Polygod the #firstperson roguelike entered Steam Early Access early this month. So we reached out to #developer Amplify Games to see about a Linux #release, see the game has already received some deliciously positive reviews on Steam. Now the strategy action game is available on Linux, thanks to the recent update and of course Unity game engine.
“Linux Love is coming with our next update (which will be our first big update) which is also going to include achievements and Steam trading cards, we have this update planned for Friday or Saturday (October 21st or 22nd),” outlines Amplify Games.
What is Polygod? This is an abstract shooter set in randomly generated maps, each one filled with five unique enemy types and of course a boss fight.
What’s different about this FPS roguelikes?
The game comes with complex weapon system as the players will discover 56 “unique blessings” that add various properties to attacks.
See some of these different combinations in Polygod’s Early Access trailer below:
And did we mentioned besides singleplayer, Polygod can be played in co-op and multiplayer.
Polygod also features Arena Shooter multi-player with randomly generated maps and a variety of planned game modes. Currently in Early Access, players can play free for all matches on randomly generated maps where the first person to a set number of kills is the victor. Future planned game modes include team death-match and a variation of capture the flag, involving altars and blessings.
- Randomly generated levels
- 5 Unique enemies per level with unique designs and behaviours
- Rogue-like permanent death
- 56 Unique blessings that combine and stack to create thousands of unique effects
- Randomly generated multiplayer maps for versus combat
- Epic boss fights at the end of each level
Polygod is currently available on Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.
- OS: Steam OS
- Processor: 2.4 Ghz
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: 1 GB
- Storage: 2 GB available space
- OS: Steam OS
- Processor: 2.8 Ghz Dual core
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: 2 GB
- Storage: 2 GB available space
As augmented covert agent Adam Jensen, players can choose between combat, stealth, social and hacking approaches to achieve their aims. Choices will open closed doors, invite new challenges and shape the fate in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have now been deemed outcasts, living a life of complete and total segregation from the rest of society.
Now an experienced covert operative, Adam Jensen is forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.
“Over the past 16 years, the Deus Ex games have been leaders in game design, expertly blending innovative storytelling and gameplay within a compelling game world,” said David Stephen, Managing Director at Feral Interactive. “Deus Ex Mankind Divided takes it to the next level, giving players an unprecedented degree of freedom in a spectacular cyberpunk setting, where their actions shape both narrative and gameplay.”
A minisite containing a trailer and further information is available at Feral Interactive.
SMACH Z is a #handheld #console to play Linux and PC games on the go, selling at 299 euros to Kickstarter backers. The project will last another 27 days, ending on November 19th, with the funding goal set at 250.000 euros. SMACH Z will begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on April 2017. The device will run Linux or Windows 10, boasting compatibility for more than 10,000 games out of the box.
SMACH Z, will be powered by AMD’s latest generation embedded R-Series SoC, Merlin Falcon RX-421BD (12-15w) at 2.1 GHz with Radeon R7 at 800 MHz, and will feature 4GB of RAM (8GB on the PRO version), 64GB of internal memory (128GB on the PRO version) with a SD Card slot, and a 6-inch 1080p touch screen. The following games have been tested to demonstrate the performance of the console:
- Metro: Last Light Redux (720p. High settings) ~ 35 FPS
- Company of Heroes 2 (720p. Medium settings) ~ 25 FPS
- Jotun (1080p) ~ 45 FPS
- Skyrim (720p. High setting) ~ 25 FPS
- Just Cause 2 (720p. Medium settings) ~ 35 FPS
- Spiral Knights (1080p) ~ 50 FPS
- Overwatch (720p. Medium) ~ 30 FPS
- Torchlight II (1080p. Very high settings) ~ 35 FPS
- Xcom: Enemy Unknown (720p. High settings) ~30 FPS
- Civilization 5 (1080p. High settings) ~ 28 FPS
- Tomb Raider: Survivor (720p. Medium settings) ~ 40 FPS
- Alien: Isolation (720p. Ultra settings) ~ 35 FPS
“We’re able to modify and adapt the OS to SMACH Z creating a better interface and experience. We recommend choosing Linux for better performance. More and more games are becoming compatible with Linux with time; now are about 2,500.”
Alright, so the SMACH Z OS unit will run Linux, which is interesting seeing this Steam-controller like device comes spec’d with an AMD CPU and Radeon GPU to minimize the cost factor. Fair enough.
We would be interested to see just how well the Linux ports in this game list function on the SMACH Z?
And then the other question, would it be worthwhile to dual-boot the device to play games like Overwatch, Skyrim or Tom Raider?
This means that anyone seriously interested in the handheld console will likely have to buy the 128GB Pro version. Making the unit a step up for any of the Android devices available, maybe even a competitor for the NVIDIA Tegra devices?
In case you didn’t notice, the Company of Heroes 2 gameplay shows the game hanging briefly, then later there is a significant load time for the next screne near the end. Similarly with the beginning cut-scene for Just Cause 2, there seems to be a moment when the game hangs.
Given these minor tweaks that need to be ironed out, we can see where the SMACH team recognise the devices potential. Given the amount of further possibilities outlined in the Kickstarter, this could be a nice little mini-computer.
But again, the Linux in-game performance is what has our attention, obviously. Which is not shown nor is it available on the SMACH Z YouTube channel.
Pledges run from 5 euros to participate in the SMACH Team forums to 499 euros to get a SMACH Z PRO with double amount of RAM, space capacity, front-camera and 4G connectivity. The first Kickstarter backers can benefit from a series of limited Early Bird offers to pre-order SMACH Z at a special price.
A Quiver of Crows is a very difficult #twinstick shmup that features unique #physics and organic environments. The most unique aspect of the game is the enemies rag-dolling upon death, their bodies becoming obstacles that can pile up and block the player’s bullets. The result is chaos when hoards of enemies are attacking from all sides. The main characters are crows and the enemies are demons, skeletons, and ghouls all silhouetted against vibrant backdrops which are inspired by the different times of the day – from the bright colors of the morning to the dark colors of night. The game is a twin-stick action game with many influences from traditional on-rails shmups. Namely, it features a weapon upgrade system that includes 4 weapons each upgradable to 4 levels. Three special attacks and shield pickups are also available. All in all, players can expect a modern take on the traditional shmup.
A Quiver of Crows gameplay style looks very different. Combining a twin-stick shooter with the platforming element, while challenging and keeping the player guessing.
The art style really resembles the graphical features of Red Game Without A Great Name and Green Game: TimeSwapper. Which is not to say it’s disappointing, just familiar in some respects.
While the idea of a crow shooting other birds seems a bit odd, almost ridiculous, but developer Sheado.net does not seem to mind. After all, this is a twin-stick schump and how many unique characters have been re-used over and over? Not a crow apparently.
What are the features available in A Quiver of Crows?
Frantic Battles in a Grim World
- Unlike most shmups, this world is made up of flesh, bones, and dirt instead of the common rigid objects such as ships set in space.
- Each enemy type has a unique set of behaviors.
- Most foes do not follow preset patterns. Instead, they try to hunt you down.
- Some enemies fly in close for melee combat. Others will shoot from a far away range.
Co-op Twin-Stick Action
- The game blends the insanity of shmups with the free range of motion of twin-stick shooters.
- Find a friend. Find a couch. Have tons of fun with the optional single-screen couch co-op!
Upgradeable Weapons, Bombs, and Shields
- Collect and enhance a variety of weapons. Influenced by traditional shmups, watch as your weapons’ firing trajectory and pattern change with each upgrade.
- From heat seeking quills to things that go BOOM, collect them all and use them to crush your foes!
- Upgrade your shields to withstand relentless attacks.
Play on Linux, Mac & Windows
- Best played with a twin-stick controller. Steer with the left stick, aim with the right.
- Never fear! You can also use your keyboard and mouse.
A Quiver of Crows twin-stick shmup is available via Steam on Linux, Mac and Windows PC with a 10% discount until October 26th.
Paradox Interactive and #ParadoxDevelopmentStudio have now #released Leviathans for #Linux, Mac and Windows PC. The first story pack for the critically acclaimed science fiction strategy game, Stellaris.
Leviathans adds new exploration centered content, as you encounter new, potentially dangerous species, pirates and space creatures when you expand across the galaxy. New events and new options are open to you, bringing you even deeper into an epic space opera of your own creation.
Stellaris: Leviathans includes:
- Guardians: Powerful space entities with mysterious origins and motives. Fight or investigate them to unlock technologies and gain access to great treasures.
- Enclaves: Independent outposts of traders and artists who are willing to make a deal. Exchange resources, purchase information about the galaxy, or commission a great work of art for your empire.
- War in Heaven: Where will your fledgling empire lie if two ancient Fallen Empires decide to renew old grievances in a War in Heaven? Will you err on the side of caution and take a side with the stronger power, or will you strike at both whilst they are occupied with their own titanic struggle?
- New art and music to add greater variety and listening pleasures to your game experience.
The launch of Leviathans is accompanied by the Heinlein update to the base Stellaris game, available to anyone who owns it. Heinlein is a huge free update to the game that addresses many issues for players, including:
- A convenient Auto-Explore feature.
- Rally points for your freshly-assembled Navy.
- The Expansion Planner Interface.
- An overhaul of Strategic Resources.
- Clearer specialization/role for ship types.
- More options for customizing new galaxies.
- New smarter Sector Governors.