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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Alien Swarm is a game and Source SDK release from a group of talented designers at Valve who were hired from the Mod community.

Alien Swarm is an overhead view tactical squad-based shooter for UT2K4. Set in the the distant future, the players take the role of a Commander in the Interstellar Armed Forces. They must guide their squad of marines through Swarm infested colonies, overrun bases and outposts, to achieve a variety of objectives. Featuring Assault Rifles, Heat Tracking Guns, Sentry Guns, Flamethrowers and more. Supports co-operative multiplayer.

Alien Swarm is a top-down shoot-em-up set at a 60-degree angle. Four players can join a single co-operative game, the aim of which is to progress through science fiction-themed levels while eliminating waves of aliens. Players can choose from 40 different pieces of equipment. The game includes persistent statistics, unlockable equipment, and achievements.


Classes.

The game is class-based, with players choosing from the roles of Officer, Special Weapons, Medic, and Tech. Each class has two selectable characters, with differences in abilities.
Officer 
Grants a passive bonus to damage and damage resistance to nearby allies. He has access to the Vindicator, a class-restricted shotgun with an incendiary grenade launcher and has general all-around abilities. They are also capable of throwing extra amounts of explosive ordnance, and may find class-restricted ammo caches on the field for his Vindicator shotgun. The two playable characters are Sarge and Jaeger.
Special Weapons 
Brings raw damage to the table and starts out with a customized autogun with superior parameters, high magazine capacity, and auto-aiming ability. The Special Weapons gains access to a powerful minigun at a high enough level, and can pick up class-restricted ammo caches on the field. The two playable characters are Wildcat and Wolfe.
Medic 
Is the only class able to equip and deploy temporary healing beacons, and at a high enough level can use a medigun to selectively heal teammates and themselves. The two playable characters are Faith and Bastille.
Tech 
Carries a motion sensor, sets up sentry guns faster, welds doors faster, and is the only class capable of unlocking certain door panels or completing certain objectives by means of a hacking minigame. They also have access to a prototype assault rifle with auto-aiming capabilities and the ability to fire stun grenades. The two playable characters are Crash and Vegas.
Install.
  • Make sure you have Unreal Tournament 2004 installed. Doesn't matter where. (It resides in /opt/ut2004 for me.)
  • If you downloaded the non-umod file, then unzip the contens of the zip package to the /ut2004/ directory so Alien Swarm will be in it's on directory, /ut2004/AlienSwarm and run the executable script which is described a little more down below.
  • If you downloaded the umod version of the file, unzip the contents to a temporary directory and copy the AlienSwarm_v1.ut4mod and as-linux-installer.sh files to /ut2004/System/ then open a terminal and type sh ./as-linux-installer.sh in the directory /ut2004/System/ and the installer will unpack Alien Swarm.
  • (Note: This installer comes with a different executable, you need to type ./alienswarm instead of the command below to run AS.)
  • To run Alien Swarm, execute the Swarm Linux executable by typing sh ./Alien-Swarm-Linux when you are in the /ut2004/System/ directory.

Screenshots.


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

LAB3D/SDL is a port of Ken's Labyrinth to modern operating systems, using OpenGL.

LAB3D/SDL is a port of Ken's Labyrinth to modern operating systems, using OpenGL for graphics output and the SDL library to provide user input, sound output, threading, and some graphics support functions.

Music output is through Adlib emulation or MIDI (MIDI only on Windows, Linux and other operating systems with OSS-compatible sound APIs).

This code has been tested on Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP, SuSE Linux 7.2, 8.1 and 9.1, Debian Linux 2.2, SunOS 5.8 (Solaris 8) and FreeBSD 4.7. As this program is provided for free, neither Ken Silverman nor Jan Lönnberg take any responsibility for any effects, adverse or otherwise, resulting from the use of this program.

Current version: 2.32 (11/10/2004).

Improvements over the original Ken's Labyrinth:
  • Runs natively on 32-bit Windows or Linux (and possibly some similar systems).
  • Uses OpenGL to provide hardware accelerated, anti-aliased graphics with trilinear interpolation in true colour (where available).
  • Multiple simultaneous sound effects.
  • Improved General MIDI music.
  • Many bug fixes.
LAB3D/SDL was written by Jan Lönnberg based on the original Ken's Labyrinth by Ken Silverman.

Download an all-in-one package or follow the below instructions:
  • Make sure that you have SDL (version 1.2 or later) installed.
  • Download and install the full version of Ken's Labyrinth 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 or 2.1.
  • One of the following:

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chocolate Doom is a Doom source port which aims to behave as closely as possible to the original DOS Doom executables.

Chocolate Doom is a Doom source port which aims to behave as closely as possible to the original DOS Doom executables ("Vanilla Doom").

In 1998 the Doom source code was released. Since then, there have been a large number of Doom source ports created by programmers who have extended the code, adding new features and removing some of the limitations of DOS Doom (which is now often referred to as "Vanilla Doom"). These efforts should be commended, and many of the modern Doom source ports are truly impressive pieces of work.

Chocolate Doom, however, takes the opposite approach. It instead aims to accurately reproduce the experience of playing Vanilla Doom. It is a conservative, historically accurate Doom source port, which is compatible with the thousands of mods and levels that were made before the Doom source code was released. Rather than flashy new graphics, Chocolate Doom's main features are its accurate reproduction of the game as it was played in the 1990s.

The source code to Chocolate Doom is Free Software under the GNU General Public License, and is portable to a variety of different operating systems. It therefore preserves the gameplay of the original game for modern computers, many of which are now unable to run the original.

Chocolate Doom is written by Simon Howard, with extensive help from many other people who have provided patches, bug reports and suggestions.

The Chocolate Doom icon (as shown at the top left of this page) is based on a photo of an icecream by Chris Metcalf.

Install.

Here are some instructions for building under common distributions:
If your distribution is not in the above list, you can try the generic install instructions which should work under any distribution.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

10 Best-Play Linux Games for 2012.

A few years ago this would only be said as a joke. Thankfully for us, linux gaming has evolved offering some mature open source games, as well as some very nice commercial games. Let’s try and find out what are the best 10 games a linux gamer must play this year.

These are the 10 must play games for 2012 as we see it now. I am sure there will be more great games that are not yet revealed, and we will be here to play and review them for you. Have a fun gaming weekend everyone!

Oil Rush

Type: Real Time Strategy
Licence:
Commercial
Price:
19.95 USD
Latest Version/Release Date:
1.07 / March 13, 2012

I start with the most awaited game I’ve ever seen in the linux gaming world. Oil Rush offers stunning graphics and amazing optical realism and for that only, I can say it is the mark of a new era for the linux gamers. If a new graphics card lives inside your system, then this game is one of the few that will take advantage of all its features. The gameplay is a bit out of the “classic” RTS style, but it is easy to learn and very enjoyable. Offering an amazing campaign, unique scenarios and competitive multiplayer action, Oil Rush is a must play for all of you linux gamers out there.

Oil Rush Website

FlightGear

Type: Simulation
Licence: GPL
Price: Free
Latest Version/Release Date: 2.6 / February 20, 2012

FlightGear is the most successful and sophisticated open source simulation project. Although its developers don’t consider it being a game, I choose to put it here because of the nature of this simulator. FlightGear has been taking us to the skies since 1997, and it is now mature, stable, packed with airplanes, weather realism, beautiful scenery, flight dynamics engine designed by NASA and Boeing engineers, extremely useful for research projects and very enjoyable for us gamers. This year’s version, brought many things to be happy about, and there will be one more major release (version number 2.8) this year, so I believe this is a must for all simulation fans.

FlightGear Website

Heroes of Newerth

Type: RPG
Licence: Commercial
Price: Free
Latest Version/Release Date: 2.5.14 / March 09, 2012

Heroes of Newerth is an action RPG game, based on the popular Warcraft III mod map named Defence of the Ancients (dota). It may be the only choice for linux dota lovers, but thankfully it is the best we could have. This game offers the best “dota” experience, using beautiful graphics and optical effects, atmospheric sounds and music, stable multiplayer with a lot of choices for the player and above all it is free to play (you can buy some extras with real money). This game is evolving with constant update packs every week, and is now already very mature and linux-supportive. It will only get better through this year…must-play.

HoN Website

Trine 2

Type: Puzzle Platform
Licence: Commercial
Price: 14.99 USD
Expected Release Date: April, 2012

Trine was a magnificent, mind seducing, wonderful tale. Trine 2 is going to be 4 times that. Using better graphics, more advanced physics, more satisfactory puzzles, more challenging obstacles and the multiplayer cooperation mode, this game is a must play for all linux gamers this year. The only complain that we can have, is that Frozenbyte already released this game for other platforms…

Trine 2 Website

Wakfu

Type: MMO RPG
Licence: Commercial
Price: Free
Latest Version/Release Date: 1.0 / February 29, 2012

Wakfu is a unique tactical MMORPG that continues the story of Dofus. In Wakfu, the player can choose between 14 different character classes all with different characteristics and abilities. There are four nations in Wakfu that rule their respected territories, have their own law system and clima. A player can be whatever he/she chooses to be, and their nations will be what their citizens choose them to be. This game is like a living ecosystem giving everyone the freedom of choice, but nothing comes without consequencies whether these are positive or negative. Enter the magical world of Wakfu, and enjoy a game that brings character evolution and multiplayer cooperation to a new level.

Wakfu Website

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Type: Horror Adventure
Licence: Commercial
Price: Unknown
Expected Release Date: Halloween 2012

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs will be the second episode of the Amnesia series. This episode is not connected directly to the first one, but it takes place on the same universe. This time we will be in the shoes of a rich industrial tycoon named Oswald Mandus, who collapses from a feverish nightmare in which he sees a mysterious dark machine… After having played the Penumbra series and the first episode of the Amnesia series called “The Dark Descent”, I am 100% sure that whatever horror related story is inside the minds of Frictional Games developers, it is going to be once again simply unforgettable.

Amnesia Website

Xonotic

Type: FPS
Licence: GPL
Price: Free
Latest Version/Release Date: 0.6 / March 8, 2012

Xonotic is a first person arena shooter with fast and intense gameplay. The game is developed by former Nexuiz developers, and after quite some time of hard work from these talented people it has evolved into being better and more advanced in all sectors, making it the best FPS game on the linux platform. Xonotic uses a heavily enhanced version of the Quake engine named DarkPlaces, that offers modern graphics and optical effects that will meet the requirements of even the hardest to please. Singleplayer and multiplayer fun, with balanced futuristic maps and more than enough different game modes to choose from. It may not be finished yet (version 0.6), but it surely is the best of its kind and a must play for all linux users this year.

Xonotic Website

0 A.D.

Type: Real Time Strategy
Licence: GPL
Price: Free
Latest Version/Release Date: Alpha 8 / December 24, 2011

Although still far from finished, this game is more than enjoyable. If you try the most promising open source RTS game in the world, you will be amazed by the 3D graphics, the detail of the artwork, the realism of the animations and the beauty of the music. 0 A.D. already offers 6 unique in every aspect civilizations, many realistically designed maps and peer to peer multiplayer. I decided to include this game on that list, because I firmly believe that the next few alphas coming this year will be amazing.

O A.D. Website

Savage 2

Type: MMO RPG/RTS
Licence: Commercial
Price: Free
Latest Version/Release Date: 2.1.0.7 / February 8, 2012

Savage 2: a tortured soul, is the sequel to the fantasy themed Savage: the battle of Newerth. Savage 2 combines RPG and RTS giving the player the choice of either the commander (RTS), or the action player (RPG). The aim of the game is to destroy the command center of the enemy team through a commander driven combat in a large beautiful battlefield. In game, a player gains experience that allows him/her to unlock several more powerful units and abilities. Besides the free-of-charge side of Savage 2, there is also the option for a paid “Premium Account” that expands some aspects of the game. This game is a must for the nice graphics and the  ”easy to learn – hard to master” gameplay that will keep you entertained forever.

Savage 2 Website

Cradle

Type: Adventure
Licence: Commercial
Price: Unknown
Expected Release Date: May, 2012

Cradle is a science-fiction first-person quest with freedom of movement. The story is built around the relations of the protagonist and a mechanical girl, who by enigmatic circumstances find themselves together in a yurt among the desert Mongolian hills. The player is to restore the lost functions of his companion’s mechanical body parts and together reveal the mystery of the neglected entertainment park found not far from the yurt. This game is using the magnificent Unigine engine, and is one of the big promises for linux gaming this year. Definitely a must play…

Cradle Website

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