
- Had to download Ethan “flibitijibibo” Lee’s patch for the game to work on my end. (http://www.flibitijibibo.com/chasmLinuxPatch.tar.bz2)
- Linux Support thread: http://discordgames.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=39
- Bash script runs fine on my end.
Controls are a bit strange
Love match set
I have yet to find the appeal in sports games.
It’s a guy thing.
– Check it out
Game : Sonic 3D
Makes with the working
Do I approve of only having a *.deb package? Nope. Even on Ubuntu I prefer keeping my games in one folder. Not a fan of system-wide installs for games. Runs OOTB but getting dinged for lacking a *.tar
Had to unar the .deb file extract it to / and then invoke the game manually because sonic3d doesn’t run without using /usr/games/eduke32_sonic3d -g data.grp
Assuming the only download options are x86.deb and amd64.deb It does take a bit of work to get it to work properly under anything other than Ubuntu/Mint/etc..
Shiny / Sounds
I’m amazed they pulled this off with EDuke32. Hail to the hedgehog, baby.
Sound reminds me of the original Genesis version.
Looks fine, sounds fine, nothing special here though. Certainly no “shutupandtake my money”
There’s nothing wrong with the graphics itself, if you disregard the fact that Sonic in 3D has never had anything better than a lukewarm critical reception.
The music takes about 3 minutes become a homogeneous mass of background noise in the shape of cottonless Q-tips getting shoved into your ears. But maybe that’s just me.
Control / fun
This is where Sonic 3D makes with the failsause. Controls.
Keyboard and wireless gerbil support work but HTH wants to play a platformer like that?
It detected my Logitech Precision gamepad but fk all if I could configure it properly.
- Camera follows a bit too close. The game plays pretty much like a PC based sonic would.
- Controller support is a bit messed up. I can only move backwards, and jump forwards
Fully playable with WASD, but still. Its mean to be played with a controller
It gets two chairs because it controls just fine (then again the Quake 2 engine has been around for what 16 years?) and if you ignore the Sonic texturing it might have even been moderately interesting.
I was never really into Sonic in 2D and 3D only added a new dimension to my indifference.
Final – *
- It’s a mediocre game. There’s absolutely nothing to set it apart from the rest of dross that is your average Linux game.
Like Sonic? Go for it! If you don’t like Sonic, it won’t change your opinion.
- Nice graphics (considering the engine) but Ubuntu only installer and lack of proper gamepad support kills it IMNSHO.
- Ditto. I’d still be a bit more generous being that it made me chuckle with nostalgia for a good few minutes
Province Based Strategy Game?
There’s Dawn of Fantasy, but I’m not sure it’ll run on a netbook: http://dof.reverieworld.com/index.php
Getting Trine 2 to work