LINUXGAMES

Nexuiz 2.3

May 31st, 2007 by Crusader

Version 2.3 of Nexuiz, an open-source first-person shooter based on the DarkPlaces engine, has been released:

While Nexuiz has improved in all areas, it still stays true to itsmission to bring deathmatch back to the basics, with perfect weaponbalancing and fast paced action. The engine received a massive overhaul,resulting in a huge performance increase in the 50-500% range and muchmore smoother netplay. It runs faster, renders more beautiful,introduces sharper effects and brings you even closer to the action thanever before. Taking advantage of the improved engine, Alientrap andcontributors added new maps, retouched and rebalanced the guns andreworked most texturing effects. The new maps, textures and generaladditions to Nexuiz have almost tripled the file size since 1.0 andalmost doubled it since the last release 2.2.3.

New features include a new gamemode (Keyhunt), an anti-cheating function, improved bot AI, and a server-side mod with altered gameplay.

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ alientrap.org ]

Freedroid

May 31st, 2007 by Crusader

The developers of FreedroidRPG, anisometric 3D RPG set on a world run by robots, notified us of their project.Inspired by Paradroid andone of their earlier projects, Freedroid, FreedroidRPG features NPC dialog, aninventory system, automap, character skills, and shops. The most recent buildalso includes the first implementation of magic items.

The developers are also looking for additional contributors for bug reporting,translation, level design, and other tasks. You can join the team @ #freedroidon irc.freenode.net, or write to the mailing list.

Screenshots: [ View] Download: [ sourceforge.net ]

X3: Special Edition

May 30th, 2007 by Crusader

Linux Game Publishing fired in the following announcement:

When X3 is released later this year, we will be releasing a SpecialEdition version. Limited to just 500 copies, each one individually numbered and signed, the Special Edition will contain the X3game, along with a T-shirt and the X-Universe book `Farnhams Legend`. Check out the X3: Reunion – Special Edition page for more information, and remember,there are only 500 of these that will ever be made, once they are gone, they are gone forever.

X3: Reunion is a space combat simulator from Egosoft. X2: The Threat was previously ported to Linux by LGP and is available for ordering.

Penumbra: Overture

May 30th, 2007 by Crusader

Penumbra: Overture, a first-personsurvival horror game, has been released for Linux by Frictional Games. It features an atmosphericworld with advanced graphics, physics, and an intriguing story:

Instead of using violence to progress the player has to use his/her wits toguide Philip on his quest to unravel the past.

Played from a first person viewpoint, Penumbra: Overture is very differentfrom other adventure games. Not only is it powered by a 3D engine utilisingcutting edge technology, it also has an advanced physics system which allowfor a never before seen environment interaction. The player can open drawers,pull levers, pick up objects and more using natural mouse movements creating ahighly interactive and immersive game world.

Penumbra: Overture will keep players on the edge as they have to explore scaryand immersive environments never knowing what is behind the next corner. Theworld is detailed, graphical as well as a story wise making the player feelpart of the world as secrets are uncovered.

The engine utilized APIs such as OpenGL, OpenAL,Collada andAngelScript tofacilitate the development of the Linux version. Some recent reviews can be found here. A demo is available, andthe retail version can be purchased online for $19.99 US.

Screenshots/Trailers: [ View ] Download Demo: [ 3D Downloads ]

Last Man Standing 4.0 Update

May 30th, 2007 by Crusader

The Last Man Standing website posted anupdate earlier this month about version 4.0 of their cooperative multiplayermodification for Doom 3:

Hobbes has been really working hard and doing a great jobon bug fixing and adding new features. Also he made LMS 4.0 compatible withthe Doom 3 patch 1.3.1! There are way too many fixes and features to listin this news post but here are some of my favorites:
  • Lots of lag tweaks! Hell has been optimized and is running with a huge FPSimprovement
  • Ragdoll fixes. Now zombies ragdoll instead of disintegrating
  • The in game scoreboard now shows the high scores so that players know howmany points they need to reach the top 10 list
  • A new scoring system has been added where the score for killing a monsteris multiplied by the skill level to give those players playing on high skilllevels more points
  • Boss health is displayed

There are many more great updates to add but I want to save some room totalk about all of the great maps that are going to be included in 4.0.There is a lot of contribution from the community and combined there willover twenty new maps! The_Master has been working on optimizing many custommaps for coop such as reise reise, executive quarters, UAC: Lost Facility,Labyrinth, and Zombie Shuffle. If any mappers are interested in havingtheir maps in LMS 4.0 please contact us! The_Master also tweaked prog_sewerand made it lag free! Check out the map that features the first boat combatfor Doom 3! Alucard has been working on creating maps for the LMS gametypethat feature heavy combat and intense gameplay. He has around seven mapsthat he is planning to contribute. I’m currently working on fixing up someof the LMS maps that didn’t make it into 3.0 because of needing optimizing.Such maps include personal favorites such as Doomship and Loading Dock fromthe Beta 0.1 release.

You can grab version 3.0 from their download page in the meantime.

Defcon Review

May 30th, 2007 by TimeDoctor

We’ve got our Defcon Linux review up, here is some of what I had to say about this port:

Computer-room four star generals are probably disappointed with the lack ofReal-Time-Strategy games for Linux; the last commercial release worth playingwas either Introversion’s ownDarwinia, Tribal Trouble,or Linux Game Publishing’sMajesty.Before that, there wasKohan.In the commercial realm we are missing out on great games like Company of Heroesor Supreme Commander. The most recent indie RTS games of note wereGate 88 andGalcon.Is Defcon worth playing? Let’s find outtogether!

HELIOS Simplified PS3 Linux

May 30th, 2007 by Crusader

HELIOS Software GmbH has announced a free version of its modified Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) distribution optimized to use Sony’s PlayStation 3 as a test-drive server. Additional information can be found in the press release.

Game Emulation In Linux @ Techgage

May 28th, 2007 by Marv

Techgage has posted an article looking at nine different emulators under Linux and an explanation on how to get your gamepad working under Linux. A quote from the article:

A common complaint about Linux is that there is a general lack of games. When emulation is brought into the picture though, it opens up a huge world of gaming possibilities. In this article, we will be looking into what emulation is, installing a gamepad and taking a look at a selection of emulators for different console

XIQ

May 28th, 2007 by Crusader

We’ve received notice of another award-winner: Inspired by Qix by far from a clone and made during the 2nd annual ToJam (Toronto Game Jam), XIQ is a game about spacial dominance.

Move your avatar and fire lines in four directions. Use the lines to create boxes that trap the extremely deadly triangles.

Collect powerups, develop strategies and go for the high score!

Download: [ tojam.ca ]

ZyberFlux

May 28th, 2007 by Crusader

A reader let us know that the Linux game Zyberflux came second at the Australian Game and Demo development competition nullarbor 2007:

Zyberflux is set in another universe and your ‘ships’ flies on a flux (rail) while navigating a myriad of obstacles and surviving by destroying, and shooting down enemies in order to reach the end of the level where ‘The Big Kahuna’ awaits.

Download:[ scene.org ]

Stendhal 0.60: A Marriage of Beauty and Chaos

May 27th, 2007 by Marv

Stendhal , a full fledged multiplayer online adventures game which uses the Arianne game development system has had a new release. This version 0.60, has the following new items/changes:

  • Fado city is now open
  • A sleeping cow now indicates that a player is away.
  • Maps were ported to a new format that is a lot less memory intensive.
  • Maps can now have their own tile sets.
  • Buildings and manyoutsides and interiors were redrawn with new public domain graphics.
  • 30 new types of monsters were added along with 40 new items.

Download: [ Stendhal 0.60 ]

Thunder & Lightning 070526

May 27th, 2007 by Marv

Thunder & Lightning, an open source futuristic action flight simulator game, has been updated to release 070526. This release has the following changes:

  • Major enhancements with regard to playability and stability.
  • A tutorial mission!
  • Enhancements to the tank’s artificial intelligence: It is now entirely possible to be shot down by one of them!
  • TnL makes full use of the Io language for scripting. Io’s addons open up possibilities to extend the game in completely unforseen directions.
  • It’s now possible to switch to a free-moving observer mode, even in pause (press ‘V’).
  • Missiles use real-life proportional navigation and have become incredibly dangerous.

Download: [ Thunder & Lightning 070526 Binary Release ] [ Thunder & Lightning 070526 RPM Release ]

Outer Space 0.5.63

May 27th, 2007 by Marv

Version 0.5.63 of Outer Space, on-line strategy game where your goal is to expand your empire, construct buildings and ships, command large fleets, negotiate diplomatic relations with other commanders, has been released.Changes in this release include:

  • Increased attack/defense of Mind Linked Cockpit/Bridge/Command Deck. [Qark]
  • Added Advanced Stealth Module for Human. [Qark]
  • Increased output of Lab Complex to address higher number of techs. [Qark]
  • Added “Fleet Details” dialog [Random Chaos] [SF#1724110]
  • Fixed SetFocus on Starmap bug (for hotkeys) [Random Chaos] [SF#1723895]
  • updated Czech translation for new code (Hotkey, Buoys) [PeS]
  • disable auto-login when no remember-password on [PeS]
  • new option in defaults – DisplayeHelp, used now only in Hotkey system [PeS]
  • slightly changed BuoyDlg to fit czech translation [PeS]
  • setFocus in SearchDlg [PeS]
  • Added scanner-pact based Buoy [Random Chaos] [SF#1723165]
  • Fixed bug in RememberPassword [PeS]
  • code cleanup in LoginDlg (removed really old, commented out code) [PeS]
  • Added strategic resource information in TechInfoDlg [Anderuso]
  • Added “Hotkey” system of focus/activate object (Ctrl+num sets object, num activates object, Shift+num focuses on object) [Random Chaos] [SF#1717157]
  • Added equipment limiter for signature. Best negative signature device used; others ignored. [Random Chaos] [SF#1718045]
  • Added authorship on buoy detail view [Random Chaos] [SF#1480688]
  • Fixed missing Buoy icons [Random Chaos]
  • Updated Czech translations [PeS]
  • Added Slots column in Planet Overview [PeS]
  • Removed Czech nationals characters from server code. [Qark] [SF#1722181]
  • Added JSON-encoded stats page (website/{game}/json.txt) [Random Chaos] [SF#1722186]
  • Added System Overview dialog [Random Chaos] [SF#1651099]
  • -Fixed display bug with TechInfo dialog for “Extra” ATT and DEF attributes [Random Chaos]
  • Fixed “stealth” bug with small hulls (techs did not have minsignature attributes) [Random Chaos]
  • Added Solar Factory. [Qark]

Download: [ Outer Space 0.5.63 ]

Starcraft 2 Petition

May 27th, 2007 by Marv

Several people have written in concerning a new petition asking Blizzard to port Starcraft 2 to Linux. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please sign this petition.

Clonk Rage 4.96.1 Beta

May 26th, 2007 by Crusader

The developers of Clonk Rage, a 2D action-strategy game, let us know that it has been ported to Linux:

It features multiplayer battles or cooperative settlement in random generated or predefined landscapes with unique physics. Build your base, mine for resources, develop technology, or simply knock your opponent on the head. You will have trouble finding a game with more variety in gameplay. Check out the trailer video to get the best impression.

[...]

Clonk is fully editable. An integrated developer mode with a powerful and fully documented scripting language will leave nothing to be desired if you want to take things into your own and create your own game extensions as hundreds of community players have already done.

The developers state that they would like feedback on the new platform, which can be submitted at their forum. The game is shareware; registration gives access to add-ons and an online league.

Download: [ clonk.de ]

Tribal Trouble v1.9

May 26th, 2007 by Crusader

A new build of Tribal Trouble has now been released. In version 1.9, the network code has been significantly optimized so multiplayer games will perfom better and lag a lot less. As a result of 3D rendering optimizations, each player can now have 250 units. This release also adds the possibility of changing game speed during a multiplayer game as well as some bug fixes. More details:

  • Network optimized: As a result of major optimizations, the lag in multiplayer games has been reduced significantly.
  • Rendering optimized: Optimizations in the 3D rendering will make the game even faster and better able to handle a great number of units on the island. The maximum number of units per player has been increased to 250 now.
  • Game speed: The game speed can now be changed during a multiplayer game. All players just have to set the same speed and it will change.
  • Bug fix: Camera could penetrate the landscape in special cases.
  • Bug fix: Game crashed if the default OS language wasn’t available.

Tribal Trouble is anaward-winning3D real-time strategy game from Oddlabs.

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ Demo | Full Version ($29.95 USD) ]

Regnum Online Goes Live

May 26th, 2007 by Crusader

Regnum Online, a fantasy-themed massive multiplayer online role-playing game which focuses on warfare between three kingdoms, is now out of beta. All characters will be reset to level one, and premium content is available for purchase.

The core game is free to play, and although Regnum is out of beta, the Linux client is still considered experimental. Support can be found on the messageboards.

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ regnumonline.com.ar]

Syndicate!

May 23rd, 2007 by Crusader

A reader sent in the following concerning one of my favorite games of all time:

A long time ago (in 1993 :) ) Bullfrog launch Syndicate. Since this time some projects have worked on this game.

First, the Dungeon Keeper Utilities project (Jon skeet) bring to the comunity the mean to decompress the RNC files. Then, the citybuilder project (Andrew Sampson) make a great reworking of the graphics data files. The desyndicate wiki (Marcin Olak) aims to go on the reworking.

Today, the freesynd project (many people, see their site) release a free implementation of the game. The reworking job isn’t yet finished. A lot of work could be done. I thought that we could enjoy a better implementation with a better knowledge of the original game. So i decided to go on with the reworking.

The libsyndicate project have bring a new contribution to the description of the game (see the reference doc), but there still are some mystery to discover. Our old game isn’t dead. There are a lot of idea to rewrite it with some improvement, and the activity around Syndicate show that we will soon talk of it again.

Excellent news :)

MojoSetup

May 23rd, 2007 by Crusader

Ryan “icculus” Gordon e-mailed theloki_setup mailing list toannounce anewinstaller project:

By the time I mapped out an ideal loki_setup, it wasn’tloki_setup at all anymore.

So I started from scratch.

I’ve been making good progress on this (I’m calling it “MojoSetup” atthe moment), and while there is still much to be done, I feel it’sfinally ready to show to the public.

[...]

You can grab MojoSetup from Subversion here:

svn://svn.icculus.org/mojosetup/

…and get on the MojoSetup mailing list by sending a blank email tomojosetup-subscribe@icculus.org … I figure MojoSetup will be ofserious interest to loki_setup users, which is why I’m posting thisannouncement here, but ongoing discussion probably shouldn’t happen onthis list.

As a test project, I have a build of Duke Nukem 3D for Linux up fordownload:

http://icculus.org/mojosetup/examples/duke3d/

The installer is a 132 kilobyte download, which can then either installthe shareware version by downloading the data at runtime, or install thefull game off a retail disc. The config file for the installer is inthere, too, so you can get an ideal of what rolling your own would be like.

The UI is really rough at the moment and there are some other bugs, too.There are some obvious features of loki_setup that aren’t yet availablein MojoSetup, and the documentation is completely non-existent at thistime…but it gives you an idea of what I’m going for here.

NVIDIA Linux Display Driver 100.14.06 BETA

May 23rd, 2007 by Crusader

NVIDIA has released a new beta build of their Linux display driver for 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Changes include improved notebook support and various bugfixes; additional info can be found in the README.If you have questions or issues, NVIDIA directs you to check their Linux discussion forum, or e-mail linux-bugs@nvidia.com.

Download: [ nvidia.com ]

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