In the recent weeks Aspyr finished work on Borderlands 2 for Linux and the game is available now. Borderlands is original made by Gearbox Software and the game serie has a huge fanbase with mostly top level rating.
At the basics, Borderlands is a first person shooter, but instead of just getting stronger stuff in every level, you can actually develop your character and level your characters skills up, like it would be a role playing game. Of cause, there are also different kinds of characters to start with.
Additional, the game graphic has a very unique look and style. They didn't even try to make it looking realistic, instead of, they are using hard lines and shadows, which makes it looking more like a hand drawn comic.
You can play single player campaigns as well as Co-Op missions and LAN or internet multiplayer.
The game requires a medium class computer, with Valve Steam OS or Ubuntu 14.04 Linux or compatible. An AMD Phenom II X4 or Intel Core 2 Quad with 2.4 GHz and 4 GiB of RAM should be there and 13 GB of disc space is necessary for the installation. The graphics card should be a NVIDIA GeForce 260 with at least 1 GiB of VRAM, AMD graphic cards might have some problems at the current patch level.
It all started with a free Mod for the Half-Life multiplayer, named Counter-Strike. Later, Valve bought it for cheap and made it a standalone game, today often called Counter-Strike: Classic or Counter-Strike: 1.6. (Note, it's game number 10 on Steam!). It got some additional versions, but they never started off like the original one. Same applied to the Half-Life 2 engine based Counter-Strike: Source; it tailed CS:1.6 in popularity for many years by a wide margin.
Valve stepped in and made a more modern style version of Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was born. Based on an updated Source engine with much enhanced graphics, it still has the base elements from the original Counter-Strike. Two teams, one the good guys, the other the bad guys, you start with a pocket of money in each round and buy your weapons at the start. But if you got killed during the round, you no longer need to wait until the round is finished, because now you can respawn after some seconds and get back into action.
The game will play well on some years old computers, because the graphics are not super fancy and the levels have a limited size. You need Ubuntu 12.04 Linux or a compatible operating system with a 2.8 GHz AMD or Intel dual core processor and at least 4 GiB of RAM. The graphics card must support OpenGL 2.1 or higher and be fast as a NVIDIA GeForce 9600.
Last week Valve had released a new feature in their Steam game management client, the Steam Music Player. The Steam Music Player allows you to play your favourite music while playing and controlling the player with the Steam overlay from inside the game. No more interaction with external players!
To celebrate the new player, Valve offer 7 of their popular game soundtracks for download for free, but only if you own the game and have it installed. The sound files will be additional downloaded to the regular game content and are available as MP3 files only. For Half-Life they are 320 kbps, 2 channel MP3 files, but it may vary from game to game.
If you have the games not yet, there is also an opportunity to buy them now, because several Valve games and game bundles are available at 75% discount, until tomorrow, 1. October.
SPACECOM is the latest strategy game made by Flow Combine studio. It's a real-time strategy game, but not a classic one, where you build your base and units on a map and then roll over your enemies. In SPACECOM all the micro-management is very simplified and the player commands his troops on a strategic command map from solar system to solar system.
You can play against some computer enemies in pre-made missions, but the developers state, that the game is primary optimised for human multiplayer with up to 6 players per match.
Through it's nature of simple 2D style graphics, the computer requirements are typical very low. Minimum is Ubuntu 12.04 Linux or compatible, a Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1.8 GHz, 2 GiB of RAM and a graphic card of the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 class (that's a real old one), as well as 300 MB disc space and some simple on-board audio.
The French game studio Eugen Systems is well known for their highly realistic real time strategy simulation serie Wargame.
In the latest part, Wargame : Red Dragon, the gameplay shifted away from Europe and is placed in Pacific-Asia now. The developers say, it's a bigger, better, more, all enhanced game.
The about 7 years old futuristic racing game H-Craft Championship has recently become a Freeware game. You are racing not with wheeled cars, instead of, you have some fancy hover crafts. But be aware, the control is a little tricky and yes, you can fall off from the tracks, which are floating free in the sky.
Earth 2140 is back now! The Gold Edition of the classic realtime strategy game has been relaunched on Desura. Although it's already 17 years old and has only 2D graphics, it's still worth the play. It offers a much more challenging difficulty with more units and missions, than other strategy games of that time and the Gold Edition includes all expansion packs as well.
Intro - Desura
If you have missed the Valve Steam Dev Days back in January, no problem, you still can have it all sliced up in handy videos.
There are about 20 hours left to register for the Strife trial weekend. Strife is a new MOBA, which is currently in a closed beta phase, from S2Games, the creators of the Savage serie and Heroes of Newerth.
S2Games is also doing weekly video episodes, where you can follow the development of the game.
Happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you good health and prosperity in the year of the horse.
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