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MAD MAX travels to Vulkan! Half-Life 2 returns to Ravenholm, Ticket to Ride drops Linux support, and Unity 5.6 completes the cycle. Then Ballistic Overkill faces the CHAIRQUISITION! All this, plus your hate mail.

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Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam News:

Half Leak
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-03-27-images-of-junction-points-cancelled-half-life-2-episode-emerge
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2015/04/24/half_2d00_life-abandoned-lost-episode-magnet-gun-valve-warren-spector.aspx

  • I don’t know what irks me more.
  • That a new HL episode was in the works or that dude left the project for Disney.
    • For a rather unmemorable game too
  • In a way, I enjoy when these kinds of “leaks” happen.
  • It’s better to get a little glimpse at what could have been than languish in ignorance until the end of days.
  • Magnet gun seems a bit…I dunno. Overlapping with the gravity gun?

LLAP MAX
http://www.feralinteractive.com/en/news/753/

  • Well hot damn. I would have lost that bet
  • Considering Feral’s track record though, I’m sure it’ll take a few iterations to smooth things out
  • Also interested to know what kind of technology they’re leveraging to pull this off.
  • This also debunks the whole “Warner Bros. hates Linux” thing.
    • WB didn’t have shite to do with this, son.
  • If they did, Feral wouldn’t be allowed to run updates like this so long after release.
    • At best, Feral asked if they could improve the game’s performance (for free) and WB said okay.
  • It’s doing some type of dark magic.
  • The OpenGL render already maxed the GPU at 100%.
  • Htop does not show any noticeable improvement in CPU usage.
  • However, indoor areas have went from 23/45 to 59/80.
    • And for me the outdoor areas came down from over 100 FerPS to 60 with dips into the 30s.
    • Can confirm the outdoor jank.
  • It’s also very very janky!
  • And I’ve had a segfault.
  • Reverting to the old version, all of these issues go away and the performance goes back to what it used to be.
  • There’s also a new Benchmark of LIES!!1!, moar info and results:
  • The benchmark uses scenes that are CPU bound.
    • Even in hyperthreading land, one core was constantly booked @100% throughout all of the benchmarks
  • That’s why OGL is running like arse (It’s not a fair comparison)
  • If you compare Vulkan performance to the 1.0 version of MM it’s not that big of an improvement.
  • At the end of the day we traded indoor jank for a outdoor random freeze fest.
  • I have no doubt it will get better but I’m not going to pretend that this first beta fixes all the things.

Torment
http://steamcommunity.com/games/272270/announcements/detail/616271552114468967

  • Ooh! Upcoming free content
  • They’re fixing issues, which is good. Since you guys can see how far i’ve got, y’all know I’ve ran into none of these.
    • Spoiler territory in the patch notes

Morement
http://store.steampowered.com/app/466300/
https://www.beamdog.com/products/planescape-torment-enhanced-edition

  • The new Torment game is selling like gangbusters, so Hasbro’s gotta get their share
  • Honestly though, this is a terrific game and if you haven’t played it, you should once it comes out
  • The one nice thing about beamdog updating the infinity engine is now all of their nostalgia grabs work under linux. So they have that going for them
  • Planescape: Torment – Chris “Stab Used Game Sales in The Chest” Avellone’s Cut

Ballistic Release
http://steamcommunity.com/games/ballistic/announcements/detail/468778664304068015

  • It’s not going to be generic white dude shooter very long.
    • You’ll be able to shoot white girls, as well!
      • White ninja girls.
  • They can add DLC but can’t be bothered to add bots.
  • More on that at 11.

Dungeon update
http://steamcommunity.com/games/383230/announcements/detail/223332484623735914

  • There was crafting in this game?!?
  • Only made the show because the devs watched our review and wrote back saying they fixed some things we (and the community) had issues with.

Ticket to abandon
https://steamcommunity.com/app/108200/discussions/0/133256959377980187/

  • You want bad steam reviews?
  • Because this is how you get bad steam reviews.
  • The board game it’s based off is actually pretty fun. Shame I gotta shit on these guys now.
  • Yeah, at time of writing you can no longer access the game on steam.
    • Supposedly” That’s a bug, but I really don’t think the devs give a shit either way. They got your money already.

News:

Official Mesa PPA
https://tjaalton.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/mesa-17-0-2-for-16-04-16-10/
https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat/+archive/ubuntu/updates

  • If you don’t want want to rely on those unofficial PPAs.
  • Although, Feral still recommends Padoka0’s Mesa Stable PPA with the Vulkan patch for Mad Max.

LLAP Unity
https://blogs.unity3d.com/2017/03/31/5-6-is-now-available-and-completes-the-unity-5-cycle/

  • I can’t wait for the influx of babbys first Vulkan game.
  • Remains to be seen what will break horribly on Linux with version 6, once it’s out.
  • Well, at least with Vulkan support, it only has to generate the GPU code once. Maybe in an ideal world, that would help with a lot of the unity jank, considering it’d come through on windows as well.
    • And android too. Fantastic for all the shovelware free on play but not on steam shit we get
  • I know we’ve complained time and again about the lack of google cardboard support in unity titles. Now, finally, our wish comes true
  • Nintendo Switch support is also available now.
    • Silly Venn, this isn’t BSDgamecast

Multi Bundle
https://www.humblebundle.com/hooked-on-multiplayer-bundle

  • Three whole Linux games… progress.
  • Not sure 8 bucks is worth it for Tricky Towers and UCH
  • Guess they don’t want Linux users to pay for the $10 tier, I know I’m not.
  • No new unlocks at the time of writing, so Imma say give this one a pass.

Inner Pyr
https://www.aspyr.com/games/innerspace

    • This is another layers of fear type situation. Ass-pyre is just doing the publishing.
    • Yip, looks like another budget Unity title.
  • They’re also publishing Observer on Linux which is made by the same people who made Layers of Snore.

Gadget!
https://github.com/pjasicek/CaptainClaw

  • Linux – CMake is on the way
    • Much to Venn’s chagrin
  • I still don’t like cmake but it’s come a long way.
  • It builds but I don’t have the *.rez

OpenCarrot (RTheren)
https://github.com/soulweaver91/project-carrot

  • It works: https://plus.google.com/+PedroMateus/posts/2YXBCRw7geb
  • You will also need the extractor which opens the .J2A files and lets you play the original campaign.
    • But that extractor doesn’t have a makefile or a cmake list worth a damn.
    • Because the developer used Visual Studio and said “If you can’t run Visual Studio, figure it out!”
    • I could probably figure out how to do it, since Jazz Jackrabbit 2 was one of the very few action platformers I truly enjoyed.
    • But I’m lazy.

Party
https://github.com/CharlesMartinUK/open-party/wiki

  • Would adding a description of the included games kill you?
  • Clearly developed on windows, as all of the python files in the tar.gz need to have dos2unix run against them
  • Also it don’t launch

HeckPoint
http://www.cradlegames.com
http://www.cradlegames.com/Demo/Hellpoint_Demo_Linux_v016a.zip

  • Has a little Dark Souls vibe to it.
    • More than a little, they ripped the leveling system wholesale from Dark Souls.
  • Unity game but kinda works on the Xclone controlla.
    • And nothing else!
    • What’s that? You’d like to not use WASD? Good luck figuring out how to remap the controls in the screen of nope.
    • Also, I think this is a first for a Unity thing, but the sensitivity is way too low!
  • Quit distributing games in *.zip files, it’s full-metal amature hour.
  • chmod +x should not be a step to launch any game in 2017.
  • Those issues aside, it performs well enough.
  • It looks pretty and if this does actually materialise into a proper full game, I’ll probably enjoy playing it very much.
  • It comes with a pdf Marketing Aid manual.
  • Yay busted unity demos.
  • The game launches fine, but I get about 3 seconds of level before I get a funky space background. Apparently I’m doing something in game, as my staminal drains and the dude makes grunty noises.

CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope
CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want
CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out
CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Game: Ballistic Overkill
Webzone:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/296300
Devel: Aquaris Game Studio
Engine: Unity
Price: 11.99 / CDN 12.99

Wazzat: Ballistic Overkill is a fast paced PvP shooter. Select one of 7 classes, each with their own skills and weapons. Make multiple loadouts with each, creating different builds within the same character. No wimpy support classes, in Ballistic everyone is a killer!

Mandatory Disclosure: They sent us keys


Makes with the working

V-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • For a Unity title this critter screams.
  • It’s always nice to see a game that noms more than two threads.

J-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The unity 5 scream of blue
  • As stated on the stream, you can make a well performing unity title.

P-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

V-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s not fugly by any stretch of the imagination-organ.
  • Plenty of time to stop and check out the level design.
  • More about that in the Fun section.
  • The player models are well done and the same goes for most of the weapon models.
  • The guns go bang but nothing really stood out.
  • Didn’t notice a soundtrack.
  • It’s a FDM damned AAA title compared to most of the shovelware on Steam these days.

J-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • The game looks fine. The models don’t look completely ridiculous (although they are a bit samey) and all the classes look distinct
  • The UI here looks like something right out of UT4
  • The voice acting is super cheesy. I realize they didn’t have a lot of money to spend on it, but it’s just shy of laughably bad
  • It honestly fooled me into thinking it wasn’t a unity game. It deserves some credit for that

P-CHAIRCHAIR

  • The environments all look good, even if the level design makes that pointless, since they all have the same basic layout.
  • The player models are all very… samey.
  • Remember my complaints regarding how the Space Marines in Warhammer 40K all look the same?
  • Well, they might as well have payed for the Games Workshop license and made this a 40K FPS.
  • The soldier men all look the same, regardless of class. At a distance, they’re pretty hard to tell one from the other.
  • Sure, if they look semi-transparent they’re either a sniper or a ninja, but the grenade guy, assault guy, marksman guy, vanguard guy and the heavy weapons guy all look like they’re related.
  • And sound-wise, the guns all sound piss-weak.
  • You get more of a sense of firing projectiles from blowing spitballs out of the shell of a bic pen.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Control

V-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • WASD, Shift runs, and Alt crouches.
  • G throws grenades.
  • Seems legit.

J-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • No issues here. When you’re making an arena shooter, it pays to stick with the basics

P-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • I have many complaints about this game, the controls are not one of them.
  • Although, you do start questioning whether or not you’re in control when you turn a corner and almost a second later you die from a shot which came from the other side of the wall and the person who killed you, very clearly, doesn’t have line of sight anymore.

Total-CHAIR