Linux Gaming Thread

Desmond David

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Anything related to Linux and gaming goes here. That is including native Linux games or running Windows games on Wine/Proton or running games on emulators on Linux.

Here are some (all that I can think of) good open source Linux native games (most of these are available on other platforms as well):

0 AD : A RTS game initially a clone of Age of Empires, now a separate game with a fully 3D engine being developed by Wildfire Games.
The Battle for Wesnoth : An absolute classic hex based turn based strategy game with many campaigns and hundreds of community made mods, campaigns and maps. (Also on Steam)
Super TuxKart : A Mario Kart clone featuring various open source project mascots as characters.
OpenTTD : An open source reimplementation of Transport Tycoon Deluxe with better graphics and mod support.
OpenRCT2 : An open source reimplementation of Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 with better graphics and mod support.
Warzone 2100 : A 3D RTS where you build custom vehicles. Originally a commercial game but later open sourced.
The Dark Mod : A 3D stealth first person game inspired by the Thief series, built with the Doom 3 engine after it was open sourced.
ioquake3 : A fork of the Quake 3 engine with various fixes, and better graphics. Requires the original Quake 3 data files to play.
Urban Terror : A Counter-Strike clone but with faster and arcadey gameplay.
FlightGear : A FOSS flight simulator.

On Linux, Steam has created a fork of Wine called Proton in collaboration with Crossover. This allows us to launch Windows games from Steam directly in Linux. To check how well your favourite Windows games run on Proton, search for the game on ProtonDB or you can test any game on Proton and report here whether it worked or not.

Some of my favourite games that run on Proton without any issues (completed most of these on Linux):

Grand Theft Auto 5
The Witcher 3
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Resident Evil 7
Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition
Dark Souls Remastered
Dark Souls 3
Sekiro
Skyrim LE
Fallout 4

Besides these, most Valve games are available on Linux natively including Half Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Dota2, CSGO, etc and these are generally very stable and are on par with their Windows versions performance-wise. There are also companies like Aspyr Media and Feral Interactive who port games to Linux regularly. A few examples are:

Various Total War games
Dirt series
Civilization 5 and 6
Shadow of Mordor
Tomb Raider series
Life is Strange series
XCOM series

If you want to run non-Steam Windows games on Linux you can always use Wine or even better Lutris.

Lutris is a game manager that allows you to setup and run any type of game, even Steam and other launchers. It also acts as a frontend for games from GOG. I have used it to play Battlefield 1 and 4 on Origin using Lutris.

So, if you have used Linux and have gamed on it or are looking to game on it, post here.
 

TheSloth

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I tried Rocket League on Ubuntu and it was really bad. Then i just brought all my work from Ubuntu to Windows since i wanted to avoid the restart between work and game time. Now that I am well settled with Windows for work too, really hard to go back to Ubuntu.
Also, my laptop configuration is pretty old, so may be the extra little bit juice needed or optimizations to run games on Linux isn't there.
OR Ubuntu is the wrong choice to go for games?
 
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Desmond David

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Rocket League was not well optimized for Linux, besides Psyonix has halted development.

All of the Valve games are well optimized (because ported in-house by Valve) and thus run smoothly on Linux. For everything else YMMV. However, I game exclusively on Linux these days. All the games that I currently play (Dota 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Battlefield 1, etc.) run pretty well on Linux, so I have zero reasons to boot into Windows. In-fact I don't even remember the last time I booted into Windows.
 

thetechfreak

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I tried Rocket League on Ubuntu and it was really bad. Then i just brought all my work from Ubuntu to Windows since i wanted to avoid the restart between work and game time. Now that I am well settled with Windows for work too, really hard to go back to Ubuntu.
Also, my laptop configuration is pretty old, so may be the extra little bit juice needed or optimizations to run games on Linux isn't there.
OR Ubuntu is the wrong choice to go for games?
RL won't run in Linux better in future as well. Once the studio was acquired by Epic Games they gave a 2-3 month window for all Mac and Linux users to refund. Most did.

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Desmond David

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I didn't know otherwise I would have refunded as well, so I am stuck with it now. Besides Rocket League has become a dumpster fire on Steam with them not only requiring an Epic account, but also asking you to add your steam friends to your Epic account.

Rust refunded everyone as well.

However, since ever since Valve released Proton, it's a moot point because most of the games now work directly on it. The only issue with Proton are games with anti-cheat don't work yet, EAC especially. Valve have been in talks with them to add support for Proton, but so far there is no ETA. Not to mention that Epic acquired EAC.
 
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Desmond David

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Here a video of me playing Resident Evil 2 Remake on Linux:


The video is currently delisted because I was thinking of moving it to a different sub-account.
 
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